"190 proof" means 95% alcohol. Everclear is a brand of neutral grain spirit and is available in 151 and 190 proof. In contrast, other hard liquors, such as rum and vodka, are typically 80 to 120 proof, which contain 40 to 60 percent alcohol.
Being a sweet and innocent Yooper, I have never tasted
Due to its high alcohol content, Everclear is illegal, unavailable, or difficult to find in many areas. In the US, it is illegal to sell the 190 proof variety of Everclear in California, Florida, Hawaii, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan (shoot!), Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
After that interesting vignette, I will tell you the real reason that I labeled this post "190" is because I have reached a new low; uh, I mean high. I am embarrassed to admit this, but I hope it will force me to do what I've needed to do for a long, long time - lose a LOT of weight. I discovered the horrible truth at my doctor's appointment today - I now weigh as much as I did when I was hugely pregnant with my second child.
It is truly time to do something about this. During the year before I turned 40, I set a goal for myself: 40 by 40. I wanted to lose 40 lbs. by the time I turned 40.
I failed miserably.
Now I've got 60 lbs. to lose, and I'll be darned if I'm going to wait until I'm almost 60 to lose it!
Wish me luck, and please tell me where I can get some Everclear.