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Dry January: The Results Are In

Paula Marie Paula Marie
6 minute read

No Drinking Wine

The Dry January Results Are In

Where we left off…

Dry January has kicked off and I am totally committed! As the days and weeks click by, I am finding this experiment interesting on many levels. So how did it go? Well, Read on to find out......

The First Week

One week in, my husband folded and had a glass of wine on Saturday evening. I was disappointed but still determined to keep going. I was working out almost every day, and I was feeling great! I noticed I was sleeping better and I was hoping to lose weight since I eat healthy, do not have sugar and almost no carbs except for wine. So I was expecting to lose at least a few pounds this week.

After seven days, I weighed myself. I was up 3 pounds! That’s right, UP! I was shocked and ready to break out the wine! But, I decided to keep going and ignore the scale results - there must be a mistake! I have always thought I would lose at least 10 pounds a month if I stopped drinking wine. Since wine is the only unhealthy thing I consume regularly, I was sure the weight loss would kick in. I was committed.

The Mocktail Replacements

Every Friday evening at happy hour, I would serve a mocktail. The goal here was to create a “mind hack” and trick my subconscious into thinking I was having a drink and, therefore, would not miss it. After several attempts, I decided that the mocktails weren’t helping much and the “fake wine” was like drinking white grape juice. I drink wine to get a buzz, and I love to party and have fun. The mocktails were not cutting it, so I cut those out and started drinking club soda in a wine glass with lime.

I will say there was one mocktail that I liked. The drink is an Orange Ice drink with diet sprite. It sparkles like champagne and is tasty. This was a nice change. Both are zero sugar and zero carbs.

2 Weeks into the Challenge

Fifteen days in, my husband and I had an occasion worth celebrating. We were searching for a condo for our daughter, and in the fierce Colorado real estate market, we kept getting outbid. I wrote offer after offer and could not get any of them accepted. Then the perfect condo hit the market, and we got it!

I was so excited. My husband said, “let’s have a toast” He opened a bottle of wine. I was tempted. After all, it was only one glass and a special moment that needed to be celebrated. That is when it hit me; Drinking is used to celebrate, relax when we are stressed, and every other reason in between, which is why it is such a habit.

A Dry January Revelation

I realized at that moment that I had a belief system deeply rooted in the belief that alcohol is needed to celebrate, relax, and have fun. This observation was disturbing. I had to ask myself, “Do I need alcohol to experience any of these things?”. I decided to stay focused and felt more determined than ever to reach my goal. I poured my champagne mocktail, and we toasted. I could tell my husband was surprised as he realized that I was taking this seriously.

A Difficult Moment Arises

Eighteen days in, I was having a particularly difficult moment. My Mother was extremely ill, and I had been up most of the night with the doctors and hospital. I caved and had one glass of wine. Disappointed but determined to reset, I was back on track the next day.

I decided that one day didn’t change all my progress, and one glass of wine would not detour me. So, I refocused and continued the journey. As the days and weeks ticked by, the craving was going away. It was an “out of sight - out of mind” feeling. I was sleeping better than ever, and my mind felt crystal clear.

I have to say that I loved waking up on the weekends refreshed with no sign of the adverse effects of alcohol. The biggest surprise was that I did not lose ANY weight, not one pound! I was shocked, disappointed, and not happy! My body seems to want to be the weight I am, and I accept my body as it is. I am grateful to be healthy.

Dry January: The End

After thirty days, I enjoyed a glass of wine. After just ½ glass, I had a great buzz! This was one of the best benefits of all! You build up a tolerance when you drink regularly, and it takes more and more alcohol to get a buzz. So this turned out to be a great benefit to resetting my alcohol intake.

Conclusion to the Challenge

As I add wine back to my life, I feel more in control and aware of my consumption. I know now that I can stop anytime I desire and do not “need” wine to experience life. This is an old belief system I came up with long ago that no longer serves me or fits into my life. However, I enjoy it, and like most things, moderation is the key.

The conclusion is that I am glad that I tried it! If you tried it, too, I would love to hear your thoughts and results!

In the future, my goal and wish for you is to be healthy so you can achieve your goals and live a Kick Ass Life!

Stay Tuned,

Paula Marie is a published author, successful realtor, and entrepreneur. Paula's mission is to empower others to manage their time and mindsets to live an extraordinary life! With Paula's eight powerful tools and life planning strategies, you can create the life you truly desire.

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