Month: December 2012

Don’t Waste the Night Away: How to Avoid Over-Drinking this New Years Eve

Typically my first tip for avoiding that dreaded fallin-down-slurred-speech level of drunk is pretty fool-proof: offer to be the designated driver. This works for me, becaue of a) the law, and b) it’s sometime easier to follow a rule I’ve made for myself if  others will be impacted by my decision not to follow it. However, I feel that New Years Eve is only part complete without a sparkly beverage in hand. Here are some tips that have worked for me in avoiding the slop.

1) DON’T DRINK

As fun as it is to attempt moderation, it’s not a reality for all of us at this juncture in time. If you feel the need to go sans alcohol for the night, but fear your ability to stick to it, drink something like sparkling water (or even the infused ones are pretty good), or a diet soda with a lime. I find that drinking something that feels almost cocktail-esque fills my need to over-indulge in the real stuff. 7Up and OJ is also a favorite of mine!

2) STEER AWAY FROM SHOTS

When ingesting shot after shot, our bodies have zero time to alert us to the fact that we’re tipping over into schwasty territory. Try to stick to mixed drinks if you’re drinking hard alcohol.

3) STICK WITH BEER, YOU’RE IN THE CLEAR

If you’re just learning how to moderate your drinking, sometimes it can be extra challenging to follow a loose set of guidelines that tell you to “not drink TOO much, just a little.” When I first began my journey into moderation, I found it very useful to cut out hard alcohol for a while. Beer and wine will at least show you you’ve had enough through signals other than the swirvs—once you feel full, it’s hard to keep drinking! Eventually you’ll be able to figure out ways to slip it back into your life in moderation. A plus to drinking beer—hangovers are far less severe without the use of those high-sugar mixers.

4) H2O! (…and other virgin bevs)

Alternate between alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the night. This will force you to shoot through your alc more slowly, and if you’re spending the evening at a bar, you’ll save money too! Having your non-alcoholic drink be water is probably your best bet, as it’s important to stay hydrated. However, I know it’s often difficult to pull off once others around you have lost their inhibitions, and may want to push alcohol on you. It’s easy to disguise a non-alcoholic beverage, using some of the ideas in Tip #1 (you can throw a lime in almost anything, and ask for it in a high ball glass or tumbler, and trick most people… ;-)).

Also, in any situation involving drinks—ALWAYS be sure to stay hydrated, and eat properly leading up to drinking (well, ideally, all the time…). Drinking on an empty stomach typically ends… not well.

Everyone have a FANTASTIC New Years Eve. Have fun, and remember that a good evening is a waste if you can’t remember it :).

See you all in 2013!

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It is what it is. Often events, people and their thoughts, their actions, are entirely beyond our control. I know for me, that is hard to accept. But people will do what they will. Sad and bad things happen every day. Control what you can, let be what you can’t.

Accept it, and take it for what it is. And STOP OVER ANALYZING.

There is good to be found in humanity.

Just remember, all the shit you have going on in your head—most people have got their own. Take ownership of your actions, but know, their actions and judgements do not always accurately reflect who YOU are.

Be strong. Be you. Be kind.

My viewpoint, in a nutshell.

Yoga is great. And so are you. Treat your body with the RESPECT it deserves and craves.

I agree whole-heartedly. Enjoy yourselves, and be proud of the dedication you’ve given to your health 90% of the year.

YOU are lovely, beautiful, and worth it.

Reblogged from fitvillians.tumblr.com:

The diet industry is deeply invested in leading you to believe that your are fat and sick. As a trainer, I talk with women every day who look me right in the eye and start listing all the things that they believe are wrong with themselves. And I’m looking at them thinking ‘you’re freaking BEAUTIFUL woman! There is NOTHING wrong with you at all. If you only could see what every other human being on this planet can see, you would stop wasting all this energy and time hating imaginary flaws.’

The diet industry plants those thoughts, and waters them with marketing, and before too long you’re buying their pills and potions and diet books in the belief that 1. you’re flawed, and 2. their pills and potions and diet books will correct those flaws.

You are not flawed. Not a single one of us, NOT A SINGLE ONE OF US, looks like the models in the magazines and ads. Not even THE MODELS look like the pictures in the magazines. We ALL have lumps and bumps and hairs in crazy places and wrinkles and cellulite and bellies that bulge over our waistbands when we slouch, and no diet book or pill or potion is going to turn you into a photoshopped and professionally lit image on a magazine cover.

Oh and also. Enjoying a special meal and some pie some extra candy on Christmas is not going to ‘ruin all your hard work’ or make you gain 15 pounds. I promise. It’s ok to relax and enjoy time with your family, and that includes EATING THE FOOD that has been lovingly prepared and offered up in celebration. No guilt. No shame. Promise me that you will ENJOY the next few days with every fiber of your being, and enjoying includes letting go of the shame the diet industry tries to shove down your throat.

Love and pie to all. ♥

However…

…In relation to my previous post—I would like to do some baking tonight, so I can a) hopefully take my mind off the negative, but also b) bring in some treats to thank all of my incredibly staff that will be working with me on Christmas Day!

I am hoping for something healthy (-ish… it IS the holidays), and that I can make in a large batch.

SUGGESTIONS, ANYONE??

Today I arrived to work to learn that one of my patients was “actively dying.” Belly gurgled, feet and fingers tap-tap-tap without control, and staying even within the realm of “on task” was out of the question. This is not the first patient I’ve lost. However, this will be the first one I have grown to know, and can truly say I will miss. I don’t know if daily encounters with the grim is something that becomes easier the longer one is in this field. I don’t know if perhaps there are those with the capacity to cope, and those without.

I have spent the last agonizingly drawn-out 7 or so hours trying to piece together how to pull something positive from this experience. But I keep coming up blank. Watching this patient’s daughter, sitting at bedside, just… waiting…

I know I have, and continue to, learn invaluable lessons on a daily basis. And for that, along with the satisfaction that comes with most days, I am grateful for my job. But this—I’m not sure how long I can stand it.

I will continue working on what positive learning experience this motif of deaths may bring. But for now, maybe it’s ok to just be… sad.

Nourish yourself. Even if that means weeping like a toddler.