Welcome to my little teetotal world

Teetotal Street
photo credit: Andrew M Butler

This is a page about the frustrations, difficulties, pleasures and insights gained from going teetotal for a full 730 days for charity, starting 1st January 2013 (more on being teetotal ).

I am constantly trying to find ways to live life better – usually one step forward and two steps back.  I want to use these teetotal two years (try saying that after a couple of beers) as an opportunity to really change my life .  This (often tongue-in-cheek) blog is about my teetotal journey, replacing alcohol with health, happiness and self discovery.

If you would like to help me raise money for Alcohol Concern, you can nosy on over to my sponsorship page here.

Otherwise feel free to do a ‘Come Dine with Me’ – look around, snoop through the drawers and bitch about the teetotal decor.

Cheers!

PS. If you do like this little blog, please take a moment to like my facebook page  (to the right, up a bit, there you go!)

PPS. If you don’t like it feel free to leave a comment saying why! Just accompany your comment with a picture of puppies and/or kittens to take the edge off 🙂

A few posts to get you started:

50 reasons to go teetotal (part 1)

50 reasons to go teetotal (part 2)

Why I don’t stick to a running regime (and just run when I feel like it)

What do you think about while you’re running?

Low carb eating: the rules

Who do you shower with? A new way to meditate

Aim High-001
photo credit: Ludie Cochrane

92 thoughts on “Welcome to my little teetotal world

  1. Hey, thank you for recently following my blog. I appreciate it.
    I look forward reading your future posts and encourage you to maintain your days off of the booze (as good as booze is) for charity.

    -Happy.

    • Hi Ann, thanks for stopping by and commenting (and following). I loved your post about self-disclosure – I thought it was so honest and open, and also you write fantastically! I’ve also followed you – looking forward to seeing your challenge unfolding. I’m definitely not sure I could do it.

  2. Thanks for liking my blog! Before my cleanse I could never have imagined giving up alcohol for any reason whatsoever but now I know that this is not at all impossible, so good luck on your journey.

    • oh my goodness, thank you so much! I will click on the link a little later (just at work at the mo) but I hugely appreciate you doing that – it’s made my day! Thank you! 🙂

  3. I am so curious about your journey. Teetotalling not because of alcoholism, but in search of a new perspective on living. I clicked on your links above to learn more, but they don’t work. So I shall plunge on through your posts in hopes of learning more on how this all began.

    Cheers! Ella

    • Hi Ella,
      Sorry about the links (technology fail!) I hope it didn’t take you too long to traul through the posts… it basically began because I did a sponsored ‘no beer for a year’ for charity in 2011/12, and it really made me reassess my view of alcohol. When I started drinking over christmas i realised i wasn’t missing much, and thought I would do it again, for two years this time – I feel so much healthier, happier and in control (despite the fact that I didn’t drink that much beforehand). I think it’s allowing me to focus more on other things. Thanks for commenting – love your blog btw! 🙂

      • I’m kind of glad the links didn’t work because I got to read through your blog. Giving it up for charity is something people can understand. Just going on the wagon for a while is suspect. Even “I’m on antibiotics” doesn’t work these days since that’s an old wive’s tale. I know. I’m guilty of telling someone, “Oh, you can drink. It won’t interfere with the meds. I researched it on google.” And I did. But charity? No refuting that!

      • yeah the antibioltics one is very unconvincing lol! You’d be amazed how some people actually do question the charity thing… I’ve heard ‘oh I won’t tell anyone’ and ‘i bet you have one when no one’s looking’ so many times! A few shakey morals around it would seem! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting 🙂

  4. Thanks for stopping by! Interesting concept you’ve got going here. I gave up booze for 4 months last year to try to get in tip-top shape. It was worth it but MAN was it tough. Probably never do that again 🙂 Best of luck on your journey!

  5. I’m very interested to see how things go with your adventure! If you don’t mind a few questions: do you find it more difficult to interact with those who are drinking when you go out? Has your ability to socialize while sober improved no that you’re not drinking? Thanks for your time!

    • Thanks very much for commenting! To answer your questions… I don’t really find it more difficult to interact. The strangest thing happens when I’m out in bars etc, in that I actually start to feel a bit drunk! I find I can behave in a very uninhibited way (which is not usually like me at all) – I don’t know whether it’s because I associate bars with feeling like that, or whether it’s infectious from other people. As for your second question, I guess I’d never really thought of it like that – I suppose it has improved in that I now find it easier, but I didn’t always drink when socialising before to be honest. I know I definitely feel happier and more in control. Thanks so much for stopping by! 🙂

  6. Thanks for liking my post! I think what you’re doing with your life and FOR your life is absolutely amazing! I’m all for anyone who is into improving themselves! I wish you much success! I’ll be keeping an eye on you and dropping in every now and then. 🙂

  7. Thank you for following my blog!

    I think your idea is absolutely fantastic, good luck and hopefully your journey will be a fulfilling one 🙂

  8. I think this is an awesome journey! What a creative way to get rid of the alcohol! I gave up coffee cold turkey last May but just suffered instead of turning towards something like running. Kudos!
    P.S. Thanks for liking my most recent blog post! I look forward to following your journey!

  9. Nice! I gave up alcohol for 2 months a couple of summers ago just for the purpose of trying to lose a little bit of the middle age spread. It worked, but not sure about doing that for 2 whole years!

  10. Hello, thank you for the visit, and I look forward to reading your blog – it certainly seems you have some mutual interests. Thanks for the ‘like’ on my site. take care,

  11. I think what you’re attempting is amazing. Don’t know that I could forgo the booze for two years! Not that I’m a big drinker — but I do like my glass of wine on the weekends! Good luck! and thanks for stopping by my blog.

  12. Good Morning Teetotal,
    I appreciate you leaving a like on my post. I hope your 2 years stretches into many more –your blog is a great way to help keep you on track, or as we say in church, “hold you accountable.” Visit again some time!

  13. Wow! That’s so awesome. Congratulations on your commitment in your journey of breaking bad habits. Also, thank-you for stopping by my blog and liking my post.

  14. I’m so glad you found me, sounds initially like we have a lot in common. I haven’t had a drink in nearly two years (23 months on the 6th), and aside from the first 90 days and a few stressful days, I haven’t even missed it all that much. It’s nice to be clear headed and to have more energy for running and living naturally.
    Feel free to browse and comment on my site, and I’ll do the same here. Best wishes to you! ~ Christy

    • Well done on your amazing achievement, really glad to to hear you’re enjoying having more energy. Will definitely check out the rest of your blog. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  15. Thanks so much for the like on my recent post. I appreciate it. And, congrats on not imbibing since the first of the year! That’s commendable to say the least. Will check back soon.

  16. Just came and checked out your blog, but can’t take too much credit because you spelunked over to my blog first 😛 congrats and I’m happy for ya. Looking forward to reading more, and hopefully I can keep giving you reasons to check mine out too!

  17. Wondering Teetotal if you would mind doing A post on my blog about yourself as a profiling for motivating people. I love what you are doing and would like your opinion on this. Basically your story

      • Thank you it is must appreciated. I want to aim to make it a place of inspiration and I saw pure inspiration in your blog when I read it and I feel you would be a benefit to all readers to know your story.
        I am not a pure no alcohol lifestylist but I personally havent touched a drop since july last year. I have huge respect for what your doing and thats why I would love to hear what you have to say to readers

      • Hi, so sorry I haven’t got back to you yet… time seems to have run away with me! It means so much that you think my blog is inspirational… and kudos for the teetotal lifestyle, hope you’re enjoying it 🙂 I will aim to write something by the end of the day (if you still want it that is!)

  18. I just recently did a similar thing – went teetotal so I could serve on the board of a Vipassana group. It was not so hard, as I haven’t been much of a drinker/druger for many years anyway, but just going clean off it was pretty amazing. After I came off the board, I thought I’d be all into the beer again, but after a couple of months of drinking a few beers, I’m again pretty much non-alcoholic… without even that intention. A meditation practice is a great motivator for staying very clear in mind… 🙂 … love what you’re doing, will try to catch up/keep up!

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