Well St Patrick’s Day today marks the 602nd day in which I have been alcohol free. This makes me 60.2% towards my target (1,000 days for those slow at math!) which will be completed on April 19th 2020.
The start was hard, I remember I had to keep telling myself that I was not ‘allowed’ to drink and that I did not need it, this was all because my body had made it habitual during the last 14-15 years of drinking. After 3-4 weeks, it all of a sudden became ‘the norm’ and I just started to subconsciously refuse alcohol, almost like someone was offering me something which was so detrimental to my health that I completely ignored it.
Day by day, week by week and month by month has gone past where I have had birthday parties, Christmas dinners, new years eve parties, gatherings of friends and pretty much every other event you can think of where I have just remained as cool as you like and have felt so proud of myself when some has offered me a drink, I replied with
“No thanks, I’m t-total, today is XXX amount of days”
… the inevitable congratulatory comments following my proud personal statement are always something which has, does and will always mean a lot to me, even if I was to start drinking again tomorrow (no chance in hell!) I feel like I have come so far (and I have!) and everyday from now is just more and more icing on my huge fat imaginary cake that I have baked myself going so strong for such a long period of time.