It saddens me to report that, by simply not drinking for the last three weeks* in preparation for my race and without changing any of my other dietary habits, I have lost five pounds. Now I can no longer claim ignorance to the effects of drinking wine versus water while sitting on my couch. It is unclear, however, if said weight loss is actually due to my lower caloric intake, or is simply the result of the extra energy expended by a complete and total lack of relaxation.
* I did have wine on Passover. Not because of religion, but because I was with my family for many, many hours. This is probably why alcohol has such a central role in most major religions; even our ancestors didn’t want to listen to Grandpa Abraham pick a fight with Uncle Jacob about his new wife without a cup of wine on the side.
I once gave up alcohol for a month and really stuck to it, but to this day I don’t know how in the world I accomplished that. But indeed I lost weight.
If I started that this weekend, I’ll be clear of a month before Memorial Day, at least…