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Gwen’s February Challenge: No Alcohol, Mo’ Problems?

In February, I committed to a diet of zero alcohol for the month in an effort to lead a healthier lifestyle, detox, and save a couple bucks.

This was also my January challenge, and I wanted to do it again in support of my goal to go alcohol free in 2016.

Overall, this month was SO much easier than January. At this point, I’ve learned to find alternatives to drinking (though let’s be honest, having a beer or glass of wine with friends is always a good time). I started drinking more tea and kombucha, and quite honestly also changed my habits as I mostly avoided going out. I do not intend to spend the rest of the year indoors, I just found it to be a good way to strengthen my commitment and also after an intense past six months of work – I’m happy to take a few weeks to relax a bit.

One big challenge with not drinking is I found I quickly replaced it with another vice. It seemed that sugar started to become my new addiction. This is really not good. Sugar can be just as bad or worse for you (depending on quantity) than drinking. So I’m now looking into ways to let go of my cravings for sugar.

As you can see, this could become a vicious cycle, but overall my intention here is not to be too hard on myself, it’s to increase my awareness of my habits and how I use food, drinks, sleep etc. to avoid being with my own thoughts.

I encourage you to look at your habits and see if there are areas where you are truly relying on vices in order to get by.

March Challenge:

As I was working through my taxes this year, I had a realization that at the beginning of 2015 I started tracking everything to make life easier this year. For some reason I suddenly stopped in June, but it was a fantastic start. I haven’t been doing that this year, so I want to catch up! My goal this month is to track everything and put it into a Tax Party 2016 doc so that I can be prepared to get my taxes done even quicker in 2016!

Thank you so much for reading! If you want to join me for either challenge let me know by tweeting @momoneymoprog or @gwenelliot!

-Gwen

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