No Wine-ing

It must have been late July or early August when I came across a tweet that piqued my interest.  The Happy Mentality Blog had created a 30-day Mental Health Challenge that felt like the perfect way to recharge and re-energize myself in the midst of trying to balance a full-time job and a burgeoning blog.  There was one recommended option for the #MHChallenge that gave me pause.

No alcohol.

I was two weeks away from vacation, so…challenge delayed.  But still accepted.  I wanted to enjoy some (read – a LOT) of wine during my time off.

I was super into the idea of the Challenge…gung-ho even (I don't think I have ever actually written the term “gung-ho” before but let's just go with it, shall we?)  Ri (of Happy Mentality) had a calendar listing out all of the things she was going to do over the course of her 30 days.  She had written down a mix of activities to soothe her mind, body, and spirit as you can see below.

MHChallenge Calendar

You know what I have done?

Well…not a LOT.  I never got around to putting together a calendar.  It just didn't seem quite right to copy the lovely Ri completely.  I've written a couple of passages in my journal.  And from a physical standpoint, I've gone a couple of bike rides and a couple of walks.  I DID kick-off my thirty days with my first ever juice cleanse which I want to do again (didn't see that one coming!)

Pressed Juicery

“I Survived the Juice Cleansing of 2018”  Please send me a t-shirt.


I have been wine-free for eighteen days as I type this post out.  For someone that has “Chardonnay” as part of their blog name…that's a pretty big deal.  Okay…you might not think it is too hard, but let me submit some evidence, readers/counselors.

I like wine.  I like wine a lot.

A few friends and colleagues have given me the RCA-dog look when I mention that I am not drinking for thirty days.  You know the look.  It's the one where someone's head turns on its axis, the mouth hangs slightly agape, and eyes bulge.  I guess I could have used the word “incredulous” but where is the fun in that?

I've heard “why would you do that?” and “why not go alcohol-free in February?  IT ONLY HAS TWENTY-EIGHT DAYS!!!”

My answers?  “The timing felt right to me NOW.” and “My birthday is in February, so that's the WORST month to do this.  Especially now that my age keeps creeping closer and closer to the AARP line.”

And yes…I know I am missing the latter part of the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival until September 22nd.  Not that I am counting the days or anything…

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I think the Festival was sad that I did not have the wine.  Look at those sad sack clouds.

Being wine-free has been pretty stupendous (Grammarly is tired of the word “great”).  My sleep is some of the best I have had in a really long time.  My wallet is grateful (wine is EXPENSIVE).   And I've enjoyed a few mocktails along the way.

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A cool, spicy cucumber and jalapeno virgin margarita from Rix Sports Bar and Grill at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.  No tequila?  No problem.
You know what pairs well with a non-alcoholic marg?  Watchos.  When nachos and waffle fries collide…you better Watcho yourself.

And while I am home, most nights I play “mixologist.”  Watermelon juice with seltzer and lime is super yum.  Replace the watermelon with cranberry juice, and you've got a tart, little libation.

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I lit a candle for my orange, peach, and mango infused seltzer.  I warbled a little Frank Sinatra for good measure.

My thirty days is nearly over.  Although I didn't do the #MHChallenge true justice, I'm pleased with how I feel and what I have accomplished.  I'll find a point early next year to focus my energies on thirty days to improve my mental and physical self in the true spirit of the challenge.  In the meantime…no Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc for this kid.

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Hey, Epcot Food and Wine Festival!!!  I am coming for a smaller version of those wine glasses on the 22nd.  Your Italian cheese seminar with wine pairing is going to be DIVINE.

Have you ever participated in a 30-day challenge of any kind before?  I've tried the squats and sit-up challenges and always, always throw in the proverbial towel.  I am going to consider this challenge a success, but I'm looking forward to doing the full Mental Health Challenge in 2019.  Who's with me?

Work Hard.  Play Hard.  Drink Chard…on the 22nd!!



36 thoughts on “No Wine-ing

  1. I have never done any 30 days challenge before and yours sound so fun and inspired me to participate in some sort of challenge too. May be 3 days water fasting challenge.

  2. I can easily win this as I never had wine or any kind of alcohol. I can do 30 days without apple juice as it is my to go drink all the time. What do you think about it?

    1. You win!!! I like apple juice, but LOVE apple cider. It’s just the time of year to have a really good, crisp glass of cider. Yum!

  3. Woooo well done on completing your challenge! I don’t drink at all – which a lot of people find strange not sure why? So I couldn’t take part in this challenge as well it isn’t a challenge for me, but I would love to try something else.. Perhaps no chocolate? That would be HARD!

    1. I don’t find people that don’t drink strange at all. I get more surprised by people that don’t drink coffee. Not having chocolate for 30 days would be quite the feat!! I think my next challenge would be no french fries. I love them so…

    1. I love the taste and ritual of coffee in the morning. There’s just something about a mug of coffee to help get the cobwebs out of the brain (usually).

    1. I am pretty surprised that I have made it through unscathed (I’m on day 19). I have some wine events coming up. I’m not going to say I’m going to make up for lost wine but…

  4. I actually don’t like wine, so not drinking it would be easy for me. These cocktails look tasty though. I’ve never done a challenge. Life is short. Not sense denying stuff I like to consume!

  5. I don’t drink and neither does my wife. That makes this easy for us. Our 30 day challenge is to cut out fried foods. We don’t eat a lot (well I don’t) but we still need to cut it down.

    1. I would have a hard time cutting out french fries and potato chips. I love crunchy and salty items. I love them a little too much.

    1. I’ve tried a couple different kinds but typically aborted the mission after the first week. I modified this challenge slightly. I’m happily still in it. But not to win it. There’s no prize. 🙂

  6. I love wine….but every once in awhile take a wine “time out”. I’m not sure if it has lasted 30 days but find that I feel noticeably better after a week. I like white wines that have a lot of sugar so the sugar detox is good. But of course I find my way back after awhile and open a bottle….then another….

  7. Reading this as I drink wine….woops! I went 1 year without it during pregnancy…so I’m enjoying a bit during motherhood. HA This is a great and encouraging post though. Thanks of sharing

  8. It’s so unfortunate that I have never completed any 30-day challenge; I was to do one on going animal-meat-free and it was impossible!Ha-ha! Anyway, it’s nice to see that you are getting through with yours. That’s awesome!

  9. Wow, I honestly don’t think I could do a no wine/alcohol challenge. Sometimes, a girl just needs a drink! I can’t believe you’re doing a juice cleanse to. That’s another thing I can’t do – I’m still hungry after having a juice, it doesn’t fill me up at all.

  10. The food looked so good! I only drink wine every once in a while, I’m not a big drinker. I could probably take this challenge on too! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi, Nicole! The challenge has been great. I only have 7 days left. I think I might do it again early in 2019. But I might do the full challenge with an actual game plan. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Ri!! Only six days left to go! The juices were so good! I want to do another day of juice cleansing in the near future. Thank you for the challenge inspo!!! 😀

  11. Great job giving this 30 day challenge a try. Even though you didn’t stick to the exact challenge, it’s still good. I did a 30-day fitness challenge back in July and it was challenging at first but overall I enjoyed it.

    1. Hi, Sarah!! Thank you! I am now on day 27. The finish line (and a glass of Chard) is in my sight! What type of fitness challenge did you complete (and congratulations!!)? I have been HORRIBLE at completing fitness challenges.

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