So I was doing pretty well with this whole “no alcohol for Lent” thing until last week. I blame it all on the Kentucky Wildcats, who played one hell of a game on a Wednesday night, which is not one of my previously approved “cheat” nights (those are every Friday and St. Patrick’s Day, just for the record). I felt inclined to join in the celebratory mood that is brought on by Wallipari, and before I knew it I was halfway through a Miller Lite. Ewwww I didn’t even have the decency to drink something delicious!
But truth be told, this whole giving up alcohol thing just isn’t panning out in my favor. I thought if I was going to suffer this way for 6 long weeks, at least I would lose a little weight as a side benefit. So far, I’ve actually gained 5 pounds since Lent started. It usually takes me an entire year to gain five pounds. (Brief pause here so you can hate me. Okay, feel better?) Of course, replacing my nightly drink with a box of Girl Scout cookies might have something to do with the fact that I can barely fit my arms in my skinny jeans these days.
But weight gain aside, I was feeling a little bit bad about cheating, more so about doing it with Miller Lite, when I happened upon a news story that, dare I say, seemed to be a message from God himself: Light to moderate alcohol drinking helps women maintain a healthy weight.
http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WellnessNews/wine-fight-weight-gain-women-study-suggests/story?id=10049702 (thanks to Jen Burch for providing me with the link)
In other words: Choosing to give up alcohol for Lent (instead of, say, Girl Scout cookies) is stupid.
Well, well, well. Let’s just say “cheating” doesn’t feel so wrong tonight.