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Farewell to Wine (for Now)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sigh. I knew this day would eventually come.

I'm going to have to cut back my daily glass of wine with dinner. A habit that I enjoyed and developed when I lived in Washington state and was introduced to the wonderful world of living next to wineries. I found I could buy bottles of wine that cost as little as beer. So I tried all kinds of different wine varieties. It gave a distinctively refined touch, like my home meals were in Italy or France. Even if my bottles didn't cost much more than $4-5.

I tried more expensive wines on occasion, and I'm not nearly sophisticated enough to appreciate the nuances. Some of them were very good, and smoother than the table wines I normally bought. Some of them weren't very good at all, and left me feeling ripped off. My mission became to find the very best wines for the least amount of money.

Trader Joe's made this extremely fun, easy, and cheap to experiment with. I wouldn't have become a wine drinker at all without TJ.

I developed a taste for fruity Cabernet Sauvignons and crisp Chardonnays. I enjoyed rieslings for a dessert wine. My absolute favorite dessert wine was a muscat wine that is very difficult to find outside of the PacNW for some reason. It has a floral perfume flavor that is unique. In WA, I could also buy the muscat grapes itself, which was unlike any grape I've eaten before. It was one of the way I broke my sweet tooth from refined sugars. Grapes, glass of wine and a small piece of brie cheese for dessert. So simple, and so good. I imagined that was what the Mediterranean would be like before I ever visited there. No wonder the Italians and French are so healthy!

So I've enjoyed a glass of wine every night all the way through my current weight loss. But now I've reached the point I've dreaded. I'm going to have to cut back. My weight loss has held steady, which means I'm maintaining again, not losing. I've lost as much as I can without more changes.

I know this has to be it because it is the last calorie heavy optional food in my diet. I knew this day would eventually come. So instead of my nightly glass, I'll have to settle for once a week, along with my starches. It seems I can maintain well enough with a glass a night, so maybe I can reintroduce when I want to maintain again.


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    You'll find that you can cut back and not feel deprived at all. You'll enjoy the vino more in the lolng run. emoticon emoticon
    2085 days ago
    Farewell sweet vino!

    When I cut back on wine I got two beautiful cordial glasses at an antique shop. They are so tiny and adorable. Now when I have wine (about once a week) I will use the little glass and have only an ounce or two. Ah, the little games we play...
    2092 days ago
    Very sad BUT less but not completely cut it out. Still have to enjoy. Love my tiny class of wine. I have even found that just a couple ounces is enough to just enjoy with dinner.
    2098 days ago
    You will find that if you only drink the wine once a week, you actually enjoy it that much more! emoticon

    And you'll also LOVE the weight loss benefits of doing that too! emoticon
    2098 days ago
    Here's to maintenance.
    2102 days ago
    You can do it!! It may be tough to break the habit for the first few weeks, but soon it will be second nature. I stopped drinking for two whole years on a whim, though I'm slowly adding the occasional drink to the menu during social events.

    Good luck!
    2102 days ago
    Sorry, can't help you with this one - I quit drinking wine [and all other alcoholic beverages] a long, long time ago. It's not such a bad way to live and I honestly do not miss it at all so all I can tell you is that you'll get used to it pretty quickly.
    2102 days ago
    enjoy your weekly treat!
    2103 days ago
    I've had to cut back on the wine, too. I have a glass two or three times a week now, though I guess I would lose better and faster if I cut it out all together. Just not ready to do that yet!
    2103 days ago
    At least you got to enjoy it up until this point!
    2103 days ago
    "But now I've reached the point I've dreaded. I'm going to have to cut back. My weight loss has held steady, which means I'm maintaining again, not losing. I've lost as much as I can without more changes."

    SIGH. Me, too.
    ...but I KNOW I've got maintenance all wrappped up with a bow if I can get the weight off!

    Thanks for the on-going inspiration to keep fighting through!
    2103 days ago
    WOUBIE: Well, you know, that is an option. I could water down my wine with club soda, making it more like a wine spritzer or sangria. I drank a few of those while visiting Europe. The French water down wine for their children. It would stretch out my wine budget, too.

    I think I'll go cold turkey next week just for a reboot, then consider the possibility.
    2103 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/17/2012 9:53:47 AM
    Yup! We all have to make those changes sooner or later!
    2103 days ago

    I'll think of you tonight when I (as slowly as possible) sip my watered down near-beer.

    Maybe someday I will have repaired my metabolism enough to drink like the French.


    (There's no emoticon for "resigned shrug", is there?)
    2103 days ago
    I've cut out the wine every night with dinner, too. I miss it at times, but it's ok. I drink water or jasmine tea instead now.
    2103 days ago
    I am doing the same thing emoticon I am giving up wine and coffee creamer while marathon training. i have gained 10 lbs and these are the two calorie killers for me.

    WE can do this!!!
    2103 days ago
    Your self-knowledge and determination are inspiring. I'd wish you luck with this, but you don't need it.
    2103 days ago
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