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The Sobriety Diaries {Day 8}

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Here is what has changed in my eight days of not drinking…

One full week of not drinking has come and gone.

So what is different about my life?

I have noticed a bunch of small changes. Of course, they may not be entirely attributed to sobriety. I’ll never know.

But here is what eight days without wine has done to me…

  • More focused & productive. I have gotten SO much writing/organizing/housekeeping done in the past week, it is insane. I am fresh in the mornings and in the evenings I am not falling asleep on the couch after my wine.
  • Better attitude. Not ALL the time, but at times, I have been in a better than usual mood. I have even been willing to try new recipes for dinner…things that my husband has requested.
  • Less yelling. This one is debatable, but it feels like I have yelled less. I may be wrong, though. Yesterday was a doozy!
  • Lost 3-4 lbs. After plateauing at the same weight for a few months, I have finally been able to lose weight. This is in part due to the missed calories from wine and also, I eat less when I’m not drinking in the evenings.
  • Saved money. I probably definitely would have purchased three four bottles of wine in a week’s time. Not this week– that is an extra $40-$50 in my pocket!
  • More energy. My body isn’t spending energy on recovering from a hangover so I am more able to workout.
  • Sleeping better. At first I was sleeping worse, but now that I have adjusted to not having that wine in my system (that used to make me drowsy), I am sleeping better.
  • Less neck pain. Okay so this one is weird, but for a few months before I did this, I had been having neck pain. Some days it was HORRIBLE and I couldn’t turn my head. Other days it felt fine. Since I stopped drinking alcohol, I have not had any neck pain at all. Coincidence? I have no idea.
  • Less social. I feel like I am a bit less social. I skipped a gathering last weekend to watch the boxing match. And I didn’t get together with my friends to watch Big Brother and have wine, which we sometimes do in the summer.
  • Grumpier to my husband. I will admit that I have been not so nice to my husband some evenings in the beginning of the experiment. I was still getting used to not drinking and it made me not want to be around him while he was having beer. But that has passed and now I’m fine with it.



Except for the last two, these are all good things! 

I am most excited about losing weight, although my trainer had been telling me repeatedly all summer that if I wanted to lose belly fat, I had to stop drinking wine.

Looks like she was right!

These are all excellent motivators to keep going on this journey, which is just what I intend to do.

Cheers! Enjoy a cold glass of Sauvignon blanc for me…

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