I'm still struggling with alcohol. I like JANIE's name WWJD. What would Jesus Do? My sweetheart wears a bracelet with WWJD around his wrist. I know Jesus' first miracle was turning water into wine at the wedding in Canaan, but I believe Jesus never got "drunk" on wine. Ephesians 5:18: Do not get drunk on wine, for that will ruin your life. Instead be filled with the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote that. I think that's great advice even today. I'd like to be like those who wrote that they don't drink. Maybe I'll get there some day.
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9,971 6/16/13 11:26 P
I don't drink alcohol.
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1,457 6/16/13 8:35 P
i dont drink much, but, occasionally there are times when i am already overeating (weddings, celebrations etc) and i might have a drink or two. so, over all, the event makes it hard to lose weight!
Congrats are in order to all those who refrain from drinking alcohol or only drink a little once in a while. GOD BLESS YOU ! You are so SMART to eat healthy food instead of wasted, toxic alcohol calories. I must confess I had 3-4 mixed drinks for Father's Day and now I feel guilty. I'm afraid to step on the scale. I've got to get back to being alcohol-free cuz I know alcohol totally ruins my weight-loss program.
Edited by: GREEN-EYED-LADY at: 6/17/2013 (16:37)
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8,052 6/16/13 7:27 A
it doesn't keep me from losing but I only a glass of wine at night.
6/16/13 7:26 A
Yes, a little. I don't drink like I use to but I still like to have a couple of beers on friday and Saturday.
6/16/13 5:42 A
no, I don't drink
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36,499 6/16/13 3:31 A
I still drink but nowhere near as much as I did. I don't think it will hinder but I can't say for sure
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6/16/13 3:28 A
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6/16/13 2:40 A
I can totally relate. I've done pretty well but have a couple of drinks on the weekend. Any more than that and I gain weight. Not worth it to me. I would rather eat food. Good Luck!
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6/15/13 10:33 P
6/15/13 10:24 P
No, I choose not to drink.
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6/15/13 7:49 P
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2,439 6/15/13 7:31 P
Not really, I count the calories so I don't go over the daily limit. For some reason, I don't snack when I drink so that helps too.
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3,293 6/15/13 6:38 P
Not really--when I drink, I tend to drink low/no carb things like tequila and vodka. I hate beer and pretty much only use wine for cooking. I make sangria maybe twice a year.
I don't drink very often because I am one of those people who can't get drunk no matter how hard they try. Also, my favorite mixer is no longer available at the local supermarket...Blue Sky Ginger Ale with Stevia. Since I am allergic to Nutra Sweet and can't find good mixers with Splenda in them...well, no more tequila with Ginger Ale for me. :(
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6/15/13 2:51 P
Congratulations Valerie. You have every reason to be proud!
I SO AGREE with BUNYKICKS: Alcohol has so many EMPTY calories. Alcohol has 7 calories per gram whereas carbohydrates and proteins only have 4 calories per gram. Fats have 9. OBIESMOM2 is also so right. The loss of control with alcohol can sabotage your best intentions. Like ANARIE, people in my neighborhood drink A LOT but like SUZIQUE also said, "No one cares" I think they think there's more alcohol for them if I don't drink. I no longer have wine in the house like LAST20FORME. I'm struggling with alcohol but I'm on day 19 alcohol-free and proud of myself. Check out my blogs. Valerie
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6/15/13 9:05 A
I really like a couple glasses of wine with dinner but if I don't have the calorie allowance for it, I pass, somedays I may miss it but most the time water does a fine job and after dinner is done, I am not sure I misses it all that much anyway.
I definitely have to have wine in moderation. One glass is fine once a week for me, but any more, and the scale reflects it! I love wine with cheese and crackers, and I have a hard time with portion control.
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6/15/13 8:49 A
It doesn't hinder mine because I seldom ever drink.
6/15/13 8:48 A
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6/15/13 8:20 A
Absolutely. The first rule at a weight loss clinic (not that I ever go to one) is NO ALCOHOL.
6/15/13 6:47 A
don't drink.. but I think it would if you drank a lot.
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1,065 6/15/13 6:24 A
Alcohol has calories, some types of drinks, a lot more than others. I rarely drink because I don't enjoy it enough to feel the calories are worth it. Most of my friends know I don't drink much and they do not care, or try to push it on me.
Alcohol is not that big of an issue for me if I make room for it (calorie-wise), but it does cause me to retain water the next day.
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6/14/13 4:25 P
I like to have a drink now and then. My current favorite is brandy and club soda, or tequila, club soda and lime. There are less calories in a shot of brandy than a glass of wine, and the club soda has no calories.
If I know I'll have a drink in the evening, I will eat a little less during the day to accomodate the calories. I never snack when I drink so maybe that helps.
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158 6/14/13 3:22 P
Op, I can definitely relate. I use to enjoy a couple of glasses of wine in the evening. The sugar in it was bad for me. Also, it made me hungry and I would snack. I lose my resolve with wine. I no longer keep wine in the house and only have it occasionally.
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6/14/13 2:36 P
Nope, I don't like it, so I don't drink it. But I see how it could! Soda definitely does.
I enjoy a libation now and then socially but I did notice that it does effect my weight. I am not sure if it is just the cocktail/beer or the munchies that usually accompany it. When I partake in a labation I add 10 extra minutes to my workout the next day. this seemed to help.
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6/14/13 1:39 P
I'm not exactly sure how alcohol affects my weight loss efforts. I will have to pay attention more carefully. I am definitely interested in others' responses.
I've had kind of the opposite experience to ObiesMom as far as social drinking. I'm living in a place where people drink A LOT. We're 120 miles from the nearest movie theater (which has one screen), 180 from the nearest WalMart, and 290 from the nearest shopping mall, so there's not much else to do for entertainment. Add in the fact that it's a desert and not everyone has safe water, so canned or bottled drinks are sometimes the only option, and that beer and soda are the same price, and you get a community where some people have a beer in their hand literally all the time.
I hate beer. I also don't get drunk-- I get buzzed almost instantly, but I have never managed to get drunk to the point that someone else would notice a change in my behavior or movement. So I decided recently that I'm just not going to drink. I honestly would rather have a Diet Coke than anything alcoholic.
And you know what? Nobody cares. I've been to community "jams" and other fundraisers where the whole objective is to get totally plastered, but as long as I drop a few extra bucks in the collection jar, no one could care any less what I'm drinking. I don't drink soda at home, so the Diet Coke really does make me feel like I'm celebrating just a little, and everybody is 100% fine with it. I've never even had to answer any questions.
I usually have a couple on th weekend. I stopped having a glass of wine after work because it made me even hungrier. And I don't drink on Friday nights because that's one of my workout nights. So, it has mostly just been a couple on Saturdays.
I think that when I had more during the week, that's part of why I was 20 lbs heavier. I just get the munchies I do enjoy wine and light beer during the summer so I just plan for it!
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6/14/13 12:03 P
re: social events & business functions -
my last job had LOTS of company functions with beer & wine. It doesn't take long for people to figure out that you don't drink. After a few years, I got so tired of people asking why I didn't drink. Finally I told the most persistent one "alcoholic grandmother, alcoholic XH, alcoholic BIL, alcoholic stepfather...do you need me to continue???"
I swear, sometimes the drink pushers are worse than the food pushers!
it also doesn't help that if I drink enough to feel it, what little filter I do have vanishes. Some of my former co-workers would have been floored to know my unfiltered thoughts & feelings!
ETA - ooh...I love Mich Ultra!
Edited by: OBIESMOM2 at: 6/14/2013 (12:04)
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6/14/13 11:59 A
I guess but it's all a balancing act. I have changed to lower calorie Michelob Ultra when I do indulge.
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6/14/13 11:57 A
I've had way too many alcoholics in my life. Like Firecom, I don't want to go down that road.
also - I do not like to lose control, so alcohol is not for me.
Bunny is right - too many empty calories. Add in the loss of control and you can see how drinking can easily sabotage your 'diet'.
It's a problem only because we are always at social events (especially in the summer). I just make sure I count those calories in my daily intake.
6/14/13 11:12 A
It hasn't hindered me because I haven't let it. It so EASILY could. There are just soooo many "empty calories" in alcoholic beverages... and (unless you are bent on self destruction) you really can't trade in 1000 "healthy" calories for 1000 "alcohol" calories and call it a "within range day." You have to eat, and the alcohol comes ON TOP of your food-calorie requirements.
I do like wine though. So what I did to compromise (back in January when I started SP) was get a really good (expensive) bottle of red wine and ration it out 2-3 ounces at a time. Each evening "I got to drink wine". It helped...... and now I barely drink at all, and no longer feel like i miss it.
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1,377 6/14/13 11:09 A
I have seen that when I keep it to a minimum, I'm fine. But when I have more than one here and there (maybe once or twice a week) my weight goes up. Good luck!
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5,855 6/14/13 11:05 A
Not for me. I lost an uncle 10 years my senior to alcoholism and vowed that this would not happen to me.
I do drink and average maybe 1 beer every two weeks.
So alcohol does not impact my weight journey.
6/14/13 11:01 A
I can relate to this. If i have just one glass of wine I'm ok but if I have 2 I lose all my inhibitions, want more alcohol and start snacking on bits of pizza, crisps or whatever tempting snacks are to hand. I have had to cut it out as it makes me lose all my will power and undoes all my hard work.
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6/14/13 10:59 A
Oh my God, can I ever relate... I am going through this right now. I'm under a lot of stress and am also lonely. I like to have a glass or three of wine to relax. But BOY does it mess up your weight loss efforts. I need to give it up and get back on track. Good luck and thanks for sharing. You have motivated me!
I've realized that over my 9 months with SP, that when I've quit drinking alcohol, the weight started coming off and then when I'd pick up a bottle of wine again, my weight would plateau. I really need to stay alcohol-free in order to lose weight. Can you relate?
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