What would be the hardest thing for you to give up for an entire month?
Facebook? Sex? Alcohol? Smoking? Soft drink (soda for our internationals)?
For me, alcohol and coffee would be two of the hardest, probably right behind Facebook. Someone should probably invent a Facebook-Free Fundraiser! It would make soliciting sponsorships that much more difficult, but it could work? I’m not sure I’d survive.
A friend of mine drinks 2L of Coke Zero a day, under the justification that Coke Zero is better than regular Coke. That depends what and who you believe. Coke Zero is sweetened with Aspartame and Acesulfame Potassium, two artificial sweeteners which it seems, and many believe, are worse for you than real sugar! She is always tired, feels “puffy” and overweight and suffers from depression. Their budget is also very tight. The solution should be right in front of her face, right? But her addiction is just as bad as the next smoker or alcoholic’s.
I have challenged her to cut soda out of her diet for one whole month to see if it has any effect on her health, sleep, weight, moods, not to mention finances! But while I sat here telling her how she should live her life for the next month, I thought about my own life. My diet is in no way, shape or form perfect. I, like others, have my vices. Usually alcohol or coffee. And hot chips. And cheese.
Again, I digress.
So in support of my friend, I’ve signed up to participate in Ocsober. Only I’ll also be doing Ocoffee*. That’s right, no alcohol and no coffee for the entire month of October. My youngest sister has already said, “See you in November.” Not because she thinks I’ll be boring for not drinking alcohol or coffee, but because she thinks I’ll be cranky. It’s entirely possible I’ll be both.
So what is Ocsober? You can read more about it here at the website. Essentially it is a fundraiser for Healthy Harold which is a health/drug & alcohol initiative which visits schools around Australia teaching kids about making smart choices when it comes to health, especially drugs and alcohol. An incredibly worth cause, in my eyes!
I’ve blogged before about my inclination to drink too much booze. I’ve also talked about the drinking culture that is rampant in Australia. While I think this could be a difficult challenge, giving up alcohol for a whole month, I am ready to face it. If not to prove it to everyone else, then to at least prove it to myself. And in the process, I might just kick both habits for good, and end up raising money for a really great cause.
If you’d like to participate, head to the Ocsober website and register today! And since today is October 1st, best forget about that wine** sitting at home in the fridge!
If you have few dollars you could spare this month, even just $4.50 that you might spend on coffee one day this week, please consider using it to sponsor me through my page here.
*totally made that up and it is not a real fundraiser, but deserved a mention
**or beverage of choice. Ocsober is not about giving up the alcohol you USUALLY drink, it’s about giving up alcohol, PERIOD! Make the healthier choice!
Linking up with Jess for IBOT, since my original IBOT Post, Shit Aussies Say, was accidentally scheduled to publish at the wrong day and time. And folks, IBOT stands for I Blog On TUESDAY, which means the post you submit
must should be published on Tuesday!