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Oct-Sober and Other Things

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

I haven't written a blog in a long time. There are a lot of ideas swirling in my head, and I think, "This is brilliant! I should TOTALLY blog about it!" but then I don't. They continue to swirl, and maybe someday, I'll write them all down.

Starting on September 30, I'm giving up alcohol. I don't have a drinking problem, but I do like a beer in the evening, and I think that it's really cutting into my deficit. My deficit is already really kind of sad, as a 4'10.5", 33-year-old woman with plantar fasciitis who can't make it to the gym as often as I'd like. My TDEE is something like 1500 calories. That's it. So every bite and sip counts and counts big.

I'm starting September 30, because my birthday is in October, and I'd like to drink ONCE to celebrate. Not a birthday week, not three birthday dinners, just one celebration with alcohol, and just permission to have it.

I picked October for this, because it makes a nice nickname. I'm going to also have Sob-vember, for the same reason, and in the summer, Ju-Dry. If you guys can come up with any cute, clever names for other months, or even holidays or days of the week, let me know. I'll give up alcohol on them, too!

I need to fix my foot and fast. I really miss BodyPump. I'm allowed to do elliptical, but if my foot is hurting, I won't do it. And it has been for the last several days. I'm doing my stretching and icing, but it's not getting better lately. Sigh...I know more weight loss will also help. And every bite and sip counts and counts big.

I went to California last week for my cousin's wedding and got to hang out with my BFF from high school. She relocated there several years ago. I could never see her when I was going to visit my grandmother, but now that she's gone, I was able to take a couple days to go out to see her. It was a lot of reminiscing and led to a lot of Facebook-friending of people we talked about.

Last night, I had a dream about the police officer who would check on the grocery store we both worked graveyard shift at. I don't remember the dream very well, just that he was in it. I decided I wanted to know what he was up to, so I Googled him, and couldn't find anything. It was driving me crazy, and I was a bit upset with myself for being so invested in it. I knew exactly why I had this dream, because we'd been reminiscing so much, and it seemed so dumb and silly to get so worked up.

I finally emailed the police department to ask them if they could pass on my current contact information to him, and they wrote back right away and said he was not there any more and they didn't have his contact information. BUT they included the correct spelling of his name, which I hadn't been using. And the search was back on!

And I found him--he lives two blocks from my sister! How weird is that! Even though I couldn't find an email address or any social media for him, I think I'm okay now, though still a little blushy about spending a huge part of my day sleuthing over this.

I'm going to stop now, but maybe I will feel like writing some of the things that swirl in my head soon. Love you, friends!
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    Great plan for October!

    Me and my wife, we also minimized alcohol, sine she was pregnant with our baby, and since then we keep on. I only drink now some alcohol when I go out for a party or similar.

    Re: dreams
    How do you usually interpret your dreams?
    Do you know about Verena Kast? She has a very interesting approach based on Jung, I can really recommend her books, if you don't know about her. I only found it in German, see here:
    Maybe there are some other books based on Jung about dreams in English.

    1244 days ago
    Good plan - time to change things up! Happy Oct-Sober! emoticon
    1244 days ago
    I'm going to be curious to see how Oct-sober plays out. I know alochol calories are processed differently by the body too. Know what you mean about every calorie counting and counting BIG. Since I've been so stationery following the injury, my maintenance nutritional range has been been 1200 - 1550 or 1300 - 1650 calories.

    Pretty interesting that you tracked the person down to within 2 blocks of your sister. Wow!
    1246 days ago
    1246 days ago
    I gather you were in No. Calif. Too bad that is too far from where I live. You should blog more often. I enjoy your thoughts.
    1247 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan - I give up alcohol for lent and it's much easier to maintain the weight.
    Good luck on finding an exercise that works with your foot!
    1247 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
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    1247 days ago
    I'm cutting way back on wine which took up too many calories. In the evening I relax with a glass of water with apple cider vinegar in it.
    1247 days ago
    Nice to hear from you! You should blog more, definitely! I'm not much of a drinker, the calories aren't worth it and usually I don't need it to take the edge off. Dessert on the other hand... My best friend from HS lives in CA, too!
    1247 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    When I was doing Weight Watchers I was shocked by the high point value placed on alcoholic beverages...I'm personally not a big fan but do like those fancy concoctions with whip cream and chocolate sometimes - one of those mudslides was a whopping 14 points!! That's half of my daily total and I vowed that it was simply not worth it! Beer itself is about 5 and you could have a pleasant, filling, healthy meal for the same amount of points.

    Good luck, you can do this!

    1247 days ago
    Glad you had fun in California. Oct-sober is a great idea!
    1247 days ago
    Hello! Your blog title caught my eye. Congrats to you. I am also very cautious about alcohol and have given it up for 30 days, roughly until our anniversary. It is empty calories and I tend to eat a bunch of stuff when I've had some wine. Not a fan of much else but like chardonnay! I am also careful with it as it is a depressant and I have those struggles. AND it interrupts my sleep. Lots of reasons not to drink! Heading into fall, it's great to have some tea. One of my faves is the pumpkin roobios that they have at Trader Joe's now. No caffeine, really tasty! Good luck with the challenge - that's where I saw your post!
    1248 days ago
    When I read that someone has decided to eliminate alcohol in their lives, my heart jumps, good jumps. I, differently than you, had a problem with alcohol and stopped drinking the stuff 20 plus years ago. I know what it can do, the damage, and it does havoc to weight loss and healthy lifestyle. So if you have a grip on it before it does become an issue, my hat is off to you. I am psyched that you will live your life without drinking and it is all a very good thing. Celebrate and be joyful, life is a hoot without getting that "high" and it is truly a depressant to your spirit, mentally and emotionally as well as spiritually. Happy almost birthday btw, you should be very proud of yourself for this awesome decision. warmest, fredie
    1248 days ago
    Loved this blog, dear BEATLETOT. You are quite sociable, and such a good friend, wanting to get together with people from your past and even getting invested in finding out what happened to the graveyard shift police officer. I was worried while reading this that the story would have a sad ending, but was relieved to hear that he is apparently alive and well, and not far from your sister. I've done that kind of "blushy" Internet-search thing, too, spent way too much time googling guys I used to date, etc., or people I knew as a small child. I remember years ago being full of wonder that the Internet allowed us to do this guilty detective work--is he married, does he have children, where is he now--and being so worried, in my superstitious, tech-ignorant way, that he would somehow figure out that I had been "stalking" him! Really, though, whether the objects of our curiosity know of our curiosity or not, it's still a little embarrassing and, as you say, blushy!

    BEATLETOT! Alcohol is my downfall, too. It seems these days that it's not hard to control what I eat, UNLESS I have a beer or two first. So I salute your resolution not to drink. That will surely give you a lot more freedom with your calories. Until I started doing SparkTrivia, by the way, I didn't even know that alcohol is metabolized differently from regular food. Truly, it's full of empty calories, and I need to follow your lead and give it up! It does give a couple of hours of relaxed feelings, but in the end it's not worth the calories. Good luck with your plan Love your renamed months! So cute.
    1248 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
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    1248 days ago
    Sounds like a good day. It's nice to have a diverting day of sleuthing now and again! Also, "Sob-ember" for December? Good luck!
    1248 days ago
  • GAT174
    Nice read
    1248 days ago
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