Reasons To Be Cheerful …..

So a whole year has passed alcohol free from start to finish.  Wow 🙂

For some reason the Ian Dury and the Blockheads tune popped in to my head!

It seems fitting to end the year by counting my blessings and expressing gratitude for all that I have in my life and all the improvements I have noticed since taking that one simple,  yet incredibly hard at times, step of putting down the drink.  As we count down to the strike of midnight tonight here are the 12 ways my life has been totally transformed:

  1. Better Sleep.  Man oh man I love my sleep and when I drank it was my biggest battle.  I would sleep but not feel rested.  Now I sleep like a baby and wake feeling refreshed and re-invigorated.  This is the single biggest change that makes everything else seem doable and more manageable.  Oh yeah and the best sex life I have ever had 😉
  2. Money Saved.  Me and Mr HOF have saved over £6,000 since we stopped!!  What could you do with that additional stash of cash?
  3. Weight Loss.  I’ve lost over 12lbs despite treating myself regularly with chocolate, sweets and cakes.  No other changes needed, just no booze.
  4. No hangovers.  YEEHAW!!  Hated them, love life without them.  Nuff said 😉
  5. Improved skin and hair.  Yes!! Nails are incredibly long and strong.  Hair only needs washing once every 3 days now (used to be daily) and it feels like when I was pregnant and it was all thick and lush.  Wowzers, added benefits I didn’t even expect!
  6. Lower stress levels. Completely.  This is the calmest and happiest this household  has ever been and each day it gets better as my patience, listening and communicating skills improve.  I was a hag with a hangover and not enough decent sleep!
  7. Lower blood pressure.  Less stress = lower blood pressure.   No alcohol = lower blood pressure.  My ticker is loving it 🙂
  8. More energy.  Running 3 times a week – 5k each time and run times just keep getting better as my energy and fitness level improves.
  9. Feeling healthier.  Very little illness in the HOF household this year and I do GENUINELY feel better.  Who knew that not poisoning myself on a daily basis would boost my immune system so radically?
  10. Feeling my feelings and it not being a bad thing!  Life has it’s ups and downs and now I experience them without feeling like I am going to drown in my own emotions.  Emotionally I am far more balanced and can actually tell you what feeling I am experiencing rather than just numbing the sh*t out of everything good or bad …..
  11. Achieving more.  In the time since I’ve stopped I’ve changed jobs, started a Masters, created my e-book and online course, and met so many lovely sober people in real life.
  12. I like myself more.  No more crippling guilt and shame because of my drinking antics and through the love and understanding I have experienced here within the sober online community.  Thank you to each and every one of you.  Here’s wishing you the Happiest of New Year’s and I can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

30 thoughts on “Reasons To Be Cheerful …..

  1. These are all pretty fabulous reasons to be sober lovely, especially the last one! Happy 2015 to you when it comes. Thank you for all of your lovely support this past few months. You’ll never know how much you’ve helped.

    Love a bit of Mr Dury, watched his bio-pic the other week……………..

    1. Yep Daisy – not one reason there to make me think that picking up a drink again would be a good idea! Oh yes wolfie says ‘ooh a glass of champagne would be the perfect way to celebrate all of those successes tonight’ but I know that would trigger the great unraveling of all those achievements. A very sobering thought indeed. Happy 2015 to you too lovely and thank you for being on the journey with me – it makes it all the better 🙂 PS Great film!

  2. that’s a cracking list Lou, love it to bits! reminded me of the story of the origin of ‘teetotal’ – we are indeed t-totally transformed 🙂 🙂

    and now I have mr dury and his blockheads as earworm for rest of day…..not-so-thankyou perhaps?! xxx

    1. Thanks Prim 🙂 What’s wrong with a bit of Ian? 🙂 Saw them live before he passed and they were ace! At least it’s not ‘hit me with your rhythm stick’ as your ear worm – oh oops 😉 😀 xx

  3. Fabulous post again! And you are listing a lot of the things I either am starting to feel already (even after a month), or what I would like to be posting myself in 12 months time.

    Thanks for your support & wishing you and your family an Amazingly Happy New Year xx

    1. Thanks lovely and I promise all these things can be yours if you JUST don’t drink. Easily said right? Thank you for your support too and here’s to a year to remember completely 😉 xx

  4. I really aspire to be writing a list like this this time next year. Day 32 and looking forwards……
    Have a wonderful 2015 and thank you for all your messages of support xxx

    1. You will be Claire and 32 days is a fabulous start 🙂 You are welcome and we all support each other – that’s one of the gifts of this journey xx

  5. Love this list!!! There are so many reasons to be cheerful when alcohol is no longer the dominant force in your life.

    On my list is the community & support provided by so many amazing people on the Internet – some of whom I’ve met, some of whom I’ve not. It’s bonkers – but it helps so much.

    It just helps to reads lists like this & know that Things Can Only Get Better. Oh damn – look, I’ve soiled your blog in the most unimaginably vulgar way – putting D-bloody-Ream into the hallowed company of Ian Dury. And now Ive got Tony Blair in my head too ….. euuggghh.

    Anyway – Happy New Year!!!

    1. LOL Haggis 😀 Arghhh D-Ream and Tony Blair, god mind bleach quick! (which ironically I have a postcard about which reads ‘Vodka is my mind bleach …..’) You’re right it is bonkers but it is the vital piece in the jigsaw puzzle – not feeling like you are doing this alone 🙂 Happy New Year lovely xx

    1. Happy New Year to you too lovely. Here’s to celebrating your one year in Feb 🙂 xx

  6. I am happy for you! Happy for us and the whole world that you quit. That is a beautiful list. 🙂 Hope 2015 is going to be even more wonderful for you.

    Thank you for your kind word of support and advice during this year. They helped me BIG TIME to find and walk the road to clarity and being sober.

    <3 <3 <3, Feeling

    1. Hey feeling – my Dutch sober friend 🙂 Happy for you also and I have learned a great deal from you too. Here’s to wonderful things for all of us in 2015 <3 Lou xx

  7. Such a brilliant list and thankyou for a year of posts that have consistently inspired and informed. You have made such a difference to my getting sober – so thank you. Hope 2015 is everything you want it to be xxx

    1. Absolutely Sharon! I’ll be toasting the New Year in with a salted caramel sponge pudding with cream and a Nojito 😉 xx

  8. Great list Lou – definitely serves as a good reminder that drinking again is not worth it. Happy new year and wishing you all the best for 2015 x

    1. Thanks soberp 🙂 Happy New Year to you too and here’s to seeing you again in 2015 sometime xx

  9. A wonderful list indeed :). I’ve learned so much from you and the others in the sober blogging community this year, I’m still a work in progress but I know there will NEVER be another Day 1 for me 😉 xx

    1. Thanks Lori 🙂 Still a work in progress here too but that’s okay – progress not perfection right? 😉 xx

  10. Dear Lucy,
    Man, I hope I can get that list!
    Way to go!
    I think I’ll make my own, but it’ll be little! LOL
    I am on 118 days, almost 4 months!
    Anyway, thank you for all the cool posts!

    1. Hey untipsy – you can you can! 🙂 118 days is awesome – keep trucking and see you in 2015 😉 xx

  11. You pretty much wrote my list for me! 2014 has been quite a journey! I’m happy and excited to be embarking on 2015, to be my second full year with no alcohol. Hurray for us! Thanks to those who have been showing me the way- and here’s a helping hand (and a hug) extended to those just embarking on this satisfying and gratifying journey away from Too Much Alcohol, toward Authenticity!

    1. Hey Carrie!! Happy New Year to you too 🙂 Read your recent blog post and wanted to comment but having problems on the Blogger platform leaving comments. Here’s to both of us and the start of our next full year without booze. So happy to hear from you and congrats on your belated one year soberversary xx

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