Less Alcohol ~ APRIL 2022 ~ One Day At A Time

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  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,029 Member
    @MissMay

    Lady Gaga!!!! Woohoo!!!

    YES YES YES she will be performing jazz & piano at Dolby Live Park MGM, so excited!
  • lmlmrn
    lmlmrn Posts: 562 Member
    Happy Easter
    Well one leg of the fair work is done. The Spring fair is no where near the scale of the 'state fair' when that opens in the fall. I think Blake Shelton will be preforming then? dunno will have to go look.
    I did get to watch a few 'jumps' from the 'dock dogs' it is amazing how far out they can run, jump and grab the toy bouy about 7' in the air!

    It has been super cold and not pleasant at the fair so the volume is low. But that is ok I still am having fun. So back again next Thur-Sunday.

    I did realize that working triggers my craving alcohol. I did have 2.5 drinks last night nothing crazy and was in bed by 11pm.

    @MissMay What a fun night even if it had a moment of awkwardness.

    Thanks to everyone with the ideas on canned chicken. I really have a notebook I am writing all of these down.
  • KNoceros
    KNoceros Posts: 316 Member
    Nearly hit my targets this week. First “miss” since I started watching my intake, but also the first week we’ve socialised.

    20.3 units (/20, so just over) and 2/2 AF days.


    One thing I have realised over the weekend. He is using alcohol as an analgesic for some long standing injuries that he hasn’t properly rehabbed / that are becoming long-term issues. Not a great idea.
  • ahoy_m8
    ahoy_m8 Posts: 2,829 Member
    Laughing about Dawn's cursing the deer poop. I understand though!

    I think an AF mint julep sounds infinitely better than the bourbon version. Are there things you guys love the IDEA of but not so much the actual reality? Mint Juleps are that for me. One year for the Kentucky Derby I could just visualize the condensation on the silver goblets, the fresh mint leaves poking up, the crushed ice... I spent the afternoon making mint syrup and polishing silver. When we finally sat down to sip the beautiful drink I just about spat it out. Bourbon is just not my thing. I would love to know how to make an AF version!

    Hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a happy one. We had an absolute blast. So fun. OK on drinks Fri & Sat but overdid it Sunday. But I did manage exercise AND a nap. Trying to stay flexible with tons of coming & going and plans changing.
  • Lilylady3k
    Lilylady3k Posts: 3,076 Member
    ahoy_m8 wrote: »
    Laughing about Dawn's cursing the deer poop. I understand though!

    I think an AF mint julep sounds infinitely better than the bourbon version. Are there things you guys love the IDEA of but not so much the actual reality? Mint Juleps are that for me. One year for the Kentucky Derby I could just visualize the condensation on the silver goblets, the fresh mint leaves poking up, the crushed ice... I spent the afternoon making mint syrup and polishing silver. When we finally sat down to sip the beautiful drink I just about spat it out. Bourbon is just not my thing. I would love to know how to make an AF version!

    Hope everyone who celebrates Easter had a happy one. We had an absolute blast. So fun. OK on drinks Fri & Sat but overdid it Sunday. But I did manage exercise AND a nap. Trying to stay flexible with tons of coming & going and plans changing.

    I too would love to know how to make an AF version of Mint Juleps.

    My personal experience ... oh so many years ago ... were the mint juleps served at Melrose Plantation in Natchitoches LA. Historical home tours and there is an art & craft festival. Back in my early years I actually stood in a plantation bell dress talking about Clementine Hunter mural in African House. The mint juleps at Melrose were amazing!
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,029 Member
    I WROTE THIS IN FEBRUARY 2022 THREAD THIS MORNING BY MISTAKE 🤣
    Sorry forgot to even get in here yesterday and give Easter wishes. So belated happys to that.

    Yesterday hit a milestone.....31 consecutive days AF.
    Yeah I know middle of the month in March beginning it was not my choice, it was my gallbladders choice. And hey when your gallbladder is happy, everything else is happy too.

    I know for a fact I will have 34 days AF before leaving on my vacation. When I land in L.V. I will be super aware of needing to be alcohol concious and not let the moment deter me from my LESS ALCOHOL goals if I do partake in consuming alcohol.

    Best to write it out for you all to see, that way I can stick to my commitments:
    GOALS-
    *NO more than two/2 standard size alcohol drinks per drink day
    **NO CONCECUTIVE days of alcohol. Have a dry day in between so things do not spiral out of control.
    *NO saving an unconsumed drink and adding it onto the next planned drinking day( because my drinking brain or husband says it is ok)
    **Remember to REMEMBER my entire vacation without regret or grey moments.

    READY - SET - GO
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,029 Member
    edited April 19
    My mocktail mint julep recipe:

    Fresh mint muddled in glass
    Arizonia zero iced tea
    Ginger ale
    (Simple syrup if you like it sweeter)
    crushed ice
    Garnish wirh mint leaves

    You can adjust your drink to your taste. If you like more iced tea or if you like more ginger ale, also the sweetness can be adjusted wirh simple syrup.

    I really enjoy this in copper drink ware. As @ahoy_m8 stated the condensation on the outside of the glass sets the mood.

    True to form I will be making my Kentucky Derby hat to wear to a hat party May 7th.

    ~ENJOY~
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,029 Member
    lmlmrn wrote: »
    AF last night so I feel I am doing well
    Thur-Sunday will be tons of fun selling tickets at the fair. I am finding I like the looser schedule not being a float. At least being the morning person I can/do get told I can go home. This is usually between 6pm-8pm. Perfect day for me

    But working does trigger my desire to drink in the evenings. That was my go too for sure. So DH is Johnny on the Spot and has all my AF crutches ready when I get home.

    Tonight @MissMay it will be your mint julep!

    Some how I really messed up on your fair schedule. So it is two weeks of work Thurs-Sun. GOT IT. Have fun selling tickets and people watching. I have that to look forward to the next seven days as well.

    I hope you like the mocktail mint julep( your hubby is a saint for doing that for you).
    I had one last night out but the ginger ale was flat out if their soda gun and it ruined the entire experience and they had no back up ginger ale. 😡
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,029 Member
    My usual goal, 16-20AF days for the month. Diary style.
    I had 21AF days for March, but it was a longer month.
    My reason for drinking less is for weight loss.


    Friday April 15 - Had half of my small bottle of Prosecco (one flute) and then a couple of drinks a few hours later. I may have the rest of the Proscecco with some cheese on Saturday.
    Saturday April 16 - AF (seem to have lost that post?) The Prosecco is capped in the fridge
    Sunday April 17 - AF - Heading into 3 split shifts, so didn't want any lack of energy
    Monday April 18 - AF - No plans for drinks until Thursday before, during, and/or after the theatre.

    Rolling total: 12AF day out of 18 days.

    @dawnbgethealthy how goes the gardening up in Canada? We had another snow squall breeze through yesterday. Very disappointing when looking at the Spring bulbs shooting up greenery to see snow on them.

    Another 3 in a row AF, 👍👍👍
  • MissMay
    MissMay Posts: 3,029 Member
    Womona wrote: »
    Only one glass of wine last night, which is a huge improvement for me considering this past month! I was AF Monday night and will be again tonight.

    I re-started that 21 day sugar detox on Monday, (last night’s drink notwithstanding), and I already feel better. Way less bloated and puffy. My sleep is definitely better when I don’t drink. I don’t think my body likes bread/pasta, which of course I love! But I’m tired of feeling awful and sluggish. My eating and drinking habits have been terrible these past two months. It’s nice to see and feel such a quick improvement- I’m already down a pound! Yay!

    Agree better sleep and less night sweats when it has been an AF day. Congrats on the pound gone!