We are more than halfway through January and a lot of people are inexplicably interested in the fact that I’m not drinking this month so I wanted to update you on my progress. Welcome folks – to the not drinking diaries part 2. If you missed the first instalment – it’s here – and essentially I’m doing #DryJanuary and won’t be drinking the whole month.
This comes with a set of obstacles. The ones I laid out in my previous blog post include – a friend’s birthday party, a trip to Vegas and my partner’s birthday.
How people are reacting
When you are at a social engagement and order a water or Sprite you tend to get these weird looks. The looks that say “are you an alcoholic or a Mormon?” or “wow what a fun suck”. Even the people who seem aghast that people would look at me or talk to me like that… look at me and ask very confused why I’m not ordering any alcohol.
That is the oddest realization I’ve had while doing this. People are very uncomfortable about drinking if you’re not drinking. Just to make something clear – I don’t think it’s weird if you drink. I’m not uncomfortable having water and chatting, I’m a pretty extroverted person as it is so it’s all right.
I think the intended consequence for a lot of people doing #DryJanuary or some form of it, is to lose weight. I can tell you I have not lost any. Or at least I think I haven’t? I honestly haven’t weighed myself in years but I feel the exact same. My partner on the other hand lost 7 pounds less than two weeks in. Boys.
I’m not trying to kick some addiction, honestly it’s just about making slightly healthier life choices and I’m probably saving some money along the way. It’s about a different form of self-soothing. I’ve been making an effort this month to reach for a book and not my phone or laptop (which is working out well by the way, I’m 600 pages into Game of Thrones). So why not reach for some water over alcohol?
How is it going?
So into the nitty gritty about how the day to day has been. The first dinner I went out to was on January 5th, my dad said he was going to join me in this pursuit, but promptly ordered a Manhattan. So he was out. I stuck to my guns and just had water.
Then there was a friend’s birthday… which happened to be at a brewery. I got a Sprite and had the last laugh when ultimately my bill was way cheaper and I got free refills. So I got through that.
Onto the biggest hurdle…Vegas. I was in Las Vegas for four days for business and needed to get through an incredibly packed schedule so in the end this turned out to not be a struggle at all. I didn’t have a single drink, I was simply too busy. I barely had time to eat, let alone sit down and enjoy a relaxing glass of wine.
This past weekend I went to two dinners with my partner and different groups of friends. Having someone who was also joining in on this challenge made it a bit easier, but also more obvious when we both would order water – that something was up. The first dinner our friends join us in just having water. The second dinner I was questioned a fair bit about what I was doing and why, and then they acted shocked that people would grill me about it… after grilling me.
Anyways more than halfway in and still going strong, I miss an occasional glass of wine the most so I don’t think this is going to turn me completely dry. But I have been saving quite a bit of money and am being just that slight bit healthier every day. So it’s been pretty good.
Ultimately, it’s about pushing myself and proving that I can accomplish this.
Are you doing dry January? Or do you not drinking? How do you find social situations when you’re not drinking?
I’ve got a fun post tomorrow talking about my Vegas trip, don’t forget to follow on Bloglovin’ so you don’t miss out.