Beck Refresh Day #31: Decide About Drinking
Monday, January 23, 2017
The last few days have been a whirlwind. I don't talk much about politics on Spark, but it meant so much to me to march in DC with my mom and my younger son for women's rights. So it was a busy busy weekend, but a really wonderful feeling.
I got a bit distracted from my plan, but overall only went a little bit over my calorie goals on two days. On Friday when I was getting ready for guests, I was so busy preparing that I forgot to make a plan, and then somehow thought I didn't need to put one together real quick and could just stay on track. And of course learned once again that when I do that I will inevitably forget something. Which I did. A delicious scone that I made for the occasion. Uh oh. So Saturday, I planned but allowed the emotion of the day to take over and ate more than I had planned. Sunday I was back on track but very cognizant that my resistance muscle was a bit weaker and remembered to use my anti-craving strategies. And stayed perfectly on track. I give myself credit for the good that decisions I made and learned from the not so good.
So, to the subject at hand...Deciding about drinking. Dr. Beck says that we need to decide when and how much to drink, essentially "pre-deciding" about our general consumption. And of course, that calories from alcohol need to be planned and tracked just like food. She also has some warnings: alcohol has a lot of calories and will loosen your inhibitions and may cause you to eat food you hadn't planned too eat. She also says that we shouldn't skimp on food to make room in our caloric budgets to drink.
Fair enough. But I love my glass of wine with dinner! Oh well oh well oh well. I can't have that and be thin too. And I'd rather be thin.
In general, my plan is restrict drinks to one or two glasses on the weekend, with an occasional glass of wine at a weekday happy hour. I'll plan my consumption and stick to wine or low calorie options. And I will prepare to resist any cravings that might be spurred by lowered inhibitions.
My social circles are in general populated with drinkers, and I have at times gotten funny reactions from friends when I've ordered soda water. I handled it with humor, assuring people I can have fun (and be fun!) even without alcohol!
Tomorrow I am looking forward to strength training and a walk at lunch.
Wishing health and success in all you set out to achieve... We can do this!