The Reason I’ve Pledged to Ditch Alcohol

The Reason I've Pledged to Ditch Alcohol
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With all that is going on in my life and feeling like I’m running ragged all the time, I decided to become more accountable about what I put in my body. My whole life I’ve been conscious of food and enjoy exercising, but I have really struggled since having my second baby. Lack of time and a lack of sleep took its toll on me and food became a source of comfort. It’s true that the pregnancy weight didn’t come off like it did with the first, but I wasn’t doing anything to help it.

Why am I telling you this? Because hopefully by sharing my story, I will stay accountable to a healthier lifestyle. And if you’re out there and are ready to make a change, I’m right here with you.

In addition to making more healthier food choices, I’ve decided to become a sober sister. A recent study confirmed what we’ve known all along, but women who don’t drink alcohol have better mental health (duh). And I’m all about improving mental health.

I’ve had a fondness for alcohol over the years, and outside of my pregnancies, I enjoy alcoholic beverages on a regular basis – a couple drinks a week. I like the taste of alcohol and of course the way it makes me feel. As someone who is slightly more reserved, alcohol has certainly given me the liquid courage to come out of my shell at social gatherings.

But let’s be real, alcohol doesn’t make you feel good hours after the buzz wears off. And as I age, it ultimately is adding to the pounds I’m wanting to shed. But more than that, I don’t like how alcohol has become a crutch for me. If I had a long day at work or a stressful weekend with the kids, I made the excuse that I deserved a drink to relax. In reality, alcohol only numbs your stress, letting it resurface later.

So four days ago, I decided I’d add sobriety to my wellness goals. Does this mean I don’t ever plan to drink again? No. I will be intentional about when I decide to have a drink.

Here’s the thing about alcohol in our culture. It’s expected. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve turned down a drink and received as a response, “What are you pregnant?!” Ugh. Major eye roll.

No one needs to explain to anyone why they aren’t drinking, and if you’re a person who has questioned someone in the past (even playfully), it’s time to stop. People don’t owe you an explanation.

I’m looking forward to seeing how being alcohol-free will affect not only my body, but also my mind. I don’t think there is anything more rewarding than gaining better mental clarity.

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