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Dry January! No Alcohol!

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  • SFJULES66SFJULES66 Posts: 124Member, Premium Member Posts: 124Member, Premium Member
    Weekend get-togethers with foodie friends always include wine and food. I don't plan to socialize much in January because I want to drop some December weight (and save money). I was very "festive".
    edited January 9
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 808Member Member Posts: 808Member Member
    SFJULES66 wrote: »
    Weekend get-togethers with foodie friends always include wine and food. I don't plan to socialize much in January because I want to drop some December weight (and save money). I was very "festive".

    I am right there with you!
  • Alpha12Alpha12 Posts: 252Member Member Posts: 252Member Member
    On to day 7 today! I'm finding out that for me, at least so far, reaching for wine is just something to do in the evenings when I cook, watch TV etc. and not a physical need. As long as I occupy my mind in the evening and do something else in place of wine - the "witching hour" of 6-7pm passes, and I'm good. I don't normally have a sweet tooth, but I find that I've been reaching for an afternoon piece of candy this past week. I guess I need to get my sugar that I would normally get from wine some other way. :smile:

    How is everyone else doing?
    edited January 10
  • cavatinnecavatinne Posts: 17Member Member Posts: 17Member Member
    Fortunately I do not have dependency issue, as I have know alcoholics who struggle and work so hard for sobriety. I stopped resolutions years ago to consciously take stock and think about how I am living. For me it so easy to get used to being on auto pilot, prepare to cook, pour wine, drink wine... and this does add up and for me it only goes to one place - waistline...especially as I age no amount of working out seems to reduce that.. all about the diet.
  • VeggieGirlforLifeVeggieGirlforLife Posts: 477Member Member Posts: 477Member Member
    Day 10 AF! I remember from the Alcohol Experiment that it takes 10 days for alcohol to completely leave your system and allow your body to regain homeostasis, so I'm glad to have reached this goal finally. I do actually feel a lot better today than I have all month so far.
  • ARGriffyARGriffy Posts: 1,001Member Member Posts: 1,001Member Member
    ok so i *kitten* up last sunday but now on day 4 again, hopefully i wont screw up again!
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 808Member Member Posts: 808Member Member
    Alpha12 wrote: »
    On to day 7 today! I'm finding out that for me, at least so far, reaching for wine is just something to do in the evenings when I cook, watch TV etc. and not a physical need. As long as I occupy my mind in the evening and do something else in place of wine - the "witching hour" of 6-7pm passes, and I'm good. I don't normally have a sweet tooth, but I find that I've been reaching for an afternoon piece of candy this past week. I guess I need to get my sugar that I would normally get from wine some other way. :smile:

    How is everyone else doing?

    Awesome! Same here it is the hour before dinner when I am use to drinking wine while cooking. Now I am drinking hot tea and changing my habit. Feeling great! Day Ten, here we go!

    Recommend eating fruit!
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 808Member Member Posts: 808Member Member
    Day 10 AF! I remember from the Alcohol Experiment that it takes 10 days for alcohol to completely leave your system and allow your body to regain homeostasis, so I'm glad to have reached this goal finally. I do actually feel a lot better today than I have all month so far.

    Great info!
  • JLatham325JLatham325 Posts: 105Member Member Posts: 105Member Member
    Day 10 and doing great! I had my first weigh-in this morning and I am down 2 pounds :) Kicking butt, feeling energized and more confident.
    This weekend I have two holiday parties to go to (when will the festivities end?) and both will be full of big drinkers, whom are also used to seeing me partake. So I'm mentally preparing myself for all the questions of why I'm not drinking and the assumptions that "oh you must be pregnant" *eye roll*
  • kbushe3221kbushe3221 Posts: 48Member Member Posts: 48Member Member
    I could never.. lol
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 808Member Member Posts: 808Member Member
    JLatham325 wrote: »
    Day 10 and doing great! I had my first weigh-in this morning and I am down 2 pounds :) Kicking butt, feeling energized and more confident.
    This weekend I have two holiday parties to go to (when will the festivities end?) and both will be full of big drinkers, whom are also used to seeing me partake. So I'm mentally preparing myself for all the questions of why I'm not drinking and the assumptions that "oh you must be pregnant" *eye roll*

    Awesome! Understand as we have a group we are going to dinner next week too. I am saying I am giving my liver a break after the holidays!
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 808Member Member Posts: 808Member Member
    Day 11 to Dry January!

    How is everyone doing if you have decided for a dry January or cutting back on alcohol?

    Lessons that I have learned thus far to help motivate and continue my path of AF. Not forever, but in a more sustainable manner:
    1) Relying too much on alcohol when I am stressed/frusturated etc.
    Learned: I feel so much better when I am stressed, frusturated to go workout or do something healthy. Drinking never makes it better. I knew this, but difference now is that I am doing it!
    2) Relying too much to help me relax and go to sleep.
    Learned: I am not falling asleep as fast; however, I am sleeping so much more soundly. Everyone always says this, but now I am experiencing it.
    3) I wanted to quit alcohol to give up calories in order to lose weight.
    Learned: This is so much more than a number on a scale for me. I am feeling great and thankful I am making the right choices. I am eating right, working out and not drinking. If the scale doesn’t move I am not worried. I want a healthier version of me in 2019.
  • Alpha12Alpha12 Posts: 252Member Member Posts: 252Member Member
    Unfortunately I had couple of glasses of wine last night. No reason why, other than I really a taste for a cold glass of chardonnay - or two. I'm not going to beat myself over it and enjoy the fact that I stayed dry for 7 days. Starting with day 1 again today.
    edited January 11
  • TheJacob_94TheJacob_94 Posts: 5Member Member Posts: 5Member Member
    Im in. Im doing this challenge not to lose weight but to detox from the festive season (way to much beer). This will be quite hard as its summer time now and there is so much festivals on weekends.
    Any tips on how not be socially awkward at social events when everyone is drinking?
  • JLatham325JLatham325 Posts: 105Member Member Posts: 105Member Member
    Im in. Im doing this challenge not to lose weight but to detox from the festive season (way to much beer). This will be quite hard as its summer time now and there is so much festivals on weekends.
    Any tips on how not be socially awkward at social events when everyone is drinking?

    I find a few things helpful:
    - if you want to reduce people asking you why you aren't drinking, choose something like club soda and a lime to have in your hand.
    - when engaging in conversation with people, make it about them. People love to talk about themselves so ask them what's going on in their lives lately, anything exciting? Any goals? How's work going? Etc. Put the focus on them and just listen (sometimes that's what people need and appreciate)
    - realize that it is never as scary as you've built it up in your head
    - take pride and confidence in knowing that you won't be getting sloppy and making a fool of yourself that night and you'll wake up refreshed the next day
  • MeteoraTitaniumMeteoraTitanium Posts: 81Member Member Posts: 81Member Member
    I Have gone alcohol free for 3 months in the past, I was a weekend drinker. I noticed within a week that 1. My 5k runs got faster by one minute 2. By eating at maintenance without alcohol my body fat dropped slightly by end of the 3 months.
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 808Member Member Posts: 808Member Member
    Alpha12 wrote: »
    Unfortunately I had couple of glasses of wine last night. No reason why, other than I really a taste for a cold glass of chardonnay - or two. I'm not going to beat myself over it and enjoy the fact that I stayed dry for 7 days. Starting with day 1 again today.

    I agree of not beating yourself up, seven days Dry is great! I know for me much better than last January!
  • Alpha12Alpha12 Posts: 252Member Member Posts: 252Member Member
    Day 2 for me today. I woke up early, had a nice workout and I'm feeling good right now. Life is good! :smile:
  • Fitness327wkFitness327wk Posts: 808Member Member Posts: 808Member Member
    Saturday morning and already went to the gym for a great barre workout!
  • Alpha12Alpha12 Posts: 252Member Member Posts: 252Member Member
    Since New Year I lost 4 lbs just by staying dry, but with 1 stumble along the way 3 days ago. I've been eating my normal diet because I first wanted to eliminate wine to see how that alone affected my weight. I'm pretty happy with a 4 lb. loss in 13 days. I think I've gained new motivation to keep going!

    Day 3 today (had some wine on the 10th) and I'm feeling good! :smile:

    How is everyone else doing?
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