by Coach Vicky
As a challenge to myself, I decided to give up alcohol for all of January and February to coincide with my diet cut and training for my half marathon.
“You’re doing what?!”
“You’re really not going to drink?!”
“One drink won’t kill you!”
These were the most frequent responses I received when I told my friends and family about my dry months. It was a little eye opening to have to stand my ground on my sober decisions to my peers, but knowing how alcohol can really ruin progress kept me motivated to stick to my guns.
But if this didn’t sway you to cut the drinking…here are some tips
X Avoid mixers with calories (juices, tonic, sour mix = more calories)
X Stay hydrated during the day!
X Keep your carbs and fats low throughout the day → keep your focus on protein throughout the day
X *Try* to set a drink limit
X Don’t keep tempting, diet sabotaging foods in the house
To figure out how to get this in your macros…
|# of Drinks||Beer||Wine||Vodka|
Take the calories of the drink and divide by 9 for fat or 4 for carbs…
3 beers → 459/9 = 51g of FAT
3 beers → 459/4 = ~114g of CARBS
Drinking a glass or two of wine a week is not going to sabotage your progress, but think before you drink an entire bottle or hit the tequila shots a little too hard on a night out with friends.
During my two sober months, I learned A LOT about my body and my lifestyle choices. Not only would I rather save my macros for food instead of alcohol, but I avoided my classic hungover bacon, egg, and cheese the next day.
Making a habit out of not drinking has made me realize that I really do not need to drink to have fun and Alissa Vitta, author of Woman Code says it best herself,
So give it a go…challenge yourself to a sober month and appreciate your body and the authentic connections you can make while sober.
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