Why I gave up drinking.. (for now)

Friday night drinks at Velocity Financial have become a little cheaper over the last few months for us. Kylie explains why she is swapping her Sauvignon Blanc for a soda water these days.

Three months ago I attended a goal-setting seminar with my daughter. We were asked to list our future goals and to think about what might stop us from achieving them.

My list looked a little like this:

·      Spend more time with my family

·      Eat better

·      Exercise more

·      Start taking better care of myself


My list has been like this for as long as I can remember. With three kids and a full-time job, I’ve struggled with finding that perfect balance and, for the longest time, exercise and putting time aside for myself has always been hard. 


On these two topics, the word ALCOHOL just kept coming to mind during the goal-setting seminar.


Sure, having the time to look after myself was a big factor, however, when I looked back at the months prior to the seminar I realised I had turned down many weekend gym sessions because I was too exhausted. Not only that, I was eating terribly because of the way I was feeling and the alcohol was disrupting my sleep, even just a few glasses. One glass of wine on a Friday night and I was asleep on the couch at 7pm.


So I decided I would give up drinking for a little while to see if it made any difference. (Disclaimer - I did not tip my wine down the sink like they have in the photo above - that would be a waste!) 


A friend of mine directed me to a Facebook page called “No beers, who cares” see here where participants are encouraged to give up drinking for a year. You’re encouraged to look at why you drink and the social pressures that are placed on you. It’s easy to think a few drinks every now and then is harmless. However, if you are really forced to think about why you need those few drinks you do realise that very few people have a healthy relationship with alcohol.


3 months ago I could barely bring myself to put wine in my cooking (less wine for me to drink!) but here I am, eleven weeks in and not a single drop has been consumed.  I’m not sure how much longer I will last, but I’m feeling much better for it … and so is my waistline!


If you’d like to come along to Friday drinks at Velocity, just let us know. We’d love to have you along. There will be plenty of non-alcoholic options available!