I’m breaking up with beer

Last June when I started losing weight, I cut back on the amount of beer I drank, which in turn helped with the weight loss. No shock there, right? No, the shock for me and beer would come several months later.

I don't recall the exact event, but I'm sure it had something to do with an out of town trip for a conference. With parties at bars a couple nights in a row, my beer consumption jumped way up. When I got back home and went for a workout, all that beer caught up with me. I was part way through the workout and feeling like absolute shit. It's like I could feel every single beer from the trip.

A couple weeks back we made a quick trip down to Solana Beach to catch some music. On Saturday I basically drank all day long. Not in such heavy doses that I was ever drunk, but I was certainly glad that we were using Uber or walking for any travel that needed doing. When I woke up Sunday morning I wasn't hung over, but really felt like crap. When I returned to the gym on Monday, it was one of my worst workouts I'd had in several months. That's when I knew it was time for a change.

I have set some personal goals around my health and fitness. As much as I truly enjoy beer, the desire to reach my goals is stronger. So, as of May 1st, I'm giving up beer entirely.

When I read that back, it sounds pretty dramatic. But honestly, it doesn't feel it. It feels like the right thing to do. So really, the decision was pretty darn simple.

Posted in , ,


  1. Alison Foxall (@alisonmf) on August 12, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    That’s awesome. I’m in the same boat as you with this. As much as I love all the different varieties of beer– and sampling different brews, even if I have just one glass, I feel like complete crap and sluggish for what seems like days.

    I’ll still have one every so often, maybe one or two every three months, but I consciously don’t drink any beer because it just bogs my system down every time.

    • John on August 12, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Sluggish is the exact right word. That’s how it makes me feel. But, like you said, I still have one every once in a while. And I’m perfectly OK with that. I never want to make it seem like I CAN’T have something. Because that just makes your brain want that thing even more. So it’s not that I can’t have a beer, I just choose not to. Most of the time. 😉

  2. MP on August 20, 2015 at 1:16 am

    Switch to champagne!

Leave a Comment