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I rarely drink alcoholic beverages and opt for water during the day. The only beverage that I would tend to overdrink is coffee. So I allow myself 1 per day with milk and one black coffee if I still want more.




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I quit drinking years ago. So, not a problem here. I drink water mostly.

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I've never really enjoyed alcohol. I will have a glass of wine with Thanksgiving dinner and champagne at Christmas. My father-in-law once asked me if I was a teetotaler because he had never seen me drink (I guess he forgot about our wedding). Now sugar is another story!

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I drink beer at home on weekends only and I plan for it ahead of time. For going out, I'll usually look at the beer list ahead of time and plan on what I'm going to have. Also, I usually have a glass of water next to my pint and I finish both before I get another beer.

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Decided to drink at home 3-4x/year and balance with less food intake.
Drinking causes snacking: mixed nuts, popcorn, sweets, etc....
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There's no alcohol in my diet plan and I see it mostly as empty calories, even though I appreciate wine or beer. I like to enjoy a glass or two of wine (or a beer, according to what I'm eating :)) in special occasions and it's usually no more than once a month. It's still unusual for me to write it down in my food plan, but alcohol=calories, so it must be written!

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Day 31: Decide about drinking
I just about drink only water.
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I tried to sustain through lint but I have gave into the temptation a few mornings. averaging about 2 cups per week.

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@PMEYHAUS Pam, I'm like you; If I drink alcohol, I drink something GOOD.
I enjoy German beer and local microbrews. I really do like wine, but it pretty much puts me to sleep after the first sip, so is not practical.
If I have alcohol too close to bedtime, it disturbs my sleep, so it has become a rare indulgence for me.
Mostly, it is just not worth the calories as I am usually running pretty close to my limit by evening and a glass of wine or beer would put me over.

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I rarely drink, I don't like the taste, wine tastes sour to me and beer is too bitter and liqueur is unpleasantly strong. I found out recently I like hard lemonade (lemonade with vodka) and I like peach coolers, but we don't have a tradition of drinking at home. Alcohol in our home is a cupboard of gift bottles that are unopened, as I don't like alcohol and DH doesn't like drinking alone. Sometimes I have them at a restaurant meal. The kids when they come to visit bring beer, I dislike beer, DH keeps them company. When I went with DS the last time he visited to get beer, I got 6 small bottles of wine for cooking, he joked I wasn't fooling anyone, I should have just bought a bottle. When I cook with wine, it doesn't require much, and before a friend told me about the small botlles, I used to use a bit for cooking and the rest would be wasted.

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I stopped drinking decades ago. When I read the chapter though, I couldn't help thinking about substituting the word "sugar" in place of alcohol. "Does your diet plan discourage sugar?" Obviously sugar consumption has been on my mind lately.

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A few months into my journey of losing 50 lbs (maintaining now for a year), I realized that I just can't drink wine and lose weight. A daily glass of wine had become a habit while cooking dinner. Then I had a glass WITH dinner. Then I ate too much dinner. Then I snacked after dinner. Once I skipped the wine, my weight loss became consistent.

I rarely drink any more. When I do, it's for a special occasion, and it's a single glass (of only a very GOOD wine - no more cheap wine for this girl!). And it's in my food plan and tracked. In the summer, I'll occasionally have a splash of rum in a glass of infused seltzer water. It feels celebratory and like an "adult" beverage if at a party.

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Day 31: Decide About Drinking chapter is about alcohol.
We should take planning alcohol intake at least as seriously as food:
it contains lots of calories, and weakens willpower.
The chapter gives us good strategies.

I rarely drink, about 15-20 times a year, and even then,almost always only a half glass of wine, because I drive. And during summer holidays a beer with lunch or dinner.
Despite that, I often notice that even that small amount is messing with my eating, and the risk of eating unplanned food goes up.
Alcohol fuels sabotaging thoughts like "it will not matter" and "I can eat just this one bite and then stop".
Planning helps.
Most of the 15-20 drinks I have in a year are in the summer - together with vacations and most birthdays in my family. No wonder my weight goes up every summer!

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This is a pretty easy one for me. I do not drink very much alcohol, maybe one drink per week, less in the winter. I used to drink a bit more, being sociable, but gradually gave it up.

I really do not see the point of drinking much alcohol. Over the years I have known too many people who drink too much, and it simply does not appeal to me.



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Decided to drink at home 3-4x/year and balance with less food intake.
Drinking causes snacking: mixed nuts, popcorn, dark chocolate...
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This is rarely a challenge for me. I decided long ago I don't like to drink my calories. However, with new year's eve coming up - I made a note that drinking can lower your inhibition and cause you to drink more- since this is a rare occasion I might splurge on a drink.

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I do not care that much for most alcohol and do not like to spend calories on it. I occasionally encounter mild "alcohol pushing" from family and friends which can be challenging because my DH makes killer Margaritas. With the right food, weather and company I enjoy them. Since I do better with my food program when I have one drink or less, having none or one is always my plan. I have strategies like keeping water in my Margarita glass or just not drinking refills.




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I don't drink at all, or use alcohol in cooking, so this one's a no-brainer for me.

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I do love to have a glass of wine with dinner, and would have one every day if it were not for the oh so empty calories. That being said, I am aware that it can reduce my will power and increase the chances that I will eat in an unplanned way. For that reason, I limit my drinks to weekends only, with maybe a glass of wine at a weekday happy hour, and make it a part of my plan. With the holidays coming up, I may need to rethink drinks at happy hours and celebrations... I'd really rather be thin.

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I don't drink alcohol.

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I allow myself up to one drink per week. Usually at a social occasion. Alcohol IS empty calories, and it does increase my craving for sweets or salty chips. But I also find that allowing a limited or moderate amount of a normally restricted substance GREATLY increases my ability to stick to my eating plan long term. (The occasional alcohol or small portion of dessert is allowed on my eating plan)

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I would just much rather spend my calories on food than alcohol. Also I have some relatives who have struggled with alcohol problems and I just don't want that issue. Sugar is a big enough nemesis!!


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Day 31!

I don't drink alcohol. So this isn't a thing to be concerned about doing or not doing. :)

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I have 1 or 2 glasses of wine a week on average, sometimes none at all. My husband doesn't drink alcohol at all. I drink when I'm celebrating something with family or friends, but usually not more than 1 glass. I feel the effects pretty quickly, like 1/2 way through one glass. I don't drink a lot, but when I do drink my willpower goes out the door and I start eating things I shouldn't. I think allowing myself 1 or 2 glasses of wine a week is okay, but I need to preplan it on my nutrition tracker and make sure I've preplanned my food for the day. I used to have a small bowl of chips or other snack with my drink. Then I figured since the first bite and last bite always seem to taste the best, that I would just have 2 chips with my drink. Strangely enough, just having 2 chips and eating them very slowly has been enough to satisfy me.

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I get a pass on this one..I quit drinking any kind of alcohol decades ago. Speaking of that, Day 17 no sugar. Sugar has some of the same effects on me as alcohol. On my liver too. I feel better every day that I am off the stuff.

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I love a glass of wine. But, I don't have a high tolerance for it and can really only drink one glass and not want any more. So, it's not worth opening a bottle at dinner time as it goes to waste. So, we don't really drink unless we have family and friends over, or we are out at a restaurant. I do tend to drink more when there are other drinks on offer, like gin and tonic, those I can drink without realising just how much I have had. But, I'd say this is probably limited to the Christmas and New Year season.

The problem is, for me, the loss of will-power to not eat anything else. So, I'll more easily take a handful of crisps or sweets, and before you know it my calories have sky-rocketed. So, this is a good reminder as I prepare for my trip home. I think I need to limit myself to a glass of wine only, as I know if I do that I'll only drink one glass. None of the other alcoholic drinks around. And I need to ensure it is in my plan.

In the cold winter months I enjoy an Irish coffee when we go out to restaurants. Again, just one is enough and it usually also leaves me feeling like I don't want any dessert because it feels like such a treat in itself.

Also, I am trying to fall pregnant, which is another factor in limiting my alcoholic intake. Although I'm not pregnant yet, I find myself thinking, what if I am? - and so, once again, I choose not to drink.

So, alcohol is not a regular part of our lives, just something we have on occasions, but probably something I need to monitor better when I am socialising.

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Day 31: Decide About Drinking chapter is about alcohol.
We should take planning alcohol intake at least as seriously as food:
it contains lots of calories, and weakens willpower.
The chapter gives us good strategies.

I rarely drink, about 15-20 times a year, and even then,almost always only a half glass of wine, because I drive. And during summer holidays a bear with lunch or dinner.
Despite that, I often notice that even that small amount is messing with my eating, and the risk of eating unplanned food goes up.
Alcohol fuels sabotaging thoughts like "it will not matter" and "I can eat just this one bite and then stop".
Planning helps.

What are you thinking?
Please share here!

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Day 31: Decide about drinking

I very rarely drink alcohol and if I do it is a single glass of wine ( once or twice a year).
I am a coffee person but limit it to one cup a day with non dairy creamer.
I drink a lot of water!!!
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Day 31: I don't drink at all, so I'm skipping this chapter. I'm a water lover, and always have been.

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Sounds good - and if you ever hit a plateau, reconsidering your plan is can be an easy way to start losing again.

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-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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I thoroughly enjoy a glass of beer most days with supper, and sometimes two or three on weekends. It hasn't impacted my weight loss yet - I plan for it and count the calories - but this is something I will revisit if/when I get stuck on a plateau.

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Looking back on this thread, most of us find weight loss and maintenance a lot easier without alcohol, or with small planned amounts.
Of course, that's common sense, but real life examples are more convincing!

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-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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Six months ago, I gave-up red wine & dark rum (Sangria). Down 10 pounds, good results and I will keep going... drinking more water in my fancy glass with frozen berries "mocktails" about 24-40 ounces/night to increase hydration and avoid evening eating. Im better at resisting alcohol than sweets. Both make it harder to reduce weight.

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Luckily I don't drink alcohol so that is no problem. I am a complete water convert, so this is one area that I don't have a problem with.

The only drink that I sometimes crave is a fancy coffee. Most of the time I think about how expensive it is and just pass on it. If I am on a roll with my diet and exercise it is really easy for me to say no to these drinks because they are so high in calories.

My thought is that I will have coffee with limited cream and sugar on a special occasion which is different than having a latte or mocha drink. But usually my coffee intake is black and I think of it as a diet drink.




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My status on this is still the same ... hubby's brain meds don't mix well with alcohol ... so NO drinking for either of us.

We don't miss it.

Now to feel the same about ... sugar.
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I am not ready to forfeit my wine with supper, it really feels like a treat. But I do count the calories. And I am ok with it.

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When I started this health and wellness journey, I eliminated alcoholic beverages from my diet. However, once I got my weight under control I re-introduced drinking. Now I plan one glass of red wine per day as part of my food plan. In reality, it's more like 2 or 3 glasses a week. the challenge for me is family gathering. But Im anticipating this today and plan to limit my beverage intake to water only.

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I love a great glass of wine, however it is a huge downfall when it comes to weight loss, one glass leads to another and I am more incline to snack off plan. I am choosing to not consume wine for now, and to concentrate on exercise and quality food consumption. I do plan the calories in my diet when I have it. I need those calories elsewhere.



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I don't drink alcohol, so this isn't an issue for me

Every day I am on the verge of making slight changes that would make all the difference in my life.

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Today's (Day 31) chapter is about alcohol.
We should take planning alcohol intake at least as seriously as food:
it contains lots of calories, and weakens willpower.
The chapter gives us good strategies.

I rarely drink, about 15-20 times a year, and even then,almost always only a half glass of wine, because I drive.
Despite that, I often notice that even that small amount is messing with my eating, and the risk of eating unplanned food goes up.
Alcohol fuels sabotaging thoughts like "it will not matter" and "I can eat just this one bite and then stop".
Planning helps.


Kriszta

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Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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1/13/18 11:35 A

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This one is easy for me. I grew up in a church that taught no alcohol consumption. Later when I tried alcohol, I didnt like the taste. End result- I sometimes drink liqueurs, seldom wine, never beer. Some years I dont drink at all, most years I have less than 6 drinks a year

Giving myself credit today for deciding to and sticking to eating 2 cookies from the home- baked cranberry oatmeal cookies my daughter made


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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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11/24/17 3:29 A

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Nice coincidence - and great job!
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Kriszta

Goal weight:
59 +- 1 kg /// 130 +-2 pounds
CET (Europe, Hungary)

Maintenance Lessons Learned:
-go on with the healthy lifestyle learned in weight loss phase
-just add healthy foods gradually to stop losing
-work out every day - 30-60 minutes is enough to maintain weight and good mood
-do not try to balance overeating by extreme workouts, it is not going to work
-avoid overeating, instead of satisfaction you get stronger cravings


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11/23/17 3:04 P

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This is a lucky coincidence since today is a holiday celebration. I will plan to allow one drink as long as it fits in with overall calorie allowance. If I start thinking about reaching for another one, I will leave the room. Then do a quick meditation exercise to refocus. FYI-as I needed to address a thought that popped up. I’ll do great over the holiday weekend and then revert. Response- no reason to think I’ll revert. I’ve been able to use Beck-like technique successfully for the past 30 days.

This turtle is to remind myself that slow but steady wins the race.


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11/7/17 12:33 P

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Thanks Kathleen

Edited by: AURA18 at: 1/29/2019 (07:20)
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11/4/17 6:51 P

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This is not an issue for me.Don't drink except special occasions.

For today
-Read ARC twice
-Ate sitting and mindfully most of the time, and gave myself credit.
-Monitored fullness after each meal and if I could take a walk.
-Did Sun Salutations this morning and gave myself credit.
-Stayed on plan, Gave myself credit.
-No unplanned exercise
-Have planned my meals and snacks for tomorrow in Spark Nutritional Tracker and gave
myself credit.
-Read my Its Not Okay and Get Back on Track response cards and gave myself credit
- Worked toward accepting what I have to do to lose weight
-I decided on when and how much Ill drink alcohol, one glass of wine at Christmas and Thanksgiving



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11/1/17 8:05 A

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Maribeth, I like you plan of one or the other: dinner OR alcohol, not both.

**Kathleen
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2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.


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11/1/17 12:25 A

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Day 31: Alcohol or dinner but not both on special occasions. Have a plan in place. We are having more non-food celerations. emoticon (no candy emoticon emoticon

Edited by: AURA18 at: 1/29/2019 (07:18)
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