It’s 2 January 2014 and I have to keep reminding myself that I’m now officially a Dryathlete™ – I’ve agreed to go alcohol-free for January as part of Dryathlon 2014.
As a natural-born socialite this is no mean feat.
That said, I woke up yesterday after the New Year’s Eve revelries feeling like I never, ever, wanted to drink alcohol again. As a result, I spent most of yesterday hugging a large bottle of Evian.
Being a Dryathlete™ is pretty much in the same league of significance as being a triathlete or pentathlete I think. They’re all ‘-athletes’ after all.
So I’ve decided I’m going to take it seriously.
Three things happened today that put my day two Dryathlete™ discipline to the test.
Firstly, after my personal training session this morning (my performance apparently suggested I may still have alcohol in my system) I went for lunch (salad, no dressing) with one of my closest friends. We would never usually hesitate getting a bottle of wine on the go but today we had a large bottle of sparkling water followed by a fresh mint tea. Weird.
Secondly, I went to Waitrose to pick up a few (healthy) provisions and lo and behold all of the prosecco offers have suddenly appeared right there in front of me. A third off. A THIRD OFF! Usually I’d be stocking up on the cases big style. But not today. Today I bought a bottle of Robinsons Fruit & Barley Orange Squash (No Added Sugar). Rock. And. Roll.
Finally, my flatmate arrived home after ten days away and, as we were chatting on the sofa, she cracked open a bottle of rouge. I decided to sulk, pour myself a glass of Thames Water’s finest H2O and write this blog.
On a more positive note, I’ve contacted all of the pubs in Maida Vale to ask them to propose their best non-alcoholic options for January so I don’t become excluded from all pub-related social invitations and resort to painting my nails and reviving my knitting bag. I’ll look forward to sampling them in the next couple of days.
I can do this.
By the end of January I’m hoping I’ll be fitter, healthier and wealthier. I’m hoping I’ll sleep better, my complexion will improve and I’ll have a flatter stomach. I’m hoping I’ll still be able to socialise but just make different choices. I’m hoping the vineyards won’t go out of business as a result of my abstinence.
I’m also hoping I’ll have raised a few bob for a great cause.
So whilst I’m not sure I’m yet ready after two days to become the girl who drinks tonic without the gin (I’m OK with gin without the tonic), I’ve made it through day two and am keeping my mind focused on the end game.
I can do this.