- Sober October?
Anyone else doing it?
I’m not planning on getting sponsored or anything but I really would like to prove to myself I can take a month off.
It’s the Friday night coming home knackered and collapsing onto the sofa habit more than anything.
Anyone else doing it? I’m far more likely to succeed if I have to update this thread (and yes, it shouldn’t be that difficult really 😐 )Posted 3 months agoMister PMember
I’m off to Portugal for a week next week so there’s no chance of sober October. However I haven’t had a beer in September and have enjoyed the extra motivation to ride plus extra cash in my pocket. I will more than likely get back on the wagon from Monday 14th October until Christmas.Posted 3 months agogeomickbMember
I randomly stopped drinking 1 month and 8 days ago.
Didn’t really have a reason, just though I would try an experiment.
Now I’m doing it, I’m starting think that I have drank pretty much every weekend and holiday since I was 16. I have been dependent on alcohol for social situations (aren’t we all?) because I have always been able to have a couple of drinks.
Life is much easier with a 4 year old because I no longer stay up late at weekends and can get up at 7am with her. My diet has changed a lot, no more midnight snacks or morning fry-ups, just because I don’t crave them.
I’m quite enjoying it, I’m not sure how long I will carry on for (I am known to “like a drink”) but now I have done a month, I’m staring to think 3 months would be good. I’m also hoping for significant weight loss which will help with a certain race I am planning next year. Not sure I will ever return to drinking the way that I used to.
I’m also liking not feeling rough on Monday mornings, every morning feels the same.
I have also being enjoying some alcohol free beers, Nanny State and the Peroni ones are OK and the Erdinger one is great (isotonic with vitamins!) .
I would say give it a go, it’s an interesting experiment.
MickPosted 3 months ago
Cool. I’m glad there’s a few others joining me. I freely admit that I’m pathetic and have only ever managed a few weeks before.
All my booze lovely booze has been moved to the spider infested garage (apart from one beer and a tiny bit of red wine that I consider will my last hurrah tonight)Posted 3 months ago
I’ll give it a go apart from one evening as my birthday is in October. Does that count?
Pretty sure that’s allowed – Macmillan say (if you’re doing it and getting sponsored) you’re allowed one “golden ticket” as long as you donate £15. Sounds reasonable to me 🙂Posted 3 months agoYakSubscriber
Nah. This is the month for getting into dark beers, porters and stouts. Switching to heavier reds and getting the pre-winter whisky started. I mean it’s mostly dark, rainy and cold. Every ride is a soggy trash. Seems the wrong month to also be sucking the joy of nice drinks away.Posted 3 months agoPiefaceMember
In part, yes, but I have a dinner party and a birthday party to attend in October, however those will be the only times i drink, and I’ll see if I can do all of November as well, and then try to keep December limited to Christmas parties / socials and a few nights over Xmas / NYE as well.
Having seen other people’s attempts at ‘Dry January’ even my October efforts could be considered an achievement.
I’ll be doing it as I need to lose a bit of weight / save some money but also you feel incredibly good after a couple of weeks and realise that you don’t actually miss the booze. However when you do have another drink its easy to slip back in to old habits. Currently I don’t drink in the week but tend to drink Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, unless I’m racing on the weekend, in which case I won’t drink until the night after the race.Posted 3 months agojohndohMember
Is it just me that can have a beer (or quite a few beers) and still get up with my children, not want to midnight snack or crave fry-ups. I sleep well and I am not overweight. I did go dry a few years ago (when trying to conceive and didn’t drink a single drop for a good year) and felt no health benefits nor did I lose any weight.
Am I drinking wrong?Posted 3 months agocorrodedMember
I’ve started stopping drinking over autumn and winter so I’ll be sober October – April-ish. Several reasons: I really enjoy a beer outside in the sun after a mtb ride and it’s easier to burn off the extra cals over the summer, though I still put on a few pounds. Over winter I do spin classes and long weekend road/gravel rides. The upshot being that I’m at my lightest and fittest come March and it’s a gradual decline thereafter.Posted 3 months ago
Is it just me that can have a beer (or quite a few beers) and still get up with my children, not want to midnight snack or crave fry-ups. I sleep well and I am not overweight.
Not just you. I guess we all react differently to alcohol and what some would consider ample, others would dismiss as hardly anything.Posted 3 months ago
^^ for me, it’s not about alcohol stopping me doing anything (including looking after two small kids) it’s the fact I feel I need it in order to relax. I don’t drink a huge amount but when I’m tired and stressed I find myself reaching for midweek G&T as well as the usual weekend alcohol ..Posted 3 months agolungeSubscriber
Nah. This is the month for getting into dark beers, porters and stouts.
Absolutely. This is the time to start the process of moving to heartier beverages, Port’s, Whiskey, that kind of thing.
Also, October is the month where you’re getting prepared for the Xmas drinking, you wouldn’t take a month of running 2 months before a marathon so don’t do it with drinking. This is the time for honing your skills at the bar, for getting some steady sessions in and for making sure the barman knows your name before the December drinkers arrive.Posted 3 months ago
Also, October is the month where you’re getting prepared for the Xmas drinking, you wouldn’t take a month of running 2 months before a marathon so don’t do it with drinking. This is the time for honing your skills at the bar, for getting some steady sessions in and for making sure the barman knows your name before the December drinkers arrive.
Posted 3 months agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
Not for me, but done a few dry stints in recent years and they’ve been really helpful. So much of the bevvy is psychological that a hard reset can put you on the right track, in the quest for balance.Posted 3 months ago
Good luck to all abstemious ones – do not crack week one and you’ll have broken the back of it.
I’m very pleased there’s a few giving it a go with me. I’ll update the thread as and when I get itchy. I plan to buy a crate of the Erdinger blue stuff tomorrow (I’m pretending that it’s merely the habit of having something cool and bubbly in my hand that’s the issue, rather than the lovely alcohol).
So, last dregs of a bottle of red tonight, a couple of beers that’ll otherwise “go off” if I don’t drink them and then tomorrow it begins..
Edit: my attempt at “self control” – hide the booze in the garage 🤔
Edit: I can’t do picturesPosted 3 months ago
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