I wasn't going to do one of these this week but then a couple people reached out and said they help motivate them to stay the course which in turn motivated me to write this blog, so here ya go.
- It has dawned on me that the next time I see any of my friends, family, or coworkers, I'll be drinking again and they'll have zero reason to believe I actually did Dry January besides for these blogs. Would honestly be hilarious (and sad) if I was just writing these blogs to virtue signal and was actually getting hammered every night but I assure you that's not the case. Did I use the term virtue signal correctly here?
- I don't regret taking this month off the booze in the slightest and it has 100% been beneficial for my health but honestly, I haven't experienced as big of a transformation as I thought I would. For instance, I still wake up on Monday mornings with a case of the beer shits feeling like I've just been hit by a bus. Fuck is up with that? My theory is it could be diet related as I eat crap on the weekends. On Sunday alone I crushed a bag of gummy candy, 3 fretelle (read: Italian Donuts)
a piece of pizza, chicken cutlet, and a bunch of other junk. I'm probably just experiencing a sugar comedown/my body taking out the trash.
- That being said during the weeks I've been living a healthier lifestyle than I have in years. Haven't been jogging across that bridge/highway as often but thanks to some inspiration from Chet Hanx, I've been on my burpee shit. #Hanxfit
If you're interested in the #HanxFitSelfMastery program shoot him a DM on IG. I haven't signed up yet but maybe next payday I'll take the plunge. I really regret not offering my fans #DonnieSobrietyCoaching this month. Would've been a gold mine. Anyways I feel like I've definitely shed some pounds this month but am too lazy to buy a scale and find out. I'll post some topless photos next week and let you guys be the judge.
- Laying off the booze hasn't been too hard this month but I've said before, I haven't been put in any challenging situations. The only time I've socialized with a group of people this month was last Saturday when I went out for dinner with 6 people. That was going to be the first time I'd be around people drinking and have to decline but as it turned out, the Lebanese restaurant we were at didn't even serve booze. If I was back in NYC working in an office that pretty much has an open bar and hanging around booze bags like Marty Mush, shit would be A LOT harder
- Some of the sober activities I've really enjoyed this month include:
- Riding bikes
- Making Crab Rangoon Tortellini aka TORTOONS (I'll release a video with the recipe soon)
And reading history books. Over the past two years I've gone full blown history nerd. I can't remember the last time I read fiction. Why read a made up story when there's so much fascinating shit that actually happened. Here's a list of some of my favorites.
- Mayflower by Nathaniel Philbrick
- Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne (you've prob heard Joe Rogan talk about this one ad nauseam)
- Conquest: Montezuma, Cortés, and the Fall of Old Mexico by Hugh Thomas
- The Last Days of the Incas by Kim MacQuarrie
- A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca by Andrés Reséndez
- City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas by Roger Crowley
- In The Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
- In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown by Nathaniel Philbrick
- Riding bikes
- A non-sober activity I'm sure to enjoy my last weekend of Dry January is… magic truffles (sorry Mom, I'm Ben Mintz sober)
I ordered them online from the Netherlands and my plan for Saturday is to eat some and go to a spa. I must reiterate: I AM NOT A HERO (NOR ROLE MODEL)
Hang in there guys, WE GOT THIS. I'll be back next week with my final reflections.