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    Booze free January - and beyond?

    This is kind of and off-shoot of the weight loss thread.

    January is here and I'm aiming for three months of no booze! But first things first. Get January out of the way one day at a time. Who's interested in joining me?

    #2
    Just checking in with encouragement here. I'm with you, but I was already not drinking for a while already, so it's not really just January for me.

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      #3
      Thanks [MENTION=15867]carlitos[/MENTION].

      Day seven and feeling fine. I've determined that I need something flavoured to drink when watching sports. Doesn't have to be beer or anything alcoholic. But I do like to have a flavoured beverage on hand. This weekend I went for some kombucha while watching football. I also went for a Nuun tablet to flavour my water. Gotta say, I didn't miss the booze.

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        #4
        I haven't had a drink since January 4th, nor have I had a single cheat meal (not even a bite). Gallon of water every day as well. It's been way more of an adjustment than I thought it would be. Feeling so much better and sleeping better. Going for 75 days straight.
        We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” ― Charles Bukowski

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          #5
          I am still going strong. No temptation to deviate. I am not finding it to be that much of an adjustment, although when I'm done a workout and my buddies are drinking, they do tend to ask me, repeatedly to have a drink with them. That I could do without.

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            #6
            Originally posted by DocDave View Post
            I am still going strong. No temptation to deviate. I am not finding it to be that much of an adjustment, although when I'm done a workout and my buddies are drinking, they do tend to ask me, repeatedly to have a drink with them. That I could do without.
            Not partaking in alcohol is seen as very odd, especially by frequent drinkers. I personally find it odd that people totally understand why you would not use softer drugs without some sort of deep religious conviction. Coffee for example... "I don't drink caffeine because it makes me a little nervous" is totally understandable. "I don't drink beer because it makes me stupid and I'm not trying to gain 45 pounds again" is seen as bizarre.

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              #7
              Originally posted by DocDave View Post
              I am still going strong. No temptation to deviate. I am not finding it to be that much of an adjustment, although when I'm done a workout and my buddies are drinking, they do tend to ask me, repeatedly to have a drink with them. That I could do without.
              Keep it up! I've been drinking to much the last six months or so. I'm shooting for about 10 days to start. Yesterday was day one.

              As far as your workout buddies, perhaps you can comfort yourself with the idea that drinking right after a workout isn't the smartest thing.

              http://theconversation.com/why-alcoh...bad-idea-98313

              https://www.livestrong.com/article/4...drink-alcohol/
              WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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                #8
                Originally posted by mebejoseph View Post
                Keep it up! I've been drinking to much the last six months or so. I'm shooting for about 10 days to start. Yesterday was day one.

                As far as your workout buddies, perhaps you can comfort yourself with the idea that drinking right after a workout isn't the smartest thing.

                http://theconversation.com/why-alcoh...bad-idea-98313

                https://www.livestrong.com/article/4...drink-alcohol/
                I don’t get the post workout drink. I don’t mind drinking moderately. I have no want for a dry time period because I think with moderation it’s fine. But frequently guys on my hockey team always go for a beer after. I couldn’t imagine after lifting getting a drink. I’m physically exhausted. A beer doesn’t satisfy or provide the necessary nutrients.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by hockeysc23 View Post
                  I don’t get the post workout drink. I don’t mind drinking moderately. I have no want for a dry time period because I think with moderation it’s fine. But frequently guys on my hockey team always go for a beer after. I couldn’t imagine after lifting getting a drink. I’m physically exhausted. A beer doesn’t satisfy or provide the necessary nutrients.
                  Yes, I agree moderation is fine. The problem I'm having is that I've gradually started to exceed moderation. One glass of wine a night turned into two. And then three. And Sunday I noticed that I finished an entire bottle of wine between about 5 p.m. and bedtime. Alarms going off in my head.

                  One leads to two, two leads to three, three leads to way too much--I need to slow down.

                  So, I think a break is a good way to get back to moderation from excess.
                  Last edited by mebejoseph; January 21, 2020, 09:57 PM.
                  WHY ARE THE GUYS IN SUITS HERE? HAS SOMETHING GONE WRONG?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by mebejoseph View Post
                    One glass of wine a night turned into two. And then three. And Sunday I noticed that I finished an entire bottle of wine between about 5 p.m. and bedtime.
                    I found myself in a similar situation a few years ago. The Alcohol Experiment was extremely helpful in adding mindfulness to my drinking. Ultimately, I decided that for me, drinking offered no benefits, so I cut it out toward the beginning of last year. Now, I'm down 20 lbs, and my relationships are better across the board.

                    I will say that the advent and proliferation of craft NA beer was also and continues to be a real lifesaver.

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                      #11
                      Well here we are, day 21 and no issues. I even met up with a buddy after work today at a local pub. He had a pint and I downed a cran and soda. No trouble/worries.

                      For after serious workouts (like long runs or extended stretches on the spin bike) I have started drinking Vega Sport Recovery drink. I don't really know if the recovery drink is having any effect on me, but I do like having something to drink after my workout.

                      On Sunday for example I did a 19k run. Thanks to the cold temperatures, the recovery drink that I had mixed at home and left in the car, was nice and cold. That drink hit the spot and my craving for anything else was pretty much gone.

                      I haven't seen any weight loss yet, but then again I have only been on the wagon for 21 days.

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                        #12
                        [MENTION=13399]DocDave[/MENTION] you can also add Glutamine to that drink ( if it doesn’t have it) 5G is plenty to help with “recovery”.

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                          #13
                          I don't drink much, if at all, so I wanted to toss in a recipe for a non-alcoholic drink with a lot of complexity: Shrubs.

                          A shrub is, technically, a sipping vinegar. They're incredibly easy to make, delicious, and you can use pretty much whatever flavor you want. They go well with garnishes and can be used as an alcohol replacement in pretty much any cocktail.

                          Basically, put water and sugar in a pot (1 cup each) and add some vinegar (I typically use Apple Cider vinegar, 1/3 cup). Let the sugar melt, and stir. Put in whatever flavors you want: fruit shrubs are the best and easiest -- just add some frozen fruit to the shrub while it cooks, crush it in the pot with a fork, and strain it out at the end. I've also done herb shrubs with rosemary and mint. Playing around with vinegars can also give you some nice combinations: I once made a pineapple shrub with champagne vinegar and coconut sugar.

                          Interestingly, shrubs have a pretty rich history. They're descended from the Roman Posca, a type of spiced vinegar-water that apparently was much more refreshing for soldiers than normal water, and the vinegar meant the water was safe to drink, from a bacteria perspective. They were also on plenty of sailing ships in the 17th and 18th Centuries, both for preservation and, again, for bacteria.

                          The possibilities are pretty much infinite, and it's a nice option for when you want something special but non-alcoholic.

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