The first time I cheated on the #SoberSeptember challenge, it was Labor Day and it was gorgeous. My friend and I decided to put the dogs in the convertible and head out to the countryside to pick up my wine club allotment at Breaux Vineyards. Well, it would be just rude to not split a bottle of rose on a day that perfect.
Cheat once and it's a easier to justify.
But, I did drink a lot less. I explored mocktails, which is most definitely a first for me at DC's finest restaurants. Oyamel's agua frescas and the bartender at Birch & Barley made missing a margarita or a Manhattan less painful. When I guiltily related to a friend that I'd cheated and had about ten drinks, she replied, "That's awesome. Normally, that's a couple of days worth for us.!"
|Ginger beer and grapefruit mocktail at Birch & Barley|
|Cucumber Agua Fresca at Oyamel|
My favorite part was subbing friend happy hour meet ups for friend work out meet ups. Thanks to Natalie, Rachel and Anastasia for all of the Soulcycle and Solidcore hangs. I want to keep doing that!
So, since I put my stake in the blogosphere that I was doing this... I felt obligated to report back. There you have it. I didn't complete it. And, I kind of don't care. Life is too short to worry about a few pounds or missing out on a great glass of wine over a meal with your friends.