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CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (7,707)
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4/13/13 12:17 P

If I can't afford a car, I certainly cannot afford alcohol. Priorities......

HAPPYMENOW58 Posts: 2,264
4/13/13 11:32 A

Thanks September spirit! Good info!Have a super Saturday, everyone!

4/13/13 7:23 A

Great suggestions and advice here - I'd like to add a note that the team we have Cutting Down the Booze is a great source of support as well (and GREEN-EYED-LADY and IAMBIZI are members there). It's for members who do not have a general 'drinking' problem in the sense that they need AA, but they just want to make better choices, change their patterns so that they can become healthier (and lose weight in the process).

Here's the link for those who may not know about it:

Edited by: BEFITSPIRITED at: 4/13/2013 (07:24)
IAMBIZI Posts: 5,468
4/12/13 8:57 P

thank goodness you were able to pour out that beer! good for you lady!

Edited by: IAMBIZI at: 4/12/2013 (21:16)
C00KIE406 SparkPoints: (1,919)
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4/12/13 8:23 P

Yes calorie counting sure does take all the fun out of drinking .... :s

HAPPYMENOW58 Posts: 2,264
4/12/13 3:02 A

hang in there everyone...I, too, have totally eliminated drinking wine because of the food cravings that I would have even after just one glass of wine....I feel so much better! That alcohol is just empty calories and packs the pounds on ya! Stay strong, you can do it.

BOZEMAN88 SparkPoints: (8,964)
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4/11/13 11:44 P

Glad to see another person somewhere near my weight range...what is your height? I am for today alcohol free and plan to stay that way. It has been a long struggle.

ANGELINAMB SparkPoints: (0)
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11/8/12 6:48 P

Well glad you made it without the beer! I still wanted to say a couple things though. When I first joined sparkpeople I was still drinking everyday now I drink once a week if at all. I would just tell myself "is it worth it??" I would look up the calories for whatever alcohol I was about to drink and that alone would make it enough for me to say no! It's NOT worth it! If I know I am going to drink I plan my day accordingly so I can leave enough calories for a few drinks. When it is time to go wherever it is I look up the calories of different drinks and shots and tell myself what I can have. And I stay away from beer altogether because you drink so much more of it. I usually stick to vodka and gin drinks at the bar and stay away from drinks with lots of soda. There is low calorie beers now though if you are a beer drinker. So maybe here and there plan to go out to a bar or plan a drinking night at home so you don't feel deprived and when those urges come up at night just tell yourself "it's not forever, I just have to wait till saturday(or whatever day you made plans for)" And the weight you loose from not drinking every night is so worth it! You will notice such a difference you won't want that drink anymore! It's tough at first but you can do it!!! I thought I could never cut back on my alcohol but slowly and surely I found more motivation not to then I had drive to drink! Also I use to get headaches and stomachs and just random aches and pains, now that I don't drink regularly a lot of those things have taken care of themselves! You can do it!

ANNIEL96 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/8/12 5:56 P

I know this was posted yesterday, and you made it through (yeah!). I felt compelled to write, because my vice in the past few years has been wine. I live in wine country in Paso Robles, CA and it is literally everywhere!!! I stopped drinking daily, and have allowed myself some wine on social occasions. What I have found has astounded me. I believe it is my blood sugar level, but when I drink tea (or water) at night instead of wine, I feel so much better the next day. It's not even that I drank to excess the night before, but I find I am not as hungry and I am so much more in control. The other side to it, is that a glass of wine (or really any alcohol) makes me hungry. So not only am I getting the empty calories from the alcohol, but the extra calories from the snacking. So I am praying you give yourself a few days to see a difference. You will see one. Also, it helps to find something to do when you feel these cravings come on. For instance, I knit and I love Sodoku. So I very rarely sit without having something in my hands.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (243,779)
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11/8/12 12:02 A

It sounds like you need help to deal with this. I live with an alcoholic so I DO understand what it is like when you want/need and are trying to resistl

Below are a couple on-line AA Chat sites you could go to:

There are also Teams on SP - below are links to a couple of them:

One thing a Counselor told my husband was that if you want beer, try to substitute with a soda drink. If your body is used to having alcohol on board all the time, it MAY not be wise to cut right out, but to gradually reduce the alcohol. This can be done by making shandies with beer/low-cal soda - stronger to start with and gradually reduce the beer. I was going to a Counselor as the non-drinking partner, and she told me that this is what they generally aim for drinkers to do, too!

Good luck,

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 11/8/2012 (00:08)
KONRAD695 SparkPoints: (140,803)
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11/7/12 10:58 P

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I'm glad you made it through the day. I have the same difficulties you have. Today was day 2 for me. This one was really hard, I work at a bar and got out 3 hours early. emoticon emoticon Lets do one more day!!

BARB0863 SparkPoints: (10,555)
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11/7/12 10:49 P

Yay for you! You made a great choice!

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Edited by: BARB0863 at: 11/7/2012 (22:49)
JHISEROTE SparkPoints: (8,887)
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11/7/12 10:23 P

You are amazing! Keep up the great work!!!

GREEN-EYED-LADY Posts: 2,307
11/7/12 10:14 P

Thanks to both of you for writing ! I waited an hour and then I poured a beer and sat down to read the message boards. Before I could take a drink, I read your posts. I'm proud of myself that I poured the beer down the sink and made myself a tall cool glass of ice water with lemon. Thanks to both of you ! I'm getting tired. I think I'll join my husband in bed soon. I made it through the day without alcohol - an accomplishment for me. Thanks again. Good night.

Edited by: GREEN-EYED-LADY at: 11/7/2012 (22:26)
JHISEROTE SparkPoints: (8,887)
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11/7/12 9:37 P

Please don't drink that beer! I don't know how much alcohol you consume or have consumed in your lifetime but it is so not healthy for you in any way. My Mother died at the very young age of 55 from drinking beer in excess her entire life...her kidneys failed. Just say no, you will be better off, I promise! You can do this! You are worth it!

BARB0863 SparkPoints: (10,555)
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11/7/12 9:27 P

You can do this! You've already made a better choice by making a cup of tea. I hope you don't mind but I did a quick search and it looks like there may be an online meeting group that you could look into, I've added the link below but didn't really read anything on their site.

To me you are already taking a step in the right direction. You can always find help here but remember most of us aren't professionals but will lend an ear and an opinion if asked.

Have another cup of tea, take a deep breath and know you're the one in control not the beer.

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GREEN-EYED-LADY Posts: 2,307
11/7/12 8:51 P

I'm trying to avoid alcohol because I know it is a lot of extra, empty calories that made me put on this weight in the first place. I haven't had a drink all day and my husband (who is a skinny alcoholic) went to bed early. Now there's a 'fridge full of beer and it's calling me. How can I resist? Please don't suggest I go to AA because I don't have a car in order to drive there. No I've never had a DUI - I just can't afford to own a vehicle. I'm drinking hot tea (which I do really enjoy) but feel like relaxing with a beer. If I have one - it will probably lead to two. I need willpower - Help !

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