I’ve tried to do this many times, but have failed. My friends hate it when I do this! What do I mean by this? I want to change my lifestyle and quit drinking and partying so much! Damn, I just turned 45! I have been on the party train for over 24 years! And I am talking about a big fast party train! In my 20’s and 30’s we went out to clubs and bars (before kids) several times a week and also drank at home together or with friends. My husband and I have had many great times, most involving drinking. After having kids in my mid 30’s, the party switched to more time at home with friends… in this case we didn’t have to worry about driving or the expense, so we drank even more! Our friends could spend the night if they were too drunk to drive, and they did and still do often.
For me, I have always had this little voice in the back of my head saying, “Hey, what would your life be like if you weren’t drinking all the time?” I spend many mornings on the weekend nursing hangovers, missing precious hours of time I could be spending with my kids or working out, painting, or writing. If I counted the hours spent just nursing the hangover in bed (not even counting the many more hours sitting up till the wee hours of the morning drinking with my friends) I have lost approximately 60 days of my life! Add in the many hours of overdrinking and we are looking at least a good year. Now, don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the late nights, silly fun, drunk escapades… but it is time for a change. At least for me.
I often think about how blessed I have been so far. No major health issues (besides blood pressure, which I am so curious to see if it will go down when I initiate the “plan of action”) and no driving, job or personal problems from all this partying. I think it is time to grow up a little and create the next phase of my life.
I weighed in this morning at 173. I am 5’8″ and my best weight is around 140. I have slowly crept up over the years. As much as I have had to drink, it should be even higher! Part of my plan includes weight loss through healthy eating, workouts and yoga. The hardest part of my plan is the reduction of drinking wine. My husband is on board with both, so it will be a supportive team effort. Although, in the past, we have worked together to plan why we did not need to follow the plan and we deserved to drink. We will not let that happen this time. I am determined and hoping this blog will help hold me accountable.
This is the plan:
We will drink only 1 night per week, most likely Friday, for the next 3 weeks. The week of Christmas and New Year’s Eve will be a little different. I will have to come up with a plan for that time. Then I want to go total abstinence for the month of January. At the end of January we can reflect and plan the rest of the year and the rest of our life!
During these two months, we will post on our feelings, accomplishments and diet and exercise, including weight loss. Cheers to a new life!