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Dry January - a month off the booze - anyone want to join me?

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Doshusallie Tue 01-Jan-13 14:54:03

I am determined to do this - I drink most days, it's become a habit, just a glass or two, more at weekends, but really want to give myself an extended break.

The worst time of day for me is between 6-8 pm, before we eat. So am going to try and eat earlier and it would be great if I could come on here and get some support about that time of day!

does anybody want to have a dry January with me?

And yes I do have a hangover today grin

TWinklyLittleStar Sat 26-Jan-13 23:26:23

I just turned down FREE booze! Hot buttered bourbon at a restaurant. Feeling slightly smug that my drinks bill was £0 smile

Well done TWinkly!

I'm home alone this evening, so no temptation in my way.

Snowkey Sun 27-Jan-13 08:48:34

Wow another weekend nearly done - dh has next Friday off -when will we start the celebrations?

glitch Sun 27-Jan-13 08:57:09

I made it through a night out on Friday with no booze at all and had a lovely time.
Originally I was thinking I was going to dive into a nice bottle of red to celebrate not drinking all Jan (aside from my ½ bitter!!!) but I don't think I want to. Seems a bit odd to celebrate by drinking. Anyone else feeling this or just me being odd.

I am loving the no hangover feeling. I'm up and bright on a Sunday morning - WTF!!!

I will see if MN will move this to somewhere like health so we can meet back on 01.01.14 grin

TWinklyLittleStar Sun 27-Jan-13 10:28:16

Oh that's a good idea glitch

It does feel pretty damn good waking up after a night out suffering from nothing worse than sore feet.

OliviaMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 27-Jan-13 15:19:13

[quote glitch
I will see if MN will move this to somewhere like health so we can meet back on 01.01.14 grin[/quote]

Hearty congratulations to you all for getting this far.
My Dh's birthday is in January so it would be a no-no for us.
We shall shortly be moving this to Health so you can come back next year.
I salute you and your cordials.

Thank you Olivia - and glitch for the idea.

glitch - I'm feeling the same about celebrating the end of the dry month. It's my birthday next week, but I don't fancy going out or having a drink. This is partly because DH and I will be back together next weekend and I was planning on waiting for that until I had a drink. He moved into our new house last week, and the plan was to celebrate with some fizz, but right now I don't fancy that either (I will be jet lagged and knackered from an overnight flight when I get there).

It's the same with caffeine - people at work keep telling me I can have a coffee next week, but I've got so used to mint tea/hot water/hot ribena that I'm not that bothered (I'm usually a two-cups-of-coffee-before-I-get-out-of-bed person grin).

Snowkey Sun 27-Jan-13 17:54:20

Whereas I walked past my favourite tapas bar yesterday and watched all the people inside having a lovely glass of wine with some nibbles and had to peel myself away....I miss it. I'm committed to finish though and will be back next January. No desire to have sugar - I gave that up for January as well.

tuffinmop Sun 27-Jan-13 18:16:48

Confession time. I had a small glass of savingnon Blanc last night at a family meal blush Have a really let myself down? Feel guilty, like I came so far and didn't manage it, its just that I miss it and I feel like I have achieved what I needed to so whats the harm...... Now I want a glass of red tonight, but no more then till Friday, is that bad or is it just good that I am being realistic in wanting ultimately to be a controlled and healthy drinker rather than a non drinker IYSWIM? Or am I just making excuses?
February is 5:2 month so i'll see what that brings.....

gazzalw Sun 27-Jan-13 18:56:51

No worries Tuffinmop - I don't think anyone will judge you. The problem is that socialising brings temptation with a capital T...

We were very tempted by the Waitrose Dine in for £10 offer yesterday....DW got as far as surveying the wine and then made a hasty exit from the shop...It was very tempting indeed....

spudmasher Sun 27-Jan-13 19:01:33

Ahhhh! We are in 'health'.jolly good! That kind of sums it up! Health. Healthier attitude to drinking.
My next project is the sweet stuff. That will be February's challenge.
Still a few days to go and I'm not even counting down anymore. Very proud of myself.
Might do a dry June as well. Half way through the year.

Matildaduck Sun 27-Jan-13 19:16:42

Also very tempted today...holding out now.

TWinklyLittleStar Sun 27-Jan-13 19:57:22

I am doing my best with sweet stuff, but it rather went to rat shit tonight, as I made a coffee chocolate torte and lemon cupcakes for DH to take to work, and had to taste test the batters and icings blush

One step at a time...

twinklestar2 Sun 27-Jan-13 22:10:26

I've just smoked my last cigarette FOREVER.

And I've packed my bag for gym tomorrow.

I'm getting healthy.

twinklestar2 you are a MARVEL! Well done!

TWinkly - it would have been rude not to have quality controlled the batters and icings grin

spud - dry June eh? I might join you smile

tuffin - one little glass won't hurt. At least you stopped after one smile

TWinklyLittleStar Sun 27-Jan-13 23:06:20

<waves pompoms for twinklestar > - should we start a 'getting healthy, getting fertile' thread (or similar) in Conception? Or here in Health?

twinklestar2 Sun 27-Jan-13 23:12:44

That would be fab twinkly! Do u want to start the thread ior shall I?

TWinklyLittleStar Sun 27-Jan-13 23:14:52

I hate starting threads. <passes buck>

twinklestar2 Mon 28-Jan-13 09:26:39

Ill start it in conception this eve smile

glitch Mon 28-Jan-13 13:03:25

Thank for moving the thread Olivia. How many of us will be back next Jan 1st I wonder grin

Twinklestar well done on stopping smoking. Just take it a day at a time and you can get there.

Spud, I may consider a dry June too.

I have also stopped counting down. Funny isn't it how you just get used to not reaching for the wine bottle at 7.00pm!

twinklestar2 Mon 28-Jan-13 15:08:37

I pray that I'll be back next year because I'm pregnant or breast feeding smile

Matildaduck Mon 28-Jan-13 19:22:50

Its only 3 days, i'm a bit scared i really need to drink?

Lots of excercise this weekenf and i'm much more toned :-)

twinklestar2 Mon 28-Jan-13 19:41:33

twinklestar2 Mon 28-Jan-13 22:59:46

I need another free pass! Have been invited to posh hotel for free dinner and drinks and wouldn't like to say no to a champagne cocktail :D

Matildaduck Tue 29-Jan-13 07:18:09

Twinkle you are naughty!!
2 days to go.... I hope i still like red.

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