During a recent review of my b-b-b-b-udget, I was horrified to realise how much I spend on liquor and cigarettes a year. It was very sobering indeed. More shocking than that was how much I actually drink on a weekly, or, ahem, daily basis.
My post work drink (well, haven’t I been a good girl, I think I’ll pour myself a glass of vino) has slowly yet surely become a bottle a night, and on the weekends, I can drink 2 bottles and remain coherent and even leave my shoes on in public. Yes, I am referred to by some as one who can “put it away”. Oh dear.
The thing is this. I don’t consider myself an alcoholic by any stretch of the imagination, but I will admit my consumption is excessive and is something I want to change. The other thing I know is that there are many other modern woman out there in the same boat.
Drinking has become integrated into our daily lives, something we do with friends, to reward ourselves or simply unwind. We can drink a bottle a night, yet still function perfectly at work the next day sans a hangover. The fabulous Jo Bassett, Life Coach from Living Savvy, said her moment of clarity came when she when to crack open her second bottle of vino for the night and realised she was stone cold sober. She also posted this link of a radio discussion on ABC’s Life Matters about this very topic:
Being the fabulous and savvy woman that Jo is, she gave me some brilliant advice for moderating my vino consumption, as it is something I am currently shining the spotlight on with my coaching with Jo – she suggests drinking red cordial or lemonade out of a wine glass. As Jo is all about making small sustainable shifts in your life to create the extraordinary, I am committing to an ‘AFD’ – an alcohol free day a week. I will gradually increase this until I am drinking in a more balanced way.
I am also setting foundations for new healthy habits in my life. Every Wednesday (my day off from work) is now “All About Me” and entails visits to the hairdressers for weekly blow dries and the likes. I am also currently investigating a yoga/pilates class and will soon be walking around the botannical gardens once a week (‘doing the tan’ as we Melbournians affectionately like to call it). Not only will my waist line benefit from the reduction in vino consumption, but so will my well being with the healthy habits I am implementing into my life.
Confession time: how much wine or alcohol do you drink during the week?
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