|Me with a dirty martini - |
one of my favorite libations!
I’m starting up this blog again to document a big change for 2015…
…I’m going booze-free for 1 year.
I have never been very heavy drinker. I have certainly had those binge-drinking nights in college and a few in the recent years, but nothing I would consider an addiction. In general, I’d say I consume somewhere between 6-8 alcoholic beverages per week on average. Not a ton, but not exactly moderate either.
In the past, I’ve said that I want to cut back on my alcohol
consumption for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is for the sake of my
health, but also for being lucid on Saturday mornings, not having to deal with
hangovers, or just to simply save money. However as I found out with trying to
cut back on chocolate, sometimes it’s easier to just cut it out. Completely.
I started taking classes in nutrition this year, and they
have opened my eyes to how amazing the human body is. It takes a lot of crap from us, and keeps on
trucking. To function optimally, it
needs a lot of hydration and nutrition. Alcohol is one of those things that has
no benefit whatsoever to our bodies. The water in it is counteracted by the
diuretic qualities, it’s processed in our body as sugar, and it contains no
vitamins or minerals. It’s really just a toxin – a poison for our bodies and
our little cells. Alcohol also puts a
lot of stress on our livers and our kidneys.
I know what you’re thinking: everything in moderation! And yes, some studies have shown that a glass of red wine here and there can be beneficial. But with my Italian heritage, I don’t think I’ve ever been able to have ONE glass of red wine. Come ON.
Now don’t get me wrong – I LOVE alcohol. I love toasting a
drink to friends, and I love the association with celebration. I love trying
new beers, ciders, wines, and spirits. Living in Colorado has opened new doors
to tastes and flavors I’ve never experienced, and the people who craft these
libations amaze me with every new sip. I even enjoy the loopy little buzz I
feel after a couple of drinks with friends. I appreciate the craft of making alcoholic
drinks, and the friendly bartenders I’ve come to know over the years.
From January 1st, 2015 to December 31st,
2015 I will not consume one drop, sip, swig, shot, glass, or pint of alcohol. I
intend to blog about my progress here (whether good or bad), and hopefully
inspire some people along the way.
I understand that thousands of people have already done
this, and it’s certainly not a new concept. So many people have fought their
battles with addictions and overcome them. There are people out there who don’t
drink because of health, and others that don’t because of addiction. I applaud
those people for making the change for themselves and their families. People that have overcome their addiction and
can still be constantly surrounded by such a socially accepted practice amaze
Although my situation is different, I still seek empowerment
from my decision. I want to do this for myself, but also to hopefully raise
awareness. I want people to think about the way they want to drink – not just
because it’s social, but because of how they truly feel about it. If you don’t
want to drink, you don’t have to. If you do, you can do so responsibly.
I also want to challenge myself and see what I’m capable of.
I want to see the changes in my body, my bank account, and hopefully in other
surprising ways as well.
I will be tracking my progress on this blog daily, and also tracking
big changes every 3 months, on these pillars:
1) How I feel (in general – energy levels, mood, mentality)
2) Money (savings)
3) Physical changes (wellness and health, weight, sleep)
I am going to start a fundraising campaign in the near
future. I’m still determining the company, but I will have the information up
soon with how to donate. If you’d like
to support me in this endeavor, “buy me a drink” on that fundraising site. Want
to “buy me a drink” on my birthday in March? Donate $5 to that campaign instead.
It’s my non-booze fund!
Yes, a year is a long time. But considering the 33 amazing
years I’ve already spent on this planet, it’s still just a blip in my
existence. It could be a fantastic change, and I’m sure it will be a great
challenge. Whatever it will be, it will be an interesting journey.