This photo happened during the bridal expo. I definitely look hungover in the first pic. I look like I'm still drinking in the other two.
Lent was right around the corner, a mere 4 days away. One of us suggested giving up alcohol for Lent, and the other concurred. There was nothing I wanted less in that moment than a sip of alcohol, so a self-imposed 40-day ban sounded like a great idea.
It ended up working out nicely--I lost some weight, slightly lowered my appetite for wine so that it's now at a socially-acceptable level, and proved to myself that I could do it. And that was the most important part.
So this year I decided to do it again. It's not really for religious reasons; rather, it's an annual check-in to make sure I'm able to keep myself from the booze for 40 days. I keep telling everyone that I'm going to do it every year, and if a year comes where I just don't feel like doing it, then I'll know I have a problem. However, I regret telling people that now, because I know I won't want to do this every year of my life. I'm not some kind of saint, for God's sake, people! Geez. Get off my case...
As you can see, I really enjoy wine.
As it turns out, not drinking can surprise, confuse, and make people uncomfortable. It has also spawned some interesting stories and revealed some insights. Because I only bother living a life for the blog fodder, I decided to recap my experiences with not-drinking for 40 days. Stay tuned for the first installment, which includes a wine-free Valentine's Day and other missed wine opportunities.
Have you ever abstained from alcohol? Did anything interesting or unexpected happen?