"Before I leave, brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack"
This is exactly the type of behavior as to why I find myself in the spot I am today. For years now, I've been saying, "If I didn't drink I'd be 20 pounds lighter."
San Francisco is a foodie town. Everything here revolves around the restaurant and bar scene, because it is among the best of the best. I literally had never tasted really good food or wine until I moved here nearly 13 years ago. At that time, I was a vibrant, world-at-my-fingertips 22-year-old. It seemed to matter what I did, I didn't gain a pound.
"Ain't got a care in world, but got plenty of beer; Ain't got no money in my pocket, but I'm already here"
These days, I've got a lot more coin for fancy dinners out, an extremely heightened love for wine among other boozies, and a much slower metabolism. When I am honest with myself, I have to admit that that 22-year-old was almost 50 pounds lighter than she is today. Mind boggling.
Just as the clock has ticked from 22 to 35 years, so do the months, weeks and days until my wedding. I've got a substantial amount of LBS to lose before the "big" day, and thought I could do it on my own by just counting calories and cutting back. Well, that has proven itself wrong-o time and again, most recently in January 2010. The "Bridiet 2010" was barely 6 weeks into itself and already an epic failure. Luckily this group stepped in and it persuaded me to take different action. Just a week into Winos on WW, I can already see the difference it is making in my daily life. Like mandatory workouts before letting myself show up at the after work happy hour. Result: half the time at the bar, only one glass of wine consumed (as opposed to the usual three and some fatty snacks). Or volunteering to drive the group home from dinner. Result: only 2 glasses of wine over the 3 hours (as opposed to a usual whole bottle). With these kind of choices, I can surly make my goal weight and maybe then some, in time to walk down the isle.
Because the social invitations aren't going to stop, and neither should I. But I can go about it in a better way.
"Don't stop, make it pop, DJ, blow my speakers up; Tonight, I'mma fight 'Til we see the sunlight; Tick tock on the clock, But the party don't stop, no"