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#1 Post by Patrick T a y l o r »

Hi there,

This is the thread for Berserkers choosing to participate in Dryuary 2021, i.e. no alcohol for the month of January.

Feel free to post as often as you like. You can also sign up for what I presume will be a daily email from the Dryuary folks:

http://dryuary.org/wp/sign-up/

If Dryuary is not your thing, or you cannot fathom the idea of a month without wine, feel free to post elsewhere. [wow.gif]

Let's all open something good tonight! [cheers.gif]
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#2 Post by MikeHill »

I have been drinking the good stuff all week in “preparation” for dry January. Tonight is 06 Taittinger Comtes and 15 Myriad Dr Crane Elysian. Then it’s time to give my liver and palate a break in Jan!

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#3 Post by Jon H »

I started a couple days early because we are going on a ski trip at the end of Jan and wanted to get 30 full dry days in before that. Can’t wait for champagne at the mountain when 30 days are up!
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#4 Post by Jeff Bloom »

My wife and I have been doing dry January (actually dry 6 weeks) for 25+ years, long before it became a thing. I'm not doing it this year. If there was ever a winter that cried out for comfort food and good wine, this is it. There will be plenty of opportunities for a dry month when this is all behind us. (That being said, my wife is still going to try for a dry month, but we'll see how long that lasts.)

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#5 Post by Paul Miller »

I’m in, but starting on Monday.

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#6 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum »

We're in, starting tomorrow as usual. I'll go at least 6 weeks, Jonathan probably more. I enjoy the reset every year and do it in conjunction with an ultra-clean diet.
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#7 Post by alan weinberg »

I don’t do a dry January—my birthday month—but am on call 2 weeks in a row every six weeks. I am dry those weeks so that’s 17 weeks a year. Depressing.

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alan weinberg wrote: January 1st, 2021, 9:04 am I don’t do a dry January—my birthday month—but am on call 2 weeks in a row every six weeks. I am dry those weeks so that’s 17 weeks a year. Depressing.
As depressing as that sounds, most of us would probably benefit from that sort of a schedule. I say good for you
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#9 Post by Matt Latuchie »

Looking forward to my 5th dry January. Trying my best to exercise each day this month and adopt better eating habits. Should be great.
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#10 Post by Patrick T a y l o r »

One down, 30 to go...

I'm also trying to cut out bread/chips/fries, etc. I survived, in part because my wife made Pad Thai - with zucchini noodles! Yay me!
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I have done dry February the past few years. Will do again. January has too many events that I would miss. I actually look forward to it.
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#12 Post by Scott Brunson »

We are participating, but with an exception for Burgundy Thursday (14 year tradition).
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#13 Post by James Wright »

me, am celebrating Ginuary –

which, if it is a good one, has occasionally been followed by Februwagon
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Two down, 29 to go.
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Godspeed to all, better than I am though I just typically imbibe less in January statistically, or so CT says.
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#16 Post by Paul Miller »

Finishing what I hoped to be a good Pinot. Tomorrow. Got my wife to commit tonight. Nothing until my birthday in February.

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3 down, 28 to go.

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#18 Post by Mich@el Ch@ng »

We’ll start tomm for about 6 weeks till lunar new year, nice reset

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#19 Post by Freelon F Hunter »

I have done this for the last 3 years, but not this year - due to COVID infection had a mostly dry October and due to surgery I had a mostly dry December. Enjoy your Pellegrino everyone!

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Four down, 27 to go.

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#21 Post by Brent S »

I’m not sure if I make it an entire month but today is the first day for me. In addition I received a Covid vaccine today, so figure it’s going to be a good idea to stay sober while my body processes whatever magic just hit my blood stream. Probably I’ll make it 3 weeks, which is okay for me
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Officially started today. Also my January eating routine: 11 am - 7 pm, basically a lot of green vegetables, oils, nuts, animal protein, some fruits and 80 oz of water. Lotsa beets, asparagus, fermented foods. Very few starches, dairy or soy. I would normally have specific exercise goals this month, but I'm finding getting my wind post-Covid to be more difficult than it's ever been in my life. I'm hoping to get a realistic idea of what I can do if I push myself for 28 days.
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#23 Post by Patrick T a y l o r »

Glen Gold wrote: January 4th, 2021, 9:28 pm Officially started today. Also my January eating routine: 11 am - 7 pm, basically a lot of green vegetables, oils, nuts, animal protein, some fruits and 80 oz of water. Lotsa beets, asparagus, fermented foods. Very few starches, dairy or soy. I would normally have specific exercise goals this month, but I'm finding getting my wind post-Covid to be more difficult than it's ever been in my life. I'm hoping to get a realistic idea of what I can do if I push myself for 28 days.
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#24 Post by Peter Hirsch »

This is my 11th year doing a combination of 'Dry January' and eliminating dessert and most carbs for the month. I find it an excellent reset from the excess that invariably happens in the Summer and also the food/alcohol marathon from before Thanksgiving through New Years. I usually end the year up about 10 lbs from my ideal weight and this allows me to get back to a few pounds under. A nice side benefit is after a month, the initial few days of reintroducing wine, the wine tastes amazing and it only takes 1/2 bottle to feel it...

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#25 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

I am doing a modified dry January with a few boys. Wine only on weekends. Last time I took serious time off wine was 2003. Started 1/1. Also picking up running again. Wifey joining me as well - wine and running. She’s also going carb-free. I cannot do that, but generally do avoid enriched flour anyway.
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#26 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum »

Day 4 now for me, as we always start on Jan 2 to allow for some favorite New Year's Day traditions.

I've been in light dietary ketosis since the first afternoon. My body is used to the switch and accommodates quickly, with few or no side effects. I do, however, need a week to get adjusted to differences in sleep. I take longer to spin down, relax and fall asleep without any wine, but I know my sleep quality is better. Mint tea is a nice replacement for relaxing before bed.

I prefer life with wine, no question. But I do enjoy the reset.
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#27 Post by D Zurcher »

Started the no-alc yesterday, goal is to continue until Friday Jan. 29 and reevaluate. Cutting back carbs as well. The last 6 months has been a free for all of beer, wine, carbs and the results are evident. Time to get some things back in order. We've cut out alcohol in February before but the last few years we said we would and it lasted maybe a week. I'm going to put out a bit more effort this time. I hope :).
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D Zurcher wrote: January 5th, 2021, 7:56 am Started the no-alc yesterday, goal is to continue until Friday Jan. 29 and reevaluate. Cutting back carbs as well. The last 6 months has been a free for all of beer, wine, carbs and the results are evident. Time to get some things back in order. We've cut out alcohol in February before but the last few years we said we would and it lasted maybe a week. I'm going to put out a bit more effort this time. I hope :).
Same here. Last year we nearly emptied the cellar as we hunkered down. I weighed myself today and was shocked.

Anyway, exercised every day so far, 5/5, and started the no alcohol challenge yesterday, so 1/1.

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Glen Gold wrote: January 4th, 2021, 9:28 pm Officially started today. Also my January eating routine: 11 am - 7 pm, basically a lot of green vegetables, oils, nuts, animal protein, some fruits and 80 oz of water. Lotsa beets, asparagus, fermented foods. Very few starches, dairy or soy. I would normally have specific exercise goals this month, but I'm finding getting my wind post-Covid to be more difficult than it's ever been in my life. I'm hoping to get a realistic idea of what I can do if I push myself for 28 days.
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#30 Post by Mike Cohen »

Jon H wrote: January 1st, 2021, 12:48 pm
alan weinberg wrote: January 1st, 2021, 9:04 am I don’t do a dry January—my birthday month—but am on call 2 weeks in a row every six weeks. I am dry those weeks so that’s 17 weeks a year. Depressing.
As depressing as that sounds, most of us would probably benefit from that sort of a schedule. I say good for you
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Matt Latuchie wrote: January 1st, 2021, 5:59 pm Looking forward to my 5th dry January. Trying my best to exercise each day this month and adopt better eating habits. Should be great.
I believe this will be my 5th dry January as well. The previous years I've gone about six weeks up to the President's Day weekend. Like you, I try to combine this dry time with exercise and better eating habits. The thing I've noticed is that it's harder and harder every year to lose weight.

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#32 Post by Mike Cohen »

108 hours down. 636 hours to go.

Calculus changes if I go to President's Day again.

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#33 Post by Matthew King »

I’m taking the month off as well. One bit of advice that has helped me in past dry Januarys:

If you take one vice away, try adding another relatively harmless one in its place. That way it’s not all about deprivation.

In my case, I “treat” myself to a daily Coca Cola — an item I love but have eliminated from my normal diet.

For others, maybe it’s allowing yourself to watch garbage TV shows for the month or taking up a new hobby like pickleball or whatever.

I also recommend having a savory drink with dinner to scratch the itch. There’s only so much water you can take! I like strong ginger beers or faux hipster designer cocktails with bitters and what not.
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#34 Post by Mike R »

I'm in on dry January as well. I plan to not drink at all in January, then one bottle a month (via Coravin) thereafter until I get the vaccine. I figure its a good way to cut back after enjoying more wine than usual in 2020 (was up to about 4-5 bottles a month in 2020)
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#35 Post by Jon H »

Mike R wrote: January 5th, 2021, 9:38 am I'm in on dry January as well. I plan to not drink at all in January, then one bottle a month (via Coravin) thereafter until I get the vaccine. I figure its a good way to cut back after enjoying more wine than usual in 2020 (was up to about 4-5 bottles a month in 2020)
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#36 Post by Patrick T a y l o r »

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: January 5th, 2021, 6:18 am Day 4 now for me, as we always start on Jan 2 to allow for some favorite New Year's Day traditions.

I've been in light dietary ketosis since the first afternoon. My body is used to the switch and accommodates quickly, with few or no side effects. I do, however, need a week to get adjusted to differences in sleep. I take longer to spin down, relax and fall asleep without any wine, but I know my sleep quality is better. Mint tea is a nice replacement for relaxing before bed.

I prefer life with wine, no question. But I do enjoy the reset.
Thank you for posting this. I have had a heckuva time getting to sleep. Will try the mint tea.
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#37 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum »

Patrick T a y l o r wrote: January 5th, 2021, 11:26 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: January 5th, 2021, 6:18 am Day 4 now for me, as we always start on Jan 2 to allow for some favorite New Year's Day traditions.

I've been in light dietary ketosis since the first afternoon. My body is used to the switch and accommodates quickly, with few or no side effects. I do, however, need a week to get adjusted to differences in sleep. I take longer to spin down, relax and fall asleep without any wine, but I know my sleep quality is better. Mint tea is a nice replacement for relaxing before bed.

I prefer life with wine, no question. But I do enjoy the reset.
Thank you for posting this. I have had a heckuva time getting to sleep. Will try the mint tea.
Try not looking at any screens at all, and preferably dimming the lights, starting about 30 minutes before bed. Melatonin production is triggered by light signals.
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#38 Post by Patrick T a y l o r »

Matthew King wrote: January 5th, 2021, 9:02 am I’m taking the month off as well. One bit of advice that has helped me in past dry Januarys:

I also recommend having a savory drink with dinner to scratch the itch. There’s only so much water you can take! I like strong ginger beers or faux hipster designer cocktails with bitters and what not.
Thank you for posting this. Having only water with dinner is such a drag!

Do you have any favorite hipster mocktails?
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Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: January 5th, 2021, 11:30 am
Patrick T a y l o r wrote: January 5th, 2021, 11:26 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: January 5th, 2021, 6:18 am Day 4 now for me, as we always start on Jan 2 to allow for some favorite New Year's Day traditions.

I've been in light dietary ketosis since the first afternoon. My body is used to the switch and accommodates quickly, with few or no side effects. I do, however, need a week to get adjusted to differences in sleep. I take longer to spin down, relax and fall asleep without any wine, but I know my sleep quality is better. Mint tea is a nice replacement for relaxing before bed.

I prefer life with wine, no question. But I do enjoy the reset.
Thank you for posting this. I have had a heckuva time getting to sleep. Will try the mint tea.
Try not looking at any screens at all, and preferably dimming the lights, starting about 30 minutes before bed. Melatonin production is triggered by light signals.
Though if you have to look at your phone, there are some posters on WB who can help you fall asleep. [cheers.gif]

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Patrick T a y l o r wrote: January 5th, 2021, 11:26 am
Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: January 5th, 2021, 6:18 am Day 4 now for me, as we always start on Jan 2 to allow for some favorite New Year's Day traditions.

I've been in light dietary ketosis since the first afternoon. My body is used to the switch and accommodates quickly, with few or no side effects. I do, however, need a week to get adjusted to differences in sleep. I take longer to spin down, relax and fall asleep without any wine, but I know my sleep quality is better. Mint tea is a nice replacement for relaxing before bed.

I prefer life with wine, no question. But I do enjoy the reset.
Thank you for posting this. I have had a heckuva time getting to sleep. Will try the mint tea.
The last couple of years I had trouble getting to sleep too. This year is different. This year, my 1 year old is now a 2 year old and has assumed the role of an accidental personal trainer. I crash by 945 every night...
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#41 Post by Patrick T a y l o r »

5 down, 26 to go.

Not drinking wine is a piece of cake, but the whole no bread/chips/fries thing is annoying. I haven't felt "full" all day. Hopefully my dadbod will get used to it.

As a lifelong piano player, tonight's "five" song is from a personal all-timer. I saw Dave Brubeck once, at a small college in Indiana, ca. 1985. His son, Chris, was touring with him on trombone. Midway through the show, the band played a couple three songs of new material. When they finished, a man stood up and actually heckled the band! Something along the lines of "play some 'real' jazz." The stunned audience briefly gasped, then hectored the man into submission. Good times.

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#42 Post by Brian S t o t t e r »

Vom Boden is doing "Off-Dry January". Does that count? ;D
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Brian S t o t t e r wrote: January 5th, 2021, 8:01 pm Vom Boden is doing "Off-Dry January". Does that count? ;D
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#44 Post by Nevin Miller »

We’re in too. Excited about the month, no carbs, lots of exercise, no alcohol. Have done this a few times before, but lacking commitment we usually made it between 2 and 3 weeks. If you don’t see me posting here - then we slipped. Good luck everyone!

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#45 Post by Brian Pinci »

I like your taste in music King Crimson and Dave Brubeck. Saw them both. King Crimson just last year. I started my dry January on Monday.
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Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

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To make it easier, I avoid going out for fine dining as it's sacrilege to not accompany with good vino. Easier with the pandemic.
For me, not having the second or third glass is harder than not having the 1st. Miss it most when I'm cooking dinner.
Scheduled my annual physical for Feb 15, so I'll also go easy in early February. Like cleaning up b4 the maid arrives.
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Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

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In for the month — last year went from the hospital check in until our baby was 6 weeks old. Probably the easiest time ever to not have booze (too tired to enjoy!)

This year will be a bit harder, but not being able to dine out or in with friends... no booze it is!

Running 200 miles for charity on the month to fundraise for a couple of DC charities that help homeless families! Up to $2000 so far, and am at 47 miles as of 1/6. Send a PM if you want to pitch in!
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Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

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Day 6 - I've already picked out the bottles and meal I'll use as my first drinking day. Probably not a good sign...
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Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

#49 Post by Sarah Kirschbaum »

I may not make it past today.
Sort of ITB - my husband imports a small amount of sake and I help out

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Re: Official Dryuary (Dry January) 2021 Thread

#50 Post by Todd F r e n c h »

Sarah Kirschbaum wrote: January 6th, 2021, 12:32 pm I may not make it past today.
Alfert lasted 2 days...
Apparently I'm lazy, have a narrow agenda, and offer little in the way of content and substance (RMP) (and have a "penchant for gossip" -KBI)

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