I've given myself one day a week I can drink (Saturday for me) and it can get super hard sometimes because I'm always out with friends and even harder I work in a corporate firm where we are always going for lunches and drinks etc. The thing that really helps me - soda water with lime . It's got the fizz of a cocktail and fills you a little bit and gives you something to sip on. If I'm at home I go to the gym. If I REALLY can't/don't want to go to the gym or have already been, I read. I find watching tv or just sitting around makes it worse.
You must first believe in yourself or no one else will
Exercise should be about rewarding your body with endorphins and strength, not about punishing your body for what you've eaten.
Karen, great story about your brother! I think he is so right. I also understand about replacing one version of the decadence with another. I love my caffeine, and I have tried to limit it to one cup of coffee a day. If I absolutely must have the taste later in the day, I always do decaf (or if absolutely necessary, half caf). I get the taste and usually my body is tricked into thinking I am getting caffeine. Perhaps if you switch to decaf in the afternoon, you will be able to do it more easily.
I definitely see nothing wrong with a piece of dark chocolate every now and then! Doesn't it have all kinds of health benefits, too?
I trade one decadence for another. If I can't have a drink right then (if I'm going to be driving or I need to be 100% sober) I opt for one of my other two decadences - dark chocolate (because a little goes a very long way) or coffee - the extra special flavored ones. If I'm having a particularly hard time, I might brew a whole pot and sip "the good stuff" for the entire afternoon.
My brother has lost and gained and yo-yo-ed all his adult life. He finally found his answer when he entered his fifth decade of life. He believes that we are all about our addictions and the secret of success is trading our bad addictions (like alcohol, sugar, caffeine and nicotine) for good addictions like long soaks in a hot tub (with good company, it's even better), time spent in the gym vs. time spent in front of the TV with bowl after bowl of unhealthy snack foods, long walks and trips to visit family and friends that have been postponed and procrastinated for too long! He's retired so he obviously has more time on his hands to make these choices than a lot of us have. But isn't it wonderful that he is making better choices with his time? I hope to do the same - within the parameters of my busy life!
Just my $0.02
"There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the hard truths and saying, 'We will never give up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to prevail.'" – Jim Collins
So I am seeing a pattern here of people and their strategies for what to do when they crave a drink. When I crave a drink at home at the end of the day, I get up and exercise. What do you do instead of drinking?
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