I wish I had had the foresight to do this when I stopped. The value of hindsight and all that means that I missed the opportunity, but you don’t have to if you are reading this and still drinking.
What I wish is that I had taken a ‘before I stopped drinking’ selfie. Why? Because once you get a fair amount of time under your belt you begin to forget how awful it was and the impact that it had on you both physically and psychologically. A picture of me looking dog rough the morning after the night before – resplendent with blood shot eyes, puffy grey face and expression of ‘I am in world of pain’ would serve as a warning and a reminder of what had been before. Plus I have could have taken a selfie now and compared the ‘before’ and ‘after’ to see how much better I look. People tell me I look great but when the change is so gradual you don’t necessarily notice it yourself and these pictures would help with that.
Now wolfie is stirring at the tiniest thought (crafty bugger) of the need to go back and drink again so that I can get this ‘before’ photo, for the benefit of the blog of course, but I’m not falling for it. I will take a picture now at almost 6 months and compare it to myself in a year’s time instead
Here it is
Edited to add: A member of the Soberistas community has recently done this – taking a selfie on Day 1 and then again 3 weeks later and the results are gobsmackingly amazing and shocking at the same time. They look like a different person!
Edited to add: 14/04/14 Sobernoodles now has shared the pictures too if you would like to see Tanya’s transformation in 8 weeks!
PS I wish