Today is day 7 of my carb/gambling/booze ban and guess what, I’M KILLING IT.
Full disclosure: I had a few half-sips to sample our new beers at work (Give me a break, I sell alcohol for a living) and I did eat a carrot, which I later learned has carbs in it (WTF).
Overall, I’d say the hardest part has been avoiding carbs. Bonkers, right? Here are a few things that have helped get me through this week:
The bubbles trick me into thinking I’m drinking a cocktail, and ordering it at restaurants makes me feel like a member of the elite, sparkling water drinking class. Sure it’s like $7 for a bottle of something that comes from the ground, but that’s still cheaper than the glass of wine or three I’d normally order with dinner so I find it justifiable.
Going to Places Other Than Bars
Shocking as it may be, there are things to do in Las Vegas aside from eating, drinking, and gambling. I took my boyfriend to his first First Friday, a monthly festival held in Las Vegas’ Art District that disproves the common notion that this city has no culture. We also went hiking with some friends to check out Mary Jane Falls up in Mt. Charleston. Although the waterfall isn’t much more than a trickle this time of year, it was a beautiful hike that we will probably revisit next spring. I just hope by that time I’m in better shape than I am now.
Putting Avocado on Essentially Everything
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Avocados are the Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio of the veggie world. (Barrique de Ponciano Porfidio is a $2,000 bottle of tequila that I dream about pretty regularly.) They are delicious gifts of culinary perfection that have made my carb-less meals worth eating.
Watching Other People Lose a Small Fortune
I witnessed a guy lose 5 grand playing video poker the other day, and all within the matter of less than an hour. It made me sick to my stomach to see that many hundred dollar bills, one after another, being slipped into a machine/oblivion. And I’ve done it before. Never again.
Not only have I been writing every day this week, but I finally drew up my cross stitching idea in Photoshop and had it turned into a pattern using this super cool, free online program. I can’t wait to have the finished product hanging above our bed!
I’ve also been doing some research on Ukuleles and decided to go with a Lanakai for my first. We made a trip to Guitar Center the other day, but they didn’t have the one I wanted and rather than being normal, impulsive me and buying the one they did have for twice the price, I made the clear, conscious, and responsible decision to look online for the exact uke I had in mind.
I allowed myself to use some of the money I saved by not gambling or buying booze on a super sick new burse. A burse is a book that’s been transformed into a purse. Since books and purses are two of my favorite things, I bought it for myself guilt-free, something I wouldn’t normally do were I in the hole however many hundred dollars that week from gambling away all my tip money.
(Want a burse? I got mine at First Friday, but you can get one here.)
Finding New Guilty Pleasures
I’ve never been all that big on TV. I always thought it was expensive and rots your brain. (Ironic, huh?) The only time I ever paid for cable in my life was when I moved in with a couple who’d already had it and they were like, “Well, if you want to live here you have to pay for half of all the utilities and that includes cable.” I did, even though I never watched a single TV show since I didn’t know how to work the remote. But now I’m just like, TV IS SO COOL! I’m up to date on current events. Want to get into a heated debate about the suspected Al Queda terror threat? Exchange ideas for fixing prison overpopulation in California? Discuss all the ways in which A Rod is a douchebag? I’M YOUR GIRL! But mostly I have become obsessed with TV because TV has True Blood on it. Yeah, I’m a little late to the party, but I just discovered True Blood and I’m completely entrenched. And since I can’t spend all day getting drunk by the pool, I spend it watching vampires have sex instead.
Anyway, as you can see, my life hasn’t changed dramatically or anything in the past week. But I can feel myself thinking more clearly, and my self-confidence is slowly finding its way back into my soul. I’m not as crappy a person as I sometimes allow myself to believe. I’ve got a lot to offer this world, but it’s going to take more positive choices like the ones I’ve made this week to finally put it out there.