In one of my favourite sitcoms "The fall and rise of Reggie Perrin" at one point the hero is asked if he drinks, he answers "Only to excess". I have been waiting for years to be ale to use this line, now it looks as though I may have a chance. As part of a new NHS strategy I have been called in to see the nurse at my GP's practise for some tests and an interview o find out why I haven't yet been diagnosed with heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes. I take more than average exercises simply through working, I eat a fairly balanced diet, I don't smoke but I do drink more (quite a lot more actually) than government guide lines. I'm afraid I am one of those people who cannot have a quick drink, one just tells me how much I will enjoy the next one. I am reminded of the comment from a GP friend of mine, the definition of an alcoholic is someone who drinks more than their doctor.
The reason for these ramblings, I weighed myself this morning and I am 12 stone 3 pounds (167lbs) which is a little more than I am usually at this time of year. This year for the first time in years I have not given up drinking for lent. Knowing just how busy I was going to be with music, church and work activities I thought it would be too much for me, I may have been right, but it also means I am still carrying a little more weight than if I had given up.
Over the next couple of weeks in the lead up to Easter I intend too make a positive effort to drink a little less ~ with at least one and try for two alcohol free days each week ~ at to try to lose a few pounds too get under the 12 stone mark. It seems strange but I can feel the different those few pounds make, it seems strange because until relatively recently I was usually a couple of stone above that.