I've had 10 different months to celebrate my journey so far. The first month felt like such a huge accomplishment, the next few months anniversaries weren't as monumental but that time was so full of strive and work to get to know myself again. Not I'm at 10 months and it feels like a big deal again. Maybe it is the double digits, maybe it is the cumulative effects of feeling great, but I'm looking to celebrate where I stand.
So in the last 10 months what has changed:
My face! My skin looks great, not drinking and sustaining a skin care routine at night has made a marked difference.
My body! I've lost 15+ pounds and I eat more ice cream and other sweets than ever before.
My energy! I am more even keeled, not swinging manically from exhaustion to hyperactive. My life is full outside of work: Arabic classes twice a week, yoga, tennis, cooking dinner, friends.
Exercise: I like to joke that I lead "an active life style" because who says that? But I do have routines that are healthy that I keep to consistently. Dog Face and I jog, I have my tennis lessons and I have a tennis friend finally, I go to yoga every week, sometimes twice.
Sleep: unless I'm very stressed I fall asleep easily and stay asleep all night. I don't even hear Husband or Dog Face snore anymore!
The downfalls of 10 months sober? None when I think thought the affects of actual drinking. I still hang out with my drinking friends the same, maybe leaving a bit more early from gatherings. Sometimes boredom because I can't escape with drinks, but I've been bored when drinking too. So, no regrets.
-Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp -Almost Alcoholic by Joseph Nowinski and Robert Doyle -After the Tears: Helping Adult Children of Alcoholics Heal Their Childhood by Jane Middelton-Moz and Lorie Dwinell