Setting goals in any fitness regime is the first step. The second is carrying out the daily or weekly plan. Once you reach your goal – and it may be running a marathon – you enter the “feel good” state.
Well I am in that “feel good” state right now. My goal was to go without alcohol for one year. The steps along the way were to get through the many social occasions I go to without lifting my hand to a glass of alcohol. The reward was to enjoy a glass or two of alcohol at my son’s wedding.
Well I can report the task was easy. It was other people who looked at me sideways. I am sure some thought I was an alcoholic. Little did they know that I rarely drank very much alcohol anyway.
I started drinking more water than usual. My favourite was Antipodes still water and to add flavour I sometimes added a slice of lemon.
The impetus was the knowledge “going without” would help me to lose a few kilos, so as I would be able to slip into my designer motherof-the-groom outfit and look the part on the day.
I did actually lose 3.5kg and on the wedding day I did receive quite a number of kind comments from guests – so I am thinking the plan worked.
My first glass to celebrate on the day was a glass of Pimm’s. I can report that Pimm’s never tasted so good and also that the one glass lasted me for the full hour of the pre-dinner cocktail session.
At the reception I enjoyed a glass of chilled rose. I noted the glass was being topped-up by attentive waiting staff and so I am not sure exactly how much I consumed on the day.
There was much celebration with family and friends who had travelled from far-away destinations over that weekend and so some more glasses of Waiheke Island wine.
But now life is back to normal, I can say drinking alcohol is not all that it is cracked up to be. I can easily say “no” when offered a glass. And I now know what many serious gym-goers and bodybuilders go through, especially in the lead-up to competitions.
In this issue I hope you will all read Lani Lopez’ column on metabolic syndrome disorder [Syndrome X]. If you have stubborn midriff fat, no matter how hard you work out, one of her solutions is to avoid alcohol – as it causes bad cholesterol to increase and adversely stresses your liver function.
Going without is easy if you put your mind to it – and you do feel better. I did notice, however, when in the company of those enjoying a glass or two – they were relaxed and jovial – whereas I was puritanical.
Oh well, as the saying goes: No pain, no gain!
Lorraine Thomson Publisher / Editor