Monday, February 22, 2016

Changing Life (Change: part 3)

Weight:
Some number of years ago (no, I don't remember when, but I'm sure my wife could tell you), my wife and I dropped sugar from our diets. This was a significant change, especially for me. I grew up drinking soda and, when I say that, I mean I grew up drinking only soda. From a very young age, actually. I moved from apple juice to Coca~Cola, and soda was pretty much the only thing I drank for the next 30-odd years. Cutting sugar meant cutting the soda, which was one of the hugest changes I've made in my life. Ever.

The immediate result of that change was that I lost weight. A lot of weight. About 100 pounds in less than a year. At the time, I dropped to under 200 pounds for the first time since I was in high school. I kept all of it off for a while but, over time... well, you have to really stay focused, I suppose. At any rate, at my physical last year (during January or February), it finally hit me that I had let myself creep back up to about 245.

Well, that was enough of that.

So I started exercising again, something I'd let slide for a couple of years. [Seriously, why does exercising have to take up so much time?] And I started monitoring my portion sizes. When you don't eat sugar, it can make you feel justified with eating more. Well, me, anyway.

The short of all of that is that I am, now, under 200 pounds again, for only the second time since high school.

Coffee:
I think I have probably come off as a coffee drinker on here for years. I mean, with posts like this, I totally sound like a coffee drinker, right? But I was only barely a coffee drinker as I would only drink coffee if it was in chocolate. It took my wife a while to work me up even to that, because I grew up sans coffee. See above with the soda thing.

Basically, we could go to the cafe together because I could get a mocha, but my wife insisted that that wasn't the same thing. I... really didn't understand.

What we couldn't do, though, was sit around having coffee together when we went out for breakfast. My wife would have coffee, but I would just have water. (And, then, go to the cafe after for a mocha. heh) Again, I didn't get the big deal, but she assured me it wasn't the same as us sitting and having coffee together.

Well, she was right.

Long story short, I finally agreed to to try having coffee (just plain, old coffee) with my wife when we were out for breakfast one Sunday morning. No, I don't drink it black, but, I did buy her an espresso machine, something she has always wanted but didn't feel like it was worth it if she was going to be the only one using it. Now, we have coffee together every morning.

Beer:
As with coffee, I also grew up not drinking alcohol. Of any kind. My wife spent some number of years converting me to drinking wine (it was a slow process), but I still stayed away from beer. No, not on any kind of principle or anything; mostly, I just didn't like the way it smells. And not that my wife wants or likes to go hang out in bars but, every once in a while, she likes the option of going to share a beer in a bar. Except you can't do that when one of the people won't help share it. But, you know, I've been open to trying and tasting things over the years but, really, nothing ever really did it for me. Well, there was this one time years ago we got some blackberry beer at a local brewery, and I liked that, but they never had it again, and you can't buy it at the store or anything.

All of that changed this year. We were at an open mic night (probably the one where we first saw Parcivillian), and my wife got a beer... with the understanding that I was going to taste it. She got something called a Bitch Creek (because she liked the name). Well, we both loved it. Yeah, it was the first beer I ever really just liked. Or liked at all, but I liked it from the first taste. What we've discovered is that I like dark beers, especially stouts, which Bitch Creek was. That was not ever a thing we'd ever tried before. As it turns out, my wife tends toward darker beers, too, so that has really worked out, although she does have a broader palette than I do when it comes to beers and ales.

At any rate, we can now share a beer over dinner or grab a beer to share when we're out or whatever, so that has been a whole new thing for us, too, sort of like with the coffee.

Also, I have a new appreciation of the fact that some of the best breweries in the country are right here where I live.

13 comments:

  1. Look at all of these things we learned about you in this post. I am so impressed you gave up sugar and lost 100 pounds. That is amazing. I tried that sugar busters diet one time and became such a raging bitch that my husband said he was going to hold me down and force feed me sugar just to make me nice again. LOL

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    1. JKIR,F!: What we did was not a "diet;" it was a lifestyle change. Sugar is, basically, poison.

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  2. Awesome you lost the weight again. My drink of choice is always water.
    As for beer, I never appreciated it until I was in my mid-twenties. Just one will do it though. Two and I'm asleep.

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    1. Alex: I very rarely have more than one. Well, unless my wife can't finish hers, then I'll take care of it, but we are usually just sharing one, anyway, so that doesn't happen very often, either.

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  3. Congratulations on your fitness goals, Andrew. I know all too well the struggle to maintain a healthy weight. This post is an inspiration in a ways. Maybe I can try harder to get my weight under control.

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    1. Michael: Taking sugar out of your diet makes things surprisingly easy. And food tastes so much better afterwards!

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  4. Wow, what a weight loss. Soda really is just liquid sugar. Coffee at least can be controlled better. Even one or two beers is probably better than soda.

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    1. Jeanne: I only use fake sugar in my coffee. And soda has absolutely no health benefits; beer, at least, does.

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  5. I think it's really great that you and your wife do those things together. And congrats on losing the weight!

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    1. Briane: It is really great.
      And thanks!

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  6. Your weight is where I'd like to be. From what you've described we've had similar dietary histories. Except I'm still eating way too much sugar (bad for a diabetic I know).

    I've cut way back on sugar and that has helped bring me weight down considerably. I often drink water and drink far fewer sodas than I used to.

    Good for you for eating and exercising well.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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  7. Your weight is where I'd like to be. From what you've described we've had similar dietary histories. Except I'm still eating way too much sugar (bad for a diabetic I know).

    I've cut way back on sugar and that has helped bring me weight down considerably. I often drink water and drink far fewer sodas than I used to.

    Good for you for eating and exercising well.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Lee: I haven't had a soda in... um... eight years? I did taste one once a few years ago, and it was so sweet to me that I almost gagged.

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