i need to knock the booze on the head during the week.

(116 Posts)
travellingwilbury Mon 13-May-13 07:28:59

I am dieting and that is going well , I am doing a lot more exercise which I am weirdly enjoying .
I need to lose two more stone. One stone down so far .

But I have got into a stupid habit of having a drink most nights , either a glass of wine , bottle of beer or a vodka and diet coke . I don't drink to get drunk , it is just a habit while cooking dinner . If I don't have one at the time I am cooking then I won't bother with it .

Does anyone else want to join me in keeping booze free Mon _thurs ?

It just seems daft to be undoing all my good work when I am trying so hard with everything else .

TickleMyTitsTillFriday Mon 13-May-13 07:35:56

I'm going to try and give it up completely. I have been doing so well but a hangover yesterday meant a shit day foodwise.

I can't diet and drink. And dieting wins!

travellingwilbury Mon 13-May-13 07:46:39

I am not going to say completely , because I know if we are doing something special then I will have a couple . I just need it to stop being an every day thing .

Good luck with it , we can rant together

TickleMyTitsTillFriday Mon 13-May-13 08:11:05

Oh by completely I mean unless there is a special occasion wink

I won't find it too hard to begin with as I seem to be on hangover day 2, that's cheap plonk for you!

Once I have recovered I will be ranting too...

Have to try to be extra good until weigh in on Wednesday. Damage limitation!

Good luck to you too, once you put your mind to it, it won't be so hard

travellingwilbury Mon 13-May-13 08:26:24

Thank you , and Phew for the not completely .

I could just kick myself for doing all the gym nonsense and the good food stuff and then drinking beer and eating crisps and buggering it up .

I suppose I would have done that before but without the gym and healthy food so not all lost .

This week will be my first four days in a row without booze for a long time . That is actually a scary thought

Hazelbrowneyes Mon 13-May-13 09:06:49

I'm in. I've been drinking far too much recently. Yesterday I completely overdid it, was awake until 3.30am with palpitations and ended up vomiting. I'm 99% sure this is down to alcohol.

So, that's it. I'm taking control. I love nothing more than a few glasses of wine in an evening but it's got to stop. My skin looks old and I'm so tired. No alcohol Mon-Thurs at all and if I do drink at weekends then I will somehow find a way not to binge. I might start insisting we go out at the weekend and I drive so I don't get tempted to have any. I'm actually going to use the NHS drinks tracker to try to stay well below the weekly recommendations.

We can do this!

coribells Mon 13-May-13 09:51:18

I need to do this too. All my dieting goes to pot if I drink during the week. . Tuesday night s are an issue as I meet up with a friend whilst the boys are at scours with their dad. I suppose I could always have a spritzer.

travellingwilbury Mon 13-May-13 09:55:06

Glad to see we have one more joining in . I know in rl I have quite a few friends that feel the same . It is just a daft habit that we have got into , so shouldn't be too hard to get out off , should it ? ....

I gave up smoking in Oct and if I can do that then this should be a piece of piss smile

travellingwilbury Mon 13-May-13 09:56:56

Ooops two more smile even better .

Could you do sun and Mon and wed and thurs instead ? For me it is making it an occasion thing rather than a thing that I do without even thinking about it .

Chipschipschips Mon 13-May-13 10:00:35

I'm in too. I'm TTC atm and sort of saying to myself "I'll be pregnant soon so I'll stop then" but I really need to get healthy so I'm going to stop today. Fact.

travellingwilbury Mon 13-May-13 10:04:16

Well done chips and good luck with ttc .

Jenski Mon 13-May-13 10:07:46

Can I join?
I have started using MFP and doing really well food wise, but come the evening and I habitually pour a glass of wine! So Sun to Thurs is my aim, and not too much on a Friday and Saturday.

Chipschipschips Mon 13-May-13 10:13:29

Thanks smile

Hazelbrowneyes Mon 13-May-13 10:17:13

Hello all <waves>

chips we're hoping to TTC this year and ideally I'd love to be out of the habit of almost needing a glass of wine in the evenings so it's not such a shock when I do have to stop grin

Good luck with the TTC chips

Anyone got any recs for nice soft drinks? I can recommend Aldi's sparkling water with Elderflower. It's so refreshing.

Hi, I have been cutting out the regular glass or two of wine at home for the last week or two. I have to say I'm not finding it easy and like you I always crave a glass around kids bedtime/whilst cooking. But I have stopped keeping white wine in the fridge, if its not cold I don't want it. Somehow opening a bottle of red (the reds never seem to have screw tops) feels like much more of an event and I know it won't get finished in one night, which means I will drink again the next night or end up chucking it away....once I sit down to eat I'm usually over the feeling of wanting it. Still drink when I go out for a meal though and also have a beer with takeaway curry (not the same without is it?)

I just keep lots of sparkling water and limes in my fridge now and seem to get through quite a lot of it!

Chipschipschips Mon 13-May-13 13:52:19

Thanks Hazel you too smile

I actually quite like Becks alcohol free lager, especially as a shandy. Or my favourite soft drink is fresh orange and lemonade, and Schloer grape juice is a decent wine alternative, sort of.

travellingwilbury Mon 13-May-13 16:08:28

I quite like the fizzy flavoured waters with a load of ice , also just having a cup of tea or maybe a low cal hot chocolate .

Palpatations hazel ? That sounds scary , what were you drinking ? The only time I have had that is when I drank too much vodka and diet coke , I assumed it was the caffiene .

Welcome all smile

Now I just have to wait a week and hope it makes the difference on weigh in day .

coribells Mon 13-May-13 19:56:21

Almost 8.00 pm , this is the difficult hour. Kids will be in bed soon and I will be able to relax , I will really crave a drink . I won't give into tonight , because I am trying to diet / low carb as well . Will have a cup of peach flavoured green tea after ,y bath. hoping that does the trick.

travellingwilbury Mon 13-May-13 20:00:23

I am ok by this time . It is between six and seven that I normally grab a drink without even thinking about it . I just poured a fizzy water instead and I feel happy that I have done it .

You will be fine coribells , and it is bound to make a difference with the weight too which is a bonus .

Hazelbrowneyes Tue 14-May-13 08:46:33

Travelling I was drinking wine. I did have a bottle and half of it blush I get them everytime I have alcohol, even if it's just one G&T.

How did we all get on yesterday? I coped fine, mainly because I still felt like shit. I tend to fancy a drink when I get home from work, so between 5 and 6. Once 6pm has come and gone, I'm generally fine & don't even think about having a drink.

travellingwilbury Tue 14-May-13 10:02:17

I was ok too , If I can get the cooking done and any chats on the phone done without a drink then I am fine the rest of the night . Long may this last .

That is a bit odd hazel if you get it after even one , must be a bit scary .

I hope everyone else is doing ok .

travellingwilbury Tue 14-May-13 22:23:31

Another day done smile so far so good .

Anybody else ?

Hazelbrowneyes Wed 15-May-13 08:36:58

Well done travelling.

I managed last night too smile

travellingwilbury Wed 15-May-13 14:21:09

Well done hazel , I can't really get my head around the fact that when I have done four days with no booze that it will be the first time in years that has happened .

Sad really , I am having a really shitty day today with work and normally that would be an automatic reason to have a couple tonight . Hot choc will have to do instead .

Hazelbrowneyes Wed 15-May-13 14:43:05

Sorry you're having a shitty day. It's so easy to reach for the wine on days like that. I think it's about breaking the habit so when you get home, do your routine differently - go for a shower before setting foot near the fridge, etc. I'm doing that - I used to come home and open the wine and put the TV on for some downtime, but now I'm having a shower, making lunch, etc before settling down on the sofa. By this time, I'm happy with a soft drink.

Hope the afternoon improves x

travellingwilbury Wed 15-May-13 15:03:15

Thanks , good idea about the shower and changing the routine . That's all it is really , if I don't have a drink when cooking then I don't bother . Just need the new routine of a soft drink and cooking to get set .

I am finished now so off to get children and do some ironing ( ironing is definitely not my normal routine ;))

Strange sensation here, I've managed just over two weeks not drinking at home now and we have some friends coming round for dinner tonight, so I have popped some bubbles and wine in the fridge...but I'm not actually looking forward to drinking it shock.

My habits are definitely changing, and I'm not trying to lose weight but I'm pretty sure I have lost a pound or two, which wouldn't be surprising, I guess I would be dropping at least 250 calories from my normal daily intake about 4 or 5 times a week without the wine at home.

travellingwilbury Thu 16-May-13 07:45:26

Sleep , do you feel better for doing it ? I don't know if I am kidding myself but I feel more energetic already .

How's everyone else getting on ? It can't just be me and hazel managing .

Hazelbrowneyes Thu 16-May-13 08:35:24

Hazel has managed again though grin Well done travelling and sleep

I'm shattered but thats because work is stressful so I'm not sleeping well.

Last night was a real test. Went out for dinner and I usually have <ahem> a bottle of prosecco. I was panicking before we went out wondering how I was going to do it, so I told myself I could have a glass if I really wanted it and it wasn't the end of the world. Well.....

I didn't want it shock I had diet coke and lime and soda instead!

Am so proud of myself! Prosecco is my weakness!

travellingwilbury Thu 16-May-13 08:52:25

Wow ! That is very impressive , I am not sure I would have managed so well against the prosecco . Did everyone else moan at you or was it ok ?

Well done you , you should be proud smile

Hazelbrowneyes Thu 16-May-13 09:05:12

It was only DH and I (cupboards were bare at home!) and he doesn't mind if I drink or not. I did go to my local afterwards and got called boring but to be honest, I really don't mind if they think I'm boring!

I am proud. It was my first real challenge. We sat at our usual table and the waitress even said "Oh my god, no prosecco?!" so I guess I've got a bit of a reputation grin but once I'd had a diet coke, I really didn't fancy prosecco.

Now the next test will be Friday night. I'll go to the pub but will I be able to avoid having the usual G&T? I don't really want to drink Friday as I'm saving myself for the yummy bottle of Fleurie we're going to have on Saturday!

Hazelbrowneyes Thu 16-May-13 09:05:30

and thank you, it's nice to hear praise! wink

Hi, well done Wilbury, it's that initial drink order that's the tough one isn't it! Habits are very hard to break!

Hazel, I'm pretty sure I do feel better, yes. What I am a but wary of though, is drinking too much (more than I would before) when I do have a drink! I need to make sure I balance that a bit. I had a few glasses last night, which I planned to anyway. Tonight DH and I are going to posh cinema with a sofa to ourselves, would normally get a bottle of wine to drink during the film, but am going to see how I feel. I won't be drinking tomorrow or Sunday as DH is away, Saturday will be lunch with friends so possibly boozy grin. That would make mon, tues, fri and Sunday dry, much better than a typical week previously, where one day off would be unusual!

By the way I think vanity had a big part to play in my decision to do this, I read an article on how ageing regular drinking is for women in particular. I eat very healthily and am very fit, exercise most days, drinking daily really doesn't make sense in that context, just stupid really grin,

fackinell Thu 16-May-13 12:07:49

Room for another one? I'm getting fed up of my habitual wine habit and weight gain too!! I shall start Monday with you as a big wknd ahead. It's so draining and really not worth it. Isn't there 900 cals in a btl?

A few yrs ago I was size 8 and 8 1/2 st!! I have put on 5, yes 5!!!!! Stone since then.

I find a healthy tea followed by a bath and a movie/good book breaks my habit and at one stage I was almost disappointed Friday arrived and it was a drinking day. Not disappointed enough not to drink, of course.

Well done all, sofar!! I too am ttc and its gotta go!!

travellingwilbury Thu 16-May-13 14:34:34

That is my reasoning as well sleep , I am losing weight and trying so hard with food and exercise and it is madness that the booze is ruining it .

Or I have skipped dinner so I can have a couple of drinks instead and that can't be a good idea .

Fackinell. I was 13.10 a wee while ago ( please god noone in rl ever reads that )
I have lost a stone and am obviously hoping that less booze will also equal less pounds .
Enjoy your weekend and see you on Monday smile

Hazelbrowneyes Thu 16-May-13 15:39:36

Welcome Fack 900 cals in a bottle....Farrrrrk! I never think of it like that. Bloody hell, I consumed well in excess of 2700 calories just on alcohol at the weekend. Fuck. FUCK. Sorry for the swears.

I am also trying to lose some weight. I read somewhere that in simple terms, you need to cut out 3000 calories to lose 1lb. I can do that just by cutting out alcohol. This is a bit of a wake up call to be honest.

sleep one of my friends drinks a lot. An awful lot actually. She looks at least 10 yrs older than she is. Her skin is terrible. This has been a big factor in my decision to seriously cut back.

fackinell Thu 16-May-13 19:06:34

Thank you for the lovely welcome. We can do it!!
<shakes pompoms>
but hey, it's Friday tomorrow and we can have a cheeky few. I'm starting by replacing my wknd tipple of wine for vodka (50 cals per unit with diet mixer) after I finish the reserves!!

coribells Thu 16-May-13 20:11:00

I failed on Tuesday night because I was out with a friend. Though I only had one glass of wine and then a spritzer. Tuesdays ar always an issue because I actually 'go out'. I also made those two drinks last over four hours . I am really tempted (hard day)tonight, but having caught up on this thread I've decided to have a nice cup of camomile tea and a bath instead grin

Fairygen Thu 16-May-13 20:16:08

Hi, I gave up alcohol nearly 4 weeks ago. I was drinking 2 large glasses of vino a night, which worked out at nearly a bottle! Although I wasn't getting drunk, or feeling hungover, I struggled to get up in the morning and just felt sluggish.

I just decided one Monday morning to give up during the week. When the weekend came I didn't fancy any and it's just gone from there.

The first week was pretty hard, not because I craved it, just because it had become a habit. I now have a bubbly bath at ( what was) wine oclock .I was also shattered by about 8 pm, and slept like a log.

4 weeks later and I wouldn't even consider buying wine! I wake up alert, sleep better, my skin is clear and I look about 5 years younger!

Bowlersarm Thu 16-May-13 20:24:26

I need to do this too. I go through phases of not drinking in the week but it's crept up again and the wine habit is making me feel and look quite rough, or if not as bad as that, then not look as healthy as I should.

So, my personal rules shall be no drinking at home mon-thurs but ok if I am out.

Fairygen I would love to be able to achieve what you have. Just not to think about it!

fackinell Thu 16-May-13 21:11:01

Yay, newbies!! For most of us it's probably habitual. I know mine is because as soon as I got pg I quit and didn't miss it (other than a nice Rioja with Sunday dinner.) I think mine crept back up after my MC last june. Yes, it was emotional but I think I crammed it in too as I knew I may have to stop again. Not looking for excuses or sympathy but its too easy and comforting. We can do it. I'm actually looking forward to it. smile

travellingwilbury Fri 17-May-13 07:20:47

Morning all , well I have done it ! My first four days off in a row in a very long time .
The scary thing was how easy its been really , I was drinking pretty much every night out of habit and I don't need to . I just thought I needed that drink to relax but of course that is rubbish .
I thought I would get to today and be really looking forward to having a
drink tonight but actually I am just going to see how I feel . If I fancy one I will have one but I don't feel too fussed either way atm .

How's everyone doing ?

Bowlers that is mine pretty much , I don't mind having a drink , I just want to stop this daft habit of every day for no good reason . It should be a treat , not an every day habit . For me anyway .

Fairygen that is brilliant , how quickly did you notice a difference ? Have others noticed you are not drinking ?

Well done coribells smile

FedupofTurkey Fri 17-May-13 07:31:38

Can I join? I try not to drink in the week but going through a lot of stress at the moment and have started having a couple of glasses which knocks all my good eating habits out the window!

travellingwilbury Fri 17-May-13 07:40:25

Of course you can turkey , welcome smile

Fairygen Fri 17-May-13 07:41:35

travelling. Well done. I started to feel better after a couple of days. I read somewhere that it takes 5 days for the alcohol to clear your system. I expected to have a craving for it then ( similar to giving up smoking) but I didn't. Only down side is that I've had a couple of really bad migraines. I haven't had them this bad since I was pregnant, and gave up booze !?!

I'm dieting too, and have lost 6lbs without even trying!

Im a single parent, so most of my socialising is lunches, which aren't boozy anyway. I spend quite a lot of time with family at the weekend, which hasn't been too bad. My dad is a really heavy drinker but my mum has only drunk once since new year, and my sis is pregnant, so not drinking is easy.

bowlersarm, if you'd told me I wouldn't have been drinking a month ago, there's no way I would have believed you! I just took it a day at a time, and always said that if I really needed/ wanted a drink I could have one.

Out for an Indian tonight, not sure if I'll drink or not. My main concern is if I have a drink tonight, will that be the beginning of the end?

Good luck everyone x

Xroads Fri 17-May-13 07:49:05

Hi ladies, can I join in too?

I'm on slimming world and going on holiday in 8 weeks and I've got 13lb left to loose plus we are trying to save money.

I managed sun to wed this week, ended up having a couple of vodkas last night as I went to weigh in and gained half a pound so thought sod it blush

travellingwilbury Fri 17-May-13 07:49:44

I had a really bad headache last night , I did wonder if it was connected , sounds like it could be if you have had similar .

I suppose tonight you will just have to see how you feel , it doesn't sound like it would start you drinking all the time to me . You sound too pleased to have come this far . Good luck with it .

I do feel like I am sleeping better already which is a start . Fingers crossed it has the effect I want on my weight as well .

Blaise19 Fri 17-May-13 07:54:26

Hi; newbie alert! I gave up alcohol completely 4 years ago this very month. It's hard at first, but gets easier as it becomes your new 'normal'. The secret is all in the first drink, because that is what the wine o'clock anticipation is about. Actually, it's the first mouthful isn't it? That's the only one that really tastes good; the rest is disappointing by comparison. So, the answer is, just don't have that first mouthful smile Good luck everyone.

Justaperfectday Fri 17-May-13 08:05:43

Until a few weeks ago I was drinking a bottle of wine (sometimes more) every night shockthere's a lot going on in my life and it has been a long time habit.
I've had 4 hours of hypno for weight loss and my drinking and now I have no desire to drink at home anymore!
I still have a couple if I go out but 90% of my intake has now stopped and I feel so much better for it smile
The weight is not shifting as quick as I'd like but I'm getting there.

Bowlersarm Fri 17-May-13 09:06:54

Thank you for the welcome. There are a lot of positive stories here. It does help to read them as it can give you that bit of determination you need. Hopefully!

Actually I'm not going to be drinking tonight as we are out at the theatre, and the logistics of getting there in time doesn't allow any time for a drink at all. Might just have a soft drink in the interval.

I would like to carry this on from next next Monday though. Not out next week I don't think so I'll have four clear days to practice getting past wine o'clock (horrible expression but seems appropriate).

fackinell Sat 18-May-13 00:21:58

Loving the positive (now) teetotaller messages on here!! For me it's like a switch in my head to not drink. I go back to what I loved in childhood to comfort me (before drinking.) A good movie, exercise (roller skating and fun stuff) and a cosy bed with a good book.

A Dr. told a good friend of mine that it only takes 48 hrs for the liver to recover, without alcohol, in order to function normally. 4 days will cut down a lot of risks!!

I'm pretty pleased, last night was a real test for me, there was wine open in the fridge from Wednesday night, a friend was here earlyish for an hour and she had a glass but I didn't. Then I made myself dinner and still didn't have any, and it actually wasn't that difficult! I did have one glass with quick pre-cinema dinner with DH on Thursday but then stuck to hot chocolate instead of wine at the cinema smile...again, didn't feel hard.

travellingwilbury Sat 18-May-13 14:29:45

Hello all , I had a few glasses of done last night as I was out with friends . I enjoyed it and I might have a drink today but it feels like a more normal way of drinking . Not the habitual thing of every day just because but having a couple of social glasses of wine with friends who hadn't seen each other for a while .

I hope everyone else is doing ok .

Bowlersarm Sun 19-May-13 10:05:21

Out to friends for dinner last night. Had more wine than I had planned to unfortunately-it was flowing a bit freely!. Not drinking today at all as I'm driving the DC's around later.

However, my aim is not to drink next mon-thurs as we aren't out at all.

I need to stay strong!

SilveryMoon Sun 19-May-13 10:10:45

Can i join?
I have allowed my drinking to get a bit out of control and have nearly a bottle a night blush
I am loosing weight, not sure how, but the booze is not helping.

Bowlersarm Sun 19-May-13 10:38:40

It's so easy to get into the habit SilveryMoon. I'm really hoping that being on this thread will give me some willpower, and I'm sort of looking forward to the challenge.

SilveryMoon Sun 19-May-13 10:42:53

Yes. I think I need to find something nice to drink that's non-alcoholic so I can still have a treat at the end of a horrid day or something.
Maybe something nice and fruity that I can drink from a wine glass. Am sure it's not the actual alcohol I rely on, just that I want to feel relaxed and like a grown-up (spend all day with children)

Chubfuddler Sun 19-May-13 14:35:15

Oh me too. I rarely drink to the point of feeling in any way drunk but tbh that's not a good thing that I can polish off best part of a bottle and not even feel it. Plus I can't afford it - a decent bottle that I will actually enjoy is 8 quid minimum - I worked out that if I knocked my bought lunch, chocolate and wine habits in the head allowing for replacement home prepped food I would save about 12 GRAND in five years. And be slimmer and healthier.

Chubfuddler Sun 19-May-13 14:37:20

I would be really interested to hear about the hyponotherapy and whether this has worked if anyone wants to share. A pm much appreciated if you don't want to go into detail on thread.

Fairygen Sun 19-May-13 17:18:52

Hi all, I had planned to drink last night at a Eurovision family party. One member of my family suggested to another that I would be ' pie eyed' and I'd go mad with the booze because I hadn't drunk for so long!

I was furious, and thought 'sod you, I'm not going to drink'......and I didn't. Thank god I didn't, only had 5 hours sleep and woke up feeling rough enough, without the added hangover.

Didn't go out for an Indian on Friday night after all, so no wine.

silverymoon, I tend to drink a lot of shloer, or if I want something non fizzy, J20

fackinell Sun 19-May-13 18:51:44

Are we all ready for tomorrow? I'm polishing off the last of the red which will leave the house wine free. smile

Bowlersarm Sun 19-May-13 18:55:20

All ready here.

Haven't had anything to drink today as overdid it a little last night.

Have about two thirds bottle of white in fridge which if isn't drunk later on, I'll freeze in 'portions' to use in cooking.

Very happy to be cutting down smile

travellingwilbury Sun 19-May-13 19:18:18

I am having a couple of wee ones but I am ready for tomorrow , this had better make a difference to the scales .

I am happy to be doing this and I have probably drunk less over the weekend than I would have normally which is good .

Long may this last .

Sounds like everyone is doing really well .

everynameistaken Sun 19-May-13 19:43:54

Hello, please can I join you guys? Managed mon-fri this last week without any wine. Fri night DH had a bottle and I fancied a glass but I managed to wait until there was only one glass left. If I'd have had the first glass I would've polished off the bottle myself and would have sent DH out for a bottle for himself.

Cross with myself that I overdid it last night as I had just over a bottle to myself. Not drinking tonight though and hope to make it to next Sat without any.

I definiately feel better and can get up in the morning much easier.

SilveryMoon Sun 19-May-13 19:49:28

Nervous. Not sure why. I didn't have a hige amount to drink last night (I don't think) but felt drunk and have spent today a bit hung-over.Haven't poured a drink yet, have got a pepsi on the go.
Might have a little one in a bit, just to finish the week.

I have a 3L box in the fridge that has probably got about half left. Not drinking it tonight so will have to be mega strong through the week!

I started off a while ago thinking I'd have every other night off, but then I'd have a bad day and it would go to pot.

Bowlersarm Sun 19-May-13 19:51:34

everyname your drinking habit sounds like mine. I can go for several days without wine, but if I open a bottle I like to finish it.

However! The reason I joined this thread is that as i quite like to over indulge sometimes at the weekend, and if I'm doing that then I feel happier if I can have a clear run of a few days to give my body a rest. Which i haven't been successful in doing recently. So this thread will help with that I think.

Like travelling, I could do with not having the empty calories to lose a bit of weight. Think I will sleep better too, as well as having nicer skin, brighter eyes etc

fackinell Sun 19-May-13 20:04:35

I'm good if I get past Monday. Just a restless feeling like something is missing, usually. Plus I always go nuts (I'm TTC) for 2 wks just after AF but week 3 i slow down when I think if I am PG then implantation could be taking place. The wk before AF I try not to drink till its obvious and I'm cramping!!

everynameistaken Sun 19-May-13 20:06:10

Desparately trying to lose some weight too. I'm doing sw but have hit a brick wall recently so hoping knocking midweek drinking on the head might help.

Slightly worried about the weigh in this week as if I haven't lost any weight it might send me back down the slippery slope.

Btw had convinced myself that the whites of my eyes were turning yellow. Watching closely to see if I notice any change.

SilveryMoon Sun 19-May-13 20:14:32

Mine too everyname I noticed the whites of my eyes being a bit yellow. I asked dp to look and he said I was being silly, and that I don't drink nearly enough to have effects like that.
I do worry though because a few years ago, I had some blood tests and apparently my liver function wasn't great.
Suppose i should follow that up.......

everynameistaken Sun 19-May-13 20:19:53

Silvery, I think that's why gov suggested leaving 2 clear days alcohol free so your liver can recover. You're doing the best thing though now, so it should be getting better.

I had my liver func tested after a very boozy holiday last year and was amazed that it came back ok.

Fairygen Sun 19-May-13 20:27:48

I have noticed that I'm going to the loo loads more, which shows how dehydrated I must have been. Plus it's really light and clear now, must be a good thing I'm guessing.

everynameistaken Sun 19-May-13 20:40:36

fairy hadn't connected the two things together until your post. I'm also going to the loo more, mind you I'm drinking loads more water now!

Chubfuddler Sun 19-May-13 20:57:54

When TTC Dc1 I was honest with fertility doc about how much we both drank ( I drink much less now). Both our liver results were fine but doc said he found them surprising - he would have expected some damage.

That was 7 years ago....

Managed 4 nights clear last week. Going for five this week.

FedupofTurkey Sun 19-May-13 21:14:04

So far so good, not had any wine tonight, had plenty last night though!

Hazelbrowneyes Mon 20-May-13 11:41:59

Hi everyone! A new week here and another with no alcohol. DH has also decided he doesn't want to drink during the week which I think will be really quite tough for him.

I coped fine in the pub Friday night...but had a white wine spritzer with a friend back at hers. Doh. Still, better than normal! It all went a bit wrong saturday...5 G&Ts, 2 glasses of red. Yesterday we were out for dinner and I had about half a bottle of white.

Good luck all smile

travellingwilbury Mon 20-May-13 14:10:56

That sounds ok to me hazel .

I feel weirdly excited about doing this now , it should give me a bit more energy as well which is always a bonus .

Good luck everyone !

SilveryMoon Mon 20-May-13 17:41:08

Well today I bought some j2o that I might crack open later.
Might even drink it from a wine glass.....

Chubfuddler Mon 20-May-13 17:46:28

I just had some elderflower presse from a wine glass with dinner.


travellingwilbury Mon 20-May-13 17:55:38

The fizzy flavoured waters from Tesco are pretty good , bit sweet so.can't drink too much but lots of flavours to choose from .

Enjoy all ;)

Bowlersarm Mon 20-May-13 19:35:29

How's everyone doing?

I'm fine now I've eaten. Don't feel like a glass of wine quite so much after a large amount of food!

Will make myself a herbal tea shortly.

everynameistaken Mon 20-May-13 19:43:16

Really fancied a glass when I got home from work whilst making tea but didn't have one.

Trying to drink more water if I can. I love the flavoured drinks, elderflower etc but as I'm doing sw there will be syns in them and don't want to use any syns unless I have to.

How's everyone else doing?

PyroclasticFlo Mon 20-May-13 19:51:27

Hi everyone, may I join you?
I'm nodding as I read all your posts, very similar here - like to be able to indulge a bit at the weekends, and usually have Monday and Tuesday nights without any booze to give my liver a rest but by Wednesday I'm practically counting down the hours until I can open a bottle of wine or make myself a G&T, which is pretty dreadful really. I drink WAY over the recommended weekly allowance.

Actually what's really sad is that it's the weight loss thing rather than anythng else that's made me want to cut down more in the week too. I started WW three weeks ago and have lost 4lbs but am sure it'd be a damn sight easier to stay within my points allowance if I wasn't drinking at least half a bottle of wine and the rest 5 nights a week.

Am finding your stories very inspiring!

everynameistaken Mon 20-May-13 19:57:36

Sorry on phone so can't namecheck but someone said that there's 900 calories in a bottle of wine!!! 900!!!!

Wonder what % alcohol that is. I always check the percentage and wont even consider it unless its 13 or more blush

fackinell Mon 20-May-13 20:22:32

Hi all, booze free here too!! Healthy tea, bath and maybe a movie later.

Yep that was me, every. 900 cals so I heard.

Friend told me about a diet I'm going to try called the 8hr diet. You choose what 8hrs you will eat in and then eat nothing after for 16hrs.
So say you choose to eat between 10am and 6pm, you then fast until 10am again the following day. Apparently you can lose 5lbs a wk. you can drink tea, coffee, water and non sugary drinks in between. Eat what you like (in moderation) in the 8hrs.

Anyone fancy joining me? I'm starting it tomorrow as no wine tonight will be enough for one day. Tricky, as I'm off tomorrow!!

Chubfuddler Mon 20-May-13 20:41:53

I don't know about the 8 hour thing but I find not eating after about 6pm makes a big difference to me. Anything I eat in the evening just turns to lard.

Hmmm, out of elderflower. I think I will have a nice cup of tea. And probably go to bed at 9pm.

fackinell Mon 20-May-13 23:12:35

Thinking of an early night too. Bit bored even though I have loads I should be doing.

I need to join this! Totally identify with hating yourself for messing up hard work in gym with crisps and wine. I came out of the gym and ate three doughnuts a while ago, and yesterday went to gym horribly hung over and nearly killed myself, then got home and ordered a pizza hmm

Bowlersarm Mon 20-May-13 23:23:47

Yay. Monday night completed.

Doughnuts are a bit of a downfall of mine, Mermaid. I buy them for the DC then end up throwing the empty box away before they're home from school.

Night all.

fackinell Tue 21-May-13 00:02:08

grin Mermaid!!! You are norty. Well done everyone. Hope those who've gone AWOL have been good too.

SilveryMoon Tue 21-May-13 07:27:15

chub I think the 8 hour thing has similar results to the 5:2.
I fast for over 16 hours a day. Not intentionally that's just how it works out. I've lost loads of weight since I started that

Hazelbrowneyes Tue 21-May-13 07:51:24

Monday night: done. DH did it too.

The problem is, I've had a shit morning already and if I had a bottle of gin in my desk drawer, I'd be downing it right now. Must get out of the mindset of turning to alcohol if I'm having a shit day.

fackinell Tue 21-May-13 10:44:43

Good to know it works, Silvery. Starting it today!! smile

fackinell Tue 21-May-13 10:46:44

No, Hazel!! See leaving work as your special treat. Imagine you're taking off your shitty day like a coat and hang it up at work. You'll feel 'lighter' as you leave. grin

coribells Wed 22-May-13 07:44:34

I've been doing well. Haven't had a drink since Saturday.
I am low carbing , so an extra incentive to keep off the booze. I did discover that Gin has NO carbs though, so that s my tipple on the weekends at the moment. I think I can probably make it til Friday without indulging. Im skint anyway so no use waisting money on it.

Hazelbrowneyes Wed 22-May-13 08:14:55

coribells Gin and slimline tonic with loads of ice and a slice of lime. Yum.

Anyway. fack you'll be pleased to know I didn't drink last night! I honestly wanted to. I could almost feel the wine sliding down my throat, but DH wasn't drinking so I decided I wouldn't either. Glad I didn't to be honest.

How is everyone else doing?

PyroclasticFlo Wed 22-May-13 11:05:47

Hi all! Yes I did another night without booze and will stay off it again tonight, looking forward to a large glass of red wine on Thursday evening when DH is out boozing with his mates though smile

Xroads Wed 22-May-13 11:28:43

Hi I'm backing I am doing really well, I managed Sun to wed last week (one vodka on thu) a couple on fri and quite a few on sat as we were out.

This week I've done sun, mon and tue so far just tonight to go, I get weighed tomorrow and then might have 1 when I get back depending on how my weigh in has gone. Gutting thing is I didn't even lose any weight and in fact put half a pound on, wasn't happy, I'd been really good and gone swimming as well.

This week I've been really busy working 14-15hr days but I'm having this evening off, dh is out think I might have a nice bath, paint my nails and have a bit of a pamper evening. smile

Hope you are all doing well x

Bowlersarm Wed 22-May-13 13:52:56


Did Sunday and Monday perfectly alcohol free.

Neighbours came round last night armed with wine. I had a glass and a half. How annoying.

Onwards and upwards for booze-free night tonight and tomorrow.

Well done to those who haven't caved in.

everynameistaken Wed 22-May-13 17:43:53

Permission to cave in.

Done sun, mon and tues but tonight is our wedding anniversary and my brother had given us a lovely bottle of wine.

Will back on the wagon tomorrow though. Promise.

travellingwilbury Wed 22-May-13 18:23:34

I think that is perfectly acceptable smile happy anniversary !

That to me is normal drinking , my issue isn't really so much not drinking at all ever in the week that is just my focus to give me a kick now . I just want to drink when its an occasion and not just because it is 7 o clock and that's what happens every day at 7 .

I do feel better for sticking to it but I know that we are away next week and it is part of our holiday to have a drink in the evening and that's ok to me . But when we get back and its just a bog standard day then I won't drink .

Well done everyone , I think we are all doing fab !

I was about to say the same Wilbury.

For me it about making it a decision to have a drink because I really want to, with a nice meal or on a night out for example. Rather than it being just routine/habit to pour a glass of an evening.

I had nothing Sunday, a bottle of beer with an Indian takeaway with DH on Monday (he has been away for weekend), nothing yesterday, a glass of red with steak and chips at a restaurant this evening. This is hugely different to how I would have been a month ago, having roughly 2 glasses of wine a night almost every night at home then more when out for an evening. Much more "conscious" drinking, with a day without being perfectly normal rather than an effort to have a day off!

I am on hols next week and will drink every day I am sure, but that's ok for me too, I think it's the daily drinking at home that is damaging, health and calorie wise.

Sticklebug Wed 22-May-13 20:10:46

Can I join in? I managed this last week (Sunday to Thursday), but only managed Monday this week...

PyroclasticFlo Thu 23-May-13 07:43:29

Morning all - am feeling decidedly grim having fallen off the wagon with a spectacular thump last night.

Managed Mon & Tues booze free then last night in a kind of dramatic 'fuck it' gesture I drank an entire bottle of wine. Feel like death this morning.

Can someone give me a leg-up back onto the wagon please? sad

That's what I mean about going over the top on the days I do drink pyrogrin. Don't beat yourself up about it, you have plenty of booze free days ahead. Keep the 48hr liver recovery in mind.

Maybe try a couple of days in the next week when you just have one hmm? smile

Fairygen Thu 23-May-13 10:11:37

Hi all, miraculously still off the wine! Really stressful, but happily emotional day yesterday. I would have drunk but didn't have any in the house and the supermarket was shut. A blessing in disguise, I think. May indulge in a couple tonight, not sure yet.

pyro, I wouldn't worry too much, at least you had mon and tues booze free.

Hazelbrowneyes Thu 23-May-13 10:28:13

I failed last night. Had 1 large glass of wine. Horrendous day. Can't talk about it but I'm an absolute mess at the moment. Have no idea how I only stuck to one glass to be honest.

PyroclasticFlo Thu 23-May-13 12:29:18

Thanks for the kind words everyone. Am not going to beat myself up, I still managed to lose 2.5lbs this week so am feeling quite proud of that. Must focus on the victories not the failures.

Sorry to hear you're having a hard time Hazel, feel free to share / rant here if you wish smile

Fairygen Thu 23-May-13 18:42:46

Evening all,
Just poured myself the first glass of wine for nearly 5 weeks! We are celebrating a new arrival in the family, so it's exceptional circumstances.
Hope I don't feel like shit tomorrow!!

Bowlersarm Thu 23-May-13 18:49:08

That's worth celebrating fairygen. After five weeks you'll be feeling light headed after a sip.

Fairygen Thu 23-May-13 19:06:15

Forgot to say, I saw lynda Bellingham on tv the other day. She quit drinking 8 years ago. Thought to myself- god she's put on weight/ looks a bit rough.

Well, she's back drinking! Limiting it to only with meals!?!?!?! IMO, that's quite a bit of drinking.

Although my halo is slightly tarnished, and off centre...giving it up mon- thurs is a million times better.

Fairygen Fri 24-May-13 07:08:22

What a strange experience drinking was! Firstly it didn't taste too fantastic, but it was cheap wine. I only ended up having 2 very small glasses and didn't enjoy it at all.

Yes bowlers, it took less than a glass to feel a bit tiddly. It was a feeling I used to love, being relaxed etc, but I really hated not feeling 100% in control.

Not feeling the effects this morning but did get up twice for a drink in the night.

Tbh not sure if I'll drink again. Luckily it hasn't made we want to go back to drinking the amounts I used to, which is what worried me.

I've poured the rest of the bottle away. What shocks me is not that I chucked it down the sink, but there was some left in the bottle!!

Reading this back, I can't believe I wrote this post!! What a difference a few weeks makes.

TickleMyTitsTillFriday Fri 24-May-13 08:40:13

I had been doing really well? Then 'treated' myself to some wine after weigh in. Good god, not only did I not enjoy it, but I felt like total shit yesterday and succumbed to a takeaway last night to ease the hangover.

Now I face a week of being really strict in order to hopefully lose 2lbs on Wednesday. Wish I'd used my points on food. I'm done with wine during the week, I will allow myself Friday night wine if I want it but I am really going to try bot to.

It's amazing, I must have felt like shit for years and not really realised it!

Hazelbrowneyes Fri 24-May-13 10:14:44

Managed not to drink last night. Won't be drinking tomorrow as doing a late night/early morning airport run to pick up FIL. So tonight I am going to really, really enjoy some alcohol. REALLY enjoy it.

Fairygen Fri 24-May-13 11:23:51

Not feeling so great as the day has worn on. Slightly dodgy tummy too. Had a massive carb pig out, and now so stuffed I could sleep!!
Damn you wine

everynameistaken Fri 24-May-13 20:24:24

Enjoying a lovely glass of shiraz following not drinking sun-thur (drank wed as it was our wedding anniversary).

Enjoying the wine immensely. Wont be drinking tomorrow but might have a drop on sun. Hope everyone doing sun-thur is enjoying their tipple tonight. Andhazel hope you are ok.

Fairygen Wed 29-May-13 20:39:55

Hi all, hope you all had a great bh. I managed to avoid the wine over the weekend. Feeling like rubbish on fri put me off and had a really hectic few days so was exhausted.

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