I’m sure it’s a combination of nature AND nurture, but for some reason I have never been able to eliminate booze from my life completely.
I am hoping that my re-dedication to the Velocity Life might finally get me over the hurdle. I can easily run through a list of the pros and cons of drinking, but that is not the point of this post.
What is helping me through the first weeks is really an obsession with details. I am checking the scale every morning. We know how many things can influence scale weight, and I think alcohol is probably the number one thing that can really mess with scale readings.
I just read an article that refreshed my knowledge of all the crazy things that occur after alcohol consumption. Sure, there is an initial period of dehydration, but the rebound effects include undesirable fluctuations in anti-diuretic hormone, aldosterone, cortisol, and renin.
The bottom line is that a few drinks can really make the daily weigh-in a totally useless tool.
That, in itself, is NOT enough to make a lifelong change. But it’s enough to get me through the first few weeks while I work on building the tools I need for the long run.