I like to see the benefits of what I do. I track my hours & quality of sleep, my steps, my running distances, temperature, weight, periods and heart rate. That does seem excess when I have it spelled out, but I like to see what's going on with me and if I'm improving.
Maybe I'll see improvement in my temperature (its too low) the longer I'm without booze because my metabolism will rise. Maybe I'll have deeper sleep and loose those pounds I thought would come off if I would just cut down on the drinking. Maybe next blood test I won't need cholesterol meds. All maybes because it is too soon. Too soon to see if this really can be a life style change.
In the meantime, I can calculate how much money I saved this past week by not drinking. (This is a compost of a possible week when I'm not trying to limit my drinks...which was frequent)
Sunday= Sober Sunday=$0.00
Monday= 3 Laphroaigs at home & ½ bottle of wine at home=$16.00
Tuesday= 3 (20oz) Sakaras beers out, 1 Laphroaig at home= $9.00
Wednesday= 2 Laphroaig at home= $8.00
Thursday= 3 IPA beers out, 1 Johnny Walker out=$26.00
Friday= 3 vodka drinks at home, ½ bottle of wine at home, ¾ bottle of wine out, 3 (20oz) Sakaras out= 36.00
Saturday= ½ bottle of wine at home=$4.00
$99 a week.
That's actually quite a lot of $$ for mostly home drinking, and of course sometimes we go out more, sometimes I drink less than this when I'm trying to drink less. At least I have been mostly home drinking, which saves me money? (awkward laughing) If I could only be that social drinker that drinks out, that would cut out most of my drinking . That would really limit how much I drink, but that is even a slippery slope, right? RIGHT??!!? I probably would just hang out at the club every night after work with the crowd that already does that, I would find a way to get by drinks no matter what rules I put in place.
I used to drink with the best of them, but I don't anymore. My life is so much better for it.
-Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp