I'm sitting here, working, the radio on in the background - KISS FM. Natch. Yes, Rihanna is the only girl in the world. Anyway, Chris Brown's on with his "Yeah 3X" (I Wanna See You Tonight). The lyrics "You love to drink, so do we!" make me smile. This is the sort of song that would never have gone over when I was a kid. The Bee Gees singing about partying - that hard? Or Olivia Newton-John? Puh-lease. Not even in her naughty "You're the One That I Want" days.
But times have changed and it seems like so many pop songs right now are about drinking and partying: Pink's got 'em, The Black Eyed Peas got 'em, Kei$ha's got 'em, and just about everybody else. We all love to party, especially when we're young and can take it.
For now, my partying days are numbered. 19 days left of drinking before my February cleanse (give or take). And since we're just coming out of Christmas, I haven't had a day "off" in weeks. Starting next week, I can quit my off-days because as per the golden rule, you don't have to abstain during the two weeks leading up to a cleanse.
Meaning ... this is the last night I could POTENTIALLY not drink. Hmmm. I wonder what will happen - because I'll tell you what I feel like. Yeah, I want to drink. :) Whether I will or not doesn't make much difference at this point, but I'll keep you posted.
You'll notice that coming up to a cleanse, you might find your tolerance up. You might want to drink more. Or you may have more cravings. Though, honestly, at this point I no longer have the raving cravings I used to have before I started the plan. And neither will you. But still, there's a noticeable yearning, a desire to take advantage of your drinking days while you can. Responsibly, of course. ;) Always responsibly. Ish.
Don't worry if that happens. It's completely normal. It's the way alcohol affects our systems: we develop greater tolerances to it, as we do to all addictive things. But this is why the regular 28-day cleanses are so vital. Your system never really has a chance to fall into the serious addictive pattern because just as you may be falling victim to the sweet seduction of your potion of choice ... it's time to cleanse again.