A big report just released today and mentioned on the BBC news highlights the fact that a glass of wine has 200 calories in it, and beer and spirits are even worse! Apparently not many people know this and the UK government is pushing for calorie content to be on all drink labelling. No wonder I lost so much weight when I gave up. If a glass of wine equals one sugar doughnut, I was getting through a huge bagful every day - how scaring is that!
Of very special note, something has become apparent and eminently noticeable now I have managed nearly two years of no drinking. In writing down for my book some of my experiences at key events such as weddings and on major holidays, I noticed just how much freer I am now that I don’t drink. I realise just how much drink used to dictate my life without my even being consciously aware of it, how much my day would be planned around drink, how many things I was missing out on because of drink, or simply not enjoying to the full because drink (or more to the point the lack of having the drink I thought I needed) was causing so much stress and anxiety. I really do feel so blissfully free!!!
I am just back from 17 days in India and Nepal. This has to have been the most exhausting but rewarding trip ever. Thank goodness I don't drink however, I would have hated the lack of opportunity to drink in peace. I will post some of the notes I made in relation to this and which will definitely go into the book!
At 7.00 a.m. this morning I drove past a police cordon checking for drink drivers. Unfortunately they didn't stop me as it would have been great to say I haven't had a drink since December 2012. I did recall seeing a similar cordon once before however and nearly messing myself with the stress of potentially being stopped even though I hadn't had a drink since the night before. When it takes twelve hours for the alcohol to leave your system you just never know what the result might be when you breathe into the nightmare machine. What freedom!!
I was appalled to read today about the initiative to give drinkers tablets on the NHS to help them give up. To my way of thinking if people don't have the willpower to give up by themselves they never will. Just becoming dependent upon some tablet support is just a flawed excuse. If I had used tablets to give up drink I would not feel as proud of myself as I do, and not feel I deserve to feel this is perhaps one of the greatest things I have achieved for myself. Every one has the willpower of they know how to look for it. alcohol is not an addictive drug so everyone CAN give it up if they really want to and are strong enough to apply their mind to it.
There will be a lot about this in my book!!!