Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Oh Fat Bastard, how I miss you.

When I made this decision to be healthier, and change my lifestyle, along came with it was the assumption that I would not drink alcohol. Not necessarily ever again, but for awhile. Don't get me wrong, I am huge foodie and wine lover. I loved having a glass (or two) while hanging around in the kitchen in the evenings, and maybe after dinner as well! I love having wine at dinner, which is a big reason I haven't went to dinner in FOREVER. I had my last alcoholic drink on January 8th, the day before I started my liquid diet, and I admit, reading everyones blogs about martinis and red wine, I'm like...hmmm. Maybe just one...?

I just really want this to work. I can't help but remember hearing the Dr. speak about how alcohol is empty calories and will slip right through the band. I want to be healthy and feel good, and have luxurious skin. Ok, I'm getting a little carried away, lol, but I do think that no alcohol, combined with lots of tea has only done well for me.

I have begun the search for a new swimsuit, *sigh* I wish I was excited, but of course I feel some trepidation about this. That shocking first glance in the full length mirror, with my winter white, no tan skin! Cringing at the thought of those changing room mirrors, which seem to show every bulge. I have been doing some looking online, but I wonder if that would just be a waste of time, in case the sizing is wrong. I just can't bring myself to that swimsuit department quite yet!

The snow is just starting to fall here. I suppose by this evening it will be our turn to be completely snowed in. Thats fine with me though...I love those cozy nights!


  1. I admire your will power. I don't have the band yet, but have pretty much made up my mind that I'm going to have my wine. At this point in my life, I think I'm going to have to shoot for moderation more than anything else. I love reading Jen's blog "I heart the band" because she makes me feel okay about that decision. She still has her wine and she has done really well. She also always has really cute swim suits and swim dresses that she orders on line. I'd really rather have dental work than try on swim suits. Anyway, I'm really proud of you and your progress, keep it up!

  2. Hi there! Thanks for all the great comments on my blog-- the fill was a snap, don't you worry your pretty face about it for a second, girlfriend.

    My husband is a big fan of Fat Bastard, I think he once MET the vintnor!!
    And good news-- Dr. Ren (my doc) specifically noted to me that alcohol is a liquid to go for during the liquid phase.
    I am sure she meant a glass a day-- not alot more, but that made me really happy.
    Wine is an enjoyment I DON'T want to give up-- and it is part of a healthy LIFESTYLE as we re-learn healthy eating.

    So, once your doc says OK, raise a glass and enjoy if that's what makes you happy!!

    xo Vanessa

  3. I'm of two minds about this. One one hand, I love red wine, and I could never give it up, and it's truly one of my great pleasures, and so I won't; in past weight losses, I've always continued to drink and I've always lost. That being said, this weekend, I had wine both days of the weekend, and I didn't lose a thing this week. Now that might be because I snarfed back a bunch of spinach dip etc. at a Superbowl party, but really, I have been good enough all week that a little slip like that shouldn't have sabbotaged I have to wonder...was it the wine?

    Definitely something to ponder...

  4. I too have had alcohol all through the journey (well, not ALL, I mean in moderation), and sure it's probably slowed my weight loss, but my decision was after being a LONG time 'successful' yo-yoer, anything that even smelled of a diet or depravation was not going to work for me long term. Has it been WAY harder and WAY slower to lose weight WITHOUT depravation and being on a diet? YEP. But from the first day (well after the post-op diet) I've been learning to live as I'll be doing the rest of my changes when I get to maintenance. Ooops, I'm sounding like I'm on a soapbox and trying to convince you to drink...nope, if it works for you I'm sure you'll lose faster. Just don't beat yourself up if you indulge now and then...we're all done with food guilt! There's enough other guilt to focus on hee hee!

  5. Probably the first time I go out to dinner, I'll cave! Thats when I really enjoy it.

  6. Good for you... wine is one thing I chose to NOT give up. Yes, my weight loss has probably been a tad slower than it could have been, but almost 75 lbs in 1 year is still nothing to sneeze at... and I do enjoy my Toasted Head (I like Fat Bastard too)... any Chardonnay with a bit of oak and butter... YUM!!! But I am happy for you that you've been able to hold off... I've kept it reasonable... usually 1, maybe 2 glasses at a time, but it's made this journey a HELL of a lot more reasonable for me!

    BTW - check out Lands' End... they have a bunch of suits (or did) on clearance...

  7. It's just such a great title for a blog entry. Thanks for the smile.

  8. I too love a wine but felt that after my hols I was slipping into bad habits with it again but I want this to be a lifestyle not a diet which I can fall off again. I have been having no wine during the week and a glass or two on the weekend and none if I feel I can miss it. I lost 3.4 kg in the last 2 weeks (7.48lbs) so I think it can play a role in your life.

    Either way it is good to know you can splurge when you are out....good luck with the suits...blah!!!

  9. Had the same thoughts as I love wine and had no desire to give it up. Then I started reading some of my band material and it said a glass of wine with dinner is ok. Here is the posting I made and also one by Gen on the subject.

    I heart the Band (read at the bottom of this post):