On Sherry

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I had a friend in town this past weekend, and we drank too much. Calories in alcohol aside, I felt like garbage the next day, ate a million pork dumplings and felt bad about the whole thing. There was also pizza and nachos involved. I try not to be too hard on myself when this happens, but it’s hard not to when you’ve been working hard to lose weight. And because alcohol leaves me feeling tired for days, it often leads to days of overeating. This time, I got back on my diet and am feeling good about it.

If your friends are anything like mine, socializing often just means eating and drinking. Part of my success in losing weight has been due to just staying home and watching Frasier. While that hasn’t been too hard in the cold winter weather, I can’t avoid my friends forever. When I have ventured out lately though, it’s been for more reasonable activities that leave me feeling good.

A lot of weight-loss articles tell you to pair up with a friend and exercise together. Most of my friends wouldn’t be interested, and neither am I. But there are plenty of things to do that aren’t just eating and drinking. While Frasier Crane likes to indulge in a nice glass of wine or sherry and try new restaurants like Le Cigare Volant, his social calendar is also filled with events like the symphony, theatre and opera. Going to the movies followed by one drink, for example, is a much healthier way to spend time with friends. Also, your friends will likely agree to do this with you.

And if you do spend a night out drinking Ballantines and eating junk, it happens.

Has anyone else had a hard time being social while dieting? Please share your tips or experiences! I’m listening.

Intro

Hi, and welcome to my blog! After a couple months of dieting, I’ve lost some weight, and have been feeling good about it. I’m hoping to lose a bit more. I also recently started re-watching an old favourite, Frasier. I’m trading in comfort food for comfort television, and have been eating plenty of tossed salads and scrambled eggs, both excellent diet foods.

With the help of an app, I’ve lost weight through counting calories and trying to be a bit more active. I still treat myself to a pizza on Friday nights, because while I enjoy the finer things in life like the Crane brothers, I’m also a bit of a Martin. Generally though, I try to eat light, healthy meals, without cutting out any particular category of food or depriving myself too much.

In this blog, I’ll be reflecting on life, food, dating, body image and Frasier, all while trying to lose weight. I should mention that I think people can be healthy and look great at any weight, and no one should feel like they have to go on a diet. Personally, I was feeling uncomfortable in my body and wanted to change that.

While I have no official expertise, I’ve dieted before (successfully and not), and have learned a lot about what works for me and what doesn’t. If any of my readers have any questions or comments, I’m listening.