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.