Weight gain, loss, moods, etc.
I thought I would post a couple of things I have experienced - maybe it helps
someone out there. Right after you quit drinking it can either help you lose
weight - if you are someone who has the alcohol "bloat" - or it can actually
make you gain weight. That happens to me. I think it is because my cycle of
drinking red wine like crazy AND coffee like crazy - AND I exercise like crazy-
I know we have a lot of athletes here so I think you can relate. Well, think
about it: all of those dehydrate you significantly. It is hard to drink enough
water to keep up. So you weigh less. So when you cut out the alcohol you
end up are carrying more water weight, but after that your weight will
start dropping because of the reduced calories from alcohol - and the lack
of inhibition eating all sorts of lousy crap.
The other thing that happens to me, is the alcohol - caffeine - anxiety cycle.
at first drinking nothing causes anxiety, which for me is made worse by
strong coffee. But I have found that drinking tea instead doesn't cause
that anxiety cycle that leads back to the relief from it: alcohol.
So I have really found that after not drinking A for a few days I am drinking
less C and having less anxiety and the world becomes peaceful again
and you can sleep well and feel good about all your social interactions.
Not always, but it is certainly better.
Hey, we're all in this together! If there are any other Day 1ers who haven't
chimed in on the this beautiful 17th day of Julio please do so! We've got about
5 of us!!