I know that every time I mention beer on this here blog or on Twitter people are always surprised. I guess because I try to keep my love for beer a secret. :/
Yeah, yeah, yeah Suzi, you’ve done this lame joke before. Get to the point…
I take a lot of pride in who I am. I like to think that I am honest and don’t shy away from being myself.
I’m 5 foot 9, covered in tattoos, have pitch black hair and prefer silver over gold. My favorite color is red and I wear high heels 99% of the time. I adore Martha Stewart and things that are too cute make cry….these are just a few of the trivial facts that make up the wonderful me.
I’m a girl who drinks a lot of beer and is not afraid to admit it. Not a lot of women like to say that they drink beer on a regular basis. I’m not sure why really, but I’m guessing maybe because it’s considered more of a “manly sport”. Pssssshh. Honey, I need two hands to count how many men I know that I can out drink!!
Also, it’s not very common for a woman who is on Weight Watchers to admit that she’s a beer drinker. I’m not saying that I’m special or in a league of mine own here because through online I’ve met some amazing ladies who love themselves some beer and some WW, but you just don’t hear a whole lot about women who drink beer regularly and follow the plan.
But to be honest, Weight Watchers is one of the reasons *why* I talk so much about my love for beer. I’ve said it before and I will say it again and again and again…Weight Watchers is not just about losing weight!
I come from a family of alcoholism. My father was, his father was, my mothers grandparents were, the list goes on and on and on. I certainly have “addictive” tendencies and I most certainly have a very deep, dark past dealing with mental instability. So of course, I’ve always tried to monitor my alcohol habits.
I drink beer everyday. Does this make me an alcoholic? Maybe, but not in my eyes or to the people who are around me. I don’t get drunk every day (rarely ever to be quite honest) and I don’t drink until I pass out. I come home from work, I go running and then I relax with my man and throw a few beers back. That’s what I do *NOW*.
Before joining Weight Watchers though, I can say that I was walking the line to alcoholism. I was drinking beer, after beer, after beer, trying to drink enough to where I didn’t have to think about my troubles, or my weight. I was drinking to wipe away my aches and pains and that my friends, is alcoholism.
When I first started WW, I started to wonder how I was going to give up beer because I do *love* beer. I was wondering how the hell I was going to come home after a long day of work and unwind. But then I slowly learned….I didn’t have to give up beer! The beer wasn’t the problem, the way and the reason I was drinking it was!
I had to use that clever ole’ WW tool of ‘Reframing’. I had to sit back and ask myself “why am I throwing back 15 Coors Light’s a night?” Yes folks, at minimum, the average were 15 per night. That’s not healthy to do on an every day basis. I had to reframe my mind to know that drinking like that was not going to solve any of my problems, nor was it going to help me lose the weight!
As I went further and further into the program, my habits changed a long the ways. I went from cutting back slightly, to only drinking on Friday and Saturday nights. I found a happy medium between being a weekend warrior and allowing myself a couple on the week nights. I reframed my mind back to a healthy place, a place where it should be…that I simply love the taste of beer, and as long as I’m drinking it because I want to enjoy the beer, then that is ok. And if I’m drinking the beer for any other reason, then that is an unhealthy move on my part & I need to stop and take a look at my actions.
And that is what helped me to lose 101 lbs while drinking beer.
Weight Watchers saved me not only from being obese for the rest of my life, but also from becoming an alcoholic.
But I’m falling into scary territory again folks. My weekly beer count is increasing and increasing and as the night grows olds I start to question why I have that beer in my hand. And that is one of the triggers that Weight Watchers taught me to look out for. I started adding craft beers into my mix a few months ago, so now I’m drinking a couple of those ALONG with my Bud 55’s.
I need to step back and reframe my mind. I need to ask *why* my drinking has picked up a bit. Am I stressed? Am I upset? Eh…I certainly have had a lot going on recently so maybe I’ve just been trying to unwind from all of that. Either way, I know it needs to be stopped and I know what I need to do. Weight Watchers has given me all the tools I need to know what right choices I need to make. Now I just need to make them.
Don’t worry, I’m not giving up beer or anything insane like that!! (PHEW Suzi!) But I definitely need to cut it back down. Being a beer drinker/lover is part of who I am, and I would never want to change that. Maybe I’ll try going a few days without it to focus on getting my mind set in the right direction, I don’t know. Sometimes that can backfire, but we’ll see. All I know is that I’m making a plan to get back to where I was, because my mind and body deserve much better.
Sometimes we need to just stop and be 100% honest with ourselves and really look at our actions and why we are performing them. Only then can truly learn from our slipups.
Awareness in everything you do is the most important key in giving yourself the happiest and healthiest life you want to lead. Feel no guilt or shame in what you do, but just be sure you know why you are doing those things.