22nd – 28th January 2012
Weight: 10st 6lbs
Status: God, I need a drink…
Mood: Inquisitive – Is there alcohol in paint thinner?
Last year, one of my toughest test’s was heading back to my home town to see old friends and family, where it’s like a scene from ‘Cheers’ where everybody knows your name, and its generally the people hanging out in the pub… Did I face up to this challenge this year? Hell no, I ran in the other direction and avoided everyone like the plague. What a hero!
Normally, my yellow belly would bother me, but I must admit I don’t feel as bad as I thought I would. Do I miss my friends and family? Sure. However, my need to stay on the sober path without all those pesky drink-related and fatty food enticements has to be my main priority at the moment. I think it was Oscar Wilde who said, “I can resist anything except temptation” – I hear ya man.
As some of my fellow booties already know through Facebook, I’ve been coming up with a reason each day as to why NOT drinking to excess is a good thing but I’m starting to think of a reason ‘for’ per every ‘against’ which is a small concern. Plus some of my ‘drinking buddies’ seem to be getting a bit defensive over their right to sup the golden nectar – sorry I meant devil’s broth… which I must admit is making me smile. Am I smug at not drinking for the last 4 weeks, you betcha; am I saying no-one else can drink, not on your nelly! Why would I do that?! I’m not giving up alcohol for life, I have far too much fun on it and the aftermath stories generally aid in my fictional writing… but why is it that people get so defensive? As I’m pretty sure the lovely booties when trying to eat more healthily will attest; it’s the people that are closest to you that are often the worst offenders. From past experience of giving up smoking, I think it might be your will-power to refuse that makes them somehow feel guilty? When I told people last year that I had stopped drinking for a time and was trying to eat more healthily, people laughed and wafted drinks under my nose and kept offering me cakes. Also when I stopped smoking, I once made the heinous mistake of trying to fan someone’s smoke away from my eyes – that person then purposely blew the smoke in my face and asked if I liked it! Had that person not been the woman who birthed me, I would have connected my fist with her face and asked her the same thing! :0))
In short; ignore or smile at the non-believers – [in Yoda voice] your persistence shows up their weakness it does, hmm-mm…