Farewell to Wine (for Now)
Friday, August 17, 2012
Sigh. I knew this day would eventually come.
I'm going to have to cut back my daily glass of wine with dinner. A habit that I enjoyed and developed when I lived in Washington state and was introduced to the wonderful world of living next to wineries. I found I could buy bottles of wine that cost as little as beer. So I tried all kinds of different wine varieties. It gave a distinctively refined touch, like my home meals were in Italy or France. Even if my bottles didn't cost much more than $4-5.
I tried more expensive wines on occasion, and I'm not nearly sophisticated enough to appreciate the nuances. Some of them were very good, and smoother than the table wines I normally bought. Some of them weren't very good at all, and left me feeling ripped off. My mission became to find the very best wines for the least amount of money.
Trader Joe's made this extremely fun, easy, and cheap to experiment with. I wouldn't have become a wine drinker at all without TJ.
I developed a taste for fruity Cabernet Sauvignons and crisp Chardonnays. I enjoyed rieslings for a dessert wine. My absolute favorite dessert wine was a muscat wine that is very difficult to find outside of the PacNW for some reason. It has a floral perfume flavor that is unique. In WA, I could also buy the muscat grapes itself, which was unlike any grape I've eaten before. It was one of the way I broke my sweet tooth from refined sugars. Grapes, glass of wine and a small piece of brie cheese for dessert. So simple, and so good. I imagined that was what the Mediterranean would be like before I ever visited there. No wonder the Italians and French are so healthy!
So I've enjoyed a glass of wine every night all the way through my current weight loss. But now I've reached the point I've dreaded. I'm going to have to cut back. My weight loss has held steady, which means I'm maintaining again, not losing. I've lost as much as I can without more changes.
I know this has to be it because it is the last calorie heavy optional food in my diet. I knew this day would eventually come. So instead of my nightly glass, I'll have to settle for once a week, along with my starches. It seems I can maintain well enough with a glass a night, so maybe I can reintroduce when I want to maintain again.