99 Days to Sobriety: CJ’s Journey of Transformation and Wellness

by | Apr 25, 2024 | Life

At the beginning of the year, Charles Junior Dlamini, also known as CJ, embarked on a 99-day journey to sobriety, diving deep into his quest for better fitness, improved health, mental clarity, and an overall sense of well-being. With a focus on self-care and personal growth, he dedicated himself to this challenge, seeking transformation and a renewed perspective on life. As he completed this remarkable journey, we sat down with CJ to reflect on his experiences, the hurdles he overcame, and the profound changes he’s witnessed along the way. Join us below in this exclusive interview with MH as we explore the highs, lows, and unexpected discoveries of CJ‘s path to sobriety and wellness.

CJ: Thank you! The most formidable challenge was reshaping my social life. It was like learning an entirely new language of enjoyment where alcohol wasn’t part of the vocabulary. Initially, I had to step back from traditional bar scenes and alcohol-centric gatherings. I filled that gap by discovering new activities and interests that revolved around something other than drinking and engaging more deeply with sports, and hobbies, and spending quality time with loved ones provided a refreshing way to socialise and enjoy life’s moments.

CJ before and after his 99 days of sobriety challenge

Physically, it’s night and day—I feel stronger, healthier, and more energetic, having shed the unnecessary calories and sluggishness from alcohol. Mentally, the clarity and sharpness I experience every morning are profound. My sleep is undisturbed, and I wake up feeling rejuvenated, which boosts my productivity and focus throughout the day. Emotionally, the joy is overwhelming. Each day marked off on my sobriety calendar is a testament to my progress and strength. The pride and support from my friends and family have been incredibly uplifting and motivating.

Absolutely, several benefits surfaced that I hadn’t anticipated. For one, the impact on my sleep was dramatic; regaining natural sleep patterns significantly enhanced my daily functioning and mood. Additionally, I was surprised by how much time I reclaimed—time previously lost to hangovers and lethargy. This newfound time allowed me to invest more in my business ventures and nurture relationships with family and friends, enriching my life in ways I hadn’t fully appreciated before. One particularly joyful rediscovery has been my love for cooking and meal prepping. Sobriety brought back my enthusiasm.

CJ embracing his found love for cooking
CJ’s meal that he prepared

Yes, several new habits have taken root. For instance, a group of friends and I started a running club every Saturday morning, something unthinkable when weekends were reserved for recovery from nights out. These runs have become a cherished part of my week, offering both physical benefits and strengthening community bonds. I’ve also embraced a more mindful approach to life’s pleasures, steering clear of alcohol without feeling deprived. While I’m open to the possibility of drinking socially in the future, the compulsion has vanished, and my focus is on maintaining this healthier, more engaged lifestyle.

Saturday morning running club
The morning running club members

I’d say, give it a try and stay patient. The initial phase can be daunting as you navigate a world where social activities often include alcohol. But with time, living sober not only becomes easier—it becomes joyful. You rediscover pleasures in life that alcohol might have overshadowed. To anyone considering this path, remember that what feels ‘normal’ can evolve. A sober life can offer clarity, fulfilment, and health benefits that far surpass the temporary comforts of drinking. Embrace the journey, and watch how it transforms you. Thank you for taking the time to follow my journey, it’s been a great pleasure getting to know you.

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