If you stopped drinking on January the first, either for good or as part of a timed challenge, then today is 100 days alcohol free. Congratulations!
My 100 days fell slap bang in the middle of the 2012 Olympics. I was volunteering. In the stadium by 6am. I could not have done that if I had carried on drinking. By 100 days I felt like an athlete!
How about you?
What does it feel like?
Is it worth doing?
Can it help you moderate?
Or make a decision about your long-term future with alcohol?
Here are six discoveries that bloggers have revealed about going sober for 100 days, some to quit, and some to stop for a bit.
One anonymous blogger shared his five big finds, but for us this was the most powerful:
“For me, that was salsa. You’ll start to realise that there do exist people for whom going out and enjoying themselves is just that and doesn’t need to be a whiskey-swilling adventure.”
Fostercosgrove on Hello Sunday Morning wrote of his 100 days alcohol free last year.
“I am really really happy with this decision. Life still happens. Just that now I am so much better placed to deal with the stuff life throws at you. I have faced the wave of emotions. Been through the sugar cravings. Stared down the doubters. I’m the last one standing in a recent restructure. I have two great job offers to consider for relocating my wife and I to Victoria.
But most of all, I feel really good about me. I came here not thinking that my life meant that much. Wasting your talents does that to you.”
“I felt the benefits almost immediately – Within 2 weeks of being alcohol free, I was feeling SO much better physically. I was sleeping like a baby, I felt generally happier and I had bags of energy.
My hair, skin and nails started shining within a month– I just LOOKED so much better within the first 4-5 weeks. People would tell me how great my skin looked”
“Things are also very positive on the financial side, as I’m on pace to at least DOUBLE my income this year – and it’s simply because my sobriety has allowed me to work much more efficiently at my home business. Or, to put it another way, I no longer have hangovers getting in the way of my making money! Also, I am saving a LOT of money by not wasting it on alcohol, which has allowed me to reduce a great deal of debt in other areas of my life.” from Stopdrinkingalcohol.
Rebecca from Sunnysanguinity has blogged 30 discoveries from taking a 100 day break and they are worth a read.
“After spending most of my adult life thinking about drinking (how much I’ve drank, how much I can drink, how much wine is left, when I’ll drink again, why I’m hung over, what will I drink differently next time, why I drank so much and on and on), it is refreshing to stop thinking about it for awhile.”
“I am so happy. It turns out I’m a pretty decent person! I am a nice wife, I am a good friend, I am a (mostly) conscientious employee. I am a fantastic mother.”
Allie Holbrook on Life After Alcohol, after 100 days alcohol free.