Falling On the Wagon, Alcohol Free could you do it?
Yes, that right Starting May 1st, I fallen on the wagon. No alcohol for the next 35 days for me. I don’t recall anytime in the last 20 years that I have gone more then a couple days without a beer, wine, whiskey, or tequila. First off before you go thinking, “What do this guy have a drinking problem?” I guess my only problem is that I’m not going to have any of that nectar of the gods for the next month. So why am I doing it? On June 5th I’ll be testing for my 1st Degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do. I know I don’t have to stop drinking for this, but it is a personal choice.
I’ve been practicing Tae Kwon Do several times a week for the last 3+ years. It has been a huge commitment in my life, in my family’s life, and I’m taking this test very seriously. I want to be mentally and more importantly, physically ready for this challenge. It hasn’t helped me that sometimes I consumer 400-600+ calories a night in just beer. Very tasty calories, but none the less empty calories that have not helped my waist line. Do I regret this, hell no, but it is still a fact I can’t overlook.
As I write this, on Day 2, I long for the flavors of a Captain Lawrence DIPA, The Bruery Mischef, or Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot that call me from my fridge, but that is all. It’s not like the irresistible skin crawling cravings I had when I quit smoking , which also made me a bitch to live with, and I suppose that is a good thing. Actually, It has to be good thing sitting down here, by myself, in my office, personal commitment made, surround by 40+ gallons of homebrew and several hundred bottles of exceptionally divine craft beer!
So, whats going to happen with Simply Beer for the next month? I’m still gonna be posting to SimplyBeer.com, on Twitter, and Facebook. I have a couple beer reviews saved up and a bunch of homebrewing recipes to post, but even though I’m giving up drinking alcohol for the month, doesn’t mean I have to give up cooking with beer. So, I’m going to try and expand my cooking skills over the next month with some of my own creations and others I’ve seen online or on TV.
Would you do this? Do you think it is going to be difficult? What I’m the most curious about, will I lose any weight or will I consume the lost beer calories with food at night. Last night I weighed in at a hefty 221 lbs.