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2/28/14 10:36 A
You have received some eye opening advice here. I would encourage you to track every morsel and drop that passes your lips. That too is an eye opener. It was for me. I find that if I have my one or two glasses of wine with dinner, I have to eat less to leave room for the wine calories. With alcohol it is the same as with pop, sweets, or whatever is hard to go without. Just be really hones with yourself and track everything.
2/28/14 10:21 A
Thanks Anarie. It's probably good to think about the whole week in advance. I perked up at the sound of a Raspberry pilsner though, haha! I guess sipping a beer at the end of the day is about the same mindset of mindless munching. We just need to plan everything out :)
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15,219 2/27/14 11:52 P
It's all up to you!!!! YOU need to make up your mind to say NO!!!!!!
Alcohol is just like cake, only more so. It's empty calories. That doesn't mean you can never have any, but it does mean you can't have it every time you're around it. If you want to lose weight, you can have anything you really, really want; you just can't have everything you kind of sort of want.
Every Sunday evening or Monday morning, take a minute to think about your schedule for the week. Decide which day you're most going to want a drink, and decide what drink you're most in the mood for. Record it in your tracker, and then plan your food for the rest of the week so you know that you can work that drink in without going over your calories or shorting yourself on nutrients. Then when the day comes, have your drink and enjoy it. You won't have to feel any remorse, because you've figured out how to have it without affecting your progress. And on the other days of the week, if you find yourself looking at a Budweiser, you'll be better able to resist because you know that on Saturday at Joe's party you're going to have that microbrew Raspberry pilsner you've been really wanting to try. (Or whatever. You probably don't drink Bud and I don't know if there's any such thing as raspberry pilsner, but you get the idea.) PLAN for something good, promise it to yourself, and carry out that promise.
2/27/14 9:23 P
Oh no!! Not beer! Just kidding....I stopped drinking beer.....liquid bread. You're better off with the wine/booze club soda :)
2/27/14 8:02 P
Thank you for the detailed and well thought out response! Looking at all those scary numbers is a pretty good kick in the butt. I'll try and think of them next time I'm looking at a beer.
2/27/14 2:52 P
ok - two glasses of wine is about 250 calories (unless you are filling a huge glass!!) 5 days a week is 1,250 calories.
The booze - one ounce of whiskey, vodka, etc. is about 80 calories - but if you are like me...you probably have 2 shots per drink = 160 roughly. That's 960 calories (club soda has zero). If that is saturday and sunday, you're looking at 1,920.
Taking these numbers separately, they don't sound bad, but if you add these up per week: 1,250 + 960 = 2,210 or 1,250 + 1,920 = 3,170 (remember - 1 pound is about 3,500 calories)
So, you said earlier that " I almost never go up to 2000 (I'm in the 1200-1500 range)" - but these drinks are what is hindering your loss. How many calories do you eat per day? 1800? Even 1800 + 250 could end up as a gain.....
I drink still - not as much, though. Alcohol also makes you retain water (so there could be 5 hanging on as well). What I do is ask myself "Is this worth it?" When you know how many extra calories you are adding per drink to your diet, it can make it more of a deterrent.
If I choose to drink (maybe 2x per week), I almost always have to cut my food calories those days in order to keep losing weight. I have an event coming up mid september that I keep my mind on - that keeps me focused. I also have jeans that are too tight (just starting to get into them), I try them on every week - that keeps me focused as well.
Do you track your food? Maybe try only drinking of you have met a goal that day - you ate 1200 calories that day, so you can have 2 glasses of wine, or 2 drinks.
Losing weight does not necessarily mean that you have to stop drinking - it just means you have to figure in the drinks, just like everything else :)
Edited by: EELPIE at: 2/27/2014 (15:00)
2/27/14 2:26 P
On weekends I can have up to 6 drinks (hard liquor with a club soda and no-cal sweetener), on weekdays maybe a glass of wine or two.
2/27/14 1:41 P
How many drinks per day - and of what, and what are you mixing with?
This is a tough one! Do your friends know you're trying to lose weight? If so maybe they can support you in cutting down on the alcohol. Also you can tell yourself, Think of how good I'll feel tomorrow if I pass up this drink.
2/27/14 1:16 P
I have been back on spark for a few months and I haven't lost an inch or a pound. I go over my calories a few times a week, usually because of alcohol. I'm a bartender and most of the people I know drink a lot, so it makes it difficult to say no. I almost never go up to 2000 (I'm in the 1200-1500 range), but it's really really getting me down and I don't really know how to handle it. Is there a mantra I could use, or maybe some one from spark I can hire to follow me around and slap the drink out of my hand or something? Any support would be appreciated.
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