Been there! Itís not easy and is definitely frustrating in the beginning. Although I donít say I donít drink, it has been about a year since I had a beer . I maybe have a couple a year. Crave them on a hot summer day! I canít pinpoint one reason for not indulging as much, but the longer I have not, I find that the positives outweigh the need for it. Donít have a problem with people drinking, itís just not something I want anymore.
In the beginning I was overwhelmed by how many people had a ďproblemĒ with me not drinking at gatherings. Pushing and pushing. I was irritated and uncomfortable. It was as if they felt like it was some criticism of them. Now everyone just knows I rarely and accepts it.
They realize I am just as crazy without it. LOL
I am with LFF, keep water or soda with you. I was known as the one who came to parties with her diet coke. Now that I quit (would kill for one now) I will be bringing H2O with me. I also tend to arrive earlier to gatherings so that I have time with people before they become really intoxicated. There always seems to be a couple of friends who overindulge and try to push it on you. Perhaps try and get a group together centered around an activity. Go biking, wally ball, climbing wall, volleyballÖ When I used to go to clubs we would go salsa or swing dancing and I danced with anyone who asked. It was a blast and with all the dancing I would crave water.
I am going to come up against the food issue when I visit my father. They are meat , potatoes, fried, gravy people. Have been preparing them for it when we chat on the phone by mentioning my new eating habits. Plan on stocking up for the drive down and will take them shopping. Everything revolves around food. I think Iíll survive;)
It will get easier. Think it takes time for your loved ones to adjust and for you to adjust to it.