So that's me just clicked over 3 months not drinking.. and I've had this bottle of rum sitting there the whole time. It started with me getting the flue, I was too sick to want a drink for two weeks then I thought I'd might as well go a month.
When I got to the end of that month I thought I'd kind of cheated as I'd been sick so I thought I'd go another month.
By the time I'd got to the end of that month the benefits where really starting to add up.
I'd learnt a couple of new tunes on my guitar, improved my photography skills and started swimming laps in a pool for the first time just to name a few.
What I didn't expect was a surge of anxiety and panic attacks 🙁.
I've dealt with anxiety since I was teenager really, and guess I've learnt to deal with it with alcohol. So being completely straight for two months for the first time in my adult life was a huge reality check. I found my self completely shutting down, even though I had lovely people wanting to engage with me, and I wanted nothing more that to talk to them, I just completely locked up 😫 it's a pretty crap thing .
So anyway, I've been dealing with it by getting in the pool almost everyday and I'm enjoying it. I am also just enjoying being healthy, I've taken the opportunity to try eliminating foods that don't work for me, I've given up dairy, tea and coffee, mostly red meat.. I've really been simplifying my diet and it's all good👌
All my pants are falling off me😯 I've just bought 2 new pairs of boardies and about to chuck a draw full 🙃 .
I didn't set out to give up drinking, but honestly I really feel like I've got a better perspective where I'm at at the moment.. What is difficult is socialising, I went to the pub the other week I was like an ironing board in a cupboard, everyone's bumping into me.. I had to leave after one ginger ale.. 😯 so that's something I need to work on.
It's so embedded in our culture here. Personally I don't see any difference between a couple of glasses of wine and half a bottle of scotch.. some people just need more than other's to "relax".
If it wasn't for my van and being able to control my environment I'd have stuggled to get where I am at the moment ✌
Finally, for the first time in my life, I met a @rottnestislandwa's local! This little #quokka smiled for the camera 😍😜 Another Australian wildlife encounter ticked off my bucket list!! Prepare yourself for more qoukka images🙌