This past weekend,
Mr. Dr. Grape Pairings graduated from the George Washington University with his doctorate in Philosophy. Seven and a half years of hard work later, the hubby has a PhD, is fluent in German, researched for a year abroad, and wrote/defended a 275+ page dissertation. He spent countless hours and stress into this degree, and feels extremely accomplished now that it is done. I am a very proud wife! 🙂 <3
To celebrate his graduation, Dr. Grape Pairing’s parents and my momma came to visit for an extended weekend. When we weren’t at GW or the National Mall for a graduation ceremony, we going out to restaurants with wine, cooking with wine, visiting the Falls Church Farmers Market and tasting wine, going to a winery with wine, or watching the Preakness with wine. All in all, lots of wining, dining, and relaxing…probably a little too much wining…Okay, lots and lots of wining.
For me, a “usual” week of drinking is drinking 5-6 nights a week. No, I am not going crazy, but will have one glass of wine every night that lasts from dinner through the end of the evening. Holidays, special occasions, and vacations are times that are often spent drinking a little more than usual, where I may have one or two glasses every night for a few days. I allow myself to let down my guard a little, and so long as I exercise and eat as best as I can, I enjoy that extra glass (or two!) This weekend was one of those occasions.
However, after the celebrations are over, how do you feel? If you’re like me, probably bloated, tired, groggy, and exhausted. Wining and dining can take a lot out of you! I can only do it for a few days before I’m ready to get back into a routine of healthy eating (and drinking!) again. This is why I like to take a break from drinking after days of drinking too much. It lasts about a work week. I work out harder that week, I eat better that week, and I drink more water that week. I feel so much better after that break from drinking that when I finally do pour that glass one week later, I enjoy it so much more.
Questions for you:
- Do you drink wine every night?
- Do you believe in taking breaks from drinking?