“Is My Drinking Normal?”…That’s what the flier said, advertising for Cash’s Coaching. I walked past it 4 times before I finally wrote the website down. I often wondered to myself if my drinking was normal. I felt pretty out of control and frankly embarrassed that I spent every single night hidden in my room polishing off a bottle of wine. I’m a successful, healthy, productive professional on the outside, why was this one thing so hard for me to turn down or say no to? I was sick of being hungover, constantly tired and struggling to meet my fitness goals, even though I was exercising regularly.
I decided to start working with Cash and committed to going 30 days dry. I’ve done dry January before but “white knuckled” it and suffered through the pangs of willpower. When I first started, it was really hard to admit all the reasons I felt drinking was no longer serving me. Cash was patient and completely non-judgmental and I felt like she saw me and really understood where I was coming from. I couldn’t imagine what we were going to talk about for 6 weeks, but Cash laid out simple exercises to help me stay focused on small things to achieve each week. The book we read was super helpful and also helped me to keep notes for myself and things I wanted to discuss during our coaching session each week. Cash helped me untangle my thoughts about drinking and to helped me focus on why I made this goal in the first place. Her process and insight was instrumental to my success.
I never set out to never drink again, I set out to moderate my drinking better, to drink less frequently. Over the course of the 6 weeks, my idea of moderation shifted dramatically. I could barely imagine a day without drinking, and now I can’t imagine drinking every day. At the end of 30 days, I felt so good I decided to continue on. I’ve now gone 68 days alcohol free. I’ve lost 14 pounds, I’m sleeping better, my resting heart rate has gone way down. More importantly, my relationships have shifted for the better. The time I spend with friends and family is more intentional, more present, more valuable.
I am forever grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Clear Heart Coaching. I’m grateful I took a chance on myself. If I hadn’t, I would never have known what my life could be like without alcohol constantly clouding it. You will never know how good your life could be without alcohol, until you try. You owe it to yourself and your health to give it a shot. You’re worth it.
Hi Cash, I followed your Dry January and just wanted to say a super huge thank you. I found the information provided excellent and all the coach sessions were so relevant and useful. My initial goal was always 100 days – so I have a while to go before I need to contemplate what next… and so all info is still so relevant for me. I have learnt lots about why I drank – main triggers being tiredness and stress… and having given up drinking (I opened the wine to relieve the stress and tiredness after work – when I still had 2 boys, age 6 and 4 to get through dinner and bedtime routines). I am actually surprised I don’t miss it that much and the stress levels are definitely so much reduced, and my sleep is amazing – no more 4 am wake ups! I still cannot imagine never drinking again – but I am confident that the plan will only ever for it to be occasional on very special occasions… it will be a conscious decision – with all consequences considered! Thank you so much for your programme and your motivation!