- 7 years ago
- Wedding: September 2010
For the month of August, I have chosen not to drink alcohol.
In theory, I would think that this should be easy, since I am really just a social drinker for the most part… I enjoy me a glass of wine or two in the evenings with dinner and some brewskies with friends on the weekends.
In practice, it’s harder than I thought. Just a few days into this little personal challenge, I learned that while I may be a social drinker, apparently I’m VERY social!
Day 1: Started out okay… until I got out of work and met my mother for dinner and a movie. Dinner was at this cute little wine bar downtown… the only thing larger than the wine list was my desire for a glass of white wine with my Mussels with Chorizo! I had an iced tea. Thought for the day: Don’t go to a wine bar when you are not letting yourself drink wine.
Day 2: Woke up on time (even before my alarm clock)… what is this energy? No drink the night before? Hmmm…. Hit the farmers’ market on my way home, picked up some veggies to eat this week. Figured that’d be safer than the grocery store, since I wouldn’t be tempted to buy a bottle of wine or a 6-pack of some delightful microbrew. As I made my way to the table of blueberries, I had to pass a table that was giving out free samples of wine from a local vineyard. Seriously? I held strong and sampled the fresh peach sorbet. Thought for the day: Temptation strikes when you least expect it. But a fresh fruit sorbet is pretty satisfying.
Day 3: Up late the night before, so re-set my alarm and figured I’d work out in the afternoon. Nearly slept through my alarm I was so tired. But after eating a healthy breakfast (no alcohol the night before means I’m less likely to crave McDonald’s Breakfast apparently), I felt much better. Got home from work, did my exercise dvd, and then ate a healthy dinner with my husband (who is also doing this challenge) before going to the batting cages and playing mini golf. Yup, we went on the type of date we’d have gone on in high school, before we were of age to go to a bar. We had a blast and spent $14. Not only were we not spending a fortune out for dinner and drinks, we were burning calories too. Thought for the day: Things are a lot cheaper when you don’t drink alcohol… and when you’re not drinking, the choices of things to do often involve more movement.
Day 4: I had thought that I’d give myself a cheat day at the end of the month for a friend’s stock-the-bar/housewarming party, knowing that abstaining would be pretty tough with my friends pushing the booze… but today is Mom’s 50th birthday… and she’s sad that I won’t indulge in some champagne to celebrate even though I was willing to “cheat” for a friend’s party. Decision made, no cheat day at the end of the month. Of course, that makes things hard tonight. I do love me some champagne. Dad sent me an IM letting me know that he’s picking up some Strongbow, my favorite hard cider on earth (that I’ve tried anyway). I let him know I’m going to have to pass tonight, given my goal. Easier said online than done in person… man, it’s going to be hard when the golden goodness is staring me in the face… only four days in and I’m starting to get irritated with the self-imposed ban. Who knew this would be so hard!? Thought for the day: 1 glass of champagne = 100 calories, 1 bottle of Strongbow = 150 calories and 4oz of lobster = 100 calories. I’d rather take the lobster (especially when Dad bought it, lobster is expensive!!!).
This is hard. 27 days to go.