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Day 25 – Resuming Drinking Post-Dryuary

So you made it this far through Dryuary. Maybe you did all 24 days, maybe you have an asterisk lol! Its all good because intentionally or unintentionally you have taken an important step to healthier, happier, you. If you’re like a lot of us, its on to February and the rest of the year and we hope to see you again for next year’s ride!

What’s that? You over there in the corner? Oh, so all of this time without drinking has made you think a little? You kind of like the way it feels, but you’re a bit afraid once you can drink you’ll act like you’re a teenager on Spring Break?

I took really well to these breaks myself. I started them right about the same time I began cycling competitively so the process of taking breaks and watching my diet went hand in hand. I remember talking about how easy it was and that frustrated a lot of folks over at Moderation Management (MM). I realized that I had all of this structure – just like you have in your 31 Dryuary days. So I sat down with one of my friends that was readying themselves for that Post Dryuary time to come up with a plan for the next break. Here’s what we drew up and a lot of people find it helps:

Step 1: Pick a day, have one drink. Drink it like it will be the last one you get in your life. Careful which you choose and how fast you drink it. It’s going to be a while until your next one.

Step 2: Do a 7 day abstinence. And go do something good for yourself that you wouldn’t do otherwise like a massage. Or in my case, work on the Todo list and remember to congratulate yourself.

Step 3: After the abstinence, Repeat Step 1, but this time take 2 days, but one drink each day.

Step 4: Repeat Step 2 and cycle weeks 2/3 for another 2 cycles.

Depending on when you took that first drink, this should take you out to about another month.

The endgame: It’s a recipe for success. At the end of this, you have been mindful for at least 60 days.

This post was submitted by the Forum’s SBRS