That’s right. You read it correctly.
This gin loving, wine appreciating mum is off the booze.
I started properly yesterday. I know visiting family and not having my usual Gin & Tonic, and refusing a glass of wine over lunch, this past weekend/New Year’s Day caused raised eyebrows. I am sure there are rumors that I’m pregnant or something doing the rounds. Nope, sorry, sadly not.
I am on a mini mission to loose the almost 14lb I have gained since the knee op forced me into inactivity, whilst I recovered. I will admit to having eaten my feelings, a fair bit whilst recovering, because I love my food, but exercise was the one thing that kept my weight where I wanted it to be, so it’s crept back.
I don’t drink a lot by many standards, but I do love a good gin, and appreciate prosecco and wine, and there are a lot of empty calories in them all.
Also, to be frank, there are several people in my life who have a problem with alcohol and how it affects them. I won’t go into details, their life is not mine to share, but needless to say, watching the effect drinking has had on them, has made me reflect on my own drinking habits. I am not an alcoholic, nor do I qualify as someone with a drinking problem. However, I do feel in my own personal habits, I have been reaching for wine, or other drinks, more than is possibly good for me. It’s become a comfort and a pattern that I don’t feel entirely comfortable with. I don’t NEED alcohol to cope with life, but sometimes I do feel a little edgy when I hear myself saying “can I have a drink of wine yet?”
My decision to reduce my drinking is not a reflection on other people and what they drink. I am not throwing stones at anyone, or being smug or sanctimonious. For me, a period of no alcohol will be good for me, and that’s all I am concerned about. It won’t hurt me to not drink. My little collection of gin will last longer into the year if it’s not touched for three months. My body will feel better for it, and it may be good for my mind.
So, that’s me. Off the booze. I would say “wish me luck” but I don’t think it’s luck needed, just a bit of resolve on my part to take care of me…
Now, I also need to hide the children’s chocolate stash too so I don’t eat that when they are back at school! 😉