Forum Home» Health & Beauty MoneySaving

Anyone doing a dry January 2020? - join me! - Page 3

New Post Advanced Search
Important update! We have recently reviewed and updated our Forum Rules and FAQs. Please take the time to familiarise yourself with the latest version.

Anyone doing a dry January 2020? - join me!

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Health & Beauty MoneySaving
84 replies 3.2K views
1356789

Replies

  • coffeehoundcoffeehound Forumite
    4.1K posts
    Sixth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Combo Breaker
    ✭✭✭✭
    Pretty inconsiderate if the OHs continue to offer drinks despite knowing you are doing DJ :eek:
  • thriftylassthriftylass Forumite
    3.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts
    ✭✭✭✭
    stripeyfox wrote: »
    I guess it is a lot harder if only one of you is doing dry January. I'm lucky that both my wife and I are doing it because if she wasn't, and she offered me a drink, I'd cave straight away!

    I think this time I'm ready to do it on my own. Too many times I used his temptations as an excuse not to stop or take a break. Sort of, it's his fault I still drink and smoke as he does it and leads me astray. Which is obviously not the case. I still make the decision to do it. But I hope that my example will encourage him too to cut down in general.
    NST
    SFD -/- spends £-/-
    Exercise -/-
    :j:j:jDebt - all 0% 0 to go from 5290 :j:j:j as of 12/19
    DFD 12/2019 Mortgage 109343 (04/17) 92300 (11/19) OP 1910
  • thriftylassthriftylass Forumite
    3.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts
    ✭✭✭✭
    stripeyfox wrote: »
    I always use work as an excuse, particuarly with some of the cretins I work with, but actually a few days off the booze as sharpened my focus at work and dare I say, I'm even a bit more tolerant and patient with people at work!

    That's me with the kids!!
    NST
    SFD -/- spends £-/-
    Exercise -/-
    :j:j:jDebt - all 0% 0 to go from 5290 :j:j:j as of 12/19
    DFD 12/2019 Mortgage 109343 (04/17) 92300 (11/19) OP 1910
  • stripeyfoxstripeyfox Forumite
    474 posts
    ✭✭
    That's me with the kids!!

    yeah, me too! I think I've been better with them too, it feels like I have my evenings back rather than just opening the beer or wine as soon as I get home. I think the kids have noticed it too.
  • Mrs_ZMrs_Z Forumite
    993 posts
    Tenth Anniversary 500 Posts Name Dropper I've been Money Tipped!
    ✭✭✭
    Good to hear people are starting to notice benefits! For myself, I can't say that I feel anything different BUT it does look as though my weight seems to be heading downwards (-0.5kg since the New Year), but it could be fluctuation... we'll see.
    First real test will be on Friday.... as OH will no doubt offer me a drink... and I intend to say YES...but it'll be ice, lime & tonic. It did the trick last time around and totally fooled my brain.
    On Saturday we're having friends around, luckily they are not big drinkers, so not expecting an issue there...in fact on that day OH might be in a minority by being the thirsty one!

    @Thriftylass - re: stopping the smoking - what worked for me was that first I gave up smoking during the week (Mon-Thu), then gradually reduced the weekend smoking into social smoking only, and after few years stopped that too. I was never a heavy smoker (10 a day) but I could not bear the thought of stopping and never having a cigarette again. Hence limiting it to the weekends worked fine. I made sure that on Sundays I didn't have any cigarettes left as I noticed that it was easier to give up to temptation during the week if I had some left in the pack vs walking over to the newsagent to buy them!
  • edited 9 January 2020 at 2:29PM
    thriftylassthriftylass Forumite
    3.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts
    ✭✭✭✭
    edited 9 January 2020 at 2:29PM
    Mrs_Z wrote: »
    Good to hear people are starting to notice benefits! For myself, I can't say that I feel anything different BUT it does look as though my weight seems to be heading downwards (-0.5kg since the New Year), but it could be fluctuation... we'll see.
    First real test will be on Friday.... as OH will no doubt offer me a drink... and I intend to say YES...but it'll be ice, lime & tonic. It did the trick last time around and totally fooled my brain.
    On Saturday we're having friends around, luckily they are not big drinkers, so not expecting an issue there...in fact on that day OH might be in a minority by being the thirsty one!

    @Thriftylass - re: stopping the smoking - what worked for me was that first I gave up smoking during the week (Mon-Thu), then gradually reduced the weekend smoking into social smoking only, and after few years stopped that too. I was never a heavy smoker (10 a day) but I could not bear the thought of stopping and never having a cigarette again. Hence limiting it to the weekends worked fine. I made sure that on Sundays I didn't have any cigarettes left as I noticed that it was easier to give up to temptation during the week if I had some left in the pack vs walking over to the newsagent to buy them!

    I asked OH if he wanted any drinks in the grocery delivery on Friday as I wasn't sure if he's joining me and he said no :T. So this weekend should be easy. But then he mentioned a friend's birthday next weekend. That will be my test but I hope being sober etc for 3 weeks by then will keep me on the straight and narrow.

    That's me also 8 days off the cigarettes. Nearly failed last night, though. The kids were annoying, the kittens were trashing the house, daily drag of chores kicked in and just felt meh. Rolled one, nipped outside, lit it and stubbed it out after one revolting drag. And just took a couple of gulps of fresh air instead :T. Just couldn't ruin 8 days progress for being in a bad mood. So calmed down, removed the most precious items from the living room to be out of reach of the kittens and sat down to read a book. Pheww.

    Here's to another day

    EDIT: Went for a run today at lunch time and I think it definitely went better than expected for the first run in months because of the changes recently. There is my motivation restored.
    NST
    SFD -/- spends £-/-
    Exercise -/-
    :j:j:jDebt - all 0% 0 to go from 5290 :j:j:j as of 12/19
    DFD 12/2019 Mortgage 109343 (04/17) 92300 (11/19) OP 1910
  • AceTAceT Forumite
    117 posts
    Part of the Furniture 10 Posts
    I always do it and feel good for doing it and often make a donation on how much I've saved. I may and stretch it out longer this year.
  • edited 9 January 2020 at 9:39PM
    thriftylassthriftylass Forumite
    3.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts
    ✭✭✭✭
    edited 9 January 2020 at 9:39PM
    Mrs_Z wrote: »
    Is anyone else out there doing attempting a dry January this year? I'd like to go for it but have not found anyone in my circle of friends to join. Everyone says - yes, we'll support you (but you're on your own) as far as any of them joining me goes. Why is this? Is it really so hard to go one month without any alcohol?

    Was listening to a podcast and heard an interesting quote: People that smoke or take drugs have a problem, people that don't are seen as normal. However, people that drink are seen as normal, but people that stop must have a problem. Strange difference in view that persists, but true in my experience.
    NST
    SFD -/- spends £-/-
    Exercise -/-
    :j:j:jDebt - all 0% 0 to go from 5290 :j:j:j as of 12/19
    DFD 12/2019 Mortgage 109343 (04/17) 92300 (11/19) OP 1910
  • elsienelsien Forumite
    24.4K posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    ✭✭✭✭✭
    I am feeling virtuous.
    Have just turned down a newly opened bottle of wine that was surplus to requirements and would be tipped down the sink otherwise.
    Did seem a bit of a waste though.
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • coffeehoundcoffeehound Forumite
    4.1K posts
    Sixth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Name Dropper Combo Breaker
    ✭✭✭✭
    Well done. Very tempted to buy a bottle of red last night but managed to resist. Hot blackcurrant squash is the way forward now ..
Sign In or Register to comment.

Quick links

Essential Money | Who & Where are you? | Work & Benefits | Household and travel | Shopping & Freebies | About MSE | The MoneySavers Arms | Covid-19 & Coronavirus Support