As per my previous post, I'm not drinking alcohol in January in support of Cancer Research UK. I don't plan to write about it every day - not even close. GTA 5 isn't going to play itself. But I'll write updates from time to time. Like... now.
My Dryathlon so far:
1. It's helpful to have a supportive girlfriend (I would imagine)
After encouraging me to quit drinking, agreeing to take part herself, and struggling through the clunky signup process, Jen was fully onboard to support me through what could be some tricky times.
"At least there's one person in the world utterly rooting for me to succeed," I said to myself. "One person I can count on." My phone went beep beep! It was Jen getting ready to come and stay the night.
|apologies for the punctuation|
Srs Q is German for 'serious question'.
In case the meaning isn't totally clear, she's offering to bring an open bottle of wine to my flat. For what? To test a stain-remover? Get thee behind me, thou temptress!
2. I probably drink too much in general
Last night I didn't get to sleep for hours, as normal, and when I did sleep I dreamt I was walking down the street with a glass of ice-cold cider. God, it tasted so good. In the dream I was plotting how to lie to people about failing the challenge on day one.
I told this to Jen, and she told me that lying about drinking is a classic sign of an alcoholic. Like I said, supportive.
It's been pointed out that I should probably say how much I normally drink so that readers can get an idea of how hard this challenge will be. Well, there's a calculator on the Dryathlon website that shows how much money you spend on booze, and how many calories you're consuming. It said I drink 25,000 calories a month. "That's an insane amount. That can't be right," I said, and closed the tab. "Sounds about right to me," said you-know-who.
3. I didn't lose weight.
After a whole day of not drinking! Boo!
4. Donations are flooding in
Is one donation a flood? Sure, whatever. My good friend and former blog muse Cecile slapped 30 pounds onto Cancer Research UK's table, so in addition to the pound from when my mum tested the SMS code, that's 31 pounds. I'm going to double whatever comes in, so that's 62 pounds raised already.
If you want to chip in, here's the link: