Can a nightly wine habit be a factor in weight gain? For Matilda the answer to that question was a resounding yes.
I was relieving stress in ineffective and unhealthy ways.
Nightly Wine Habit
The number one way, which I have only addressed this year, is my nightly wine habit. Falling for the lie that I needed wine to relax after my intense work day as a commercial lawyer. I conveniently overlooked the fact that it was robbing me of my evenings, and my sleep. Allowing myself to be fooled into believing wine was my friend.
I was wrong.
In January I read This Naked Mind and decided to stop drinking wine.
The rewards have been amazing. Not only do I sleep like a baby but I now exercise in the evening and eat less.
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I relieve my stress at the end of the day by taking the time for myself that wine previously occupied. I swim, read, write and have deep conversations with my husband. My mind is alert and receptive, rather than numbed by alcohol.
Life is now so much more than work, eat, sleep, repeat.
I now know that poor stress management is by far the biggest contributing factor to my obesity. I have shifted the focus from food and calories to stress and how to relieve it regularly.
My level of stress has not changed, my methods of dealing with it could not be more different.
How much weight have I lost?
I have no idea, and that is strangely liberating. By not getting on the scales, even though I know the numbers would be amazing if I did, I take away their power.
Because I know from past experience that scales can never give a result that will help me keep me motivated. If anything, seeing a low number is likely to slacken my resolve.