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Welcome to my laboratory aka Sober, Spiritual, and Fit!

I created this blog because I needed a space to write about things that matter to me. I’m still tinkering with my format and regular topics, but in general this blog is all about sobriety, spirituality, and physical fitness. I am guessing that the name I chose might seem a little odd to some people, so I thought I should clarify for anyone who’s wondering.

Sober:  I am living alcohol-free by choice. I have dabbled in sobriety before, giving up alcohol for a few weeks to months here and there and once for nearly 3 years! I guess you could say I was sober curious. I always went back to drinking again at some point, but this time feels different. I have a keen awareness that even though I may still want to drink sometimes, doing so will not actually enhance my life in any way. It can be hard to keep this in sight sometimes, especially when I’m stressed or looking for something….anything to look forward to! But this attitude has been easier to maintain than in the past and I hope that’s indicative of some greater change that’s taken place in my heart and mind. Writing about sobriety helps me in so many ways, so I knew that had to be the central focus of my blog. It’s a great way to process the often confusing mixed feelings I have about drinking and remind myself why I gave it up without having to re-experience the pain. Plus, I find it relaxing and I love connecting with other sober people through my blog!

Spiritual: I have been seeking a richer spiritual life for a long time. That’s gotten a lot easier ever since I stopped drinking, and I also attribute my success with staying sober to God. On June 29th, 2020 I asked God to help me stop drinking and to guide me, and He definitely has! I feel like I am moving in the right direction and that I’m finally starting to have a real relationship with God. It’s so amazing! I have a morning ritual that includes listening to music, reading a passage from the Bible, writing about it, and praying. This is something I look forward to every morning and it’s helped me to avoid drinking on a number of occasions because I don’t want to feel crappy in the morning and miss out on my time with God.

Fit: I am on a mission to get to my ideal body weight and become a physically fit person. I’ve struggled with my weight my whole life in part due to an unhealthy relationship with food. I’ve used food for comfort since childhood. Anytime I am stressed, lonely, anxious, or bored, food is often the first thing I reach for. I can’t give up food like I gave up alcohol, but I figure that if God can help me to get and stay sober, He can also help me to overcome my issues with food. I’m acknowledging that this process will be difficult and that it will take time, but I’m going to keep working towards my goals. Writing about weight loss and related topics is a great way for me to maintain my focus.

So that’s the explanation for my blog name! I’m working on categorizing posts so readers can easily find topics that interest them, but I’m mainly writing for myself and for people who share this trifecta of goals. If you’re someone who is sober or sober-curious, who is seeking a relationship with God or a richer spiritual life, and who wants to be physically fit as well, you’re in the right place! I hope you enjoy my blog and that it enriches your life in some way. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Sobriety versus Moderation: Is it worth it to try to drink in moderation?

This question has been weighing heavily on my mind lately. My husband and I are both currently living alcohol-free, but we have very different goals in that regard. I do not want to return to drinking alcohol, but he does, eventually.  I stopped drinking mainly because I was tired of feeling crappy, never having anyContinue reading “Sobriety versus Moderation: Is it worth it to try to drink in moderation?”

Losing My Children’s Bible and Finding It Again: How Spirituality Helped Me Stop Drinking

When I was around 8 years old, I received a children’s Bible as a gift from a family friend. It had paintings depicting some of the most popular stories in the Bible and a short child-friendly version of the same story on the opposite page. It was my favorite book. I often looked at theContinue reading “Losing My Children’s Bible and Finding It Again: How Spirituality Helped Me Stop Drinking”

My Resolutions for 2021

I don’t usually give much thought to New Year’s resolutions, but it seems like every year, losing weight is the first thing on my mental list and I often have some other vague ideas about what I’d like to accomplish. This year, I decided to get super clear on what I want to achieve andContinue reading “My Resolutions for 2021”

Doing Dry January?: Health Benefits and 11 Tips

Lots of people have had the experience of overindulging in alcohol over the holidays, feeling like absolute crap by the time December 31st rolls around, and wanting to make a change in the new year. This is probably a big part of the reason why the well-known public health campaign called “Dry January” is so darn popular.

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