This week just gone, I decided to do a little experiment so I could empathise with all my clients that drink daily or at least four to five nights per week as apparently I am too healthy to understand. So here is my week……
Friday 3 glasses of champagne
(I have to say that Saturday morning, I was rather hung over)
Saturday 2 gin and tonics, 1 glass of wine.
Sunday 1 glass of wine.
Monday AFD this is honour of one of my clients who virtuously swears this means commitment to her health.
Tuesday 2 glasses
Wednesday 1 glass
Thursday 2 glasses
Friday 2 glasses
Saturday 2 glasses
I’d like to note here, that there weren’t any other changes in diet or training regime apart from a couple of spoonfuls of pate due to a few blood sugar challenges mid sleep.
Saturday morning I was quite hungover and had to have a nap to get going for Saturday night. Ok, I admit, this is probably extreme for most people. The gin and tonic on Saturday night made me feel much better.
Sunday morning I was ok, but a little sluggish. I wasn’t really my refreshed self and I slept in about 2 hours longer than usual.
So then the alcohol free day came.
Tuesday I was actually busting for a glass so I could de-stress (hallo, I never feel like this).
Wednesday, a friends book launch so I had a glass of white. Then thursday and Friday night a couple of glasses of red, and running around at a baby shower on Saturday, a couple of sparkling wines.
So there we go. the week according to a normal person.
So here are my observations:
The first day, I couldn’t sleep. I had a sugar crash in the middle of the night and had to get up and eat half a jar of pate so I could get back to sleep. Then, I was hungover the next day. Albeit mildly, I think with the combination of lack of sleep, but I have to say, I was drinking Moet and I thought champagne was supposed to be hungover proof!
Monday I was doing my workout and noticed that I sweat a lot more. I also didn’t like my appearance so much with just my crop top on. I noticed I was a bit puffier than normal.
Thursday morning, I was a bit groggy again, and also lost sleep, waking up hungry and thirsty in the night. The rest of the week, I notice that I have all of sudden been able to sleep through and don’t feel “hung over” in the morning, but I am definitely not my usual jump out of bed at 5.30am self. Usually, I wake up before the alarm, so it never even gets to ring. I therefore never normally hit the snooze button, but I did, at least twice every day.
But here is the juicy bit I am sure you have all been waiting to here. Today I can’t do my jeans up. Actually, I noticed that I had to unbutton them as they were uncomfortable in the car, so I came home and dragged out some ‘fat pants’. So, I haven’t weighed myself, but I’m guessing at least 1 maybe 2 kilos in weight gain. 2 Kg is generally a whole dress size.
But the worst part of all……. I am so friggin premenstrual. I never really suffer to be honest. Just a bit tired on the first day of my cycle, but this morning I had a strange feeling, something beginning with the letter “d”, no, not d for down but a capital D for DEPRESSED! The next minute I was some what annoyed at people wanting to hang out with me. Whoah.. If only I had a boyfriend so i could wake up and stab him this morning or yell at him or something!
So, I will absolutely stick to my guns on this one. Yes, alcohol does make you put on weight and affect our natural body rhythms and thus our hormones. The proof: I pretty much always forget about my monthly friend until it actually arrives as I am never pre warned with PMS and my “fat pants” were so dusty from not being worn for two years at least. And the sudden urges for a drink to de-stress. What is that about? If anything my life has only become less stressful in the last week….
So empathetic experiment done, I am looking forward to getting back to my “no alcohol on a school night” life and wearing my skinny jeans again.