Dan Triumphantly Completes His 30-Day Cleanse – Reflection and Wine (12 of 12)

After thirty days with no alcohol, I was hoping for some dramatic changes.  Just not in the cards.  I now realize that to go from one glass of wine per day to none, which I basically did, is not likely to yield much of a change as would be, say, going from a six pack or four scotches per day to none.  Let’s recap.

My liver? Probably happier, though we haven’t talked recently.

Cleanse - Hannah

Hannah on the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands Provincial Park (Day 27 of my alcohol-free experiment)

Hannah?  She is definitely happier not having to drink a glass of wine alone each evening.

My sleep?  Little difference.  The usual pleasing combination of mostly good nights with some okay nights.  I’ve learned that if I have a few margaritas (the impetus for this 30-day experiment), I’ll lower my expectations for a good night’s sleep and revel in the evening I just had!

My energy?  Good before the experiment, good during it.  No obvious change.

My weight?  About the same.  I never did weigh myself before or after, so who really knows?  That said, I still use the same belt hole as before to keep my pants up.

My sense of satisfaction?  Yeah, it’s been cool.  I always thought that I could go without alcohol.  Fact is, the alcohol fast did become a little tedious after Day 20 since I realized there were no big changes in the offing.  That said, it wasn’t hard to complete my mission, just another 30 days at the office.

Cleanse Beddeck River

From Laverne and Gordon’s front porch overlooking the Baddeck Riviere in Cape Breton, Canada

There were a few times when a beer, some wine, or a margarita would have hit the spot.  One was a brew after an afternoon playing ping pong with George Derby (Day 8), another was wine with Laverne and Gordon on their front porch in Cape Breton, Canada (Day 27) and finally margaritas at Ruby’s in York with Molly and Tip (Day 30).  Even so, to complete and learn from this experiment was not a sacrifice.

My Big Takeaway!  I realized that when I sit with Hannah each evening, it’s a time for us to reflect: reflect on our day, reflect on the people we dealt with, and reflect on our days ahead.  I know I could sit in reflection without wine, but for me, wine and reflection go hand in hand.

For those keeping score, on the first day after, I had veggies and humus rather than a glass of red wine with Hannah.  The second day I had wine with Hannah!  And the next day, too, and on this past Thursday a fine Tributary craft beer with my ping pong playing buddy George.

Do it again?  Nope.  Been there, done that!

16 thoughts on “Dan Triumphantly Completes His 30-Day Cleanse – Reflection and Wine (12 of 12)

  1. I enjoy sitting and reflecting with wine as well. I also simply enjoy the taste and the ritual of having a glass of wine in the evening. I’ve actually considered investigating non-alcoholic wines for those times when I want to enjoy a second glass…but don’t want the alcohol content of a second glass. Did you ever consider a non-alcoholic option during your 30 day experiment?

    • It’s funny that the importance of “reflection” didn’t occur to me til thee days post cleanse. Hannah and I sat together but one drinking and one not didn’t have the “reflection” feel I had known before this challenge. I never even thought of a non-alcoholic option. Interesting thought to have a non-alcoholic option for a second drink. Perhaps, my readers who are intrigued by the 30-day experiment may find your suggestions palatable. Thanks for being along for the journey.

  2. I’ll drink to your successful thirty-day trial, Dan… with a glass of water and a lemon wedge! This evening I will remember to reflect on my day and this wonderful summer 0f 2019… there is only one thing missing…SEEING YOU GUYS!!!! love, love, love you guys and miss you.

    • I was surprised that though the temptations were there, I didn’t find them difficult to avoid. Probably, because I knew this experiment was only for 30 days, and if I wanted a drink of wine after, I could have it. Thanks for being along for the ride.

  3. I can already hear the sighs of relief from my wine tasting group. Thanks to your experiment they can freely enjoy their daily glass or two of wine knowing they’re not missing any benefits from abstinence. You deserve a medal, or maybe a mega-size chalice of red wine, for seeing this cleanse through to the end and keeping us all updated.

    • As with many such challenges, I didn’t know this would be the outcome when I started this experiment. As mbhmaine (comment above) notes the ritual of coming together in connection and affection is a meaningful for couples and friends. As my Italian friend, Vin DeNunzio says, “Salud” to you and your wine tasting family.

  4. We are so grateful for your conclusion, Dan! I was really nervous that you would find health benefits from not drinking wine! So, we will continue with our ritual as well, without guilt or reservation, it’s self preservation?!

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