But in November 2015 while on a solo trip to Thailand, she decided not to drink at all – mainly to keep her wits about her. And she felt phenomenal.
“I actually had a couple of drinks one night and woke up the next morning and felt horrible. And I was like, ‘What am I doing? I would really like to give this up.’ And so I gave it up for a year. And after a year I never had a desire to go back, and it’s been nearly three years now,” said Sobelton.
And she doesn’t miss it. In fact, she says her life is better in a number of ways.
Now she sleeps perfectly through the night.
She also lost 10 to 12 pounds without even trying. She credits not consuming those 200 to 300 empty calories a few times a week with those occasional cocktails.
2. Don’t share your plan. Having to talk about it all the time can wear on you and possibly weaken your resolve not to drink.
3. Level with tempters. Have a sit-down with people who notice you’re not consuming alcohol and want to pressure you back into social drinking. Let them know you need their support — not their temptations.
4. Find ways to be social without drinking. Opt for sparkling waters, kombuchas and non-alcoholic brews when you’d otherwise order a cocktail. Entertain with fancy glass bottles of mineral water or rich, sweet Italian soda. And grab a wine glass for sipping your alcohol-free favorites to fit in to the social occasion.
Sobelton said when people would ask her why she wasn’t drinking she’d just say, “Oh, I’m just going to start out with water today.” And more often than not the conversation would move on with no more queries about what she was drinking.
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