LOL, you all are making me laugh ...love the posts...KrisStyle I know I know...it's tough..but...i think it really (for me) is just decades of that "drink(s) after work"...really hard to break but I know it can be done...when I get serious I have to just slowly cut it down to zero...well..except for the FREE day that starts SATurday Nite :O) no but i find if I just let a few hours go by after work then I don't crave the darn stuff. And for some reason, when it's sunny out there is nothing like an ice cold Ultra on the deck in the sun...after a 20 miles bike ride of course...(we only get a few weeks of the warm sun here in AK) ! LOL....at least those Ultra's are only 95 calories..ok soo....let's get to work and support each other...I did ok this week, so far so good....but I'll do better next week. I have to ease in to the BFL thing...my body is so sore...back of my legs from deadlifts, it hurts to even cough! (sore abs) so CHEERS -- here's to ALMOST FRIDAY with my diet coke, lots of ice and cherrry on top....HASAM Cheers to you :) ~Julie
OMG you guys are hilarious! We are NOT starting a BFLAA! HAHAHA! I want to drink because it's Cinco de Mayo.....ugh!!! But I find if I sip on water from the moment I get home at night and like Palmer said--wait as long as possible before pouring the first drink, I can usually make it without one...Who'm I kidding? I let you know how I do tomorrow.
Palmer, keep working out! Don't stop because your body is sore!!! Go go go go!!!
helloooo KrisStyle and BFL FRIENDS! ok so I SAT in the sun all evening...had some wine for dinner and a VERY small salad.BAD BAD BAD...BUT the wine is now GONE!....I got up @ 4:30 am (almost stayed in bed! but didn't! YAH!) and did my first UBWO in a very long time.... I made it...it did take me 61 minutes which is too long..I need to get a timer or clock w/2nd hand so I don't take too long of a break in between sets...I try to time it with commercials :o) but I am so happy that I did work out ...and I will do my cardio tomorrow...with ABS...that free on demand exercise TV IS AWESOME! I love it...hope you guys have that where you live..I am so glad it is free...I hope they don't change that..ANYWAY HAPPY FRIDAY - today is supposed clearn skies, sunny and warm! (at least for here)....I am staying away from the beer i swear.....I might need to see if I can get a prescription for those pills that make you sick if you drink alcohol. I know that is drastic isn't it...?...and no Kris Style I will NOT stop working out...I am going to do even better next week...even though I can hardly walk, breathe or laugh right now LOL
isnt vodka, water,and lime juice ok?? lol i heard that somewhere before but haven't tried it yet...
I would say calories are calories are calories....I think calories from alcohol seem to worse and stick to your (MY) middle....LOL....Diet Tonic water and Vodka is good...Is Tonic Water bad? it has quinine in it...have to google that...
ok so this is a funny article on Quinine in tonic water......ok off to my BFL lunch YUM...have a great mothers day everyone!
How are you all doing?
The bottom line is alcohol is counter-productive for fitness. It's one or the other (at least for me). So guess who quit drinking? My BFL challenge ends at the end of June so I am shooting for that date to have no drinks. If I allow myself to drink on my cheat days, I will over-do it and obliterate the hard work I have been putting in. It's just not worth it to me.
It hasn't been long since I quit and it is HARD! I hate to say it, but I am going through some withdrawals. They are mild and get better each day, but still. I HATE that I have let my mind and body become dependent on something negative. My triggers are at home after work with the kids cooking dinner, giving baths and watching TV. Night one, I took the kids to the gym with me and didn't get home till late. Did a bunch of housework and went to bed early. I overslept the next morning and was foggy-headed and tired all the next day (although I got more sleep than I had in a long time). Night 2 was harder. I was depressed and irritable. My husband was pouring these beautiful yummy cold vodka drinks. I literally wanted to CRY! I locked myself in the bedroom with my kids and played with them, read to them and folded laundry--went to bed early again. Each day gets a little easier. I keep over sleeping, though. I forgot to mention that I pour myself a 40 ounce cup of ice water and I drink about 3 of those. I STAY with water in hand!
WAY TO GO KJ! I am very proud of you as that is very tough to quit drinking - esp. when your man is drinking happily along...I can totally relate to that.....I wish I could say that I am doing well but I cannot..but that's ok...I will just keep trucking along here and I will check back in here later.....I am excited for you, keep up the good work!!.....I will keep positive and try not to quit (BFL that is). my track record is not the best. Good deal on the water too.... :)
all the best to you,
I drink a little on the plan, but I stick to Guiness. Its low in calories, full of anti-oxidants, and has other health benefits. Plus, after a week of not drinking, eating little, and working out, it only takes one bottle to get buzzed.
I just count it as my carb for that meal, and I don't do it often.
There might be some miniscule health benefits to mostly anything, but let's not suggest that beer is anything good here. It's negative for the program. I'm not saying you can never have one, but get real here. If you are counting as your carb then you are depriving your body of a good quality carbohydrate, which it needs.
Remember that it's not about the calories with alcohol, but that it can hold up your metabolism for up to 3 days, which makes the empty calories the far lesser concern.
I didn't know alcohol stopped your metabolism and thought it was just a matter of calories. I found this article that explains in very simple terms the ill effects of alcohol.
That being said, I find it so difficult to stop drinking 100%, and I think those who don't drink can't really appreciate the effort it takes. My approach has been more gradual and every day I feel less need of grabbing a beer. I understand that the alcohol I take on my free day hinders my weight loss but, realistically, if I stopped all together I don't think I'll finish the program.
As a result of the increased acetate, your metabolism can be held up for up to 3 days. That's why the people saying that calories are calories are not correct about it applying to alcohol. It's also why bodybuilders will have McDonald's on their free day, but not drink.
That being said, this is your program. I am not the BFL police. Have an occasional drink if you wish. If you cannot finish the program without then I would encourage you to explore that, but that's your business. A sometimes drink isn't going to kill all of your results so don't worry about that. I like burgers and fries. That's my thing and I have them on free day. I would be better off just increasing my calories on free day with healthy food. We all have our thing.
I was more reacting to someone trying to pretend a Guiness was good, which it is not.
So I've been reading a lot of reports about alcohol, and the consensus seems to be that one glass a day for women, and two for men, will not hold up weight gain. Those who drink moderately have slightly smaller waistlines, while those who binge drink tend to have larger waist lines. However, each article said this is not necessarily causation, but may rather be correlation. In other words, women who drink moderately may eat healthier overall, and women who binge drink may not. However, men who drink moderately over time usually have larger waist lines than men who do not. I could not find any articles that said alcohol holds up your metabolism for three days. The only information that I found concerning that was that your liver metabolizes alcohol before your other calories, but after a certain point, the alcohol goes straight to your liver. I think for the purpose of BFL, if you MUST drink, it should be only one drink per day and it should be in place of a carb (the book says one glass of red wine with your meal is fine). I had been saving my drinking for my "free day" so I can still go out with my friends and enjoy a few drinks, but after reading all of these articles, I'm going to keep that free day to under 4 drinks.
This is great...I love everyone's posts!
I start my BFL challenge (1st one) tomorrow - May 16. I had a bottle tonight of Kendall Jackson Chardonnay which is my favorite!!! My neighbor and I got talking and we didn't stop talking or drinking till the bottle ran out! So, this is it.. .I wanna lose my 30 lbs so bad .. I am ready to give up alcohol...I love these posts and it really helps to hear that everyone else is going thru this too.
I have 3 kids and dinner time is always a time for me to have a glass... this week and moving forward I will drink my water w/ lemon...
Especially when talking about just causation, it's much too strong to say the consensus. There is not a consensus that drinking helps keep a woman more slim. Certainly I've seen some things that might suggest that 1-2 glasses of red wine could aid in this, but I've seen significantly more to suggest otherwise.
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