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Posted by admin on March 13, 2018
Why did I do it?
There was something about the fact that January was the BSF theme for Health Wellbeing and New Resolutions, and the feeling of a lead by example responsibility, so I knew I needed to demonstrate some form of commitment. Never in my adult life would I have ever previously considered making such a bold promise to abstain from alcohol for an entire month (other than the two times I was pregnant). So it wasn’t a comfortable pledge, and to be perfectly truthful I didn’t actually believe I could do it.
How did I keep going?
One of the major motivators to keep going was the fact that I had made a very public statement via Twitter to my work colleagues, and via Instagram and Facebook to my friends and family – so the concept of letting people down certainly played a part. And the Twitter comments from Dame Jackie Daniel provided another level of encouragement/pressure to succeed. How could I fail – now that the Chief Executive had noticed my public intentions…..
Close family at home were brilliant – buying me a supply of non-alcoholic ciders and beers which were delicious, and also some non-alcoholic wine, which was definitely not delicious.
Reflections and observations
Through the course of the month, I made a number of self-observations about my physical and mental state. In no particular order, these included a much high level of energy, notably on a weekend and first thing in the morning. Clarity of thought – situations which I might typically have deliberated over a few days I seemed to be able to process much more quickly. Although I didn’t lose any weight in January (mainly because I substituted wine for chocolate) I definitely felt less bloated and my skin was visibly brighter.
There were a number of times where I went home and felt tired/frustrated/stressed/worried and would normally have had a glass of wine (or 2) to “alleviate” my emotional state. However with doing dry January, whilst very tempting to reach for the already chilled Prosecco, I didn’t and that felt really good.
Was it worth it?
I am thrilled I did dry January, and it has definitely changed my attitude towards alcohol. Also determined to be one of the 33% of dry January finishers, who 6 months later are still drinking less than they would have been had they not undertaken the challenge.
I continue to use the app which was suggested as part of the UHMB Flouirsh campaign, and it’s hugely satisfying and motivating when you have a daily visual reminder of the days you have stayed dry, the money you’ve saved and the calories you’ve avoided.
Will I do it again?
I will definitely do dry January again, it’s a brilliant way to launch into a new year, and I would encourage anyone else who is thinking about it to give it a go.