April was a successful sober month. In addition to staying sober, I continued what I has started to do in March: Exercise and watch my food intake. I know there is a lot of controversy over doing this in early sobriety, but I feel it ultimately helps my cause as opposed to hurting it.
Exercise gives me a natural high that makes me feel good and encourages me to stay sober, and watching my food intake helps me feel better about myself as I am caring for my body and not eating to numb feelings.
This may appear a little over-the-top and perfectionistic, but it’s how I roll. I kept outstanding notes when I was a student and have always been a highly organized and detail oriented individual.
To summarize, in April I worked out 13 times. I ran 10.3 miles. I only overate 4 days. I lost 3 pounds. And 100% of the days I was sober.
I am happy to say I am only continuing to improve and continue this plan of action in May. I am slowly increasing my miles of running, as this is a true joy of mine and something I stopped doing when I relapsed.
I am registered to run a 5K this Sunday. It will be my first race since a half marathon I did in January 2016. It is a small step back in the direction I want to go. I will not break any personal records (I’ll be happy if I can do it in under 30 minutes!) but it is a good starting point for the trajectory I wish to follow.
On that note, I continue to keep a calendar this month that is capturing the same data. While weight-loss is not a top-priority, it is something that I am monitoring as well (as you can see). It’s a little added bonus. But the biggest priority, and mother of all bonuses, is my sobriety. That comes first and foremost.