I was really hoping to tell you I slept really well last night and woke up feeling rested. Which is exactly how I felt on Day 2 of my last August cleanse. I know - because I kept a journal. But last night was a 50/50 sleep and there's a heat wave on and the A/C can't cope and maybe, just maybe I ate a bit too much pasta last night. Because usually I have no adverse reactions to starting a cleanse anymore. I feel I've broken up the pattern of my addiction enough times that my body doesn't go into withdrawal. If indeed my slightly "off" feeling this morning was mild withdrawal, it doesn't frighten me. Because I know what happens on a cleanse - and I know that physically, mentally, emotionally - spiritually - I actually feel much better. So this is some kind of blip. Probably blog-paranoia or something.
But I want to be honest about what's happening to me. And I want to share it. Because I really do believe that this new plan can help many people - maybe not all people - but many of my drinking compatriots to continue to live a full life.
So I was feeling blah this morning. You know what I did? I put on my iPhone and picked a favorite old-ish song ("Drive My Soul" by Lights) and I danced around in the living room before my husband woke up. If you have kids, dogs, early bird spouses or housekeepers or nannies or whatever, maybe this isn't feasible for you. Lock yourself in the bathroom then and dance to your favorite song in there. You'll feel better in two and a half minutes.
By the way, I understand from the research that tinkering with your drinking problem is heavily frowned upon. So please take the questionnaire put together by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence featured in chapter 8 of "Drinking: A Love Story." Or take any of the numerous on-line quizzes available to determine where on the scale your drinking problem might be - such as the AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test). When I first took the NCADD quiz seven years ago, I answered 'Yes' to half of the 26 questions. Today I barely answer 'yes' to two. :)