Andy and I love all things liquid—including red wine and beer. For me, drinking alcohol has been my biggest obstacle in losing weight. It just seems to make its way into my middle and doesn’t want to leave. Beer has had the same effect on Andy as well.
When we were told that we had to cut back on our alcohol intake significantly in order to win the July challenge, we were excited to be pushed in the right direction. But we were also, I guess, a little nervous too. What would happen?
So far, the results have been great. This challenge helped us realize that consuming wine and beer is not so much a bad thing but that it can be enjoyed in moderation. As part of the challenge, Wine-Trax sent us wine glasses with decorative lines at the 4-, 6- and 8-ounce mark. They really help, as I only pour up to the 4-ounce line and I really pay attention to every flavor packed into each sip. I don’t take it for granted. And after I’m done with my 4 ounces, I drink at least 8 ounces of water after it.
We’ve learned to choose between having dessert or having an extra glass of wine because you can’t have both and expect to lose weight. We’ve also found that cutting back makes our minds clearer and our workouts stronger and more successful. In turn, we feel better about ourselves and this challenge has shown that we are stronger mentally than we thought. We are not addicts by a long shot but it’s easy to not really think about how much you’re consuming and 9 times out of 10 it’s probably more than we should have.
Do you fall into the “need to cut back,” “mostly moderation,” or “none for me” category when it comes to alcohol? Post a comment and let me know.