July 11 – Day One. If any day should be a piece of cake, this is it. But… Fran brings four cold beers for après-pickleball this Thursday morning. I could start tomorrow and be a decent guy (i.e. sociable) and have just one? Turns out it was easy peezy to let Hannah join Fran with a brewski, and I toast the morning with a sparkly water over ice with our pickleball friend Joy.
After an afternoon walk in town through Steedman Woods and along the Fisherman’s Walk in York Harbor, Hannah and I sit again on our front deck under the patio table umbrella as we do each evening; she with a Trader Joe pinot noir and me, ta da, with sliced baby carrots and celery sticks dipped in garlic Organic Humus. Not a twinge of desire to drink along with Hannah. One down, twenty-nine to go. I can hear my fans cheering from the sideline.
July 12 – Day Two. My overnight sleep is better which means it enters the good category (by that I mean one time up at night and no extended wakefulness). Still, this cleansing is a process and I will stay the course interested to learn if my sleep improves and what else might happen by eliminating alcohol from my daily life. Might I lose weight since wine is a stimulate to appetite? Have more energy throughout the day? Not be sluggish in the evenings? Other consequences I haven’t even thought of?
By late afternoon, it doesn’t seem like it should be this easy. I sit with veggies while Hannah has some fine red wine as we look out to the bird feeders in our front yard. We talk about Brene Brown’s ideas of the importance of being vulnerable and the value of developing shame resilience to avoid the telling of self-defeating stories. All the while, I feel no urge to imbibe.
July 13 – Day Three – I’m encouraged after another decent, yet not spectacular night’s sleep. With the windows open, our bedroom gets down to 71F, and slumber envelops me.
Then during our 715A workout on the elliptical and recumbent bike at Coastal Fitness in Kittery, I feel more energized and fired up with my heart rate rocking in the mid-120s. Any correlation with no wine for three days? Too soon to tell. One energetic morning is way too small a sample size to establish a trend, but I extrapolate anyway.
Evening wine with Hannah is again no wine for Danny. Veggies and humus.