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Accountability Finally Triggered

Friday, May 24, 2013

For about a year now, I have been trying to get my weight to move down and stay down. I was tracking my food, dabbling in exercise videos and fooling myself that I am doing ok and eventually my weight will start to peal away more quickly.

I was ignoring one facet of my calorie intake and I was not facing the fact that it was the main culprit for my lack of energy and stubborn scale. I was regularly drinking too much wine. 12 to 20 ounces of wine nightly and perhaps more on weekends....it had become a habit...a conditioned response to cocktail hour and winding down with my husband at the end of the day. I didn't need it, but I needed others like me that are trying to kick the habit part.

One morning, I simply went on to the SP teams page and searched. I was trying to find a group of people that may be going through the same connection to wine. And, I have found an amazing team of people that are in a similar boat and the support system is wonderful! The team is: Cutting Down the Booze (calories). It was such a refreshing discussion on what part alcohol plays in our lives. I didn't want a "no alcohol ever" life, but one of control. Once I truthfully looked at why and how I developed the habit, I knew I could break it. This is not an AA TEam, but a team that helps you realize that you don't need it every day - that you will feel healthier and more alive without the daily alcohol in your system. Its a soft thing.

For some reason this has triggered my accountability connection to dropping weight. It is amazing. I WANT to track an alcohol free day, I want to wake up with energy - and the best thing of all....It is working!

I joined this group the second week in May and have dropped 4 pounds. Amazing, given that this time frame includes a 3-day college graduation weekend away from home. Now onto Memorial Day weekend with control.
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  • AHAPPYLIFE
    Thank you for writing this blog, it is very helpful!
    1291 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    Wonderful blog--you really nailed the description of our team. So glad everything's falling into place now. emoticon Carol
    1292 days ago
  • IAMBIZI
    just wanted to encourage you to keep going! and wanted to make sure that I subscribed to your blog!
    bizi
    1292 days ago
  • IAMBIZI
    congratulations on your weight loss. Not drinking and mindful eating is the only way for me to lose weight.
    keep an eye on your feelings.
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    1292 days ago
  • BARBANNA
    That is outstanding news! Once you loose the weight you might be able to go back and revisit your drinking to have just a glass here and there. I am an alcoholic who has not had a drink in 27 years so I can relate. For me it was all or nothing so I really can't drink anything and that the best way to go for me. My husband is in the same situation so there is no ETOH in our lives and we have a hard time understanding people who do drink.

    Glad for your success, it's great to loose weight and even better to regain your energy.

    Please keep up the good work!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1292 days ago
  • CAPECODBABE
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  • FITMARY
    Love those Spark teams. And FOUR POUNDS!!! That's awesome!
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    1292 days ago
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