It’s not often that I talk about alcohol here on NTTC, but considering my weekend and considering the holidays are just around the corner, I wanted to talk about it.
Confession: I don’t really like drinking.
To begin, I don’t drink very often. I just don’t. On most nights out with friends, I am responsible for driving myself… so, it’s just not a good idea. Having a glass of wine at home? That doesn’t really happen either. While I’m sure many of my NTTC meals would pair well with a lovely glass of wine, I usually don’t feel like it. I really just crave water on most days…
But… there’s something inherently social about consuming alcohol… when I get together with friends and family, that’s when I’ll pour a glass. And, at Christmas time, my parents and I start opening the wine around 5pm most days… it’s just become a thing we do.
In addition to being a total lightweight when it comes to booze, I also live a mile above sea level. If you’ve ever spent time at higher elevation, you may have noticed you’re a cheap drunk. Allegedly, consuming one drink here in Colorado can feel more like you’ve had 2 or 3, which makes it a little dangerous. Fitbloggin friends who will be here next year, take note!
And, I kind of hate being drunk… When regular life things need to be done, being drunk and/or having a hangover really get in the way… This weekend, I got together with friends and was poured a magically endless glass of wine. I doubt I had that much wine (see lightweight comment above,) but I was certainly over-served. My sleep was impacted… I woke up exhausted, and not as sharp as I like to be on a busy Saturday. And, completely dehydrated.
Thankfully, I wasn’t painfully hungover the next morning, but through this process, it has me once again thinking about my drinking habits and how they align with my health goals.
In reality, drinking does not belong in my healthy living plan. For example, the average 6 oz. glass of wine clocks in at about 150 calories… for something you drink! A 12 oz. light beer will cost you about the same. Drinking hard alcohol really varies quite a bit, depending upon what kind of mixer you’re using…
Bottom line: We’re talking 150 calories for a BEVERAGE. And, once you have one, you’re likely to consider a second, and depending upon the night, a third, a fourth… and for some reason, then you get hungry… and suddenly it’s a calorie explosion. As I explain this process, I realize that it sounds a lot like a food binge from a calorie perspective, which is something I work to avoid.
All of this has me thinking about the holidays and how I want to handle drinking this year… and, I think it’s time to make a change. Just like that… I’ve decided to become a single beverage lady.
Yes, I’m officially a one wine woman. A single spirit sister. A no-refill Nancy. This is happening…
I say this today, fresh from an overindulgent weekend in the booze department, but it’s been something I’ve been thinking about for a while. I recognize it will get extra tricky over the holidays, but I think it’s important. And, if I can do this during the holiday season, I am unstoppable.
I fully expect that my decision to limit alcohol this season will be greeted similarly to how my healthy eating plan went. There will be tons of support by most, and others will think I’m a spoilsport, a grinch, a party pooper, etc… but it’s the right thing to do for my body, for my health, and to assure I can capture all of my goals moving into 2015.