Even as I write this post, I’m seriously doubting whether to publish it, because doing so is making a commitment to temporarily have a break from alcohol, which I’m not convinced I can stick to.
I’m not really a big drinker as such; my days of staying out until the early hours and waking up at lunch time with a stinking hangover are long gone, thank goodness, but I am a frequent drinker, albeit in small amounts. That frequency seems to have increased recently, to the point that I realised 2 weeks had gone by and I’d had something pretty much every night. That might have just been a glass of wine, or a couple of G&Ts; never enough for me to feel drunk or wake up feeling rough, but I could tell that it was still taking a toll on me.
I felt tired, slow, bloated, and was getting nasty headaches, all of which improved with sticking to good old Tea for an evening, instead of hitting the G&T.
I often look forward to nothing more than getting home from a busy day at work, and relaxing with a nice glass of red, but drinking so frequently was even starting to take the enjoyment out of it, and the last thing I want is for it to become habit. I want to be able to really enjoy a glass of good wine, when I truly deserve it after a hard day.
That’s why, by writing this post, I am committing to 2 alcohol free weeks. I know it’s not a long time, but even before I start I know I’ll feel better for it, and I’m pretty sure I’ll even see an improvement on my waistline, as I dread to think the amount of calories my daily glass or two of wine have added up to.
I promise to be honest about whether I stick to this, but, as I write this with a glass of orange juice by my side, the challenge begins…