From Darkness and Tears to Light and Smiles

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” -Romans 13:12 When I was still drinking, I used to cry often. Daily, in fact. Most of the time, I felt anxious, sad, and frustrated. I wouldContinue reading “From Darkness and Tears to Light and Smiles”

Is it okay to drink kombucha if you’re sober?

This is a bit of a controversial subject from what I’ve gathered in my short time of not drinking, and I have been back and forth about how I feel about it. If you’ve never heard of it, kombucha is a fermented tea that has had a sharp rise in popularity over the past fewContinue reading “Is it okay to drink kombucha if you’re sober?”

How can I lose weight if I can’t go to the gym?!

That is exactly what my panicked brain was screaming when Covid first hit and all the gyms closed. I was an avid spinner and in pretty good shape before the pandemic hit. I went at least 3 times per week. I LOVED it! However, the rapid spread of Covid-19 in my state forced the oneContinue reading “How can I lose weight if I can’t go to the gym?!”

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?”

Weight Loss Progress Update and Healthy Meal Plan Monday

This morning I baked a batch of blueberry muffins in an effort to get my very picky eater to eat something for breakfast, but he turned his nose up at them. I managed to get him to eat about half a cup of frozen blueberries and a graham cracker while I was making the muffins,Continue reading “Weight Loss Progress Update and Healthy Meal Plan Monday”

How can I stick to a diet when I’m so stressed?!

I don’t know about you, but my 2021 is off to a pretty stressful start. The post-holiday season is usually a little stressful and depressing for me, but the events of the past week have had my head spinning. I can’t seem to stay away from the news or stop checking social media 10 timesContinue reading “How can I stick to a diet when I’m so stressed?!”

How much weight can you lose by cutting out alcohol?

In the first month and a half after I stopped drinking alcohol, I lost about 15 pounds. I didn’t go on a diet or start doing crazy workouts. I just lost weight as a result of the calorie deficit that cutting out the alcohol created. I know that not everyone will lose weight when theyContinue reading “How much weight can you lose by cutting out alcohol?”

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”

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.

What Helps You Stay Sober? 10 Sobriety Strategies to Try

Perhaps you’re newly sober and trying to figure out how to keep it going. Or maybe you’ve been sober for several months and you are starting to struggle. Either way, there are lost of helpful strategies that can help you to maintain your sobriety. I don’t think there’s one right way to get or stay sober. There are many ways! Using a mixture of these strategies is your best weapon! I am only 6 months into my alcohol-free life, but I wanted to share what has helped me the most. I hope some of these suggestions will be helpful for you, too!

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