50 was a great year - it was full of vacations, parties, food, wine and late nights. I partied like I was 20 and felt about 100 at the end of the year. Do I regret any of it - NO - do I wish I did more of it completely sober - YES!
Fast forward to December 2019. A parent that required our full attention…throw in Christmas, and a blow up with a family member made for a bad way to end what was about to become the crappiest year ever! I needed a change...I needed a way to "deal" that didn't include saying "I need a drink" - it was going to be a long year ahead and I needed a healthier way to cope...one that didn't add fuel to the fire and create more stress, depression and anxiety.
Then I had kids and I drank wine as a REWARD!
So January 2 was day one; I read books, followed like people on instagram, loaded up on soda water and food : )
- You won’t be fun anymore (that one was from my dad! need I say more)
- You are going to become “one of those”
- Can’t you just have one?
- Why are you doing that?
- You have a problem - I don’t, I know when to stop!
By the third week I was over my FOMO (fear of missing out), because I wasn’t missing anything…except being tired, groggy, and moody....
I was waking up earlier, starting to workout….and then COVID HIT! Seriously, what timing - but the more I thought of it the happier I was with my decision as I saw post after post about “wine all day”, “zoom wine meetings”. Had I still been drinking during COVID that would have been me…starting at noon right there with them.
"Alcohol is an inflammatory substance, meaning it tends to cause swelling in the body. This inflammation may be made much worse by the things often mixed with alcohol, such as sugary and carbonated liquids, which can result in gas, discomfort, and more bloating."
- 3 bottles of wine a week on average was what I would drink.
- 700 calories on average per bottle
- 2100 calories a week
- 8400 calories a month
- 2.5 lbs a month
- 30lbs a year!
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