The Return of Sober Workdays

Waaaay back, many moons ago, I embarked on a self-imposed healthy eating challenge with a set of rules that I made up myself. The ultimate goal was simply to break bad habits, build better ones, and just be healthier overall.

While those rules have long since flown out the window, it’s time to bring back one in particular: no drinking on work nights. For a long time, I was VERY good about this, and only broke the rule sporadically for things like date nights and other special events. Unfortunately, however, weeknight drinking has slowly crept in and become the rule rather than the exception. Now, I’m not saying I’m getting drunk, or even tipsy, every night, but it has become habit to have a drink or two after work each night, with a few extras thrown in on the weekends.

A large part of this is due to the change in our living situation; Ben’s folks like to unwind each night with a drink or two, and it was just very easy to fall into the habit with them. I don’t think there’s anything at all wrong with an after work cocktail, but as someone who is hoping to get pregnant within the next few months, it’s a habit that I’ve got to break.

While (hopefully) impending pregnancy is my number one motivator, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t also hoping to lose a few pounds. It seems like each passing year brings a few extra pounds and suddenly I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been, which SUCKS. I had a “secret” goal to get back to my pre-Vermont weight before we started trying to get pregnant, and I’m further away from that than I was when I made the goal back in December. So some things have gotta change, and this is an easy place to start.

I actually already started this a couple of weeks ago, but clearly fell off the wagon during my San Francisco trip. The good news is, I started fresh this week, and I’m ready to fully commit. I’m also toying with the idea of a “no treats during the week” rule as well, because I’ve had the same insidious creep with desserts that I have with alcohol, but maybe one thing at a time?

Are you a fan of the after work drink to unwind?

5 thoughts on “The Return of Sober Workdays

  1. txa1265 says:

    Lisa definitely gave up alcohol and caffeine when pregnant and we both lessened intake while trying. Rules were a bit different back then, but we also figured being more cautious wasn’t bad since we had so many struggles/issues.

    Even now we struggle a bit on how we want to handle this. We don’t have a drink every night, but probably the majority of evenings after work we will have a glass of wine (Lisa also likes Cosmos and Martinis, or we will rarely have a beer … mostly just wine). Sometimes we have a ‘top off’ … and other times a full second glass.

    We don’t really differentiate weekdays or weekends … but we would both like to drink a bit less but not totally give it up in anyway and certainly we know we will be sampling everything on our Europe trip. Lisa also would like to lose some weight, and I always want fewer ‘junk calories’ in my diet. So we just keep an eye on it for now. It is a hard balance.

    • Rae says:

      Believe me, I understand the struggle. It’s particularly hard because I feel like alcohol is so ingrained in our social culture that NOT drinking is seen as weird, or being some kind of party pooper.

  2. Anna @ Piper's Run says:

    I’ve become less of a drinker over the years but come summer time I enjoy a nice summer beer/drink more then normal. I stopped drinking before I came pregnant with both my girls – just felt like I wanted to avoid it in advance so it wasn’t so hard when I was pregnant. However a beer/after giving birth – hell ya, ha ha!

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