The moment I first conceived of this crazy plan to go without alcohol for an entire calendar year, I knew something. I knew that for better or worse, I'd replace wine with something. What I wondered was what that something would be. I am still figuring out what that something is. A concern, a logical concern, is that I will replace wine with food, that I will eat more to make up for the fact that I am not sipping. I think this is something to be careful about because I already feel myself nibbling and snacking more. Hopefully, I can figure out a way to curb the impulse to fill the void with food.
What's good though is that I think I have stumbled upon two things, two really positive things, that are going to help me through this year: words and workouts. It is not a coincidence that I have written more of my novel in the last couple weeks than I have in the last six months. It is not a coincidence that I am feeling optimistic and fired up about this plan recently and I have been working out a ton. Sweating might just be better for addressing anxiety than sipping.
Maybe, just maybe, 2012 will be the year of many words and many workouts. Sounds good to me.