Well, here I am wrapping up the end of the second week of my no-beer in September challenge, and so far so good. While I still have not had a drop of beer since the beginning of September, this week provided my greatest difficulties so far.
As I mentioned in the initial post (linked to above) I have in mind several Fall seasonal beers that I want to buy as a reward for myself once September is over. DFH Punkin’, the Sam Adams Fall seasonal variety pack, and if I can find it, Autumn Maple from The Bruery are what await me in October!
So while I’ve been able to resist, I had an incident this past weekend where I found myself heading toward my local Total Wine to ‘see what new beers were in stock’. I was telling myself I’d just look, not buy any beers of course, but just look. Then I thought, “What’s the harm in buying a four pack of DFH Punkin’ and the Sam Adams variety pack now? I’ll just put them in the basement, I won’t open them.” Ah yes, I found myself being convinced that buying the beer and storing it in the basement was a good idea. “What if its all gone by October? Punkin’ is a popular beer!”
Well, guess what happened? My kick-ass logical side finally stepped up and shut down the beer-whore part of my brain right quick. I literally drove past the Total Wine without pulling into the lot, and I was impressed with myself and even grinned a bit having successfully resisted myself.
The other challenge this week was from a visit from my Wife’s friend Samantha who, if you recall, is something of a drinking buddy and has a (mostly) impressive taste in beer. Well, Sam is great company, a lot of fun, and a good person to share a beer or two and some stories with. Well, wouldn’t you know, Sam had just come back from a few weeks in Italy and had lots to talk about! Thankfully, Sam didn’t bring any beer this time or I would have been in a really tough spot. We still had fun catching up, but something was still missing without a couple of good beers!
Weight wise, I’m right where I was last week at 209.2. I don’t think its going to be possible to get to 200 as I wanted to, but on the other hand, so far I’m thinking that my normal beer consumption is not affecting my weight in one way or the other. If I get to the end of September at the same weight as at the beginning, then its something else I’ll need to look at, but not beer! 🙂