FebFast – The Halfway Pint…er…Point.

As I wrote in my last blog, I have decided to do Febafast, which means I am going a month – albeit a short month – without alcohol. This has both fitness and economic rationale, but moreover a chance to objectively look at the role that alcohol plays in my life.

I’m about halfway into the month and I can honestly say that I have not really missed alcohol at all. Sure, there have been times where I wouldn’t have minded a beer, but I haven’t craved one.

I’ve also identified 5 or 6 times in 14 or so date where I normally would have had a drink. Almost a third feels like a lot when you look at it that way. Whilst that might be just a beer here or there, it’s interesting to think about. This included a few casual lunches on weekends, a friend’s 30th birthday, attendance at a soccer game, attendance at a Hawthorn FC game and a few other events. I enjoyed myself at these occasions as I normally would and noticably, I didn’t wake up with a sore head after the 30th.

It has been pretty hard to manage though. I’m probably drinking more diet coke than I normally would, but it’s been a welcome break from the booze that is providing some handy perspective.

Let’s see how the coming fortnight goes!



It’s been a while since I’ve put a blog post together. I’ve been busy with work and wedding planning, and I have been a bit absent from the world of diabetes. For instance, I’ve missed a number of #OzDoc weekly chats because I keep forgetting it’s on!

Anyway, I’ve decided to do FebFast. No, not FebFast Caffeine or FebFast Digital – I don’t think I could manage those. I’m going to be doing FebFast Alcohol.

This means I’m going to be taking a 28 day break from alcohol. As they say on their website, it can be easy to “feel a little sluggish after a big Christmas, New Year summer holiday or Australia Day”, and that describes me. I’m in a stage where I’m trying to both save money (more needed for the house, planning a wedding and travel plans) and improve my fitness (I’m about ~10kgs over my ideal playing weight).

These days, I’m not a huge drinker. I do like a beer, especially for the taste, but I generally only drink at functions or sports events. On the odd ocassion I will have a big night, but not often. Very rarely would I have a drink at home without having some particular reason for doing so. Still, February contains a friend’s 30th, a few sporting events and a few other occassions where I would ordinarily have a beer or two.

What does this mean for my diabetes?

Well, the FebFast mantra is “a pause for the better”. I think this applies to how alcohol and diabetes sit together.

I like to tell myself that alcohol doesn’t have an effect on my diabetes. But in all honesty, it does. Of course it’s possible to drink with diabetes, but it does impact on my BGL’s – sometimes unpredictably. Big highs, crashing lows, temp basals, more temp basals.

A pause for the better means putting the position of alcohol into perspective. February will demonstrate the impact that alcohol often has on my BGL’s, diabetes management and life more broadly. To counter the absense of alcohol, I am also trying to include more exercise into my routine. Yesterday I shot the basketball for a good 45 minutes. Today I’m going to walk Cody the super dog around the lake. Tomorrow – something else.

So, cheers to February. A month of no alcohol and more exercise.