28 Days to Lose ‘da Booze

We are about mid-point into January and I’d like to launch an invitation to my NEXT paid group on Facebook “28 Days to Lose ‘da Booze”…

If you want/need daily support and motivation to let go of alcohol for 28 days… this is for you!

Are you ready to try DRY February? Join me as I share some of my own personal insights and tools to help you achieve success as you cut out alcohol for ONE short month!

This will be a separate and SMALL group (registration will be limited to 20) – where you will get the following:
daily support from me via live video and some emails with bonus reference info
you will receive the bonus PDF with 28 days of Inspiration Guide
you have access to ONE wellness call (one on one with me for 30 to 35 minutes)
access to me via chat/messaging as needed

If you struggle with motivation or staying the course when you decided to go AF (alcohol free) then join me!! The group will begin February 1st so deadline to sign up is January 31st!!

Message me personally if you want in! This will be a closed/secret group and the cost will be $35 CAD.

** For those who are in my ongoing existing FREE groups – this is a step up in that it’s more intensive support from me.
#LoseDaBooze #Health4LifewithHelene

FREE – 100 Days of Success with #LoseDaBooze

January 1, 2019 will be the TWO year anniversary since I launched this incredible FREE group to help others achieve the 100 Day Milestone that is a game changer.

I am excited about launching a NEW one starting January 1, 2019 with a new cohort of those wanting to do this – whether they are continuing the journey, or still trying to reach that 100 days … the number is longer than Dry January (although our group encourages ALL goals and supports all AF lengths of time). The reason for 100 days is that it takes that long to truly feel the changes in your life without booze.

This group is supportive, non-judgmental and not AA pro (as I don’t believe in labels of alcoholism or alcoholics or for that matter – being powerless in any way). It’s a NEW approach where we focus on ‘better is better’.

I’m a living example of how it sometimes takes MANY day 1’s to get to a point where you can finally let go of the habit for good. It took me FIVE years to finally get to the day (August 12, 2018) where I could say I was done for good! After 40 years of booze in my life – I was done! And now I’m excited to help others get there!

I will soon be a graduate of the International Association of Wellness Professionals (IAWP) as a Certified Wellness Coach and my niche will be helping others to #LoseDaBooze … letting go of the habit that no longer serves them to live a life of peace, clarity and FREEDOM!

If you’d like to join our FREE secret group – add me as a friend (send me a request) and a note to say why you’d like to join! We start on January 1st but it can start TODAY or any day!! Let’s DO this!

PS – If you’re not quite ready to do 100 Days – the group also accepts members who wish to do 30 or 31 days as well – so if you want to jump in for Dry January – the same applies as above (just friend me on Facebook – send me a note and I’ll add you to the group).

Day 129 AF – Getting Ready to HELP others Launch into the next 100 Day Challenge

My days with booze are behind me – but I know others still need the motivation and support to make it over to the AF side of things! I know how shitty it can feel when you’re stuck in a repeating pattern or loop of drinking and not moving ahead. I know how it feels when your energy is low, your finances are strained, you are not producing or showing as you could potentially be.

And so with our Secret Group – I’m launching another START to hopefully help some jump back in to try for the 100 days of sobriety. Why 100 days? Well I can tell you from my own experience that this length of time is what will truly show you what life is like without booze. Many will try for Dry January – but I say keep going… you need a good solid 3 months to 100 Days to really feel the difference!! Joining the secret group is FREE and ongoing!!

I am also offering a 30 day January Jump Start for those who need extra support – this group will be smaller in size and I’ll be offering a load more including:

 Daily coaching/check in via live video – including daily accountability and messages posted in the limited secret group
 Access to me through the 30 days via email/messaging one on one
 Bonus PDF (The Energy Checklist 7 Steps to Naturally Boost Your Energy, 10 day Add In Challenge and the 360 Wellness Wheel)
 Opportunity to book a one on one discovery session with me (45 minutes call) to help you ascertain what you need to focus on and what steps will get you closer to your goal(s)
 COMBINED focus on cutting out alcohol and ramping up your healthy lifestyle (if alcohol is not an issue for you then we can focus more on the healthy habits you need to instill)

As I am nearing the end of my Wellness Coach Certification – this is a price you won’t see again once I launch my business. I am offering ALL of the above for an incredibly LOW price of $30 CAD (that’s $1 a day). If you use the PayPal option please add $2 for processing fee (so total $32) and if you live in Canada and can do an etransfer – send it to my email at healthy4life360@yahoo.com with the password JanuaryJumpStart

So what are you waiting for?! Sign up NOW!! Here is the PayPal linkhttps://www.paypal.me/HeleneSinclair

This is the time to make the leap and make 2019 your healthiest year ever!!

123 Days AF – SHI(f)T Happened!

Shift finally happened and being just over 4 months AF is easy as 1-2-3 with the proper mindset! Seriously though – despite HUGE stressors with my daughter – booze doesn’t even come up as a thought or consideration.

I attribute this change to the work I’ve been doing through the past 5 years – so yes it took a while for it to CLICK for good for me – which is why I want to say don’t give up if you’re struggling. For January – I’m offering a 30 day Jump Start to combine my own lessons learned through this process and also include some of the amazing material I am learning as I near the completion of my Certification to become a Wellness Coach. I want to share this break through and hopefully help those who join me for the 30 days find their own with my help and guidance.

2019 is going to be AMAZING!! If you want more info – always visit my Facebook page for more up to date info as I post there daily.

Until then – we’re continuing with the Sober Sleigh Ride and coming up on the TWO year milestone with our secret Lose ‘da Booze 100 Day Success Group!

Why don’t you join us! It’s great over here in Sober-Land!

Lose ‘da Booze for December

I’m going strong in my sobriety (I will reach my four month milestone on December 10th) but looking forward to motivating others to try a month AF (alcohol free). So through groups on Facebook and SparkPeople – I launch challenges – to perhaps get someone started and experiment with what it feels like to cut out alcohol for just one month.

It’s daunting for some to think of doing this at a time of year that is filled with events, gatherings as we near the holiday season. But there will always be something going on! I am actually looking forward to each event being the most memorable ever as I’ll be ever present and 100% THERE! No more missed or forgotten moments!

When I drank and with age – I found that my memories became harder to recall and I even experienced blackouts at time. I don’t know about you but life is too short and I don’t want to miss a thing! I want to savor every moment I can and live in the here and now – being completely present!

Here’s to losing the booze in order to gain so much more! Stop thinking you’ll be missing out on anything … and start seeing the gift you can give yourself by going AF! Afraid of going it alone? Join us – contact me via my Facebook Page and I can add you to the secret Lose ‘da Booze 100 Day Success group (named fondly as it was created January 1st, 2017 when others joined ME in doing 100 Days AF). Want to know more about it? Check out this post: Lose ‘da Booze Secret Group

Month 2 – Going Strong in Sobriety

I really do feel like I have wings these days! The natural high that I’m experiencing more often is simply amazing! I don’t know if it’s different this time because of my many tries before finally retiring the habit for good … I think the freedom of never having to debate the issue of ‘to drink or not to drink’ again allows for so much peace and serenity to come into my headspace.

No more questioning or debating about moderation – it’s just no longer an option. So long as I keep going and never have that first drink I’m doing great!

I’m down 12lbs since starting back up in August. I’m consistently working out daily. I’m so productive and really pushing myself beyond the comfort zone and it feels amazing!

Just yesterday – I felt a bit ‘off’ and it was like that hangover feeling when you’re tired, headachy and feel like crap and can’t do anything. I didn’t drink but man – I never want to feel that again. I slept it off (likely a cold coming on and I think I nipped it in the butt with lots of rest and self-care). I like the clarity that sobriety brings me. I no longer crave this buzz or desire to numb out any part of my life.

I’m still experiencing great stress with my 17 year old but managing so much better without booze. There’s no solution in a bottle – only more pain and misery.

So here’s to this continued journey as I keep counting months… not days… leading up to my FIRST year anniversary! Until then enjoying each beautiful and sober day for the gift that it is! #LoseDaBooze and live life to the fullest!

Month 1 – Retired from a 40 year drinking career

Gone are the times of counting days or planning ahead for when I am done my ‘challenge’ or AF stretch. This time it’s for good! Since I started this blog back in 2013, I have been trying to change my habits with booze. Since the age of 12 – when I first tasted alcohol and through many variations and levels of drinking, after 40 years of allowing this habit into my life – I gifted myself with a retirement from my drinking career! Moderation simply did not work for me!

In the first month I have experienced the usual wonderful euphoria feeling that comes once the fog clears after your last drink (which can vary from 3 to 10 days depending on how heavily one drinks). Since it wasn’t my first time going without – this last time came relatively easy. And the benefits seemed better and brighter with the knowing that I was done for good this time!

Releasing the thoughts of drinking completely has been the most liberating feeling ever! When I was doing stretches – there was always this little voice in my mind whispering … and on occasions or moments when cravings would call I was being drawn back and tempted… Saying maybe is saying yes when it comes to booze.

When you completely take it off the table – it’s a no brainer. The option just is never there and so you find yourself reaching for other coping mechanisms – much healthier ones at that and as a result you of course feel so much better. Very quickly the self-confidence and self-esteem comes back.

You see – leading towards my last drink on August 12th, I was feeling very low and insecure in my work or my abilities. I was second guessing myself and doubting or wondering about my worth. That was the booze talking (even though I was sober at work). But how the booze robs you of your confidence and because of the guilt you feel for not sticking with your AF plan it erodes at your own belief in yourself.

Things are going so great at work!! Our communications/PR person told me yesterday that she nominated me for “Excellence” in service for all the work I’ve been doing to help make our workplace healthier for staff with the activities I organize for the Fit & Well Initiative. Whether or not I win is not the point – the fact that what I was doubting or feeling guilty about doing (as I do this as a ‘side’ from my regular job as an admin for a team that is all about healthy active living) – I am making a difference for others at work!

Booze robs us of time, confidence, capacity to do more and chase dreams that we used to spend our time ‘thinking about’ with drink in hand or watching life go by. I am LIVING life now! I am enrolled in a program to become a Certified Wellness Coach and hope to make my niche relative to helping others to Lose ‘da Booze in their lives!

Health wise – I’m finally back to my regular daily workouts (something I was skipping out on or too lazy to do when drinking). I’m eating much better (the cravings for junk food have gone – whereas with booze it was like they went hand in hand). I am down 7.5 lbs. I’ll take a photo to compare the face to face and update it here later…

My group Lose ‘da Booze 100 Day Success is going strong – it’s a secret group but you can join in if you message me/add me as a friend. It’s now over 225 members strong and has been going since January of 2016 when I asked others to join in my 2nd 100 Days AF. I also lead a group called Healthy4Life on Facebook. It focuses on support and accountability and I post inspirational or informational items there.

These are all #sobertools that get you on the path to freedom from booze. I can’t wait to see what this next month will bring! I’ll be posting month to month… so stay tuned!

Here’s a face to face comparison for Month 1!

Month One – Recognizing Triggers

I haven’t posted one of these Sober Time pics in a while because I’m no longer really counting days (but I still love their quotes). Today’s was perfect as it describes my journey to getting to a point where I can confidently say I’m DONE. I’m retiring from the booze habit. As you’ll see from this blog dating back to 2013 when I first joined the sober blogging world – my intentions were to complete a 100 day AF challenge … but I kept wavering on my commitment. I kept making excuses and I kept thinking I could manage to moderate or control my intake better as I had in the past… where I would only have a couple maybe once a week.

But as time went by – and even after some great successes, I found myself sliding back to old patterns and also regaining the weight that I had lost when I did manage to stay sober for longer periods.

What I have come to accept is that 40 years is ENOUGH and that I need to make room for healthier living.

Tonight I’m not feeling so great. It’s the first night since my last drink on August 12, 2018 that I feel crappy. I’m headachy and tired and sore. This feeling is what would often lead me to grabbing a drink to numb out this shitty feeling but not anymore. Now I’m recognizing it, journaling it and soon I’ll be going to bed to give my body the rest it’s telling me it needs.

There’s tons going on this month with my daughter and her appointments, it’s ramping up at work and I have my own personal development that I’m working on. What I can’t forget in all of this is maintaining a good balance.

So tonight for the first time in about 3 weeks I emotionally ate a bit to soothe some of these feelings. It’s not the go to behavior I want to revert to as I know it (like booze) won’t help anything. So I’m reflecting and thinking of how I can better handle it next time. It’s all about the H.A.L.T. analogy and awareness. I’ve been feeling it all day … and perhaps what I should have done is come home to take a nap to shake it off…

In no way was booze even a temptation for me though – because it’s off the table for me now. It’s now about finding NEW coping mechanisms… healthier ones and so that’s where I’m off to. To put on my meditation and call it a night.

I’ll be back to write a bit more once I hit the one month mark as I’ll be counting months – not days – to reaching my FIRST One Year AF Milestone!

 

Day 365 of 365 – End Experiment – Start of Sober Retirement Life

On August 12th at 9pm – my drinking career came to an end. On September 3rd 2017 I intended to do this one year ‘experiment’ – well actually I said I’d go a full year without booze but my mindset wasn’t quite there. In February – I broke my streak at day 174 and allowed myself a drink… and then it seemed to slip back into ‘allowing’ myself drinks again here and there – for 102 days total in that one year period. So while I finished the ‘year’ with 263 days AF (same as my entire year in 2017) – I was feeling like it wasn’t good enough.

As you can see from this blog – that dates back to 2013 – I have been trying to cut down on alcohol and moderate and what I have found is that it’s just not enough. What I have now decided is that after 40 years of having booze in my life – I’m ready to break up, give it up, retire it for good!

Thus my Sober Retirement Life begins! I am looking forward to what the months ahead will bring and excited that I can let go of this internal battle in my head about thinking ‘when can I drink again’…

I’m DONE! I used to say never say never – but in this case – I’m done and giving up – on booze that is lol!

Never quit quitting is another motto I guess. When it comes to booze – it’s one thing I can say that truly no longer serves any purpose in the life I want to live going forward. I have many great new aspirations that I want to pursue and there’s just no room for this in my life!

So Happy Birthday to me! Best gift I could give myself right here… and so thrilled that I am not doing it alone and that the Sober Movement is picking up momentum in our communities … with my group Lose ‘da Booze and Annie Grace’s groups (This Naked Mind and The Alcohol Experiment).

I can’t wait to see what life ahead will look like! Stay tuned!

Day 315 of 365 – Freedom of Sobriety

I think one of the greatest things about being sober is no longer having to plan my day around drinks. When I think of how drinking limited so many activities for me…. what a waste! My daughter was in the city and needed a ride home at some point. In my drinking days this would cause tension and even bitterness that I had to NOT drink so I could at some point pick her up. But now it’s like this weight has been lifted… I can do what I want with my day (sober activities) and happily make the drive in to pick her up without any issues.

When I think about how I limited myself with drinks and activities. How I turned down doing things either because I couldn’t drive because I had drinks or didn’t feel like it because I would rather just sit my lazy ass on the couch and binge watch TV.

Yesterday was spent doing some housework (another thing that I neglected so badly when drinking). I balanced it out with some ME time – enjoyed the pool and sunshine. I spent time reading and checking in with my groups. After I picked my daughter up – I came home to relax and went to bed at a decent hour, waking up early to get my morning routine done.

Freedom is a precious gift that Sobriety gives us! I’m grateful to continue my journey for #DryJuly and beyond!