So finally… FINALLY! alcohol-free January is over. It seemed like a really long month but I stuck to my guns and not a drop of alcohol, nor a single fattening thing passed my lips the entire time.
It was tough. That’s an understatement – it was really tough. For someone whose routine is to finish clearing up from dinner, then head straight to the fridge for a glass of wine before collapsing in front of the TV, it took some getting used to.
I found that half the battle was having something nice to sip, so the norm became diet tonic with loads of ice and a slice of lime. This really seemed to do the trick and I actually started to enjoy waking up with a clear head.
And then I went to the Gatwick Passenger Panel meeting and lovely Penny Haslam said ‘wow, you’re looking fantastic – your skin looks great’, which made me feel fab (especially coming from someone so gorgeous). Another side benefit was that I lost 8lb. In one month! Yes, okay, after December’s excesses I was always going to lose a few pounds, but the combination of not wanting to snack (a terrible side effect of drinking wine) and not eating cakes and biscuits really did me good.
Would I do it again? Honestly? Probably not. Especially in the light of a report released in January by the Commons Science and Technology Committee which says it’s much better for you to drink in moderation and make sure you have at least two days a week completely alcohol free than a blanket ban in January which can often mean you go back on it ‘large’ in February!
But it’s changed my attitude to drinking. My first day back ‘in the saddle’ as it were, English Dad and I had a couple of glasses of red wine each. Not an over-indulgence, you’d think, but the next day I woke feeling groggy and headachey… and I’m really beginning to believe that a glass of wine or two should be an occasional treat rather than an everyday occurrence. I love a gin and tonic occasionally, and this doesn’t seem to have such a bad effect on me, so maybe that should be my drink of choice…
A friend also told me that sometimes that initial craving for a drink can be because you’re thirsty too – so I’m forcing myself to grab a glass of water and sip that first, before jumping on the booze.
What about you? How much do you drink, and did you abstain in January?
Don’t forget to check out my friend notSupermum’s take on alcohol free January as well.
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