Sober October Day 26 – It’s Never Too Late to Quit Drinking

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If you compare Sober October with learning to swim, you can draw some interesting parallels. Suppose you’re dropped in the middle of the ocean. You need to learn how to swim as soon as possible, but it’s far too late. When you’re warm and dry in your home, safely landlocked the lessons are less urgent. You could spend your entire life not getting in to a body of water big enough to swim in.

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#SoberOctober Day 25 – Quit Drinking for Life

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In the post about Sober October Day 1, I said you don’t have to quit drinking forever… just get through a single day without drinking. Getting through Day 1 is one of the hardest days, taking the plunge is one of the hardest parts. However, when I say¬† “Stop Drinking for Life” I don’t mean that you need to commit to stop drinking for the rest of your life… I mean quit drinking so you can ENJOY YOUR LIFE.

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#SoberOctober Day 24 – Go Slow to Go Fast

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Sober October is not about fixing your problems with a set-time of sobriety. The old-timers can attest: just because you stop drinking, doesn’t mean you stop being a drunk. Abstaining for a short interval isn’t a fix, but it can be a test. It can also be a practice of self-discovery. What you learn on this month-long journey will depend on your unique experience.

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#SoberOctober Day 23 – Life Finds a Way

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As famous fictional scientist Dr. Ian Malcolm once said;

“Life, Uh, Finds a Way”

Of course, he was speaking about genetically engineered dinosaurs but the sentiment stands true to this day.

As a human being your DNA has been passed down generation, upon generation based on the simple fact that someone survived long enough to pass along their genes. Like a sunflower that starts as a tiny seed, the human body starts small, breaks free and enters this world against all odds. This miracle is an example of life finding a way. Continue reading “#SoberOctober Day 23 – Life Finds a Way”

#SoberOctober Day 22 – Mental Models To Help You Stop Drinking

I recently started reading a book called Super Thinking: The Big Book of Mental Models and it got me thinking. Mental models like “Critical Mass” can help us see patterns faster when applied to practical situations. So can we apply mental models to your quest to quit drinking alcohol?

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#SoberOctober Day 21 – Stop Drinking for Fun and Profit

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Note: if you like this post, read the update “What if I had the money back?

If you are like me, as you age the fun of binge-drinking starts to lose it’s appeal. You think about the hours, dollars and brain-cells you’ve spent doing shots and staying out late and a part of your brain screams “WHY?!”. This is a normal human reaction, you are after all engaging in an activity that’s hurting you body. Little by little your fight-or-flight instincts might be kicking in, telling you something’s got to change.

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#SoberOctober Day 20 – Sober October Fitness Tracker

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Fitness trackers like FitBit and other wearable technology to track your movement, heart rate and other vital signs are an interesting trend in health and wellness. The manufacturers claim the device’s ability to create a healthy lifestyle through data, but you don’t have to look far to find examples of how they can fall short. The watch becomes a distraction from exercise, or the novelty of tracking your steps wears off as the healthy lifestyle seems ever harder to attain.

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Sober October Day 19 – Don’t Forget Your Feelings

“F**K your feelings” is something I’ve heard more than once in self-help circles. It’s mostly followed by some psych-up talk about how feeling sorry for yourself is what’s holding you back. That by allowing yourself to be vulnerable, you’re making yourself a victim. Victims, by some definitions are losers, and losers never get what they want. The old you is a loser, the new you is a winner.

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#SoberOctober Day 18 – Legal Limit

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In my neck of the woods, 18 is the legal drinking age. I started much younger. It really seemed like the thing to do at the time. Coming towards the end of middle school I had too much newly found maturity and not much responsibility. I remember thinking that drinking would make me more like an adult. After those first few failed attempts at maturing through intoxication I held back, but it wasn’t for long. Not wanting to be “that guy” at the party, I tried to monitor how much I drank.

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#SoberOctober day 17 – Addiction

Addiction is no joke! Today is the day in 2018 when Canada legalized marijuana for recreational consumption. If you choose to spark-up today, that’s your choice and it’s understandable. In moderation cannabis use can have a less intoxicating effect on users. Fatal over-consumption is rare compared to alcohol or other drugs, but a dependency is still a dependency. Especially in the eyes of many recovery advocates, using marijuana to replace alcohol is NOT a good idea. Continue reading “#SoberOctober day 17 – Addiction”