Have you lost your mojo?
I bet you think it's an inevitable function of getting older? That mojos are the preserve of the young?
Balderdash. It's still there. Somewhere. You've just drowned it in alcohol.
I misplaced my mojo for a decade.
I was fat and puffy. I had chins and jowls. I slept badly and had little energy. The last adjective in the world I would use to describe myself was 'sexy.'
I would avoid mirrors and photographs like the plague. Our family album for that decade gives the impression that Mr SM is nobly bringing up three children alone.
When you're a teenager, or in your early twenties, drinkers look like sexy, uninhibited hedonists (at least I thought so), but - I discovered after I quit - when you get to middle age, big drinkers look pretty terrible. You can spot them a mile off (see my post: Spot the Lush).
But, do not despair, because quite soon after you quit drinking you see little signs of your mojo reappearing, like daffodil shoots in Spring.
The first thing you'll notice is the puffiness receding. Cheek and jawbones! Who knew?
You'll also find your skin (now you're less dehydrated) starts to glow, and looks less red and patchy.
Even your hair gets thicker and glossier! (See my post: Sober Hair)
Because you'll be sleeping better (See my post: Sleep, Glorious Sleep), and you'll be healthier, you get your energy back. With no hangovers to deal with, you can bounce out of bed in the morning.
Then, after an initial period of adjustment and bingeing on sugar (usually about 100 days), you'll find the weight will start to shift (see Reason #1: Weight Loss)
Six months in, you'll be slimmer, look 5 years younger and be bombarded with compliments. You'll find your confidence returning and you'll be able to walk into a room with a swagger, rather than sidling in apologetically. (See my post: Invisibility)
So, if you you've just quit this New Year, and are on Day 10 - or thereabouts - KEEP GOING, and get ready to say:
"Hello, Mojo. Welcome back!"
Happy, sober Sunday to you all,