Sober October

A test of my mind and body, coupled with a fun and greater social idea below.

Challenge. Cleanse. Restart.

After some contemplation, I have decided that I am going to do Sober October as a way to truly allow myself to focus, cleanse my body of toxins, and be as sharp as possible over the next 30 days.

I am the first to admit that I am no angel, and love to have a good time. However, I have not allowed my body to naturally reset in a long time. I have gone weekends and weeks without poisoning my body with toxins, but I cannot truly remember the last time I took a full month to let my body just be. I think it is time.

I generally do not drink during the week, partially because I do not have the time, but the weekend has always been my excuse to let myself “unwind,” and take part in what has become synonymous with “fun” in many societies. 

Alcohol has been the marker for celebrations since the dawn of time. Drinking to be merry is encouraged in many religions and cultures, and I personally do not find it to be a bad thing. However, what disheartens me somewhat, is that drinking, or rather drinking in excess has become the social norm, but it shouldn't have to be.

I am, by no means, saying that any drink I ever drank was done against my own will, but I have always questioned why it is that we need to alter our state of mind with alcohol and other chemicals to make other people, places and activities more fun. We should be able to enjoy our time wherever we are without external forces.

Thus, I am challenging myself to a month of sobriety.

Nothing, but some good ole fashion fun with some soda water. I have recently gotten really into the bubbles.

I have decided to share this experiment publicly, so that I have a little more accountability put out into the universe. I am also sharing my personal challenge, so that maybe you too decide to have a clearer, cleaner, less crazy month.

Drinking is such an easy answer to fun and being social. I want to see what else I can come up with. What other activities are there to engage in? Who have I not seen because I was too preoccupied with getting wasted with a certain group of people? What career opportunities did I miss out on because I was looking to be stupid? How different will my life be with an extra hour or two, on days I would’ve been sleeping off the booze from last night?

Part of my career and life’s work has been dedicated to being the healthiest I can be, so a challenge like this makes sense. Not to mention there are some really great added bonuses:

1.     I will be saving so much money! Dolla dolla bill ya’ll.

2.     My body is going to look sick! No bloating over here.

3.     Hangovers won’t even be a thought in my weekend activities. Why yes the clock says 8AM, and it’s a Saturday!

4.     Productivity will be at an all time high. Go go gadget go!

5.     My skin is going to be on point from the amount of water I am going to consume. I woke up like this, flawless!

6.     My clearer mind won’t be as affected as the weather inevitably starts to change. S.A.D. is a real thing, and I always feel so bummed out as it gets colder. Yes, fall in NYC is amazing, but it is still pointing to one thing…Winter!

7.     Sleep is going to be even more amazing. Not part rejuvenating, part get the good nectar out of my body.

8.     The money I will be saving can go towards meaningful things. Not something I pee out in an hour, and then every 10 minutes after because I broke the seal.

9.     My relationships will be stronger. Alcohol and other toxins change our perceptions, judgments and way of communicating. Foot to mouth disease, “Be gone!”

10. I really think I am going to have a happier, healthier, heart-happier month.

I still plan on going out, dancing and having fun, but it will be with a different M.O.

The end of Sober October will be Halloween, and what a perfect night to celebrate the end of a month’s challenge. A night to truly take part in debauchery, party with ghosts and ghouls, and look my best in whatever costume I choose to spook the night with.

Lastly, I want to remind everyone that October is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a disease that affects 1 in 8 woman, and while there have been strides in our understanding of the disease, there still is much progress to be made. Please check yourself, and encourage others to do the same! Ladies play with your boobies, fellas play with your balls, and in all seriousness make sure everything is ok!

If you would like to join me in my month long challenge for sobriety, but are slightly skeptical, or know you have functions that are going to make it extremely difficult than why not turn your drinking into a good cause. For every drink you have, pledge to donate a certain amount of money towards Breast Cancer Research and Awareness. It’s hard to feel bad about breaking your challenge, while supporting an important issue.

By clicking on the picture below, you can take part in a different kind of challenge, and feel less guilty about that drink you told yourself you were not going to have, but decided to anyways.

An interesting month is in store. I know it will definitely be no bore. It is only a month long test. With the result equaling you at your best!

Much Love

Barrett

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Posted on October 1, 2014 .