… and feeling great!
Today marks 1 month without any alcohol. It also marks 1 month of my 360 degree focus on my health. So far I have lost a total of 22lbs, and am feeling more energized than I have in a very long time.
So let’s start with alcohol. The first 2 weeks were an absolute hell for me. I faced a number of withdrawal symptoms that were very unpleasant. The headaches and flu-like symptoms were nearly unbearable. Looking back, it was a small price to pay for the way I feel now. In the past I had problems with triggers in the form of good news or bad news (any strong emotion really). I now have the tools to direct the energy from drinking to more healthy options like going for a long walk. I was able to remain sober through two very ‘drinking heavy events.’ 1 was a symposium for my company out in California. Drinks were flowing like crazy around me as I stayed strong, bottled water in hand. And the 2nd was a friends wedding. And we’ll, it’s a wedding, people drink a lot. But not me.
Now onto health and wellness. For the past month I have cooked all of my own meals while allowing myself 1 cheat day. The ‘cheat-day’ is the only time I allow myself to eat ‘fast-food.’ (Each cheat day was spent on a little caesers pizza.) I have become very conscious of what I am putting into my body. I am purchasing organic foods from Willy Street Co-Op & Whole Foods. I drink only tea and water (and my occasional iced latte from Starbucks. Trying to cut back though). I have also taken it as far as making my own shampoo, toothpaste, & cleaning supplies. (I’m serious about the consciousness of everything around me.)
My journey to essentialism has eliminated a TON of stress. If you’re not following those posts, I’m trying to eliminate everything I don’t need. My goal is to have all possessions under 200 buy the end of the year. Actually, I may have even hit that mark already. I’ll have to go back and count. This minimizing has freed up both space and time around my apartment. It also reinforces my new healthy style of living.
All-and-all I am very happy with how things are turning out. I’m going to keep riding this wave. It feels good.