Thursday – Unemployed, Chasing My Dreams
Fifth Attempt – Day 2 of My “30-Day Experiment”
I woke up feeling refreshed and energized, my mind still buzzing from some vivid dreams that paid me a visit during the night.
Anyway, this morning was a good one, and I spent a little time reflecting on my relationship with Allan. We’ve both decided to quit drinking (for at least 30 days), and the difference it’s making in our relationship is truly heartwarming. We even fell asleep last night holding hands, which was just the sweetest thing ever.
Allan and I decided to kickstart the day with a brisk walk in the woods. You know, nature has this magical ability to lift your spirits and bring a smile to your face. We couldn’t help but jog up the driveway, with smiles on our faces.
I’ve discovered that even short bursts of exercise, as little as 10 minutes, can be powerful in curbing cravings. So, I’m making a conscious effort to incorporate these little bouts of movement throughout my day.
I’m already feeling pumped up about what I stumbled upon this morning! While scrolling through YouTube, I found this incredible video by Chris Scott from Fit Recovery, all about exercise in recovery. Now, I know what you’re thinking, exercise might not sound like the most exciting thing in the world, but trust me, this one’s worth getting excited about!
Chris shared his personal journey of starting with light workouts after quit drinking alcohol, and it really hit home for me. He stressed the importance of taking it easy and starting small, which is so relatable for someone like me who’s been through their fair share of ups and downs. I mean, we’ve all had those moments where we’ve sworn we’d hit the gym every day, only to give up after a week because it was just too much.
But you know what they say, slow and steady wins the race, and that’s precisely what Chris emphasizes. It’s about consistency and building up gradually.
So, this morning started pretty normally with me making some broth on the stove. I can get a little impatient, just standing there waiting for it to boil. But today, I decided to change things up a bit. While waiting for the broth to boil, I thought, “Why not make good use of this time?” So, I grabbed the broom and started sweeping the kitchen floor.
Multitasking for the win!
I couldn’t help but think how this small change in attitude towards waiting is kind of like my journey to get sober. Back in the days when I was drinking, all I did was park myself on the couch or crawl into bed, watching endless YouTube videos. It’s no wonder the camp turned into a disaster zone. But now, I’m determined to turn things around. The state of the camp is like a mirror of my mental health. The cleaner and more organized it is, the better I feel about my progress in recovering from alcoholism.
And here comes my latest brilliant idea. When I’m about to leave a room, I’m challenging myself to find three things that don’t belong there and put them back where they should be. It’s like a mini scavenger hunt for misplaced items, and it keeps my space tidy. Plus, it’s a small task that I can do before getting back to my creative projects like painting or whatever else I’m into at the moment. If I need a break, but I don’t want to get sucked into a chore, I’ll pick a chore that takes about 15-30 minutes, like sweeping. It’s a nice little breather that keeps me moving forward without feeling overwhelmed.
I’ve realized that making these tiny improvements, bit by bit, will eventually add up to something amazing. It’s like exercise, right? We don’t go from zero to running a marathon. We start with a short walk around the block and build from there. So, if my kitchen is a total mess and I only have 15 minutes to spare, I’ll tackle a small chunk of the dishes and leave the rest for later. Progress is progress, no matter how small!
I’m already seeing the positive effects of these changes. Allan, who’s usually not much into cleaning, got inspired just by seeing me do a little something around the camp. Now he’s all over the place, cleaning and organizing like there’s no tomorrow. It’s like a cleaning frenzy!
So, that’s where I’m at right now. I’m learning that making small adjustments to my habits and routines can lead to big improvements in my overall well-being. It’s all about taking it one step at a time, doing a little bit every day, and before you know it, the camp will be looking like a shining gem!
What a whirlwind of a day it’s been! I’ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off, but you know what? It feels kinda good. Like I’m finally taking control of my life and making some positive changes. It’s just that everything is happening so fast, and it’s making me feel both excited and anxious at the same time. Ever had that feeling?
So, today, I started by getting my creative juices flowing, pouring my heart onto the canvas with some painting. There’s something therapeutic about letting colors splash around and expressing myself through art. Then, I tackled the campsite like a true warrior, cleaning it up and making it my little haven of serenity.
But all these positive changes aside, I can’t shake off this feeling of stress. It’s like a tiny raincloud hovering over my head. You’d think with all the good stuff going on, I’d be over the moon. But alas, life’s never that simple, is it?
See, in the past, when I felt overwhelmed, I’d turn to alcohol for some faux relaxation. I know, I know, it’s not the smartest thing to do, but it was my way of coping.
Well, not anymore!
I stumbled upon this website called “The Alcohol Experiment,” and it’s been a game-changer. There was this eye-opening video called “ACT #3: Alcohol, Relaxation, and Stress Relief,” which debunked the whole idea of alcohol being a stress reliever. Can you believe it? I’ve watched it so many times already, and it’s my secret weapon against those alcohol cravings.
You know what’s cool? Even though I’ve stumbled in the past with my attempts at being sober for 30 days, this time feels different. It’s like every time I go through this “experiment,” I gather more tools to fight those pesky cravings and temptations. Maybe one day, I’ll kick that habit for good.
Amidst the day’s challenges, sugar cravings were wreaking havoc on my senses. But guess what? I found an unexpected hero in my fridge: sauerkraut! Fermented foods are said to help heal the gut (just what I needed after all the alcohol I consumed in the past) and curb sugar cravings. Whether it’s a placebo effect or not, the sauerkraut worked like magic and tamed those sugar cravings.
Hooray for natural remedies!
As I lay down to rest tonight, I can’t help but feel grateful for the new tools I’ve acquired in my journey to sobriety. It’s not always easy, and there are bumps along the way, but each step is a testament to my strength and resilience.
And the best part?
I’m not alone in this adventure. Allan and I are in it together, facing the challenges, celebrating the victories, and making memories along the way.
Life is full of surprises, and every day is a chance to grow, learn, and transform. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? But for now, I’m embracing the wild ride.
So, here’s to courage, to healing, and to embracing the journey with open hearts and open minds.
– That Anonymous Artist
Supplementary Info: 30 Days of No Alcohol
30 days of no alcohol can be an incredibly rewarding experience for anyone looking to embrace an alcohol-free lifestyle. If you’re an occasional drinker or even an almost daily consumer of alcoholic beverages, trying out this challenge can bring about numerous benefits for both your physical and mental well-being.
During the first few days of cutting out alcohol, you may experience some withdrawal symptoms, which are common among people who drink regularly. However, within a week or two, you’ll notice an improved mood and reduced anxiety. Many individuals who have tried this detox reported better concentration and weight loss over the course of the month.
One of the significant advantages of giving up alcohol for 30 days is the positive impact it can have on your liver. Your liver gets a much-needed break from processing alcohol, allowing it to recover and function more efficiently. Additionally, abstaining from alcohol can also lead to improved sleep, as alcohol often disrupts sleep patterns.
Not only will you be doing your body a favor by going alcohol-free for a month, but you’ll also gain more control over your social life. You don’t need to worry about compromising your health or risking your driver’s license by getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol. Furthermore, you’ll be surprised at how other people drink less or are supportive of your decision to abstain from alcohol.
Dry January is a popular trend, but this challenge can be undertaken at any time of the year. If you’re hesitant, remember that you don’t have to commit to a lifetime of sobriety – you can merely try it out for 30 days. By the end of the month, you might find that your overall perspective on drinking has shifted, and you’re more mindful of your alcohol consumption in the future. So, why not give it a try? Your body, mind, and mood would surely thank you for this alcohol-free adventure.