No, I haven’t fallen off the wagon

Interesting fact:  one theory on the origin of the phrase “on the wagon” is that condemned prisoners got one last drink before getting on the wagon to go to be hanged.  The theory is that it originated as a joke that life without alcohol would be … well, like taking a ride to the gallows.

(Ah, gallows humor — literally.)

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while.  My parents came to visit and that kept us busy.  I have told my parents what happened and that I’ve quit drinking.

I mentioned awhile back that I was eager for one of the side benefits of giving up alcohol — dropping a few pounds.  I am not overweight, according to the scale, but I have a little “brandy belly” that I hoped would go away.  Well, it wasn’t budging and I was getting impatient so I decided to drop sugar and refined flour too.  Right when I stopped drinking I couldn’t imagine giving up anything else — in fact, I felt like I was “owed” any other indulgence I could get my hands on!  I still think this is absolutely true at first, by the way, so anyone reading this who is still in early days, please, have chocolate, candy, cake, whatever you want, if it helps in not drinking!

But somehow, after a month or so, I felt ready.  I was feeling so good overall, that I noticed my body didn’t feel as good when I ate sugar or processed food.  It was like removing one poison put me back in better touch with my body and how it felt, how it reacted to what I was feeding it.  And my body feels better when I give it good fuel to run on.  I know, it’s a radical idea, but bear with me here.

So (drum roll), after two weeks with no sugar and white flour, I have finally dropped five pounds (or so), and I think almost all of it was from around my middle.  My pants fit better, and I’m able to wear jeans again that had become uncomfortably tight at the waist.  And I know for a fact that I couldn’t have done this when I was drinking.   Getting through each day was all I could handle.  Actually, I didn’t even feel I could handle that — not without alcohol, anyway.   So glad to be here on the other side.


8 thoughts on “No, I haven’t fallen off the wagon

  1. Good for you! I need to find some of your motivation because when I quit drinking, I gained weight. Maybe now, seven months later, it’s time for me to try to take some of it off!
    Thanks for the post,
    Jami 🙂

  2. I wasn’t losing any weight either, and I really wanted some of those side benefits I kept hearing about — that’s why I took the extra step. I can’t explain it, I guess I was thinking “I want something tangible to show for this.” (Because you know, my health and being there for my family is just not enough, right?)

    But not drinking is the most important thing, so I feel like “indulging” I’ll reach for the cupcakes, not the booze!

    Thanks for commenting!

  3. Another theory is that there used to be water wagons that came around and brought fresh water for drinking. To be “on the wagon” meant that you weren’t drinking alcohol but were partaking from the water wagon instead.

    But I like your version better.

    And I love the Archies!


  4. So glad you enjoyed the Archies! I’ve always had a soft spot for that song. 🙂

    The water wagon explanation might be (probably) the correct one, but I do really like the idea of the last drink before the gallows. Not that I feel that way about being sober NOW, but I certainly felt the dread of quitting, before I finally did it!

  5. Congratulations! I know sugar withdrawal — I’m struggling to get through it right now. It’s not that it’s intense, because it really isn’t, compared to giving up alcohol and other drugs, but that it’s so slow and dragged out and temptation is everywhere, literally, everywhere. I just gave in and got some sweetened coconut to put in my coffee or whatever. But I’m going to try hard to be moderate about it and try again soon. Isn’t it cool how many health and fitness problems disappear when you cut out sugar? For me, anyway.

    • Sorry to take so long to respond to you. I’ve been neglecting my blog lately. I haven’t relapsed with alcohol, but i have fallen off the sugar wagon several times! I totally agree that my health is so much better when I don’t eat sugar. One of the most dramatic for me is actually my gums. My gums have a tendency to bleed easily, but when I cut out sugar, the problem goes away like magic.

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