Last month we said no to fun (and no to booze), and yes to yoga with a solid crew of people both in Vancouver and around the world- hello to the gentleman from Texas! While our skin didn't get better nor did we achieve enlightenment, we did manage to save a few dollars, get more work done, and reset our alcohol intolerance- just in time for December parties (can't tell if that's a good thing or not...). Don't believe us on the benefits of snoozing on boozing? Have a read on what others had to say about their experience:
I’ll be perfectly honest – I don’t really know why I signed up for #NoFunNovember. I had been cutting back on the beverages for a while before that, and was feeling awesome (albeit slightly granny) about my newfound nearly sober state. However, I had never really committed myself to a full month sans alcohols. The thought of it always made me instantly roll my eyes. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of going out and trying to have conversations with drunken slurring strangers in dark rooms, I do love a good glass of wine at the end of a long week.
I HAD TO PROVE TO MYSELF THAT I DIDN’T HAVE A DEPENDENCY ON DRINKING, AND THAT IN THE END IT WAS ALWAYS A CHOICE – MY CHOICE.
As November was drawing closer and the reality of giving up my vino was too, I began to think that I probably wouldn’t be able to do it. But I did – and it was easier and more enjoyable than I anticipated.
Everyone has their thing - anyone who knows me well knows that I thrive on proving people wrong. To me, one person who doesn’t believe in me oddly gives me twice as much motivation as a room full of encouraging people who want me to succeed. Strange, but true. Thankfully #NoFunNovember was full of naysayers who continually doubted me when I said that I was going sober for the month. To be honest, these were people whose opinions I valued; but at the same time, I relished in the thought of rubbing it in their face when the clock struck December.
The most difficult part of the month were the social engagements.
I KNOW THAT THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO SAY THAT THEY CAN HAVE FUN WHEN THEY’RE SOBER AT A PARTY. I LEARNED (AND NOT TO MUCH OF MY SURPRISE) THAT I AM UNEQUIVOCALLY NOT ONE OF THOSE UNICORNS.
When the music is bumping and the energy is high and everyone else has a drink, I want one too! Going forward I realized that if I don’t feel like drinking, staying home and indulging in a Netflix binge is a perfectly acceptable (and affordable) choice.
The turning point in doing this came to me mid-month. For starters, I didn’t really think that I used alcohol to take the edge off. I rarely have more than one glass of wine at a time, so I felt like I had a completely healthy relationship with my friend ethanol. I began to realize that unfortunately this isn’t the case – I had to find other ways to take the edge off, de-stress and come back to a sane mind. I was able to make it to 15 yoga and fitness classes that month, and take some time to colour in my “adult” colouring book – to no surprise, I am still as terrible at colouring in the lines as I was when I was a kid. Patience is a virtue that I have yet to master.
IN THE END, I MADE IT THROUGH THIS ARDUOUS MONTH BECAUSE OF ONE THING: NUTELLA - SO MUCH NUTELLA.
The very thought of that jar of wholesome chocolaty hazelnut goodness just waiting for me in my kitchen cupboard helped me get through many a day. It’s possible that I may have created a new (tastier) monster in my life. #NoNutellaNovember 2016, anyone?