Well, what a difference a week makes.
This month I’m on the wagon and, when I wrote about the first week here, I reported that I hadn’t seen much in the way of benefits. No sign of improvement on the bathroom scales or no improved sleep. There was also no great signs of improved clarity of mind (though I guess as I was never drinking stupefying amounts of beer, that any clarity of mind improvement would be slight at best).
that first week felt like it went on forever. Like, it had 15 days in it or something. Perhaps that was exacerbated by my thought process which was ‘‘I might have a beer now. Oh yeah, I’m not drinking until March’’. Must have thought that about a hundred times last week.
But this week it’s been quite different. The week certainly didn’t feel longer than normal, in fact it felt like it went by quite quickly. There has also been some action on the bathroom scales too – down about 1.5kg from last week. And I’m hardly thinking about wanting a beer now.
Sleeping, well, that’s still the same. I still feel a bit tired; most likely because I’m getting up early to go for a walk/run. But overall things have improved. I guess that first week was like a hump I had to get over, where my body and mind had to acclimatise to being beer-free. Now that I am, the body and mind are able to function much better and not dwell on beer (and I reckon the decision not to read beer books all month helped too).
Also, I realised I can sort of participate in Craft Beer Rising next Saturday. As the Illawarra Brewing Company’s celebrations involve growler fills of beers from around the country – and they use counter-pressure – I can get a fill or two next Saturday and they should be fine to drink a week later.