Day 166 Alcohol Free: Jumping off the Sugar Ship

Today is day 166 of sobriety.

Earlier this afternoon, a colleague walked into my office, looked me in the eye, and said, “Old Fashioned?”

And I shit you not, I had no idea what he was asking me. Old fashioned what, I thought. My clothes? My hair? The oppressive and restrictive rules of our patriarchal society?

“Old fashioned, do you want one?” he asked again.

Wait. Okay, I get it now.

“Oh, no thanks!” I replied with a smile. He gave me a thumbs up and walked away.

That’s it, folks. Day 166 of sobriety and not drinking has become so normal to me that my mind doesn’t hop immediately to the thought of alcohol, even when it’s mentioned. I like that.

Yes, today is 166. Today is also day 1 of my Low Carb, High Fat diet lifestyle change. I did this once, back in 2012, and had fantastic results losing weight and getting rid of some persistent skin problems. My energy was higher, and I felt much more confident in myself and how I looked. I think I lost 30 pounds or so, which brought me back to my high school weight after a few months of persistence and lots of macronutrient tracking.

But even then, I drank. Not as often, but I definitely still drank. I drank beer and hard liquor with mixers. I was convinced I could make a LCHF diet work with my booze habit. So yeah, sure, I lost weight and felt better. I even transitioned to a Paleo diet after about 6 months of LCHF, and was doing my best to eat whole, healthy foods, with no added sugars and no grains.

But I kept drinking. The cognitive dissonance was pretty extreme. I measured my foods down to the tenth of an ounce to keep myself well within my macro targets, but threw it all down the drain when I opened the first (and then second, and then third) beer each night.

So, now I’m really ready to give it another shot. Maybe I’m crazy for starting this before the holidays, but hell, I could’ve said the same thing about quitting drinking before the holidays. It might be a bit trickier to navigate two Christmas dinners without indulging in sugary confections or cozy comforts like mashed potatoes and gravy, but I’m ready, and I’m confident that I can make it work for myself. I’m hoping that these initial few days will pass quickly and painlessly, since sugar detox can be uncomfortable and frustrating – much like detoxing from alcohol!

Still, I’m ready. I’ve been doing well with sobriety but, as I’ve written in past posts, I haven’t been able to wrangle my eating habits in quite as well. The constant stream of sugary treats at the office hasn’t been helping, nor has my weakness for barbacoa quesadillas from the mexican joint down the road from my house. I’ve been drinking more diet soda lately, which I’ve noticed causes a mini-spike in my anxiety levels. I haven’t been paying much mind to my sugar intake, and I’m sure I’ve been wildly underestimating my caloric intake on a daily basis.

So that stops today. I’m aiming to keep my net carbs under 30g a day, with a huge increase in my fats (coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, nuts, etc.), and a moderate increase in proteins.

It’s not going to be easy. I know this. These types of lifestyle changes never are. But it’s worth it to me. It’s worth it to feel better, and to look better, and to have my clothes fit me more comfortably. It’s worth it for the boost in self-confidence and the lowering of my anxiety. I’m starting out with an original goal of 100 days, and once I hit that point (on March 31, 2017), I’ll decide where to go from there.

Here we go!

5 thoughts on “Day 166 Alcohol Free: Jumping off the Sugar Ship

  1. I Quit Wineing says:

    I have been doing Paleo for six months. I tried to do the low carb high fat thing but didn’t see any weight loss after three weeks and stopped it because I just couldn’t convince myself it was right. I see it working for so many people. On youtube there is a lady called Keto Karma who has lost so much weight doing that. But for me it just doesn’t work. I get upset because I badly need to lose weight and nothing seems to work. I love paleo because I truly believe eating this way is better for my health but still no weight loss. Maybe that magic 100 day sober will hit and all the fat will melt away! I can only hope. Well done on reaching the stage where you no longer obsess about alcohol. I am really looking forward to that.


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