On Saturday I am off on my first sober holiday. The last time I went away was when I hit my rock bottom and stopped drinking. I had been worried about that holiday and had planned to try and moderate. Needless to say, as I don’t have an off switch and therefore can’t moderate, it didn’t work. I started drinking at lunchtime on the first day we arrived – after all I was on holiday. What was wrong with a glass of wine with my lunch ? That evening we were having shopping delivered which would include lots of alcohol but just in case, to get us through, the family we were holidaying with had brought some bottles to get us going. We opened the first bottle of cava at about 4.00pm. You can imagine how the evening panned out from there on in. The rest of the holiday continued in the same vein. I hated it but I couldn’t stop myself.
This time I am really looking forward to the holiday. First of all it will just be me and Mr So and one of our daughters. The other one has gone away. So we will be able to do what we want, when we want and won’t have to worry about things like looking presentable at breakfast. Ironically I will probably look better at breakfast with my bed head than I did after making considerable effort on my last holiday !
The weather forecast is good so I am planning on spending lots of time outside. Mr So and I have hired bikes for one day when I daughter is going riding for the day. I am so looking forward to going on a ride along the coastal path. I would never ever have done that before.
I am also packing my wetsuit in anticipation of doing some body boarding with my daughter. That would never have happened before – I would have been on the beach minding the things but in reality nursing a hangover and wondering when I could have my next drink. And all the time trying to look as if I was enjoying myself.
Other than that I am not going to drink, I haven’t really thought about my strategy for dealing with any blips. I know I need to do this. I mustn’t be too blasé – potentially it could all come tumbling down. Today is my last day at work so tomorrow I will put together my holiday strategy. There is loads of stuff online about how to survive sober holidays so I will have a look at those and read around some sober blogs for ideas.
If anyone has any tips and tricks they are willing to share I would SO appreciate it. So please get posting.
This is where I am going…
Looks good to me ! xx