The big one of course is giving up alcohol. Has it been hard? Surprisingly not! (This is when those who know us throw up their hands in a loud chorus of ‘yeah right’!!!!) Even I’m staggered. As someone partial to a glass or two of wine most evenings – not to mention the odd Irish and dry when out – I really thought I’d be craving within a week. Well, I can tell you with my hand on my heart, I’m not. In fact, when we were over on Vava’u last week, we popped into the Duty Free shop (the only place to buy alcohol) to check out what was on offer and left with our heads high and resolution unbroken. (Okay, apart from a twinge on seeing 6-year-old Jack Daniels at a giveaway price! But we’re stronger than that!)
Coffee, on the other hand, is a weakness. Especially in the mornings. And there’s a coffee machine here in the restaurant that makes a mean long black. So, just two coffees before lunch while writing. Tick!
Chocolate? Again not missing it, but then our preference is Whittaker’s and you can’t get that here! And sugar in general? We’ve never been big fans so we’re lucky there too.
Also partially off the list is grain. Back home I woke to a bowl of porridge and maple syrup almost every morning. Now, there might be a couple of slices a bread a week, and a serving or two of rice. But with the availability of fish, chicken, fruit and vegetables we're certainly not going hungry!
And the physical effects of the change.?
First, have we lost weight? Oh yes!!! In the first couple of weeks it fell off as our metabolism went into shock! No idea of the numbers as we haven’t any scales, but I deliberately packed a skirt I haven’t been able to get into for years and I’m using that as a barometer. The day we left Auckland there was no way I could zip it up. I was dreeeamminn', as the ad says! Today not only can I do it all the way, but it’s a comfortable fit with no pulling. Yay!!
And my nails are growing. For ages they’ve been soft and splitting, and while they’re still not as hard as some I know, for the first time in ages they’re getting there!
Anything else? Well, my skin is clear and healthy looking, though I've always been lucky there, and the soles of my feet are as pink and soft as a baby's, thanks to our daily walk along the beach. And of course, I’m getting a nice tan!
And the negatives? Setting aside the mozzies that have always been partial to my blood type, it would have to be cramp in my legs at night. And back ache, right down low in the lumber region. Both of which vanish immediately I get out of bed. If anyone knows the cause, I’d be very happy to hear it!