There is not much to say really. On 1st April 2016 I had my last Day 1. I did not know it then but I was making the best decision of my life.
Getting sober is not always easy but I can tell you it’s easier than a life dependant on alcohol.
I was never a heavy drinker, there were no DUI’s or lost jobs. I just consistently drank more than I wanted and broke every promise I made to cut down or moderate my intake.
From the outside, I was holding it all together, but inside it was a different story. Anxiety, self loathing and shame were slowly eating away at my self-esteem and mental health.
Continue reading “5 Years Sober Today – Day 1826”
So far 2021 has been a mixed bag. The Mac’s household has experienced some frustrations (Lockdown Life and Renovation Project) and some positives (Pancakes and Snow).
Here’s what we have been up to.
Continue reading “Kicking off 2021 – Day 1791”
Journaling was one of the tools I used regularly when I was getting sober. It helped me get out of my own head so I could focus more clearly on what I needed or wanted. Which, as it turned out, was never actually alcohol.
I don’t drink alcohol anymore and quite frankly never give it much thought nowadays yet I still keep up my journaling. This is because, like a lot of the tools in my sober toolbox, journaling still benefits me in all areas of my life.
So with this in mind, I wanted to share with you my recent trip to the Lake District, what’s going on in my life and UK Lockdown 2.0.
Continue reading “Lakes, Life and Lockdown – Day 1678”
The last 2 months have been tough for me. I have got myself into an ugly situation with my eating. Mainly eating anything sweet; chocolate, biscuits, cake etc…
The last time I wrote here was nearly 2 months ago. In that entry I talked about wanting to lose my Lockdown Belly. The kids were going back to school and I was determined to start eating healthy. I was sick of scoffing biscuits and chocolate whenever I fancied. I’d gotten myself into a bad habit over lockdown and I wanted to change.
Well, in true Mrs Mac style I went all in. I’ve always been an all or nothing girl.
Continue reading “Out of Control – Day 1664”
I’m not going to lie, socialising sober took some getting used to in the beginning. I felt awkward and uneasy without my alcoholic crutch. However, instead of hiding away and avoiding all social events I decided to turn up anyway, but on my terms. The deciding factor, for whether I attended a social event or not was…
Continue reading “Sober Socialising and Bongo’s Bingo – Day 1627”
After months of staying home raiding the biscuit tin. I have finally come to the realisation that I need to do something about my Lockdown Belly. Like a lot of people, I have put on weight during the pandemic; more than I’m comfortable with.
A word of warning though, dieting in early sobriety is not a good idea. However, you have other beauty benefits to look forward too, which i’ll talk about in a minute.
Continue reading “Losing the Lockdown Belly – Day 1608”
I have just got back from a mini cruise to Amsterdam with the family. It was a last minute decision but I am so pleased we went.
Lockdown is easing slightly in the UK. We are allowed to visit restaurants and cinema’s and we are allowed to visit with one other households, as long as we socially distance.
Continue reading “Amsterdam – Day 1588”
I have been creating this website for a few months now and wanted to share it with my blogger friends on WordPress. As you may or may not know, my blog started on WordPress back in April 2016.
I have painstakingly copied it over to this website so everyone can read my personal sobriety journey and I have a place to write articles too.
Continue reading “Time to Share – Day 1578”
One thing I know I need to work on is giving myself permission to do less or even nothing.
Yesterday, I was busy doing a few jobs around the house and home schooling the children. Oh, and I went for a jog. By 4.30pm I didn’t fancy doing anything else but it also felt wrong to just chill out and do nothing.
Continue reading “Giving Myself Permission – Day 1533”
Today it’s sunny and the kids are on their half term break from (home) school. Not that they want to go out and enjoy the weather. They are quite content on their computers, playing video games and socialising with their friends online.
I have to resist the urge to kick them outside. Something my parents would have insisted I did, on a day like this. I can almost hear my mother yelling “get outside and call on your friends.” However, with social distancing in place it is impossible for my kids to go out and meet up with friends; most friends don’t live that close anyway.
Continue reading “Kids of Today – Day 1516”