A Sunday Kind of Love – Taking a Break from the Booze

This Week’s Love List…

♥ Brighton ♥ bacon & eggs sarnies ♥ sheds ♥ hanging out with horses ♥ honeymoon suites ♥ giant baths ♥ surprise takeaways (aww I love my husband) ♥ waking up hangover-free! ♥ kitty snuggles after being away ♥ the thought of not having to pack a suitcase for a while ♥

The Best of the Rest…

Credit: Pom Pom Factory This photo is unrelated to the post, I just loved it!

Something a little different and a little bit random for A Sunday Kind of Love this week…but a little thing I’ve been wanting to do for a while. Plus I figure if I announce it publicly I’ll be more likely to stick to it!

I’m giving up drinking for a month (I know OMG) but I’m actually surprisingly excited about the challenge. When you work from home it is all too easy to have a glass or two of wine every night…plus all these lovely industry events I keep getting invited too are always dripping in champers (oh it’s a hard life!) But seriously I do feel like my body needs a little break.

I’d love to be one of those naturally health-concious people – the kind that enjoy the gym and drink juice for breakfast…but nope, that’s definitely not me.

I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with my body over the years so although me putting on some weight over the past few months has been the catalyst to my anti-boozing idea, I’m really trying not to focus my energy on this and just see what the outcome is. I haven’t weighed myself in 5 years and I don’t plan to start now.

It is hard though, you know,’ body stuff’. The final straw came when I got one of my beautiful vintage dresses back from Fur Coat No Knickers last week (that they were ‘pimping’ for me…they even added a rainbow petticoat – my fave) and I could no longer get it on. Seriously sad face. That vintage prettiness can not go to waste!

I hate (with a PASSION) articles like ‘drop a dress size for your wedding’ or ‘loose 10lb in a week’ that the media has an tendancy to churn out on a regular basis and I promise not to do any of that, but if any of you lovely ladies (or gents!) wants to join me in this mini-adventure I’d be oh so greatful for the support.

If you see me tweeting about wine-o-clock I give you full permission to tell me off and I’ll do the same for you. So anyone wanna play along? Even Gareth has agreed to join in!

Happy Sunday people and here’s to a clear-headed 30 days!


  1. Shaina Corbin

    I’ve done something similar (and I’m in the market to do it again after letting work and laziness interfere). Not concentrating on a number is the way to do it. It’s easier and mentally healthier no doubt. Were not idiots. We know what our body needs (the hard part is turning down the wants). Good luck girlie keeping to it!!!

  2. Well done!

    My husband is unable to drink (due to medication) and as support, I (mostly) refrain from drinking. I let myself occasionally have a bucks fizz or a G&T when out with friends, but limit it to one and never in front of him. Its my way of showing support – because it can feel difficult to socialise when you are the only one nursing a coca-cola. 🙂

    So, although I no longer find it a challenge to go 30 days without wine-o’clock (you get used to it after a bit) – I remember how hard it was for me in the beginning!

    Now, if I could just get this extra 2 stone to evaporate on its own…….

  3. RachyLou

    Good luck Kat! Get ready to feel amazing…about week 2 I’d say. I’ve not had a single drink since Jan 2009 and I honestly don’t miss it. Now my ‘treat’ is pink lemonade haha! Let us know how you’re getting on next Sunday… xo

  4. Good Luck!!
    You loving Brighton made me happy, I live in Brighton and am just starting to plan a wedding here, but with a budget of pretty much Zilch its proving pretty hard!!
    (I also now want a takeaway….) xx

  5. Nicola

    Hi Kat!
    I’ll be giving up drinking with you! I used to live in Bristol and my other half and I were going out and putting the pints of cider away 3-4 times a week! I moved away for a year or so and now i’ve moved back to Bristol, I find I really can’t handle my drink and feel sooo bad in the morning. I think the hardest part is finding exciting things to drink when you do go out that don’t have alcohol in them. Its so easy to go for coke but thats probably just as bad with all the sugar.
    My current favourite is cranberry juice!
    best of luck xxxx

  6. glitz blitz

    Hi Kat,

    I KNOW…! Have been in the Wastelands of Eating Disorders. Not weighing myself for over ten years now.
    Since I work at a bar and occasionally in the world of the stage, I have plenty of contact with booze, drinking regularly. Not a lot, just a beer or a glass of wine – but it adds up!

    Every year I use the traditional seven weeks before Easter to scratch the alcohol and observe myself: Do I miss it? How much? Why would I rather drink now? I do that voluntarily, still, it’s not easy at first, like Jaye Cole said.

    Every time you experience a “first” – like, first birthday without a champagne toast, first night out without beer, etc – it’s hard. But as soon as you figured out how to handle the situation, it’s cake. Just resist the first temptation.

    I hope this will be a great experience for you!!

    XOXO, glitz blitz
    (who dyed her hair pink and copper yesterday) <3

  7. i was exactly like you, I don’t care at all about the “media dictature” of the size! But three weeks ago, my doc told me to stop booze for a month, because I have high cholesterol… It was strange at first, but now i’m happy. weeks to go!

  8. I have been doing just that for the past month. Not really by choice but due to it being so busy for us. Now that wedding season in slowing I would love a night out but looks like we are still busy… when will it let up!? Not complaining or anything… I don’t drink at home ever though so for me it is only when going out socially. That way it is a lot easier. I can see how easy it would be to get into a pattern of doing to relax at the end of a long day of working at home. I do have a trip away towards the end of this month and will certainly enjoy a few cocktails by the beach – but for now I am with you, tea-total!

  9. Hey Kat, go for it! I gave up drinking for two months, and it was the most productive and best feeling two months I’ve had in years. Although I’ve fallen off the wagon in a big way, reading this reminded me that I need to jump on it again!! My friend gave up drinking for 1 year and she’s managed to run a marathon, and pass her driving test this year! (if you’re reading this Rachel that’s you 😉
    Good luck!!!


  10. Rachel

    Good luck Kat, you can definitely do it! I did this once after a particularly drunken holiday abroad and it was great after the weirdness of the first few days. Just make sure you don’t have easy access to wine at home and that you’ve got other interesting things to drink so you’re not tempted.

  11. Alison

    I’m not drinking thanks to being a pregnant bride…but now at the stage where I’m having ‘one small glass a week’. I’m enjoying the occasional treat but not missing the feeling of alcohol being a big part of my life.

    Elderflower cordial & soda is my weapon of choice now!

  12. Elle

    Good luck Kat! I’m doing a sober October as well (I think the fact that it rhymes helps explain it to people) so we’ll be in the same boat. It’s two weeks in and, despite me working in a cocktail bar, it’s been surprisingly easy. Here’s to a healthier, booze-free you (toasted with a mocktail, of course)!

  13. Ruth C.

    Just wanted to say I’m cheering for you! One of my relatives died young because of alcohol and another one now has severe health problems. If you can get off of the stuff you’ll not only lose weight but live longer. And I’m sure we’d all like to see you around for a looooooooong time to come!!!


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