Sunday, May 29, 2011

Dream Staycation

After months of planning and anticipation for our trip to Vegas, things were cut short by some emergency dental surgery for my husband.

And although he wasn't able to enjoy himself much beyond butterscotch pudding and strawberry ice cream, it was my time to party.

One of the main rules of "off-days" - and the reason they work - is because there are those special times of year when you don't have to take them, including vacations. Since we were supposed to be on vacation in the first place and I was going to take the week off work anyway, it became a full out staycation with me often popping a morning glory at around 12:30 in the afternoon. And not taking my days off.

I was drinking more than usual - but I still didn't drink a lot. I didn't get hammered. I didn't get miserable. I didn't get depressed or hungover. It was just a nice, relaxing way to greet some spring-like weather and wind down from a long winter.

Again, one of the great things about the plan is that you can customize it to fit your life how and when you need it. As long as you're following the main cleansing rules and guidelines, there's no reason to deprive yourself when a monkey wrench gets thrown into your plans. Work with it, live with it, go with it. The freedom and control will be there for you once you start cleansing.

And staycation mode sure made looking after my recuperating husband a lot more fun! :)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Double Your Pleasure

Do yourself a favor sometimes: take both of your weekly "off-days" together in a row.

I've always known that this is a real treat for your system because whenever my plans have worked out that I have to take my off-days together, I end up with more energy, more wellness, more pleasure, more bliss.

I'm not exactly sure which uptake inhibitor or neurotransmitter or quirk of nature is responsible for this because we are all treading on new territory when it comes to alcohol cleansing, but I can guarantee you that once you start this program and decide to take your off-days together, you'll really notice what a boost it is for your whole being. Inside and out.

Maybe it's your brain rewarding you for continuing to do something positive about alcohol. Maybe it's your body. But it's a tangible feeling that is positive all around.

The reason my two off-days fell together this week is because of my ballet classes. I started taking adult ballet a few months ago (highly, highly recommended for your muscle tone, skin tone, energy, beauty, coordination, sex drive, and for the overall joy this unique exercise regimen can bring you) and they fall on Wednesdays. For years now, Wednesdays have been "pasta nights" and Tuesday and Thursday are usually my nights off.

But I've been noticing that by the time I get home I'm so drained and it's so late that our usual party pasta nights haven't been working out as well as usual. Since making Wednesdays an off-night is so easy (a good part of the night is gone anyway because of class), I thought, well, let's just forget pasta night for Wednesday and take my off-nights together this week. Tuesday and Wednesday.

I think it's going to be a new pattern because as I suspected it feels awesome. Not just physically, but emotionally. It was more natural and peaceful for them to fall together. And for some reason, I was actually more relaxed on Tuesday morning knowing that rather than off-day, party-night, off-day again, I was looking at two days of not drinking.

Ballet class ends in mid-July so for the rest of the summer we might resurrect pasta nights on Wednesdays, but for now taking two off-nights in a row looks like a promising and healthy new tradition to incorporate into my life.

But that's why Plan C is so successful. You can adjust it in way that works best for you.

So I leave you with thoughts about success from the British author Owen Feltham (1608-68):

"The greatest results in life are usually attained by simple means and the exercise of ordinary qualities. these may for the most part be summed in these two - common sense and perseverance."

Of course another really good thing about two off-nights together ... I'm having dinner out with a friend tonight. And yes ... there will be wine!

p.s. Yay.