|Looking hot...you know as in hot.|
The last week went by in such a flash! It’s a really busy time of year in work so my work days raced by. I did zumba 3 times this week (including this morning) and loved every minute of it. Definitely feeling fitter than when I first went back after Christmas but for some reason I am aching this evening. Lightweight! (Not literally obvs). And for some reason my face went BEETROOT in the class! Very embarrassing. I can’t even blame it being a particularly hard class.
So it was the end of the Dryathlon! The last week without booze was absolutely fine. I was actually a bit nervous when I was getting ready to go out on Friday. I’ve given up booze for chunks of about 3 weeks before now and not really noticed any difference when I’ve then had a few. And obviously I didn’t drink when I was preggers but my reintroduction to booze after that was obviously very gentle. But everyone was saying how DRUNK I was going to be Friday night when I went out with my NCT mums. They were right! I did pace myself but flip! I was tootled! Got a bit bossy and slurry by the end from what I remember. Oh dear…. Don’t think I managed to offend anyone tho.....THIS time...
The whole experience has taught me a few things. ONE, I am not the massive alkie that I always assume I am. It wasn’t really hard at all not drinking. I didn’t have terrible cravings. There were times when I really really fancied a glass or two of wine but I didn’t NEED it.
TWO, all the digestive aches and pains that I fear are my liver or kidneys collapsing obviously aren’t! I still got random aches and pains and in conclusion this must just be an age thing! God! THREE, booze isn’t solely responsible for my weight fluctuations. Lots of people expected that I would have lost weight just from not drinking alone but actually no, it was just as hard to lose weight without it. And as FOR my weight loss…um. Yeah. More about that later….
It’s also shown me that when and if I get pregnant this year, I won’t be panicking about not being able to drink. Just as I didn’t last time. Sometimes I really underestimate myself.
|Hello Darkness, my old friend....|
I think it’s a really good thing to do tho. I feel so much better for it. My moods have been more stable, I’ve had way more energy, and my hormones haven’t been all over the place. I think it’s probably made me a nicer person! Even tho Emlyn always accuses me of being a grump when I am hungover, I didn’t really believe him. But (sssssh) I think he might be right…
SO I think I might try and stick to having some more regular chunks of booze free. 2 week blocks….which include at least 2 weekends! Before if I used to do a 2 week stint…I’d start it on the Sunday and finish a week on the Friday…so effectively I was only having one weekend off!
But finally the best most important thing about this whole thing is that I managed to raise a staggering £646 for Cancer Research! Just for giving up booze! My friends and family are flipping AWESOME! I feel SOOOO chuffed to have such generous people in my life! Especially considering that this wasn’t some huge physical challenge involving months and months of training or anything like that. So an absolutely MASSIVE thank you to EVERYONE who supported! You guys are the BOMB!!!!
And before I go, a little mention about my weight/diet etc. I haven’t been doing brilliantly to be honest. I still have this silly mentality that if I am giving up one vice, I can’t give up all. Eg no booze means I couldn’t POSSIBLY diet at the same time, despite that actually being the perfect time TO diet. I haven’t gone completely nuts tho. I am still making SOME good choices…boring muesli breakfast, snacking on fruit, not having a cake here or a muffin there. But then other times I have had things i shouldn't have.
I actually went to a friend for a Hypnotherapy session tho last weekend and that was a very positive and encouraging experience. I have had hypnotherapy before but I wasn’t convinced. However, the reasons I wasn’t convinced were not the hypnotherapy itself. It was a regression technique the therapist tried on me which didn’t work. For me, being hypnotised feels like just being in a very, very relaxed state. You are completely in control of your faculties and you are able to think normally. I don’t think you are able to access memories not previously available to you so I ended up just making something up because I was too embarrassed to just sit in silence! Plus he had a slight speech impediment and an annoying accent….both too distracting to this fusspot!
Louise however was fab. Very friendly, encouraging, compassionate, relatable, positive and happy. It’s impossible not to feel relaxed in her company. Her technique was great. Firstly we had a very thorough consultation about my health, eating habits, likes and dislikes etc then it was time to be taken under. She talked me into the relaxed “hypnotic” state and then did some great and graphic visualisation exercises. Then there was a section of gentle advice and then I was brought back to a wakeful state. When I left her premises I went straight to the fruit stall to stock up! I’ve definitely been more inclined to eat fresh, home cooked healthy foods rather than junk. I would like to have more sessions and I have bought one for my mum to help her with insomnia.
If you fancy a session or would just like to know more about it then here's the link to her website: http://www.my-happy-life.co.uk/
Right so this week will be about eating sensibly, healthy foods, not starting bad habits with booze again, going to zumba and sticking to my points allowance!!! Oh and tracking. Have a good week and I’ll check in on weigh in day!