My weight has fluctuated since my 20s and had a great deal of success in 2014 (lost 60 lbs - 255 down to 195). I was a social drinker most of my life. I got a divorce which lasted just over a year and was final 2018. I moved out on my own in 2017 and the kids stayed with me usually on weekends. My ex-wife was very nasty to me during the divorce process. Her nastiness, coupled with guilt of leaving kids, the decline of my job and the boredom of being on my own at night led to an increase in my drinking. I am a routine oriented guy and it quickly became my nightly routine. I began to look forward to leaving work and getting home for dinner and a night of drinks to relax.
For the past 18 months I have been having 6-15 drinks nightly. I would mix vodka with diet soda in a huge plastic cup so I don't know the exact amount. My weight has steadily gone up from maybe 210 to 235 in those months. The nightly drinking led to poor food choices and lots of snacking throughout the night. My overall diet got sloppy too. It also decreased my motivation to workout in the morning or hindered my performance in my workouts.
My clothes began to not fit and I got a gut that would make my work dress shirts very tight and uncomfortable. I couldn't button the top button on my dress shirts to put a tie on. I also believe I developed gastritis as I would have almost daily burping episodes that would last 30-60 minutes of constant burping and bloating.
I decided to change and I want to get back to my 6' 3" 200 lb body again. I am only a week into my diet/change of habits but I have cut out the nightly drinking but do get an occasional urge.
Has anyone else struggled with drinking and trying to lose weight? What advice would you give?