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Well @ has inspired me to get off the grog.

I have two stubbies of Leo draught left to go tonight (my usual sunday night six pack) and then that's it.

Cold turkey.

My main reason in doing this is for weight loss. Since turning 45 I am spreading. No one agrees that I am spreading but I know I am, pants getting tight, belt going out to the next notch and so on.

I believe I am an alcoholic, as in, I look for alcohol to take the edge off life. I don't drink through the week but will demolish a carton fri-sat-sun.

I love it. It doesn't love me.

I also have depression which is OK, just how it is and I manage it, along with anxiety, so alcohol does me no favours in those areas either, apart from the obvious short term mental respite, am usually a bit sniffy the day after, over think everything, get a bit paranoid and so on. I am sure my memory will improve as well.

SO, tonight I shall finish my two stubbies and jump on the scales. I shall report in from time to time with my weight and how I am feeling.

Money- meh, I'll spend it another way, no doubt. :)

Wish me luck, I am going to need it.

Daz

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I'm in ya' corner if need be :cool:

 

And...yeah, that extra flab just seems to show up at around that age, like some ass sneaks in during the night and ya' get up look in the mirror and :o

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Well done Daz

I have no intention of ever giving up Alcohol as I have never abused it and never set out with the intention of getting drunk. I have never understood that concept. Why would anyone do that?

As a matter of fact I am having a pre dinner stubby of beer now and enjoying it as it is a rather warm day here in Melbourne.

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Good luck, mate.  :thumb:  Yeah, I'm a lot older than you and also spreading - but rather than give up my wine (and the occasional G&T when I need a sugar hit ;) ), I exercise.

 

Mind you, I don't drink beer.  As a diabetic, I find beer does very bad things to my blood sugar level - wine does not.

 

 

Regards,

 

Andy

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:(

 

Was hoping nobody would mention the "e" word. A great idea though...gets the endorphin production ramped up......Is natural, is good ;)

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Good for you mate. 

 

The one thing I do know is depression and alcohol do not go together. I also suffer depression (of one form or another) and find I manage it a great deal better without the booze. Now it's just a PITA that I occasionally have to think about rather than a constant that is a problem.

 

For weight loss I also encourage regular exercise. I have replaced the booze with an evening row on a water rower: 

 

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When I started out 15 minutes would bugger me, a couple months later and I can do 45 minutes without much problem and an easy 30 minutes after a stressful day is terrific therapy. Something to consider if you otherwise have trouble fitting it into your day.

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good luck darren, I did Dry July a few years ago..whcih was a good thing....wasnt easy as july for us is a lot of family celebrations. am not a heavy drinker...even through worked for an alcohol company for 8-9 years ! still it was a good thing it was to do. after dry july I still grab a drink but mostly for celebrations and family events...and the odd single drink during the week. not much more...

 

plenty of other things to indulge more in :D 

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Good luck Darren.

You sound like someone I know who's  name starts with M and ends with T, he should go down the same road.

Regards

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Good luck...it'll be interesting to follow your progress...

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Kudos to you Darren for firstly;

 

publicly admitting that you might have a problem, and more importantly, facing up to it and doing something about it.

 

Two big thumbs up.  :thumb:   :thumb:

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For weight loss I also encourage regular exercise. I have replaced the booze with an evening row on a water rower: 

 

 

When I started out 15 minutes would bugger me, a couple months later and I can do 45 minutes without much problem and an easy 30 minutes after a stressful day is terrific therapy. Something to consider if you otherwise have trouble fitting it into your day.

 

I bought a WaterRower in January this year; it is easily the best indoor exercise I have ever come across. I am improving week in, week out, but haven't managed to meet my 30min 8000m target though! 

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Good luck - have had one year off then decided to enjoy myself on my 3 month US/Canada trip at the end of last year - now dry for 2015 - possibly beyond - don't miss it at all and the health benefits are immense - physical and mental

PS - I found posting on SNA after having few drinks was never a great idea

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Great stuff Darren. In the past 4 years I have been dry for extended periods myself. Last year I made 11 months off. 

 

I will join you after tonight myself, let's see how long we can go. :)

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I'll just give a huge 'blanket-like' to all of those comments, how very nice of you all and the comments are all interesting and encouraging.

Exercise- yes of course, apologies as I did not mention that I have lifted weights since I was 16, gave up gym at the end of last year as I was pretty much over it and started walking.

I walk 7.5km's most week mornings unless I wake exhausted or it is pississtently raining. Even this does not seem to help control my weight. I should have mentioned this in the first post, so, thanks for the suggestions.

I practice yoga at least half an hour a day to manage a bulged disc in my back and bring some stillness to my crazy brain.

I got a few 10kg dumbells from Aldi last week to keep a bit of muscle maintenance happening and screwed up a bit of old galvanised waterpipe today under the ornamental grape trellis as a chin up bar. Jumped up and tried a few...yep, felt like a big bag of lead, haha, it doesn't take long for the old muscles to shrink!!! Managed five. :P

SO-

I am 45 years old, right here, right now I weigh 99kgs'(15st, 8.2 lbs) @ 6ft 2 in tall.

The heart foundation website reckons my healthy weight range is 63 to 85 kg's (I would be 63 kg's if I was in hospital with dysentery!! Haha!! 85 would be amazing). Obviously, it tells me I am overweight.

Edit- if anyone wanted to join me like Jake has, it would help as I would not want to 'let the side down'. thanks again, awesome!!

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