My year of living soberly

August 20, 2012 § 4 Comments

32 weeks into this journey now and I’m now around 15kg lighter than before, minus a gallbladder (that’s another story). No, the gallbladder didn’t weigh 15 kilos… Oh never mind ;-)

Just picked up a copy of “High Sobriety” by Jill Stark. Her witty observations on a year long journey of sobriety ring a lot of bells for me. It’s a great read.

My year of living soberly

Inspired by the Year of Living Sober blog, I thought I’d jot down a few musings about my journey so far. It began after having tinkered for ages about when, how, when, and why to possibly begin this crazy experiment in potential social suicide.

The decision was made for me almost serendipitously after an unintended bender at a friend’s place. The following morning, after having no recollection of the latter stages of the evening combined with a shocking hangover which lasted most of the day, I figured I was almost ready. The “aversion therapy” approach I suppose.

Instead of avoiding social situations, I leapt in boots and all. I’m a social animal, we all are, and avoidance wasn’t going to cut it. So, 3 bars, a couple of restaurants, a truffle festival and an evening of sober post concert revelry later, (I said I was a social animal) here I am. I made it! The first week. It seemed dangerously easy but I’m not going to be lulled into a false sense of security. The hot toddy without the booze, the San Pellegrino Rosso as a Campari substitute, lemon lime and bitters, the mocktail and a buddy bottle of coke were all very well, but the moment will come when a seriously good wine will pass me at the table and I’ll nose it. The desire to consummate any olfactory bliss with my tastebuds could well become an irresistible urge. Ah well. C’est la sobre vie. And so far so good. Now to face all my friends in the wine, liquor and hospitality world. Cheers! Or the non-alcoholic substitute, Ciao!

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§ 4 Responses to My year of living soberly

  • Chris says:

    Great update there mister. Also good to know that you’re still going strong and staying upbeat. No doubt that temptation will present itself — quite often, by the friends you keep ;) — but am sure willpower will prevail.

    Proud of you man!

  • alexmillier says:

    Thanks Chris. :-)

  • Thanks for mentioning Year of Living Sober, Alex. Today, on Day 285 of my YOLS, and after reading your post, it almost feels like I’m getting ready to pass on the booze-free living baton. Then again anyone who wants to can run this race, right?

    Go Alex!

  • alexmillier says:

    It’s now almost 52 weeks. Have shed nearly 30 kgs and cycled 6500 km. Gonna press on to Christmas 2013.

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