I haven't written in a while because I've been working on a writing project I needed to get done! I managed to finish, but I really missed it here. This has become such an important part of my life ... I didn't realize it ....
Anyway, when I talk about 'making mine a double,' in this case I mean taking my two weekly cleanse days in a row. As I've said, I usually take Tuesday and Thursday off. But with this project I've wanted to be really clear headed and there's absolutely nothing that will get your head clearer faster than simply taking your two off days together.
For the last month I've been taking Wednesday & Thursday off. By the time Friday rolls around, you are literally the way God made you. Innocent and joyous and full of anticipation (for your next drink, among other things). But in the meantime you have really been able to deliver solid work because your focus is just that much better when all-out partying isn't in the mix.
Speaking of which, taking your two off-days in a row means you do get five drinking days straight. By the fifth, seriously, it can get messy. ;) But I've never been more convinced of the two days off a week rule than I am right now, not in all the time I've worked with it. Because after doing a month of double-off days, I really "felt" in my whole being the foundation of this plan and why it works so well.
When you party five days in a row (this excluding your fun weeks, of course) you really NEED two days off to re-set your system. If you're taking your off-days apart, then the most days you could have been drinking in a row, is four. So you only need one to recover.
And when I say recover, yes, sometimes I'm talking about getting over a hangover. Though, I must say, I was extremely responsible this month because of this project. Hangover recovery is short-term. And frankly, sometimes the best cure for a hangover is another drink. At least that's the way it feels.
But what I'm really talking about is the bone-deep, system-wide healing your body constantly needs in order for you to continue to be a "healthy drinker." This is especially true if you've had a "problem." If you're drinking five days in a row, you'll see that two days off will really help you rebound. Your dopamine production will stay on track. Your liver will thank you. Your psyche will thank you. Because taking two off days is also an emotional gift to yourself. Once you get past morning #1 (and you do that with a smile, a couple of deep breaths and possibly a fantasy about your next drink), you'll see that each hour brings you a sense of joy and well-being. Emotionally and physically. You'll be so freaking happy the third day, that everyone you know will be forcing you to have a drink because your bliss will be pouring out of your system and making them all jealous.
Seriously. There really is a gift to double-off days. Try it every now and again, or when you need extra focus on a particular project or goal. The formula really does work. Five days on? Two days off. Four days on? One day off. As I said, I've never been more convinced of that than I am now.
Btw - it's Tuesday and I believe I'm going back to my one-off day. Just to see. Plus it's a real treat to know that I'm not staring down the barrel of two off-days this morning. Because as I said, if there is a challenge to double-off-days, that's when it is. That first morning.
So breathe. Smile. Be grateful. You've got another drink coming way sooner than you think.