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I accidentally started a 30 day No Alcohol and No Coffee challenge on St. Patrick’s Day this year. I say accidentally because I totally forgot that the day I had decided to commit to this challenge just so happened to be one of the biggest drinking days of the year. Anyone in their right mind would at least waited until the day after, but I was motivated and on a mission, and since I was on travel for work, I went ahead and started my challenge anyway and boy was it a doozy.
Having clearly never done a “no alcohol or coffee” challenge before, I will preface this all by saying that it was brought on because I had a friend coming in to town the following month and I had been reading a book that suggested eliminating coffee and booze could solve your spring detox dilemmas. Plus, I wanted to be toned and gorgeous and really wanted to get a jumpstart on my summer bod.
I was fine the first week or so, but Day 9 was difficult when I went to one of my favorite hangouts and the bartender walked up to me and handed me my favorite cocktail without me having ordered it (we call it the Naughty Flamingo.. it’s a Moscow Mule with muddled strawberries and it is delicious). I tried to explain to her that I was on a challenge and not drinking and she literally looked at me like I was insane. I ended up giving the drink to one of my friends, but they all equally tried to get me to “take a break” and indulge for the night. I didn’t fall for it!
Easter Sunday and the following Sunday were particularly difficult being the brunch connoisseur that I am. Our table had countless (and revolving) bottles of champagne and orange juice and the only choice I had was to have them pour me a champagne flute with only OJ in it. I begrudgingly followed it up with some sencha green tea later. Needless to say I remained resilient and it didn’t take long for people to start fully supporting me in my alcohol-free endeavors.
As someone who is always traveling, I love reliable things, and Starbucks is one of them. A latte I get in Phoenix is typically just as amazing as one in downtown Atlanta. I like the ambiance and the sense of community you get from going as well as the new drinks and the rewards system they have. Luckily, I am not addicted to coffee, so it wasn’t as difficult as my precious Naughty Flamingos. Staying away from Starbucks saved me quite a bit of money not regularly reloading my giftcards (I later bought some yoga pants with all the money I saved). And here’s another bonus: I ended up falling in love with a much healthier alternative, tea…something I never thought would happen.
As far as results go, I will say I noticed a tremendous amount of regular, sustained energy- I was rarely tired or groggy… clearly I wasn’t hungover every weekend, and I suffered less migraines and dehydration headaches. I saved money and had a great time watching my friends do and say ridiculous things as they drank their way through the weekend. I woke up super early and was way more productive. I even had more energy to workout (definitely not my norm), and I truly felt like I had just as much fun with my friends whether I was drinking or not. I don’t weigh myself so I can’t give you a concise number as to how much weight I loss, but my jeans no longer fit and I am working out regularly so even if the lack of Starbucks crack sugar didn’t help me drop the pounds, those early morning hikes and kickboxing sessions sure did. Woo!
Have you ever done a challenge before? If so, what did you do? I’m thinking of doing another one soon- maybe around working out and drinking substantially more water. Or maybe a sitting meditation challenge. Let me know what you think and if you have found that a certain number of days works best for you. How many of you have kept going with your challenges long after they ended (or stopped way before they were supposed to end)? If you have cheated or slacked off on a challenge and are willing to do another one, I recommend accountability and supportive friends. Also, noticing how you feel and what your thoughts are as you go through each day. It’s amazing! Stay tuned for my next challenge, they’re only going to get better.