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I rarely drink alcoholic beverages and opt for water during the day. The only beverage that I would tend to overdrink is coffee. So I allow myself 1 per day with milk and one black coffee if I still want more.




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I quit drinking years ago. So, not a problem here. I drink water mostly.

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I've never really enjoyed alcohol. I will have a glass of wine with Thanksgiving dinner and champagne at Christmas. My father-in-law once asked me if I was a teetotaler because he had never seen me drink (I guess he forgot about our wedding). Now sugar is another story!

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I drink beer at home on weekends only and I plan for it ahead of time. For going out, I'll usually look at the beer list ahead of time and plan on what I'm going to have. Also, I usually have a glass of water next to my pint and I finish both before I get another beer.

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Decided to drink at home 3-4x/year and balance with less food intake.
Drinking causes snacking: mixed nuts, popcorn, sweets, etc....
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There's no alcohol in my diet plan and I see it mostly as empty calories, even though I appreciate wine or beer. I like to enjoy a glass or two of wine (or a beer, according to what I'm eating :)) in special occasions and it's usually no more than once a month. It's still unusual for me to write it down in my food plan, but alcohol=calories, so it must be written!

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I just about drink only water.
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I tried to sustain through lint but I have gave into the temptation a few mornings. averaging about 2 cups per week.

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@PMEYHAUS Pam, I'm like you; If I drink alcohol, I drink something GOOD.
I enjoy German beer and local microbrews. I really do like wine, but it pretty much puts me to sleep after the first sip, so is not practical.
If I have alcohol too close to bedtime, it disturbs my sleep, so it has become a rare indulgence for me.
Mostly, it is just not worth the calories as I am usually running pretty close to my limit by evening and a glass of wine or beer would put me over.

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I rarely drink, I don't like the taste, wine tastes sour to me and beer is too bitter and liqueur is unpleasantly strong. I found out recently I like hard lemonade (lemonade with vodka) and I like peach coolers, but we don't have a tradition of drinking at home. Alcohol in our home is a cupboard of gift bottles that are unopened, as I don't like alcohol and DH doesn't like drinking alone. Sometimes I have them at a restaurant meal. The kids when they come to visit bring beer, I dislike beer, DH keeps them company. When I went with DS the last time he visited to get beer, I got 6 small bottles of wine for cooking, he joked I wasn't fooling anyone, I should have just bought a bottle. When I cook with wine, it doesn't require much, and before a friend told me about the small botlles, I used to use a bit for cooking and the rest would be wasted.

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I stopped drinking decades ago. When I read the chapter though, I couldn't help thinking about substituting the word "sugar" in place of alcohol. "Does your diet plan discourage sugar?" Obviously sugar consumption has been on my mind lately.

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A few months into my journey of losing 50 lbs (maintaining now for a year), I realized that I just can't drink wine and lose weight. A daily glass of wine had become a habit while cooking dinner. Then I had a glass WITH dinner. Then I ate too much dinner. Then I snacked after dinner. Once I skipped the wine, my weight loss became consistent.

I rarely drink any more. When I do, it's for a special occasion, and it's a single glass (of only a very GOOD wine - no more cheap wine for this girl!). And it's in my food plan and tracked. In the summer, I'll occasionally have a splash of rum in a glass of infused seltzer water. It feels celebratory and like an "adult" beverage if at a party.

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Day 31: Decide About Drinking chapter is about alcohol.
We should take planning alcohol intake at least as seriously as food:
it contains lots of calories, and weakens willpower.
The chapter gives us good strategies.

I rarely drink, about 15-20 times a year, and even then,almost always only a half glass of wine, because I drive. And during summer holidays a beer with lunch or dinner.
Despite that, I often notice that even that small amount is messing with my eating, and the risk of eating unplanned food goes up.
Alcohol fuels sabotaging thoughts like "it will not matter" and "I can eat just this one bite and then stop".
Planning helps.
Most of the 15-20 drinks I have in a year are in the summer - together with vacations and most birthdays in my family. No wonder my weight goes up every summer!

What are you thinking?
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This is a pretty easy one for me. I do not drink very much alcohol, maybe one drink per week, less in the winter. I used to drink a bit more, being sociable, but gradually gave it up.

I really do not see the point of drinking much alcohol. Over the years I have known too many people who drink too much, and it simply does not appeal to me.



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Decided to drink at home 3-4x/year and balance with less food intake.
Drinking causes snacking: mixed nuts, popcorn, dark chocolate...
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This is rarely a challenge for me. I decided long ago I don't like to drink my calories. However, with new year's eve coming up - I made a note that drinking can lower your inhibition and cause you to drink more- since this is a rare occasion I might splurge on a drink.

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I do not care that much for most alcohol and do not like to spend calories on it. I occasionally encounter mild "alcohol pushing" from family and friends which can be challenging because my DH makes killer Margaritas. With the right food, weather and company I enjoy them. Since I do better with my food program when I have one drink or less, having none or one is always my plan. I have strategies like keeping water in my Margarita glass or just not drinking refills.




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I don't drink at all, or use alcohol in cooking, so this one's a no-brainer for me.

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I do love to have a glass of wine with dinner, and would have one every day if it were not for the oh so empty calories. That being said, I am aware that it can reduce my will power and increase the chances that I will eat in an unplanned way. For that reason, I limit my drinks to weekends only, with maybe a glass of wine at a weekday happy hour, and make it a part of my plan. With the holidays coming up, I may need to rethink drinks at happy hours and celebrations... I'd really rather be thin.

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I don't drink alcohol.

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10/31/18 2:00 P

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I allow myself up to one drink per week. Usually at a social occasion. Alcohol IS empty calories, and it does increase my craving for sweets or salty chips. But I also find that allowing a limited or moderate amount of a normally restricted substance GREATLY increases my ability to stick to my eating plan long term. (The occasional alcohol or small portion of dessert is allowed on my eating plan)

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I would just much rather spend my calories on food than alcohol. Also I have some relatives who have struggled with alcohol problems and I just don't want that issue. Sugar is a big enough nemesis!!


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Decided to drink at home 3-4x/year and balance with less food intake.
Flavored waters are healthy alternatives
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Day 31!

I don't drink alcohol. So this isn't a thing to be concerned about doing or not doing. :)

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I have 1 or 2 glasses of wine a week on average, sometimes none at all. My husband doesn't drink alcohol at all. I drink when I'm celebrating something with family or friends, but usually not more than 1 glass. I feel the effects pretty quickly, like 1/2 way through one glass. I don't drink a lot, but when I do drink my willpower goes out the door and I start eating things I shouldn't. I think allowing myself 1 or 2 glasses of wine a week is okay, but I need to preplan it on my nutrition tracker and make sure I've preplanned my food for the day. I used to have a small bowl of chips or other snack with my drink. Then I figured since the first bite and last bite always seem to taste the best, that I would just have 2 chips with my drink. Strangely enough, just having 2 chips and eating them very slowly has been enough to satisfy me.

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I get a pass on this one..I quit drinking any kind of alcohol decades ago. Speaking of that, Day 17 no sugar. Sugar has some of the same effects on me as alcohol. On my liver too. I feel better every day that I am off the stuff.

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I love a glass of wine. But, I don't have a high tolerance for it and can really only drink one glass and not want any more. So, it's not worth opening a bottle at dinner time as it goes to waste. So, we don't really drink unless we have family and friends over, or we are out at a restaurant. I do tend to drink more when there are other drinks on offer, like gin and tonic, those I can drink without realising just how much I have had. But, I'd say this is probably limited to the Christmas and New Year season.

The problem is, for me, the loss of will-power to not eat anything else. So, I'll more easily take a handful of crisps or sweets, and before you know it my calories have sky-rocketed. So, this is a good reminder as I prepare for my trip home. I think I need to limit myself to a glass of wine only, as I know if I do that I'll only drink one glass. None of the other alcoholic drinks around. And I need to ensure it is in my plan.

In the cold winter months I enjoy an Irish coffee when we go out to restaurants. Again, just one is enough and it usually also leaves me feeling like I don't want any dessert because it feels like such a treat in itself.

Also, I am trying to fall pregnant, which is another factor in limiting my alcoholic intake. Although I'm not pregnant yet, I find myself thinking, what if I am? - and so, once again, I choose not to drink.

So, alcohol is not a regular part of our lives, just something we have on occasions, but probably something I need to monitor better when I am socialising.

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Day 31: Decide About Drinking chapter is about alcohol.
We should take planning alcohol intake at least as seriously as food:
it contains lots of calories, and weakens willpower.
The chapter gives us good strategies.

I rarely drink, about 15-20 times a year, and even then,almost always only a half glass of wine, because I drive. And during summer holidays a bear with lunch or dinner.
Despite that, I often notice that even that small amount is messing with my eating, and the risk of eating unplanned food goes up.
Alcohol fuels sabotaging thoughts like "it will not matter" and "I can eat just this one bite and then stop".
Planning helps.

What are you thinking?
Please share here!

Kriszta

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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7/26/18 12:17 A

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Day 31: Decide about drinking

I very rarely drink alcohol and if I do it is a single glass of wine ( once or twice a year).
I am a coffee person but limit it to one cup a day with non dairy creamer.
I drink a lot of water!!!
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Day 31: I don't drink at all, so I'm skipping this chapter. I'm a water lover, and always have been.

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Sounds good - and if you ever hit a plateau, reconsidering your plan is can be an easy way to start losing again.

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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I thoroughly enjoy a glass of beer most days with supper, and sometimes two or three on weekends. It hasn't impacted my weight loss yet - I plan for it and count the calories - but this is something I will revisit if/when I get stuck on a plateau.

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Looking back on this thread, most of us find weight loss and maintenance a lot easier without alcohol, or with small planned amounts.
Of course, that's common sense, but real life examples are more convincing!

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Six months ago, I gave-up red wine & dark rum (Sangria). Down 10 pounds, good results and I will keep going... drinking more water in my fancy glass with frozen berries "mocktails" about 24-40 ounces/night to increase hydration and avoid evening eating. I’m better at resisting alcohol than sweets. Both make it harder to reduce weight.

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Luckily I don't drink alcohol so that is no problem. I am a complete water convert, so this is one area that I don't have a problem with.

The only drink that I sometimes crave is a fancy coffee. Most of the time I think about how expensive it is and just pass on it. If I am on a roll with my diet and exercise it is really easy for me to say no to these drinks because they are so high in calories.

My thought is that I will have coffee with limited cream and sugar on a special occasion which is different than having a latte or mocha drink. But usually my coffee intake is black and I think of it as a diet drink.




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My status on this is still the same ... hubby's brain meds don't mix well with alcohol ... so NO drinking for either of us.

We don't miss it.

Now to feel the same about ... sugar.
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I am not ready to forfeit my wine with supper, it really feels like a treat. But I do count the calories. And I am ok with it.

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When I started this health and wellness journey, I eliminated alcoholic beverages from my diet. However, once I got my weight under control I re-introduced drinking. Now I plan one glass of red wine per day as part of my food plan. In reality, it's more like 2 or 3 glasses a week. the challenge for me is family gathering. But I‘m anticipating this today and plan to limit my beverage intake to water only.

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I love a great glass of wine, however it is a huge downfall when it comes to weight loss, one glass leads to another and I am more incline to snack off plan. I am choosing to not consume wine for now, and to concentrate on exercise and quality food consumption. I do plan the calories in my diet when I have it. I need those calories elsewhere.



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I don't drink alcohol, so this isn't an issue for me

Every day I am on the verge of making slight changes that would make all the difference in my life.

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Today's (Day 31) chapter is about alcohol.
We should take planning alcohol intake at least as seriously as food:
it contains lots of calories, and weakens willpower.
The chapter gives us good strategies.

I rarely drink, about 15-20 times a year, and even then,almost always only a half glass of wine, because I drive.
Despite that, I often notice that even that small amount is messing with my eating, and the risk of eating unplanned food goes up.
Alcohol fuels sabotaging thoughts like "it will not matter" and "I can eat just this one bite and then stop".
Planning helps.


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This one is easy for me. I grew up in a church that taught no alcohol consumption. Later when I tried alcohol, I didn’t like the taste. End result- I sometimes drink liqueurs, seldom wine, never beer. Some years I don’t drink at all, most years I have less than 6 drinks a year

Giving myself credit today for deciding to and sticking to eating 2 cookies from the home- baked cranberry oatmeal cookies my daughter made


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Nice coincidence - and great job!
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This is a lucky coincidence since today is a holiday celebration. I will plan to allow one drink as long as it fits in with overall calorie allowance. If I start thinking about reaching for another one, I will leave the room. Then do a quick meditation exercise to refocus. FYI-as I needed to address a thought that popped up. I’ll do great over the holiday weekend and then revert. Response- no reason to think I’ll revert. I’ve been able to use Beck-like technique successfully for the past 30 days.

This turtle is to remind myself that slow but steady wins the race.


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Thanks Kathleen

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This is not an issue for me.Don't drink except special occasions.

For today
-Read ARC twice
-Ate sitting and mindfully most of the time, and gave myself credit.
-Monitored fullness after each meal and if I could take a walk.
-Did Sun Salutations this morning and gave myself credit.
-Stayed on plan, Gave myself credit.
-No unplanned exercise
-Have planned my meals and snacks for tomorrow in Spark Nutritional Tracker and gave
myself credit.
-Read my “It’s Not Okay” and “Get Back on Track” response cards and gave myself credit
- Worked toward accepting what I have to do to lose weight
-I decided on when and how much I’ll drink alcohol, one glass of wine at Christmas and Thanksgiving



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Maribeth, I like you plan of one or the other: dinner OR alcohol, not both.

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Day 31: Alcohol or dinner but not both on special occasions. Have a plan in place. We are having more non-food celerations. emoticon (no candy emoticon emoticon

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Day 31 - Decide About Drinking

This isn't a big problem area for me. I am not much of a drinker and if I do have a drink it is typically just a glass of red wine. I am aware however that when I do have alcohol I have a tendency to let down my guard when it comes to eating. Before I drink I may be thinking, "I'll just eat a small portion" and after I have a drink I think "No big deal, go ahead and enjoy yourself and eat what you want". I would also much rather eat my calories rather than drink them.

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My status on this is still the same ... hubby's brain meds don't mix well with alcohol ... so NO drinking for either of us.

We don't miss it.

Now to feel the same about ... sugar.
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Because I'm choosy about what I drink, and normally only imbibe if I have some leeway in my daily calorie allotment, I say "no thanks" a lot. I don't mind. I do not need alcohol to enjoy myself even in a crowd of drinkers. And I do not turn to alcohol to relieve stress as many of my forebears did (to their detriment). I really do enjoy a good German beer or craft brew, or a nice Mosel or Rhein wine. So I treat myself now and then if there's a special occasion. I probably have 12-15 drinks per year; maybe not even that many.


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My drinking habits are settled, so this is an easy one for me.
-3-4 snips of wine or martini when we visit friends (2-3 times per month)
-1 glass of champagne with salmon and caviar when we celebrate DH's or my birthday or name day (that is, 4 times per year).

Before I joined SP, 6 years ago, DH and I drank a full bottle of wine together 3-4 times a week. Yikes. Eating well and exercising outside is better than drinking, so I lost interest in drinking (and smoking too) spontaneously.

And I remember how alcohol "helps" to lose control!
All sabotaging thoughts starting with "It is OK to eat this ..." ring true.
I can eat several hundred extra calories on top of the extra calories in the drinks.
No thanks, I'm better off without alcohol.

Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 10/31/2017 (03:58)
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-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I don't drink. This one is easy. So glad to have "mastered" one challenge. :-)

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Hubby suffered a traumatic brain injury in 2007 and his meds don't mix well with alcohol.

So we are both on the wagon.
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This is an easy one for me. I don't drink. I used to enjoy red wine occasionally but it doesn't play well with meds I take for fibromyalgia.

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I may have three drinks a month. On occasion when traveling I try the locally brewed beers, ales, or lagers just for the experience and enjoyment but most trips are alcohol free. At home, I have an occasional glass of wine. Regardless, I include it my meal logs and ensure I stay within my plan.

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drinking - I rarely drink alcohol. When I did drink more, I always moderated. In summer, I will occasionally have a frozen concoction - and i know I must watch those days so the calories don't add up.

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Day 31 - Decide About Drinking

This isn't a big problem area for me. I am not much of a drinker and if I do have a drink it is typically just a glass of red wine. I am aware however that when I do have alcohol I have a tendency to let down my guard when it comes to eating. Before I drink I may be thinking, "I'll just eat a small portion" and after I have a drink I think "No big deal, go ahead and enjoy yourself and eat what you want". I would also much rather eat my calories rather than drink them.


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Yep, alcohol has so many calories it qualifies as food! ... except that it is not nutritious at all, just empty calories + a desire to eat more and believe it is a good idea!

I checked my response from the October round of reading,
and I would say the same now, so I just copy my response here:

My drinking habits are settled, so this is an easy one for me.
-3-4 snips of wine or martini when we visit friends (2-3 times per month)
-1 glass of champagne with salmon and caviar when we celebrate DH's or my birthday or name day (that is, 4 times per year).

Before I joined SP, 5 years ago, DH and I drank a full bottle of wine together 3-4 times a week. Yikes. Eating well and exercising outside is better than drinking, so I lost interest in drinking (and smoking too) spontaneously.

Edited by: KRISZTA11 at: 3/31/2017 (03:04)
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-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
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-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I made that decision years ago: I am a teetotaller. 8-)

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I worked through this the other day when the assignment was the 7 questions. I will plan on a couple of drinks on Friday or the weekend and a drink with my husband during the week when he decides that he needs to solve the world's problems. The drinks will be planned and logged.

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I used to enjoy an occasional beer ... maybe 1 - 4 times per year? But, with the recent discovery that grains do not agree with my body, my beer drinking days are over. Now, I know why I felt so awful after drinking beer. I like the taste of beer. I like the taste of red wine and specifically dry wines. But, honestly, cannot remember the last time I drank any wine. Has it been decades? My preference was most definitely beer, when I chose an alcoholic beverage. I've had anaphylaxis reactions to alcoholic drinks. So, I tread lightly around alcohol.

I also come from a gene pool of alcohol abusers. So, I've always been very conscious of how my body responds to alcohol. And, quite frankly, it has never handled it well. So, I've always limited it.

The sulfites in wine bother me and now I know why beer would leave me feeling like I'd been run over by a truck. The last time I had a beer I remember telling "coach" that I felt like I'd been poisoned. My body was sluggish, aching, and swollen. It was awful. Yup. My body does not like grains. And, apparently the alcohol amplifies the inflammatory response.

So, in the event that I choose to have an alcoholic beverage, it will be researched ahead of time and planned. I'd not be surprised if I never have another alcoholic drink. I don't miss them.

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I am pretty similar to Funloven. I drink a glass of wine occasionally on the weekend when it goes with a special meal but rarely drink beer or mixed drinks. The important thing is that I plan it even though sometimes I find I over planned and don't drink it at all!

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I enjoy a German beer now and then, and a glass of wine from time to time, but in general I drink very little. Alcohol disturbs my sleep, and I make bad food decisions when I'm tired, so it starts a downward spiral if I'm not careful. My social circle does not pressure me to drink, and I have never been put down for drinking water or pop (or sometimes nothing at all) at our get-togethers. I come from a gene pool of pathetic alcohol abusers, and do not want to follow in their footsteps, so I draw a hard line on quantity. I don't feel like I'm missing anything at all when I say no, and enjoy my adult beverage very much when I say yes.

Prost!

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I knew fat (9) had significantly more calories per gram than carbs or protein (4) but I didn't know that alcohol had 7.

It is really easy for me to decide about drinking. I usually have less than 5 drinks per year and some years I don't have any. I am not a teetotaler, although I am close, I believe moderation is fine, I don't want to judge any one. I grew up with a teetotaler mom who didn't want us kids to drink anything ever, so alcohol was not part of my family tradition. I don't like the taste of alcohol so I don't drink it. I do admit to some testing and over-drinking in my teen-age and university days. I tried it to see what it was like, I don't like the taste, I don't like some of the immoderate consequences, so I don't drink hardly.

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Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
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My drinking habits are settled, so this is an easy one for me.
-3-4 snips of wine or martini when we visit friends (2-3 times per month)
-1 glass of champagne with salmon and caviar when we celebrate DH's or my birthday or name day (that is, 4 times per year).

Before I joined SP, 5 years ago, DH and I drank a full bottle of wine together 3-4 times a week. Yikes. Eating well and exercising outside is better than drinking, so I lost interest in drinking (and smoking too) spontaneously.

Kriszta

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Guess I'll go first - LOL!

Yes. I have decided. I will not be eliminating alcohol from my life. I enjoy a glass or two of wine with dinner. I enjoy a social drink at times, but avoid the "fancy" calorie loaded types. What I have done is surprisingly what Beck is recommending. I have eliminated spontaneous drinking. Any drink I have now is planed. This has greatly reduced the amount of drinking that I do and another surprise for me is that it doesn't seem to bother me to do so at all.

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My decision is to limit alcohol to one drink, when I am out to dinner with friends. It's that 1st cocktail, 1st glass of wine, 1st beer that is most enjoyable anyway. And with more than 1, I know it will lead to many sabotaging thoughts that I won't be able to respond to. So with conviction...1 drink max when I dine out.

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I don't drink alcoholic beverages. I keep some on hand for hand-sanitizer and fruit-zest tinctures and such. The tinctures get cooked in whatever contains them.

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I probably average one drink every three years. Just not an issue for me. I would much rather spend my calories on food!


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I don't really have to decide. I don't drink. the only time I may have (if they serve it) is communion. Paul did tell timothy to drink a little wine for his stomach sake. Wine in moderation is ok. But it would convict me if I used if my tummy was not upset. To each his own. For a good laugh. Read my old post emoticon

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I don't drink as often since I started Beck. I used to have a glass of wine with dinner... ok, maybe two or three. Now, I allow myself a glass when we have a special dinner. Occasionally, I'll have a light beer. That will probably stop once the weather gets cool. Beer is definitely a summer drink.

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I didn't even read this--although I will go back and do that. Sometimes when I read a day that really doesn't apply to me, I find something helpful for other things.

I rarely if ever drink and not drinking is the easiest thing for me. I don't even think about drinking unless we are at a party where it is being served. I do enjoy a few wines and if one I like is available I might have a small glass. I don't average one 4 ounce glass of wine a year.

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I don't drink regularly. But I do notice that if I go over one drink I tend to eat a lot of munchie stuff.

I will make a plan for when I'm out and how I will deal with alcohol.

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I don't drink alcoholic beverages on a regular or even social basis. Pretty much only weddings and other special occasions. But, I've become aware of my soda consumption which I need to limit or maybe even cut out. Its gotten out of hand recently. I've been cutting out soda and replacing it with tea. I actually feel better in some ways.
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I'm not one to down shots. One drink can last me an evening. I'll have to change from my one chocolate martini to a vodka tonic with a twist of lime.
Generally I plan for my drinks and it's rare that I drink anyway... so no drinks would not bother me.

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Good planning Ladies! I like to have a drink every now and then, too; but I limit it to special occassions or at least the weekend. And always planning!

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This was an interesting chapter & once again, coincides with my present life. I've been challenged recently with social situations & how much to drink when I am out. I adore red wine & the occasional mixed drink when I'm out at a club.

My initial goal with this is to just avoid any alcohol during the week, but as with anything - life gets in the way. So basically, I need to plan ahead and be smart about it:

* Know what I am going to order before-hand
* Give myself a limit
* Cut back on eating earlier in the day
* Add a little extra exercise in the morning to offset some of the calories
* Drink a glass of water with every glass of alcohol

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I'm revisiting the end of the book that I didn't give as much consideration.

hmmm, feeling like a bit of a lush, Wisconsin drinks A LOT, i didn't grow up here and am kind of shocked by how much drinking is considered "normal".

I petty much only drank out with friends before I met my husband. My family is chock full of AA members so I'm very careful, my DH comes from a family that never goes without cocktail hour. It's taken a while to balance out. My concern for both of us is weight and health. It's hard to say I CAN'T have alcohol because my response is ..but I don't have a dependency issue. Anyway this is a complex for me, what I've decide on is to go with health advice. No more than 7 drinks per week, usually wine, and no more than 3 drinks in a day, one per hour with a no calorie beverage in between.

Generally, I need to avoid getting tipsy because tipsy Sarah is excellent at ordering pizza and mozzerella sticks

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Never knew wine could help your stomach. Funny story, though!

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This was a chapter that I could zoom threw! emoticon . This is a funny happening in my life. If you need a good giggle read it. A couple weeks I had something going on with my stomach. Virus going around..well the first thing I remembered was Paul told Timothy in the bible to drink a little wine for his stomach sake. So I headed to Walmart walking fast as I could to get this red wine for my stomach. Well I don't drink. I had to ask people about red wine when they came near. I did not want to bring too much attention to myself. A christain drinking wine.... I finally got the wine, and begang walking to the car as fast my legs would carry me. Then I worried about being stopped by the cops with wine. So I put it into the trunk and prayed that I would not get stopped. Well I will cut this short. The red wine helped my stomach. But I am no drinker and I probably will not drink unless we have communion at church. Or to have communion at home lead only by the spirit of God. I have enough issues I don't need more! emoticon

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Being healthy is a good reason not to drink. Moderation is key!

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part of why i need to get my weight down to "normal" is that my liver tests tend to run high... once my weight is "normal" and my liver tests follow suit (fingers-crossed!) I'm going to work a 4-oz glass of wine back into my evenings :)

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yes, I think how & when we choose to drink is a lot like how & when we choose to eat & exercise... hopefully it won't hurt us or be excessive...

if i drank regularly like evening cocktails, I would probably count the calories...

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Quoting Dr. Beck:

"When you drink, notice and enjoy every sip. Drink slowly so it'll last longer. As soon as you've finished your drink, order a no-calorie beverage, so you won't be tempted to order another alcoholic beverage."

"Once I accept the fact that I need to limit my drinking dieting will be easier."

Last night was New Year's Eve. I tasted an apple martini... took three small sips... it was delicious, however, the thought of the sugar content made me stop at the three sips.

My decision about drinking is to continue having a very occasional glass of wine on limited occasions.

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I can see where this one would be hard if you did like to have a drink or two, though! I don't even like to drink hot chocolate because of the calories! Water for me, thanks!

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FINALLY! Something that's real easy for me. I rarely drink...just the occasional glass of wine if we're having a dinner celebration. I don't even drink on New Year's Eve. So I can immediately check that one off even before I get to Day 31 !!! Thanks for helping me see something positive I'm doing.


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This was so easy to mark off my list as 'done!'. I don't drink alcohol beverages on a regular basis. It felt so good to know one day was easy to practice.

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Yum... sounds interesting.

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I don't drink much either, so this isn't a tough one. A few things I've tried are Mike's light hard lemonade, which isn't bad. And vanilla vodka with diet Coke is a definite winner, without too many calories. And once I tried some tequila in some Fresca when I really wanted a margarita, and it hit the spot, more or less... :)

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Ditto... no problem here. I enjoy a glass of wine on occasion.

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I also am an occasional drinker - one every 6 months or so. LOL- I just count it in my calories if I'm going to splurge.

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No problem here. I don't drink regularly. The only drink I would have occasionally, maybe one every 3 months was a frozed marguarita. I have no problem not having one, too many calories.
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This is a non-issue for me. I don't drink.

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I didn't feel this chapter dealt with me that much, because I'm like you. I don't like to use my calories on something I can take or leave. Occassionally when we go out to dinner a beer goes good, but I rarely finish it if I do order it.
I guess I've made my decision and it's not a factor.
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This is something that I don't do much at all. If I go out, I might have a drink. I never did drink much and I don't like to waste my calories on liquids. I drink only water, coffee or diet soda. If I was at a party (which rarely happens), I would probably have a drink but I would count it into my day's allotment.

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How much of your calorie allowance are you going to set aside for alcohol? How often? Make it a decision.

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