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Beginning of June 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

June is starting off pretty well. I had a really busy week but managed get good workouts in and to eat clean most days. However, I ate a lot of bread and drank a good amount of alcohol on the weekend and I just think it's not only about calories in/calories out. I really think that junk makes a difference, even when staying in my calorie range.

During the week, when I'm working so hard in belly rehearsal and doing my home workouts, it's easy for me to eat well but when the weekends come up, I make mistakes. Friday night was ok, I had 3 glasses of wine at a little get together but the food we ate was super healthy - lots of veggies and chicken and my sister made some low calorie almond milk ice cream with fresh berries, mmmm!

Saturday morning I had a great walk with a friend to breakfast but I got the bacon and egg sandwich. It was on two huge pieces of whole wheat bread and I ate most of it. That evening I had two pints at the pub and later, after lots of walking around to and from metro stations and the ballet, I had two glasses of wine plus, being ravenous by then, I ate a good amount of bread while waiting for a friend to join us.

Sunday, I was home brewing and needed a quick lunch so we ordered sandwiches from Jersey Mike's - so much bread! Oh yeah, and bagels that morning! Sheesh! (I did have a thin bagel so it wasn't as bad. Yeah, but still.) It was the weekend of bread!

So, a new hard rule of no more than 3 drinks in an evening and keeping up the low carb rule on the weekends. I want to stop just breaking even in this weight loss game. Alcohol always makes me crave carbs the next day so I really need to reel all that in even more. Is 2-3 drinks per day every weekend reasonable? Or do I need to give that up entirely to reach my goals?

I've just joined a home brewer's club and had my first brew day and first meeting on Sunday. I'm very torn because I worry that being so involved in a brew club will hinder my weight loss goals but it is something I am really enjoying so I'm going to give it a go and try to be wise about it!

Lots of working out planned this week and lots of goals to work on! Must stay strong! Woohoo!
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    I think as long as you stay focussed on balance it would be okay. Yes alcohol is calories and carbs, but if it's something you enjoy depriving yourself altogether doesn't seem fair. Maybe if you know you'll be drinking later, try to keep the carbs lower in the day. Good Luck
    1478 days ago
    I drink lots, too, and I've definitely had the same thoughts you're having. I usually calculate calories and include alcohol and so on, and I don't usually go over my calories, which is how I think I've been able to keep losing weight. But now that I'm at the "end" do I need to cut back??? It concerns me because I love wine and I love beer. I guess its just about moderation. Remember, you have to enjoy your life, too. Its all about balance - I think you'll figure it out.

    I'm trying to reduce the bread in my life, too. Specifically the store bought / refined white bread, etc. I was at a wedding on Saturday and I had quite a bit of bread - bread with dinner, pizza at the late buffet cause I'd been drinking all afternoon / evening and needed pizza! lol So I totally know where you're coming from.

    Anyway that was a tangent, but I was going to say, if you want to drink, maybe really make an effort to avoid bread... maybe the two can balance each other out?
    1480 days ago
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