For a time.
Tis all about weight loss, or the lack there of, for me. I think many people gain weight, not so much from what they eat, but what they drink. Drink can be soda, sweet tea, juices or beer. Each of these is high calories in a can/bottle and it is easy to drink many each day. The calories in one of these drinks would take a mile or so of walking to consume....
Like many, I gained weight in my 20s and needed/wanted to loose the fat so I watched my food
intake, JOGGED(yuck), and stopped drinking beer. Highly sugary drinks don't taste good to me and back then would make me sick so it was easy to skip those calories in a can. Beer, not so much.
To loose weight, I stopped drinking beer and would drink soda water with a splash of OJ for flavoring. It worked but I beer tastes better.
Of course, eventually I gained the weight back.
I think much of our habits are ritual. I like to sit down at the end of the day and have a beer. It is relaxing. The beer is not just a drink but a sign I can relax and be off work. The beer is a ritual. I have seen family
members struggle to quit smoking and a hard part for them was loosing the ritual of lighting
up. The ritual of lighting
up allowed them to get their mind off other things and take a break. It was a way to relax. It was also a way to keep them busy. Take away the smoking and they would go for a different habit/ritual which meant food
So instead of the ritual of lighting up they would graze in the kitchen for food.
Twas a vicious cycle of stopping smoking but then over eating and gaining weight so they would start smoking again to loose weight. Take your pick of poisons....
Very tough to loose the ritual and not to mention the addiction aspect.
Over the years, I have stopped drinking beer and went back to soda water to loose weight. I stopped again a few weeks ago. I want to loose 15ish pounds but I can't seem to do it. I eat very little, walked 5 miles a day with some days up to 10. Going to the gym caused me to loose some weight but I would get to a point where no fat was lost
So this time I am trying to just walk more and minimize calories. So back to the soda water again.
What is different this time is that I see flavored soda water in the store and it tastes ok and it sure is cheaper than beer. Shocked at what some CFers are paying for beer.
Since it is winter, we have been drinking hot tea with no sugar during the evening. The tea and soda water seem to be working and have replaced my ritual.
I might drink a beer or two on Saturday evening when we watch our Aussie and UK murder mysteries. Somehow, the pub scenes make me want a beer.