So that’s us 3 weeks into Sober October, and I have to say, I think the lack of a nightly red wine has been doing wonders to my body.
On Thursday I was able to do my first unassisted pull-up EVER as well as join club 80kg for deadlifts. On the same day. Rejoice. To put it into perspective, I have been lifting for about 4 years now, and have been stuck on around 67.5kg sumo deadlifts for about a year, so suddenly being able to get 80kg was definitely one of the highlights of my week.
I feel fitter, and apart from one spot that decided to make its presence known during the course of the working week, my skin has been super clear as well.
Continuing the it-doesn’t-count-if-I-didn’t-buy-it trend that seems to have taken form this month, I did end up having a drink this weekend again.
My best friends who live in Glasgow who I don’t get to see very often came through to Edinburgh and we went to the movies together (I saw Joker for the second time, and it was just as brilliant, if not better, than the first time I saw it) and had games night.
I was actually really good and had non-alcoholic beer at the cinema – my friend Gillian is also doing Sober October and John had to drive so wasn’t drinking anyway, and it wasn’t until we all started playing board games and messing around that I had a couple of glasses of wine. Both glasses were from the bottles that my mum bought me on the first weekend of October (remember that?) and I’d successfully restrained myself from drinking, so yes, technically, I didn’t buy them, which means they don’t count.
I know, it still counts as breaking my Sober October pledge, but if I’m being honest, I refuse to beat myself up about it. I haven’t physically bought myself any form of alcohol this month so far, and each time I’ve had a drink it’s been just one time at the weekend – much less than my usual glass-a-night habit that was costing me a fortune and ruining my liver.
I have 10 more days to go until the end of the month, and I think I’ll succeed in making it to the 31st October without having another drink (check in next week for my final Sober October blog post).
The last 3 weeks have certainly been a learning curve, and I’ll be interested in seeing if the habit continues after the month is over.