Last week I decided it was time to ween myself off the vino and get in shape. After the indulgences of Christmas back home in Ireland and throwing myself into summertime fun on my return back to Melbourne, my body is crying out for a booze ban and a healthier lifestyle.
So I have signed up to FebFast - a national health and charity campaign that challenges Australians to forgo alcohol for the month of February.
In anticipation of the start of my FebFast challenge, I decided to see out the last day of the month by putting my best foot forward and hitting the gym first thing on Monday morning. Brimming with enthusiasm to shed the Christmas kilos, I dragged myself out of bed at 6 am, cursing the Sunday night eager beaver that I am, and headed to my first body attack class of 2011.
No sooner had the class begun than I was regretting it! Bouncing and jumping jacking around the place at the crack of dawn, after a few sensible glasses of wine over the weekend, is just no fun at all! Adding insult to injury, an extremely slim woman who joined the class late decided to plonk her teeny, tiny self right beside me.
Ordinarily this would not bother me. However, not only was this woman enragingly trim but she also completely violated gym etiquette by insisting on jumping her jacks right into my work out area forcing me to move out of the way.
My pulse increased about ten fold as I felt the rage rising up in my chest. Just as I was imagining myself high kicking her in the backside, I realised that potentially I was being completely irrationally irritable. So with difficulty, I kept my eye on the instructor and myself as far away from her as possible.
According to FebFast Nutritionist, Lola Berry, alcohol is a depressant, stripping the body of B vitamins that control the chemicals that make us happy. No wonder I was growling at the emaciated gym goer - it was the glass of wine on Saturday night that made me do it!
Apparently, you don't get back to normal for about three days and by then you are probably reaching for another drink. So by my calculations, I haven't been ‘normal' for about ten years.... Mmmm, perhaps this foray into FebFast will reveal more than I bargained for!
Needless to say, I was exhausted by the time I got to work. So I whipped out my dandelion tea, a coffee alternative that aids in digestion and enhances detoxification, in order to absolve myself from my erratic start to the day! To my surprise, it was quite a pleasant experience. Maybe this FebFast fiasco won't be as bad as I fear.
Furthermore, even moderate amounts of alcohol increase your risk of certain types of cancers so if you, like myself, enjoy a drink, its important to learn how to limit your alcohol consumption. If you don't fancy joining me down the path of abstinence, visit our limit alcohol tips page to find out how you can make some simple changes to cut down.
In the upcoming weeks, as I continue my FebFast journey, I'll be blogging about the dandelion tea highlights, the murderous gym thoughts lows and everything else in between! Stay tuned....
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