Less Alcohol - OCTOBER 2020 - One Day at a Time (Try a Sober October)



  • dawnbgethealthy
    dawnbgethealthy Posts: 6,487 Member
    Where are you??
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    edited October 2020
    Day 3 AF done....and Covid test came back negative. Yay!!!

    Got results within 48 hours. Testing very quick and easy. Just made an appt. and pre-registered online with CVS pharmacy, went to the pharmacy drive thru window, they gave me the swab and vial and I did the swabbing myself, then just placed it in an outside bin. All of it took like less than 3 minutes. And it was free.

    I'll probably have to do this each time I get sick this winter with any typical cold.

    On the weight topic, I still have about 11 lbs to goal. Gained 1.5 lbs on vacation. I thought I would lose since each day we put in at least 5-6 hours of hiking and I ate hardly anything during the day. But, I drank at least half those days and that wine with chips at night did the damage. Had I not drank, I would bet I would've come back with some weight loss. Damn alcohol is such a super-fattener for me.

    Expect Success and Nothing Less

    Thank goodness it is negative!! Big relief. I have friends that have gone through the drive up testing, most of them at their DRs offices. One man took a video of himself being tested. It looked so painful that my eyes began to water just watching it. UGH.
    Crossing my fingers for the scale to move downward for you. But remember, muscle weighs more than fat. So you may be getting slimmer and not know it.
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    I am Dawn and live in South East British Columbia. I am 60.
    My goal remains the same as it has been for quite some time, 16-20 AF days per month.

    I do it kind of diary style:

    Thursday October 01 - AF - I did manage 17AF days for September even though I drank every single day (moderately) of my birthday week while away. I have to wean myself off of that path.
    Friday October 02 - AF - I really felt like having drinks though.
    Saturday October 03 - Drinks. I did flirt with the idea of an AF October...for a minute. Not yet, and not sure if ever I will want to be joining the sober squad.
    Sunday October 04 - AF - Really going to try to get back to having at least 2AF days in a row this month.
    Monday October 05 - AF - Planned Mojitos Tuesday or Wednesday before the Mint is finished for the year.
    Tuesday October 06 - AF - No Mojitos for me today, I was exhausted when I got in from work.
    Wednesday October 07 - Various Mojitos, Strawberry Mint, Orange Mint, Chocolate Mint, and mixtures of them.
    Thursday October 08 - AF - Aiming for 2 in a row.
    Friday October 09 - AF - Thanksgiving weekend here, so I will be eating a lot of stuffing, gravy, turkey etc. for 3 days. I have a pumpkin loaf for breakfasts even though I rarely eat stuff like that. I may have drinks this weekend, not sure.
    Saturday October 10 - AF - First day of 3 of eating turkey, stuffing, potatoes gravy etc., not enough calories left for even a Grand Marnier tonight. Either I will have to eat less stuffing potatoes and gravy the next 2 days, or I will have to be AF to keep within my calorie count.

    Rolling total: 8 AF days out of 10 days so far.

    Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you Dawn. You are making me hungry for turkey and squash. Enjoy.
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    Lovely lovely weather in Da'Burgh this week, gotta be outside to soak in the warm & see the trees decorate themselves for Fall.

    Not a hard booze or mixed drink imbiber, but gotta admire the mojito photos @dawnbgethealthy has been posting. Still cutting and drying armfuls of mint for winter tea. The original plant came from my Daddy's mint patch under his outdoor water spigot in Southern Maryland. Over the past 60 years it has traveled through 6 states and many family homes, now thriving in Maine, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana.

    Error-error-error....watched Cable News for the past 2 days. Now living in a mental maelstrom of Stephen King novels [The Stand, The Mist...etc] . Is this past year real, or just a "fever dream" ?? So much for a Sober October. Even though the serving glass is a wee 3 ounces....the Chianti bottle is quite large. Easy to lift & refill. Tomorrow is another day, right, Scarlet ??

    Just a little more than 3 weeks to go on my personal Doomsday countdown. I'll try to keep off the vino til then, after this weekend's binge. Sorry, to me and thee.

    Love and hugs [socially distant] to all those who have been affected by the virus and are doing the proper quarantining and testing. Glad to hear that there have been no really serious adverse affects among our small group, health wise.
    Job wise, yeah, that sucks.

    Eldest Daughter & DH cut short their Maine lobstering summer to go to Louisiana shortly after "Laura" to sort out the damage to their Lake Charles home. FEMA \ insurance\ contractors ...Many thanks to the local FD !! Oooppps...Tropical storm...Many thanks to the Army Corps of Engineers!! ...Oooppps...Hurricane Delta...We were on the phone last night as the wind howled up and the northside window screens left the building and the power went out for the night. Eldest Daughter had planned to spend the evening crocheting afghans for her online business. Silly child, this was her first hurricane since the one that destroyed Ellicott City in '72 when she was a preschooler. We lived on the 3rd floor of a building that flooded over the 2nd floor. As a child, she was only as affected as her parents would allow her to be. Keep calm and carry on, right ??
    Going forward, I would hope she will have some kerosene or battery lamps at the ready. Double crochet....

    Middle Daughter's husband calls me the "Ultimate Prepper" because most of the "stuff" he puts forward is something I already have or do. I just consider it "take care of yourself... if"...

    Tomorrow is a lovely day , when scrapple, bok choy , and romaine lettuce will be delivered from an online order. A year ago, would I even have thought that I would have ordered more than pizza over the "net" . "Hail NO"

    My "bucket list" for after corona has dwindled. Been slashed by reality. No Goat curry, no senior movie passes, no wide ranging expectations. ...Day-um....

    DITTO on the excellent reads from you. They are very animated.
    I loved that area when I lived there with the gourgous Indian Summer weather.
    Try watching some comedies on the boob tube instead of those horror shows you are tuned into. It will be over soon.
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    Lilylady3k wrote: »
    One glass of wine with pizza dinner and one glass with cheesecake when I returned home ... celebrating my oldest birthday! Told DH that I do not want any wine on Sunday night in order to make my 4 AF days this week.

    Oct accountability: 3/10 days AF
    This week: 3 AF days
    Goal: AF days 4 per week / 16 per month; limit 1-2 glasses per day

    Nice job on the pre-planning and keeping DH in the loop. Hope he is being a respectful coach to your AF requests.
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    Oct 1-7: 12ish drinks, 4 AF days
    Oct 8: AF

    There's something mentally challenging about NEEDING to not drink instead of CHOOSING to not drink. There was a 12-hour ban on alcohol after my procedure, so the earliest I could have had a drink was 11pm (bedtime). The procedure was diagnostic, and the hope was it would temporarily relieve my pain, but instead it triggered a lot more pain than I usually have. Bad pain makes me want to drink, and I wasn't supposed to, and I basically stewed about it the whole night even though this was a planned AF day.

    On a positive note, 3 of my 4 vacation pounds have already fallen off, and I'm feeling like losing 4 more pounds by the end of October is doable. That will be 10 lbs down, and I get to buy a new kitchen knife after losing 10 lbs, so I want to get there ASAP :p Gotta keep that goal in mind when I consider alcohol tonight. Planned food is over calories already so I have no room for alcohol, even if my week has been really rough...

    @globalhiker I hope that test comes back negative! I haven't been out to eat since March, and I miss it terribly, but it's terrifying to think that the one time you step out of your bubble a bit you might end up sick :#

    Congrats on having some of your vacation weight dropping off. We love to hear these successful moments as well. What kind of pain are you suffering from?
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    @FeelinFooFoo DO NOT go back into hiding just because you slipped up on your October goal. I am calling you OUT. It is ok, it is human, it is a pandemic.
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    shorepine wrote: »
    Happy Saturday all.. @dawnbgethealthy your mojitos look amazing. How fun to try with the different kinds of mint. With hydrangeas, I have heard they turn different colors depending on the soil. I have one in my front garden that was white last year and this year it is pink. So interesting. At one point in time I had looked up what the different colors mean for the corresponding soil traits, but i have forgotten. I do know they often turn blue in acidic soil because I have one under a big spruce tree that is always vibrant blue.

    @globalhiker that is amazing about how easy the covid test was. There are still very few tests available where I live and it takes a week to get the results. It is so frustrating. I was briefly looking at the possibility of traveling to Hawaii this year, but I don't think we could manage the testing requirement.

    I was AF yesterday. Had a bit of a doldrums of a Friday night. I felt really fatigued for some reason and just climbed into bed, before my kids even. Today a storm arrived and it is pouring rain. It is welcome here after our fire filled September but I am worried about landslides with the unstable soil.

    Its good to hear about many of your weight loss success stories as I refocus around that.

    Oct 1: 2 drinks
    Oct 2: 6 drinks
    Oct 3: 4 drinks
    Oct 4: AF
    Oct 5: AF
    Oct 6: AF
    Oct 7: AF
    Oct 8: 3 drinks
    Oct 9: AF

    So far in Oct: 5/9 days AF

    Those doldrums hit us all. It is our bodies saying TAKE A BREAK, RE-SET. You have been through a lot lately.
    Nice AF streak of 4 days.
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    I almost gave into the 3rd day cravings... sometimes I want to drink just to drown out the complaints, stomping around, slamming doors, moody teenager / "25" y/o step daughter... just puts me into a bad mood, but the drinking really doesn't help, the issues are still there! :/

    4 AF / 6 days :)

    I hope your 25 y/o SD finds her way soon to maturity. Sorry you are having a rough go with that. Keep strong.
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    Samand303 wrote: »
    DH made fresh salsa verde, which required a beer. Glad to open my Dogfish lo-cal and follow it with a Brooklyn AF beer. I will need to get my 6-pack if October beers though, before they disappear.

    Thanks the the thoughts on “sober”. I too always thought I would not ever belong to that club. But sober-ish, a drink sometimes with a focus on moderation, that fits me.

    Yes I so enjoy term moderation over the word sober. I believe you gain streangth from controlling a situation instead of dismissing it.
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    Is it ok to jump in a week late? I recently rejoined MFP and this would be a timely challenge to participate in, especially entering into holiday season. I don't have any boundaries surrounding alcohol just yet. But I haven't gotten off to a great start. Last night was an AF night and I slept so well! I'm planning on another AF night tonight with the promise of another. As I've entered into menopause, sleep has become sooo important because it's been an elusive commodity!

    @flossyruby1 are you still with us. Never never too late to join in with us. We will ALWAYS be here. How is your AF nights going. Good sleep is important.
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    LoveyChar wrote: »
    @dawnbgethealthy & @shorepine I'm in central Texas and it's only now cool enough to camp (in my opinion). It's still in the high 80's and low 90's here! It never really feels like fall here but I was raised in PA so I do appreciate a beautiful, chilly fall.

    You changed your profile pic again. Beautiful flower. How is October treating ypu so far?
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    My drink of choice lately has been hard seltzers, so instead, I am drinking LaCroix when I feel like I need something. It's a tricky trick, but works! Yesterday, when I heard that Eddie Van Halen died, I could have drank myself into oblivion but I resisted. He is my idol, Mr. Magic Hands. RIP Eddie!

    It was very sad to hear of his death. My husbands favorite for sure.we love hearing about how to "trick" our drinking brain. All suggestions welcome.
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,285 Member
    lilann1961 wrote: »
    Happy Monday! Checking in!

    Goal: 4 days of alcohol

    Oct 1: AF
    Oct 2: two sour beers (this was planned)
    Oct 3: went on a party bus to celebrate a birthday! It included dinner at an italian restaurant and a cocktail bar. I had never been on one before, and was the oldest on the bus (Birthday girl turned 29...I am 40). It was fun! And I drank a lot. Totally planned, and may have totally solidified the rest of the month being AF LOL.
    Oct 4: AF

    I believe I have finally gotten past the hurdle of wanting a glass of wine after work. I just don't crave it anymore. Saturday may have proven my tolerance is high, but my weight is high and I at pasta.

    I know I have read on here before that it is common to crave sweets when not drinking alcohol on the regular. I NEVER craved sweets (think ice cream, cake, cookies), but lately have definitely had more of a sweet tooth. I have been able to keep those cravings in check and stay within my calories if I do eat a sweet, but working hard to keep this from becoming the next habit.

    Small steps like eliminating just one drink craving such as a glass after work is a huge step forward. Sometimes it takes a while for your body to adjust to not having the calories from alcohol. That is why we get those sweet cravings.
  • forestdweller1
    forestdweller1 Posts: 258 Member
    Ah...@dawnbgethealthy....you really don't wanna know about scrapple.

    After you butcher your hog & make hams, roasts, bacon, sausage....gather up the rest of the scraps, boil 'em up with spices and cornmeal, pour into a small loaf pan & chill. Slice and fry up crisp. Skip the work and buy it in the refrigerated section of your market. Never buy scrapple in a can[beyond nasty, IMHO].

    TOLD ya you really didn't wanna know.... ;)
  • globalhiker
    globalhiker Posts: 1,380 Member
    Day 4 AF done. Feels like day 14 though. It's dragging. Got in an hour run today and surprised the legs still work and joints don't hurt.

    Desperately craving crispy thin pizza and sparking rose, imagine that? Will try a nap to see if it passes.

    Dawn: Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!! Enjoy your tasty dinners....

    Doxmum: hope all is good in your world.....!
  • Lilylady3k
    Lilylady3k Posts: 3,498 Member
    Kept our promise and no alcohol this evening so that I could hit my targeted 4 AF days for the week! YEAH!

    Oct accountability: 4/11 days AF
    This week: 4 AF days
    Goal: AF days 4 per week / 16 per month; limit 1-2 glasses per day
  • dawnbgethealthy
    dawnbgethealthy Posts: 6,487 Member
    Ah...@dawnbgethealthy....you really don't wanna know about scrapple.

    After you butcher your hog & make hams, roasts, bacon, sausage....gather up the rest of the scraps, boil 'em up with spices and cornmeal, pour into a small loaf pan & chill. Slice and fry up crisp. Skip the work and buy it in the refrigerated section of your market. Never buy scrapple in a can[beyond nasty, IMHO].

    TOLD ya you really didn't wanna know.... ;)

    : - )
    What an education! Really, I have never heard of it, nor have I seen it in a store. Curious about what kind of spices that go into it.
    I wonder about the consistency and the taste.
    You obviously like it if you ordered it for delivery.
    Love the learning something new every day : - )