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.

3 Comments

  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!

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