This month I have taken on two parts of the same goal: calm the consumption. I gave up drinking, shopping for stuff, gratuitous searching online and buying software. I have a little more than a week in my official month. How have I been doing?
Drink: outstanding. Not a drop
Eat: not really monitoring outside of my normal healthy eating goals. But I have been craving sweets since I’ve stopped drinking. I’m allowing myself this pleasure.
Shop: I have bought 2 dresses in the past week. I am more than okay with this. Guangzhou is now in summer weather, which means 95 degrees with 85% humidity. Since moving here I gained over 10 pounds and my tailored suit skirts and collared shirts are both too tight and too hot, most of my clothes I can’t wear. So I threw out one of those tight collared shirts and bought a dress. Then I did that again.
Search: It’s better than before, but I still love to research and learn about shit. I’ve done a lot of reading on AA, got lost in readings and stories about David Foster Wallace, I did reach on which AA app is the best for what I wanted. I paid $.99 for a great little app that has all the AA reading material, prompts for writing and daily checklists with optional reminders. It’s super and/but a little cutesy. It’s called “Came to Believe” or CTB. Look for the Owl logo if you are interested.
-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