Alcohol and bikinis

I love beer.

I turned 21 and tried whisky, rum, tequila and many other kinds of liquor or alcohol varieties, including really girly crap. (I still enjoy Cosmos.)

Beer is my favorite, I think. Maybe behind vodka… or they are tied. I can’t decide.

And I don’t just drink any crappy, low-quality, gross, low-calorie lager like some beers we all know and drink because they’re there but not because they taste even remotely good. I drink the good stuff, which happens to be tasty, high-definition, amazing, full o’ calories ales.

I love my Blue Moon, of which one 12 oz. bottle has 171 calories. Boo.

Another beverage I enjoy is a Vodka Soda with Lime, which is pretty much bottom shelf vodka with soda water (or water, I’m not picky) with lime slices (enough to make it taste like lime juice).

Blue Moon tastes good and equals about a daily snack of calories. Vodka has fewer calories, but is not nearly as tasty.

Calories v. Taste… Who will win?

We all know booze makes us fat because of scientific processes in our bodies doing digestion stuff and using metabolism. However, there’s some good news (that I totally do not agree with because I do not promote being drunk a lot).

Now that I think about it… I don’t like being drunk ever. It’s just not fun.

…Back to the point…

An article from Women’s Health Magazine said:

“Earlier this year, the Archives of Internal Medicine published what may be the best news for booze since the 21st Amendment. Researchers found that women who had one or two alcoholic drinks a day were actually less likely to gain weight than those who shunned the sauce. And they did it while consuming more calories overall (from food and drink) than both heavy drinkers and teetotalers.” –WHM, Karen Ansel, R.D.

Fantastic! That means when I have two Blue Moons (two vodkas, two wines, two etc.), I won’t gain excess booze-y poundage. No girl needs a beer gut. But it really only works if you drink daily. Meaning in an alcoholic-type way.

Explained… “Researchers believe that the bodies of long-term moderate drinkers somehow adapt to metabolize alcohol differently than heavy or occasional drinkers. They use more energy, burning the calories in the drink—or even more than that—while digesting it, says Lu Wang, M.D., Ph.D., the lead researcher of the study and an instructor in medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.” –WHM, Karen Ansel, R.D.

I guess you just have to make the decision for yourself. Turn into a regular boozer or practice moderation and run an extra mile the next day so your binge doesn’t turn into a beer belly.

I’m torn. But, I think, definitely if it’s tequila, moderation is best!

And, since I’m trying to lose weight, not gain or maintain, and get healthy, I am cutting back, and cutting out the Blue Moon.

I just got a little sad…

In addition, alcohol drains the bank account, and Husband and I need to save money, not spend it. So… no more Blue Moon.

I’m still sad. But this is best for my body (and my checking account) in the long run. Wish me luck! It’s water (and coffee – I’m never giving that up) for me from now on!

Fantastic note: I’m all signed up for Bikini Boot Camp (which is totally two words… sorry). This might work!

Please work… I really want to wear my bathing suit without feeling silly in it.

For our “homework” this week, Casey Jo, the trainer (she rocks), wants us to get in three hours of cardio. So far I’ve gotten 45 minutes! Go me!

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