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Booze Free January: The End of the Line

It’s the end of January, folks, and we all know what that means: the end of booze-free January, my one-month personal challenge.

I have to admit: I cheated this week, because a friend came into town whom I hadn’t seen for nearly a year. I don’t really feel that bad about it, though, because I had a nice time with him. Also, I kept it moderate – we didn’t have a crazy night on the town and the accompanying hangover, we had a couple of drinks with dinner.

I think that really gets me to the heart of the actual purpose of Booze Free January – moderation.

There were another few benefits I was hoping to get from this challenge, as I detailed in my first post about it. Here’s how those turned out:

  • I slept way better all month. Definite win on that front.
  • I lost 2-ish pounds. Not bad.
  • I felt generally healthy (except for a sort of cold) and was able to run the Pasadena Half Marathon in the rain.
  • I didn’t have any stomach upsets all month.
  • I also saved some money that might have gone to drinks out at happy hours, a bottle of wine here and there, etc.

So, I’d say Booze Free January was a definite success! While going forward, I’ll have a drink here and there, I’d like to take the lessons learned this month into the rest of the year. The world is difficult enough right now without a headache or a poor night’s sleep to make it worse.


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  1. Congrats!

    I didn’t drink wine in January and it was a lot harder than I thought it would be. I didn’t give up all booze, though, had a couple of cocktails on 2 or 3 nights. I was also a bit disappointed that I didn’t notice a dramatic positive difference in anything besides my wallet, ha.

    • Flo Flo

      Thank you! Wine is my favorite, too. Last weekend I went to a happy hour, since it was February, and man, I hadn’t realized how expensive those can be! Currently scheming ways to get people to just come to my place…for wine… πŸ™‚

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