As a bar reviewer for 4ManchesterWomen I am regularly out on the town trying new bars, setting them challenges and judging cocktail competitions. So when an email from Brita popped into my inbox challenging me to go dry for the month of January I actually laughed. Me? NOT DRINK for 31 whole days? Surely that is impossible? I mean, I don’t drink in the house very much but I do so much out and about that it would mean I would have to give up. There would have to be a very special reason and something to keep me busy in the month so I wouldn’t feel like I was missing out.
Brita knew this would be really difficult for me so have set me a series of experiences over the next month that will take my mind off alcohol and show that I can have just as good a time without it. They are keen to promote good hydration and with my pledge to get healthy again in 2014 I am completely on board with this. Brita have highlighted five key reasons why most of us drink:
Taste: The main reason the majority of us drink is the taste. I adore a good cocktail and will really miss these in January. Brita want to prove that there are lots of other drinks out there without alcohol that taste just as good. I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with.
Socialising: Many of us drink with friends and enjoy the social aspect it provides. Brita want to prove that you don’t need alcohol to have fun and time with friends. I think this will be the hardest part of the challenge for me as I love spending time with my friends and don’t know what it will be like if they are all drinking!
Confidence Booster: Some people find drinking boosts their confidence and allows them to be brave in situations where they may be uncomfortable. Brita want to show that there are other ways to build confidence without the need for a drink.
Relaxing: After a long and stressful day at work it can be so easy to sit in front of the TV with a nice glass of wine. It really helps me to unwind but, to be honest, I don’t find I need it. I think this aspect will be the easiest for me to give up but Brita want to show there are other ways to relax and unwind.
For the Buzz: Some drink for the buzz although I don’t so this shouldn’t be difficult for me. Brita have some alternative adrenaline pumping activities lined up for this month!
To start me off on the right path in terms of hydration the lovely people at Brita sent me a Marella jug and a fill & go bottle. The jug fits in my fridge to help me enjoy cold filtered water (I wrote about cooking with Brita HERE) and the fill & go bottle has a filter inside the lid meaning I can drink filtered water on the go. I absolutely love this idea as it means I can stay hydrated at work and at the gym without having to search for a filtered water machine.
Isn’t it cute? I love the pink accents on the lid, it will go with my gym kit so I’ll be colour coordinated too! It’s a 0.6 litre bottle meaning I know once I’ve drank 2 bottles full I’m well on my way to drinking my recommended daily water intake. It is also BPA free meaning it doesnt have that horrid plastic taste that so many water bottles have.
Brita also sent me a hamper to help with the five reasons people drink, it’s amazing!
As you can see there are lots of things to help me relax and pamper myself as well as things to help keep me motivated and healthy throughout January.
I have Zumba for the Wii so these weights are perfect to use with that. I also have a fair few fitness DVDs that use weights and I normally use a few tins, now I don’t have to! Now I’m all settled in my flat I’m going to start the Little Black Dress workout with GymCube.com so these will come in handy. The iTunes voucher means I can download some new workout music as I find I struggle to stay in the gym for long without some motivational tunes. The WellWoman vitamins will help me to detox and stay healthy too. I can’t wait to use the face mask in the bath when relaxing. Instead of a glass of wine I’ll be reading my book whilst it works its magic on my skin.
There’s a real haul of skin treatments and I was most excited about the Fake Bake tanning butter. I’m rubbish at fake tanning but this looks a lot easier to use than other brands and smells amazing! There’s also a Collection mascara that I haven’t tried before. I do love a new mascara so I’ll be reviewing this soon. There’s also some L’Occitane hydrating face cream and hydrating face mist, a body spray, Lush rose jam shower gel and Sanctuary Spa body butter. I can’t wait to have a mammoth pamper session! I’ll keep you up to date with my progress and the experiences that Brita send me on. I’ll also be challenging my favourite bartenders to create me some amazing ‘mock’tails that may prevent me from missing alcohol so will share these too.
Thanks to Brita for such an amazing hamper and for supporting me so much in the start of, what will be, a very difficult month. Are you going dry for January? How are you going to keep yourself motivated?