Friday, April 4, 2014

Giving Up Alcohol

When I was injured, and even a little before that, I was mad at the world. Drinking a little too much, for me, and not feeling that great. 

After the last night of going out (on February 1st), I decided to cut alcohol out completely. For some this may be a huge shock, but it isn't the first time that I haven't drank. I actually don't drink all that much, pick "kid drinks" while out to dinner and don't really feel the need to indulge in alcoholic beverages. Now that delicious (insert almost any kind of food) on the other hand, that's another story.

Unrelated, but kind of not, I also cut out coffee this week. Mostly, because I woke up on Monday with a bit of a headache and felt that it might be a caffeine headache. I don't drink coffee to "wake me up" (because it doesn't and I am usually awake anyway), I drink it in the winter because it is warm and in general because I like the taste.

 This is actually a chai latte, but it looks like coffee

But I don't want it to control me. I don't want anything to control me.

I don't want to feel like I have to drink alcohol to fit in or because that's what everyone else is doing (which is part of the reason I am not drinking, to be "different").

There are plenty of other reasons too that I am not drinking alcohol right now (the coffee will most likely come back this weekend or next week), I feel SO much better when I am not drinking, even one drink every once in awhile.

I am training, hard, for something that means a lot to me. If that means that I am "giving up" alcohol so that I feel better while doing it, that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure I'll have a drink every once in awhile.

Or, maybe, I won't.


  1. Good for you. I've never been a drinker other than maybe a glass of wine once or twice a year. People think I don't drink for training purposes. Not true but whatever.

  2. I'm a moderate drinker, but right now I am trying to limit my alcohol. Forget the empty calories...I just don't want to become reliant on it for my emotional well-being.

  3. I didn't drink at all when I trained for my first full because it helped me feel better. I rarely if ever drink now, after a while I promise you won't miss it as much.

    1. Oh I already don't, I never really drink much anyway I was just drinking too much for me.

  4. I gave up alcohol for 5-6 months last year and really didn't miss it. I will occasionally drink now, but still might go a month at a time between drinks... I rather be hydrated for my long runs instead of dehydrated!

  5. I go through phases when I'd like a beer or two....and then I don't want any for a long time. I had a rough time after my mom died and that's all I did, drink. I keep that in my head and know I don't want to go there again! You have to do what's right for you. As for coffee. I cannot. Ever.