Whine-Whine-Whine OR Enjoying A Glass Of Wine!
Monday, February 22, 2021
I know that many people here on SP do not drink. I also know the cons of drinking as it effects weight loss. I am not one of those who wisely abstain and I have come to accept that I never will be. I truly enjoy a good glass of wine. Never the less, I thought this tid-bit of info might be helpful, if not interesting, to some fellow Sparkers.
I read an article today from Eating Light about 5 Healthy Rituals To Try Instead Of Drinking Wine. I really related to the author and I even got a chuckle as she wrote and I saw myself:
"Like many people, when the pandemic began and working from home became my reality, an evening cocktail or glass of wine became an important part of my routine. Without much else to differentiate between work and downtime, my evening drink was an important demarcation point. Then came another glass with dinner, and suddenly I was half a bottle of wine deep before 9 p.m. In an effort to cut back on the alcohol, I tried giving up my 5 p.m. drink, but it was harder than I thought. The key, I realized, was to replace that ritual with something else that helped me transition into a more relaxed state of mind."
In January I gave up all drinking because, as she mentioned, by the end of the night I was half a bottle deep (or sometimes more). My habit was out of control! I wanted to clear my system up before we headed off on a mini vacation at the beginning of February.
I had dreams of being in better control when I returned home. Enjoying a glass now and then or when a special occasion arose, but remembering that not every day was "special". But it has been a struggle since getting back home.
So the ideas offered in this article were of interest to me as I look for my "normal":
1. Have a cup of tea
2. Take a shower or bath
3. Take a walk
4, Change clothes
]5. Light a candle
I found that idea about changing clothes a real possibility. Sort of the same idea as turning out the kitchen lights when dinner is done with. I think it is something I will try on occasions when I'm tempted. Right now I'm on another dry period as I prepare for our next vacation in 2 weeks.