I am glad I quit drinking in November. It was inadvertently the best time I could have picked to maximize success. It was after the fall season, which features the best beers, festivals, and prior to school really gearing up. And holiday drinking really isn’t a “thing” for me, since family is far away, big parties have never happened on the big 3 holidays of the year, and studying is mostly on my mind in that time frame. But I have established firm habits now. Which apparently used to be prime drinking season.
As the weather gets warmer, I realize we used to drink during this time. As celebration for an accomplished semester. As enjoyment of the beautiful weather. As an end-goal for walking on a sunny day. And now I sort of miss it–but I have too many sober days in a row to ruin it. I will in no way allow myself to fail. Not to mention I want my actions to align with my goals–and there is no place for alcohol in that equation.
And even though I in no way want to ruin things by drinking, it’s still kind of a let-down and a bummer abstaining during this season. I still want to have a lot of fun and enjoy the weather and treat myself and let go a little during summer break, the only real time I don’t have to study so hard. So here’s some things to enjoy instead:
-celebrate a good grade/GPA with a special meal or an activity or a coveted item.
-get food and take it outside to a park, instead of enjoying a brew on a patio as before.
-don’t walk anywhere near our old standby places–this means all the greatest restaurants in Spokompton (which doesn’t have many choices in the 1st place) are off limits.
-keep busy with games, crafts, books (as well as obviously my to-do list, but we’re talking fun things right now, not punishment).
-make our own smoothies/healthy drinks and take them on walks in a thermos so we can indulge still.
-drink out of our fancy glasses at home instead of the plain ‘ol waterbottles all the time.
-get some fruit or herbs to dress up water.