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emoticon Go Judy!

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7/1/15 1:46 P

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My main reason to be AF today is simply to get started with the plan! On 6/1 on this thread I said I was reading the HAMS book and going to get started. All of June I decided on July 1st. Well, today is the day. I will be AF today to start the month off right! I won't be AF for the next few days, but I will be tracking and have a plan to handle the holiday festivities!

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My reason to be AF today:

1. Because this is my choice, mine alone. I will not let someone else's opinion influence my decision to remain AF.

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I do too Chelsea. And a really beautiful picture. Thanks. I needed that today.

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6/17/15 11:04 A

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I just liked this quote.


"Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it." - Amy Poehler

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6/12/15 10:47 A

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The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.

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6/4/15 12:18 A

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My reason today is allowing my body to heal while I sleep, so I can get stronger and healthier, and wake up with energy.

P.S. Dipgal - Amazing! 2.5 years later and the thread is still going. Must have been a great idea! emoticon


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WOW - I started this thread 2 1/2 years ago (almost) and it's still around even though I haven't been. And I still have this *problem*.. I'm so glad I visited here today after receiving September Spirit's email about a new 30 day challenge. I am glad to say that my health still hasn't suffered greatly since January of 2013, but I'm probably a walking time bomb.

My main reason to be AF or moderate greatly is to stop any health ailments that are exacerbated by AL from kicking me in the you know what! 40+ years of almost daily alcohol consumption (and sometimes WAY too much) cannot be good for me!!




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Hi Melissa, good to see you! emoticon

So I had two glasses of wine on Saturday night when I went out to dinner. On Saturday, I felt like I had a lot more alcohol than that. I imagine my tolerance is much lower now. I felt crappy the entire day. Not worth it! Todays reason to remain AF:

1. I like the way I feel right now!


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Thanks for all the words of wisdom, y'all.

I have a lot of reasons today.

1. I'm getting a tattoo later, and it's not good to drink alcohol when you've just had ink.
2. I want to enjoy the sunny weekend and not lose any of it to "falling asleep."
3. My kitty is sick, and may not be with us for long. I want to spend all the time cuddling him.
4. My mom's 70th is next weekend, and I want to be alert, rested, and able to spend as much time with my family, with energy to keep up with my 2-year-old nephew.

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5/28/15 10:49 P

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Jami - emoticon By the way, great job on day 14!

My reasons today are having more energy and keeping this downward trend of weight loss going.


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5/28/15 6:49 P

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Because I know that I don't need to have alcohol to feel good, have fun, or decrease my stress.

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That's a great thing Val!

My reason today has been to drop these last 7 pounds! :)


"Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it." - Amy Poehler

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My reason to be AF these days:

So I don't tempt my sweetheart to drink. He's one week sober and today decided to clean out the shed and then fix a drawer in the kitchen that we cleaned out together. I've never seen him so energetic. It's a really great thing.

"Learn from me. . . . and you will find rest for your souls."
-- Jesus in Matthew 11:29


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5/24/15 11:34 A

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1. A good night's sleep = happy mood = energy = accomplishing the things that make me feel alive!


"Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it." - Amy Poehler

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5/24/15 11:12 A

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Todays reason to remain AF:

I am worth the effort and work it takes to be healthy and strong.

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5/22/15 12:13 P

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Because I don't want a foggy mind, droopy eyes, and slurred speech.

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5/20/15 8:44 P

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Thanks Elle!

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best reason yet
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Todays reason to remain AF:

1. I am not powerless. I have the power to choose a clean and clear mind.

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1. Way less bloated = more comfortable in my clothes.
2. More energy in the evenings, rather than just cashing in early.
3. Better sleep.
4. Not having it be the norm for my kids to ALWAYS see mommy with a drink in the evenings.


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5/18/15 10:28 A

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Todays reasons to remain AF:

1. My energy is off the scale when I don't drink.

2. I am losing weight.

3. I have complete control over what I put into my body.

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5/15/15 3:46 P

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Yes Chelsea, you can call me Jami. I'm with you, I have to pick myself up and keep moving forward. I hope your day is gong well.

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Athena - Girl, I'm with you. I watered those darn weeds last night instead of the flowers. I figure we have two options. Beat ourselves up or take some notes, make a plan, and do better today. :) Life is not a steady state (as much as I'd like it to be). But one blip does not make the whole journey worthless. We can be AF today and be just fine. I got you!

(P.S. Should I call you Jami?)


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5/14/15 6:46 P

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emoticon Chelsea, I caved. I felt so good this morning.

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5/14/15 10:29 A

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Preach, Athena! emoticon

A reason to be AF today is that wonderful feeling when you wake up in the morning and you realize that you didn't drink. Yes!


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5/13/15 8:30 P

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I am strong. For the first time in a long time, I have confidence. My eating is so much better.

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5/13/15 1:28 A

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My reason to be AF today is to feel STRONGER! I like the feeling of being able to do something I set my mind to.

Liked this quote:



"Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it." - Amy Poehler

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Your so right Chelsea. I am completely convinced that I would not have put this weight on if not for wine! Its just not worth it.

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Athena - You are doing GREAT!

Mamabear - Your reasons were so insightful and right on. I related to a lot of them.

A reason to be AF for me is that whenever i drink my metabolism completely STOPS, while my body tries to process the alcohol. Then I usually add on food with the drinking. This is not giving energy and fuel to my body. I worked so hard doing 45 minutes of kickboxing and drinking all my water and making good choices today, then come home and BLAM. I'm tired, let's have a glass of wine, which turned into two.

Big sigh....so I'd rather go take a bath then add all that badness onto all the goodness I worked for. Someone please remind me of this!

Edited by: CBRECK77 at: 5/12/2015 (01:13)

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I am really not feeling the urge to drink tonight. I woke up several times last night and was able to get back to sleep. Tomorrow day 9!


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Todays reason to remain AF:

1. Today I felt so good at work. Not crappy and dragged down. I had energy when I taught my students. It felt good.

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5/9/15 9:41 A

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Todays reasons to remain AF:

1. I don't need alcohol to feel good.

2. It takes me days to recover from any alcohol consumption.

3. Alcohol clouds my judgment and my choices.

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MOMMABEAR121 you said it all so perfectly. I echo all of your thoughtful reasons to remain AF today.

Together we are strong. Thank you!

The most certain way to succeed is to try just one more time.

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Good morning .. thank you all .. I wandered in to this team a while a go but wasn't serious, I was still able to fool myself that a couple of drinks every evening was just fine .. I deserved to relax .. my day was stressful , I just needed some me time ..
Well a couple of drinks were very much enjoyed while supper was cooking .. or after it was ready waiting for my husband to come home.
Supper came and went .. never really appreciated or mindfully eaten. Dishes done .. then relax time again ..
alcohol throws all of my good intentions , all of my plans and dreams out the window and says in my head .. go ahead have that piece of cake .. or just a few chips wont hurt .. so even though the calories were included in my daily count the effects of alcohol on my self control far out weigh the hour of relaxation ..
Reasons for me to remain AF today ..
1 my body is thanking me for taking better care of it .. for paying attention to what I eat'
2 I have energy , I want to do things , getting projects accomplished while supper is cooking frees up my weekend
3 I'm going to make one day a week my day .. I only do as I please .. ( no alcohol) .. I will paint and read and redecorate or plant or visit spend time with my babies .. fur babies and grand babies ..
4 I deserve to be whole and well and full of life and fun .. able to see the miracles of life and nature and to be in the moment ... loving myself for making a commitment to me

Thank you all ... I'm here for the long haul now .. sending you light and love and the conviction to be the best you you can be just for today ... then and then and then .... she lived happily ever after ... one choice at a time ... she chose to love herself, to find herself instead of covering the true feelings with booze .. the end .. emoticon

THE SECRET TO ANYTHING YOU WANT IN LIFE IS TO BE AND FEEL HAPPY .. LIVE HAPPY ... HAPPY HAPPY .. BE A PAIN IN THE YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPY!! THE KIND OF PERSON THAT NEGATIVE PEOPLE WONDER ABOUT AND CAN'T STAND TO BE AROUND!! NOW THAT IS PURE HAPPINESS!!


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5/6/15 7:38 P

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Todays reason to remain AF:

I felt great today!

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Reasons to remain AF today:

1. I woke up this morning with such clear head and I slept through the night.

2. I like the way this feels. By "this" I mean, the lack of anxiety, guilt, and regret.

3. Today, I feel free.

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Todays reason to remain AF:

1. I felt energized at work today and not completely exhausted when I got home.
2. I finally slept really well last night.

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Irene I too feel 100% better when I don't drink. I have found that even 2 small glasses of wine make me feel terrible.

Todays reason to remain AF:

Tomorrow is day 5!

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Good sleep! I feel better, have energy, and can think!

Exercise & eating right -when I drink, I don't want to work out, and don't. And I am less likely to eat bad food, like chips, or cake.

Clear head- I do more, am better at work and home when I don't drink. even if its just reading a book or meditating. I don't when I have some wine.



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Athena, emoticon (Your granddaughter is too cute.)

My MAJOR reason to be AF today:

1. Good solid sleep - it makes everything better. It's like nature's way to "soften the edges" like I sometimes use alcohol for. emoticon


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Today, I am following CBRECK77 lead. No sauce for me tonight or tomorrow. I get to see that beautiful baby girl. Thanks Chelsea!

Jami



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1. To feel proud and sure the next day waking up.
2. To sleep well.
3. To wake up with energy and enthusiasm the next day.
4. To know I can feel ANY emotion and not HAVE TO drink.


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Todays reasons to remain AF:

1. I don't need alcohol.

2. I feel strong and my mind is clear.

3. I always feel dog tired the day after I drink.

Today, I know I can.

Edited by: ATHENA1966 at: 4/19/2015 (14:31)
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YES! Sleep quality. I slept through the entire night last night.
1. sleep
2. weight loss or at least maintenance
3. energy to work out
4. NO REGRETS

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I am resolute in creating a plan each week to include meals and workouts. I'm resolute in taking charge of ME, doing what I need to do to get fit and healthy.

I'm a renagade - against weak excuses, allowing set backs to become the "norm". Not happening. I'm also one who has problems with self-sabotage. No more. When I see change and success, I'll celebrate it and strive to move even closer to my goal.


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Those are my 2 favorite reasons emoticon
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Todays reason to remain AF:

1. I slept great last night.

2. I was not dragging this morning

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Very insightful.

Here we go. Todays reasons to remain AF:

1. I feel good this morning!
2. If I drink I will wake up with dark circles under my eyes.
3. I want to continue feeling strong and proud of my choices.

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thank you maureen that was insightful!
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I will not give up in this weight loss journey, nor this need to be AF.

3-19-13=156, 5-17-13 =145, 6-7-13=139.5 yeah! 8-19-13=148.5, 8-30-13=145.5, 9-2-13= 150.5, 10-19-13=143, 11-12-13= 140, 1-13-14= 146.5, 3-26-14=148, 6-28-14=157, 7-17-14=152.5, 7-24-14=149, 9-16-14=147, 9-24-14=143.5, 1-12-15=164, 2-28-15=149, 3-31-15=147, 4-17-15=144, 4-21-15=142.5, 4-30-15=141, 5-22-15=139.5, 6-9-15=141, 6-17-15=140.5, 6-20-15=139.5, 6-26-15=139!

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My reason to remain AF today is:

I drank 2 glasses of wine last night a felt horrible today. No sleep, very short tempered, my blood pressure is up, etc.

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I am finding my power. Alcohol does not have power over my own free will. Last night was tough. I had a very stressful and very long day. Driving home I really wanted to go home and have a few glasses of wine. I'm off for a few days so why not? Because I know that's not going to end well for me. I will eat uncontrollably, sleep terribly, and spend the next 10 days regaining the feeling that I have right now. I chose not to do that.

I know that some can have a daily beer and it works out for them. That's great for those who can. I am just not one of those people.

Today is day 10. If I had made the other choice it would have been day 1. I hate day 1.

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Wow, when you put it that way...
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Dr. Gabe Mirkin's Fitness and Health e-Zine
February 15, 2015

No Health Benefits from Alcohol

A study from England following 53,000 men and women, age 50 and older, for 6 to 10 years, shows that alcohol has no demonstrable health benefits and does not prolong life (British Medical Journal, February 10, 2015). The authors grouped people by age and found no benefits whatever in all age groups except men 50 to 64 and women 65 and older and even in these two groups, the benefits were statistically almost insignificant.

Probable Flaws in Previous Studies
Most of the studies showing that people who take fewer than two drinks a day live longer than non-drinkers and heavier drinkers are flawed because they did not separate former drinkers from people who almost never drank. This new study separated former drinkers from lifetime non-drinkers and found no health benefits from alcohol at all. Former heavy drinkers are likely to be less healthy and die earlier than people who have never drunk alcohol. More than half of the people who call themselves non-drinkers are recovering alcoholics or people who had been told to stop drinking because they had already suffered from diseases caused in part by drinking, such as heart attacks, cancers, strokes, dementia, impotence or liver damage.

The United States Public Health Service says that alcohol kills more than 88,000 people in the United States each year, and has shortened the lives of those who died by an average of 30 years. It also causes 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults aged 20-64 years, and the health damage it causes costs $223.5 billion, or $1.90 a drink.

Two Other Studies Published This Week
1) Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol increases a middle-aged person’s chances of suffering a stroke as much as high blood pressure or diabetes does. Those who take in more than two drinks a day have a 34 percent increased risk of stroke compared to those who take in less than half a drink (Stroke, Jan. 29, 2015). Those who take in more than two drinks a day in their 50s and 60s suffer strokes earlier in life than light drinkers or non-drinkers.

2) Drinking some alcohol every day increases risk for permanent liver damage called cirrhosis (Journal of Hepatology, January 26, 2015). Wine is associated with a lower risk for liver damage than beer and liquor. The authors of this study warn that older drinkers are more likely to have health conditions affected by alcohol or to take medicines that impair their ability to metabolize alcohol.

How Your Liver Breaks Down Alcohol
Your liver works to protect you from alcohol. It is the only structure in your body that contains enough of an enzyme that breaks down significant amounts of alcohol, and it breaks down alcohol in a slow, steady rate into acetaldehyde dehydrogenase. If you take in too much alcohol, the alcohol will eventually destroy your liver to cause a condition called cirrhosis. When this happens to you, your liver breaks down alcohol so slowly that it can accumulate in, and damage, your brain and every other organ in your body.

Immediate Risks of Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol increases risk for:
* Injuries (automobile crashes, falling, drowning, burns)
* Violence (homicide, suicide, sexual assault, and partner violence)
* Passing out
* Poor judgment, such as promiscuous sex with an infected partner or failure to use contraception
* Miscarriage, stillbirth, or having a brain-damaged child (for pregnant women).

Long-Term Health Risks from Alcohol
* High blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, stomach ulcers
* Cancer of the breast, prostate, mouth, throat, esophagus, stomach, liver, colon and others
* Learning and memory problems (dementia, poor school or work performance)
* Emotional problems such as depression
* Social problems
* Alcoholism

Definition of a Drink
In all of the studies and reports, a “drink” contains the amount of alcohol that takes an average person’s liver one hour to clear it from the bloodstream. However, this can vary with body weight, sex, age, metabolic rate, recent food intake, the type and strength of the alcohol, and any medication you take. A "drink" contains 0.6 ounces (14.0 grams or 1.2 tablespoons) of pure alcohol, which means:
* 12-ounces of beer (5% alcohol content)
* 8-ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content)
* 5-ounces of wine (12% alcohol content)
* 1.5-ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) liquor (e.g., gin, rum, vodka, whiskey)




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I know Elle!

Today is day nine no sauce! I am so thrilled. Reason to remain AF today:

1. I have come a long way in the last 9 days.

2. When I think about drinking, I imagine all of the negative consequences that come the next day. I play the tape forward and I don't like how that tape ends.

3. I want to continue feeling calm and well rested with all the poison from my body.

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I had some great news and the first thing I thought about was having a drink. (I didn't)

Good news, bad news, happy, sad, tired, depressed, I still think about having a drink. emoticon

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Tomorrow is day nine. Three hours and a nights sleep. It has been a really long time and I am ready. I want alcohol to be a past tense for me.

Edited by: ATHENA1966 at: 2/12/2015 (10:00)
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Today is day seven. I worked out today despite being exhausted from working the last 3 days. I believe there is no stressor in my life that is worth consuming alcohol. Today, I choose to remain sober.

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Because tomorrow is day 4.

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My reason for remaining AF today is:

I am in control, and I choose to remain sober.

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Excellent!

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Excellent!

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1. No headache in the morning.
2. Night sweats are gone.
3. No sweet/bad taste in my mouth.
4. Feeling much more positive about myself.
5. Better for weight loss.
6. No late night munching.
7. Better night sleep.

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You guys rock! I know many people will indulge this Super Bowl Sunday. I'm not going to be one of them.

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1. Makes uncomfortable feelings worse (for me).
2. Easier to keep weight down without it.
3. Have I mentioned it makes me feel BLOATED?
4. Because I deserve to have control over what makes me feel GOOD!
5. Energy and pride the next morning.


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Reasons to remain AF:

1. I wake up feeling incredibly motivated when I don't drink.

2. I always have better control over my eating the night before and the day after. The day after drinking alcohol, my appetite is off the chart!

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Thanks Maureen! That will make me think twice before on reach for that glass of wine. When I have wine it is usually at least 2 glasses.

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More than I glass of wine a day increases risk of stroke in middle age women by one third!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/n
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I actually got up this morning and got on my treadmill! No way I could have done that if I had alcohol the night before!


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1. NO MORE BLOATING! emoticon (Huge difference the next day or two after.)
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3. Waking up the next morning with a lot more energy. emoticon




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Reasons to remain AF today:

1. I feel good about myself when I am AF
2. I make healthier food choices when I am AF
3. I look forward to exercise when I am AF

Jami



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Elle you are so right, it really is a great motivator.

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