Five weeks without alcohol

Well here I am. I have finally hit five weeks without alcohol. I cannot actually believe that I am writing this.

five weeks without drinking alcohol

I have been exercising over the past 5 weeks more than I have done in many years…and not drunk. And do I look and feel amazing? not really, no!

OK my bloated face seems to have gone down, and I am remaining real about the time that I have been drinking compared to the time that I have not been – ummm around 20 years compared to 5 weeks without alcohol? But still, I think I was expecting a bit more than this.



Huh….I think it is time to give my head a wobble and put this in perspective – I can feel as I write this, becoming a bit negative about the progress along the alcohol timeline – so I will use something that I would encourage others to do. I write things down. In fact, that has been probably the most over-utilised technique that I am using now and during the past 5 weeks without alcohol.

So what positive changes have I noted so far

  • My heart rate has gone down by an average of 10 beats per minute (bpm)
  • Heartburn has died down – it is still there a couple of times per day, but definitely died down
  • pain in my back has subsided
  • Slight improvement in sensation in big toe
  • Managed to get to sleep – now without sleeping pills for 8 days
  • Slightly more money in my pocket – slightly
  • No hangovers for a while now

OK, so just reading this back – I have literally just wrote them off the top of my head and read them back – that is good medicine. I strongly advise you use that tool, as I did just then. I kinda feel like restarting this post, but I won’t. I guess that just shows you the power of doing that. As you can read above, I was questioning how well I am feeling, but in the grand scheme of things and with just over 4 weeks without drinking, there have really been some quite dramatic changes. Ok, I will wind my neck in a bit and try to go along with this ride/journey.

Due to my increase in exercise, and hoping to feel better (over-reaching before the time passes, some might say) I have been reading quite a bit about intermittent fasting -IF- and all of it’s benefits. Now, I am a creature of habit as I have stated before so this approach is probably something that may well suit me.

I have joined a couple of IF groups on Facebook and followed some people on Insta to see what it is all about. There are quite a few different approaches to it, but I am going to try the 16-8 method. This is where a person fasts for 16 hours (this includes sleeping) and eats during the 8 hours. I am not an expert in all of this but there appears to be lots of solid information online about the benefits of eating this way. For now, I will keep this part short and I am just putting this in my journal to see how it goes.

What changes have I noticed with five weeks without alcohol – broken down.

Body and health

My body is feeling a lot better really. I am exercising and can definitely notice some improvement in my fitness, having found a few exercises easier and feel stronger with them. I have also levelled up in some of the cardio machines as well, so that is a good indication of things going in the right direction.

My body – I don’t really think that I have changed really. This week, I did have one person telling me that I looked quite healthy…but that person was my mother, so I don’t really think that counts. My mum has always been positive and complimentary, unconditional love. I am very lucky to have people like that in my life.

Sleep

I am now on day 11 without zopiclone. It was going quite well, but last night I struggled to get to sleep. I was in bed for around 3 hours awake, then 4 hours sleeping, then back off to gym in the hope that I tired myself out. I am honestly not too concerned about sleep. It would be nice, of course, it would, but I am just ‘keeping it real’ with my expectations.

Mood

At five weeks without alcohol, I think I have reached a turning point and feel generally more chilled out. On week four, I was quite snappy. Writing this down and reading it back has made me more aware of this.

Appetite

Eating is still one of the best improvements so far on this journey. I am eating regularly – probably a bit too much but not concerned about it due to the increase in exercise and lack of alcohol being thrown around my system. I don’t want to be too harsh on myself and am happy to take small steps. Saying that, I have just started the Intermittent Fasting – literally just on day 2 now. As mentioned, I am doing this quite blind really and putting faith in the fact that it is good for me. I will evaluate this and educate myself as I go along, but the health benefits just seem too big to ignore.

I will carry on – ODAAT!!*

  • ODAAT = One Day At A Time – a mantra that is thrown around the sobrer communities quite a lot.

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