Lessons of A 46-Day Vacation from Booze14 comments
(I wasn’t booze-free in this picture)
It was part of a 40-day commitment I made for my Kundalini Yoga teacher training.
“Teacher, add 40 days of no alcohol to the list!”
OMG! What have I done? This was a bad idea. What was I thinking? No wine with the girls! No whiskey! No Sunday Funday! 40 days?!
I was totally freaked out by this commitment, so I knew I had to do it.
I’m not an everyday drinker and rarely have alcohol in my house; but when I do go out, I love to get silly.
Bring on the karaoke!
The hardest part was the first week.
“Can I have just a water with lemon?”
Oh, gawd. The waitress thinks I’m a total jerk and probably hates me for taking away from her tip that the two glasses of wine would normally add.
Have you ever felt that way?
Some of my friends (and I’m in my 30s) were really bummed that I wouldn’t be drinking for 40 days.
How much do we do that involves drinking?
I went down the list: canoe trip with the tied off cooler. beach day mimosas. cider and rum after pumpkin picking.
It somehow finds its way into everything!
I almost gave in when I let my favorite guy down on his holiday:
“You’re not going to have a beer with your grandpa on St. Patrick’s Day?”
I had no idea how much social pressure I felt.
After I stopped feeling bad (the waitress will be fine), I loved my booze vacation:
“You look so clean!”
No booze for 46 days meant less work for my liver and a cleaner diet.
Seriously, who craves green juice and salad after a night of red wine? Not me!
I felt cleaner and more vibrant. I slept better and woke up earlier.
My (I believe) pancreas was bugging me for months. I felt healed within the first week!
Saved lots of cash
I live in downtown Chicago. 46 days of no wine at dinner. Enough said!
I was more productive and present
My greatest takeaway:
Going out and “getting silly” was my go-to when I felt overwhelmed or uncertain.
Rather than deal with how I felt, I would go have fun and forget about my to-do list.
The next day I had a perfect excuse for why I couldn’t write or show up as my best.
I blamed it on how much I loved to have fun. Now I know it was part of how I limited myself.
Will I drink again?
Yes. I don’t know that I’ll ever give it up for good, although I have considered.
I do know that the experience has changed my relationship to drinking and what it means to have fun.
5 Tips For a Booze Vacation:
1. Get clear on your intentions.
My intention was to be more disciplined and challenge myself to something I thought would be really difficult.
2. Make the commitment to/or with someone else.
Knowing that I would have to face my yoga teacher was enough to keep me committed.
3. Find a drink replacement.
Going booze-free doesn’t mean you have to stay home. Order soda water with lime. It’s tasty and you’ll feel like you’re having a drink.
4. Make fun plans.
I took a hip hop dance class on a Friday night. I went on nighttime walks, attended an art show, and had tea dates.
5. Notice how you feel.
Keep a journal on how you feel. Pay attention to your skin and weight. Notice how much better your decision making is.
Enjoy the clarity and vibrance.