As usual, things haven’t quite gone to plan. No, I haven’t fallen off the wagon. But I have been under the weather on & off all week. ‘Off’ often enough for alcohol-free to still be a challenge, but ‘on’ enough that my main motivation of increased health & fitness has been completely scuppered. I’m feeling very sorry for myself!
Here’s a summary of my week so far:
Day 1 – Friday
My favourite drinking day. The end of the working week, a time to relax and unwind with a glass of wine. But it was day 1, so I was fresh with enthusiasm for the challenge. Feeling righteous sipping on my fruit infused water, I relaxed and unwound watching a movie with the kids. Vaguely taunted by the single g&t leftover in the fridge.
Day 2 – Saturday
Felt completely wiped out so not drinking wasn’t a challenge.
Day 3 – Sunday
Feeling much better 🙂 I tried to go for a run in the morning, but my legs weren’t quite up to it. Had a productive day, and ignored the thought of celebrating with a glass of wine.
The kids’ bedtime was particularly challenging, with tantrums and meltdowns. The leftover g&t started calling. But I had a plan, & I substituted gin with junk food. Not a great long-term plan, but one to get me through the early days.
Day 4 – Monday
Again, I wasn’t feeling sick until I tried to run! Another failed run. Otherwise uneventful.
Day 5 – Tuesday
Felt much better (& didn’t try to run!). But I was blindsided by the mid-week bank holiday tomorrow. It’s like another Friday I hadn’t accounted for! I was feeling much better, there was no rush for bedtime, the kids were watching a movie – it was the perfect evening to have a glass of wine while cooking dinner. I forgot to focus on the positive (there’s less positive to focus on with my two main motivators on the back burner!!). I felt sorry for myself and grumpy, & turned to chocolate and an early night.
Day 6 – Wednesday (waitangi day)
I am not better. On the plus side, I wasn’t resentful of missing out on a glass of wine with lunch. Had a family day out, but really I should have stayed home and rested. Maybe I should stop turning to junk food, it probably isn’t helping me to recover.
Planning for week two:
Remembering my why isn’t working right now, given that my two biggest motivators are health and fitness, and they’re not playing ball. Good job I have the accountability of having announced my intention to the world! And the responsibility of people watching my journey to see whether it’s something that they could do. I can’t let them down.
My biggest challenge is coming up this weekend (if I’m better) – a weekend camping with a trip to a winery. My plan is to focus on the positives:
– enjoying time with family
– enjoying good food
– swimming, playing
– being a gracious sober driver 😉
What are your tips for sticking to your goals when things get challenging?