This topic has been at the top of my list lately. Actually, I started thinking about it seriously last summer when I was clothes shopping.
I am not a small woman. I am your average size 12. Not obese. I've been called voluptuous. A word I prefer over, say, pleasingly plump. I've also been called hefty by a drunk octogenarian who, after numerous neat scotches, told me that I was very sexy and there were lots of men out there who liked "hefty women" like me!
But, back to the topic. I was clothes shopping last summer and found this amazing black sheath dress at TJ Maxx for $7. Yes, that's right! Only$7. And it fit perfectly. The only problem was that I didn't like the little belly bulge I was sporting.
Thank god for mall lingerie stores.
Kohl's is my go to store when I want to find good deals and sufficient variety. In addition, I am rarely harrassed by store workers at Kohl's; and yet, I can easily find someone to help me if I really, really need help.
I needed a body shaper. I've never purchased one before and I wasn't sure what to get. As I perused the racks of black body shapers, I selected several styles and sizes... Bras built in, bras not built in. Body shapers, Spanx, Bali, Playtex...it's so difficult to choose! I finally settled on a black, braless, assets by Spanx.
It's lightweight and smooths all of my bulges so that sheath dress looks pretty damn sexy.
I like wine.
I love wine.
I love to get drunk on wine.
I'm somewhat picky about my wine drunk. I enjoy drinking on an empty stomach. The buzz is better and then I don't eat as much. Oh wait, that WAS me cramming hot McDonald's fries into my mouth after my last drunken escapade.
But in all seriousness, I have been drunk many times and wine is the best.
My husband is about to retire and he has promised me that he will be waiting at the door most nights with a glass of wine and a smile...🤔 and ladies, you all know what else! He's a man. He can't help it.
Is it wrong that I crave wine...even at 10 o'clock in the morning?
According to Medical News Today, "wine, especially the red variety, has been studied extensively over many years with impressive findings suggesting it may promote a longer lifespan, protect against certain cancers, improve mental health, and provide benefits to the heart."
I stopped reading shortly thereafter.
Why? Because the article goes on to suggest that one should not drink more than one drink per day! What? I can't get drunk on one glass of wine! I barely even get a buzz!
However, over the past few years wine has gotten in the way of my work. Too many hangovers. Too many upset tummies. Too many drunk texts to my friends. I wonder if this is a phase many people go through. I work with others who also drink heavily. And none of them have any intention of slowing down. I, on the other hand, gave up wine for my New Year's resolution. I lasted 22 days. And I felt so much better! It was not without consequences. One of my good drinking friends from work rarely texts me anymore. She used to drunk text me all of the time. I no longer drink more than a glass or two at a time and I have significantly reduced my week night drinking.
Anything in in excess is unhealthy. If you have had the same experience as I have and need to reduce your drinking, I suggest that you try the one month alcohol free period to give your body a break and reduce your "need" for booze. It probably won't work for everyone, but it helped me break the alcohol routine.
I still love wine. I just love wine in smaller quantities.