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lucky8
01-31-2011, 04:38 PM
i know this as it always knocks me off the wagon and gets me and my partner in trouble with money etc ...........ill explain.

So we hardly drink but when we do , we miss judge how much we can drink now to what we used to be able to............which results in overspending.............a horrendus hangover the next day...............and then the raging appetite to follow for at least the nxt two days which results in lazy behavior /getting takeaway..= weight gain and extra spends.

Weve just got over our weekend blowout and it had been months since wed done it.

Amazing how silly little downfalls can knock you off and get you back to square one.
Really need a good three stone off for my holiday in june .............so alcohol is off bounds


niafabo
01-31-2011, 04:44 PM
Good call alcohol always leads to more alcohol and usually binging to some extend. I try to avoid it as much as I can but my sister always brings people around who drink and smoke pot so it's hard to avoid temptation sometimes.

Jelma
01-31-2011, 04:50 PM
I definitely feel your pain. I went out this weekend for a friend's bday and completely overdrank and overspent. It is actually a pretty common occurrence for me so don't feel too bad, it had been a long time since you guys did it!


CherryPie99
01-31-2011, 04:55 PM
I was just talking to someone about this the other day. I am a substance abuse counselor and one of our fastest growing clientele that we are seeing is those people that have had gastric bypass/lapband surgery that end up addicted to prescription drugs and alcohol. Seems like food and booze often fall in the same addictive category.

I am not saying this is true for you, but I do see a lot of posts on here from people that make me very concerned about their drinking.

Alcohol is TERRIBLE for a person in general. And it is even more terrible for someone who is trying to lose weight. Alcohol is pure rings of sugar.

If you can give it up completely, that's the way to go!

xXLosingItXx
01-31-2011, 05:03 PM
I wish I could relate or help in some way, but I'm underage, can't and don't want to drink. I've tried it before, and I hate it.

Although, I think that you shouldn't put yourself down, since like you said, you haven't done it in a while. Simply resist and try not to do it next time :D Good luck!

marie81
01-31-2011, 05:12 PM
I got trashed on Thursday and Saturday its was my friends 30th birthday and I had just got paid..... not good i blew all my money im monthly paid so I have to get through the month totally skint, did some outragous things and now feeling pretty crap about things. I didnt eat alot over this time but booze is so high in cals its scary.
I didnt drink all month and felt good so I think i am gonna knock it on the head and only drink on special occasions
you are so right Alcohol is the root to all evil
Good luck

AZ Sunrises
01-31-2011, 05:16 PM
:hug: I understand exactly what you mean.

There's nothing I enjoy more than a glass of wine or a couple of beers with friends. That leads to appetizers. That leads to another drink to go with the appetizers...and maybe dinner since I need to put something else on my stomach since I'm on my second drink.

:o Not cool.

oodlesofnoodles
01-31-2011, 05:16 PM
You should really avoid it like the plague. That's exactly why drinking and weight loss do not mix. You don't have to give it up forever, but while losing you should.

Also, maybe try not binge drinking but instead just having one drink every so often as a treat. Every now and again I'll work a really nice, expensive beer into my plan at the end of the night. It's nice. I get really silly and tipsy off one but since it is only one, I don't really get the munchies. And it doesn't effect the scale... it actually seems to get rid of any water weight my body refuses to let go of. That's just an option. :)

Lori Bell
01-31-2011, 06:13 PM
I used to drink excessively. I drank almost every night, and I'm not talking a single glass of wine or a glass of beer. I drank a lot. I quit drinking, smoking and eating crap all within a few days of each other. Alcohol is full of empty calories, gives me a "I don't give a crap" attitude and made my anxiety 100% worse, (especially in the middle of the night and the next day). Since I have quit I don't wake up in the middle of the night with impending doom and heart palpitations, I don't feel like I'm going to die at any second and I have lost a butt load of weight. I'm happier, healthier and have lots of extra money to spend on cute clothes, shoes and jewelry. My skin is clearer and my brain is clearer. Knowing what I know now, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will never drink alcohol again. Never. It did nothing for me except make my life miserable. That's my story...

Some people can stop at 1. Not me. I can stop at one drink like I can stop at 1 cookie.

seagirl
01-31-2011, 06:20 PM
I go out with friends on Fridays, but I limit it to 2 beers. I have 2, then switch to water. And for food I eat at home, or I have half a small pizza at the bar (after accounting for it in my points allowance for the day.)

If you can't limit the number of drinks, the I agree about skipping it altogether.

Spooky
01-31-2011, 06:54 PM
I love a really good beer and won't give it up while I'm losing weight. I average maybe 2-3 beers per week and I plan for and enjoy them.

I don't binge drink/drink to excess; I'm a quality over quantity type. If you can't moderate your alcohol intake perhaps it is best to skip it altogether.

Kahokkuri
01-31-2011, 07:03 PM
I'm somewhat in your boat. As a recent college grad working around other young people who like to go out on weekends, I'm having to re-evaluate my weightloss plan and my attitude towards drinking in general.

Best of luck!

BigBlueStar
01-31-2011, 07:40 PM
I KNOW!! it sucks. I am the same way - don't go out too often but when I do my friends and I get trashed. Binge drinking is really part of our culture up here, every social event revolves around it and going out to the bars is really the only place to go be social. Ughhh....

Did the same the weekend before last, woke up and my very first thought "WHY do I still do this to myself?" (on a side note, my very second thought was "*whew* at least I'm alone." baahahaha)

I hardly ate anything all weekend but I calculated an estimate of the calories I drank....holy crap. I have spent all week repairing the damage that was done.

-On the bright side - you don't make a habit of it, so it wont hurt to cut it out even more.

-A way to get out of it next time - offer to be the DD. Still get to be social and have fun, drink FREE all night (either out of your friends or the establishment) and you will feel great the next day!

krampus
01-31-2011, 07:47 PM
It sure is, lucky8. I am trying to limit myself to one or two "big nights out" per month - also since I've lost weight my alcohol tolerance has turned to garbage and drinking more than 2 drinks typically results in either being sick or falling asleep.

I think the hangover hunger is much worse than the drunk-munchies, personally.

LLBoldAsLove87
01-31-2011, 08:54 PM
I hear ya... I really really need to limit the number of nights a week I drink... I always end up drinking at least one more than I plan to, and sometimes I snack when I get home.

Paloma
01-31-2011, 10:06 PM
I agree with Krampus, after a night of drinking (es. pecially if I didn't get much sleep) all I want to do is eat carby, fatty comfort food. & I recently discovered my tolerance is gone. No fun, especially the puking! Plus, I swear I get a hangover from even two or three drinks. All of these things have combined to make me a much lighter drinker.

Kahokkuri
01-31-2011, 10:14 PM
I don't get the hangover munchies and I haven't found my tolerance for alcohol decreasing. Honestly I wish I was a "cheap date" who could be tipsy on two drinks and stay pleasantly buzzed for a while. I have no desire to get blackout drunk but sometimes I have to drink waaaaay too many drinks (6-8) just to start feeling tipsy.

My desire to get drunk at all is something I'm trying to evaluate carefully since alcoholism runs in my family. Best of luck to us all in trying to change a tricky habit!

Katydid77
01-31-2011, 10:36 PM
I don't drink, because I've never really liked the taste of it.

I always have friends that get really annoyed because I don't drink and I always tell them 'why the heck would I want to teach myself to enjoy it?'

It has empty calories and it's darn expensive. I have enough that I have to resist already!! :p

mmel3283
02-01-2011, 09:27 AM
I don't really drink all that often anymore.


When I was younger I used to be able to pound it back, lol. But now, esp with the twins...I don't have the time, energy or the money for it.


We go out once in a great while...I usually only have a couple of drinks, but I make sure they're something I really enjoy.


The only night I drank A LOT was on New Years Eve...but that's about it. Special occasions.


The next time I will be any where near alcohol is St. Patty's Day weekend...and then after that...who knows.

Emme
02-01-2011, 10:01 AM
I gave myself a personal challenge to give up all alcohol for the month of January after I downed two entire bottles of champagne by myself on NYE and woke up feeling like crap. I started counting calories on January 3rd and didn't want alcohol to take up extra calories, plus alcohol hurts metabolism...and giving it up wasn't as hard as I thought it would be because I was focused on the bigger goal. I used to have a glass (or two) of wine 3-4 times a week, and I can't even imagine how many empty calories that was.

lucysam77
02-01-2011, 10:13 AM
OMG i understand you a 100%. My husband and I like to drink fridays and saturdays.... but really!!! after one week exercising and dieting drink alcohol is so stupid, 'cause all the effort are not gonna work!!! I haven't drink for 3 weeks now and i can see i'm losing more weight than before.... My advice is talk to your husband if he doesn't drink is gonna be easier for you to not drink either.

Good Luck!!!!

onthedietagain
02-01-2011, 12:14 PM
No way will I not have my glass of red wine after dinner! On the weekend I can have couple of glasses of red wine, some times beer for lunch.

I actually did experiment and didnít have a drop for a week and then next week had my wine (just add it to the daily calories), no difference for me, still lost 2 lb per week. It is hard work to count every tomato I put in salad (well for me it is mostly annoying, takes too much time to make salad now days), if on top of all the stress from work, kids with there problems, finding time to walk the dog, to go to the gym etc I will say no to my guilty pleasure and will not be ably to enjoy a delicious glass of wine at the end of day itís just too much to handle. :snooty:

DeSincere
02-01-2011, 01:16 PM
I used to drink excessively. I drank almost every night, and I'm not talking a single glass of wine or a glass of beer. I drank a lot. I quit drinking, smoking and eating crap all within a few days of each other. Alcohol is full of empty calories, gives me a "I don't give a crap" attitude and made my anxiety 100% worse, (especially in the middle of the night and the next day). Since I have quit I don't wake up in the middle of the night with impending doom and heart palpitations, I don't feel like I'm going to die at any second and I have lost a butt load of weight. I'm happier, healthier and have lots of extra money to spend on cute clothes, shoes and jewelry. My skin is clearer and my brain is clearer. Knowing what I know now, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will never drink alcohol again. Never. It did nothing for me except make my life miserable. That's my story...

Some people can stop at 1. Not me. I can stop at one drink like I can stop at 1 cookie.
Dang you look good girl! Great job.

suenos096
02-01-2011, 02:15 PM
I soooo agree, at least for me, I can't drink alcohol because then of course I make terrible food choices!! I drank a little Saturday night and ate A LOT! It's easier to not drink for me.