I’m Stopping Drinking and Taking a Sobriety Challenge

DOES anyone else say after every big night they are never drinking again?

I can’t believe I’m saying this, let alone putting it out there in writing – I am going to do a 90-day sobriety challenge with Sexy Sobriety (www.sexysobriety.com)

For most of last year, I kept hearing a little voice inside me trying to speak, saying I needed to stop drinking but I kept shutting it out. I have since realised that little inner voice was just looking out for my health. These holidays I have had a ball but my health hasn’t been right and I have been trying to avoid the inevitable by drinking through the pain. I have experienced severe abdominal pain and sickness and if I’m honest with myself, this has been the case for the last few years whenever I drink booze. I’ve had severe bouts of gastritis and it isn’t pretty. For many people, giving up alcohol for 90 days would be a walk in the park but for this booze hound, it’s going to be a tough one. I rely heavily on alcohol for my stress relief. Being an anxious person, this isn’t the best decision but it’s what I’ve conditioned myself to believe is helping.

So as you can see, read and hear, I need this challenge. I need it for my health, my mental health and to prove to myself that I don’t need to depend on alcohol for stress relief. At age 20, I had my gallbladder removed and not long after I had a few complications and I was hospitalised for a few weeks with a really bad case of pancreatitis. I was told to never drink again. I lasted nine months and have since made alcohol a big part of my life. I sat down with health coach and Perth girl Rebecca Wellar for my podcast to chat about sobriety.

I recently read her book “A Happier Hour” and couldn’t believe the words that she had written, it was like I was reading my own life. Bex was a party girl and was always the first one at the bar and the last one to leave. She would constantly blackout and forever be hating herself the next day after a boozy night. Her anxiety would peak so she would drink more again the next night. It was a vicious cycle and one I can relate to.

It all started to unravel for Bex a few years ago when she decided to leave the corporate world and follow her dream to be a health coach. She still consumed several bottles of wine per week and it was in a coaching session with a client that she realised something had to change. After too many mornings filled with regret and tears, Bex embarked on a three-month sobriety experiment that became a quest for self-discovery, and ultimately, transformed her entire world. Not only is Bex still sober years later but she has a business called Sexy Sobriety that is helping, coaching and mentoring many others to live the best life possible, sober.

Who is with me for the next 90 days? If anyone has given up alcohol, I’d love to hear your stories.

4 thoughts on “I’m Stopping Drinking and Taking a Sobriety Challenge

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    Charlotte says:

    Hi Heidi,
    I saw the article in PerthNow on Friday and was quickly intrigued so I read this blog. I was suffering another hangover, feeling slightly nauseous and had been awake during the night with reflux from red wine after a sailing presentation dinner. I followed the link through to Bex’ website and signed up straight away!
    I live in Perth too and so will follow how you go on this challenge- we can do it!!!
    I’m sure there’s a whole heap of great juice cafes just waiting to be discovered here!!

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    j says:

    Hi Heidi

    Listen to the audio book of Annie Grace’s “The naked mind”. By the end of the book not drinking won’t seem so hard. She also does Podcasts. Listen to her 1st podcast and see if it appeals to you.


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