Sunday, July 16, 2017

Day #1 of John-for-Life (The Alcohol Free Version)

Well, on November 22, 2016, I reported on this blog that I was down to 195.6 pounds. Today I weight 191 pounds. So, over the past eight months, I only lost four pounds. That's not overly impressive. The ultimate goal is to get down to 170 pounds. How are we going to get there?

Here is the plan. Number one, I am going to quit drinking. That is the only path, as far as I can tell, to get to 170 pounds. I managed to lose 34 pounds without drinking, but even drinking just one day a week, I think, makes it so that I probably consume about 1,900 calories a day on average, and that's what you need to consume to maintain a 190-pound frame.

So, the only way to accomplish my goal is to quit drinking. So, consider this day #1 of my new life. I'm not just going to stick to my John-for-Life regimen, I am also going to quit drinking.

A couple things of note here. When I decided on June 14, 2017, to lose weight, I decided that I wanted to do it without sacrificing everything I enjoy doing. One of the things I enjoy doing is having a few drinks while I'm sitting outside on a nice summer afternoon. I enjoy this.

I was able to drop 35 pounds while not quitting. I have to laugh because I did this despite all the so called experts saying it couldn't be done. My friends said I couldn't do it, my wife even said I couldn't do it. But I did. I lost 35 pounds without quitting drinking.

I'm not an alcoholic, by any means. I think all that is is a label that isn't worth anything. I like to drink occasionally to take the edge off. I like to drink for fun. I just like a little buzz to help me enjoy my day. And it's not like I do this every day either. I do it for fun. I do it to relax. I do it... for whatever reason people drink. It's like once or twice a week.

But, I have decided that needs to come to an end, at least for a while. And, yes! this has every thing to do with asthma, so it's fitting that I write about it here. If I can fix my body, if I can get in shape and lose weight, if I can get detox my body, it surely will make my asthma better. In the coming days, I will delve a little deeper into how detoxing your body, getting in shape, and quitting drinking, can improve your asthma control.

First, however, I am going to delve into the alcohol thing. Why do I want to quit drinking? What are the advantages? How is alcohol bad for your body? Why is it bad for asthma? These are all things I hope to discuss in the coming days.

In the meantime, this is day #1 of my new alcohol-free life.  I am going to do this for 60 days, and I will report in every day to let you know how it's going. And in the process, I will offer some wisdom, and perhaps even some advice in case you are interested in detoxing your body.

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