Friday, May 27, 2011

90 Day Challenge

Getting far too round. Time for extreme measures!
I never really drank until I turned 21. There was the one night in the summer between high school and college that some childhood friends took me to a party and fed me 3 beers. By the third beer I was sitting on the kitchen floor of the house where the party was drunk as a skunk. The boys got scared about keeping me out until midnight, afraid my mom would ream them a new one. Mom was asleep by the time I got home but woke up while I was rummaging through the fridge needing to get something in my stomach besides booze. She walked into the kitchen and I never turned around. She said four words to me. "Are you drunk?" "Yes." I replied. "OK." And back to bed she went. It took a few years after that instance until I actually started drinking. In fact my freshman year of college I actually lost weight instead of gaining the freshman 15.
So here I am 10 years later, almost exactly 10 years after that first party and night of drinking, declaring that I am going to give up booze for 3 months. I think while I am at it I will give up coffee too. I want to feel healthier. I want to lose weight. I want to stop feeling anxious and stressed out. I think the coffee makes me anxious and the alcohol attempts to balance it out. When in reality I could just stop both and maybe feel more balanced.
For the past month I have been attending yoga classes on a regular basis and running at least 3 times a week. There have been a few inconsistencies from traveling but for the most part that has been my routine. I felt awesome directly after my run. But after dinner and a glass of wine I didn't feel so great. So in an attempt to take healthy living to the extreme, here I go eliminating booze and coffee (I never thought I would see the day I would want to give up the cup of life) in an attempt to lose weight and feel great. It is easier to be held accountable in a public forum, which is why this is being posted on my blog. I will probably be a bear for a while because I can't imagine starting my day without a cup of coffee. I think the booze part will be much easier. I used to never drink in the village or when I was at the dog yard. Drinking and the bush never seemed like a good idea. But somehow town made booze ok. Well I am here to challenge my stance on that.
No booze and no coffee for 90 days starting May 27, 2011. Anyone else want to join me?


  1. I've been caffeine free for a year in June. I also have had two partial glasses of wine. The hardest part has been the peer pressure. Friends can be mean ... "you're no fun when you aren't drinking" and stuff like that. I've even faked it a few times asking the bartender for a glass of soda water with cran and lime so I could lie to my friends. They totally thought I was drinking and said I was way more fun. I do feel better. I'm in, but I was already there. Good luck!

  2. Good for you! That is so great! We used to drink so much coffee together (and wine) it seems like. It is interesting about the drinking thing. A guy friend of mine had these 3 male acquaintances that were really big into picking up the ladies despite being married with children. When he would turn down their offer to find him another lady, despite him having a girlfriend, they would get really defensive. My friend claims that because he was not accepting of their way of life and choices they felt their world view was threatened because there was a non-conformer around. Kind of sounds like the same with drinkers and non-drinkers.

  3. We did drink a lot of wine! It is a lot easier to do something you know isn't right if you have someone with you to justify it. Not that I think drinking is necessarily wrong, I think the behaviors that usually arise because of drinking is. Can you imagine being as drunk as we were in Nac around a bunch of sober people?

  4. So true. Not really. I suppose it was a coping mechanism. Just as it is a coping mechanism here. Time to cope some other way.

  5. I gave up drinking for a month last year and it wasn't has hard as I thought it would be. The toughest part was that Nathan did not join my challenge and seeing him crack a beer made me crave one. I ended up drinking a lot of herbal tea so I could still feel like I got a treat.

    I don't think I will give up drinking entirely, but I have cut back quite a bit since those wine days in Nac! I have one beverage most nights and I haven't had a hangover in forever. As for coffee, girl, you crazy. I have 8-12 ounces a day and they are very necessary!