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Dry November…& then some

I want to first start by saying, do you boo! No judgement here if you drink or don’t drink. This is just something I woke up November 1st on a whim and was like, yeah we need to take a little breaky-poo.

Am I stopping drinking forever? hell no. But did I need to set a little goal for myself to break a bad, nightly habit? Yes ma’am. The last time I took an entire month off from drinking was this last January. Feb 1st hit and I was back to my nightly “wine down.” I think i’ve figured out that if I don’t set these lofty goals for myself, i’ll just stay in the habit of nightly and weekly drinking, & I don’t want that for myself. I really paid attention to how my body felt this time around and what I discovered was absolutely eye opening.

October was a damn free for all. It’s my birthday month and if you’ve been following for awhile, you have probably picked up that I LOVE to celebrate it all month long. Literally anything goes. I celebrated with way too much champagne, nachos, chips, wine… all the things! On halloween Andy and I picked out Napoleon Dynamite costumes and I was excited to dress up and get a photo! That excitement quickly dissipated when my jeans didn’t fit. They literally JUST fit a couple weeks back. Andy lovingly suggested I wear a pair of his jeans to “fit the costume better”. I knew better than to try and slip his jeans on, but there we were…both standing in our closet with his jeans stuck at my knees. I look back at the photo and see the uncomfortableness all over my face. Feeling defeated, I dressed back into my favorite, stretchy yoga pants and poured myself a mimosa.

So maybe it wasn’t just a whim that made me decide to kick the alcohol after all.

WHAT I NOTICED MOST:

Ever since I can remember, i’ve suffered with inflammation pain in my left shoulder blade. Burny, achy, constant pain that was ALWAYS there. No matter how hard Andy rubbed it for me. No matter how many times I asked the kids to walk on my back. No amount of deep tissue massages would make it go away. Week 1 of November, and the inflammation was noticeably lesser. Sitting here right now, I can say that it is nonexistent. WOW. Now THAT is an eye opener.

SOMETHING ELSE I NOTICED:

I’m not one to weigh myself daily. or weekly. I actually have avoided the scale for awhile now. It wasn’t until I was on an emergency phone call with poison control for my dog Penny, & they needed to know her weight exactly….So on the scale I hopped to weigh myself, and then pick Penny up and weighed us together- deducted my weight to get hers. Never mind the emergency for Penny, I now needed oxygen for myself 😂 All this to say, i’m not sure I would have known the exact amount of weight I have lost during this If Penny hadn’t had her little accident. BUT, I am down 12 lbs as of this morning.

I knew I would lose weight doing this. It’s not rocket science! The amount of calories I was consuming…not only with my bevys, but Lord help me. Give me ONE cocktail and I’m “WHO WANTS NACHOS???????????”

OTHER LIFE CHANGES:

I made a couple other life changes thanks to some friends who encouraged me to finally speak with a Dr. I opened up a couple months back about how my mental health was suffering a little. I am a HOME BODY through and through. Leaving this house was getting harder and harder for me. I just didn’t know who I could talk to about it, and the thought of driving, & trying to find the dr. office was SO OVERWHELMING so I just didn’t do it.

I’ve always thought that I had ADHD, and I mean dating back to my childhood. Never hearing a word the teachers say. I don’t know how I passed my classes. Their lectures went in one ear and out the other. I could read an entire chapter and have zero recollection of what happened. When someone is explaining something to me, I’m literally thinking about anything BUT what they’re saying. As an adult, if I am concentrating on something and someone unknowingly interrupts my train of though…the world is over. I’ll never get it back. & that enrages me. I literally carried around a weight of anxiousness as I tried not to forget what I was doing or thinking. Constantly.

My sweet friend MB checked in on me one night and asked if I had spoke with anyone about it yet. When I told her no, she sent me a link to a telehealth provider. It’s basically a way to manage your health care remotely, from the comfort of your home. I set up an account and made an appointment with a Dr. that night. The next week I had my first appointment with my provider. She listened as I sat at my vanity in my pajamas. We chatted about all my options & ultimately she prescribed me a medication that helps with ADHD. It’s very new and I think the dosage needs to be tweaked a little, but I think we are on the right track and that is the GREATEST relief. I’ve also set up my first therapy appointment for later in December. I honestly have NO IDEA what to expect with that, but I’m curious and hopeful. Maybe I’ll LOVE it and keep it up, or maybe I’ll decide that it’s not for me. One thing I know, is that I can’t let the fear of the unknown hold me back from something that could be a positive impact in my life.

IN CONCLUSION:

Listen to your body. Be gentle with yourself. Check on your friends.

XOXO

Lacey

  1. Victoria says:

    So proud of you for making all the first steps for a better you!

    • Julie says:

      So glad I read this!! I struggle with a lot of the same issues. Good for you for recognizing it and doing something about it while you’re young! I ignored it and now have 100 pounds to lose & health problems. 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️ Life is about balance! 🤍

      • Lisa says:

        Thank you for sharing! I go back and forth with drinking nightly, then take time off.. but it is such a mindless habit!! Thanks for the reminder to listen to my body. Keep it up Lacey 🥰

      • Bonnie says:

        My tears!!! Thank God for MB! Keep up and try giving up the alcohol to just occasionally. You will feel better! And congratulations on taking care of yourself. You are beautiful and adorable and I love following you.

    • Apryl Yates says:

      💗💗💗💗💗💗

    • Peggy says:

      However, buying your house was a huge unknown. You , I think, are braver than you give yourself credit. I bet your therapy session will be eye opening. Good for you for doing this!

    • Barbara says:

      How amazing and generous of you to share this story. You could have kept it to yourself, how would we know. I’m confident your share will help someone else. Also, everyone needs an MB to gently nudge them. Kudos to both of you.

  2. Katie Austin says:

    You go girl!!! So proud!

  3. Joanne says:

    THIS. RIGHT HERE. STRUCK HOME. Not the drinking (my husband is 36 years sober) but the anxiety. The ADHD. The fear of it all. I really and truly thank you. And if you’d be so kind to share the dr info!!!! Congratulations on your née self awareness and love. It takes us, as women, so long to find the avenue, and then God knows how long, to start down it! Thank you. Thank you. Thank youuuuuuu.

    • Shea says:

      SOOOOOO PROUD of you!!!! I have been doing something similar and noticed my anxiety went way down! It is a beautiful thing to find yourself enjoying your life without consuming anything to get that feeling.

  4. Valerie says:

    I relate so much to this. Think I need to take a little breaks-poo too and do some reflecting! Thank you for this! It’s nice knowing I’m not alone.

  5. Hallie says:

    This was sooo heartwarming to read, Lacey! Because we all tend to feel alone in situations like this, and to read this open/honest blog you just wrote will touch many people. Including myself.

  6. Candi says:

    I am so proud of you! It is so easy for us to mask our fears and not deal with them! I feel the same and handle things the same. I may have a drink a during the week and one night on the weekend but that is even too much for me. It doesn’t make me feel well after and then days after. Even with just two bevy’s. I need to get into healthier habits. You have encouraged me 💗

  7. Elizabeth says:

    How interesting that this morning I told my husband we need to cut back on the alcohol. And then boom! Here comes this blog post. Thank you for sharing. I’m so proud of you for taking care of yourself!

  8. JS says:

    More people need to talk about mental health and their specific issues. You are inspiring in so many ways. More than a decor follow for me!

  9. Miranda says:

    I’m not sure why this made me so emotional reading this. But I’m proud of you!

  10. Angela says:

    And so begins the new, improved, awesome rest of your life! So happy and excited for you, and proud of you for looking into things, it all starts with a single step.

  11. AJ says:

    As you say, you do you…but I want to congratulate you for taking a courageous step to make a change and share your experience! I stopped the nightly glass (or 2) of wine a while back and noticed several positive changes…better sleep, mood, etc.. It had also become a mindless habit, rather than a thought out pleasure and so that occasional glass of wine is so much more enjoyable! People throw the word mindfulness around a lot, but this is where I think it can truly apply…we can all be mindful of when we make a choice to drink or not, mindful of how your body and mind feel, and mindful of the other changes it allows. 😊

  12. Laura says:

    I think there are a lot of people who feel this way……but just suffer in silence. The older I get, the more I realize how important mental health is. Thank you for sharing & helping people realize they are not alone.

  13. Valerie says:

    So proud of you Lacey! Made me realize maybe I need a little break!

  14. Love this. Thank you for sharing. I started working from home March of 2020 and completely relate to being a home body. So easy to just avoid getting out of the house and added about 15 pounds without thinking about it. Made a decision 3 months ago to take charge of my health and have dropped 20 pounds. Wish you the best on your health journey. Take care of yourself, physically and mentally. ❤

  15. Ella Weckerly says:

    I am so glad you are seeking help. I have two alcoholic kids. My son has been sober for at least three years and her hoes to AA meeting at least once a day. My daughter is drinking herself to death; I do not know how she holds down her important job. Each person has to want to do it for themselves or it won’t be successful. Also yesterday I watched the Mardy Fish story on Netflix, I believe it begins with the untold.,.. I am a tennis fan but this is about Marcy’s anxiety disorder and how he is managing it snd will need to do so for the rest of his life. Finally, my adopted grandson is quite ADHD and took medication when he was younger but didn’t like how it made him feel. I don’t think he takes medication now but I do think he would be more successful if he did. I applaud you for facing your demons do to speak and I hope you get your medicines regulated and I think you will not self medicate with liquor once your mental health issues are controlled. I cannot encourage you enough to do this for yourself and for your lovely little family. You have so much going for you, think what the future holds. I don’t pray much but I will certainly hold you in my thoughts

  16. Liz says:

    Great Blog Lacey!
    I was diagnosed with ADD when I was in middle school. I was experiencing the exact same things you were. I was prescribed a medication and it helped tremendously! At first I really did not like the thought of a medication that could help me stay focused on a subject or helping not lose my train of thought constantly. I quit taking the medication my senior year of high school. I struggled immensely in college with out it. I am currently in the same boat you’re in now. If I get interrupted in a conversation, I completely lose what I was thinking or saying. Sometimes even talking to someone I lose what my purpose was for the conversation.

  17. Laeken says:

    So proud of your vulnerability! Go Lacey, go!

  18. Judy Gorino says:

    What a fabulous share!!! Thank you so much for opening up about this.

  19. April says:

    I think of you often and always wonder how you’re doing. I’m glad you’re feeling better and getting to talk. I to have crept into staying home more and more. Had a huge trauma event about 7 years ago and honestly I’ll never be the same. Well what’s helped me is I’m ok with that. I have improved and accepts my limits and progress! I am learning when I need to remove myself and am ok with that. It’s ok to be yourself and improve and always strive to be better! Way to go. I too notice for me a nightly alcohol drink made me sleep WORSE. so the last months I don’t have one at night anymore and if I do it’s a Saturday afternoon. You inspire so many and thank you for sharing.

  20. maisy says:

    Love this and thank you for being so honest about something so hard for so many people to talk about!!! Keep killin it girl.

  21. Ashley says:

    You’re inspiring and I am happy you’re feeling like you’re on a good healthy path!

  22. Shantae says:

    You are an amazing human! I am so glad that I started following you. You are a light! You are funny, goofy, sweet, loving, and real. I am appreciative that you chose to share your vulnerable side. I struggle with anxiety and a bit of depression and I haven’t done anything about it for lots of reasons. I feel like I manage it pretty well most days…. but you have pushed me one step closer to ACTUALLY doing something about it.
    Thank you for all that you are!!

  23. Bree says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. Mental health is so important!

  24. Jess Dornbusch says:

    I so appreciate your honesty and openness! Being a SAHM can be very lonely and overwhelming! Love you and your beautiful family thank you for always keeping it real with us all! 🙂 xoxox

  25. JDooley says:

    I needed to read this…. There are no words.
    I relate to every single aspect / point in this post.
    🙏🙏 Blessssss you for sharing! Off to start my own mini health journey.

  26. Amber says:

    Incredible! I think I’m going to be looking into a dry month I have a lot of similar traits❤️
    You got this and I think it’s extremely brave to put your mental health out there that’s a tough one for anyone . Good for you

  27. Steph says:

    I relate to this so much!! Great job having the courage to take one step and then another. 💗

  28. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for sharing! I can identify with a lot of this! I’ve noticed that as I’ve gotten older my body just can’t deal with alcohol the way that it did in my twenties and early thirties. A couple drinks and I’m not back to normal for days. I’ve noticed that it not only affects me physically, but also mentally. I’ll feel so much happier when not drinking. I too, am not saying I’ll never have another drink, but I find it better to limit my consumption to special occasions!

  29. Good for you ! It really helps to “listen to your body “ I was with ya during Orange T year and was excited for the new Home new project you had to look forward too. All in all you’ve have lots of changes, don’t beat yourself up ! Love coming at you . Keep up with dr think you’ll find right combinations for a happier you. Don’t know how because you beam already ♥️

  30. Kathy says:

    Thank you for sharing your story. I feel as if I could have written it myself regarding the ADHD.
    I have often thought I was ADHD and OCD and struggle with anxiety often. I really need to seek help, It’s just hard to take that first step. I gave up drinking over 10 years ago so I know that isn’t my issue.
    You probably already know this but alcohol contains a lot of sugar which is bad for inflammation. That could be why your shoulder feels a little better. Thanks again for sharing💜

  31. Nicole says:

    Thank you for sharing and making it normal to take care of our mental health. Just as important as our physical health! Proud of you!

  32. Malisa says:

    Absolutely amazing that you went through the month so intentionally and got so much insight from it!! You go girl

  33. Kylie says:

    Thank you for being so vulnerable and honest in your post!! Thank you for sharing your story and putting it out there! You are so inspiring!

  34. Megs says:

    Freakin’ Rad!!! Girl, you motivate me on a daily! Thank you for the open and honest share! You are truly an angel, Lacey 🥰💋❤️

  35. Laura Love-Hopkins says:

    Thank you for You! Facial expressions and all. Just love your letting us follow you and being real. You have touched many.

  36. Hi proud of you girl! I feel like I can relate so much to what your talking about as to get it out of the house! I’m struggling with the same problems as well! Could I have the number to call to get myself and appointment with that doctor you spoke to over the phone in the comfort of your own home!! Sounds so nice!!!! I love watching your stories I think your beautiful and so funny and oh my gosh talented I wish my house was put together and cut like yours it’s no wonder you don’t want to leave it it’s beautiful!!!!

  37. Lindsay H says:

    I joined you (started oct 30th on a whim) and have also had a dry November (save my anniversary single glass)! I wanted to get back to counting my macros because I DO weigh myself every day and also couldn’t get into my jeans. I knew if I eliminated those glasses every night I would lose some weight. Let me know if you wanna continue into December or pick another month and I’m your girl!

  38. Lori says:

    I love that you posted about this journey and are so brave to share. I feel like I related to your entire post. Like Literally all. Of. It! Okay minus the shoulder but instead my stomach. The inflammation and bloat is a real deal in itself! When I was sick for almost 3 weeks with a nasty cold I realized then that besides the cold, I started to feel so much better. The boost was merely gone, I felt alive, more energy and much clearer thoughts.

    I just wanted to pop by and say thank you so much for sharing and I’m here with you for this journey that you have encouraged me to do also!

  39. Lindsay Huser says:

    So proud of you. Thanks for sharing your heart!

  40. Tonja says:

    Thank you for being real! Mental health is so important to talk about. Keep taking care of you and thank you for sharing!!

  41. Heather Mack says:

    Never know til you try! Love following you. Love your style, wit and family!

  42. Tara says:

    This is all HUGE!! Good for you for making these changes. I would say therapy and taking cbd oil nightly (thanks Equilabria!) are the best things I have ever done for myself. And limiting myself to 1-2 drinks per week also makes me feel so much better. Hangovers as you get older, especially with kids, are so tough, at least for me. Anyway, love your content and your openness. And damn those haters who don’t like your mouth movements! What???!!! Xoxo

  43. Michelle says:

    I’m so happy that I read this. You have no idea how much I needed to read this. I also enjoy my nightly wine but lately I’ve been finding myself not enjoying a glass or two but more like a bottle or two a night! I never use to drink but ever since we sold our house and will be moving further away from my parents and the guilt I feel, I have been masking that guilt with wine! I feel awful, the weight gain is unreal! I’ve gained 12 lbs in a month! Reading your story is a wake up call for me and I can’t thank you enough for writing your story!

  44. Fran says:

    Proud of you. If you feel yourself depending on the the alcohol for even minor celebrations next time try going two months without (no exceptions). I didnt realize how many excuses I could come up with for “just this one” or “just this time” until I removed it altogether. Life looked different and I realized alcohol was an occasional treat and not a need. You learned a lot with uour experiment and I am happy for you. Happy holidays.

  45. Tanis says:

    So proud of you! You have inspired me!

  46. Karen Hogan says:

    💯 Be kind to yourself, take care of yourself, most of all love yourself! Hugs 🤗❤️

  47. Jennifer says:

    Great job!! 👏🏻 I’m working on listening to my body myself but I have an issue with sugar, not alcohol. I need to kick my own butt and get into shape and I know it. This gave me motivation to do so!!!

  48. Teresa says:

    Love this! Maybe I’ll do it in January, it’s so easy to just crack a truly. It’s basically water lol Thanks for sharing your story and being so honest and genuine!

  49. Carrie H says:

    You are an inspiration!

  50. Phyllis says:

    Thanks for being so open, Lacey. It’s refreshing.

  51. Betty says:

    So glad you have made those small steps on your life and I’m sure that life holds many more positives, along with negatives but you have so many passions that will propel you forward… happy times ahead

  52. Antzie Pantzie says:

    Proud of you …

    True story ….
    Before Paula Deen became famous … she suffered from being around other people .. she talks about it in her first book ..she wouldn’t leave the house either ..

  53. Brandi Wilson says:

    Love all of this!! ❤️ Thank you for sharing! Looking forward to taking a breaky poo myself!!

  54. Lindsay says:

    I am also in a dry period!! I have so much to share in terms of what has come up for me, but I’ll just hit a few high notes for ya! First, mental health self-care IS a thing with alcohol and it ain’t the good kind of self care. In fact, my psychiatrist who treats my depression and anxiety, said that my body basically doesn’t metabolize the medication when my body has alcohol in it. So.. daily drinking for 2+ years. That math isn’t hard, it’s a very long time to go without treating my mental health imbalances. So, doing that work in my sobriety.

    Second, I’m really not good, like at all, at coping with my daily life. Take a deep breath and chill just didn’t work for me – vape pen? Yes please, I means it’s practically legal! The net is another depressant to put me into more of a fog, and honestly.. less living. I couldn’t be in the moment. I still can’t, not really, but naming the gap and why I reach for wine or weed, has helped me from one day to the next, from one week to the next, live my values in the moment more often. (Sidebar, I love 3’s, so I’ll leave just one more takeaway)

    Lastly, there is drinking everywhere in our social society so I’ve really tried to stop and think about why that is and what we are losing because of it. I have this dream of becoming a Bikram yoga instructor that I basically wrote off because I can’t get up that early after my nightcap(s)! Utter and horrific nonsense that only a big step back could let me see: I was never going to be the woman I dreamed of being as a little girl without taking a break and booting wine and weed (and all other booze) back to its rightful place as a choice. I do go to AA and I will continue to do so in order to maintain my commitment to a full year of sobriety.

    Taking control back feels so damn good and I hope your journey is full of positive moments that help you appreciate yourself and the unique gifts you bring to this world.

  55. Marianne says:

    Glad you are taking a forward step with your mental health and getting out of your self-imposed prison of home as well as curbing your bevy intake. As an almost 68 yr. old, I can say that we all could use a bactrack on the boozing since this pandemic started. It truly has been eye opening to see these demons coming out of people who before, probably had no idea they had issues to fix! The last two yrs. have opened a sort of Pandoras box. But we will work through it, with help from pros and loved ones. I wish you the best of health and happiness, for you are a sweet person and deserve the world!

  56. Kayla says:

    So proud of you! I love following you and your home renovations. Now this reading this makes you more relatable and Im hear for it! Thank you for sharing your experience and being so real!!

  57. Angela says:

    Good for you! Just having the insight to know something isn’t working the way you’d like for it to is huge! It doesn’t matter what it is that you may or may not want to change, just knowing your options is helpful. Nobody knows what works best for you than you. Just keep striving to be the very best version of yourself. Carry on, Badass! ☺️

  58. Sarah says:

    PROUD is an understatement! It took me years to go to a therapist because I literally thought people would think I was crazy. And then it took me even longer to try and sort of anxiety medicine (anxiety about taking medicine) both have changed my life for the better. Normalizing mental health and what you can do to help yourself is what everyone needs to focus on. Love following you! You’ve inspired me to try dry December (minus maybe Christmas) 😅😘

  59. Rachel Beal says:

    Way to listen to your body, good for you! Thanks for sharing and I definitely have noticed the weight loss, you look great. This is a fabulous life change you are making, so proud of. Sugar is my downfall and I need to keep my self in check with that. We all have our battles, you aren’t alone. Also just happy you are feeling better overall! 👏🏻👏🏻❤️

  60. nicole says:

    This sentence, WOW!!!!!

    One thing I know, is that I can’t let the fear of the unknown hold me back from something that could be a positive impact in my life.

    I cried! Thanks for sharing!!!

  61. Melanie Dillingham says:

    I’m so happy for you and I love you focused on you! Thank you for the vulnerability you showed in writing the blog and for sharing your journey. It definitely helped me. Kudos to you, Lacey ♥️

  62. Hollie says:

    That is so awesome to hear Laci! I’m thinking about doing the same thing. It’s a big step, and I know it took a lot to do it. Thank you for sharing!!

  63. Hollie says:

    OMG!! Sorry!! I spell your name wrong everytime…

  64. Mary Lou says:

    Thank you for sharing. Air had a health scare, theres one thing from it all that has stuck with me. My Dr said if you dont take care of yourself you cant be there to take care of anyone else. That seriously woke me up. I’m still a work in progress but arent we all!
    Love your feed. site. ❤❤🤗

  65. Genah says:

    I am so proud of you. Thank you for being so transparent with us.

  66. Genah says:

    I am so proud of you. Thank you for being so transparent with us.

  67. Jennifer says:

    You are so loved! I’m so happy you found the courage to talk to someone. I know it can be so hard, but you’ll find out it’s so refreshing and so rewarding! You and your family are worth it!!! Big squeeze!!! 🤗
    Jen – AllThingsJenniferLynn ❤️

  68. Alyssa says:

    Most relatable thing I’ve read in awhile aside from I don’t drink much, but the part about struggling with mental health lately and not being able to focus is totally me. This entire year has been a struggle for me. Thanks for being vulnerable. Solidarity 💕

  69. Darcy says:

    I’m so happy you took some time to take care of yourself. It can be hard! Thank you for writing this. No doubt It’ll help many people 💕

  70. Charlene says:

    So proud of you for seeking help for yourself. It all starts with you and you are being proactive for yourself. That’s awesome. Keep up the good work!!!

  71. Julieanna says:

    Thank you for sharing! This really hit home…I realize my nightly drinking has increased significantly as well as my anxiety! We can’t blame COVID for everything but the stress of this time has strained a lot of people. Thank you again for sharing! ❤️ You Lacey!!!

  72. Shae says:

    I needed this today. Thank you!

  73. Nicki says:

    Starting today! Maybe some of my aches will go away too!

  74. Jill says:

    You are a rockstar! Your vulnerability (and your facial expressions) make me LOVE you even more!!! You’ve totally got this. I started therapy a couple of months ago and it has been LIFE-CHANGING! Hear me when I say – if you don’t like the first therapist try another. I 100% believe it has to be the right fit between you & the therapist. And I gained 12 lbs since last week after losing almost that much earlier in the month. Damn Thanksgiving got me off track. And the inflammation pain came right along with it. We can do this though. You’ve got a community of supporters here!

  75. Amber says:

    Way to go! I stopped drinking in my early 20s (started young) and am now in my mid 30s and haven’t missed it whatsoever. Everyone once in a while I’ll have 1 drink but that’s it. Try it for 2 months next time and you’ll continue to see improvement!

  76. Helen says:

    Love this and you!

  77. Susan says:

    I think you are very strong for even taking the step to talk to someone about your anxiety . I suffer the same and also being a home body. I would totally be open to speaking with a stranger (I live in a small town) #everyoneknowsyourbusiness…could you pm me a link to telehealth provider? I guess I should ask what kind of dr they are! Thank you! And keep up the good work! I love your blog!

  78. Carin says:

    Wow! You kicked some major booty!
    I can relate to so much of what you wrote. I’m thrilled that you took steps to continue doing some self reflection. You can see and hear your happiness. I wish you continued growth and happiness. You deserve it all!!

    I so so so love following you. You are genuine in a non-genuine world. So refreshing!!
    I Love your style and how you’re transforming your house into the home you want. xo

  79. Laurie Ihrie says:

    Good for you for making self care a priority. Yours is such a fun account to follow and it’s so refreshing to hear/see you in stories. Keep it up.

    Laurie

  80. Lisa says:

    I’m so happy for you Lacey. I need to do a dry December. Therapy is going to be great. Proud of you❤️

  81. Rachelle says:

    I used to struggle with alcohol and have chosen me not alcohol. Good for you for putting thought into your choices for you and your family. Things I notice- I feel great every morning. My weight is great. After I made this choice and went through an adjustment phase I now feel like I gained something in my life not lost something. I’m still a fun person and love my life. Not saying you should choose this, just sharing for support purposes. Alcohol is an insidious friend! Glad you are finding balance.

  82. Mary says:

    Your honesty in this post makes you even more relatable. Thank you for sharing this self care journey. Your friend is your guardian angel.

  83. Christina Richter says:

    Love following you Lacey‼️
    I appreciate your honesty and openness 🤗
    You are blessed, talented and funny. You have a Wonderful Husband an Beautiful Kids‼️
    Cherish and Embrace life.
    Pank on💕💞🎀💖💗
    Loyal follower🥰

  84. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for sharing. I struggle a lot to leave the house too. And I need to do a dry month. I only hope I can shed 12 lbs.! 🙂 Good job!

  85. Kim says:

    Love this!! Love you and all you share!! Even love your damn hair! LOL Keep doing what you’re doing!

  86. Rebeca says:

    So proud of you for recognizing and doing something about it .
    Thank you for sharing and being transparent.
    Much love ❤️

  87. Michelle says:

    We could use a little focus on ourselves and lifestyle’s to be better for not only us, but those who love us. Bravo

  88. Debi says:

    6 years ago after a 4th of July celebration I decided to give up my glass of wine that quickly became an almost empty bottle and I just couldn’t leave a small amount. Plus my weight was getting out of control. One year later after successfully abstaining I called my son who had been struggling with addiction and asked him to go to the clubhouse and get me a one year chip. I was so proud. He said something very profound to me that I’ll never forget. “Mom you aren’t an alcoholic. He said he would get me some flowers instead. It was the last conversation I had with him. We got a knock at our door at 6A.M. Where there were 2 troopers telling us he was killed in a single car accident and was ejected from his car. Ironically the flowers came. And the good Lord stepped in to give me the insight to quit drinking exactly a year before or I’d be under my dining table with all the bottles. I miss him everyday but don’t miss the alcohol. This time of year is tough and my husband and I will continue to be there for each other. Thank you for sharing and for what ever reason you choose to do what you do know there a reason. I enjoy your post so much and show all my friends your spectacular powder room. Happy Holidays. 🎄

  89. Debi Dupree says:

    6 years ago after a 4th of July celebration I decided to give up my glass of wine that quickly became an almost empty bottle and I just couldn’t leave a small amount. Plus my weight was getting out of control. One year later after successfully abstaining I called my son who had been struggling with addiction and asked him to go to the clubhouse and get me a one year chip. I was so proud. He said something very profound to me that I’ll never forget. “Mom you aren’t an alcoholic. He said he would get me some flowers instead. It was the last conversation I had with him. We got a knock at our door at 6A.M. Where there were 2 troopers telling us he was killed in a single car accident and was ejected from his car. Ironically the flowers came. And the good Lord stepped in to give me the insight to quit drinking exactly a year before or I’d be under my dining table with all the bottles. I miss him everyday but don’t miss the alcohol. This time of year is tough and my husband and I will continue to be there for each other. Thank you for sharing and for what ever reason you choose to do what you do know there a reason. I enjoy your post so much and show all my friends your spectacular powder room. Happy Holidays. 🎄

  90. Denise says:

    Very nice read, Lacy. I’m so proud of you!

  91. Annie says:

    I have noticed the same thing for me! My inflammation is horrible when I get carried away with alcohol, and it practically disappears when I stop. Glad you’re making all these discoveries!

  92. Janna Moody says:

    So excited for you! Awesome that you have shared your experiences and I know you are an encouragement to others. Keep up the hard work, you will benefit from it and in turn, so will your family. ♡

  93. Lisa Gest says:

    Lacey, Thank you for opening up to us about your struggles and self- care efforts. I’m so happy you are taking the steps you need in your life. We (women, moms, wives) tend to put ourselves last & we shouldn’t! Please keep sharing your journey with us, wishing you all the best. Lots of hugs to you, girl!

  94. Shelly says:

    So proud of you! I suffer from ADHD but never thought to take meds. Will have to look into that. Thank you for being so open, Lacey ❤❤❤

  95. Heather says:

    I’m so proud of you and grateful that you have friends like MB who will encourage and push when you need it. Thank you for being transparent and sharing to be a blessing to others. P.S. YES to aaallllll of your beautiful facial features!!!

  96. Jenny says:

    I’m so proud of you and just love you. You’re doing all good things and it’s inspiring. Thank you for sharing your life with us. You’re a joy to follow. ♡

  97. Elizabeth says:

    So proud you let yourself experience this with intention. I have been on a similar journey for about a year. If you already know this skip over 😊. Ask your doctor for a vitamin panel and a hormone panel. The results were shocking but even more shocking is how I feel since I am doing something to increase certain hormone levels and vitamin levels. The main difference was anxiety. It’s almost non existent.
    Again, congratulations on your accomplishment and for sharing your story.

  98. Robin says:

    I hope you know how many women you are helping just by being so open and honest in this post. This is one of the most impactful things I have read in a very long time. It’s like the universe led me here because I needed to hear all of this right in this moment.
    Thank you 💛

  99. @geminuslibrae says:

    YES MY QUEEN!!!! I love this for you. I love that you are advocating for yourself, and I am SO proud that you have that self control to be able to sit back and reflect on yourself and your actions. Maybe I’ll try a dry month…
    also the ADHD part is SO relatable. I’ve tried to get diagnosed as well because I terribly feel like I have it, but once one doctor was like *maybe* I sorta gave up. Yet, that feeling of knowing that I have it is still strong in my mind. I’m so glad that you advocated for yourself and I hope that I can do the same!

  100. Toni says:

    Happy for you that you’re reaching out for help. It’s hard, but the rewards can be amazing!

  101. Karan Danaher says:

    This is a great blog. I’m crippled with snow ty, don’t sleep well and have osteoarthritis (so yeah lots of inflammation). Maybe my nightly glass of red wine is hitting me. I’m going to do dry January. Thank you for this. It means a lot ❤️

  102. Kathy J. says:

    Very Proud of You !

    You Can Do This ♥️

    Patience with yourself and
    Perseverance for tomorrow.

    Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family 🎄

  103. April Cortinas says:

    Great job. Proud of you. I suffer from depression and anxiety and on meds when I remember and although I’m not a drinker I do love my diet Dr Pepper 24/7. I need to get out of this rut maybe I’ll start soon. Keep up the great work.
    Queen April 🐝

  104. Amber Durbin says:

    Thank you for sharing this with all of us! I wish you luck and all the best!!! 💗💗💗

  105. Kim says:

    Love that you shared this with us. Your struggle is one that many of us have ❤️

  106. Brandy says:

    In a time when mental awareness trying to be normalized, sharing one’s journey is so important because it’s giving others, myself included, the courage to take a stand on their own mental health struggles. You’re BEAUTIFUL and you’re BRAVE! Thank you so much for sharing! 💕 keep inspiring, queen 👑

  107. Rachael says:

    Anxiety…not wanting to leave your house…I emplor you to visit Layla @letteredcottage She has suffered from it to the point of not driving at all. She has worked hor way back and has great resources. Not for nothing…I’m proud of and happy for you.

  108. Meg Dion says:

    I can relate to every word you just said!! ALL OF IT! The pounds are really getting to me. I’m 43 just started last month with managing my ADHD. I’ve knew I had it for years but ignored it. Why? (I blame the ADHD🤦🏼‍♀️) Same with being the biggest homebody and it’s gotten even worse after 40. Thank goodness for telehealth!! Life changing for me. I love my nightly cocktail and just yesterday decided to do a dry December. So happy for you and glad I’m not
    alone. So I’m happy for us!!

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