I Went Liquor Free for 30 Days: Here’s What Happened

February’s Challenge was to cut out all liquor. For my husband and I, this was not necessarily going to be a walk in the park, as we drink socially with our friends and together almost every weekend. And since beginning a challenge every month in 2017 (you can read January’s Vegetarian Month here), results speak so here are a few things facts from omitting liquor from my diet: I lost 4.5 inches, I went down a jean size (successfully slid these babies pictured above over my booty!) and even finally got past my 15 pound weight loss plateau. Overall, I loved this challenge. I love that my husband and I are doing these together and have committed now to doing a challenge every month. Our next challenge: One Compliment Per Day. We have a few guidelines around it such as: we have to stop what we’re doing and look into each other’s eyes, hold hands and really give a heart felt compliment to the other. Then, we have to thank the person for their offering. I’m excited to share my thoughts around this because it’s something that’s already making big changes in our home and relationship. For now, here are Mark and my results from our 30 days of now liquor in February, to which we extended into March 2nd to complete a full 30 days.

The Armor I wore throughout the challenge was Purpose + Focus.

Doing a keg stand in 2014

Ashley Top 3 Results:

  1. Weight loss. I hadn’t been truly seeing results in such a long time and with omitting dairy in January and then cutting alcohol out completely, I have been able to drop a jean size and I feel so much better in my skin right now and the journey is so much more fun when you are seeing progress.
  2. My emotions were at bay. Normally, liquor would mix with me and bring out emotions I might have been pushing to the back or harboring. I never liked that liquor would bring me to deal with my emotions. I was able to deal with them and be in control of my forward progress with my emotions without liquor.
  3. Pride in myself. I felt this big sense of pride not drinking at my mom’s birthday party. Everyone was drinking and getting loud and it took everything in me to feel that uncomfortable feeling of just holding my water. I’m still working through that and trying to make new habits and see a new perspective. I am proud of myself for doing this challenge.

Why I did this challenge:

I want to see progress. I work really hard on my forward movement and my goals and I just wanted to keep challenging myself with a new challenge. This one I knew would be a big one!

My plans for alcohol moving forward:

I want to set an intention for myself if I do drink. For example, when I go to Paris, I will choose to have a glass of red wine in an evening and continue my workouts and being consistent across the board on activity and nutrition. I don’t want my habits with drinking to put a wedge in my progress. I tend to get the “oh fuck its” when I drink and for this part of my life, as much as I am learning to let go of control most places, I really need to be in control of my choices around drinking. I will choose wisely and reserve for special occasions and really enjoy what I am drinking, not just drink because everyone else is.

Mark picking his cousin Amy up with a cocktail in hand

Mark Top 3 Results:

  1. I have more money
  2. My workout performance thrived, whereas if I got buzzed the evening before, my performance was poor
  3. Weight loss

Why I did this challenge:

I wanted to support Ashley in her efforts because I know it made it easier for her not to drink if I was abstaining too. I also was interested in getting leaner and breaking the pattern of always pairing social situations with drinking alcohol.

My plans for alcohol moving forward:

For the future I plan to drink much less than I had been. I also plan to not rely on alcohol to make social situations easier.

Mark and I at a concert, booze in hand

Our annual tiki parties

You can see by the photos how this definitely was something that was challenging for us, as liquor is everywhere, even in our social and family circle. We are now working to have more of a mindful, balanced approach. Have you challenged yourself lately? It feels so good to do something hard, that’s where change comes in. Do you think you could start a challenge for you and your spouse or just for you? If so, what could you do that would really benefit you and your forward momentum? Comment below, I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. sUSAN SHERMAN

    I went alcohol free 2.5 years ago and decided I won’t go back. I am much more present in all situations, sleep better and wake up better. I have continued to face my social shyness or unease without alcohol. I feel that my emotions are much “truer” – in that they are honest, happen when they happen and are not masked or enhanced. its amazing and I love it!

  2. I have been alcohol free for four years and I love it. I brings in more spirituality and focus. It is easier to take action and move forward. Onward and upward.

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