I know the PC thing to do would be to give credit to all the resources I have used, all the people that have supported me, and even a shout out to God… BUT today is a straight up brag. Because even with all of the everything, I DID THIS. I put one foot in front of the other, I did the work, and I showed up. And I am so proud of me. Even though 100 days is HUGE, it is only the beginning because I am going to keep doing the work and I am going to keep showing up. GUYS! I AM DOING IT!
I feel like every 30 days something in me shifts a little. After the first 30, I realized I wasn’t going to die. After 60 days, I felt powerful. After 90 days, I got some of my spunk back, I had forgotten I am actually pretty funny (see, bragging).
Behold my list of Best Things Over My First 100 Days:
P.S. I really tried to do a list of 100 things for the first 100 days but 100 is a lot and I started saying things like the “the grass is green” and no one cares about that.
- Sleep- precious beautiful sleep, that comes easily and lasts all night
- Sober date night: started out a little awkward but now never going back
- There is NOTHING better than waking up in the morning with clear eyes and a full heart (RIP Friday Night Lights)
- I have an insane tea collection: if you need any flavor tips, let me know
- MONEY: our new date night tab is insane and SEE YA IN HELL “Alcohol and Bars” category on Mint
- Less puffy: I don’t weigh myself so I don’t know about actual weight loss but I know it is something!
- Hard things make me stronger, IF I choose to deal with them not numb them away
- Food tastes better: alcohol kills your taste buds- for real
- Time isn’t lost: at first I felt like, Why do nights TAKE FOREVER? This one breaks my heart a little when I think back to parts of life I missed out on
- I re-found my voice
- Instead of wishing things were different, I have made things different
- Regulated hormones: alcohol raises estrogens levels and messes with all hormonal health issues
- Oh my gosh- anxiety and depression basically GONE- alcohol is a depressant and directly linked to anxiety and depression, I truly did not realize how much these were intertwined until I quit drinking
- My community: I did not expect the level of support I have received. People are pretty great
- Daily Mantras
- Not hiding anything
- Remembering what I read at night
- Being honest with my feelings: to myself and my people
- I can do 5 pull-ups (don’t laugh, it’s progress, I started at 1 1/2)
- My closet is organized
- I have been able to have open conversations with other people about their sobriety
- My new morning routine
- Drinking sooooo much water
- I really like myself
- Saying NO
- Educating myself on what alcohol actually is: Spoiler alert: Alcohol is an addictive drug. It’s science, not an opinion. Headlines and articles that are pro-drinking are popular because they make us feel better about our choices, not necessarily because they are true. Refresh yourself on what a real serving of alcohol looks like before you call your typical pour “one” drink (speaking from experience). Less than 7 servings a week for women and less than 14 for men is considered moderate drinking (and this is spread evenly over 7 days, not binge drinking over one or two nights). BUT also, if you look for an article to support however much you are drinking, you will find it. Listen to your heart tugs.
- I am strong and powerful and ready.