July 19 – Day 9 – I’m feeling peppier. Could there be a connection to my no alcohol month? Maybe, but there are so many factors that could be contributing to that extra energy, I just can’t say it’s no alcohol. Take today. Waking at 430A, I am on the tee at 515A at Amesbury (MA) Country Club with our daughter Molly. After nine holes, we breakfast at the Morning Buzz in town. Though a decaf drinker, I have one extra cup of regular joe knowing my workout at Coastal Fitness lies ahead.
At the gym, I am on fire! So, is it one cup of joe, marginally better sleep that might be attributed to no alcohol, or the positive boost being with Molly? Probably an unknowable combination of all three.
July 20 – Day 10 – Not drinking remains easy peezy. Reading online about people giving up alcohol, I see there is not much agreement whether one loses weight or not. When having no alcohol, I can see the temptation to have extra doughnut or dessert since I’m not having all those alcohol calories. By the way, a glass of red wine has 125 calories, beer 154.
It’s a blistering hot Saturday here on the coast of Maine that reminds me of Arizona summers! Though summertime in the Cactus State has none of the high humidity that we have this 92F day, I do feel the all-day debilitating sluggishness that comes with being outside on such days.
On the deck, on a day that would be perfect for an ice cold Mike’s Hard Lemonade, I choose sparkly water. No sacrifice and no surprise, the sparkly water refreshes without a bit of sluggish mellowness.
July 21 – Day 11 – With our windows open wide, oscillating fans on each of us in our first floor bedroom, last night we went to bed with it being 83F in our house. By morning it was only down to 80F! No surprise that I sleep poorly. Heat or no heat, I have seen no real improvement in my sleeping.
With a 93F day in the cards today, Hannah and I are off early for a bike ride to Ogunquit seven miles away. Talking as we ride side by side, I believe this 30-day cleanse will be a success if I come out of with a personal strategy for alcohol consumption. Likely, a glass of red wine and a brew will be a part of my life, but on what occasions and how often? I feel a game plan evolving.