F/29/5’5″ [190ish > 150 = 40lbs] (7 months). It’s amazing how getting sober made everything fall into place. More info in comments.

F/29/5’5″ [190ish > 150 = 40lbs] (7 months). It’s amazing how getting sober made everything fall into place. More info in comments.

  1. Helloooo r/progresspics ! Long time lurker here, never thought I’d see the day where I could post my own story. I’ll keep it brief.

    Like many people, the pandemic really did a toll on me. I already deal with depression/anxiety, but this past year and a half amplified that. I was binging on everything I could get my hands on, whether it was alcohol or food. I quit drinking officially on January 1st, 2021, with the intention of doing Dry January, but February rolled around I decided to keep going. My husband still drinks and I’m happy that I’ve been able to say no while he indulges.

    The first few months were hard and I don’t think I lost much weight, if any. I gave in to myself on EVERYTHING because I was telling myself no on alcohol. Gummy bears, soda, brown sugar in coffee, NOTHING was off limits. Until it was. I started restricting my sugar intake in April when I began tracking everything I was eating. Each day I include everything — even water and tea — in my food log, which has helped me make more conscientious decisions. I assign each day a smiley face, straight face, or sad face depending on how I ate that day to allow myself to track this at a glance. It’s working for me quite well and as of this weekend I am officially down 40 lbs since April. I’m slowly introducing more activity like yoga and walks into my daily routine, but I still dislike traditional exercise quite a bit.

    Other non-scale victories I’ve noticed over the past few months since changing it up:

    – Shopping my closet is *fun*. I’ve been slowly cleaning out clothes that are too big for me now and shopping my older clothes along the way. I have some CUTE stuff y’all. The denim dress is one example of this — I bought it three years ago and it never fit until this weekend!

    – Tea is freaking awesome. I like the act of drinking something, and tea gives me a safe alternative to alcohol.

    – I have so much more energy. My beagle is not complaining.

    – I sweat SO MUCH LESS.

    – My confidence is making a comeback. I actually feel good about myself, which I know has changed how I carry and present myself.

    – I now rise and rest with the sun, w/ established morning and evening routines to keep myself accountable and in check.

    Hoping to be back here for another progress pic by the end of my 30th year. <3

  2. Weight loss and sobriety? You’re amazing! 😊

  3. Congrats! And I love your Weasley sweater!

  4. I’m going through exactly the same process as you did (except I used weed instead of alcohol) and it’s very hard. I don’t know you, but I’m so proud that you pulled this off. I hope you are too. You didn’t just lose weight, you made you life better and did it all on your own. Congratulations.

  5. Queen, you are killin’ it. Health journeys are already tough, sobriety on top of that? 🥰 I’m especially impressed that you are able to remain sober while your partner still partakes – it is infinitely harder to remain sober around those who aren’t, imo, so a mighty congratulations to you.

    I absolutely love the breakdown of your experience. The fact you included non-scale victories is awesome. Thank you for sharing your progress with us. 💙

  6. You look gorgeous ❤️

  7. Amazing work!! Your story is so inspiring.

    What kinds of teas are you drinking? I’m always looking for a good tea to try. 🙂

  8. U look SO gooddd congrats!!!!

  9. Great job, Congrats!!!!

  10. Congrats-you look fabulous!

  11. You’re looking great. Well done on kicking the drink too.

  12. You are simply AMAZING!

  13. You look happy, gorgeous, fantastic and powerful! You can achieve GREAT things in your life. ☺️

  14. Nice face gains!

  15. You look great! Congrats on your sobriety!

  16. You have made such amazing progress! Super happy for you!!! (Ps awesome Ron Weasley sweater too!)

  17. Great progress, you look great! Quick question, is that jumper in your first photo Harry Potter related???

  18. That’s right. What is the point of excessive substances. We’ve known for years they destroy lives but people still continue to “drink.” You look like health and wellness. It’s what you were always looking for.

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