Angi had very subtly suggested from time to time that maybe I should consider taking a break from drinking at the weekends to gain some clarity on just how it was affecting my health and weight loss goals. So many times I said I was going to and then FAILED.
One day I sat and wrote down all the key things I wanted to achieve in my life. The things that I had been dreaming of and talking about for years, I wanted to get to the bottom of why I wasn’t achieving them. There was one common denominator for them all and that was binge drinking and the knock-on effects from it.
I had lost a fair amount of weight already whilst coaching with Angi but I had hit a brick wall. I was fine Mon – Fri and then come the weekend it would ALL go out of the window.
I would bank calories all week and felt hungry and miserable doing so, just so I could have a good knees up at the weekend. However, I was never really 100% honest about what I was consuming whilst drinking – mainly because I couldn’t remember how I got home let alone how many drinks I had thrown down my neck. I tried tracking drinks – it usually worked until about the third. Then, of course, there would be food on the way home or when I got home, and my decision-making skills at 3 in the morning never tended to lean to the healthy side of things – kebab meat and chips, extra garlic mayo?? GET IN MA FACE!
My sleep would be rubbish not only on Saturday night but the following night as well and in my hungover state, I would do nothing all day apart from eating salty carby foods. Mondays I would never be able to train as I still felt less than 50% of my usual self. It was mentally and physically very unhealthy and going against everything I had learned and was practising during the week.
I finally committed to a 30-day break from alcohol.