What an amazing 6 months! I think that’s the first six months I really remember!
How do I feel physically?
The plain answer: Much better. More alive!
One word: Wow!
I have no more of the pains that I once thought were going to be a permanent part of my life. I had tried to kid myself into thinking that it was just getting old, or that it was part of eating too much junk food. That it really wasn’t the alcohol. No, really… it wasn’t>>>
It’s amazing to me now just how much I lied to myself. One of the things I always prided myself on at least being honest with myself. Lying Git!
So what pains have gone?
In my liver, head, belly, knees, eyeballs, and head! (I had two heads most mornings!)
6 Months Weight Loss
I’ve heard arguments that alcohol doesn’t put on weight. (Drinks industry propaganda perhaps?)
The argument doesn’t ring true for me. One of the things I’ve discovered about alcohol is that your body will deal with it first, before anything else. It must. No matter what way you look at it, alcohol is a toxin. In small doses, in large doses, it’s all the same… a poison. So what happens to all the regular food you’re putting into your body? Is it turned to fat? Even if alcohol, or ethanol, doesn’t put weight on, it causes you to get fat indirectly.
In six months drink free, I’ve lost over 40 pounds. And I’ve really noticed the difference. My sister pointed out that 40 pounds is the weight of her 5 year old. I lifted her to see what I was missing. Not too heavy for me to lift of course, but I wouldn’t want to carry her around permanently… And much cuter!
Problems At The Back
I’ve gotten into yoga since quitting, mostly for something to do. I think I’ve found a form of exercise that suits me, one I can continue to do for life. The classes were a bit iffy for me because my Spanish wasn’t quite up to it. I bought a couple of DVD’s and practice every day. There’s something you wouldn’t have heard from my mouth before…. I never did anything every day.
One of the main benefits for me is my flexibility has improved a lot. I think (touch wood) I’m finally getting a handle of dealing with the dickey back that’s plagued me for years. Or, maybe not having back pain is another benefit of not drinking! Hmmm! I thought my ‘bad back’ was something I would just have to accept as being a part of my genetic heritage.
NO MORE HANGOVERS!!!!!
The other obvious positive physical effect of quitting drinking is no more hangovers. The older I got, the worse the hangovers seemed to be. They were lasting for two and sometimes even three days. In fact, it got to the stage where every morning was hangover morning. I never got rid of them. What a way to live a life!
Of course, I wake up some mornings feeling tired, but that’s about it. NO MORE HANGOVERS! BEAUTY!!!!
I have a lot more energy in general. There are days when I feel tired, that’s a natural part of life. No matter what happens, however well you treat your body, everyone gets days like that.
Some of the biggest changes have happened inside my head. I feel much better about life and I have a lot more self-respect and confidence. The most obvious way I see this is in how others are treating me now I don’t drink. My sister has left me to look after her kids on a few occasions, even the youngest. She would never have done that when I was boozing. Not because I would irresponsibly get drunk, but my brain was always only half aware because of the pickling booze.
The Power Of “I Will”
Another change is my level of willpower. Willpower is said to be like a muscle, if you don’t use it, you lose it. You only have so much willpower available to you on any given day. But you can definitely increase the amounts through training. Much like you would train a muscle to give you more power by lifting weights, you can also train your willpower ‘muscles’ by giving them regular workouts.
My overall outlook has really improved as well. I can see a bright future without the illnesses that were inevitably coming if I’d carried on pursuing the drinking life.
Step Right Up…Guaranteed Health…Today Only
You can never guarantee good health, that’s for sure, but you can live your life in a way that promotes health. The body that we’re born into doesn’t come with any guarantees. For the most part, you’re not gonna know that something might go wrong until it does. You don’t know what genetic factors will come into play to cause you to get ill, nor do you know which ones are keeping you healthy. What genes did you get from your parents and grandparents? There are genes that skip a generation or two, so you might have some of the dodgy genes from your great or great great grandparents. You can’t do anything about that, not just now anyway. Skip a couple of millennia and we might be on own way to making everyone perfect, just not today.
Own Your Choices
The shit that we put into our bodies that makes us sick is our responsibility. That’s where we do have a choice. Suffering from alcohol related disease is self-inflicted. Just as much as suffering from coronary problems because you can’t stay away from junk food is self-inflicted. Or sticking a gun in your mouth and blowing the top of your head off is self-inflicted. Death by alcohol just takes a lot longer, that’s all. Not for me anymore!
One of the most important changes for me is I feel like I’m a better role model for my son. That was something that was really hurting me badly. Anyone with kids will understand this. When you do something that’s so obviously stupid, that makes you act like a complete moron, and you do it in front of your kids, it’s sad to say the least. If nothing else, I have got a bit of respect back from my son. He told me he was really glad that I’d given up, that he was really worried about what I was doing to my organs.
I love what’s happening on the website.
I have over 70 videos on the site and YouTube now. I’m so happy that I can offer people some hope that it is possible to quit.
I still enjoy a good time, more now than when I was drinking. I can keep up with what’s going on, I still have my sense of humour, and I remember everything the next day.
The Good, The Bad, and the Better
Life is good without alcohol. Everything has changed for the better. I can’t think of anything that’s suffered because I stopped. It’s all very worthwhile. If I can do it, anyone can.
Life gets better, not because you’ve stopped drinking and something magical has happened. Just because you stop it’s not going to turn your life around. You have to work at replacing drinking with something else. That’s where all the magic happens. You start to see the things that you’re truly capable of doing when you’re not wasting your precious hours getting locked out of your head. (That’s an Irish saying. It’s usually said with a certain amount of pride about the amount of drinking that was done the night before…. “I was locked out of my head!”, but it’s what truly happens. You get locked out of your mind. You remember nothing, you appreciate nothing.)
If you can stay away from drinking for a day, you can do it for two, for three, for a week, a month, six months, a year, forever! You don’t need alcohol, it doesn’t need you. You can easily part ways without the world ending.
Quitting alcohol is only the first step on the journey to a new you. But, it’s an essential first step. Without quitting you’re doomed to repeating the bad shit over and over until it kills you.
I’m really looking forward to doing the video for Stop Drinking Alcohol Week 52 – One Year Without Alcohol!
So, that’s Stop Drinking Alcohol Week 26.
Thanks for visiting the site.
Until next time…
Onwards and Upwards!