No wine, for a month (a MONTH – is it an overreaction to cry?), the email from my nutritionist suggested; the email had other recommendations too, but they didn’t reach my consciousness – I think there was something about no Green and Black’s, but I’m not sure – NO WINE was running on repeat. NO WINE.
Since receipt of said email, I have had a rather lively internal debate over whether I can do this or not. I know, I sound pathetic don’t I? And I am slightly worried that just the thought of going without wine is causing me so much angst: what does this say about me? Have I got a drink problem? Am I seriously lacking in the willpower department? (Oh God, both of these?)
But I LOVE wine. I’m not a huge drinker (this is the truth and not some act of denial!) but at the weekends I look forward to a couple of glasses of wine with dinner; it’s my favourite indulgence – mmmmm, super chilled Sauvignon Blanc (luke warm white wine should be illegal). It’s a treat I allow myself, a treat I savour – a treat I am contemplating going without.
And we all have our treats don’t we: curling up on the sofa with a cup of tea and a digestive biscuit; eating Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream straight from the tub – when your boyfriend is out for the night, so you don’t have to share; that 3 pm chocolate treat you have at your desk, even though you know you probably shouldn’t; the extra shot, extra-large, full fat latte you pick up on your way to work.
Whatever your guilty pleasure is, could you give it up for a month…? Ha, not so easy now we’re talking about you eh? (I know I am not the only weak one amongst us!)
I got this email on the day the Olympics started, and as I watch these perfect bodies go about their amazing feats, I want to scream at myself ‘get a grip woman’. If these athletes can do what they do, put in all the hours of training, follow strict nutritional plans, and dedicate their lives to their sport, you can go without a few glasses of wine woman. Surely…
It always fascinates me how different we all are. And in this instance, I am fascinated that some people have ‘IT’ – that magical combination of drive, determination, self-discipline, willpower and self-belief, all wrapped up in a big ‘do whatever it takes’ bow – and some people don’t; or what most of us seem to have is ‘IT’ some of the time, but not all of the time.
So, I guess it’s simple really: all I need to do is channel me some of that Olympic ‘IT’ Factor. Simple…