In addition to enjoying sleep – I’ve also enjoyed more food! When my drinking is very high I’ve always tried to make room for alcohol calories by reducing calories from foods and drinks. It was never a solution but it did slow down the weight gain (a bit). Now that I’ve quit – it’s like I can eat the equivalent of an extra meal each day (or have a few tasty treats). It’s easier to balance my calories in and out and I’m also losing a bit of weight without much effort.
In general, things have continued to get easier. The worst of the physical withdrawal symptoms (feeling anxious and overwhelming mid-afternoon fatigue) stopped 4-5 days after quitting. In the second week a lot of the random thoughts and temptations aren’t as strong or as often.
I still wake up feeling tired and often get a mid-afternoon slump but not everything is related to quitting. It’s also just the end of the year and I’m tired and ready for a break. I’ve also really increased my physical activity levels which is physically quite tiring.
Some mild tiredness aside, I’m feeling great and am enjoying being able to really focus and stick to my goals.