Friday, May 6, 2011

How Much is Too Much?

I'm talking about alcohol.  I've always liked cocktails...ever since I stole a wine cooler from a party when I was 13.  I like the way they taste.  I like the way they make me feel.  I like how they act as a relaxer and a social lubricant.  I partied hard in college.  I've enjoyed a happy hour here and there.  I like a glass of wine with dinner or a beer at a bbq.  After Isabella was born, wine became my reward for surviving the day.

This past New Years I realized that I was drinking almost every night.  3 glasses of wine or 3-4 beers.  I didn't like how I felt or the fat that was accumulating on my already fluffy frame.  So I stopped.  Cold turkey for a week and then I would only drink once or twice a week and no more than 2.  I felt better.  I stayed like that for a while and then I would have a vacation and drink a bunch and I'd go through the same cycle.

I don't  have a problem. It's not like I drink during the day or have a drink every night.  I stop when I start to get yuck with myself, but I do find myself thinking of alcohol as a way to unwind, destress, or make myself feel less awkward when I'm in a social situation.  But it makes me eat a lot and act silly and I don't always like that.

What are your experiences with motherhood and drinking?  Am I the only one who struggles with imbibing?
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2 comments:

Mrs. MidAtlantic said...

I've been struggling with the same question. And the culture of my family is to ignore the possibility of a drinking problem while pouring another glass. Which isn't helpful for me!

Jill said...

I am a single mom, living at home, and well, I do like the occasional drink, I know my limits. Yes, after a long day with my 7.5 month old, maybe twice in two weeks Ill have a glass of wine after I put her down but thats it.

Then maybe once a month, I will go out with a few friends and have a couple drinks. But I wouldn't say thats a problem.

Hmm, maybe instead of having a drink after a long day, why not try taking a bath, listening to relaxing music, talking on the phone, blogging, or making a fruity smoothie? I know it may not sound the best..I do like how it does let you feel good and relaxed, but there are other things you can maybe try?

Hope this helps some!

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