Wednesday, April 28, 2010

“If You Drink, Don’t Drive, Do The Watermelon Crawl...”

For some reason, I haven’t gotten all my steps in the past few days and it is really annoying me. I like to get no less than 7700 steps a day and I am cutting it really short. It makes me feel lazy but what is funny is that Monday, I walked over 2 miles and yesterday I walked over a mile and played in a softball game and I still didn’t get enough steps either day! So, I know I’m not lazy but it still feels like I am. I am just going to have to push it today after work and the next few days. I can’t get in the habit of not getting enough steps or I won’t make it. I’m almost a quarter of the way through (to the million steps in 130 days in case you forgot) and I’m on track for now but I won’t be if I don’t...wait for it...get to steppin’.

Anyway, enough of that. Today...I am going to talk about DRANKIN’. Now, some of y’all may not drink and some of you are flat out opposed to it so I’m sorry if this doesn’t pertain to you. I am a believer that MOST things (illegal activities like drunk driving, crack smoking etc are excluded) are OK if done in moderation. If I only had 2 pieces of pizza instead of 8 when I ordered one...I wouldn’t have nearly the issues. I feel the same way about drinking. I mean is my vice. If you take that away and smoking is out and I don’t knit or anything like that and biting my nails can only go so far...I need something. SO I do like to wind down with a beer or a cocktail sometimes. Sue me. Because of Weight Watchers, I have to keep it to the bare minimum because alcohol is LOADED with sugar and fat.

So, if you didn’t know that alcohol isn’t just something that can get in the way of your judgment if you have too much, it’s also full of things that are bad for you.

Now that we all know that...I have a couple of suggestions.

1.) Much like the fact that abstinence is the only way to prevent pregnancy...NOT drinking is the only way to prevent weight gain from too much alcohol (not to mention embarrassing encounters with former preachers, being a little too honest with your friends and searching forever to get someone to drive you home just in case). Seriously people...don’t drink and’s bad news...I’m talking to myself too.

2.) If you’re like me, and sometimes adult beverages are a way to wind down (and not in that alcoholic kind of way) you can try having a screwdriver or a DIET soda and bourbon. One...ONE shot of liquor is two points. I usually spend 2 points on breakfast. It makes it hard to make room for those pesky well drinks. I definitely wouldn’t recommend getting anything that has the words daiquiri or martini or margarita. I know...I love margaritas too but I’m it for cheat day. A little baby screwdriver is only 2 points so you get the juice and the shot...same with the Diet Coke and whatever dark liquor you want. But remember...they aren’t just 2 points a drink...they are 1 drink for 2 points, 2 drinks for 5, 2 drinks for 7 and so on. I still get quite a lot of points but for those of you out there that are pretty thin and you are’s really hard to drink and eat...and I would never recommend choosing liquor over food. Not a good idea.

3.) If you are a beer drinker, the darker and fruitier the beer, the more points they are. I happen to like beer but I prefer the kinds that are lighter so that’s good for me. I think beers that are dark are usually gross...Guiness tastes like I am cool with light beers. You can try the Miller 64 and the Bud Select 55 (pictured below). These beers are 1 point a piece (the 55 is better because they are always 1 point a piece but the 64 is 2 for 3, 3 for 4 etc.)but if you are a real beer drinker...meh...they aren’t great...more like beer flavored water. If you want a GOOD tasting 2 point beer...I would recommend regular Bud Select...I think it’s only 99 calories.

The moral of the story is...if you are dieting...there is no question that drinking will not help but...if you don’t enjoy your life by eating and drinking things you want in will be really hard to maintain it forever. Has it taken me a long time to lose weight the past few months? Yes, but I haven’t had it too bad and I’m good MOST of the time so I think it’s OK.

If you drink, please be careful and either save it for once a on a Saturday or cheat day...or just have one glass of wine or beer a night and it shouldn’t affect your weight loss too much. I know it can be hard living in a drinking town with a football problem but you can do it!

If you never drink...kudos.

I kind of want a margarita well...none for me tonight...I like food better!


“Blame it on the goose
Got you feeling loose
Blame it on Patron
Got you in the zone
Blame it on the a a a a a alcohol
Blame it on the a a a a a alcohol
Blame it on the vodka
Blame it on the henny
Blame it on the blue top
Got you feeling dizzy
Blame it on the a a a a a alcohol
Blame it on the a a a a a a alcohol.” Alcohol-Jamie Foxx

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