Drinks on me!

Gooood Morning Loungers! Welcome to another week of the meeting of the minds.  This week I want to know what your best achievement has been.  Already blogged about it? That’s cool, feel free to link up posts from the vault. We don’t mind a bit of vintage finery.

If you follow me on Twitter then you will know that today marks the day that Dry July is finally finished.

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I don’t have a great history of finishing things.  I’m a bit of a quitter.  Ok a lot of a quitter.  I get bored easily, lose interest quickly and move onto the next thing.  I also tend to make snap decisions so while I am all go at the start and then the enthusiasm starts to wane and I wonder if I have done the right thing.  Until now.

I would be lying through my teeth if I said that I wasn’t scared when I signed up and then let everyone know with excitement that I was doing Dry July.  I’m sure I had my doubters.  I wasn’t even sure if I could do it.  Vodka and I love each other.  At least when we are together..the morning after..not so much.

The first week was really, really hard.  I spend most of my days on autopilot and found myself almost reaching for the vodka out of nothing but pure habit.  I bought myself 1 golden ticket (and made sure to make the most of it) but other than that, I have gone the rest of the month without an alcoholic drink.

Did I think I could do it? I was hoping for the best but expecting the worst.  I think I subconsciously felt that if I told anyone who would listen I would be locked in.  I couldn’t just sign up and let it fall to the wayside.  It doesn’t matter now however because

I FUCKING DID IT

Right now this is biggest achievement.  I set a goal and I got there.  It felt like hell, and I thought about giving up, but here I am 31 days later having finished Dry July 2013.  Will I do it again? Probably not.  While I am so super proud of myself..I really think that it’s a one off, but if you know anyone planning to do it next year I would be happy to donate to the cause.  I know just how hard it is!

Are you a quitter? Or do you keep plugging away at someone even when the interest is gone?

25 thoughts on “Drinks on me!

  1. Luisa

    I’m was a quitter too! And it really did start to effect the core of myself esteem. I make realistic goals for myself now and when I complete them they make me feel like a boss!!! Ha! Great post and congrats on dry July – Big love from me Lu @The Motherhood Herald. xxxxxx

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    1. Musings of the Misguided Post author

      That’s what I have started to do. I have seen people who do a ‘ta-da list’ where they write down all of the things they have achieved, which I think is an awesome idea. Especially on days where you really feel like nothing has been done.

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  2. Emily @ Have a laugh on me

    LOL – “keep plugging away at someone” Freudian slip there T?!
    GO YOU is all I can say, I did it last year and it was soul destroying – but to make a goal and stick with it – to me is a major achievement. I’m VERY crap of sticking to anything! I haven’t really done anything amazing, (how’s that for a pity party for one) so no linky love me from, but if I have time to scroll through my files I will. Enjoy your drinkie tonight girl! x

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  3. Nikki@Wonderfully Women

    Great effort! The last time I did anything like that was 14 years ago when I was last pregnant! These days I really drink such a small amount that I just don’t feel the need to go through a whole month without. Bet that first sip of Vodka today tasted damn fine! 🙂 xx Nikki

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    1. Musings of the Misguided Post author

      It tasted so good! It’s funny I didn’t find I missed it as much when I was pregnant and yet this month was ridiculously hard. Go figure.

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  4. Lara @ This Charming Mum

    Well done to you! What a great achievement. A good friend of mine did it last year and I know how difficult it was for her. I’m not that much of a drinker but I have plenty of other vices, and I know I’d struggle to stay away from them for a whole month. Well done!

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  5. Sarah@Slapdash Mama

    YAY! I for one would not attempt this and don’t even feel guilty because after 2 pregnanices in 2.5 years plus what feels like a hundred years of breastfeeding, I reckon I’ve earned my booze dammit!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Lizzy Allan

    Congratulations Tegan! What an awesome achievement! Bet you’re looking forward to making up for lost time this weekend!! Um, I think my biggest achievement (besides my kids that is) would have to be driving in urban peak hour traffic in Italy without having an accident! 😛

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  7. Oculus Mundi

    I knew you could do it! I figured that was why you told people, that sometimes works for me too, if I tell you I can’t back out so easily. I have had a dry year, bar 4 or 5 nights out (or in), so am thinking of having sozzled September to make up for it 🙂

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    1. Musings of the Misguided Post author

      haha I told Paul that I was doing another one this month but calling it all the alcohol August.

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  8. alex

    Well done!
    Seriously don’t think I could do it. I’m not saying I have a problem… but I think I’d bite you if you took my wine/beer/scotch/whatever that pink shit in the fridge is off me

    Well done!

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