Less Alcohol - NOVEMBER 2019 - One Day at a Time

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  • Womona
    Womona Posts: 1,564 Member
    @LoveyChar thinking of you! Try to not worry. As someone said above, they want to be overly cautious-probably because they don’t want liability if something gets missed! Hang in there.
  • fitand50inSD
    fitand50inSD Posts: 166 Member
    Planning for No Drinks November following a completely Sober October.

    Oct - AF 31 of 31

    Nov 1 - AF
    Nov 2 - 2 drinks - very disappointed that I used the excuse of stress caused by working too much to break the promise I made to myself. I really wanted to continue Sober October into November.
    Nov 3 - AF
    Nov 4 - AF
    Nov 5 - AF
    Nov 6 - AF Still plugging away except for the minor slip on 11/2. I believe in the last 40 days I am AF-39 and A-1. Not too bad considering I was a daily drinker (generally 1 or 2 drinks....rarely more.) Still killing myself with work, but have only turned to alcohol once.
    Nov 7 - AF
    Nov 8 - 2 oz vodka, 5 oz wine (running tally since Oct 1 AF-37, A-2
    Nov 9 - AF
    Nov 10 - AF
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,529 Member
    I don't drink every night but feel like I drink more than I should on the weekends and I think it's hindering my progress on the last 10 pounds. I am going for No Drink November to see if it improves my progress and how I feel overall. So far I am 7/7 AF but only 1 weekend down. :#
    I am wondering if anyone who has done an alcohol free month and then returned to drinking noticed a difference in your ability to moderate your drinking or if you just went back into your normal routine?
    Hello and welcome @tracybear86, cutting back on alcohol is a great way to drop pounds. I have done several AF months all the way through. It varied for me depending what the month was next and what the activities were. I can say it is easy to slip back into bad habits, me included. You just have to keep yourself in check.
    Just joined! Reading everyone’s posts is so motivating! I used to drink 10 + drinks a week. My goal is to drink 5 drinks a week for November and 3 drinks a week for December. Last week I drank 4 drinks even though I threw a party, and this week I drank 4 drinks. I’m exited that I’m doing good in being under my goal this month!
    Another welcome to @carolinequinn3705, nice to have you and you sound to have some very definite goals set. Awesome.
  • dawnbgethealthy
    dawnbgethealthy Posts: 7,485 Member
    My goal is 16-20 AF days for the month.
    I didn't get there in October, ended up with 10 or 11AF days. Daily drinking is so very easy to slip back into!

    November 01 - AF - Really felt like having drinks, but didn't.
    November 02 - AF - Worked my *kitten* off in the yard and again really wanted drinks afterward. But didn't.
    November 03 - 3 drinks hours ago at a friend's place. Not planned. My plan is for drinks on Tuesdays and either Saturday OR Sunday, although I have two theatre outings (involving wine) on Thursdays this month, but will try to keep it to 2-3 days per week.
    OMG, just discovered what "kitten" is!! I have asked people what that meant and didn't get a reply. I see that what I wrote in my last post got rewritten as "kitten". Hahaha : - )
    November 04 - AF
    November 05 - 3 drinks. Actually, I haven't had any at all yet, but unbelievably just finished work - I was up at 4am and it was a very long grueling day. Definitely going to have some food and some cocktails. I will be happy to stick to my plan of drinks on Tuesdays and one or two other days of the week. October turned into almost drinks every day again. I feel like I am back on track to moderate, definitely glad to allow myself Tuesdays, they are a bit *kitten* ridiculous. Wrote that just to test the kitten thing lol.
    November 06 - AF - Not difficult at all. That gives me 4 AF for the 1st week so far, going to try for 5.
    November 07 - Not a planned drink day at all. I pulled something in my back this morning during a simple workout, this has never happened. I still had to go into the field and do a whole bunch of jobs (including lifting, bending, pushing, pulling, and as it turns out screaming in pain). I had hurt knees this past week and couldn't even skate...only 59, like seriously? Anyway, having a couple of drinks, after the first one I relaxed quite a bit, on the second now. I have some of that icy hot stuff on and bought some robax-type stuff which should be interesting on top of alcohol. I am an active girl, being sidelined from activity is not my jam nor good for my mental/emotional/physical health. No doubt alcohol is probably not the answer, but for now it has relaxed my back a little.
    November 08 - AF. Definitely thought about having at least 1/2 glass of wine to soothe me, but had Bengal spice tea instead which was soothing. Hurting unit today, good thing that it is the weekend and I can take it easy and rest.
    November 09 - 3 drinks. Can't workout or ice skate right now, my usual way of balancing. Booze probably wasn't the answer, but I had drinks and sort of numbed myself.
    November 10 - AF. I was reading about good foods to include to make one's back/knees better...it included red wine! Lol, didn't have one, but I know how lovely having a glass or two of red wine each day was on my vacay. Maybe Tuesday.

    Running tally 6AF days out of 10 days so far.
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,529 Member
    @dawnbgethealthy oh my.....still not getting any relief for your back 🙁In the past I would get those ThermaCare back pain therapy wraps that provide up to 8hrs of heat and stick it on. Then I put on a snug fitting shirt or pants (depending on where the back pain was). The extra snug fit kept the heat wrap closer to the skin for quicker repair to the injured area.
    Not sure you can have a prescription written for red wine therapy. 😂
  • ellie117
    ellie117 Posts: 293 Member
    Limiting my consumption on the weekends, but hoping to eliminate Sunday drinking as my Monday weigh-ins have been upsetting the past two weeks.

    4 AF this month.
  • whitpauly
    whitpauly Posts: 1,483 Member
    @vvlucky ,I'm sorry for all the stress you're under 😔 awesome though that you've adopted all of your children! We need more people like you in this world 💖 6:38 am in Vegas another 24 of no Al for me
  • vvlucky
    vvlucky Posts: 51 Member
    Great job!! I really liked reading your log ins. Inspirational

  • anglilacs
    anglilacs Posts: 165 Member
    Had an unplanned drinking night on Saturday. Stuck to two drinks tonight at book club even though I wanted a third. I knew I would sleep much better if I just had two. Having some yummy tea now and getting ready for bed.

    Sweet dreams all. 😊😊

    8/11 AF days
  • dawnbgethealthy
    dawnbgethealthy Posts: 7,485 Member
    My goal is 16-20 AF days for the month.
    I didn't get there in October, ended up with 10 or 11AF days. Daily drinking is so very easy to slip back into!

    November 01 - AF - Really felt like having drinks, but didn't.
    November 02 - AF - Worked my *kitten* off in the yard and again really wanted drinks afterward. But didn't.
    November 03 - 3 drinks hours ago at a friend's place. Not planned. My plan is for drinks on Tuesdays and either Saturday OR Sunday, although I have two theatre outings (involving wine) on Thursdays this month, but will try to keep it to 2-3 days per week.
    OMG, just discovered what "kitten" is!! I have asked people what that meant and didn't get a reply. I see that what I wrote in my last post got rewritten as "kitten". Hahaha : - )
    November 04 - AF
    November 05 - 3 drinks. Actually, I haven't had any at all yet, but unbelievably just finished work - I was up at 4am and it was a very long grueling day. Definitely going to have some food and some cocktails. I will be happy to stick to my plan of drinks on Tuesdays and one or two other days of the week. October turned into almost drinks every day again. I feel like I am back on track to moderate, definitely glad to allow myself Tuesdays, they are a bit *kitten* ridiculous. Wrote that just to test the kitten thing lol.
    November 06 - AF - Not difficult at all. That gives me 4 AF for the 1st week so far, going to try for 5.
    November 07 - Not a planned drink day at all. I pulled something in my back this morning during a simple workout, this has never happened. I still had to go into the field and do a whole bunch of jobs (including lifting, bending, pushing, pulling, and as it turns out screaming in pain). I had hurt knees this past week and couldn't even skate...only 59, like seriously? Anyway, having a couple of drinks, after the first one I relaxed quite a bit, on the second now. I have some of that icy hot stuff on and bought some robax-type stuff which should be interesting on top of alcohol. I am an active girl, being sidelined from activity is not my jam nor good for my mental/emotional/physical health. No doubt alcohol is probably not the answer, but for now it has relaxed my back a little.
    November 08 - AF. Definitely thought about having at least 1/2 glass of wine to soothe me, but had Bengal spice tea instead which was soothing. Hurting unit today, good thing that it is the weekend and I can take it easy and rest.
    November 09 - 3 drinks. Can't workout or ice skate right now, my usual way of balancing. Booze probably wasn't the answer, but I had drinks and sort of numbed myself.
    November 10 - AF. I was reading about good foods to include to make one's back/knees better...it included red wine! Lol, didn't have one, but I know how lovely having a glass or two of red wine each day was on my vacay. Maybe Tuesday.
    November 11 - AF

    Running tally 7AF days out of 11 days so far.
  • dawnbgethealthy
    dawnbgethealthy Posts: 7,485 Member
    MissMay wrote: »
    @dawnbgethealthy oh my.....still not getting any relief for your back 🙁In the past I would get those ThermaCare back pain therapy wraps that provide up to 8hrs of heat and stick it on. Then I put on a snug fitting shirt or pants (depending on where the back pain was). The extra snug fit kept the heat wrap closer to the skin for quicker repair to the injured area.
    Not sure you can have a prescription written for red wine therapy. 😂

    Haha @MissMay I shall have to ask the doc about that one ; - )
    Thanks for the sympathy : - )

    I found a stick in the medicine cabinet, looks like a deodorant but is a hot/cold or cold/hot kind of thing and you don't even have to get your hands messy. Feels good. I have diligently been working exercises to relieve knee and back pain on my days off. I miss my cardio (hip-hop dance and ice skating) dearly, but glad that I had time for all of the specific pain/inflammation exercises.
    Haven't tried the red wine, but also wanted to heal as quickly as possible, better not to add booze into the mix.
  • dawnbgethealthy
    dawnbgethealthy Posts: 7,485 Member
    Good luck with your goals @pennyks88 Checking in every day is a very good start. Nice profile pic!

    Way to cut back @vvlucky. We don't have the option of the small vessels of wine here in Canada, so if you open a bottle and don't drink it all it is sitting there beckoning. Glad that you are joining us on the "less alcohol" forum.