Shape Shifting

31 May

The most common search terms that lead people to this blog are around weight loss and other physical benefits of sobriety. I’m not the only one who saw drinking take its physical toll.

I’ve posted before about how a big part of the reason I started looking at my drinking was the effect it was having on my body. I gained weight drinking and assumed that when I stopped it would drop off. Not so.

Allowing myself sugar and a little comfort food during very early sobriety was one of the most important things I did. It warded off the booze cravings and allowed me to get some time under my belt. Around 100 days I started looking at my diet and making positive changes, cutting down on the sugar and eating for energy rather than comfort.

Finally as I edge towards 5 months sober I’m seeing my body change. My face puffiness went within a few weeks and my skin looked clearer, but I still felt I was carrying extra booze pounds about my person.

In the last few weeks, my legs suddenly seem to have toned up, my stomach has slimmed down and I feel happy with my size again. I look slim and healthy rather than puffy and boozy.

Although I was eternally marathon training while drinking, I didn’t have the leanness and tone I wanted. I’ve switched to HIIT workouts (intense bouts of exercise for 45 seconds followed by 30 seconds rest) and everything has sort of been sucked in a bit.

People told me weight loss would come if I was patient in sobriety, and it’s happening. Now, when I look in the mirror I see a sober body, rather than the wine- riddled reflection that was staring back at me a few months ago. If you’re not seeing weight loss in sobriety yet, hang in there. I’ve heard it from others and for me, it took a while but is worth the weight (lol, rofl, terrible pun…)zoopla

In other news, I’m really struggling this week because of terrible stress and the immense pressure of my new job, but being sober makes it feel manageable. I can tackle the mountain bit by bit when I’m not drinking.

I’m going to a party and I will not drink today.

Love, FFF x


4 Responses to “Shape Shifting”

  1. girlonthelearn June 1, 2014 at 7:05 am #

    Love reading this; I have felt a little baffled each time I made it to 30 days or so but didn’t lose an ounce. Probably was replacing more calories than I realized. Good motivation to hang in there… To be able to see a healthier body in the mirror!

  2. moretomethanthis June 1, 2014 at 7:32 am #

    I’ve not lost any weight at all yet – I think I have replaced every calorie with all the crap junk I am eating instead, slightly frustrating as I have always been a healthy eater in the past. Like you, I figured I’d leave it till 100 days, and now I’m there, I guess I should be doing something about it! Glad you’re happy with your size again, sounds v positive 🙂 Hope the stress eases off soon. xxx

  3. BirdoMcD June 1, 2014 at 5:07 pm #

    keep going hon. You’ve spotted that stress is coming over the horizon this week, so why not make sure you have a plan for every evening, a ‘power hour’ dedicated to either burning off the stress or doing something zany to get a release. Find a really good dance album or cheesy CD and party round your house. Find a park you’ve never walked around. Watch something completely ridiculous on You Tube (how about the Wahlburgers?) (Nacho will make you feel like Mo Farah, trust me). Learn about the story of an opera. Have a bit of your brain grow while the rest gets a break, rather than just wiping your brain out completely with alcohol.
    You go girl! Go, and grow. You are awesome. And also, work is just work. If you can get sober, stress at work is nothing.

  4. primrosep June 2, 2014 at 5:48 am #

    ‘eating for energy’ is a great way to think of it. that is such a positive attitude, and glad to hear it is paying off for you!

    I am seeing a few of the same changes now, too – just a couple of pounds on the scales but as you say a general ‘tightening up’ all over which just makes me feel less flabby. (trying to use non-self derogatory terms here but it is a constant struggle!)

    oh and just to say when I read “HIIT” I made a noise like a horse whinnying. yes I KNOW that would be a good idea for me, too 🙂

    happy Monday morning – go get ’em tiger! xxx

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