It’s all over bar the fat man singing.
31 days ago I drank my last pint of beer at Krakow airport, whilst on some pretty strong painkillers to get me through the flight. The beer was at 3pm so as far as I am concerned, my detox is over in just a few hours time, meaning that I can have a beer with my Friday night pie. Maybe even two.
I’m not going to go over the details of why I do a detox – you can read my detox blog post if you are bothered. Basically to feel better, crush any dependencies (particularly caffeine), save money and lose weight.
Do I feel any better for it? This was a question asked many times. Until recently, the answer was no. But I do feel better. For example, I am waking up 30 minutes earlier than usual, so enough time to do a little exercise and a little studying. It all adds up.
I am a little less tired on a Friday. I have been more productive this month and have done plenty more studying.
I have saved money. Hard to say how much but around £300, which I have been able to partly invest in my DJ set-up through a sound card, and also a CD printer.
Interestingly I have been less happy. My average happiness rating during January was 5.9. My average during my detox month was 5.4. There are some caveats thought – January included my birthday and a holiday, my detox month started with a few days were I was pretty pissed off due to being ill. Apart from those 3 days of being ill, I never went below a rating of 5.0 during my detox month – but never above 6.4. During January my happiness rating varied quite substantially from 4.0 to 8.5.
Yes I do keep statistics on a lot of aspects of my life. You should know this by now.
Most importantly to me, I lost weight. I started the detox with a morning weight of 92kg. I finished at 88kg. Most days I came well under my calorie limit for losing weight. It isn’t just the alcohol that stops me from losing weight, but the drunken chicken and the hangover fry-ups, not to mention the Monday survival sausage rolls, and that kind of thing.
It was much easier this year. I managed to totally resist temptation and even DJ’d without a quibble, I was hardly bothered at all about the degenerate chaos around me.
Without doubt it has been a success and I will keep doing them every year. I am even considering doing quarterly fortnight-long detoxes.
Roll on pie and beer time. And then the slightly less fat man singing.