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  • hrwhisamore
    hrwhisamore Posts: 7 Member
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    I'm in!
  • shrcpr
    shrcpr Posts: 885 Member
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    Ack. I just found myself reasoning I could have a glass of wine because I have lots of calories left. NO. JUST NO. There is no moderation for me so I just need to suck it up and shut that kind of thinking down. Weekends are scary like that.
  • grmshelle
    grmshelle Posts: 54 Member
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    I'm in! I have tried time and time again to stop drinking wine. I started another attempt a couple of days ago, I hope it takes this time...need support!
  • dogcatac
    dogcatac Posts: 124 Member
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    shrcpr wrote: »
    Ack. I just found myself reasoning I could have a glass of wine because I have lots of calories left. NO. JUST NO. There is no moderation for me so I just need to suck it up and shut that kind of thinking down. Weekends are scary like that.

    i really like to gym on friday/saturday nights. perfect way to avoid weekend drinks.
  • fiddletime
    fiddletime Posts: 1,862 Member
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    delladear wrote: »
    Drinking a glass of wine while reading all these posts. I am not trying to be a jerk, I'm trying to figure out if this is something I want to do. I guess my thinking is do you really lose more weight not drinking? What if you count your drinking in your calorie allotment? I would love to hear the results. Right now for me, I am going to moderate myself and see how that goes.

    I was where you are a month ago. By Aug 22 I finally decided that I sucked at moderation. I was staying in my calorie goal but I was not in control the way I wanted, because of the wine. So, decided to join in and after the first 5 hard days, have chosen not to drink and it's getting easier and easier. Saving money too, which is nice.

  • fiddletime
    fiddletime Posts: 1,862 Member
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    I didn't know this was a thing ! I'm on day 3 and nearly tearing my hair out
    It gets easier but the first few days of temptation and fighting cravings is the hardest. Once you just accept that "no" means sparkling water and give yourself no wiggle room, it gets much easier. It takes some practice.
  • janenightingale
    janenightingale Posts: 55 Member
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    delladear wrote: »
    Drinking a glass of wine while reading all these posts. I am not trying to be a jerk, I'm trying to figure out if this is something I want to do. I guess my thinking is do you really lose more weight not drinking? What if you count your drinking in your calorie allotment? I would love to hear the results. Right now for me, I am going to moderate myself and see how that goes.

    i have lost 4lb and counting in the 11 days of not drinking. Ok, so it's early days in the diet and some of it is water weight etc., but never have achieved this in the past when I tried to include alcohol calories in the diet. The only way I could manage that was to do massive amounts of exercise so I could 'drink them back'. That now sounds so lame it's embarrassing! Even then the most I lost was 1-1.5lbs per week. I am trying to get to a point where I don't have any alcohol in the week and work on moderate consumption at weekends. I think my friends will be pleased I will volunteer to be the designated driver more often. I AM going to drink on my wedding anniversary surprise party that I have spent ages planning but NOT to excess.
  • tmbg1
    tmbg1 Posts: 1,298 Member
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    For me this is not just about losing weight but also about saving money, sleeping better, having beautiful skin, and my liver.
  • jesha00
    jesha00 Posts: 29 Member
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    I've gotten to the point, recently, where I have no control of moderation after my first drink. It's helping me to think about it, if I get a craving. I just don't want to waste all of those calories anymore.

    Last night the husband and I went out to eat. I had lemon water, while he had beer. After dinner, we went to our local jewelry store to look at a couple things we've been wanting to buy. After we decided on our purchases, our sales lady offered us beer while we did the paperwork. We were both taken back by that offer!! Needless to say he had beer and I had water. The lady actually pressed the issue with me, asking if I "was sure" I didn't want a beer and, "aren't you a beer person?". My response was, "oh, I thoroughly enjoy beer. I'm just staying away from it tonight". And then she stopped bothering me.

    But the best part, was how liberating it felt, to actually have that control. And I didn't miss out on anything by drinking the water...except calories! It's little milestones like this that are pushing me forward with this.
  • MyWhole30Journey
    MyWhole30Journey Posts: 175 Member
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    tmbg1 wrote: »
    For me this is not just about losing weight but also about saving money, sleeping better, having beautiful skin, and my liver.

    I totally agree, however, since I've quit I've lost 14 lbs., saved $860 (yes, about $20 bucks daily) and stopped poisoning my liver. Wish I could say I sleep better but I drink a lot of water and so I'm up to often, gotta put the breaks on after say 7pm. maybe :)
  • MyWhole30Journey
    MyWhole30Journey Posts: 175 Member
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    jesha00 wrote: »
    I've gotten to the point, recently, where I have no control of moderation after my first drink. It's helping me to think about it, if I get a craving. I just don't want to waste all of those calories anymore.

    Last night the husband and I went out to eat. I had lemon water, while he had beer. After dinner, we went to our local jewelry store to look at a couple things we've been wanting to buy. After we decided on our purchases, our sales lady offered us beer while we did the paperwork. We were both taken back by that offer!! Needless to say he had beer and I had water. The lady actually pressed the issue with me, asking if I "was sure" I didn't want a beer and, "aren't you a beer person?". My response was, "oh, I thoroughly enjoy beer. I'm just staying away from it tonight". And then she stopped bothering me.

    But the best part, was how liberating it felt, to actually have that control. And I didn't miss out on anything by drinking the water...except calories! It's little milestones like this that are pushing me forward with this.

    That is bazaar! What the heck was she thinking??? Sounds like the store clerk needs to be here as well!
  • grmshelle
    grmshelle Posts: 54 Member
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    tmbg1 wrote: »
    For me this is not just about losing weight but also about saving money, sleeping better, having beautiful skin, and my liver.
    I agree, and there was no such thing as moderation for me. I see a huge difference in my skin when I stop drinking that nasty poison and I sleep like a baby. Day 4 and probably on my 3 or 4th attempt...I have to succeed before I kill myself!
  • shrcpr
    shrcpr Posts: 885 Member
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    dogcatac wrote: »
    shrcpr wrote: »
    Ack. I just found myself reasoning I could have a glass of wine because I have lots of calories left. NO. JUST NO. There is no moderation for me so I just need to suck it up and shut that kind of thinking down. Weekends are scary like that.

    i really like to gym on friday/saturday nights. perfect way to avoid weekend drinks.

    Good idea. Just got back from the gym even though today wasn't a scheduled workout day. It's not evening yet but now I don't want to waste all that hard work. Endorphins are lovely, and they don't give you a hangover. :smile:
  • fiddletime
    fiddletime Posts: 1,862 Member
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    Went to a family dinner today and it turned out to be a surprise (to me!) birthday party for an in-law. Wine and beer were flowing. So, I had two diet cokes and decided to eat chips and a slice of birthday cake and not, not, not, not drink alcohol. Went over my calories by 600, but didn't drink anything. Day 23 AF. Hope you all made it through the weekend.
  • tmbg1
    tmbg1 Posts: 1,298 Member
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    @fiddletime Congrats on getting through a social situation!
  • dogcatac
    dogcatac Posts: 124 Member
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    fiddletime wrote: »
    Went to a family dinner today and it turned out to be a surprise (to me!) birthday party for an in-law. Wine and beer were flowing. So, I had two diet cokes and decided to eat chips and a slice of birthday cake and not, not, not, not drink alcohol. Went over my calories by 600, but didn't drink anything. Day 23 AF. Hope you all made it through the weekend.

    way to go! and happy birthday!!! just think of how many calories over you would have been w/ wine and beer :open_mouth:
  • dogcatac
    dogcatac Posts: 124 Member
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    shrcpr wrote: »

    Good idea. Just got back from the gym even though today wasn't a scheduled workout day. It's not evening yet but now I don't want to waste all that hard work. Endorphins are lovely, and they don't give you a hangover. :smile:

    hehe yep. i feel amazing after a great workout, but sometimes i get some pretty bad DOMS :tongue: :smirk:

  • janenightingale
    janenightingale Posts: 55 Member
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    Spectacularly fell off the wagon yesterday. I don't appear to be able to do moderation, ESPECIALLY if hubby suggests I might like to drink tonic water now. I have to stop belligerence getting the better of me.

  • MyWhole30Journey
    MyWhole30Journey Posts: 175 Member
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    @janenightingale Just get right back on that wagon! you have a whole week before another weekend arrives and tries to derail you. You can do this!
    @fiddletime Good going, you made the right choice for you!
    My neighbors through a "family get together" over the weekend. It started out nice, lots of kids laughing and playing in the pool and overall, pretty low key. As the day went on however the families went home and those who didn't continued to party until the wee hours (4am). The party got louder and louder as the night wore on and everyone left there was drunk. I worried for them, I worried for others who were not there because these drunk were getting in their cars and driving home.
    My point here is that we all start out thinking we can handle it, not over drink, wouldn't drink and drive, but once you have enough alcohol in your system, all logic and good reasoning flies out the window! I'm so glad I've made the decision to stop drinking :) This morning I woke up, went into the bathroom to brush my teeth and when I looked into the mirror, clear, bright eyes were looking back at me, my skin was looking better and I feel good. Day 45 being alcohol free!
  • janenightingale
    janenightingale Posts: 55 Member
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    @MyWhole30Journey thank you for your kind words! Back on the wagon it is for me. You are right regarding logic flying out of the window when there is alcohol in the system, the decision to drink more and more being my downfall!