I was listening to a Sam Robert’s song this morning on CBC2, and I began to think about how I handled this past February in the Ready to be Thirsty challenge. How I fell off that one time for the Superbowl, and how I cheated one time after that…on the 14th (with the wife, Valentine’s Day, watching Downton Abbey, of all things), and I felt terrible the next day…no lie.
I was remembering how hard it was to give up booze for the first couple weeks, and how I was tempted so intensely. I think about how it’s not as difficult now, and how not drinking during the week has become the normal thing.
On the whole, I lost ten pounds and I often sleep better (well, for me).
Now the challenge is to manage consumption for the rest of the year. There’s those pesky Low Risk Drinking Guidelines. Yeah, that’s the goal I should be aiming for…in fact, I am pretty much already there.
But the temptations will come when the weather turns – opportunities to rejoice, to celebrate, to get carried away. Campfires and camping and canoe trips and cajoling with friends in the backyard. But even then, the challenge continues – to be a gregarious, mostly-sober host, and make a great time out of moderation.
Remember, especially when the company’s not the best, the conversation’s not the liveliest, the mood’s a little dark, or the plot of the movie’s a little dim…that there’s no road, that ain’t a hard road, that’s worth travelling on.