The July Edit – Back to Routine + Quitting Alcohol?

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July was a difficult month for me. Nothing terrible happened. I just felt off. I am coming to terms with what I think triggered this, and how I can stop it from happening again.

So basically, I rocked June’s socks off. I smashed the gym, went to pilates classes, my food was super healthy whole plant based foods, and I didn’t drink any alcohol. I was more energetic, high on life, and just generally kicking ass.

On 30th June, I decided to “treat” (?) myself and I had some Indian Takeaway, a big Doughnut from Doughnut Time and had some drinks after work. Seems harmless, but this one day threw off my entire month. After June 30, I found it harder to get back into a good routine and eating healthy took a backseat. It didn’t help that I was also away for work and other commitments on weekends so it was hard to reset myself and get back on track.

I’m also coming to realise that I have a pretty ‘addictive personality’. Meaning, when I want something to try something, and I do, I can get addicted really quickly. This is one of the main reasons why I have never dabbled much in drugs or smoking – I know that I could have ended up in trouble with these sorts of habits. However, it works really well when I get addicted to things good for me – like exercise, eating well, veganism, etc.

But I have noticed that one of my main triggers seems to be drinking alcohol. I don’t binge drink anymore – I certainly did in my late teens and early twenties, which resulted in doing things that weren’t awful – but hey, they weren’t great either. Whenever I do drink alcohol, I never feel good afterwards. Even if I just have one or two standard drinks, it results in feeling not so great the next day. I also tend to eat more food that I wouldn’t normally, and it dehydrates me. Alcohol also happens to be a major depressant, and as someone who struggles with anxiety and depression, it seems really stupid to keep going with this.

I don’t know why, but I feel reluctant to stop drinking all together, which is silly. I’d love to hear your stories if you have struggled with something similar. If you don’t feel comfortable commenting, email me at kate@themintedblog.com or direct message me on my Instagram.

I also wanted to add a little goals section to these personal posts, so here are my goals for August! Nothing major, just a few small goals I think I can achieve. I will try to check in each month with the prior month’s goal achievements and each new month’s goal setting.

  • Sign up to 30 Days KX Pilates
  • Speed Clean every night
  • Make time to meditate for 15 minutes a day

Here’s to a productive August! How was your July?

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  • I’m like you. I go through phases of being really active and healthy then I say, lets have a treat. Before I know it the whole chocolate bar is gone. I’ve realised it all comes back to moderation. I did Dry July and it was great! But it also made me realise I shouldn’t deprive myself completely as it makes me want it more x

    • Kate Flint

      I don’t really crave things when I’m not eating them, but for some reason once I reach my next date of “goal assesment” usually the end of the month, I just go ham for it. Just have to find something that works for you!

  • It’s a bummer that you were feeling off this month but I go through meh times like that. As for alcohol, I’ve never had a drink and I think I’m healthier and richer for it haha. You’d be amazed how much you save compared to your friends. I hope August improves for you 🙂

    Emma | Rosy Disposition

    • Kate Flint

      That’s so cool of you Emma! I never even knew you didn’t drink and we’ve hung out a bunch of times! I think it’s something I’m definitely interested in trying for a while at least.

  • Steph @ howtogirl.net

    I actually have similar feelings about alcohol. I don’t drink much but whenever I do it throws me off, yet I’m reluctant to just draw a line in the sand and say “nope never again”. I think it’s only hard to do because it’s such a social construct – my friends go for wine tours, I don’t want to miss out etc etc.
    I hope you have a better month in August! Sending good thoughts your way.

    • Kate Flint

      Yes the social aspect is hard to boot. My work has weekly Friday drinks and it can always be hard to say no. Hope you have a great August too!

  • HerQuarters

    I only drink once in a blue moon now because alcohol makes me feel tired and moody the next day. I like your monthly goals, especially the meditation.

    Amy | http://www.herquarters.com/

    • Kate Flint

      Yes I feel the same way! It has such a negative affect on me 🙁

  • July can eat a dick seriously! Bring on August! We can do this Kate! Alcohol has never really been a big part of my life but I know you can give it up. Just like softdrink. And if you have a drink here and there, that’s ok! I just drink a glass of wine on a special occasion or something like that.

    I am also totally joining you on the speed cleaning goal! That would honestly be the best for me right now! haha <3

    Tahana x

    • Kate Flint

      Speed cleaning is the easiest way to keep on top of cleaning! We put on a timer for 15 mins and just go nuts cleaning as much as we can.

  • July was a bit meh for me – neither here nor there. I got sick for the 3rd time this winter, which completely sucked. I’m better now thankfully & fingers crossed I make it through August without getting another cold or the flu!

    RE: Alcohol – I rarely drink it as my body doesn’t tolerate it all that well & I’m also not a fan of the taste, but I will drink a cocktail occasionally (sometimes 2 or 3, but no more than that as I start feeling ill). It can be hard being the non-drinker amongst other people (especially since it’s such a social thing these days), but you are better off without it. Maybe save it for a special occasion & that way you’re not completely denying yourself of it.

    Shell // The Novice Life

    • Kate Flint

      Being sick is the worst! I’ve only had a bit of a cold in May this year so I have gone through winter unscathed (fingers crossed). Hope you have a healthy August!

  • The Life of Laura

    I feel like July has been a tough month all round, I’m sorry to hear yours hasn’t gone so well. Fingers crossed August gets better from here!

    Laura || http://www.thelifeoflaura.com.au xx

    • Kate Flint

      Thanks Laura, hope you have an ace August too!

  • I totally understand where you’re coming from! I have the same relationship with food, more so sugary and processed foods. At the time it seems like a great idea but afterwards I feel so gross, bloated and blah, physically and mentally. I haven’t totally cut sugar out but I have definitely reduced the sweets and I am feeling so much better. I am back at the gym and trying to exercise more which also gives me a much clearer head and mind x

    • Kate Flint

      I feels yah, I felt awful after that doughnut for such a short amount of time to enjoy it. It just doesn’t seem worth it after a while.

  • Lubz

    It’s great that you have identified what your triggers are. That is the main step to getting closer to achieving your goals. I have made a list myself. Hoping to stick to it in August.

    Lubz || lubzsays.com

    • Kate Flint

      Good luck with your goals too!

  • I totally understand how things go from trying, liking and addiction. I am glad you have set the goals and working towards them , leaving the addictions behind and be more productive.

    • Kate Flint

      Life’s always a learning process like that! Hopefully I can get a bit better at being a good human haha

  • Isabella Southwick

    I totally relate to this post, I recently came to the realization that I can not drink hard alcohol anymore as I have a negative affect to it everytime. It’s super hard to not do something you are surrounded with or accustomed to but I am glad I am staying mostly sober now. If you ever need support or want to vent about trying to drink less send me an email!

    Isabella | http://www.iqsouthwick.com

    • Kate Flint

      Definitely an adjustment! I have only had beer or wine (sometimes cider) for a about 2 years now because I found that spirits and cocktails don’t agree well with me either. I think I will do the same and work on drinking less and enjoying the #soberlife 🙂 I may take you up on venting about not drinking too haha

  • I can kind of relate but haven’t been able to establish trigger points yet. I’ll have a really good period, then it’s start to turmoil until I snap back into it. Then repeat…
    I like how you set realistic monthly goals! And good on you for putting this out there. Sometimes it just takes one person to help another / each other x
    Isabella | http://www.digyhu.com

    • Kate Flint

      It can be really hard to find the trigger, I hope you find yours soon! I am only really guessing mine – only trial and error can really confirm it. And thanks! I like setting a few easier achievable monthly goals, it makes it that much sweeter when you can tick a few things off your list. On Day 3, so far so good! 🙂

      • Wooo congrats!! Let us know how the meditation goes and any tips you might have 🙂

  • Sorry to hear that July wasn’t the best month for you! It’s sucks when one ‘treat’ day can throw off your whole month. I have some friends that are similar and can’t do the whole treat meal thing because they become quite addicted to things like sugar. I’m the opposite, if I don’t have little treats here and there than I tend to binge when I am near some instead of not feeling like I’m missing out if I allow little treats each week. I wish I could become addicted to the gym but I’m more so trying to embed it into a routine so my body gets used to going all the time.

    Sounds like you’ve been doing amazing with so many things, you should definitely feel proud of all that you have accomplished over the past year. I think you’ll be fine not drinking, when you’re r younger it’s very polarising but these days it’s more acceptable not to drink and everybody will respect your decision xx

    • Kate Flint

      Thanks so much Sarah, I appreciate your support! <3

  • I’ve been in a slump period lately too and I think it’s down to being depressed about work at the moment, I think I just need a holiday! I have one booked for the end of next month – hopefully that rolls around soon enough!

    I don’t drink very often and not much when I do, I can count all the times on one hand I’ve had more than three drinks in one night in the last 5 years… I do feel peer pressure a lot to drink more but I am perfectly content with hanging at home on the weekends and seeing friends in a social small drinking or non alcoholic environment. I’ve got no love for hangovers and I’ve always felt they were a waste of time.

    Maddie | http://www.maddiesbeautyspot.com

    • Kate Flint

      I feel the same way about my work! It hasn’t helped that two of my best work buddies have moved on to greener pastures and it has made me realise I should be looking forward instead of just waiting it out.

  • Oh love, my heart is breaking for you, as I can totally relate to how you are feeling. I feel like I am ONLY just now getting my life back together after a breakup, and moving, but I know we can both do it! KEEP KICKING BUTT x

    xo Tash / the-happening-collective.com

    • Kate Flint

      We can do it girl! You’re a champ, hopefully things start looking up :*