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Sunday, 15 August 2010

Today is the start of my new lifestyle.

No more beers. Yep, that's what I said.

Today I have made a decision to stop drinking alcohol. Full stop. I don’t drink spirits anyway so it is the habitual beers, bottles of lager beer and occasional wine that is being put on hold for now. Nothing to do with too many blinding hangovers as I don’t drink that much to get them. It’s more to do with my health and reducing the bloated belly that I have acquired gradually over the last five or so years. That coupled with a relatively sedentary lifestyle. Who am I kidding - very sedentary lifestyle!!

So the benefits will be: more much needed money in my wallet; a healthier looking tummy; less trips to the bottle bank; a less furry tongue and constant cold and a generally better well-being.

I also intend to do more exercise like cycling and some stretching. I would say more walking but I am currently suffering from a poorly heel with plantar fasciitis and despite the tablets and heel supports it can strike at any time with its crippling dull ache.

less beer bottles in the bottle bank and more in the actual bank.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while and kept intending to do something about it. Today is the day the new regime starts. Wish me luck.


Ken Devine said...

Good for you Phil. You won't regret it if you stick with it. I've been without the stuff for over 35 years and there are better things to keep you unhealthy:)

How are your hands?

Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

good luck to you my friend... I'm cutting out sugar from tomorrow morning!

Gailsman said...

Are you sure it's not all the food you eat! All these gourmet meals you cook for yourself etc. But no, I know what's it's like to have a big belly. Mine's enormous, despite cycling to work everyday, walking around the city centre at lunchtimes looking for photos to take and I don't really drink that much anyway.

Phil Lowe said...

Ken: thanks Ken. My hands are a lot better thankyou but no way am I ever going back to kp work. Currently applying for role at Tesco. x

Dom: cheers Dom. I hope that your sugar free diet helps you too.

GailsMan: Cheeky! Gourmet meals? ha! Yes this belly we 'share' I think it takes years to develop and won't just disapear overnight.

Gailsman said...

I know. Gail said to me the other night about that I need to lose the belly. I said it's taken me 47 years to get it to this size. It would probably take me another 47 to get rid of it!

Phil Lowe said...

GailsMan: maybe 46 years. lol

Janette Jones said...

I gave up drinking a few years ago and certainly don't miss it, although I may still be tempted by the odd glass of champagne!

Tim said...

Good luck Phil!

I gave up alcohol about 6 years ago (aged 21) and have never looked back. I found it a lot easier than I thought I would but around the same time I also met a new lass so my bank is still suffering with no money! ha.

All the best!

Karen said...

Good luck - hope you won't miss it too much. I admit I'd find it hard to go without wine & the occasional G&T, not that I drink much as 1 glass is more than enough for me, & beer makes me sleepy. But it does pile on the calories. As do those delicious madeleines!

Jean said...

Good luck, Phil.
Sorry to hear about your poorly foot.