Stop Drinking with Parallel Goals | Stop Drinking Solutions

Hows your resolution to quit drinking going for you so far? Regardless of what your goals are, I hope youre working towards meeting and/or exceeding them.

For those of you who have sworn off alcohol, heres to another weekend free of temptation! If that doesnt work, heres to resisting temptation and avoiding the pain of a hangover, and the guilt of another weekend washed away by booze. 

For me, one of the ways I was able to distract myself from drinking was to replace my normal after work beer with an after work jog. These didnt last very long, maybe two weeks tops, but I feel like it was an important step I needed to take. It was a great distraction, and the runners high I got after a jog made me feel better than any beer ever could.

Around that time, I decided that I would make getting in shape a priority. My dabblings with Sober October made me realize I would be shedding some poundage anyway, so I thought Why Not Go Whole Hog? I started a bit late in the year to jog outdoors for very much longer, but a few laps around my neighbourhood turned into a near obsession with working out.

While I wasnt thinking about it much at the time, by setting two related goals, I was able to strengthen my resolve for both!

Think about it this way: how many times have you thought about hitting the gym on the weekend only to find yourself too hungover to even leave your house? Even making breakfast can be difficult, and that trip to McDonalds to grab an egg McMuffin (if youre even up that early) causes you to lose your breath. Doesnt really sound like a situation thats conducive to personal betterment.

It doesnt even have to be fitness, maybe youre already working out and fit as a fiddle. Your goals could be to learn to speak French, become a better cook*, or to save money for a trip or other big ticket item. Take some time to set a goal and think of ways you can accomplish your goal.

Give yourself a definite end, or something to strive for.  Recently my goal has been to work out once per week and Ive been successful in this recently, so for 2014 Ive decided to up that to 3 times a week in hopes of making 2014 even more active than 2013.

Having a goal with a specific achievement in mind will help you accomplish the goal easier, because you will be able to track your progress and work to pick up the slack if you find yourself failing.

Not Drinking Alcohol is easier to define than Drink Less. How much is Less? Is getting wasted 1 less time per week really a achievement youd be proud of?

Spend less is much harder to stick to than Save $1000 for a trip to Mexico in the winter because you will have a definite moment where you will know if you failed or succeeded.

In my case, Ive been using my Fitbit to determine how active Ive been. It tracks my steps and general activity and I can use the website to see how Im progressing. In 2013 my goal was to get at least 10,000 steps per day, but I didnt quite live up to that goal but now I know, and I can work harder to increase this number in 2014**.

To recap: take the time youd otherwise be getting drunk and put it towards a new goal. Working towards one, will help you achieve the other and help distract you from those darn cravings. This will be especially beneficial if its a goal you thought was impossible before, making your success that much sweeter.

*The Tim Ferriss book 4 Hour Chef has some great recipes in it as well as a game-plan to becoming a better chef, one dish at a time! Plus it has a lot of other great stuff in it on how to change your life for the better. One word of wrning though, the author is a bit of a wine-connoisseur so you might want to skip those parts.

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