My 30 Day Alcohol Free Challenge

Day 2 – I’m hoping to lose some of the chubbiness in my cheeks and although the picture doesn’t show it, I really hope to lose one of my extra chins by the end of the challenge. My skin is covered in make up but is kind of ashy and uneven without it. Hoping that will change too!

Yesterday marked day 1 of my 30 day challenge to go alcohol free.  You’re probably thinking “What’s the big deal?  It’s only 30 days!”  Well, for me it kind of is a big deal.  For the past 10 years or so, I cannot remember a week that I didn’t drink. Most weeks I drink every day (it may be one drink or it may be 4) and I can honestly say that I have not gone a full week without one.   And don’t even get me started on the weekends.  I drink to get drunk and that habit is getting progressively worse.  Something needs to change. I’m hoping the 30 day challenge will help me limit my consumption drastically.

The main reasons I decided to commit to a 30 day challenge include:

  1. I have been trying for a few years to lose weight and failing miserably.  Alcohol is the biggest cause of that failure.  For at least the past 5 years my weight has increased by at least 3-4 pounds a year and I can’t work those pounds off.
  2. I’m tired all the time.  Alcohol is the biggest cause of that fatigue.
  3. I look at my skin and know it could look better.  Alcohol is aging me.
  4. I’m slowly killing myself.  My liver and kidneys may be functioning normally right now, but that could change quickly.

The Days Leading up the day 1:

I downloaded a couple of books to read to help me get started.  I started with The 30-Day No Alcohol Challenge last Thursday and this week I hope to begin The Alcohol Experiement.  So far I am finding the The 30-Day No Alcohol Challenge very helpful.

Day 1 (March 31)

Day one actually started a day early.  My whole intention was to start on April 1st, but I drank a lot of wine Saturday night and I was still feeling the effects of it when I got out of bed yesterday.  That was all the motivation I needed to start a day ahead of time.

I’ll post updates as the 30 days pass. 

Have you done an alcohol free challenge before?  I would love to hear about it in the comments.

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