Let’s talk about booze, shall we?
When I first started blogging back in October, my life had changed pretty drastically over the course of a few months. Running was my main focus. In fact, it had become my only focus. I was running daily — anywhere from 5 to 13 miles — and had no desire to rest or slow down. When I wasn’t running, I was thinking about when my next run would be.
I was obsessed.
In my quest to be the best runner possible (even though I didn’t have any races planned), I gave up drinking. Every now and then I would get a glass of wine, but I stopped going out to bars, stopped staying out late and, though I didn’t see it at the time, kind of stopped having fun. I didn’t want to risk sacrificing an awesome long run for one night out.
Silly girl, Ali. Giving up fun at the ripe age of 25.
Now, as I type this post, I have one of the worst hangovers I’ve had since college — though my body isn’t recovering nearly as well as it used to! I’m back to having fun. I’ve been going out more lately, and I’ve found a way to balance an active social life and a healthy personal life.
I don’t regret the fact that I gave up drinking for those few months. It was good to cleanse my system, and because of my Crohn’s Disease, I really shouldn’t be going on regular binge-fests to begin with. But I do enjoy my Pinot Grigio, and since I don’t believe in depriving myself of other fabulous things…
…I’m not going to deprive myself of a delicious glass of vino every now and then. And yes, Mom, I’ll do it in moderation. Last night was an exception. Promise!
Of course, with drinking — as with most indulgences — moderation is key. Due to a few too many shots last night (bad Ali) and way too few hours of shut eye, I couldn’t quite pull myself together this morning. My outfit today is a recent repeat, and the hair is, well, a mess.
Not my best. I blow dried my hair, but the rain and humidity outside (I’m fine with it! It’s warm!) took its toll on me, and now I apparently have curly hair.
Someday I will probably regret the fact that I have no reservations about posting these photos of myself on the Internet.
In other randomness, my friend sent me this photo last night, which I of course found to be utterly hilarious somewhere around 11 pm:
OK, SO TELL ME: I want to know your thoughts on drinking. Are you a big drinker? Social drinker? Sober sister? Beer fine? Wine guzzler? Queen of Shots?