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30 alcohol-free days: how does it feel?

I already described “hard” statistics of being sober for 30 days. Let’s discuss the “softer” part today – how it feels doing 30 alcohol-free days.

Background

I have started the 30-day challenge on February 24, 2020. It’s not the first time I’m starting some “challenges”, so I knew, that it might be harder than it initially seems. So I wrote down just a few goals:

  • Resting heart rate <60 BPM [starting 72]
  • Blood pressure <130/90 SYS/DIA [starting ~140/95]
  • Weight<85Kg [starting 92]
  • No alcohol and no cigarettes for 30days [starting: a lot]

Before the challenge, I was already exercising “almost regularly” and “barely” smoking for ~2 months. I decided to continue these but didn’t make promises to maintain them. But I made a promise to myself, that the main goal is 30-days alcohol-free. So in case of a crisis, I can eat and smoke myself to death, but avoid alcohol.

Factual results were already discussed, so go and read it. Spoiler: I achieved 3/4 goals. Weight goal was too ambitious and didn’t reach it.

In this post, I want to discuss, how I felt during those 30 days. The whole month could be roughly divided into 4 stages, each ~1 week long. I call these stages:

  1. Whoo-hoo, let’s start
  2. Fuck that energy
  3. Hello, Life
  4. New normal

Let’s discuss each of them.

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30 alcohol-free days: results

So I have started the alcohol-free challenge on February 24, 2020. Here are the results of some statistics I have recorded during my alcohol-free endeavour.

The first is blood pressure (BP), which I care the most as I have diagnosed hypertension. So prior to the experiment, my “normal” blood pressure was ~135 SYS and ~90 DIA (with medicine). During experiment start in one week, it went rapidly down to 118/69, which seemed too low, so starting March 3, I have reduced my medicine dose by 50%. Then BP stabilized ~124/74 SYS/DIA, which looked very normal, as my cardiologist recommended maintain it <135/90.

SYS/DIA blood pressure during 30 alcohol-free days

Next, I looked at my resting heart rate, which previously correlated quite well with my lifestyle. Few drinks more or heavy party and it went up. Few sober days and training – it went rapidly down. So I was curious to see, how it will behave during 30 days challenge.