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streak over! (no alcohol) in June experiment

Super Bad news guys.

My streak is over.

I gave up this past Sunday. I was on a double date and they made it a bet that if we lost a game pool to them we had to do shots. And we lost.

22 day streak. Pretty good.

I gotta say it felt great and the longer it went the less I felt I needed to drink.

Clarity of Mind is definitely what I felt. My skin became more clear, fresh looking, more energy on Monday mornings. Nothing too drastic on the weight. I’m sure my insides are thanking me however.

AND as I mentioned before, I still went to bars/pubs, clubs, hung out with friends while they were drinking in my face. They actually got used to my No drinking policy by week 2 and 3 and didn’t bother me as much about it.

What made it easier? As I mentioned before:  Doing it with another friend. We kept texting/snap chatting our glasses of water when at different bars for instance. Some friends pressured me a lot at the bars, but outside of it there was deep admiration for me.

So there was these two extremes.

Anyways great experiment…. I recommend people not doing in June, especially when the World Cup is on!

When was the last time you went without a drink for an extended time?

 

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(no alcohol) in june. update

Yo,

Guess what?

Justin and I’ve lasted without drinking alcoholic beverages for 17 days!!

This past weekend was little less tough than previous ones. It’s still weird to be in a bar without drinking. 10 years of programming does that to you. I think for most people my age – June is a top 5 drinking month.

ALSO, I’m a big fan of watching the World Cup action at a bar/pub so that has made it slightly hard at times. Everyones has a beer in hand shouting ‘gooaaal’.  That Messi goal against Bosnia this past Sunday was thing of a beauty.

But somehow we’ve managed to just order more food and drink water/Ice tea. You need to have someone hold you accountable for this kind of challenge .

Because a one man island can’t get it done.   Especially when I have other friends whose mission is to make us abort this whole experiment! Too Bad.

Laterz,

Nishant

(no alcohol) June.

If you watched the end of my video in the banff weekend trip blog post,  Justin and I mention no drinking in June.

Well I haven’t been since May 31st. It’s been 10 days! And I feel supersonic.

Let me preface by saying I’m not a crazy drinker. I usually drink socially on the weekends mostly.

This was just a challenge between us to see how long we can last.

Some of the results of this has been quite crazy. I woke up 8 am on Sunday and went to yoga at 9:30 am.  I haven’t done that in maybe over a year. I couldn’t believe how many people do yoga Sunday mornings!

This past Friday and Saturday  were the real days of doom. I knew they would be. Friday actually I didn’t go out. Just worked that evening on setting up my friends shopify website. More on that later. So there wasn’t any peer pressure that evening.

Saturday night I went to dinner.. and I ordered Iced Tea before my meal. Everyone just looked at me like “What the hell” and “great another experiment by Nishant” and “Why do you have to be so extreme? have at least one drink.”  Okay fair enough. One or two drinks on a Saturday night is obviously easy peasy. I will probably lean back into that once July rolls around.

But I wanted to see how far I can go with this! Justin actually arrived 30 mins later AND also ordered a iced tea. That made it easier. Plus got free- refills.  Woo.

Anyways, let’s see how long this lasts.

Laterz,

Nishant

P.S. Next post is about a successful cocktail event I held towards end of May.

mind/body

Now if you are going to win any battle you

have to do one thing.

You have to make the mind run the body. Never let

the body tell the mind what to do. The body will

always give up. It is always tired morning, noon,

and night. But the body is never tired if the mind

is not tired. When you were younger the mind

could make you dance all night, and the body

was never tired…You’ve always got to make

the mind take over and keep going.

George S. Patton

Nice one General Patton. Nice one.

Discipline of the mind is needed, yeah I agree.  One way to develop this is by MOVING! Exercise has a profound impact on your mind. There is a quick,  must-read book called Brain Rules by John Medina. It talks about how your brain and body are more connected then just by the neck. Walking gets blood to your brain, keeps the neurons connecting.

One super interesting fact : our evolutionary ancestors were used to walking up to 12 miles per day.  We used to have the bodies of Olympians!!!

 We weren’t meant to be sitting in a classroom for 8 hours.. that’s another topic.

My suggestion? Taking one 20 min walk outside  to break up the day.  Over the past 6 months, I’ve been standing while using the laptop more,  instead of sitting.

This one habit actually will help you get more  fit than someone who sits 9-6 on a desk and then works out 2-3 hours at night. Read this if you’re sceptical.

To sum it up:

  • Short Walks outside to break up work day – Obstacle? Yes when it’s cold,  Alberta winters be damned. I need to get Sorel boots.
  • Standing more when working. Try it even for 1 hour a day to get started.
  • Cold showers  – just for 2 mins, nothing insane. Switch to warm/cold to ease into it.  Improves blood circulation, more alert, can help you lose weight too.  Also helps you develop getting used to being uncomfortable. Land more business deals.

Just some simple experiments I’ve been doing past six months. Not gonna lie I go through cycles of sticking to these habits, but at least you’re self-aware of it.

PS: Thinking of getting the Fit Bit device for Christmas.