So I'm giving up alcohol for the month after Sunday in the lead up to the half marathon....(my giving up drink blog).

  • suedeheadscot

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    Jun 02, 2012 7:18 PM GMT
    ..this is the first time I've done something like this. I enjoy a couple of glasses or pints at the end of the working week,, to unwind, and also at gigs, but I am thinking giving up the booze for a few weeks will help me get a faster time and get me that bit healthier.

    I normally enjoy a post-run drink of a pint of Guinness which I weirdly crave after a race (though I have a feeling for this one I may get the cravings during the race! Maybe even a few days before!! I'm not doing the Scottish stereotype any favours here am I?).

    I may add to this thread as some kind of blog. I'm not an amazingly big drinker but as I said, I do enjoy a few at the end of the week so its going to be an interesting time. I may be updating this blog from jail, in fact. Who knows.

  • Brack202

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    Jun 03, 2012 3:52 AM GMT
    Good luck. Good for you, man. I try to eat healthy but desserts and beer are my two weaknesses. I've tried to give up beer for a week before and I always gave in to temptation.
  • Import

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    Jun 03, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    it will make it that much sweeter when u get to throw one back after abstaining for so long.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Jun 03, 2012 7:31 AM GMT
    I've had a reply from someone saying it doesn't actually make any difference! I'm now not sure I want to give up alcohol!
  • suedeheadscot

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    Jun 05, 2012 7:28 AM GMT
    DAY 1: (Sort of). What better way to start my drinking ban than with a hangover! Birmingham Pride was all this weekend, and I had to go out with my staff after working at it. And they of course made me drink. I've also just discovered the race is a week after than I thought it was (Saturday July 6th). Hence Day 1 will now happen on Saturday. How good as I've just opened a bottle of wine. (Not at this exact moment as its 8.28am in the UK, but last night had a little glass so best to finish the wine bottle off as I hate throwing away any food or drink. I'm not Scottish for nothing).

    Day 1 will properly commence this Saturday.
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    Jun 05, 2012 12:42 PM GMT
    suedeheadscot said...but I am thinking giving up the booze for a few weeks will help me get a faster time and get me that bit healthier.

    Well abstinence always helped me, made a big difference. For a number of years in the US Army I had to run 2 miles, 3 times a week, plus do other daily exercises. Even 1 evening cocktail would slow me down, I didn't have to have become drunk. I could feel a heavy sluggishness in my whole body the next morning.

    My solution was to only drink on Friday evenings, which was usually our Officer's Call. By Monday I was ready to run again. But for our annual PT test, on which my continued career depended, I wouldn't drink for weeks prior. Maybe some guys don't feel the alcohol, but some, like you & me, apparently do.
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    Jun 05, 2012 7:58 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    suedeheadscot said...but I am thinking giving up the booze for a few weeks will help me get a faster time and get me that bit healthier.

    Well abstinence always helped me, made a big difference. For a number of years in the US Army I had to run 2 miles, 3 times a week, plus do other daily exercises. Even 1 evening cocktail would slow me down, I didn't have to have become drunk. I could feel a heavy sluggishness in my whole body the next morning.

    My solution was to only drink on Friday evenings, which was usually our Officer's Call. By Monday I was ready to run again. But for our annual PT test, on which my continued career depended, I wouldn't drink for weeks prior. Maybe some guys don't feel the alcohol, but some, like you & me, apparently do.



    Thanks Art Deco! Maybe there's some truth in there somewhere!
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    Jun 05, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    I usually only drink on saturday evenings but I haven't had anything in the past 2 months as part of working out and bulking and trying to be healthy....I'm getting more than enough calories bulking lol.

    I thought I'd feel better or something but didn't really notice anything. Bought a bottle of whiskey for this coming Sat night - can't wait lol.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Jun 06, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    uoft23 saidI usually only drink on saturday evenings but I haven't had anything in the past 2 months as part of working out and bulking and trying to be healthy....I'm getting more than enough calories bulking lol.

    I thought I'd feel better or something but didn't really notice anything. Bought a bottle of whiskey for this coming Sat night - can't wait lol.


    Please - no mentions of whiskey in the upcoming weeks....
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    Jun 06, 2012 4:49 PM GMT
    Sorry, I'll drink a glass for you on saturday night icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 06, 2012 6:37 PM GMT
    this thread makes you sound like a total alchy.
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    Jun 06, 2012 8:12 PM GMT
    I'll get utterly inebriated for you Friday night.
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    Jun 06, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
    Sorry. Maybe it's a cultural thing, but no drinking does not seem like a big deal.
    If it is a major issue, then it's probably worth looking into addiction treatment.
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    Jun 10, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
    MolaMola saidSorry. Maybe it's a cultural thing, but no drinking does not seem like a big deal.
    If it is a major issue, then it's probably worth looking into addiction treatment.


    Not exactly an addiction, more I'm missing out on a treat at the end of the week. I'm actually around the recommended weekly alcohol intake and my doctor is quite happy with my amount. If you've had a shit week at work, that glass of wine or couple of bottles of Miller helps you kick back. And remember I'm from Scotland. We like a dram or two. Alcohol makes other people look sexually attractive. We definitely need to look more sexually attractive. At least to ourselves. Otherwise there may be a population drop in Scotland. Then England would take over.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Jun 10, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    DAY 2 of the 28 day plan: Ok, so this isn't a biggie. I do fancy a glass of wine tonight before going back to work tomorrow but I'm skipping this, and thinking of having a double chocolate choccy muffin with an extra layer of chocolate on top. I'm starting to think maybe the glass of wine may be slightly healthier...

    The annoying this is? I think I've started to see someone. I had a date with him on Friday (before cut-off point) and we are off to the cinema this Friday to see a horror film. Normally, when British people are getting it on, they tend to get really drunk with each other then wake up a few times with each other before they decide they are going out (which is the subject of many a joke of a comedian: you wouldn't choose a toaster while you are drunk, so why choose your lifelong partner in this state?) And of course I start seeing someone when I'm giving up alcohol. Not before, or after. Hey ho.

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    Jun 10, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
    suedeheadscot said..this is the first time I've done something like this. I enjoy a couple of glasses or pints at the end of the working week,, to unwind, and also at gigs, but I am thinking giving up the booze for a few weeks will help me get a faster time and get me that bit healthier.

    I normally enjoy a post-run drink of a pint of Guinness which I weirdly crave after a race (though I have a feeling for this one I may get the cravings during the race! Maybe even a few days before!! I'm not doing the Scottish stereotype any favours here am I?).

    I may add to this thread as some kind of blog. I'm not an amazingly big drinker but as I said, I do enjoy a few at the end of the week so its going to be an interesting time. I may be updating this blog from jail, in fact. Who knows.



    Good luck man. It's not easy. See if you convince a buddy to join you. It's a lot easy to give up alcohol when you have someone to keep you in check.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Jun 10, 2012 3:19 PM GMT
    redsoxfan791 said
    suedeheadscot said..this is the first time I've done something like this. I enjoy a couple of glasses or pints at the end of the working week,, to unwind, and also at gigs, but I am thinking giving up the booze for a few weeks will help me get a faster time and get me that bit healthier.

    I normally enjoy a post-run drink of a pint of Guinness which I weirdly crave after a race (though I have a feeling for this one I may get the cravings during the race! Maybe even a few days before!! I'm not doing the Scottish stereotype any favours here am I?).

    I may add to this thread as some kind of blog. I'm not an amazingly big drinker but as I said, I do enjoy a few at the end of the week so its going to be an interesting time. I may be updating this blog from jail, in fact. Who knows.



    Good luck man. It's not easy. See if you convince a buddy to join you. It's a lot easy to give up alcohol when you have someone to keep you in check.


    Thanks RedSox. I doubt I'll find a detox-bud as we'd probably end up killing each other!
  • suedeheadscot

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    Jun 11, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    DAY 3: So I announced my withdrawl from alcohol on facebook yesterday. What happened? My "friends" started posting pictures of glasses of cider, whiskeys and lagers, and announcing what a great time they were having seeing it was a lovely night and they were sitting outside in a pub garden or whatever. I now am the only person with no friends on Facebook, having deleted them all.

    I started drooling a bit last night as very occasionally, the idea of a wee glass of wine on a Sunday night is quite enticing, but I think to myself: its a school night so don't bother. The real challenge will be Friday. When I go out on a date. And have to remain sober. I hope this guy thinks I'm just as funny sober than when I am after a few. Thankfully I've seen him in the flesh and already think he's goodlooking rather than a "10 pinter" (do you people on the other side of the pond use that term?). Maybe I should send someone else to take my place. An android or something.

    On the plus side I worked out very well at the gym this morning and have a bit more energy. So I ate a ton of chocolate at work as a reward. I'm probably diabetic now. But hey, no alcohol was taken!!!!
  • suedeheadscot

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    Jun 14, 2012 9:15 PM GMT
    DAY 5: Landlord keeps drinking glasses of wine. They've started to look nice. I hate my landlord and now hate him even more. I may have to move out soon.
  • suedeheadscot

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    Jun 14, 2012 9:39 PM GMT
    yourname2000 saidRegarding post above last: your friends are assholes...find some new ones.

    As to your goal, I make alcohol (wine) for a living and even I applaud your efforts.


    Thanks bud! Er...lets not talk about your job for a while, ok? Maybe for - hmm lets see - 23 days more?
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    Jun 14, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    Hmm... I noticed a big difference in fat loss going from a glass after dinner every day to just Friday or Saturday night. I'm not sure that one or two drinks per week would really make much difference unless you are on some incredibly strict diet.

    ](Maybe that's because "a glass" ends up being "two glasses" icon_rolleyes.gif )
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    Jun 14, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    Alcohol is poisonous.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 14, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    I gave up alcohol permanently on Jan 1st, 2000. That was my new millennial resolution and it is still intact. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 15, 2012 2:05 PM GMT
    i don't drink anymore, or any less
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    Jun 15, 2012 2:09 PM GMT
    I was going to stop drinking, but then I have never been a quitter and don't want to start now..