A woman and her husband who gave up alcohol almost two years ago have lost 32 kilograms and say they may never go back to drinking booze.
The health kick began when Claire Chadwick, who lives on the Gold Coast, woke up one morning beside her husband Chris feeling groggy after the couple had a night out drinking with friends.
He announced he was going to give up alcohol for 100 days and was going to tweak his diet to lose a bit of weight and get fit again.
A married couple who gave up alcohol two years ago have lost a combined 32 kilograms
Claire and Chris Chadwick, from the Gold Coast, decided to trade alcohol for exercise and now run marathons together (pictured: 2016)
Rolling her eyes, Claire brushed off the declaration as another impulsive promise, often made to level out the imbalance of prior misbehaviour.
‘But he stuck to his words. And 100 days later, he was a completely different man,’ she wrote on News.com.au.
Chris dropped 15 kilograms while gaining ‘clear glowing skin, crystal clear eyes and higher energy levels’ but more importantly, ‘he was calm and connected with his thinking, he was more present, patient and available as a husband and father’.
Her husband’s stress levels were significantly lower, she said, and his sleep quality was improved.
While watching her husband’s changes Claire became envious of his newly-acquired good habits, and decided to take on the challenge the day after attending a Blogger’s Event on the Gold Coast.
Chris dropped 15 kilograms in 100 days while gaining ‘clear glowing skin, crystal clear eyes and higher energy levels’ (pair pictured together in 2015)
After Chris Chadwick (right) saw mental and physical changes his wife Claire (left) decided to ditch drinking (pictured: 2017)
‘Like all fashion-based events, there was free-flowing champagne and delicious trays of canapés on offer,’ Claire said.
She woke that next morning feeling a little achy in the head with a dry mouth and was unmotivated to take on the day.
‘I didn’t want to feel like this,’ she said. ‘I wanted what my husband was feeling. I wanted to rise early and have energy and zest to tackle the day with gusto.’
Over the next 100 days Claire stuck to her goal and drank water instead of wine.
She also found a new hubby and acquired a love for running.
Sure enough the time went on and her 100 days turned into 200 and then 300.
The pair now love alcohol-free life and have both claimed they may never drink another sip again.
She says they have never felt so alive and recommends anyone who wants to improve their physical, social and mental health to try it out.
‘Start with 100 days and see where it leads you. Cheers to that.’
It has been more than two years since her husband last had a sip and 18 months for Claire (pictured: 2016)