Currently, I don't crave alcohol. I don't see people drinking and think that I am missing out on something. I don't have a plan to start drinking again....and I don't have a date or goal where I can reward myself with a drink.
I know in my mind I cannot drink ever again. If I do I know I will go right back in the pit where I was before.
One of my major motivating factors to get sober and stay that way was my weight. I have gained and lost 20-25 pounds over the last 5 years. 3 weeks ago I was at my heaviest weight ever. Drinking has a huge impact on that. I normally consumed less than 1200 calories per day in food and non-alcoholic beverages. When I add alcohol I am sure I consumed well over 3500 calories per day. Needless to say the weight just packed on. I use weight loss as an additional motivation to stay sober. There is no way I can lose weight if I drink. I have always had a pretty body dysmorphic issue. I have succeeded in losing weight in the past when I stopped drinking. The difference those times was that I stopped drinking just to lose weight- not to be sober.