Ok from tomorrow I am going dry.
I have spent a good thirty years hammering booze. I don't have a problem and don't drink every day.
But I have been known as a big drinker for 30 years... from being a beer monster at uni (who could beat all the boys downing a pint at speed and not i hasten to add, spill a drop ) to being known as the one who can drink everyone else under the table, at work and home.
Strangely it has been a label I have been proud of. Maybe because I longed to belong or because I felt like i was getting gold stars or because it felt good to be the best.
Maybe it stems from my competitive nature, I don't know.
What I do know is that on Friday I was out with a group of friends. I had brought a group of friends from different parts of my life together for the first time. As we enjoyed a glass of wine each agreed with each other that they could not keep up with me. They spoke with admiration.
For the first time I sat back and thought... really? At your age and at this stage in your life you are still the beer monster? When i got hone i discussed it with my husband. He thought i had seen all the news about the new recommendations but I hadn't. Funny I should reach my conclusion on the same day.
I once gave up chocolate and booze for lent. No one questioned the chocolate, everyone laughed 'no way! ' at the booze. This made me determined. I ate chocolate (fail! ) but not one drop of alcohol passed my lips. People were so amazed that some concluded I was pregnant!
I lived normally too... attended parties and the like.
So where am i going with this? Well i am going dry again from tomorrow. I want to go as long as I can. If I got to April I would have to have champagne for my wedding anni. But at the moment that is a long way away. One day at a time!
I never thought I could give up smoking but I did 12 years ago and can't imagine ever doing that again.
I used to drink huge amounts of strong 'builders' tea. Huge! When advised to give it up to improve my sleep I laughed! I would try but don't hold your breath I said. That was over 4 years ago and I haven't touched a drop since - herbal tea all the way!
I gave up drink for lent and for my pregnancy no bother. It is time I tried harder for the sake of my health.
Why share all this with you? Well... I would love you to cheer me on. If I could let you know how I am doing at end of each week I will have some further motivation. If anyone has any motivational tips or have done this themselves, please do share! 😊
So my original plan was to drink on only 2 nights a week.... now, from Monday it's none... wish me luck!