Day 2, No Alcohol (Embarking on a Journey of Abstinence, Exploring Two Alcohol-Free Days & a Round of Non-Alcoholic Emotions)

Friday – Work Day

First Attempt – Day 2 of My “30-Day No Alcohol Challenge”

5:43 AM

I greeted the day with a surprising burst of energy, waking up a whole 25 minutes before my alarm. Talk about a rare occurrence!

Last night’s sleep was a real gem – I slept like a rock, interrupted only briefly when my boyfriend ventured to the washroom. Dreams flooded my mind, vivid and plentiful, a welcome change after months of dreaming in monochrome or not dreaming at all.

The real kicker, though, was brewing coffee for my boyfriend and myself. Usually, he’s the designated barista while I laze around in bed until my alarm blares.

But not today!

I took charge and felt a surge of pride for this small accomplishment. Sure, life might be tangled in debt ($90,598.82 to be precise) and daily struggles, but little victories like this matter.

7:13 AM

Just a few minutes before I had to head to my dead-end job, I stumbled upon Joe Rogan’s video, “Be The Hero of Your Own Movie.”

Be The Hero of Your Own Movie | Joe Rogan Motivation

Now, this struck a chord with me. Joe talked about jotting down goals, areas of self-improvement, and behaviors we refuse to tolerate from ourselves. It got me thinking – when was the last time I set goals? All I’ve been fixated on is my next drink.

Perhaps it’s time to start dreaming of a life that doesn’t revolve around alcohol and focus on becoming the hero of my own story.

12:35 PM

My day at work started off decently enough. Energized and even in a somewhat good mood, I thought I had struck gold in the motivation department. But alas, by 11:30 AM, my enthusiasm had vanished into thin air.

Could it be the monotony of my job that’s draining me? Or am I still playing catch-up on sleep? Maybe it’s just par for the course?

3:03 PM

Taking my much-needed work break, I found myself overwhelmed and grumpy this last hour. As an introvert, constant social interaction drains me like nothing else.

Originally, I planned to gas up the SUV after work, but the mere thought of dealing with people has me passing the torch to my boyfriend. I need solitude to recharge my batteries.

6:24 PM

With the workday behind me, I’m about to make my way to pick up my boyfriend so he can gas up the SUV and deal with the cashier. I don’t have the energy to even say “hello” to someone besides my boyfriend.

But, a hint of nervousness is lingering in the air. See, usually, when we ride home together, we convince each other to swing by the liquor store. It’s a mere five minutes away from our place.

6:54 PM

My boyfriend couldn’t resist the allure of the liquor store and came back with a six-pack in hand. I reassured him that we both have separate personal journeys and that I wouldn’t judge him for his choices. Yet, amidst it all, I held strong and didn’t give in to the temptation. For the past 17 years, succumbing to alcohol would have been second nature for me. But not tonight.

However, I did indulge in a sweet treat—an ice cream delight from the gas station. It’s crucial not to replace one coping mechanism with another, especially considering my minor weight issue. But hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day, right?

8:27 PM

As I pen down these final thoughts, I can feel a swell of pride and accomplishment. Another day conquered without succumbing to the allure of alcohol.

Tomorrow is another workday, so I’ll be hitting the hay early tonight. But I’m determined to keep this momentum going. Each day without alcohol is a step forward on my path to self-improvement. It’s not an easy journey, and there will be bumps along the way, but I’m ready to face them head-on.

Looking back, it’s amazing how a simple video and a shift in mindset can awaken dormant aspirations. Today, I realized the importance of setting goals, of envisioning a life that extends beyond the clutches of alcohol. I want to be the hero of my own movie, writing a story that’s filled with fulfillment and purpose.

As for my boyfriend, I’m impressed with his restraint—only two cans of beer instead of the entire six-pack. I would have drunk the entire 6 pack and would have wished to drink more. It’s a reminder that everyone’s journey is unique, and we must respect each other’s choices and paths.

So, my fellow dreamers, let’s raise our imaginary glasses (filled with sparkling water or the beverage of your choice) to another successful day. Remember, it’s the small victories that pave the way to greatness. And with each day I conquer, I’m one step closer to becoming the hero of my own extraordinary story.

Until tomorrow, keep dreaming, keep striving, and keep pushing forward. We’ve got this!

Yours in determination,
That Anonymous Artist

Supplementary Info: Day 2 No Alcohol

Day 2 of your alcohol-free journey is a significant milestone on your path to sobriety. By now, you may be experiencing some alcohol withdrawal symptoms as your body adjusts to the absence of its regular intake. These symptoms can vary from person to person, but they often include anxiety, sweating, and feeling generally unwell. It’s important to remember that the severity and duration of these symptoms depend on the individual and their drinking habits.

For those who were moderate drinkers, limiting their intake to one or two drinks per day, the withdrawal symptoms may be less intense and shorter in duration. However, for heavy drinkers or individuals who engaged in binge drinking, the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal can be more severe and may last for several days or even weeks. In extreme cases, delirium tremens, a severe form of alcohol withdrawal, can occur. If you experience any of these severe symptoms, it’s crucial to seek medical help immediately.

During the detox period, it’s essential to take care of your mental and physical health. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and other non-alcoholic beverages. Your liver will be working to metabolize the remaining alcohol in your system, so it’s important to give it time to recover. Over time, as your body adjusts to an alcohol-free lifestyle, you’ll start feeling better both mentally and physically.

It’s important to remember that this journey is not without its challenges. It’s natural to have cravings and moments of temptation, especially in the early days. However, stay committed to your goal and try to distract yourself with activities that bring you joy and fulfillment. Surround yourself with supportive people who understand and respect your decision to stop drinking. Most importantly, be kind to yourself and acknowledge the progress you’ve made. Each day without alcohol is a step toward a healthier and happier life.