No, no, that’s not entirely true. For those of you are new to following me, and just as a refresher for the rest of you, I used to drink about 12-15 beers a day before I started Weight Watchers. Does this make me an alcoholic…Oh I am sure! But the simple truth is this…I love the taste of beer! There is nothing more enjoyable to me than coming home after a day at the office and cracking open a few Coors Light’s (I totally sound like a dude here, ha-ha). Problem for me is that (or maybe this is a blessing?) it takes quite a few beers to even give me a buzz, let alone get drunk. I can easily down a 12 pack and be alright.
(Now please note that I am not drinking these beers to get drunk. If I want to get drunk I usually opt for drinking a bottle of wine and to be honest, getting drunk is really not my favorite thing to do. Though of course it does happen but that would take me mapping out a plan to get drunk & that doesn’t happen very often at all)
It also doesn’t help that Frank is an even bigger beer drinker than I am and does not go a single day with out a beer, LOL. Oh man…I can see the e-mails now!!
This of course never got me thinking about just how many calories I was consuming in beer alone!! That’s 1,248 calories…or 24 WW points in one night on beer alone….24 WW points is my TOTAL daily point’s allowance, LOL.
I’m happy to say though that my drinking is not an everyday habit anymore. I’ve learned to enjoy other beverages during the work week (mostly diet soda of some kind) and very rarely do I touch a beer during the early part of the week. Now the weekend, that’s another story….
Recently I switched over to the Budweiser Select 55’s. They are pretty tasty for being such a low-calorie beer. Plus, they are 1 pt a piece. ;D
I usually have a couple Thursday nights after my Weight Watcher meeting and then Friday and Saturday I do my “indulging”. I have to be honest…I rarely ever actually count and journal my “beer points”. I know, I know…I can hear the WW Police knocking on my door as we speak. Now, I don’t condone NOT counting and journaling your food or fluid intake, but for me personally, this seems to be working. Do I feel better when I do track them?? Of course I do, but I give myself that Friday and/or Saturday to just enjoy myself and not feel like a “weight watcher” for a couple of hours and that feels pretty darn good too.
This is actually a picture of Jack Sh*t's time machine...don't let it fool you.
This kind of goes along with what I may eat on a Friday night or Saturday as well. I do what I have coined as “the every other.” For example: If I know that Frank and I are going to go out Friday night or order in some pizza & wings or Chinese food, I make sure to keep my breakfast & lunch light on the point side (but filling of course…think veggies people!) so that way when it comes to me downing some beers & pizza slices later, I get to enjoy them with a little less guilt. Then of course, the next day is a new day and there are healthy choices to be made all around. :)
We just took bottles & cans back last week, LMAO!!
I can already see some of your eyes burning holes through me right now LOL. This doesn’t work everyone. Everyone’s bodies and metabolisms are different and work differently. Believe me; I do not have some crazy super-human fast metabolism. It is in my genes to be “heavy”. I usually am able to follow a night of “bad” eating & drinking with a nice run the next day to help burn some of it off. But this is what works for me. My first time on Weight Watchers a few years back, I had the same philosophy. When I was living by myself I used to go to a local bar down the road every Friday night with my mother & a friend after work. We would go there for a couple pitchers of beer & their delicious fried food. I never deprived myself of it because I knew that if I did, I would never be successful on this journey.
See...even Amelia likes to relax with a cold one every now and then!
There are three things that I would NEVER give up while being on Weight Watchers and they are 1.) Beer 2.) Ranch Dressing (I have switched to light though!) and 3.) Cheese. I make these things fit into my life. Do I eat a brick of cheese at least twice a week anymore….nope! But I do still enjoy a brick every now and then (very rarely though!). I still love, love, LOVE my beers. Do I drink a 12 pack a day anymore….nope! But I do allow myself to have my day or two a week where I can just sit back, relax, and pop open some cold ones and tell myself “no regret’s…just for today”.