i just charted my monthly weight highs and lows for the past two years. i've lost about 24 pounds over that time; obviously my weight loss has been very gradual. but last january i quit drinking for 7 weeks and lost 9 pounds. in the ten months since i started drinking again, i've lost...well, none, really. i lost about three more, but have gained two of them back. so i'm going off the booze again tomorrow (first i have to polish off the wine that's in my cupboard;-))
the good new is, i've been able to maintain my weight loss just by moderating my drinking: gain a pound or two, quit for a week - simple. my eating and activity level fluctuate, but haven't changed in any significant way.
so...anyone want to kick the booze in the interest of a ten-pound loss?
i also think that because i don't drink anything else that's high in calories, it makes a big difference for me. if i don't drink alcohol, i'm drinking water. i drink my coffee black. if you're going to substitute your wine for pop (sorry - soda), you're not going to lose weight.
three days without alcohol. it's a psychological shift more than anything: i'm eating better, moving more, paying more attention. and i'm down a pound and a half :-)
I'm always posting about weight and beer, and i'd like to join in, but.......
Can I have beer on a saturday? I know that sounds silly, but often I have beer sometimes three times a week. I would be cutting my beer by a third. I can't give it up, it's my only vice!
of course you can - we're not rigid here. are we?
elttiks, just keep coming back here and posting!
I like having fellow drinkers to chat with. I used to have a few beers or a few glasses of wine and an occassional margarita. I think if you cut back to just on Saturday's you'll be fine.
I've been alcohol free for five days (granted they have all been weekdays and now I'm going into a VERY challenging weekend). I have lost about 5 pounds already! I know that part of the weight loss is because of cutting out my beverages, but I've also been walking a lot for exercise and changing my eating pattern.
pgeorgian, I'll keep coming back. Thanks for keeping this thread alive. Congratulations on the weight loss! BTW, why do Sunday's suck?
Wish me luck this weekend, I have to go to my mother-in-laws for her husbands birthday party. I don't like either one of them and I usually deal with it by drinking and eating too much.
Edit: oops double post
i'm on day five now - not really missing it yet, although i've turned down an invitation to go out with friends tonight.
why do sunday's suck? is that a question? if i said that, i can't remember why...
skye, i have a suggestion for the in-laws evening: can you have a "prior commitment" that requires you to leave earlier than usual? i sometimes plan an exit strategy.
or plan an alternate reward for getting through the evening.
elttiks, tip one for me tomorrow, okay?
lozibeth, don't sweat it. if i had flatmates wanting to celebrate with me, i'd be in trouble too. next time, you might want to substitute club soda for tonic - no extra calories. and with a twist, it's pretty tasty!
Count me in! I have lost 30+ pounds before and continued to drink heavily (went through a divorce and hit a party streak). I was 32 at the time. Now, at 38, I still like to drink more than a few beers (my weakness) and have decided to abstain (have not had a beer in 2 weeks, when I usually drink 3-4 times a week) so I will be interested to see if it makes a major difference. I have a serious beer belly, does not help that I am apple shaped!
All of this will change tomorrow as I am going to a Mardi Gras ball and plan to have a good time! Will let you know Monday if this impacts my 5 pd. weight loss.
have fun tomorrow! (mardi gras on saturday? isn't that a misnomer?)
It is my Krewe's ball. A major party. Our parade is on the 26th, and Mardi Gras is on the Feb. 5. I asked in another thread, whether it would be smarter to drink wine (white) instead of beer, and I got mixed responses...what would YOU do???
are you in NO?
edited to clarify: that's club soda, not soda pop. i'm a canuck. and i see that you're from LA, not new orleans.
welcome, wendy! i think i'm in the same boat as you: i eat reasonably well most of the time, and don't overeat at all, but the wine and beer have taken their toll. it's not just the calories they add, but the choices i make while indulging (is there anything yummier than dark chocolate with red wine?), and the fact that the day after even two or three drinks, i don't want to do anything but sit.
be prepared - it will take a week or so to see results.