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.
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.
When I was drinking heavily, coffee* was a desperate cure. I could not get it fast enough, and no amount of coffee would make me feel like a human again. Still, I would drink as much of it as I could, thinking it would cure my hangover and give me some feeling of normality after a night drinking alcohol.
If you’ve made it this far, I’m hoping you’re feeling good about this challenge. It’s my hope that Sober October is a gateway to an overall betterment of you as a person. The same way I used Sober October to push myself to quit for good, I want others to find what they are looking for, and succeed in their goals.