66 day breakthrough 

As some of you may have gleaned from my post the other day I was feeling quite sorry for myself over Christmas. I set myself up for it really, I put myself in the “poor me” mindset even before I finished my last hour of work on the 23rd. I was sad about not being able to go home and kick off the holidays with a bottle of wine, disgruntled that there would be no baileys and coffee on Christmas morning. Christmas breakfast without mimosas? Really?! And what about the visiting and company and wonderful holiday food?! What was I supposed to pair with that? 7-up?! I continued to feel sorry for myself as we went to visit other couples and I stayed sober as they merrily drank, and drank…. and drank. We ran into a very rough looking friend in Boxing Day who said that he was still feeling hungover from Christmas Eve and that Christmas Day had been a write off for them (they have kids at home too). Story after story, and in person get togethers where I REALLY paid attention to what I was missing out on. Waking up each morning that I felt great, I reflected on how I felt in the mornings last year. Going out snowshoeing with lots of energy and taking in natures beauty, thinking about Christmas holidays past, there’s no way I would have had the energy. The days that we had planned company over for dinners, I had everything prepped, house clean and even had time to relax before company got there. I truly enjoyed the company and remembered conversations! I didn’t wake up the next morning wondering how and when I went to bed. There hasn’t been a single cringeworthy moment (other than a few jokes that fell completely flat! Haha!) yesterday I laughed at myself and thought “what exactly is it that you think you’re missing out on?!” Last night we met a group of friends at the pub, and I caught the waitress aside and said “if your bartender is feeling adventurous, could you get them to make me a fun drink with no alcohol? If not, I’ll have an orange juice and 7-up”. Well she came back with this big fancy looking drink of pineapple juice, grenadine and orange juice over ice with maraschino cherries on top! Hahahaha, the whole table gave out hoots and hollers and “wooo, do you think you’re in Hawaii or something?!”. I laughed and told them that I’d be pretending I was while I drank it! They of course assumed it had rum and I didn’t say anything otherwise. I had a GREAT evening out with lots of laughs and a few more of those drinks 😁 And the icing on the top is that my bill was a LOT less than everyone else’s so maybe next year I will be sipping a n/a drink in Hawaii! Woot woot!

(This morning I did a 1/2 hr Boxing workout and 15 minute run on the treadmill followed by 15 minutes of yoga. I think the exercising is definitely helping out with the improved mood) 

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36 comments

  1. MrsMac · December 30

    I’m so pleased your mood has lifted some what and that you are focussing on the positives. There are lots when we look for them. I find that moods change and often when I feel down or sorry for my self it is just a matter of time before the fog lifts and I feel better. Well Done in day 66! It is hard at this time of year when everyone seems to be drinking, you are doing amazing x

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  2. Untipsyteacher · December 30

    Exercise is an important part of recovery in my opinion.
    Not that I do enough myself!
    Ha.
    I am so glad you are staying sober during the holidays, because it is a hard time of year, for lots of reasons!
    xo
    Wendy

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  3. Rob · December 30

    Awesome stuff! I love reading your recovery, it keeps me inspired in my own recovery

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  4. I Quit Wineing · December 30

    That drink sounds amazing!

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  5. mooseylou · December 30

    Your positivity is encouraging and inspiring! Congratulations on Day 66!!!

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  6. Elizabeth · December 30

    This post made me grin from ear to ear! “paying attention” is what it’s all about. Were you the only one sober when your jokes fell “flat”? Hmmmm…. you may have been the only one on the ball my dear! Awesome post. thank you SHBG. ❤ and big bear hugs to you!

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    • shehidbehindtheglass · December 30

      Elizabeth, I am one of the worst joke teller evers! I either forget the punchline, mess up the punch line or get a fit of giggles that are so bad I’m completely unable to tell the joke. Haha, I was the only sober one though so I will blame it on that ☺

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      • Elizabeth · December 30

        Well you and I are one and the same- I never had the talent of joke telling. ❤

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    • Elizabeth · December 30

      You are awesome. I had a completely, terrible day in retail today-specialty food retail- crazy at this time of year. Was supposed to be off tomorrow (after working 10 hrs/day for the last 2 wks) for a total of 4 whole days when it was strongly suggested I make myself available. Small business- family like so I can’t leave ’em hanging’- or let them down. But your post uplifted me so much! I feel energized by it! Thank you.

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      • shehidbehindtheglass · December 31

        Aww I’m sorry to hear about your bad day at work! Dealing with the public can be very challenging sometimes. I have to with my work and I just shake my head sometimes at how rude people can be! I hope that your day (today?) went really well and that you get the next few days off to relax and sleep!!

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      • Elizabeth · December 31

        Today wasn’t so bad and I got to say ‘no’ with not 1 ounce of guilt! Off! for the next 3 days. Thank you for being who you are. Awesome.

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      • shehidbehindtheglass · December 31

        Yay! I hope you fully enjoy your 3 days off! 💗

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      • Elizabeth · December 31

        I keep hitting the ‘like’ button but have already liked. duh..

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      • shehidbehindtheglass · January 1

        Thanks for the smile 😊

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      • Elizabeth · January 1

        Anytime! 😉

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      • Elizabeth · December 31

        Correction: on His terms only.

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  7. ainsobriety · December 30

    Great job.
    Yoga helps me with my mood. It stops my chattery mind before it gets going.

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  8. green&sober · December 31

    Yey. It’s so good to see the changes in ourselves isn’t it. I haven’t been doing enough exercise, as when time is short it’s the first thing to stop! It helps me so much.
    We can only see how far we’ve come from a distance… you are doing brilliantly! Here’s to a sober new year 🙂 xx

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    • shehidbehindtheglass · December 31

      Thank you green&sober! I’ve been able to get exercising in this week because I took the week off work. I’m back to work Tues so that means I either have to start getting up really early or make time in the evenings to continue on with this. I have to though, because it really makes a huge difference with how I feel.

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  9. dewyplace · December 31

    Love reading your posts keep up the good work. I’m back to junk lost 2kg gained 1kg oh well there’s always 2017 hehehe which is only in another 3 hours and 52 mins

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  10. dewyplace · December 31

    Hehehe I don’t drink much and I’m still terrible at telling jokes since I tend to crack up thinking about the punch line 😀

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  11. beingmesober · December 31

    That is amazing !!!! Im so happy for you! You did it!!! Whoop Woop for you! It really is awesome isn’t it to wake everyday and feel great and live everyday to the fullest! So good what you did with your drink, I always do that, it really does trick your mind..hehehhe, winning! Happy of happiest of New Years to you! So proud of you for focusing on the positive side of things. You got this!

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  12. truthbetold1111 · December 31

    I read this before going to dinner tonight and was inspired! I asked if the bartender could make me a fun NA drink. They brought me a tall glass of .. … .. 100% pineapple juice! 😐😂 Oh well. I ended up ordering “just a Coke”. Coke goes surprisingly well with steak! Anyway, Happy New Year! Here’s to a sober 2017!

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    • shehidbehindtheglass · December 31

      Oh no! Haha!! Oh boy how creative of the bartender 😂 should’ve asked for a 7-up on the side and mixed them together with a flourish right at your table! 😉 happy new year!

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  13. Merry B. Sober · January 1

    Been in the mountains….and your blog and all the comments have been a great way to keep me grounded in my goal for 2017 Sobriety!

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  14. gagalgoingdry · January 1

    Thanks for this… I’ve had too many of those days wondering what all I said the prior day and who did I need to apologize too. Great incentive to stay on track.

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