When I woke up on January 1 after a night of celebrating, I felt sick. Sure, the New Year is the time to celebrate, but I was finding that more and more I didn’t need an excuse to over-indulge. My body was paying the price. I needed change.
So, I signed up for a 5k in March.
In the past, when I’ve tried to get healthy, I didn’t have a solid goal. It was always just to “lose weight”. Guess how well that goes after about two weeks? Time and time again, I failed. The theory behind signing up for a race is that, my goal shifts from losing weight to being healthy enough to run 3.1 miles. The weight will just naturally fall off in the process of achieving the goal. So I found a work out buddy, and together we got a gym membership. I started eating the types of foods that would sustain my workouts.
Then, I made the biggest change – I quit drinking alcohol. Cheers?
Alcohol has notoriously derailed my fitness goals over the years. No more. All of those empty calories just before bedtime? Gone. Not to mention, the energy my body used to spend cleaning up after a bender is now spent building muscles. Drinking always meant waking up exhausted in the mornings anyway and feeling drowsy throughout the day, even with a cup or 3 of coffee. Plus, the excessive caffeine use was causing other health problems.
I am proud to report that I have successfully gone 1 month alcohol-free! I have also lost 8 lbs, and I can run nearly 3 times as far as I did at the beginning of January. My energy levels have sky-rocketed! I haven’t felt this good in years.
Today, as I attend my friend’s annual “Superbowl Bash and Celebration of Bacon” I know I can say NO to the things my body doesn’t need. People always say, Oh just try a little. Everything in moderation. But, you know, moderation is just a foot in the door of excess – at least where alcohol is concerned for me. I’ve boarded up the windows and doors to my old life. I feel good. I’m not going back in there.