500 hangover free days

So today is the 500th day of my hangover free life ……

Wow – I don’t actually know what to say.  I NEVER EVER thought I could do this.  I never thought that I could live without booze.  I thought my life, and I, would be a husk of its former self – me a whizzened boring dullard who had dried out not just her liver but her ‘joie de vivre’.  That couldn’t be further from the truth 🙂

My life is fuller and busier and happier than it has ever been.   This week-end I am off to London with a group of 8 of the coolest people I could ever have wished to meet.  What do we all have in common?  We all stopped drinking and showed up online looking for help, support and inspiration.  This week-end we will celebrate milestone anniversaries for several of the members of the group, we will visit museums, we will run and we will eat, drink and be merry without a drop of alcohol touching our lips.  I will come home knowing that this was the smartest thing I have ever done for myself, my family and my future.

When I started on this journey I didn’t know any of that.  I was scared and anxious and time stretched ahead like some kind of barren desert with no oasis of alcohol in sight.  But it’s just like changing any other habit.  I used to smoke and now I don’t.  I used to take recreational drugs and now I don’t.  I used to be proud of being ‘allergic to exercise’ but now I run.  I used to think late nights were for heroes and early morning for sleeping – well I still think that 😉

I love the book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers because she is so bloody right.  No pain no gain right?  I’m not saying it’s not difficult but the anticipatory anxiety (thanks Prim) is worse than the reality and the best bit is – there are hundreds, no thousands, of us choosing to do this now.  We are leading the charge folks so why not join me?

I’ve also celebrated this milestone early.  Four weeks ago I started volunteering one day a week at a local abstinence based drug and alcohol residential treatment centre.  It felt like the next right thing for me to do.  There is something so freeing about spending time with people where you can talk freely about your own addiction and recovery and you know that they just ‘get it’.  It’s my now regular once a week sober treat 🙂

Thank you to every single one of you who has supported me and I raise my cup of tea to you and the next 500 days!! 😀

PS I’m closing out today with a soberversary swoon <3

ewan mcgregor

32 thoughts on “500 hangover free days

    1. Thank you Claire and believe me when I say – if I can do this YOU can do this 🙂

      1. I remember around the 66 day mark was really tough and emotional for me too. As you said in your blog post ‘this too shall pass’ 🙂 xx

  1. the difference is profound indeed. I am immensely glad you are here discovering it and sharing it with others. so very proud of you, my dear. much love, Prim xxx

    1. Oh Prim where would I be without you? Thank you lovely and can’t wait to spend time with you this week-end. Thank you xx

  2. I’m still a month behind you Lou – and hope I always will be, lol.

    Well done – your blog is inspiring, thought provoking, political and positive, sometimes all at once! I wish I lived in London sometimes as I’m sure it would be a pleasure to drink tea with you and your sober posse!

    All the best for the next 500!

    xxx Kirst

    1. Thank you Kirst and congrats on your 470 days!! We are travelling from all over the country so where you live isn’t a barrier to you joining us for the next one. Please do drop me an email! We’d love to have you with us and the group is growing in size all the time xx

  3. Congratulations, Lou! Thanks for your wisdom, courage, and wit. And I’m loving your talks with Veronica! <3 Have fun in London. 🙂

  4. A massive well done. Just raised my cuppa 2 you. Also thank you for letting me to b a part of this. Massive hug 2 you xx

    1. Thanks TMSN – one of the benefits of having a small country is we’re never that far away from each other when organising meet ups! 😉

  5. (Swoon) 😉 Happy 500 days! You’re an inspiration…also jealous of your get-together! xx

  6. Massive congratulations Lou!!! Don’t know where I would be without your blog. I love checking to read what you have put up. Helps me keep going at this even when I feel I will never get to where you are xxxx Thanks for the inspiration xxxx

    1. Thanks Sharon. If only I’d known so many hotties were sober years ago! 😉

    Super Cool!!!
    I love reading your blog, and learning stuff about the UK!
    Peace and Hugs!

  8. Lucy, just read your blog and it brought a tear to my eye! Huge congratulations on your 500 days; the impact this has had on your life shines through in every word you write. I love that sentiment “do the next right thing” and the volunteering gig sounds perfect.

    I’d love to hook up sometime in London (or thereabouts) for a drink and chat –

    Teapot 🙂

    1. Hey Teapot! 🙂 I promise I will discuss with the sober ladies who lunch this week-end when our next rendez-vous will be and make sure you are on the invitation list okay? Thank you lovely xx

  9. What a great post! Congrats on 500 days. And your weekend trip sounds superb. In fact, I’m kinda jealous! Thanks for sharing your 500th with us!

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