What I Learned Not Drinking For 30 Days, Results of Dry January

The results are in. I officially went all of January without a single drop of alcohol. No beer, whiskey or wine. None. It has been a great experience. This is the story.

Why I Did It..

There were a few reasons why I decided to not drink for the month of January.

The first reason is because during the holiday season I usually eat and drink a lot. Christmas parties, events and what not kill my physique and motivation. Plus, I tend to drink more in the colder months here in the Midwest. I just do. I figured health wise I needed to cut back. It was getting to be a little more than a drink here and there. I was drinking most nights, if not every night.

I also seemed to be having a hard time losing weight. No matter what I did in the gym I couldn’t lose weight. No matter how much I dropped my food intake I couldn’t seem to lose weight.

And I couldn’t seem to quit drinking my beer. Every night after work I would come up with an excuse to put it off one more day.

I needed to do something drastic. So I decided to do a “dry January” and quit drinking the entire month of January.

The Weight Loss…

So for the first week I barely changed my diet. I figured I wasn’t drinking and the weight would just magically fall off. Unfortunately this wasn’t the case. I didn’t lose one pound the first week.

So I started following this diet here

I followed this diet religiously and didn’t eat one cheat meal. I promised myself pizza and cheese dip for the super bowl if I stuck to it the entire month.

So I followed this diet 

And I didn’t drink one drop of alcohol for the entire month of January.

The Results…

The results were that I dropped 18 pounds. Now remember I didn’t start until the second week. So I lost 18 pounds in a little over 3 weeks. That is success. That is progress. That is something that worked.

I am not saying do something as drastic as I did. I am just showing you what actually works and works fast.

The whole point of this blog is to give you the truth about success and self help. This diet worked. It sucked. It took dedication. But it worked.

Those people you see in magazines that look amazing do things like this. They are what the general public would call extreme. But you know what. They are successful. They achieve their goals.

Extreme or not, dry January was a success. I did what I set out to do. I lost 18 pounds in a little over 3 weeks. Now I can focus on a clean eating diet and raise my calories a little bit. The best part is that after eating like this, a clean eating diet with more calories will seem like a cheat meal. It is a win win.

Like I always say, simple but not easy. Let me know what you think.