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Alcohol- my once friend

Thursday, July 17, 2008

"I am Ukrainian. Drinking is in my blood." This used to be a phrase that I used to say to most people when I was about to hit a night of partying. It is a phrase that most Slavs like to carry in their back pocket...and it is true, I can hold my liquor rather well.

But I must admit my relationship to alcohol has changed drastically.

When in college - drinks were everywhere and they made horrid social situations somewhat more bareable. After college- drinking mimicked the instability of post-college life. I would go out to drink with friend until 4am on a weekly basis. We didn't know what our futures held for us and none of us were mentally healthy.

Now - taking back hold of my life I am re-evaluating my relationship with booze. First of all, 50lbs lighter-I cannot drink like I used to. I get lightheaded more easily. Second, it is no longer my idea of a good time. I don't want to use it as an escape route-and I know I don't want to rack up the calories it affords either.

I'm not making some freshman claim that I will never drink again, but its interesting to see how my healthy lifestyle change has affected now my social patterns. No longer do I A-line it for the bar at a party....and no longer can I pound drink after drink.

But let's be real- I still will surely have a hard time saying no to that perfect glass of red wine after dinner.
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    I completely relate to what you're saying here! At uni I could drink all of my friends under the table but in the last year or so, I've found that I am quite happy not to drink and have diet cokes all night and only once in a while do i get the urge to have a drinking evening and it's usually because we're going to a nightclub and I really enjoy it then. Most of the time, I'm the sober one having just as much fun as the thin drunks around me! Part of it is that I get drunk quicker and no longer enjoy feeling drunk and the second is that the calories kill me! I'd much rather have some more pasta with dinner then a pint!
    4586 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/23/2008 2:27:53 AM
    Hi Vickie

    Thanks for taking the time to comment on my page. One of my goals was to be a better model for my kids. They are active children now and I did not want them to see a sedentary lifestyle as something that is 'ok'.

    I found this blog post very interesting, as I too have a relationship with a good glass of wine (or two!) I know they are empty calories and I probably would have been at my goal long ago had I not enjoyed my glass of wine when I cook or when I relax in the evening.

    But, many years ago, my Grandmother had given me the best piece of advise I have ever received. "anything in moderation is alright". Know your limits on everything from booze to food and you will be fine. That is exactly what I got from your blog this morning.

    4653 days ago
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