I got my orange belt at karate last night. Now to work on the next level up - green. As readers of my book will know, my dream as a teenager was to be a black belt but I never found the time to go to classes, I was always too busy out boozing. then when I was older I could never contemplate evening classes as I would have to drive and so couldn't drink. And something like karate you would be immediately thrown out if you had been drinking anyway. Now I am well on the way to fulfilling a dream, learning a valuable new skill, getting massively fit and meeting new friends into the bargain.
15 mile charity walk this afternoon ending up at a nice pub in Chichester. Everyone else was piling in for a pint or some wine and I had a wonderful freshly squeezed lemonade. It was interesting how many of the others changed to have the same as me once they saw and smelled how refreshing it was.
6 years ago on my wedding day I got wrecked on countless bottles of champagne but had a wonderful time. Yesterday we had an equally wonderful time in the Isle of Wight but this time I will treasure the memories rather than wonder what happened after bottle number three!
Try this link for some interesting information on the science behind a hangover. It makes you feel ill just reading it and remembering what a hangover used to feel like. Thank goodness no more of them for me.
Interesting programme on BBC Horizon tonight about drinking. From the sounds of it a doctor almost prepared to say drinking is bad for you! I shan't bother watching it as I don't need to. It is wonderful to know I am so so much healthier now I don't drink that I don't need to watch TV to try and gain some comfort to excuse another glass of wine.
I was disappointed today to discover in the US dietary guide for Americans 2010 (latest issue) the advice on alcohol consumption is as ambiguous as it is given by the UK government. Surely it is time these organisations stopped giving people trying to quit alcohol the excuse to carry on drinking.
Now I remember why you normally have children when you are young. My wonderful 18 month old grandson is here to stay with us for a few days. Today we went for a five mile walk and then played on the swings and slides for an hour. Then I went kayaking so he could play on the sand and stuff, then I took him swimming for an hour which he adored, then we played some more and finally he has gone to sleep. How I would have coped if I had still been a drinker I don't know. I would have stuck him in front of the telly no doubt and how rubbish is that. To think once upon a time I expected to be dead by age 56 like my brother and now I am 58. I might never have had the opportunity to share my time with this treasure. Thank heaven I gave up alcohol.