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7/25/13 9:35 A

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I have been really paying attention to my wine drinking, but I had a big work function to go to this week and it was only a select few people from work. Needless to say, probably due to the few number of people involved, we all got into the wine pretty heavy - only one day; however, it was enough to make me feel like crap now for a couple of days. I have been drinking far more than I usually do, because the summer has been perfect here where I live and everyone I know has been sitting around drinking ... even my friends who hardly ever drink, have noted an increase on their part.

I guess I am just a little frustrated with myself. I exercise and I eat right, but the peer pressure to drink never seems to go away...and you would think at 47 I should be able to resist. All I can do is just keep trying to stay on course.

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Well congrats. On 10 days. I tend to find that when I manage not to drink for a period of time that I then binge to make up for it!

Sounds like you have a solid plan for the party. Good luck!



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I fell into the habit of having some wine to wind down after work...which lead to almost every night, except Fridays when I had my granddaughter. Then of course, Saturday and Sunday I would have a few or more glasses as well. And after the wine, of course all food looks and tastes good and the nutritional factor is no longer that important.

Today is 10 days without any alcohol. My bf and I decided that maybe just a few days a month is better than a week long binge.

Saturday I have a party to go to and we both know there will be alcohol so I am already planning. I am going to take a bottle of wine and some selzer water and just have a few spritzers. I'll have some water in between to stretch it out...at least that is the plan for now.

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Carrienigen - congrats on your weight loss so far!

Yeah, it's scary to think do we just have a habit to break, or are we addicted? Everything I do outside of work involves alcohol (unless I'm 100ft down on scuba that is! And even then, a beer is popped after a dive) I want to really concentrate on the health implications though as THEY are very real.



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I've recently fallen into habitual wine drinking, too. I'm sure my weight loss efforts would provide much more dramatic results if I stopped. I would never track the calories! I have also been feeling uncomfortable with getting into the habit of drinking so often, and I definitely know it's time for a change. I'm right here with the rest of you--I'm going off of it It may require more efforts from my friends and me to find something better to do, but I know it will be for the better. Probably cheaper, too!

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I use to drink way too much once or twice a week. Now I just don't drink more than one or two beers in a month and I don't miss it at all. I replaced going out to a bar with friends with going to a gym and I can't tell you how much better I feel in the mornings.



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Thanks! I am trying and I know how much better I feel the next day if I don't drink. Taijiman good job on aiming for more exercise after overindulging. I'm hoping that by interacting here with others in a similar situation, it will help give me the boost to get off my butt!!



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TAIJIMAN & BAHAMAMARG,

I cut way back and it was like an extra bonus gift for me.
That plus eating 7-9 servings of veggies a day made an incredible, humongous difference in how fast I lost.

Once I did both those things, the weight started falling off. Other attempts at losing weight did not fare so well, or, if they did, it was much more difficult and I regained the weight back quickly.

I don't even miss the alcohol at all. I think it just got to be a bad habit, like other unhealthy things I was doing (not eating veggies, etc.). I absolutely made worse food choices when I drank nightly. Plus it was a lot harder to get up between 4-5 AM to go on my walk.

Huge difference. Go for it and see how much better you feel and how much better everything else falls into place. You can do it!



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I really need to spark on this board! I too am having problems keeping my alcohol use from derailing me. For example, Sunday was my birth day and I felt "entitled" to drink. Since we had it in the house, wife and I drank last night...I am OK without the booze, but if I have it, I drink it. I skipped working out this morning and did not stay on the Spark Solution eating plan. I am tracking my days with out drinking as a goal, I think I may try to make it a streak. I decided to go to the gym this afternoon and catch up...no "extra" workout though, I don't want to punish myself. Wish Me Luck.



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So I'm no further along than last month. Still drinking way too much and hating it. It was great to see the article today drop into my inbox about alcohol and dieting. I never really thought of it as a toxin before and the sentence describing the fact that when drinking heavily, all other food is converted to fat and stored on your body PERMANENTLY. Of course, being a non-practising nurse, I already knew all that - but thanks Sparkpeople for the brutal reminder.

Alcohol is making me miserable
Alcohol is keeping me obese
Alcohol is potentially ruining my health

How many other reasons to quit or drastically reduce can we come up with?



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Good for you, lovemouse82! I think many of us start drinking as a way of self medicating ourselves due to pain, boredom, worry, stress, and various other uncomfortable feelings.
I started during my long, drawn-out divorce, and stopped when I met (and married) an ex-alcholic. However, when my son moved in with us (he's 26 now) 2 years ago, I started drinking beer, and found I had a taste for a particular type. And like any bad habit, it got worse. somedays i drank 5 or six bottles - often starting with one in the a.m. before breakfast! I spaced them out throughout the day, so, never felt intoxicated. And, yes, that was 800-1000 extra calories! I've gained 20 lbs over this time.
Now, I'm back on Sparkpeople recording my diet, and, it helps. I'm starting the day with a gree drink (kale, berries, and etc) instead of a beer! Salad for lunch, veggie soup for dinner, and LOTS of green tea throughout the day so that I feel very full. I beer with dinner. thats all. thanks, all, for sharing.
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Alcohol is my issue. Oh sure, I make bad snack choices too and have quit exercising, but I drink about 1,000 cals EVERY day in Bud Light. Does that make me an alcoholic? Boarderline I like to think. After all, I can not drink for a week when I'm out diving (get seasick and alcohol makes it worse).

But it never lasts. Like lots of comments on here, I was surprised to find many people like me. I know that everyone I know drinks like this. It's just the way of life here.

But I'm tired of it. I feel so much better the morning after not drinking. Why can I not funnel that feeling into making it more permanent? Of course, I'm writing this after drinking on the beach all afternoon and I have a bottle in my hand as I type.

Maybe me posting this will ring a bell in someone else's life so they too, know that they are not alone.



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5/5/13 3:10 P

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I am really trying to cut back on my alcohol. The past few months have had very few days without a drink at night. I did not drink at all until about 10 years ago. Then it was just a Friday night Long Island. I will save up calories to drink then drink then eat.......no sense at all. I was very happy to find this thread. I am glad I am not alone. I did not have a drink at all last week until Friday night, and I did not feel ill not drinking. sorry for the ramble.



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Well, I should know better. Because I know that if it weren't for the wine I would be losing weight.....I had 2 1/2 glasses tonight and vow to not have anymore for a few days...we'll see.... emoticon



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I used to drink every night, sometimes wine sometimes whiskey sometimes champagne, and I also used to drink A LOT. At the beginning of February I started getting more into running and just recently completed my first 5k. But what I have noticed with the running is that, without even trying, I feel like drinking less and less, I guess because it is dehydrating, or maybe because instead of drinking in the evening, I started using that time to go on runs. I didn't even try to stop or cut back or quit, but I don't think I could drink much right now if I wanted to...my body is getting unused to it. And again I didn't even mean to, but with the extra exercise, I guess your body just craves nutrients instead of alcohol.

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You sound exactly like me. I work for an upscale winery and its only been the past two years that I started having wine every night. I cut back for a week or two then start in again. Wish I knew the secret to stopping.



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emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Can you tell that pictures of luscious, brick oven pizza are prancing through the calorie-laden recesses of my adipose-addled mind? MMMMmmmm, Maureen - your DESCRIPTION of that pizza!! Three cheers for good food, cooked well :) It's medicine for the body and soul! I can't wait 'til farmer's market produce becomes available again and I can enjoy the waves upon waves of good crops coming in. My husband especially loves those strawberries, whereas I seize that brief season when sour cherries are available.

So fascinating that Swedish shows depict all that drinking of heavy liquor and smoking. It seems so odd now to see movies of the sixties and before in which people seemed to chain-smoke! I grew up in a household of smokers - my mother, brother, and father - and all I can remember is the asthma and bronchitis I had as a kid. They'd all awaken at 3:00 AM now and then for a very early breakfast of fried eggs! As much as a foodie as I've been since I exited the womb, the smell of cigarettes and fried eggs was a phenomenal disappointment to me; I stayed in bed.

My parents only drank on special occasions, but when they gave parties, I remember the strong bouquet of women's perfume, men's aftershave, booze, and cigarette smoke billowing up from the recreation room...plus all that happy, loud cackling and guffawing! Memories...

Edited by: CIRANDELLA at: 3/5/2013 (08:30)
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When I returned from the Vietnam War, I drank like a fish plum up through the seventies and part of the eighties, I got so bad I could Not stand to be out in daylight, one day I said enough is enough, and never touched any alcohol of any kind again. That was 29 yrs ago, but beware there are people in my life who drink to much and always trying to get me to, oh by the way I quit smoking in 1986 emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I think you have a great attitude, dear! Life is to be enjoyed.
Hubby loves watching foreign detective shows on mtv. I love the italian ones because they really enjoy food, and take time out for it - plus the special glass of vino, and expresso. You see families eanjoying food together. That's the life! In the Swedish shows they're always drinking heavy liquor, and smoking. They're work-acholics, and have health problems.
Here in DC,USA, where I live, life is a tread-mill. Literally! I hate treadmills - even though I am a personal trainer at a gym - I try to encourage people to get out in nature to exercise - at least on weekends.
We eat simply, but well. I always buy the best quality food (opting for local, and organic when i can). I don't like "junk" food at all. Good food, cooked well is my medicine, and joy. If I'm gonna eat pizzaa, it's won't be from a chain restaurant. The micro brewery restaurant makes the best brick oven varities with several special cheeses, including goats cheese, and with fresh veggies inc portabella mushrooms etc. Yum! Lucky we don't come out here (where we ski) too often!
My point (long in the tooth) is that we should enjoy our lives. Addictions - food, or otherwise - don't make us happy. We need to make friends with ourselves.

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Maureen, it took about a year in all. Yes, indeedy, life IS grand! The alternative really doesn't hold much appeal for me emoticon . My secret was setting aside one day a month on which to enjoy a blow-out feast of a disgusting (well, for some - not me!), heads-to-the-trough, all-you-can-eat lunch at an all-you-can-eat feedery with a favorite relative, one who keeps me in stitches. If I hadn't enjoyed that one day a month as an "escape valve" of sorts, I never would've made it. Too many cravings would've yanked me off the path! Just knowing I had that ONE LUNCH a month was enough to keep me going.

The M.O. of using food as a reward like that is surrounded by controversy, but it's a strategy that worked for me. You know what does the trick these days? Knowing that I've now got two days a month - and we're talkin' 24-hour periods! - when I indulge my every craving *and* have that notorious nosh. F'rinstance, I make a mean loaf o' heavy-duty rye bread with caraway seeds, one that makes for a blissfully dense slice o' goodness, toasted...and soaked with plenty of butter. I have it for breakfast on those days...

I'll raise my morning mug of java to toast you today because we're in complete agreement about life: It really IS grand! So glad to meet you here, too :)

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wrinkles in your joints, creaky wrinkles! you crack me up! :) Going from 190 to 120, lady, is quite a feat! Chocolates an all! Yea for you! How long did it take you? I guess we all struggle with some temptations, and try to overcome inertia daily. Life! Ain't it grand!?

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I love wine but hate what it does to my middle. I decided to cut it out and find that loading myself up with 8-10 glasses of water daily helps me curb my craving for a glass or two of wine before dinner. Cuts the calories significantly too!

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I can relate to the wrinkles and creaky joints, Maureen - oh, can I! I'm just grateful my joints don't have wrinkles (and vice versa!). And you are so right: It *is* a powerful drug, legal though it may be. You are a wonderfully devoted wife to attend AA meetings with your spouse, too. It's an insidious drug: I had two relatives who succumbed to its effects.

I'm afraid chocolate is my drug of choice, but that's a whole 'nother thread :) Glad you're doing well.

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Old, and wise, Cirandella! LOL! YOu've gotta gain something for having to tolerate wrinkles, and creaky joints! I know, however, that for some, it's a huge thing to give up alcohol - like giving up a best friend! I attended AA meetings with my spouse, and heard about the destruction alcohol had brought to their lives. Some lost their children, husbands, jobs - everything! It's best not to get into it in the first place. Drinking on special occasions, and NOT drinking alone! That is crucial. It's a powerful drug.
Good that it's not a "biggie" for you, luv.
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TREADGENTLY, you're a very wise woman...and your husband, a wise man. I didn't have any problem giving up drinking, but wow...it did stimulate my appetite! emoticon That and the fact that I take Tylenol are the two reasons why I just dropped it altogether. You really don't miss it...

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It's good that you know this, Ashley. Binge drinking is particularly dangerous to anyone - especially young people (you're still young). Any habit that's out-of-control needs to be put in check. My husband had the kind of problem you describe, and he put himself into a live-in program for six months, and still takes a medication that will make him throw up if he drinks alcohol. Please, get help. You deserve it.

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Saying no gets easier with practice. I have been sober for over a year and still go out on the weekends. Im still wild and crazy just sober. Plus I feel much better in the mornings, then my friends. Plus, if you are the designated driver your beverages are free at most places.



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When I was younger I would drink all night and dance too. The calories kind of evened out I guess you could say. As I have gotten older when I drink I drink to get drunk. There is no in between for me. I either have to get drunk or stay sober. One beer is useless to me. I know it is an issue. I also eat more especially late into the night if I drink too much. It's tough knowing that your whole social circle and family functions are centered around drinks and food.
It's really hard to say no and I am not sure if I could.



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good! thanks!

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Yes..I think the non alcoholic beer tastes ok....



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Good for you! I'm ready to try the non-alcholic beer. Tastes like beer?

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This is a great thread! Last year, one of my doctors tested me as there was a concern about a fatty liver. Of course, I looked it up on the internet and what I read scared the hell out of me. It made it easy to give up alcohol and make changes in my diet. It turned out that my liver was OK and I was ecstatic. I now have an occasional drink or 3, but I will switch off between a drink and then a club soda or non-alcoholic beer. I've also read that you may crave sugar when you give up alcohol, but I didn't notice that.

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Thanks, Tiffany. I come from a family of drinkers, and always found drunks disgusting, and have been determined no to be one. Yet, I know that my daily habit was harmful - even though i'm still in excellent health (thanks to a lifetime of good habits - before now!)


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You do not need to be a hard core drinker but with those three plus beers daily, your body becomes dependent on. Yes the head ache and nausea most likely is due to not drinking. Eventually those three plus beers will become more because your bodies need. Im telling you this with empathy because I am an ex professional drinker. The kind that the emergency doctors have said I have no more withdrawals left. I found that once I figured out another way to cope and stopped. I truly wish the best for you and please if you go to you doctor for medication let them know about the drinking. FYI it take one or more years after not drinking for your body to function normally.



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I'm not sure if I'm a "hard core" drinker, but I had been drinking 3+ beers - throughout the day, sometimes first thing in the morning. I started drinking (before would only have a glass of wine on social ocassions), at my dad's funeral about 3 years ago. Then, my son moved back in with me. I never get drunk, but like the taste of beer, and the mellow feeling I get from having a beer.
So, two days ago, I decided I have to quit as I prefer a beer over a healthy breakfast, and I know that's bad! Yesterday, though, I had a severe headache, and became nauseous - like I wanted to throw up, but couldn't. I suspect that is due to quitting drinking. I don't feel "in danger" though.
However, I may get some anti-depressants to help me through this period - as much as I hate taking even an asprin!

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Totally agreeing with you guys and enjoying this thread!!!!! emoticon



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I have to cut out alcohol all together to get my weight moving, if I'm not going overboard with the drinking I go overboard with the food because of the drinking! It sabotages my efforts so I have to be very careful when I have a drink



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emoticon Good for you! Glad you're able to have a little red wine and really enjoy it without going overboard. For me, alcohol was a tremendous appetite stimulator, so I had to give it up entirely to lose weight and keep it off. It's the most effective appetizer I know.

But I think this is an area where people's mileage definitely may vary. Some folks do well by cutting down and others have to eliminate alcohol entirely so that their weight-loss efforts aren't sabotaged. It sounds like you've got a good handle on this!

"If you're going through hell, keep going."

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I use to love having a night cap.... some sweet wine! I am hypoglycemic so alcohol affected my sugar and the way I felt the next day! I learn that having a drink every night was not benefiting me and yes I quit cold turkey. Now, I only drink at special events ONLY!



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Wow....Can really relate...I noticed that I totally want to eat the house down after one drink...So, I am trying to completely quit,too...It is hard because my husband drinks every night,and all my friends drink....I just keep reminding myself that they are not REAL friends if they don't understand.... emoticon emoticon



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When I was 21, I was quite a regular drinker. There was a time when I could really put it away, and since I was waaaay overweight, it took a lot more for me to "feel it". The thing is, when I drank, I did so to get drunk. I was literally all or nothing about that. I remember the first impression I made on my fiance's parents was at a club for new year's eve 2007. I was totally trashed before 9:00pm. As I lost weight though, I was still drinking as if I was 330 pounds-not good for a hangover.

I finally had to stop when I decided to drink 2 Four Lockos-on a mostly empty stomach, and then ate some pizza. That night I got to taste them all in reverse every hour on the hour from midnight to 4 and then feel completely ill the next day.

I might have been sick with another illness too, but that was enough to make me NEVER want to drink ever again. I also realized that if I wanted to get serious about this weight loss, I couldn't just be drinking. At least not the 'cheap stuff'. I still haven't had a drop since September 26 2012, and though at some point, I might have a glass of wine, I have yet to do it. I guess it's a combination of me being sickened by the thought, and knowing that it's not really going to help me lose weight. I'm sure I'll have glass at some point-maybe a glass of wine when I graduate, but for now, I guess I'm just over it.

so yeah. I just completely stopped, and to be honest, I feel SO much better about it. I was worried about becoming an alcoholic, and the way I was drinking, and how depressed I was, it definitely could have happened.


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WOW! I am so glad I found this, I to am struggling with trying to cut out alcohol,and it is sooooo y husband especially when myand husband drinks,and most everyone that we socialize with. But I know it is MY problem and only I can do something about it!!!! But it is great to know that I am not alone in my battle.



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Word! Totally feel you ! I live in a small town that gets really boring this time of yr and I work part time...I think when I track my alcohol on spark people it helps me not drink as much ...I'm like whoa! I could have eaten so much healthy food instead of all that poison and sugar...Good luck on your journey!

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Inspiring , I can totally relate to the coping part . That is awesome you quit :)


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I am really good at drinking. I started drinking regularly at 23 after my fiance passed away unexpectedly. I don't drink hard alcohol, but I can drink a lot of beer (not everyday but that doesn't matter). I feel now that I am thirty it is effecting my body in bad ways. The last two weeks I've only drank twice, so I am doing better. Today I have decided to quit smoking which means I need to quit drinking (I only smoke if I drink 4 + beers. I have tried switching to alcohol I don't like, AA (but I live in a small town and it's more like a social gossip group and no one there seems to be struggling. After work I feel like I "need" a drink to relax. Everyone I know drinks... not so helpful. I know that alcohol is even worse for women. That's why I looked this topic up on spark people because this program has changed my life, maybe it will help with this too :) I thinking trying a cleanse, any suggestions on types?

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I have enjoyed drinking as well, for years, I totally blame my weight gain on it because when you are drinking you don't always think how many calories you're consuming. It causes your judgment to be off and you'll indulge in food you know better than to shovel in! I quit smoking just over 4 weeks ago and doing VERY good, in fact I feel like a natural non-smoker (this could be due to the Champix). I naturally wanted to shift my focus to living a healthier life style as a whole. Giving up drinking beer everyday was something that HAD TO GO. My husband and I have been drinking since the day we met I think we fell in love with a bottle of beer in our hand. However I am Determined to make healthy changes to my life, only GOOD can come of it.
The state of suffering is only temporary.
I have a suggestion for any wine drinkers out there. I occasionally enjoy a wine spritzer. I use 2 ounces of wine, then fill my glass up with, 0 calorie, 0 sugar - carbonated water like Perrier. And it tastes really good and I can have 2 or 3 without compromising my calorie intake too much.




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Like a lot of posts that I've seen, I'm struggling with not drinking. I'm to the point where I see the negative impact on my life. I have stopped drinking several times for a few weeks at a time, but I always seem to start up again. It is difficult because my husband likes wine as much as I do and I have little will power. But we also hang out with people who drink. So I really need some will power. I need to find some other beverages to drink. I drink a ton of water. I don't drink juice, except for tomato juice, I don't drink soda or anything carbonated. I've tried tea but that hasn't seem to get me through the evenings. Hopefully, I will start trying to do things around the house at night so I'm not just sitting on the couch watching TV with a glass of wine. Like a few others have mentioned, I also can't stop once I start drinking and then I munch. I have all these reasons to stop but I love my wine - I just need to get some will power.



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Hey, I'm glad you found it too. When I read your post, here were my 2 reactions to it:

Food is digested better if your drink with your meal is.... Water!
I know wine is served with meals at so many functions. If you believe what I said, and it's what I read right before Christmas so it was good to aspire to, then you will be more able to insist on water as your drink of choice during your meal. (I know, so that leaves the before and after the meal drinks up to you.)

My other reaction was I can relate to the social situations' pressure, as I have that coming up, starting in 1 week, when I attend a fundraiser that cost me $50 and I'll probably reason it in my mind that I paid for the wine, too. But I hope to steer myself clear of those temptations when I get to it. All I can do leading up to it is psyche myself up and hope for the best...?!

After that I'm chairing 2 annual events. One is on the 29th and is a luncheon but there's a bar in the next room and I hope to resist. I know you know what I mean!
And the other is actually a Cocktail Party, if you can believe that! I hope to drink water most of the night and not have any alcohol.

My liver enzymes have been high the last few years and I took it upon myself to seek medical counsel on it. I even bought a Trader Joe's Complete Body Cleanse, not so much for my colon as for my liver. But it cleans everything - your gallbladder, your bloodstream even! It was only about $15.00.

The 14 day cleanse ended this past week. My incentive to quit drinking is something that I hope to continue, beyond the cleanse. You can only do it 4 times a year, so in the Spring I'll buy another one. I got so much energy from it - it made me feel good that I was doing something positive for myself.

All the best to you, in this endeavor.

Alcohol is the most available drug there is. Saying adios to it is do-able! Bravo to all who join me on this journey and stay true to themselves and stick to it.


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I am so glad I found this discussion as it is comforting to know that I am not alone in this struggle. I often cut back from drinking for a time but so many social situations include alcohol and my husband is in the food/wine industry and thinks wine needs to accompany food often, I find my self succumbing and ruining my "dry streak".
He verbalizes support and doesn't intentionally sabotage but its just so prevalent in my life. Additionally, if I cut it out completely and eat clean and work out and DON'T see significant change on the scale, I get discouraged and open a bottle :). Any thoughts or suggestions are always welcomed.



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I need to cut back on the drinking also. I did use Allan Carr's book to quit smoking. Didn't know he had one for drinking. I am an emotional drinker not eater. We never used to have alcohol in the house. We only used to drink when we went out on Friday nights. Then DH started buying it. Now, he hasn't been able to drink for over a year due to some meds he's on. I have cut way back. But, if I get upset, and lately things have not been good because of my siblings, I have one glass of wine and it can turn into the whole bottle. Or, if we go out for dinner and I have a drink, I will continue when we get home. If I don't drink at all, I don't drink. I hope that made sense.

I'm wondering if the alcohol is what is keeping me from losing the weight. I am doing well in every other aspect.

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I'm no pro at this. I have been "thinking and saying" for years that I need to cut back on alcohol intake. Not just for weight loss, but for less sugars, empty calories, family fights, hardships, driving, accountability (as in diet), etc. I have been doing a lot of reading recently. A good read is Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Drinking. Basically this book teaches you how YOU are in control and the alcohol does not control you! Seriously, think about that. It's a good start for those of you on this thread. It does not follow other quit drinking group guidelines where you are taught you are the problem and only willpower can make you better. It's more of a let it go guide. Live a fuller, happier life without sucking down emptiness (or, as the book calls it...devastation). I love to drink. I am the epitome of an overweight, 50 year old party girl with a beer gut. I work, I function, work out, but I can never lose a lb. I'm not trying to sell the book. I have only read it once, but keep it by my head in bed at night and read the Appendix and folded pages when I feel I need that guidance. I've only been five days without any alcohol because I made a pact with myself that I NEED to lose this weight. I just happened to time it well with the end of the year and thought January is a good a time as any. What am I really going to be missing?? That said....I need to lose (as my heart doctor tells me) 50 lbs. WTH? Yes. Personally, I think the biggest thing holding me back is my lack of accountability to my self with the aid of alcohol. This is (I think) my first post on Spark People. I hope to be able to take full advantage of these tools to help me along with the help of others on these forums to make it a better year. Power to us all. MM



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Thanks to everyone who posted on this topic. I am new to Spark People and find myself over my daily goals with my standard evening vodka and diet tonic. I know they are empty calories but I can't seem to want to give them up. I need to find the motivation to at least save them for the weekends. Any suggestions as to how I might want to eliminate this habit? I've tried AA in the past without success and am looking for an answer from without for within. Thanks for any suggestions. BN

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Just think drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes increases your risk of breast cancer. I've done research on women who drink alchohol and also smoke get some kind of cancer usually breast cancer. So think to yourself "is it worth it"? No, I don't think so. Maybe this might help.



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I think it would be very helpful if SparkPeople included an optional "Alcohol Tracker" feature along with the nutrition, fitness, and weight trackers. In fact, a tracker that you could design yourself (ie change it to track alcohol, pot, other drugs, etc) might be very helpful for people with addiction issues who want to gain insight and control over what they are doing. Having all those nifty reports available would also likely be very helpful to some people.



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Hi, I can relate to your habits and what you take and do. I decided a month or so ago that I would be quitting drinking. I didn't do it every night, but I can attest to the 'single serving bottle" of wine that one poster wrote here. So I had a 'dry" New Year's holiday. I almost cheated but stood strong. The urge is there to jump in the car and go buy some wine or whatever. But then I visualize myself at the liquor store and it isn't a picture I want to see happen. Another thing that's unusual is I lost my shame/ privacy by telling others I see every day that I've quit. It's a support thing. If you can't be true to yourself, then you have others close by you watching you, too. I want the toxins out of my internal organs that I've put there through years of mindless drinking. Yes it was done as a reaction to stress, but I'm done hurting myself. The glasses of wine really aren't the cure to anxiety. There's more to look for that can help get to a better self, a healthier and proud life! Keep going. It can be done.

Alcohol is the most available drug there is. Saying adios to it is do-able! Bravo to all who join me on this journey and stay true to themselves and stick to it.


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I am in the same boat!!!!!! I teach in the ghetto in the middle of the drug and gun district!!!!! I am the mother of a 17 year old who curses me out daily and a son who is 24 and has drug and alcohol issues after the death of their father in 2004. He is trying to recover and get his life back. He is back home now. I am also working on my doctorate and am in the dissertation phase. I drink 3 or 4 5 oz. wine bottles every night because I am so stressed. I too take antidepressants. I really want to cut back. How did you do it?



 
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