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Update Jan 7th

Monday, January 07, 2013

Hello all,

Hope everyone is well. emoticon I'm doing good, but not great. Goals are proving sticky this time. Here we go.

Up 1. fit minutes- 950 for 7 days. 135/day. Skipped today- could be more
Up 2. muscle condition- ZERO, Have not worked on. Plans for tomorrow/Wed/Thur
Up 3. proteins/calories- nailing it

Down 1. drinking- very bad. only 3 days off. that's not good enough, days on were too heavy
Down 2. candy- maxed out for week
Down 3. mental- small but important progress, this is one that will happen slowly.

There you have it.

EXTRAS-- tracking steps. 106219 for first 6 days. That's 17703 per day emoticon

Closing thoughts. Have to really work on drinking. It's not that I'm falling over, but I drink late and have to get up early. 3 to 4 hours of sleep is not enough if I drink, because I don't wake up. My kids have to go to school, I have morning workout classes, and don't like the tired feeling. This leads to most of my others short comings. Could really use a not-drink buddy, but don't have one, and bartenders usually don't get one. Missed my workout date with my wife because I slept through it. I have to wake up for this one, because she's not going to push me, I have to push her. That's my short confession, hope it didn't bum you out, because overall, I'm doing OK.

One final thought. If you have a meat and cheese day. Don't follow it with a bean and salad day. Reverse the order. emoticon
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    Okay, I'll be honest. The most important person here who has a choice when it comes to drinking or not is you. Although all of us look to others for feedback, the person we have to face is ourselves. What do you see when you look in the mirror? Are you pleased with drinking? Why are you doing the things you are doing? Are you running away from something? Are you trying to forget certain things? Are you running to something? Do you feel like a failure? Do you have a death wish?

    My honesty is never going to help you until you become honest with yourself. Yes, I care. But my caring is meaningless if you do not care.

    You've made progress in lots of areas of your life. You have what it takes to accomplish what you set your mind to do. This is not a steep mountain you have to climb. YOU CAN do this. With a little determination, You WILL.
    1744 days ago
    My mother was an alcoholic and only stopped drinking because of a health issue that messed up her brain's balancing system (unrelated to drinking). She was usually a mean drunk, but only drank at night, so I didn't realize until much older why she had an edge at night. We do have a good relationship, so it's not a big deal now, but I thought it was "my fault" that she was snippy when I was a kid/teen.

    I had problems with drinking every night... usually only one drink, but more on the weekends... It took being prescribed antibiotics and abstaining for 2 or more weeks to stop this behavior... but I'm not an alcoholic, apparently, because I DO drink in moderation now. But I am very weary of this situation.

    I can tell you, when I did stop drinking, I started dropping weight... those calories and bloaters add up!

    Look at the positives... it looks like you're doing a great job in your fit minutes. Remember that the more you make positive choices, the easier it gets!
    1744 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    You are almost 100% right. See, I am an alcoholic, have been for quite some time, but am durable enough to get on with life. Two difficulties I'm having coming to terms with this. There is no support group for "I want to control my drinking" (yes, I'm smart enough to know what that comment means). The second is- the most important person- is no help, actually excuses the subject when brought up. So, back to the island.

    If you're are someone following this, don't pat me on the back. I could use some honesty here.
    1745 days ago
    Hmmm, you are a bartender. Hypothetically this is what goes on: People tell you their problems. You work during the heaviest customer traffic shifts. You feel overwhelmed. You need something to stop your brain from thinking. So you drink. But you know it is a bad habit and want to stop it because it is negatively affecting the rest of life. I feel your pain. I had a job where I could not turn my brain off. My solution? Chamomile tea with honey; knocked me right out.

    Just in case the above does not apply: how about a support group? I know you are not an alcoholic. But you may find the buddy you are looking for there?
    1745 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    You don't have to stay away from anything with me. I can put on my "big boys" pants and deal with it. Might not like it, but truth is truth.
    1745 days ago
    And witty ending as always. Ok, I have stayed away from it - but I am going to go ahead and agree with you - drinking might be holding you back a bit (said gently). Your sleep is not as good as it would be and it's less - I think you would feel like a completely different person with more sleep. Having said that, obviously at your job and with the social atmosphere this is an incredibly difficult area. I wish I had a great answer...will continue to consider. I think your idea of a non-drink buddy is great one - perhaps someone from a running club?
    1745 days ago
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