Get Thee To A Gym…Pronto

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I’ve written a bit about my battle with alcohol, but I don’t often talk about how I replaced one addiction with a few more.  One being my phone.  I can scroll my way through social media and play mindless games like a real pro.  I’m working on this issue, but it takes a backseat to the other.  Eating!  Once I decided to stop drinking, I started eating.  Everything.  Anything.  And it shows.

I’ll be honest here.  I wasn’t in prime shape to begin with.  I’m genetically what I like to call a Squatty Body.  Short and not at all fine-boned.  Most of my weight is ridiculously gathered in my midsection (neck to nether region, for lack of a better description).   The last year has been ROUGH.

I recently visited my doc for the dreaded annual exam.  While she was happy to report that my liver is in great shape (ironic, I think), I am starting to show some kidney damage (thanks High Blood Pressure) and I am THIS CLOSE to being diagnosed a diabetic.  I’m sure it will come to no one’s surprise that exercise and healthy eating were on the doc’s prescription when I left the office.

So, to attempt to elicit some sympathy: I’ve given up alcohol, I’ve also given up diet soda, I’m trying to reduce my cell phone use and now I have to eat better AND exercise.  Holy cow!  Waaaaahhh!  Woe is me.

I’m done whining, but I had to get it out.

Tomorrow morning, I get to do a better job at the grocery store and take a trip to the gym where my husband’s been working out and getting fit (as I sat at home and scrolled through Facebook).  I can’t afford to be tired and stiff anymore, nor do I want to require more daily medication.  I’d love to be able to feel like I can keep up with my family.  I’m sure they’d like it too!

See you at the gym!

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  1. Thank you for being such a very honest blogger. I know how you feel. I finally took stock of myself regarding my health when i took a close look at my replacement addictions – fake wine and vegan ice cream. While there wasn’t any alcohol in the wine, the sugar was B.A.D. If I may mention the gateway thing that helped me scale the wall of inactivity. That was walking. No fees, no gym and a head-clearer. And you can do it in the house. I started with Leslie Sansone’s WalkAtHome. program and never looked back.

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  2. I’m also currently struggling with the eating replacing the alcohol – sugar, in particular. I’ve never had a big sweet tooth, until the alcohol was removed from my system. Even then, I wasn’t eating much of it, but as I’m approaching 5 months sober, the sugar is starting to get a bit overboard. Today I clear my house of it and start weening myself off. Good luck with your food changes and well done on your sobriety!

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      1. Failed. Miserably. I don’t think I fully committed. It’s obvious I need to remove the ice cream from my freezer altogether – something I obviously didn’t do. I swear, I sat on my sofa thinking I was having the same awful urge about the ice cream that I was having about alcohol when I first stopped. Grrr. It’s okay, at least I’m not drinking! But tomorrow, I’m doing this for real.

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