“There have been so many positives to this journey; mental clarity, focus and revitalised self care”
For the past 5 years I’ve been living and working in London, having moved away from a small town in Australia before that. While I thought things were going alright, convincing myself great at times, I unable to my achieve goals and would jump to have a negative outlook. While work can always be busy, it was getting to me more and more. With that increased my drinking. I’d have a few drinks at work, after work, at football and events. My weeks would probably have about 40-60+ units per week.
My old routine
Alcohol had slipped into THE way I enjoyed myself, seeking out new craft beers as an excuse to hide the fact that I just wanted a drink – this was taking up more and more of my time. I felt terrible. I didn’t want to exercise (though I knew how good it was for me), so I was overweight, obese actually – although no one thought I was – ‘your just a bigger guy’. My dating and social life was non consistent because I preferred to be alone. I just felt like a failure with no hope in sight, I was unhappy. I think me choosing the OYNB challenge was a way to tell myself I’d had enough, enough of not having the life I don’t want. I deserve better!
I’d tried to go alcohol-free before
Some of the amazing benefits I have experienced during my challenge so far; Weight loss – I have lost 13kg/28.5lbs/2 stone, I had to buy new clothes. I’ve read a full book for the first time since who knows. I have felt consistency happy and able to train for my half marathon. I haven’t bit my fingernails in over a month (always a bad habit of mine before now). I love and respect myself so much more.
I found the daily emails really useful to keep me motivated and the group is fantastic as it is great to have people to relate to. There are many people that inspire me in that group. There have been so many positives to this journey; mental clarity, focus and revitalised self care. It has a huge impact on my day to day life. While things aren’t perfect and I have a long way to go, I know I’m on the right path to live my best life!
An entrepreneur and former senior oil broker, Ruari gave up drinking after excessive consumption almost cost him his marriage, and worse, his life. Going alcohol-free improved his relationships, career and energy levels, leading to him founding OYNB to provide a support network for others.