Promotions, extended weekends, a pound lost, hair that holds a curl, there’s always an excuse to celebrate. And leave it to me, I’ll make sure there are bedazzled wine glasses and confetti permanently in stock just in case.
This past Wednesday was my ½ birthday.
The problem with this ever-celebratory philosophy is that, generally, it turns into a night of a glass of wine, or four, followed by a thin crust “cheese lovers” delivery.
There’s truly nothing worse than waking up and seeing an empty Pizza Hut box on your kitchen table (no offense to Pizza Hut, I really do applaud you for your menu creativity).
So, sadly, with this “new Alex” goal flashing in my mind, I am here to announce that I am changing my ways. Goodbye taco/tequila Tuesdays and hello to water Wednesdays.
Of course I’m not going to become completely boring, that just doesn’t seem practical, but I do need to draw the line on what exactly constitutes a “fun day”.
This is what I came up with … days where drinking is allowed:
- Birthdays (obviously).
- Wedding events (including, but not exclusive to, engagement parties, showers and bachelorette weekends … yes there will be plural bachelorette weekends).
- Bank holidays (click here to clarify).
I implemented this system about a month ago, and I’m happy to report, so far so good.
<<Goodbye first 8lbs!>>
I’ve begun to appreciate these special occasions more than I ever would have before (which is saying a lot given my general tendency to exaggerate just about everything).
That being said, even on the “approved days”, I’m not going to waste 200 calories on two-buck chuck or a warm glass of chardonnay. Meaning, when I’m giving myself the “go ahead” it better be worth it.
Buying a drink and then realizing its syrupy, and not to my liking, doesn’t mean I should chug it and then move on to a better one next. I’d rather lose the $5 than have to make myself burn those extra calories (not that I wouldn’t argue a poorly made beverage shouldn’t automatically be comped).
Also, important to note, “worth it” doesn’t mean a free-for-all. I have no interest in a 500-calorie excellently made piña colada when I could have a 110-calorie vodka soda instead.
Going back to “first things first” it’s about limitation, not elimination. There’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to cheers with a glass of champagne, but there’s also no need for a follow up of three refills.
I’ll keep you posted on my system (I feel like this could really catch on). Maybe I’ll start a bank holiday calendar with *countdowns* … anyone know a way to get this on Shark Tank?
For now lets celebrate the fact that you’re still reading this. Opa! … I’m working on my Greek.
With lots of iced tea and Perrier, XOXO,