Advice On Giving Up Alcohol....
* I felt lighter, more free, when I did not celebrate "it's five o'clock somewhere." I'm not saying I'll never have another cocktail, but it will not be more a thing of the day. For all the reasons you write above. Beautiful. To post. I like the sincere rawness ... Thank you for having the courage to stop. Thank you for being brave enough to share. Your obedience helps us to obey too.
* I was an excessive drinker who progressed in a daily "drink until you faint" drunk. I was a mess. I did not think I would ever be able to give up alcohol. The things taught in the program worked for me. Except that the program was not available then, I did not find it before being sober for a few years. Anyway, I had to learn all the hard way. You do not have to suffer from all this. You can have success right away, instead of failing repeatedly.
More Advice On Giving Up Alcohol....
* But it's JUST as amazing and just as miraculous as putting your hand to the dough and indulging in the daily work of sobriety. In my mind, people asking for help are heroes. So I implore you - if you feel that alcohol is holding you back, if you feel depressed, if you know you're addicted, if you get lost, if you already pay the price, if you're tired and hanged and miserable and desirous of freedom please seek help.
* This leads to madly out of control blood sugar levels, which over time can lead to type II diabetes. Blood sugar levels are often normalized when alcohol is no longer a factor - in studies, they have been shown to fall as high as 16 percent. When the body is treating alcohol, it effectively stops the maintenance of the glycemia. Not only does your body access glucose reserves, but it decreases the effectiveness of insulin, the hormone that regulates glycemia.
* But I thought I could quibble. I was going to be the boss of Handling Your Liquor. I lived in a place called Beer City USA and I drank from time to time a single beer or a glass of wine. It was good. I was even given wine as a gift of ordination, for the sake of God! Ã ¢ â,¬ | then I moved to start a new job, and turned my whole life upside down. It was stressful and hard. It's stressful and hard and lonely.
* But even after those nights, it was a lot easier than I had planned. Even after my trip back, I realized that most of the time, as long as I had a drink in my hand, no matter what it was. There were times when I jealously looked at the wine box or beer can, but the temptation was quite small. Instead, I drank a lot of water, tea, coffee and occasional soda at social events - and nobody cared.
* Eliminating about 500 calories a day will help you lose about a pound a week, as each pound contains about 3500 calories. You will probably want to make other dietary changes as well as give up alcohol if you are looking to lose weight relatively quickly, but it is preferable to lose weight at a rate of about 1 to 2 pounds a week. One way to reduce calories without being too hungry between meals is to eat more foods with low energy density - which means foods that have very few calories per gram - at the beginning of your meals.
* As you look for ways to stop drinking alcohol, you may find that certain events, situations or people make you drink, even if you want to stay sober. It is important to evaluate your relationships, your activities and your habits. Do you find that you drink when you are alone at home? Is there some person who makes you drink, even if you do not intend to drink? Identify the emotional situations and triggers associated with alcohol use, then develop a strategy to cope with or avoid these triggers in order to overcome your desire to drink.
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