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ERICWS SparkPoints: (8,307)
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2/9/13 10:28 A

I'm going to get a nice Cabernet this afternoon, and an Outback takeout dinner for the family, with a bloomin' onion appetizer, and nobody will stop me! emoticon

I did 3 miles on the treadmill and will probably do some snowshoeing this afternoon, though! emoticon

2/8/13 4:51 P

Thanks Gardendiva.

I'm a lightweight and can't usually manage more than 2 or 3 drinks in an evening anyway, so I don't notice the difference in drunkenness between a diet drink vs. a regular one.

For the same reason, even if I'm only having one, I don't drive. Aside from my inability to see straight, I worry that I would not pass a breathalyzer test.

GARDENDIVA2 Posts: 612
2/7/13 3:55 P

Trinity - Just this last week our local news Doctor did a piece on mixing alcohol with diet soda or other mixers. He indicated that due to the lack of sugar in the mixer, the alcohol is absorbed twice as fast into your blood stream giving you a higher blood alcohol level quicker. Therefore, 2 diet mixer drinks will have the same effect as 4 sugar laden mixer drinks.

Remember this when you are driving after drinking. One drink can put you at the legal level.

TOMMYGUN81 SparkPoints: (5,693)
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2/5/13 4:50 P

I think cutting back is the best way to go, especially if drinking tied to your social life. In my case, I literally have to shun everyone if I were to give up drinking, and that's not something I'm willing to do. There's a balance.

PAPASMURF1957 SparkPoints: (23,119)
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2/5/13 11:53 A

I'm not saying that I won't drink again. Right now drinking alcohol is counter-productive to my dietary and fitness goals and I choose not to drink. It's not a moral issue. It's not an ethical issue. It's not a religious issue. It's a choice. OH yeah, and my Dr. has got me on some meds that helps counter the effects and the cravings too...LOL!!!

SNAFUKEN SparkPoints: (15,332)
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2/3/13 6:25 P

I've cut back, changed to Light Beer,and if I have more the one ,I drink of glass of water with lemon in-between beers.
I have to watch cause beer is a "Trigger" food for me. Too many and I go into a feeding Frenzy and it won't be salads I'm eating ... emoticon

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2/3/13 10:14 A

A glass or 3 of wine on Saturday nights with pasta dinner with my wife and kids at home....

That is my big cheat meal of the week!

Otherwise, an occasional beer if I go to a hockey game or hang out and watch a game or go bowling, etc. But that is once a month, maybe.

So on average 1 or 2 alcoholic beverages per week for me. I drink no other calorie drinks- only water or black coffee.

SECTION1RON Posts: 6,365
2/3/13 9:02 A

I have the occasional social drink. Advise that is always given to me is moderation.

Edited by: SECTION1RON at: 2/3/2013 (09:04)
DAMIENHUSTED SparkPoints: (6,896)
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2/2/13 5:37 P

no just chewing tobacco

VATRUCKER SparkPoints: (20,629)
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2/2/13 9:14 A

No booze, no tobacco, no drugs, went through all that for most of the 70's don!t remember much , just that the Vietnam War and me totally disagreed with each other in issues of health and well being emoticon emoticon emoticon

2/1/13 5:33 P

I would suggest planning for it. Like the person who tends bar mentioned, have a strategy for dealing with it ahead of time and it will be less likely to derail your progress.

I don't drink often (my kids still get up at 6 am, no matter what I've been up to the night before), but when I do I usually:
- stick to wine, or rye or vodka mixed with diet something.
- alternate each glass of alcohol with water (I'm a lightweight. If I don't alternate with water, I'll be under the table 1/2 way through my second drink)
- eat something with protein before I start drinking
- have an eating plan in place for the next day, so that I'm not completely overtaken by the munchies.

FIRE27 Posts: 34
2/1/13 8:53 A

I learned to drink my alcohol straight or on the rocks, you drink the same amount but slower and ice will water it down. Plus you lose the sugar in the mixers. Keep adding ice will make it last longer. For Margaritas lose the mixer, it is all sugar just use lime! Also just having a tonic and a lime on ice can substitute for an alcohol drink at the bar and you feel like you are having a drink!

DVSONE47 SparkPoints: (8,726)
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2/1/13 8:04 A

I love my craft beers. My nephew is a brewer and I couldn't believe the variety of taste until I started sampling his beers. I am only going to sample once a month now. I have switched to Absolute vodka. Though any alcohol is not the good for dieting, at least there is fewer carbs in vodka.

ROCK_CLIMBER2 Posts: 328
2/1/13 12:59 A

I'm not much help, I don't drink very often. One beer once in a while. So I drink the good stuff since I'm treating myself. Looking to try my hand at brewing my own beer and wine in the next year. Good luck

SPERRIN2012 SparkPoints: (181,188)
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1/26/13 9:28 P

Low calories & carbs Michelob Ultra.

JIMIPAGE29 Posts: 2,889
1/16/13 6:57 P

Shipyards Prelude

BANJO_MG Posts: 89
1/15/13 11:00 P

I'm with DVSone47. Well, being just 21 I've never had a chance to get into craft beers, it was usually whatever was cheapest! But now that I'm watching I mix absolut with water (some people hate it, some people love it [but I guess you can say that about most alcohol]) and just have to abstain from binge drinking. A couple drinks to get me feeling good and no more than once a week.

I really look at it as if it's soda. If I've drank a few soda's over the week, I'll skip the booze and vice versa. I'd rather my calories come with some nutritional value (and some satiety)

JIMIPAGE29 Posts: 2,889
1/15/13 6:46 P

Becks Sapphire

DVSONE47 SparkPoints: (8,726)
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1/14/13 11:04 A

I love my craft beers, but I am going to enjoy them as a reward once or twice a month now. So now when my better half and I are socializing, I have switched to Absolut Vodka. Now I don't feel like I'm missing out and I'm not consuming as many empty calories.

BARLOWMI SparkPoints: (4,037)
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1/10/13 9:39 P

I refuse to believe that not drinking will make a huge difference. Owning a boat in the summers I do tend to drink more. Hard not togoour fora cruise on evenings after work and have a few beers or drinks. But durring the winter months I try to avoid from enjoying those beers eachevening at home.Cutting back and trying to only drink on the weekends has seemed to help a bit....I think. lol

TOMMYGUN81 SparkPoints: (5,693)
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1/9/13 3:20 P

Well said, SPKRAUSE.

Life's too short indeed. You don't want to spend the most of it on the sidelines while the rest of your friends are having a good time. Have a beer or two, substitute it for a neat drink, but skip the appetizers at the bar. It's a great way to have your cake(beer) and eat(drink) it too!

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
1/9/13 10:57 A

I recognize that with all the 'empty' calories that booze is at best a dieting luxury and, as others have said, tends to have more cons that pros. I like the good stuff -- good rum and bourbon and scotch, nice wines, and craft beer -- and I look at it as: life is too short for the bad stuff. So one good beer, a couple times a week is fine, though I have to remember that there's a big calorie difference between, say, a 5% stout with residual sugars, a crisp pilsner, and a 10% barleywine.

MRRERE Posts: 74
1/8/13 2:32 P

It's really hard as a beer-lover... and the kind of beer I like is the "you can't see through it" type like stouts and unfiltered beers... also higher in calories. I don't do a lot of late nights out, so when I do go out, I usually keep it to one or two and then switch to tonic with lime. I've found that it's more about having something in my hand than having a BEER in my hand.

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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1/8/13 2:16 P

Folks just have to accept that BOOZE has more cons than pros. Then they have to figure out what they want and if or how to fit booze into the equation. Like many folks, I used to drink too much in my younger days. With a high metabolism and physically demanding job, it was fine for years. Other than the liver damage, etc. that I was doing to my body. But as my metabolism slowed up and work became less physical, the booze became just another empty calorie and not much good for anything. So now I have an occasional wine or something, but even it is figured into my tracking. Since it is HIGH is nothing good, I find it is rather pointless. I love eggnog too, but it is also high in nothing good and pointless, so I rarely drink it. ;-)

TOMMYGUN81 SparkPoints: (5,693)
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1/8/13 2:02 P

Depends on your lifestyle. I used to go out drinking 4 nights a week, but had to cut that down since it had a girthing effect to my waistline and the reverse effect to my wallet.

Now I made a rule to only drink when there's a woman involved, or if it's some sort of celebration/event. The "bunch of buddies grabbing drinks for the hell of it" won't cut it anymore, at least until I reach my goal wait and I'm in maintenance mode.

DELISAS SparkPoints: (32,681)
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1/7/13 4:15 P

I have some fairly new alcoholic friends, great people, but boy can they drink and thus, make me drink. It's that gun they hold to my head. Anyway, when we have group, sleepover functions, we literally drink from breakfast to bed-time (mostly beer) and many times that's until two or three in the morning. I went to one of their houses the Sunday before Christmas at 1:30 p.m. to exchange gifts and hangout a bit before preparing for my trip. Long story really short, I left at 1:30 a.m. and drank beer the entire time! I just can't do that anymore. I have gained 8 lbs. since August and more the year leading up to it. Now, I'm only going to have a couple of drinks for party functions and not beer.

SAILSCALL SparkPoints: (59,836)
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10/3/12 8:04 P

I love beer, but it's been light beer for the last 2 years. Three light beers are the same amount of calories as about 2 regulars. I may have a couple of Rum and Diet Pepsi's, but I then switch to beer. I never open anything after 10 PM, which puts me in bed early with lots of sleep. The lessens the lack of sleep / hangover effect.

JICKEE Posts: 586
9/30/12 11:50 A

I play poker and drink every Thursday. I weigh in on Wednesday. I play a lot of catch up on Sunday Monday and Tuesday.

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9/29/12 7:00 P

I allow myself to drink on the weekend or when I go out with my wife, or at some work events, but I work hard to keep it within my calories. That said, that's tough when my calories are so low (1500-1650/day). That doesn't leave a lot of room for empty calories.

KONRAD695 SparkPoints: (140,811)
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9/28/12 1:53 P

I bartend and/or drink 5 nights a week, and have to get kids off to school 5 mornings a week. With 20 years of doing this I've had to make up some tricks. So, here are five.
1. Don't let drinking sneak up on you. Stopping off suddenly after work is bad, you need to have your guard up.
2. Always eat. Something good first.
3. Water down your drinks. Vodka water in a pint glass with lemon. It's clean and keeps things flowing.
4. Inform the server how much you want. They should do their job and slow you down.
5. Don't hang with friends that pressure you

Edited by: KONRAD695 at: 1/8/2013 (14:16)
NVRDWN88 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/26/12 5:34 P

Wine is a guilty pleasure of mine

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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9/23/12 3:28 P

When one is young, they can handle too much food and too much drink for awhile, but eventually it will catch up to you. When I finally kicked the social drinking club, I drank club soda with a twist of lime. I looked cool, but took in zero calories.

But as far as is there anything one can do if they can't stop. LOL yeah right. Booze and additives are just like donuts. Loaded with empty calories. Even if you can exercise away the same amount of calories, the empty nutritional values will still mess you up. So health and fitness do NOT go hand in had with uncontrolled binging in empty calorie drinks and food. Sorry.

GRAVELRIDGEBOY SparkPoints: (36,875)
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9/22/12 3:00 P

I stay away from alcohol as much as possible, but when I do drink it is usually just sipping...nursing my When I know I am going to be drinking I will get a jug of Gatorade or at least water to drink at the end of the night so I do not get so dehydrated the next day.

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,088)
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9/21/12 4:01 P

I have the same problem as KJ, only it's the day after. I don't know if it's the lack of sleep or what, but I cannot get enough food the next day.

With that said, I still drink. I have honed my taste on liquor these days when I used to be exclusively beer. Beer is calorie expensive, but I still partake from time to time.

If you cannot control the intake to where it is killing your diet, that's a problem. But if you can allow some drinking in your life, then why not.

9/21/12 2:03 P

123 calories in a 1.5oz of Vodka (100% proof)

That said, it ain't the alcohol that kills me it's the freaking chicken wings and other fired foods that kill me when I'm drunk and make bad descisions.

I try not to drink the night before I lift, I feel sucky and don't do well.

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9/21/12 11:51 A

I can't be the only guy in here that likes to drink and party. Any tips on how to not let that completely kill my diet? I usually drink 2 times a week on average. Vodka mixed with diet soda.

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