It is that time of the year. Mike and I are on our two-week vacation in St. Maarten, a trip we have taken every year for the past twenty years, with the exception of last year, when we came for only one week. Last year our trip was abbreviated because our property was still under renovation from Hurricane Irma that occurred on September 6, 2017. More about that next week, on the anniversary of that major event.
In the twenty years that we have made this journey to St. Maarten, we have had different experiences. Some years we have had family and friends with us for the entire two weeks. Some years we have had family and or friends join us, but not for the entire time. There have been other years, like this one, that Mike and I have had our three-bedroom three-and-a-half-bath condo completely to ourselves. We do not usually select the different options, they just happen.
This year is different for me. If you follow this blog, you probably know that I stopped drinking alcohol in early May. The main reason I stopped was that I was unable to lose the weight that I wanted to lose and decided to see if the wine was in my way. I found out very quickly that it was. I dropped twenty pounds fairly quickly, and those pounds added to the ten that I had lost since the first of the year, put me at my goal weight. I decided that the no drinking alcohol plan had more going for it than weight loss. I feel better overall, I sleep better, and my friends say I behave better! I decided to not restart the drinking at this point, although I have not made a forever decision.
At times like this, vacationing on a beautiful island where cocktails are plentiful, I miss the drinking. As I have said all along on this journey, I do not miss the alcohol itself, I miss the social aspect that surrounds the drinking. I am getting used to being the only one drinking diet coke or iced tea while others I am with enjoy their various alcoholic beverages. You never realize how much alcohol is consumed in our society until you are on the outside of that looking in.
I do not want to be like a reformed smoker who puts down those who still smoke. I have never smoked, but I have heard too many others who did and stopped, speak badly about those who still do. Nor do I want to change the preferences of anyone else due to my change. So, I go out with family and friends and drink my non-alcoholic beverages while they partake of their chosen beverages. I do not complain, nor do I attempt to change anyone else’s preferences. My plan does not have to be anyone else’s.
The beaches in St. Maarten are still beautiful. The shopping is still wonderful. And the food is still delicious. I can still enjoy most of what the island has to offer, regardless of giving up the calorie-laden alcoholic drinks.
With a grateful appreciation that Tropical Storm/Hurricane Dorian did not become a threat to St. Maarten, Mike and I are relaxing and enjoying this quiet respite. I hope that my readers will enjoy this last weekend of the summer and that Florida and the entire southeastern United States will be spared bad weather from Hurricane Dorian. In fact, may all areas be spared bad weather!