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Whine-Whine-Whine OR Enjoying A Glass Of Wine!

Monday, February 22, 2021

I know that many people here on SP do not drink. I also know the cons of drinking as it effects weight loss. I am not one of those who wisely abstain and I have come to accept that I never will be. I truly enjoy a good glass of wine. Never the less, I thought this tid-bit of info might be helpful, if not interesting, to some fellow Sparkers.

I read an article today from Eating Light about 5 Healthy Rituals To Try Instead Of Drinking Wine. I really related to the author and I even got a chuckle as she wrote and I saw myself:

"Like many people, when the pandemic began and working from home became my reality, an evening cocktail or glass of wine became an important part of my routine. Without much else to differentiate between work and downtime, my evening drink was an important demarcation point. Then came another glass with dinner, and suddenly I was half a bottle of wine deep before 9 p.m. In an effort to cut back on the alcohol, I tried giving up my 5 p.m. drink, but it was harder than I thought. The key, I realized, was to replace that ritual with something else that helped me transition into a more relaxed state of mind."

In January I gave up all drinking because, as she mentioned, by the end of the night I was half a bottle deep (or sometimes more). My habit was out of control! I wanted to clear my system up before we headed off on a mini vacation at the beginning of February.

I had dreams of being in better control when I returned home. Enjoying a glass now and then or when a special occasion arose, but remembering that not every day was "special". But it has been a struggle since getting back home.

So the ideas offered in this article were of interest to me as I look for my "normal":
1. Have a cup of tea
2. Take a shower or bath
3. Take a walk
4, Change clothes
]5. Light a candle

I found that idea about changing clothes a real possibility. Sort of the same idea as turning out the kitchen lights when dinner is done with. I think it is something I will try on occasions when I'm tempted. Right now I'm on another dry period as I prepare for our next vacation in 2 weeks.

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    81 days ago
    Interesting ideas for sure!! We need our transitional rituals but there are alternatives to alcohol!!
    82 days ago
    Wine. No wine. Pretzels. No pretzels.

    It's allllll good.

    But we do get into habits that don't serve us well. And when we recognize that ... it's time to replace them with habits that do work.

    I'm with you ... when did # stop being a pound or number sign and became "hashtag". AND it symbolizes what???

    #1 = number one
    #before# = ????
    82 days ago
    Thanks for the interesting information and the link.
    82 days ago
    Best wishes to you on finding what works. Just like the food, it’s a process for sure. I do have the occasional wine or other alcoholic beverage but it does interfere with my weight. I don’t drink daily and sometimes even rarely. But I do get the yearnings and have to bargain with myself. I’m not so good with a one or even two drink limit. Some days I can and do and others, oh well. I just can’t say that it is something I need to give up except when working to lose weight. I have several Spark friends that imbibe regularly (have you met CATWMNCAT), others who take it or leave it or leave it and come back to it, and still others who never consume alcohol for various reasons. Find your way, Sue. The right or wrong is inside you! Dig deep!
    Yes to possibly changing transitional habits! But perhaps just some modifications to start...all, again, about its purpose and your why. You’ve got this!
    82 days ago
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    82 days ago
    Great blog and interesting article. I like wine, but it is still an occasional treat for me. I'm making spaghetti for dinner tonight. My girlfriend always adds wine to her sauce, and I was going to try that tonight! I'm sure that cooking it burns off the alcohol, so I'm going give it a try!
    82 days ago
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