Well, I'm officially taking a little break from my social drinking. A whole evening of drinking is equivalent to a whole day's worth of food... and I love drinking! I do think that even with my healthy eating, the drinking was keeping too many calories in my body. I definitely like to drink, I mean, DRINK when I drink... but that really adds up those calories. For example:
5oz Pino Grigio = 114 calories
5oz Riesling = 112 calories
1 pint Magner's Cider = 210 calories
12oz Blue Moon = 171 calories
Vodka Cranberry = ~160 calories
So. Imagine I drink my usual 4-6 glasses of wine on a drinking night. And keep in mind they are LARGE glasses of wine, and absolutely not 5oz glasses. That's probably around 1,000 calories just for the alcohol. Or, if I drink five or so ciders... that's around 1,050 calories.
Add to that, after I drink, I always want to eat. It's easier to go to a diner and get breakfast food, or to go to Taco Bell or eat pizza or something.
Cutting out liquor for a while is a very easy way to cut calories. :)
In other news!
I just got back from a 3500 mile, 4-day storm chase. We had a huge cooler with tons of fruit and veg in it, and made healthy choices otherwise when we could (ie: salad & baked potato at wendy's, or subway instead of McDonald's or some other garbage.) -- I also wound up with a 12-hour flu or something after eating some shrimp / baked potato and chips & queso.
(For the photos & such, visit my storm chasing blog here: http://www.thefaceofastorm.com/ )
I'm doing the "Photogs who Lose it" weight loss group (locally) - and in two weeks I've gone from 171.8 to 169.2. I would like to maintain that loss, around 1 pound per week would be fine with me. Ultimately if I could drop another 10-13 pounds and be between 155 and 159 that'd be amazing. Here's hoping!