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too much wine...

yzf750yzf750 Posts: 31
edited February 2009 in Commuting chat
Christmas - got fat

Mum not well so drank too much (a bottle opened is a bottle finished)

Clothes too tight and booze is no answer to anything... so back on the bike and doing some running and also watching calories... all a good recipe for losing weight - BUT I need a wine / beer substitute for sipping on in the evening.

Diet coke = too sickly

Water = too boring

Fruit juice = too sweet

Suggestions anyone?

Dan
Happy Cycling
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  • I've finally settled on Lime and soda...me and Mrs Hondafanatic have had the same issues, and after everything, a really good lime and soda is our subsistute...it's not sweet, but cuts through a thirst, is cold and fizzy...try it before you write it off....
    <insert witty comment here>

    Also, I have calculated my FCN as 12...although I have no idea what that actually means.
  • yzf750yzf750 Posts: 31
    consider it done - will do that tonight.

    ds
    Happy Cycling
  • yzf750 wrote:
    consider it done - will do that tonight.

    ds

    Come closer as I'm only going to whisper this, but it's even ok to drink in a pub....shhhhh though. :shock:

    Seriously, I know what you mean about finding a subsistute drink, just make sure it's cold and a decent quality lime juice. Although we've slowly slipped back into bad habits which do, as they say, die hard. :lol:
    <insert witty comment here>

    Also, I have calculated my FCN as 12...although I have no idea what that actually means.
  • linsenlinsen Posts: 1,959
    Ginger Beer is the way forward - preferably Fentiman's
    Emerging from under a big black cloud. All help welcome
  • linsen wrote:
    Ginger Beer is the way forward - preferably Fentiman's


    Good call.... :idea:
    <insert witty comment here>

    Also, I have calculated my FCN as 12...although I have no idea what that actually means.
  • yzf750yzf750 Posts: 31
    diet ginger beer - like it, like it a lot.... keep 'em coming gang...
    Happy Cycling
  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Supermalt:

    To be honest nothing will ever replace the taste of sweet crisp beer in my life. I could never completely cut it out of my life, just drink a lot less of it.

    I do think stints like 3months without it does help, or in my case 3 months and only 1 pint and 1 bottle helps.
    Food Chain number = 4

    A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game
  • yzf750yzf750 Posts: 31
    I agree - never going to stop completely - just need to kick start weight loss - plus, have been guilty of relying on it in the past. Time to cut it out ... just for a bit I think.

    I will let you all know how I get on.

    DS
    Happy Cycling
  • prawnyprawny Posts: 5,426
    Fever tree ginger ale is lovely - also nice with johnnie walker and a lime wedge.

    I drink soda water in the pub when i'm driving or skint it's well nice

    Also bitter lemon is refreshing and you don't drink it too quickly which is always my problem with soft (and hard) drinks
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  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    yzf750 wrote:
    Mum not well so drank too much (a bottle opened is a bottle finished)

    and

    plus, have been guilty of relying on it in the past.


    Have you ever thought about talking to someone about the wider issues of why you drink? I'm not talking about counselling but just talking it out with someone, a friend, who you trust to uphold your privacy and will give you good advice and is capable of listening?

    That may help address the issues of why you drink and acknowledging that may make it easier to give up or reduce the amount you drink.

    I hope I haven't overstepped the mark. My job sometimes involves encountering people who may need additional support or simply others to talk to. Which is why I'm offering this advice.
    Food Chain number = 4

    A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game
  • yzf750yzf750 Posts: 31
    overstepped the mark - no worries old bean - I'm generally quite an open chap (as my friends will tell you) who works very hard and every now and then I have a drink or two to unwind, I'm pretty sure I don't have a problem...

    ...but I do recognise that I have relied on it to blot out the poorly mum issue and I'm not keen on that part of drinking... much better to have a social drink in the pub with yer mates... right?

    THAT and the effect it's had on me waist line got me thinking that it might be time to cut it out for a bit.

    Just need a refreshing drink other than caffine or booze - and looking for some suggestions.
    Happy Cycling
  • i drink ice cold milk and lots of it :D

    maybe it's an irish thing. My english wife thinks it's bizarre the amount of the stuff that people drink here
    Time you've enjoyed wasting, hasn't been wasted

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  • yzf750 wrote:
    I need a wine / beer substitute for sipping on in the evening.

    Diet coke = too sickly

    Water = too boring

    Fruit juice = too sweet

    Suggestions anyone?

    Dan


    Vodka? :wink: :arrow:
  • Try a St Clements:
    Orange Juice
    Bitter Lemon
    Ice

    Refreshing, not too sweet or bitter, its addictive!
    Doesn't matter how many lights you have nor how bright -
    If the buggers don't LOOK they won't see you!
  • Lemonade. I like lemonade. And decaf coffee. And decaf tea.

    Oh who am I kidding. I can't last 2 days without a beer!
  • Eau RougeEau Rouge Posts: 1,118
    I live on Robinsons Orange dilute, the no added sugar version.
    Why is it that English pubs don't sell proper soft drinks the way Irish pubs do? When I want a glass of Sprite or Fanta or such, nasty 'lemonade' with some cordial in it is not what I have in mind.
  • il_principeil_principe Posts: 9,152
    Homemade smootihes. I have one for brekkie every week day. Just started making them with frozen fruit as it's much cheaper although sourer as well.

    2 smoothies =

    1 bag sainsbury's mixed summer fruits
    a good splurge of pomegranate juice
    3/4 tub fat free yog

    And blend.

    Delicious.
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  • Replace the yoghurt with a banana for added vitamins and sweeter taste...
  • il_principeil_principe Posts: 9,152
    Replace the yoghurt with a banana for added vitamins and sweeter taste...

    Actually when I was using fresh fruit I did banana, forgot to add one yesterday, that solves the sweetness riddle, cheers LiT!
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    2020 Canyon Ultimate CF SLX
    2020 Canyon Inflite SL 7
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  • ceecee Posts: 4,553
    i like to drink sparkling mineral water with a dash of high juice. peach is my current favourite.
    Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I believe in the future of the human race.

    H.G. Wells.
  • DonDaddyDDonDaddyD Posts: 12,689
    Homemade smootihes. I have one for brekkie every week day. Just started making them with frozen fruit as it's much cheaper although sourer as well.

    2 smoothies =

    1 bag sainsbury's mixed summer fruits
    a good splurge of pomegranate juice
    3/4 tub fat free yog

    And blend.

    Delicious.

    Note to self, buy blender and make this drink - with Banana's.
    Food Chain number = 4

    A true scalp is not only overtaking someone but leaving them stopped at a set of lights. As you, who have clearly beaten the lights, pummels nothing but the open air ahead. ~ 'DondaddyD'. Player of the Unspoken Game
  • Angoustura bitters isn't bad
    Dan
  • ceecee Posts: 4,553
    Angoustura bitters isn't bad

    but remember it has an abv of 44.7%.....fair enough only a few drops are in each glass, but if you are trying to cut out alcohol, sucking back 10 of these a night is not doing that.

    ........probably not the best idea to include hidden abv....maybe you would prefer to not drink the bitters and treat yourself to a beer on friday instead.
    Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I believe in the future of the human race.

    H.G. Wells.
  • Also don't forget that it is trully disgusting :shock:
  • steve-msteve-m Posts: 106
    I do green tea, still not banned by ICU despite http://www.news-medical.net/?id=7673

    Unless late at night then peppermint.

    These two go me off the smokes too.
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  • +1 for the Ginless G+T
    If you want to be truly virtuous, try the slimline version of the Tonic.

    A recent discovery of mine is 'Big Tom' - which is effectively a Bloody Mary minus the Vodka. It's quite spicy, so you can't just down it in one.

    I also find Copella cloudy apple juice is much better than the clear apple juice (from concentrate)

    Mike
  • biondinobiondino Posts: 5,990
    Root beer! I suggest Bundaberg - found in all good Waitrose.
  • biondino wrote:
    Root beer! I suggest Bundaberg - found in all good Waitrose.

    Bundaberg also make brilliant knocks-your-socks-off ginger beer - way better than fentiman's!
  • Clever PunClever Pun Posts: 6,778
    why not continue to have a drink when you fancy and just cycle harder?
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