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Friday Night On the Town = Saturday Morning Hangover = I caaaan't breaaaathe while running

Sunday, October 09, 2011

I'm beginning to see a pattern here.

Since I started behaving properly again (eating right, working out, no alcohol during the week), I have been a good little girl all week long. I happily plan my meals, buy my fresh local produce, hit the gym and do my workouts.

However. HOWEVER! When Friday rolls around I let loose and go crazy. Dinner out, a bottle of wine, mixed drinks to finish off the night . . . I've gotten better at portion control and what FOOD I order while out. However, my resolution to have one or two glasses of wine TOPS goes out the window and I end up paying for it the next day.

Being hung over on its own isn't so bad. It's not even that BAD of a hangover. Slightly woozy for a few hours, and dehydrated. HOWEVER! It means that I lose 3-4 hours of Saturday morning as I either a) wallow in bed until noon or b) moan on the couch while reading or watching some trashy entertainment.

And it also means that running 5k becomes a superhuman task.

At this point in my training schedule, I can run five kilometers in 36 minutes on a good day. I'm three weeks into an 8k training program and the runs normally feel super easy. HOWEVERRRRRR after 3-4 glasses of wine and a GnT (or two. oops) the night before . . . I can do about one and a half nine minute running segments before I want to keel over and die. Dehydration anyone?

One snarky solution is that I just get pregnant so that I can't drink at all. (Thanks FIL: I got the grandkids message loud and clears.) Which I am beginning to think might be the approach. Not pregnancy. Just quit cold turkey. But I would like to think that I have more self-control than that. That I can handle something other than an all-or-nothing approach with alcohol. Just like I have taught myself to do the same with food.

My goal for next week? LIMITS. Two glasses of red wine (because it's healthier, hardy-har-har) on Friday OR Saturday. Why? So's I can RUN on Saturday. Why else? Because alcohol is sugar and cutting back on sugar is another goal (pre-diabetes, anyone?) Why else else? Because I have to teach myself new habits. Including self-control.
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  • WILSON425
    Great job. I too do the alcohol thing. I LOVE beer. Light beer but I still call it pork chop in a can. I have tried drinking 1 beer and then fill said empty can with water and drink that before the next beer. It slows you down and keeps you hydrated. Plus the added benefit of all the exercise you get trotting to the toilet every ten minutes. LOL
    2630 days ago
    You can do it! It will take time, but we are here to learn new habits. Reflection is an important part of keeping yourself accountable.
    2656 days ago
    Wow - this really hit home. I have the same problem. I feel so much more productive at the weekends when I dont drink. I am hungover this morning and really feeling like doing nothing. I beat myself up about it and get the 'drinkers blues' for the day. I came onto Spark this morning to get some motivation and see if I am the only one who goes through this most weekends. The older I get, the worse the hangovers :-( Have you joined any challenges online to control the amount you drink. Good luck to you.
    2690 days ago
  • no profile photo MAKINYEMI
    It's all good.
    2725 days ago
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