January Reset… Who’s Going To Join Me?

Good morning friends!!  I can’t believe tomorrow is the last day of 2016!  Where has the time gone?  2016 has been a crazy year for me with many happy moments, quite a few trying times, a few big decisions and changes, and a lot of self discovery.  I would be lying if I said I was sad to see this year end; I am ready for a fresh start and I just know 2017 is going to be a great year!  

So you may remember last year that I did a reset last January.  I gave up alcohol for the entire month of January.  This was quite a challenge as someone who loves to sip on a glass of wine while cooking dinner or toast with champagne for some “exciting” event.  Let’s just say… there is always a reason to celebrate, but that doesn’t mean alcohol always needs to be involved.  Listen, I love a good glass of wine (or two), but after over indulging over the holidays, it is usually time for a much needed reset.  But if alcohol isn’t your thing, that is totally fine too!

I would love for you all to join me in the January Reset where you choose your vice and abstain from it for the whole month.  If you are a coffee addict like me, this could mean switching up your morning cup of joe for a cup of tea or a glass of water.  If you are a chocoholic, this could mean choosing a piece of fruit after dinner to satisfy your sweet craving instead of reaching for that candy.  If you are like my mom and love a sweet treat (for breakfast), this could mean giving up baked goods for the month.  (My mom is giving up her sweets for the month of January.)

But hey, if you have got it covered in the physical health department, maybe giving up something less concrete is where you would benefit the most.  This could be gossiping or being judgmental.  It could be switching a negative comment to a positive one.  This is your reset.  Reset your body or your mind or both!  This is about you and giving up something that is hindering your goals or holding you back from becoming the person you want to be.  Whatever it is you decide to give up, make sure it is something realistic and something you can stick to.  For me, giving up coffee is just not an option right now, but giving up my few glasses of wine per week is something very doable for me…. not easy, but doable.

So who went a little overboard during the holidays?  I am sure most of us did and that is totally okay.  Holidays are the time of the year to relax and enjoy good foods, yummy drinks, and sweet treats with our loved ones without worrying about being extra indulgent.  But now is the time to make a commitment to get back on track!  The January Reset will help you do just that!!  Are you going to join me?!?!  I sure hope so!

Questions:

  1. Are you a resolutions person?
  2. Anything you want to give up or do more of in 2017?
  3. How was your 2016? 

 

 

The reason you have not seen alcohol on the blog this year…

Happy Saturday yall! I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far and that the weather is beautiful wherever you are!  We are settling back into life at home with the pups (plus a couple) and are enjoying a relaxing, productive and fun-filled weekend so far! We are hoping to pick out some new fabric to re-upholster our dinning room chairs (they are in desperate need of an update) along with installing a new dining room light fixture (this may have to wait until we have some more hands on deck.  (Ahem, family, I am talking to you.) 😉 

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You are probably wondering what the heck my blog post title means and don’t worry, I will explain.  It is no secret that I love my wine.  Always have.  Red or white, doesn’t matter, I don’t discriminate.  I also love champagne (who doesn’t?) and fun fruity drinks in the summer time.  

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And before you ask: No I am NOT pregnant.  🙂 (sorry, mom aka Mimi)

2015 was a big year for me.  Ever since we got engaged in October of 2014, there have been celebrations nonstop.  From celebrating our engagement, to bridal showers, to couples showers, to bachelorette/bachelor parties, to celebrating with friends and family, to our wedding weekend, to the honeymoon, shortly followed by the holidays, 2015 was one big party.  

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Please don’t get me wrong, 2015 was the best year of my life, but probably not the best year for my liver.  I have always been a believer of all things in moderation and for me that means having a drink here and there, but not every day or every weekend.  I don’t have/nor have ever had a problem with drinking alcohol, but I found myself celebrating and making an excuse (“work was so stressful today,” “I am so stressed from all this wedding planning,” etc.) to drink more often than the previous years.  I wouldn’t change a thing because 2015 was an amazing year, but I wanted to start 2016 off on a healthier note!  

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So I set a resolution to have a “sober January” and not consume any alcohol for an entire month.  It was difficult, but it was the best decision I have made since saying yes when my husband proposed!  

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The first week was hard as I had to break a routine I did almost every day.  I like a glass of wine at dinner, but my favorite time to have a glass of wine is while cooking dinner.  I like to watch shows on my Ipad with my cordless headphones while I cook dinner and sip some wine.  It is my alone time each day that I cherish.  Breaking that habit was hard at first, but after the first week, I no longer even thought about reaching for some wine.  The other hard time to avoid alcohol was in social settings.  I consider myself an extroverted introvert.  I am pretty shy at first when meeting new people or when put in a group setting, but once I start to talk, I don’t stop. 🙂  Alcohol definitely helps me open up more in a group setting and the first social setting (remember the dinner party/game night we hosted at the beginning of January?) was hard to resist a glass of wine while everyone around me was drinking, but at the end of the night, I was so happy I didn’t give in.  And guess what?  I still had a blast!  

I really learned a lot from this experience so I thought I would share what I learned and the positives that can come from abstaining from alcohol for one month!

  1. It takes about a week to break a habit (for me) and after that it was not very difficult. 
  2. I have a lot more will power than I previously thought (especially in social settings). 
  3. You do not need alcohol to have fun!  It may be uncomfortable or awkward at first, but you should do what you want (not what others are doing). 
  4. Physically, I felt so much better all month!  My workouts were more productive, I slept amazing (8+ hours every night), my digestion improved, my head/thoughts were clearer, and I was a lot less groggy/tired in the mornings.  

Final Thoughts: Giving up alcohol was a big challenge for me, but after completing the month of no drinking, I had no desire to have a drink.  I feel better physically and mentally than I ever have before.  I do not plan to abstain from alcohol all together, but I will definitely be using the moderation approach more carefully in the times to come.  

While in Florida, on February 2nd, after our long bike ride, my husband took me out for a drink to celebrate (oh the irony) my Sober January.  

And it was delicious, even if it took me 2 hours to finish 😉

Thanks for letting my share my journey with you!  As always, have a fabulous weekend!!

Questions:

  1. Do you drink alcohol? Drink of choice?
  2. Ever gave up something for an entire month? Alcohol? Sugar? Fast food? Meat? Caffeine?
  3. What would be the hardest thing for you to give up today?