I've been a binge drinker all my adult life, but started in my mid teens. I come from a family of binge drinkers ('cept my mum and my sister's had one too many killer hangovers and doesn't do it very often)
I know I would probably be at or close to my goal weight if I didn't drink. All those extra, excess, nutritionless calories consumed each week...
I used to drink a LOT because I was pretty unhappy and stressed. Life is much better these days. You've been through some horrible situations lately with your miscarriages
It's not wonder you find solace in a wine glass if you're predisposed to it. I always turn to alcohol when I'm stressed. And I also use the smallest of celebrations to abuse it. So I guess it doesn't matter - happy or sad, despondant or triumphant, I will use and abuse alcohol.
What has helped me lately has been to focus on my running. I have to get up in the morning to run, so the last thing i want to do is have a hangover, even a mild one. I've made a commitment - a HUGE commitment - to run 23km as part of the Great Ocean Road marathon. This is beyond double what I'm capable of doing comfortably at the moment and every training I run miss puts this goal further and further out of reach.
I've started a new job and we have drinks every Friday afternoon. It's fantastic - I love the social side as there's a lot of great people there I enjoy spending time with, and it's also time to debrief and find out what's going on in the company because all the senior people work there
So Friday nights have become drinks at work followed by date night with the hubby. I run on Sunday morning with other girls, so once again, I don't want to be hungover and holding everyone up, late, that kind of thing so it keeps me sober on a saturday night.
I know this whole running a half marathon thing is probably not on the agenda for you - but is there something else you can focus on that will help you make that decision at 8pm at night when you find yourself opening the cupboard and pulling out your wine glass?
But honestly, I wouldn't beat yourself up over a few glasses of wine each week. A few bottles - yeah. The only thing I'm not comfotable with is the amount I end up drinking on Friday nights. I HAVE to cut that down. Feel free to PM me anytime
Just keep moving! And don't be lazy...
SW: 74.3kg - 1/1/09
CW: 71.1kg - 3/5/09