Less Alcohol - January 2019 - One Day at a Time
Got a bottle of champagne for the two of us for tonight but tomorrow's Dry January. Having done this once, I'm very sure I can do it again. I really doubted myself last year, but this year I'm feeling a lot more confident.
BTW, would love to know your best tea tips. Tea, hot and cold, really kept me going last January. I have an insulated metal cup I carry it around in, and have pondered getting one with a diffuser, like this one but just can't decide if it's worth it or not. Any good ideas from tea drinkers are much appreciated. I also have every kind of diet soda known to man stocked in, LOL.2
dawnbgethealthy Posts: 6,870 MemberMy aim is regulation.
Having this thread keeps me accountable.
I'm not really into deprivation, just trying to be more moderate with food and alcohol.
My primary reason for AF days is weight loss. Once alcohol is in our bodies our liver concentrates on only that and not on metabolising fat or anything else. Also, being puffy is not ideal : - )
My goal is 4 - 5 AF days per week.
I was 16 day AF out of 30 for December, not counting the 31st. Up until October 27th.18 I was having drinks every single day. I have cut back for sure.
I do plan to have champagne tonight.
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I’m intrigued by this! I like how everyone is owning their own goal in all of this. I definitely want to/need to cut back and it seems this could really help with that. Happy New Year, all!6
Please don't change this thread !! The judgers and preachers do not live here, and that's very nice. I'm well aware that drinking is a challenge for me, and don't need the guilt trips available elsewhere. Kudos to Orphia and Miss May .
Well, January 1st was my day to end my 6 1/2 months AF, but fate seemed to have other plans. Took my daughters out to dinner on Sunday, and woke up to an e-mail from my bank asking if the thousands of $$$ of charges on my account [all on one day] were valid....Now I need to wait a week for a new card before I can purchase any wine.
All things work for the good....More days AF for me.5
Hugs, @forestdweller1 Was your account hacked, or did you spend $$$1000s on your daughters??
Don't worry, I wasn't going to change the thread!2
Started with this thread late December ... not sure yet about all the plans for a Dry January. That is not my personal target. I remember when losing weight my pattern did not include so much alcohol. In the past 2 years at my house we have gotten into the bad habit of a bottle or 2 of wine each night. Plans to change that in 2019. Back to my quest for 4 nights per week AF; usually targeting M-Th. 16 AF nights per month. 3rd week (MWTh) each month will be the real challenge with 2 book clubs and another alumnae meeting that all include wine.
Dec 31- AF Happy New Year! Looking forward to a great 2019!2
Hi all, Happy New Year. This is my first time posting here. I have been concerned with my daily alcohol intake for a bit, that one glass of wine with dinner turns into 3 too often. I am starting with a goal to remain AF weekly from Sunday - Thursday (work nights). Looking forward to the support here as I am too embarrassed to share with family and friends that I think I may have a problem...17
. Looking forward to the support here as I am too embarrassed to share with family and friends that I think I may have a problem...[/quote]
That's what's great about us!! We help each other out and don't judge! One day at a time!5
Lilylady and Deb I really connect with what you’re saying...best wishes to all of us!!
OAN, is there a way I can see who clicks to “like” or “hug” a post of mine?0
Good morning everyone. Happy New Year to you all, hope it was a successful evening last night.
We attended a big NYE bash with a live band and dancing. Lots of fun NYE attire and party favors.
The lines at the cash bar were nuts! I kept thinking how those people wasted most of their evening standing in line to buy drinks.
My alcohol intake last night was one Michelob Ultra & one glass of prosecco during the 4 hour party. Now into dry January.
Welcome to our new posters.
Hi all, happy New Year and welcome to the newcomers! While Dry January is a popular resolution and how many of us found our way to this great group of monthly accountability and support, the name of this group and the goal for all of us is “Less Alcohol”. What form that takes for each of us is very individualized. For many it is complete restriction, or only drinking on special occasions, having a schedule (AF weekdays and a little more relaxed on the weekends).
Personally I’ve landed on “mindful moderation” as my strategy. Moderation is what worked well for me for weight loss and maintenance, and when I took a step back and looked at my patterns of drinking in Jan 2018 I saw that while I wasn’t drinking to excess every single day, I was certainly drinking mindlessly many days and that was leading it to become more of a habit than I liked. I started tallying my days (AF, A, and # of drinks) each night just as I log my food intake each day. Focusing on balance and moderation and not just drinking out of habit or because it was a good day, or a bad day, or a TUESday made me really think before I poured a glass or think before I had another. There are definitely still days when I have a couple more, but I’ve gotten past the point of feeling horrible and shameful when that happens. I love my non drinking days too - hot tea and a cookie are great in these cold winter months. I love that those come pretty naturally to me now- at first last year they were tough and I used to have an internal debate between my drinking brain and my sober brain.
I haven’t landed on a specific goal related to consumption this year, only to continue to practice the mindful moderation. Not sure if I will keep up my nightly tally sheet either, although I do love seeing the numbers for accountability.
Best of luck to all and Happy New Year!9
Happy New Year, all! It’s been a while for me but I am now ready to significantly reduce my alcohol intake again!
Will try to check in daily. Good luck everyone!3
My goal is sobriety. Alcohol does nothing but cost me money, sleep and dignity. I know I can do better and what a perfect time to start. I bought a bottle of wine yesterday to celebrate the new year. I drank about 1/3 of it, this morning I dumped out the rest because it does not align with my new goals.
Here’s to healthier us in 2019!10
Today marks my 100th day of being AF. My 2019 goal is for a dry January and beyond.
Happy New Year To All
Dry January here too! I did it last year and loved it. My goal is to at least double my AF days over last year. We have had a tough few weeks - our kitchen flooded, (currently gutted and drying out) and I have to figure out a plan for a new one - our washing machine broke the same day as the flood! And the worst of all- somehow a rat got into my Subaru and pooped everywhere inside - I’m seriously like what is happening?!? I’ve coped with wine - but no more!
What started out as a few glasses of wine on weekends has morphed into an almost every night occurrence. With that comes the late night snacking. I’ve gained almost 20 pounds in 4 months and I attribute a good chunk of that to wine. I’ve never heard of “Dry January”, but this is what I need!!9
Happy New Year everyone!!! I am reporting in after a long night of partying and now having those familiar unpleasant symptoms. I am ready to kick off dry January with a bang. My main purpose for doing this is weight loss and to challenge myself. Since around Halloween, my Birthday (which is in November) followed by all of my favorite holidays... I have been eating and drinking without a care in this world and my daily workout schedule eventually took a hard hit as well. Since that time I have gained almost 15 pounds and I'm not even sure how that happened. I am looking forward to this month and year and am really ready to open all sorts of doors, starting with my own health transformation. I will be checking in from time to time documenting my journey because I already know it will be hard, but also know it will be worth it.8
Happy New Year!! I hope we can all reach our goals this month and into the new year,yeah!3
Happy and Healthy New Year to all
Wishing everyone success with their goals and knowing this is an individual and personal resolution.
I had terrible results trying moderation so this is my 10th AF January and all the days in between I have a son who over the years went AF and a daughter who was AF before my decision to go AF My wife and my other daughter enjoy their wine on occasions and are happy for it.
Whatever goal you choose it should be the one that makes you happy with your life choices
I achieved my weight loss over the years and live a happier healthy life and that ultimately is what this is about
Good Luck all5
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