What I learned from 30 days of no alcohol

What I Learned From 30 Days Of No Alcohol

30 days of no alcohol.

[blankly stares off into space. nope. not me.]

That’s what I thought when I first read something about it being the perfect time to try a month of no alcohol as we were heading into Virgo season.

Obviously, it was on some astrology site. I can’t even remember which one now.

I know there are a lot of people who don’t believe in astrology. I’ll be honest. I’m not even sure what I believe when it comes to it. If my faith were to be placed into the box that it’s supposed to neatly fit into, then it would say I’m not allowed to believe it. However, I don’t believe in legalism when it comes to religion…and that’s about as far as I’ll delve into religious beliefs.

I have always believed that I am characteristically a Virgo. Plus, I am an extremely curious person who wants to know everything about every thing. So in that curious process I looked at my natal chart and discovered that the Virgo personality does claim to be strong. My Sun, Moon, and Mercury are all in Virgo, which is my 9th house. I don’t really know what that means…but if that’s you’re thing and you wanna share some insight, feel free to leave it in the comments.

Anyways…

That was how I stumbled upon the idea of no alcohol.

I really wasn’t sure if I would succeed.

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Which is why I didn’t bring it up in Friday Faves until later.

I don’t drink heavily or even drink every day, but there’s enough times that I knew that 30 days would take effort on my part.

Especially because the hubby was not joining me on this particular experiment of mine. And yes, I call it an experiment. That’s because I often do these mental or physical experiments or research projects in which I am the subject.

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I’m not gonna lie, the hardest day of each week was Sunday night when the hubby and I would sit down to watch Game of Thrones. It is the only show that I stop what I’m doing to sit down and watch with him. We usually have our wine or our beer and decompress while watching this epic storyline before heading into the work/school week.

My detox did end prior to that season finale though!

Since I know some of ya’ll are still catching up..no spoilers from me.

But…oh…my…goodness!

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So what did I learn?

I thought that I would have some epiphany or mental clarity once the supposed brain fog lifted.

Nope.

But what I learned is that I have the mental fortitude to push through to the end of a goal that I set for myself…. even when no one is watching.

It would have been easy to say “I don’t feel any different”, “my skin isn’t clearer”, “I haven’t lost any weight”…”why am I doing this again.”

And there were moments when I wanted to do just that.

But I didn’t.

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I do want to keep pushing my comfort zones. In recent conversations, I’ve discovered that I have a strong fear of failure and so quite often I just don’t try.

In keeping with the “30 days” concept, I’ve decided that each month of my 40th year I will do a “30 days of…” challenge. I haven’t figured out what each challenge will be, but they will likely focus on mental health, fitness, nutrition, hobbies, or the environment.

To keep things more streamlined, I will start them at the beginning of the month. I plan to let you all know what each challenge is a few days prior to the new month, just in case you are interested in joining me. It’s very likely that I will have failures during some of the challenges and this will be hard for me, but I feel like it’s the next step in my growth.

Check back tomorrow where I’ll announce my September challenge!

p.s.- The first one shouldn’t be too hard. My 40th birthday isn’t until the 12th, so technically, I’m starting 2 weeks before my 40th year. Plus, you gotta succeed for your birthday month. Right?!

Let your light shine!

Amy

 

 

29 thoughts on “What I Learned From 30 Days Of No Alcohol

  1. It’s a funny thing with drinking. I know myself I can go months without any desire for a drink. But then, some days… especially when you’ve got kids. 😛

    Good job setting a goal and following through!

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    • Thanks! In the end, it really became about the goal. I knew from my past that I did not have an addictive personality, so I was pretty sure I could do it, but wasn’t sure if I’d really want to stick to it. And yes…raising teens does NOT make it any easier. 🙂

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  2. Such a challenge. Well done for getting through it! I am going without wine, amongst a lot of other foods/drinks this next 28 days to perhaps two months, to try and cure a health issue that I have had. I’ve gone without before but wine is totally my treat after a huge week! Day 4 and doing well, although it’s totally the weekend that gets me!

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    • Thanks Dee!
      Weekends were definitely hard. I was glad that it was at the end of the summer so it was likely there wouldn’t be “girls night’s out” or anything. I hope that you are able to figure out what’s going on and find a cure for your health issue! xo

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  3. Sounds like a good plan 🙂 I agree, it’s good to take inventory in our lives, make sure the habits we have are still working.
    Like you, we tended to chill out to GoT and we’re sad there isn’t that this weekend. We need a new chill ritual.
    I often go a month without alcohol, so I don’t know that I’d see any new benefits. Be my luck, that’s when we’d have a bunch of drinking nights! Hah! Much harder for me to go a month without soda 😉
    When your moon is in the same house as your sun, then you are sorta you AMPLIFIED. Your outer world (sun) is your inner world (moon) in your case, making you seem more honest, because you’re really exactly as you seem to be. The fact that Virgo is honest anyway makes this more so.
    Mercury in your ninth house indicates a strong desire to travel and learn — always making connections, identifying patterns. (We share this one.) When there are four or more planets in one house, then it gets really interesting and you see some undeniable personality traits, but three isn’t too rare. It makes you very you!

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    • I’m looking forward to making sure my habits are still working. 🙂
      We are definitely going to need to find a new chill ritual. I’ve read that GoT won’t be returning until 2019. Say what?! I don’t know if that’s true or not, but a year was already long enough to wait.
      I was really worried that there might be some drinking nights. Luckily, we had just returned from the beach so we were in homebody mode. I haven’t had soda in well over 2 years. I drank daily Diet Dr. Pepper’s, but when all the bad junk escalated about diet versions of soda, I just gave it all up. The boys seems to be loving the favorite of my teen years – Mountain Dew.
      Thanks for the info on my planets! I knew they represented inner and outer traits, but I find all of it so fascinating. That Mercury placement definitely explains a lot! 🙂 I had heard 4 in a house was pretty rare. Nobody in my home has that!

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    • I’m not sure ANYTHING can replace Game of Thrones!
      We did watch Vikings on the History Channel, but it doesn’t start back until the end of November. I’m invested in the story, but don’t like that they’ve changed history. I would have preferred it to be fiction at that point. I admit I was biased because I discovered the show while researching someone’s else’s genealogical work that ties my lineage to Rollo.

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  4. Hello.
    This is an interesting read for me, as I am not drinking this September. My boyfriend made the decision that he wouldn’t drink this month due to some health reasons, and so i thought I’d join him too. I don’t drink a lot, and hardly ever during the week. However, i enjoy a glass of wine on a friday evening, to celebrate the weekend, and also with food at the weekend. I started about a week ago, and so my end date is going to be just before the end of September. At the moment I can say that i don’t yet feel any different, and yes I do fancy a glass of wine with my food! haha!I will succeed though, as I am very focussed on my goals!…roll on October 🙂

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    • I think it’s great that you are joining him. It did make it a little harder that my husband wasn’t joining me, but that made me even more confident of my willpower. I’m sure that you will succeed!! 🙂

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