I have just tendered a ‘resignation letter’! on another 30 group sub-post where we were doing a ‘Dry January’…but I’m going to go back to having a little tipple already this month and it could be that one or two of you could be interested in my thinking and reasons:
Here’s what I wrote:
It may be a terrible admition for you folks, but I’ve concluded that, just for a few days, whilst I continue to acclimatise to intermittent fasting, I’m actually going to revert to having wine in the evening once I’ve broken my daily fast.
It’s not any craving for alcohol, but what spurs me during the day is that I know I am not denying myself anything at all…in the way of food or drink - by choosing to fast daily, from around 10 o’clock at night until around 6 or 7 o’clock the next day I am merely DELAYING when I consume.
That is why the title of one of the books I’ve read is so apposite…‘Delay Don’t Deny’.
I’ve realised over past three days I’ve had a feeling that I’m denying myself something (by not consuming alcohol) at a time when otherwise for the past three weeks I’ve been continuously patting myself on the back and feeling great with myself, not only because I’m losing weight and feeling healthier as a direct of intermittent fasting, but because of the fact I am indeed not missing out on anything, but just delaying the time when I have it.
Now my body has got back in touch with the ‘I’m full’ hormones that we all had as kids until we some time starting eating more snacks and drinking beers, etc…I absolutely feel in control of my consumptions in the way of food and drink.
Whilst it’s true that combining intermittent fasting with packing in alcohol completely (even if for just January) would increase my weightloss still further, I don’t want to have that feeling of denial. Once I’ve done maybe three months of IF and it becomes even more ingrained in me as a lifestyle I may then choose to stop drinking for a month, or more…but I’m so chuffed with how I’m going at present, I’m simply going to continue in the same vein.
I’ll still pop into this thread and see how you’re all going, but hope you can understand why I feel like the above: If it ain’t broke, Don’t fix it!