Day 11 – am I addicted to Jason Vale?

I’m finding the Jason Vale book on quitting alcohol fascinating. It’s such an insightful book into alcohol addiction. I’m only half way through but I’m enjoying devouring the pages. I think the reason I’m enjoying it so much is because not only is it psychologically based but he also explains what’s happening with the body too. For example he states the body expels alcohol within 10 days and the process takes up so much energy that everything in your body feels tired. Which is reassuring as I’ve felt like I’ve been wading through treacle since day 4 and havent been this exhausted since the first trimester. However, today for the first day I haven’t had to fight the urge to nap.

Jason (yes we’re on first name turns now) also talks about the insulin rush from alcohol and your body dipping after this rush. Then you eat more sugar/drink more alcohol to experience the rush again. This makes complete and utter sense as I’ve binged ridiculously on sugar over the past 10 days. Whilst I’m cautious about doing too much at once I’m going to try and be more mindful on what I eat (starting from tomorrow). Although I have enjoyed the 3 chocolate bars a night and all the slices of cake.

So day 11. Went on a walk today and saw a painted stone saying every cloud has a silver lining. Whilst this process is incredibly hard I’m finding the truth in the statement. Every evening I’ve either walked with my step daughter listening to her chat about her day or ran (well waddled) with a friend over some glorious fields. This would have been unthinkable before day 11. I’d have been focused on “my time” which loosely translates to “my time with a bottle”. I also swear to god my skin is more dewy. It could be because I’m managing to take my make up off each evening or the fact I’m not poisoning myself, but either way I’ll take it.

What benefits have you found so far?

JS x

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36 years old, wife, stay at home mum, outdoors lover, wild swimmer, starting the journey to an AF life

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