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The benefits of giving up alcohol!

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21 Mar
12:57pm, 21 Mar 2019
14205 posts
Bazoaxe
Today is day 80 for me and I would say abstinence form alcohol is a big factor in weight loss. I am around half a stone lighter than I was on 1/1/19 when this started. Now OK this does co-incide with marathon training and I am running maybe 15 miles a week more than I was at that time. I am however eating a fair bit more and most of the extra food is rubbish like crisps, biscuits and chocolate.
21 Mar
2:26pm, 21 Mar 2019
30056 posts
Derby Tup
Great stuff Bazoaxe
21 Mar
3:26pm, 21 Mar 2019
14211 posts
Bazoaxe
Actually checked. It’s only four pounds. I must have lost a few pounds before First jan as my marathon training started earlier in December.
21 Mar
6:19pm, 21 Mar 2019
8745 posts
geordiegirl
Been to get some NA supplies. Bumped into a friend as I had 2 bottles of erdinger I said if you ever want NA beer this is lovely - did I actually say that?? But I mean it it’s so lovely.

Managed to find a bottle of bees knees in Morrisons so that’s chilling for tomorrow night. Thanks for ideas and support.
21 Mar
8:25pm, 21 Mar 2019
93 posts
Queen of Cups
I pretty much gave up on 28th January which is when I joined Slimming World and had 4 gin and tonics on Feb 20th when I went out. That's it! I still drink tonic at the weekends! Not missing the horrific headaches or the hungover feeling at all! I got my 1 stone award last Monday,although that's not entirely down to abstaining from alcohol.
21 Mar
8:30pm, 21 Mar 2019
30060 posts
Derby Tup
Ace. So many positive tales around at the moment!
21 Mar
9:01pm, 21 Mar 2019
9593 posts
mrs shanksi
Well done everyone!
11:24am
11:24am, 22 Mar 2019
14 posts
Generation X
Just checking in. So far I haven't deviated from my planned moderation, with another week of staying under 14 units under my belt.

Unfortunately I have been diagnosed with Achilles Tendinopathy and advised not to run until I am pain-free. This is quite a blow, as running is a vital part of my arsenal for keeping the black dog at bay.

That said, I won't be having a drink today.
11:28am
11:28am, 22 Mar 2019
38908 posts
McGoohan
I'm... doing quite well at the min. The fasting thing I'm doing (18:6) means that when I'd want a drink falls out of my eating window, so I'm not bothering. This works quite well for me, because when we go on hol or on some big country hike, I want to have the option to have a pint with my fishnchips without feeling guilty about it.
12:23pm
12:23pm, 22 Mar 2019
15 posts
Generation X
I'm following an intermittent fasting plan at the moment too McGoohan, and also find it useful in putting temptation out of reach.

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About This Thread

Looks as though this thread has become popular again, here in 2010 (it's now 2018, and it started in 2008, so I think "still popular" might be more apt! :-) G ) :-) Good Luck everyone.

Some acronyms, in case people use them:
JFT - Just for today
ODAAT - One day at a time
KIS - Keep it simple
TBOGUA - The Benefits Of Giving Up Alcohol (the title of this thread!)
There is an article summarising some of the benefits, to save you having to trawl through the thread.

http://www.fetcheveryone.com/article-view.php?id=387

And a great list of Alternative Drinks started by the lovely LindsD here:

http://www.fetcheveryone.com/article-view.php?id=527

And another great list, this time of treats as alternatives to alcohol and some welcome distractions. Thanks RunHappy!

http://www.fetcheveryone.com/article-view.php?id=530

Please add to these articles and make them as valuable as possible! Thanks! :-) G

And one from way back when...
Dirt Monkey's brilliant blog on TBOGUA too - go try this...

thebenefitsofgivingupalcohol.wordpress.com Thanks DM!

And the all important fabulous services:
Alcoholics Anonymous
alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
National Helpline (FREE) 0800 9177 650
help@aamail.org

Al Anon
al-anonuk.org.uk
020 7403 0888

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