I can definitely relate to the beer loving. I love to try new and different beers each time my husband and I go out. I try my best to stay away during the week as I get my workouts in each day, but the weekends are the killer.
I've found that I usually have enough calories in my "budget" at the end of the day to have a beer. Do you live with someone else who is a beer enthusiast? My boyfriend and I will sometimes split a bottle of beer. I even drink it out of a smaller glass (such as those juice glass-sized tasting glasses you sometimes get at beer tastings). That way it doesn't FEEL like I'm drinking less and a lot of times I can even refill the glass. You could also get a growler and serve yourself smaller portions from it, then you don't have to open a bottle and feel like you have to finish all 12 ounces. At bars or breweries I often ask for a flight of beers to split between a couple or a few people. I get to taste all the beers I want but I don't get stuck with all of the calories.
Fitness Minutes: (18,119) Posts: 311 6/14/11 7:13 A
Believe me, I hear ya! I'm a homebrewer myself, and we always have delicious microbrews in the fridge as well. The trick is, DON'T quit it. Just cut back some. This is for life, not until you reach a number. So enjoy a good brew once in awhile (heck, I still do once or twice a week, sometimes splitting one with the DH, sometimes a whole one to myself), but just in moderation, and if you want, leave room for it in your nutrition tracker.
~ Julie - Pittsburgh, PA ~
current weight: 139.5
Fitness Minutes: (12,920) Posts: 656 5/16/11 3:00 P
Try drinking cider sometimes instead - the caloric difference isn't a ton but it contains antioxidants!
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current weight: 137.0
Fitness Minutes: (25,111) Posts: 1,135 5/9/11 6:45 P
I would suggest not stopping it altogether, I've read again and again on here )and with experience) found that you can't just quit something you love! Just try cutting back, instead of 6/week, try to get to 3/week or something, and when going to a festival, I would plan for my meals to have a little less calories and use it as a "free day" - so my overage wouldn't be too bad but also feeling ok if I do go over.
I still go out drinking with friends, I'm trying to cut it down to 1-2 days a week tops, and plan my meals accordingly so I won't feel awful if I go over my calorie counts, and if I do mess up big time, I just plan a little extra exercise time!
Hope this helps and good luck!
current weight: 150.0
Fitness Minutes: (875) Posts: 6 5/9/11 2:46 P
Well I always thought that I had no addictions and could give up any kind of food or drink without regrets, but here it is: BEER. I love beer. I want a beer every day, especially with dinner, after a hard day at work. And I don't mean light beer, no. I drink good expensive local stuff filled with flavor and empty calories. I probably drink up to 6 servings a week. I can't stress enough how much I love beer. It's like a religion to me. I always try new varieties, check out local breweries, go to festivals, etc. I dread the thought that it is bad for me and that I have to quit it. Did you have to give up any of your favorite foods? If so what was it and how you cope with it?
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