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TREESAH22
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7/29/11 1:45 P

I used to drink socially with friends one night a week. I decided to give up alcohol for Lent and it made a HUGE difference in my weight loss. It was a little tough hanging out with my friends while they were drinking at first, but I have some friends who don't drink too, so it helped that they were there. Plus, I thought about all the calories I would be consuming if I were having a few alcoholoc drinks versus my non-calorie drink in my hand. Not to mention how alcohol can make you not care as much about the food you are eating too!

Since giving it up for Lent and seeing the benefits, I did allow myself to drink socially again, but I try to only do it once a month. Usually if I know I have a big party coming up or a trip with friends or something I will make it my goal not to drink until then. That way, I don't feel as guilty when I let myself indulge at that event that month (and I look hotter at the party because I've been losing weight instead of taking in extra calories from alcohol the past few weeks!)



AMANDA_A_725
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7/29/11 11:48 A

Thanks for the bday wishes! Congrats BikiniMama on being so close to you goal! I'm sure a few nights with the hubby sans kids were wonderfully relaxing! Stay strong until vacation and enjoy!



BIKINIMAMA11
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7/29/11 10:41 A

I caved too! All 4 of my kids (10-16) ended up out of town for 4 nights, and my hubby and I made a nice "stay-cation" out of it, going out to dinner several nights and having a glass or 2 of wine each night. It was one of those carpe diem things, so I don't feel bad about it at all...I am just going to get back on the wagon so to speak today until we go on our real vacation Aug. 6. I'm counting the 10 days I went before my "break" and picking up from there.
By the way...happy birthday a little late Amanda! Sounds like you had a good one! emoticon



AMANDA_A_725
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7/24/11 4:56 P

emoticon I made it to day 14 before I caved.... it was a combo bday/anniversary dinner with my husband and he bought my favorite bottle of wine. (In his defense, he's very supportive about my exercising and eating healthier. I hadn't told him I was going for 21 days alcohol free, just that I would be cutting back.) So, here's to starting over. Day 1 alcohol free for 21 days!



PATTYJO22
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7/20/11 11:05 P

When other people pressure me to eat or drink something I am avoiding, I just say that the food or drink has started to disagree with me or that I think I have developed an allergy to it. No matter what someone offered him, if my dad didn't want it he would just say, "No, thanks, I am trying to quit." That included alcohol, sweets, gum, pasta, etc. His response was usually met with laughter and then everyone just left him alone. Humor is always a good tool if you can't invent a medical condition on the spot.



JENDA9138
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7/20/11 10:31 P

I found it best to never tell anyone about giving up anything! I just go about my buisness!!



PATTYJO22
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7/20/11 10:24 P

it is day 8 and I feel great! Heh heh. I do find myself thinking it would be nice to have a small glass of wine or a light beer but then I just choose an activity I enjoy and those thoughts go away.



AMANDA_A_725
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7/20/11 5:37 P

I hear you BikiniMama11 - good job on the sparkling water!. Tomorrow is my birthday ( emoticon ) and I'm going to tempted to have a glass of wine. Maybe, I'll think of it as a trade-off... I'm having apple pie for dessert and I can't have both wine and dessert. So, I'm picking pie. emoticon
Perfect - there's my explanation when my mother-in-law wants me to have a glass of wine!



BIKINIMAMA11
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7/20/11 5:02 P

Today is day 9...SO close to the half way point of 21 days! This has been "one of those days", and I am craving a cold glass of chardonnay. I'm going to get some sparkling water and try to hang in there! emoticon

By the way....great advice at the bottom of your post Amanda.

Edited by: BIKINIMAMA11 at: 7/20/2011 (17:03)


AMANDA_A_725
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7/18/11 1:19 P

I've been alcohol free for 10 days now.... Captain Morgan rum and diet coke were my downfall! Until I decided to stop drinking, I hadn't realized how much I was drinking and I don't miss it. (Still have to have a Diet Coke ever once in awhile.) Now that I'm "old married woman" - j/k- most of my drinking was in friend's homes and/or at dinner out. I just tell people that I don't NEED alcohol and I'm healthier without it. (Otherwise, my friends and family would have all thought that I was pregnant! emoticon )
Luckily, they all support me! If your friends are being difficult, reassure them that this is a personal decision for YOUR HEALTH and NOT an indictment on THEIR BEHAVIOR. Any change is hard on people, but if you don't make a big deal of it and continue to be yourself, your friends won't make a big deal of it either. Good Luck!



PATTYJO22
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7/18/11 12:57 P

I am in day 6 and feeling pretty darned good



BIKINIMAMA11
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7/18/11 12:28 A

Day 6...mission accomplished.WOW! I made it through the weekend! My sleep is soooo much better and I feel great. I am beginning to get used to this.



AMANDA660
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7/16/11 6:03 A

I do love my glass of red wine in the evening. I will skip that ritual for the next 21 days and see if I feel any different. I like the post it note idea to keep track (maybe I'll benchmark that idea too).



DWROBERGE
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7/16/11 4:15 A

Very good. I gave it up for lent on February 17, 2010 and have been free of it ever since.



TURTLERAE55
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7/16/11 1:55 A

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PATTYJO22
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7/16/11 12:40 A

I just finished day 3 also and feel much the same way - I don't really miss the wine at all. But, I do feel better physically and I have been in a much better mood since I gave it up. Win win!



BIKINIMAMA11
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7/14/11 10:49 P

Day 3....I'm going to number a post-it pad to peel off so I can keep up with the days better. Funny....when I put my sparkling water in a pretty glass with a sprig of mint, I didn't even miss the wine.I think my issues are mostly mindset and mental cues to start winding down from the day.



PATTYJO22
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7/14/11 5:41 P

Day 1 down. Hooray! Only 20 more to go. Good luck everyone!



WALKING_WONDER
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7/13/11 7:52 P

I quit drinking in 1997 with my now husband. We stopped going clubbing and going to bars. We never really drank much at home to begin with - more social drinkers than anything else. We would still see our friends though. We'd meet at someone's home, or go out for coffee, or play mini-golf, etc. The only reason we used to go to the bars and clubs was to see our friends. We did lose a few "friends", but they weren't real friends for leaving us for staying away from the "scene". I'd rather know sooner than later who my fair weather friends are.

Hope this helps! It's a great idea!!! Good luck!!!



ESR4686
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7/13/11 7:49 P

3 days in and I've already had two people ask my why I'd want to give up alcohol. They were not asking in an interested type of way, but in a "why in the world would you do something so crazy" kind of way? It makes me feel uncomfortable. Anyone actually given up alcohol for a period of time? Can you share some advice for how you handle those folks?

I'll be blogging about dry july at www.richlove.org



PATTYJO22
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7/13/11 12:07 P

I would like to join the 21 day challenge. Great idea! Thanks for getting this challenge started.



BIKINIMAMA11
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7/13/11 11:18 A

That's a tough one....I just tell people that I'm trying really hard to loose my last 8 pounds, and that I haven't been sleeping well and the alcohol is part of the reason; and then I drink sparkling water with some lime. Just say it's an experiment for 21 days to see if you can do it & since you've made it this far into it, you're not about to drink something and have to start over! Sorry not to have any better ideas, but hope these help a little. Hang in there....you CAN do it!!! emoticon

Edited by: BIKINIMAMA11 at: 7/13/2011 (11:19)


ESR4686
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7/13/11 7:36 A

Does anyone have any tips for dealing with the social pressures when you give up alcohol?



BIKINIMAMA11
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7/12/11 10:53 P

I'm in...had none today, so that's day 1! This will be much easier than trying to cut it out alone...thanks!



ESR4686
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7/12/11 10:50 P

I've decided to cut alcohol from my diet completely for 21 days. I'll be sharing about my personal challenge on www.richlove.org.
Would anyone like to join me for this challenge? Or do you have any advice or tips to share for cutting alcohol from a diet? I certainly appreciate all the help that I can get.

www.richlove.org

Edited by: ESR4686 at: 7/12/2011 (22:52)


 
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