i actually Saved Money
This one is HUGE and was very unexpected for me. During January, I was focused mostly on the health benefits of not drinking and didn’t notice that in the meantime, I completely adjusted my spending habits. My monthly spending went down $1070.75 (!!!) in January 2019 from my average monthly spending in 2018. I attribute this to a. spending less money at restaurants when I went out to dinner and b. choosing to stay in and cook dinner on a Friday or Saturday night instead of going to a bar. Because of all the money I saved, I was able to finally splurge on a much-needed vacation without seeing a big dent in my bank account.
my skin is clear
January was a wildly busy month for me. I wore heavy makeup 3-4 times a week and was always on the go. With these conditions, I usually find myself breaking out around my nose, cheeks and jawline, but this month I was almost entirely break-out free. My skin remained smooth and clear and I even felt confident going makeup-free (a rarity!) on several occasions.
i toned up
I work out 5-6 days a week on a regular basis but don’t always see the muscle tone I desire. By the end of January, I noticed a sort of muscle definition I have desired for months. Although I didn’t change my fitness routine, I believe I can attribute this increased muscle definition mainly to Dry January and the lack of empty calorie consumption I usually have from my occasional glass of wine. When I've worked out this month, I've also noticed I have more energy and am more likely to work out vigorously on the weekend, as I’m not tired from the night before.
My Immune System is strong
I touched upon this one in my blog post on staying healthy during flu season, but I truly believe I have had a stronger immune system since cutting out alcohol. Alcohol is proven to reduce your body’s natural ability to fight off bacteria and virus’, so it’s no wonder I am feeling healthier during Dry January.
Cheers to February!