The start of my journey…………….

The start of my journey…………….

So this blog is about  my recent journey of becoming sober and the healthiest I have ever been!

It has taken me a long time to pluck up the courage to start a blog! Because you are putting yourself out there flaws and all , but if my journey over the last twenty-six months can inspire anyone to reduce or stop their drinking and start living a healthier lifestyle – at any age- then it is worth it!

On the 21st November 2016, I decided that I wanted to quit drinking alcohol and get in the best shape I possibly could. The decision wasn’t made lightly, I enjoyed my weekend wines but at 41 the hangovers, even after just a few glasses seemed to last longer! Every Monday I would start the week feeling rubbish and  determined to cut down and get healthy, it would start off well but by Thursday I would be feeling like I deserved a drink and the weekend would then pan out exactly the same, then back to Monday feeling rubbish again. I got to the point where I was actually bored of this viscous cycle and constantly beating myself up about it, so I did literally wake up that Monday and just thought, right ok I’m gonna do this – its time to change!

Fitness and exercise became my focus so instead of thinking I was giving up alcohol I started to think yes I am giving up alcohol but  I am also taking up more exercise, eating healthier foods and I suppose you could say getting healthy was my new addiction. I’m definitely an all or nothing kinda girl and fitness and being healthy became my thing! (clothes shopping is a close second!)

I want this blog to help, motivate, inspire and encourage anyone who feels stuck like I did, to just get up and do it because believe me anything is possible if you really want it badly enough! You can change your lifestyle and how you feel! As explained in my disclaimer I am not a qualified nutritionist or personal trainer (yet!) but I know I can now deadlift my own bodyweight, and I know what foods and recipes have worked for me too.

So if you want to come along on my journey of just a normal (ish!) forty-two year old, married, busy mum of two, trying to feel the best I can both physically and mentally and living a life I love, just enter your email or follow me on Instagram. You can become the BEST version of you, lets do this together!

Angie xx

PS. if you want to leave a comment, just click on the title and the option comes up,you can also find me on Instagram @liftingweightsnotwine

 

19 thoughts on “The start of my journey…………….

    1. Thanks Jonesy! Wasn’t sure if to put pics on here (especially the one from about 4 years ago, not a good look for me!) but they help tell my story! Anyway day 78 is AMAZING, close to the big 100!! Make sure you plan to treat yourself to celebrate! 👍🏻😚xxxxx

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  1. You might as well be writing about me. I too loved my weekend wines (who knew weekends started on Thursdays?) I was almost starting to look forward to Mondays as I aimed to not drink until at least Thursday (didn’t always work out). I’ve now not had a drink for exactly 8 weeks today and I feel amazing. Like you I’m trying to become the best version of myself. Keep up the good work. 🙂

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    1. 8 weeks!!! That’s amazing, well done you! Once we know we are t the only ones out there, it makes it so much easier. So many people just don’t admit to it being a problem or how rubbish they feel when drinking. So we need to be proud of ourselves for what we are doing. And the best thing is, it just keeps getting better and better!!! Thanks for commenting, have a fab weekend!!! 👍🏻😚💪🏼👯‍♀️xx

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  2. So glad I have found your blog. Great to know I am not alone on this journey. Day 2 for me only but feeling motivated and encouraged. Thanks for sharing your journey!

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    1. Hi, thanks for commenting it means a lot to me if my blog can help anyone on their journey! Early days so just be gentle on yourself, take one day at a time, sometimes a minute at a time! You are doing something amazing for you and your health and your life, just keep telling yourself! I only started my blog a couple of weeks ago so not many posts yet, I put quite a lot of stuff on insta too so if your on there please follow me. You can do this!!! 👍🏻😊xxxx

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  3. Well, got to day three and slipped up. Mainly because I just felt alone. Hubby went for a surf and I was left cooking dinner and seeing to our two girls. The urge was just too strong. This morning after just felt so bad, like a failure. I felt so strong and motivated but the minute I felt disappointed I started to entertain the thoughts of having a glass of wine. Will I ever get to a place of resistance?

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    1. Hi there, well don’t feel bad! I have had lots of day ones, day threes, the list goes on! One day it will just carry ongoing and your day 1 will be your last. Just start again today, right now. If those thoughts come back just drown them out with something that makes you feel good, read a book, exercise, walk, hug your kids, make a green tea, finding a new healthy recipe, or just go for a walk! The urge will
      Pass, remember that, and make sure you have some
      Alcohol free drinks that will quench that thirst. Start today, one day at a time. I know u can do this xxxxxx

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      1. Yes, I am definitely going to try again. I know what that triggers are so I need to prepare for those times. Here’s to trying agian,! Thanks for your encouragement, means a lot!

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      2. Thatta girl!!! Do not give up!!! Took me a long time to get my head round it all! Are you on insta? Find me if you are because I put a lot more on there. Big hugs keep me
        Posted xxxx

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      3. Hi there!!! You can do this – look after yourself at the weekend- book a massage, buy a book or magazine- lots of chocolate and enjoy some early nights. In the early days I looked forward to hangover free weekend mornings more than sober nights- I think that’s normal. Just give yourself time- sending a big hug – you have got this!!! 💗xxxx

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  4. Love your blog. Today is my Day 1 and I am determined to beat the wine witch. I am just so sick and tired of feeling like crap. I need to do this!!!

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    1. ahh thankyou!! Day one, you can do this!That’s exactly how I felt, just sick and tired of it all! I recommend mummy was a secret drinker book and blog if your not following it already, plus Jason Vale’s -kick the drink book. I will hopefully blog about these books tomorrow. Are you on Instagram, find me if you are because I post on there daily. Big hugs, you’ve got this!! xx

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  5. Hello, and thank you for the uobeat, motivational blog of yours! I accept your challenge, isn’t it yet another dimension in this brilliant road named recovery and discovery. Today I am 76 days AF 🙏
    Learning to forgive myself.

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    1. Hi there!!! 76 days that’s AMAZING!!! Glad to have you on aboard and you will celebrate your 100 days whilst doing the challenge too, that’s a double celebration!!!! Yep it’s definitely a journey of discovery, loving it!!! Well done you and thanks for commenting and following 💗xx

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