I love a good challenge, and I especially love a good endurance challenge. I've run marathons and half marathons, completed Olympic distance triathlons, done Whole30, gone vegan for a year, tried 21 days without coffee (not fun), changed careers—the list goes on.
So when I heard about a 100-day no-drinking challenge, it sparked a curiosity in me, but I filed it away in the back of my head. I'd train and run a marathon and people would readily cheer me on, but 100 days without drinking? What would my fun-loving friends say?!
Let me be clear: I don't think of myself as a "problem drinker," and while there have been nights where I've "over-imbibed," I am generally a "zero to four drinks a week" kinda girl. But as a health coach, I know the negative effects of drinking on the body—so I decided to give it a try.
I've noticed that many of my clients are driven, busy, high-achieving, stressed-out people. Sometimes a couple of extra glasses of wine feels like their only escape. Clients will come to me to optimize and up-level their health and wellness, and drinking is something we talk about.
So many of us race through the week and then want to hit the brakes on a Thursday or Friday night. My challenge was this: How can I figure out how to take little breaks throughout the week so I don't need to jam on the brakes once the weekend hits? How can I continue to optimize my self-care, nutrition, fitness, and stress-management so I don't crave a drink?
Then I asked myself this: What would it feel like to wake up 14 weekends and 100 days in a row without a hint of a hangover? And how would I feel running my own business as an entrepreneur during the busiest season of the year? This was, in essence, a self-care challenge. So I didn't drink a drop of alcohol for the 102 days between December 10, 2016, and March 22, 2017. At times it was really hard. And at times, it was absolutely glorious because I felt so damn good. Here are the top 10 things I've learned along the way: