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.
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:
- Whoo-hoo, let’s start
- Fuck that energy
- Hello, Life
- New normal
Let’s discuss each of them.