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CrossFit and zero alcohol

It happened. On Tuesday, March 6th, I turned 30. It was a quite an uneventful day, other than my coworkers decorating my cubicle and making me feel super special. I spent my evening throwing on one of the face masks I bought at Ulta and sipped on my protein shake with Pebbles by my side while watching "Sex and the City'. It was perfect. The weekend before my birthday, I went to my mandatory nutrition class before I started my crossfit shenanigans on Monday. The information I received from our nutritionist was mind boggling.

1. No alcohol for 6 weeks
2. No milk with your coffee ( Thankfully I have an nespresso machine so I've been taking shots of espresso every morning instead of enjoying a regular latte or regular coffee with creamer at work  )
3. No delicious desserts
4. Balance/portioned meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
4. Drink your protein shake, mixed with water in the morning and as a snack after lunch and before dinner
5. Crossfit classes 3 days a week

Ultimately, I can handle the bland, unpleasant meals, the crossfit classes, and the no no to desserts, but what hit me the most is the "No alcohol for 6 weeks" part. Who in their right mind would ever choose that? If I knew this not so miniscule detail before signing the "contract", I would most definitely not consider it. Fortunately for them, they don't disclose this at the orientation meeting. So there I was, sitting at the nutrition meeting, excited to learn all about healthy food, when I hear the nutritionist say the words " No...., alcohol.... for..... 6 weeks.". It was as if I was watching this moment in slow motion. Jaw drop.


 Shocked, defeated, and completed unprepared to say no to alcohol, I began to google zero calorie cocktails, drinks, anything alcohol related, frantically on my phone. Everything the nutritionist was saying now was white noise while I processed this new possible lifestyle change I may have to abide by. As the nutritionist wrapped up, she asked for any final questions. I raised my hand and asked, " Is it absolutely no alcohol? What about low calorie?" She looked at me and said," No. You don't want one beer or drink impacting your progress."


As I got up and left, I realized that once I'm committed, I have to commit all the way. After all, I'm not an alcoholic. I just like a drink or 3 after a long day. Is that too much to ask? Mission accepted. I can do this.

On Saturday and Sunday I had a Corona light with my dinner (I've been craving Corona's lately) and enjoyed my "Last Supper." On Monday, I had a girls night where I tested my strength and surprise surprise I did it! No drinking for me. It also helps when some of your girlfriends are also dieting, due to our 5 upcoming weddings this year, and don't drink with me. The 3 crossfit classes were doable. It reminds me of high intensity interval training, which I was already doing and enjoyed. It is now day 5 of my Crossfit, diet, and alcohol free life, and let me tell you, I FEEL GREAT! Mentally, I feel very focused, clear headed, and overall positive. Physically, I feel stronger and almost addicted to the pain. (I should also disclose now that I have an addictive personality). I also weighed myself (a requirement) and already lost 2 pounds and went from 25% body fat to 22%. Seeing THAT was motivating enough to not feel terribly sorry for myself for missing out on all the delicious food out there. I also want to get my money back. The premise of the 6 week challenge is that if you meet all the factors, one being losing 5% body fat, you get your money back. Cha Ching! Give me my money! Very motivating.

My next short term challenge is not drinking the mimosas on my 30th Birthday brunch celebration and refraining from eating the bacon and delicious brunch snacks. Maybe if I smell the bacon it will be enough? Happy Thoughts.

As I conclude, I realize that I love food and alcohol too much to give it up completely. I will commit to this insane crossfit diet and meet my goal, but after that I'll go back to enjoying my life with delicious food and drinks and in return punish myself with extra exercises. I like that strategy much better. Maybe I'll even stick to crossfit.


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  2. Does this mean you're not drinking Saturday!??????

    1. If you were there Saturday, you know the answer to this question.

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