I know you are not supposed to drink any alcohol on this diet, but I am a man and I had to test my limits… and then test them again. Before going on this diet I was social drinker, I would have a drink or two 3 or 4 times a week. When I read the book and the doctor said absolutely no drinking, I thought this may be somewhat challenging, but it’ll be a nice change. About 3 days into my attack phase I was visiting my brother-in-law and we were relaxing and smoking cigars, he poured himself a nice glass of whisky and I declined. Is there anything more manly than whisky and cigars? Eventually I became green with envy and decided to have a tiny sip just to taste. Seriously, not even a 1/4 of a watered-down shot.
At this point I was feeling pretty good about myself, 3 days had past and I had already lost 8 lbs and I was able to show decent self restraint in the face top-shelf whisky. Well the next morning I woke and weighed myself, I gained 2.4lbs, boo. I weighed myself 5 or six more times, but the number did not change, I was seriously bummed. For the rest of my attack phase the weight came off slowly in comparison to the first days.
After my diet seemed to be derailed, or rather seriously slowed, I decided to avoid any alcohol like the plague. Not drinking at social events makes me feel awkward. Until now I didn’t realize how many events I attend where people just expect you to have a drink. Sometimes I feel as if declining a drink offends my host, other times I feel as if people are wondering why I wouldn’t have drink. But that could also just be my crazy insecurities popping up again. I even went to a wedding of one of my college buddy’s and had to explain over-and-over that I was not a recovering alcoholic, I just wasn’t drinking because I was dieting.
Last week I received a job offer from the company I had just interviewed with. Great news, my wife wanted to celebrate! “Lets go out to dinner”, “c’mon you can have one drink, this is really good news.” So that afternoon we did some research and I decided to try one Diet Coke and clear Bacardi. The next morning I still lost weight. A few days later we went out again and I had a few Diet and Bacardis, and I got drunk, I had no tolerance, and a hangover to boot. I still didn’t gain weight the next day, but I’ll continue avoiding alcohol.