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First off, Nutrisystem vs. Weight Watchers: Which one is better in all respects? Hoping for any answer or 2. Second question.. I didnt see it coming, didnt see it coming at all, but being on Nutrisystem has given me one of the better life changing miracles of my life. No it's not the weight loss, or getting off the BP meds or even the way I look and feel, howeverthat has been great and I can literally see the healthy fit person I am going to be when I reach my goaland it's going to be a Glorious day!!.

Its the alcohol..

Since I can remember, I have been addicted to alcohol. To say that it possessed me and controlled my life and everything I did, would be a gross understatement. It was a huge contributor to my weight problems and probably shortened my life by ten years or so Im sure. I was in a constant state of denial. Lord, what a drunk I was..

But being on Nutrisystem has helped me to clear my mind and opened up my eyes to how much I have been destroying myself all those years..

When I started Nutrisystem on 12/17/08 (my 50th B-day), my approach with Nutrisystem was one day at a time. I know it sounds clich, but thats the approach I took. When I would get hungry from the smaller portions, that attitude would get me to the next day. I figured I could still drink when on NS. Then there was the advice from the great Nutrisystem veterans here in this forum that suggested we stay away from alcohol as it only prolonged or stalled our weight loss. So I started using that same strategy with the alcohol.

This has worked out great for me, because the next day the urges are gone and I feel great about being able to abstain from my temptations..

As of today, I havent had a drop to drink in 68 days and I have no intentions of ever drinking again. I know, 68 days isn't very long, but to me...it's a lifetime and it's the longest I have gone without a drink in over 30 years and I feel great..

I have never been to an AA meeting and I havent (as of yet), attempted to seek professional help. I have always told myself that I could get a handle on my drinking myself. That was probably just a defense mechanism I put up as a drunk to keep the possibility of getting alcohol in my system again open. And although it appears to me that all is well for now, I think I will seek out some kind of help or support to make sure I get the proper assistance I need to make this a lifetime commitment..

There is so much more I could say or write about right now, but I dont want to bore any of you with all the details. I guess I felt the urge to share my thoughts. I do think writing all this out has been good therapy for me..

Sorry if I rambled...

asked Apr 21 at 14:16

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That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some research in Google and get back to you if I discover an decent answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could give you help..

answered Apr 21 at 15:09

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Ron, as a former daily drinker, I know exactly what you're talking about. Over the years I'd gotten into a cycle of drinking beer after work. Every single day, until I would go to bed. It was helping me pack on the pounds, that's for sure. And the excessive alcohol was making me sluggish and lazy, so I rarely got any exercise..

When I started Nutrisystem a month ago, I figured I'd try to do it without drinking. Surprisingly, it was easier than I thought. Probably I had psyched myself up enough before starting the program, and like you, I had just turned 50. There's something about that number that made me think,.

"hmmm...maybe I should actually take control of my life!".

I have to admit, I'm enjoying the clarity and energized feeling I have being alcohol-free. Plus, I'm motivated even more by knowing the roughly 4000 or so calories a week I'm skipping will only speed my weight loss..

I don't know if I'm going to stay off drinking forever, but that's a personal choice. I feel that with the responsible eating habits I'm developing due to NS, I'll likewise learn to only indulge when the occasion merits a beverage..

And for sure the clock hitting five won't qualify as.

"party time".

For me anymore!.

Congrats on both your weight loss and your new found sobriety!..

answered Apr 21 at 15:33

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Support from this side toohubby and I were heave weekend drinkers..we are BOTH losing weight. I can't believe how much longer the days are and how much you can actually get done in a weekend!..

answered Apr 21 at 15:39

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I love reading stuff like this. As a doctor in the field of internal medicine I sometimes feel like:.

1. All I see are people who need medical attention due to lifestyle choices.

2. None of those people want to change the habits that got them to me but want me to fix them (but only if it doesn't inconvenience them).

One of the best thing about reading these boards is to here from people who are actually taking responsibility for their health and doing the things necessary to get healthier without making excuses or blaming others. I have to tell you that is a rarity these days...

answered Apr 21 at 15:47

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Ron, Congratulations on your progress and self awareness...one day at a time works. Period...

answered Apr 21 at 16:11

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To me, there are few things better than seeing someone take control. Be it addiction to alcohol, food or some other substance, owning something that has owned you is a real victory. Way to go, brother...

answered Apr 21 at 16:35

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Ron, great job. That 1 day at a time thing is really not a clich as that is all I can handle. If I try to plan out a whole week or look what will happen a month from now, well I for one can't do it either..

Good luck on adding another day to your journey...

answered Apr 21 at 17:32

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Ron, I attribute one pound per week for me from booz alone. I know where your coming from. I often wonder if I just stopped drinking would have been my entire solution to weight control. I'm sure it was a major issue for me..

Now just one drink puts me on my ass. And does retard any weight loss for the week. The booz is just not worth it for me. Many times I stated here on these board, Nutrisystem is cheap compared to two or three bar bills per week...

answered Apr 21 at 17:37

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Ron, this is a big step for you. Not only have you made the decision to start eating right, you have taken the even bigger step of getting rid of the "devil on your back" so to speak..

Congratulations and know that there are many here that will be there to support you when you need it..

Keep up the great work...

answered Apr 21 at 18:47

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Congratulations and stay the course! It is so important for your health that you manage both eating and alcohol..

I myself do not have an alcohol issue, but my younger brother did. It was a demon he could not find the power to control, and he was in denial most times about it, despite direct confrontation from his siblings and mother..

He was also overweight (although not as heavy as me) and smoked heavily as well. In December of 2007, my mom found him after he didn't respond to phone calls, dead in his bed at 51. Autopsy results showed that actual cause of death was a heart attack, but his liver was also in pretty rough shape..

After getting over the shock and grieving for about a year, I decided that I didn't want to be a statistic as well, and found NS. So far, so good!.

Keep up the great work and stick to the process!..

answered Apr 21 at 20:11

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answered Apr 21 at 21:00

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I used to drink hard a few years ago. Hard. Like I could take a bottle of Jameson and still be standing (and starting fights) at the end of the night. Funny thing was I was pretty thin when I was drinking and I puffed up 20 lbs or so when I stopped..

I had ONE beer last Friday and I needed to get a ride home after...

answered Apr 21 at 21:51

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You were one of those people that drank their dinner. Most of us tend to eat and eat a lot when we drink...

answered Apr 21 at 22:19

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Congratulations, Ron! So many people on these boards can relate to your story. I was never a problem drinker, just one or two glasses of wine when I got home from work. But that was enough for control to slip away, and all of a sudden a double bacon cheeseburger or a platter of loaded nachos seemed like a really good idea for dinner. It's so much better to be in control..

Keep up the good work, Ron...

answered Apr 21 at 22:55

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Ron - you are adding many years to your life. I'm sure you are making your family and friends very happy...

answered Apr 21 at 23:29

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I want to thank all of you for your kind words and encouragement..

Just so you know...I didn't post this topic for attention or acknowledgment, I only posted it because I was at a time and place where I think I needed to say some things outloud for myself.

I think it helped me a lot. Thanks again for all your support..

Still going strong!!..

answered Apr 22 at 00:54

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Congrats on standing up to the alcohol demon, it is a tough thing to do..

At 10P.M. Dec 10, 1996 after consuming my daily allotment of 16 oz of 100 proof vodka I staggered into the kitchen, filled the sink with water and emptied the contents of 20 packs of cigarettes into it. Then I threw my overflowing ash trays in. After that I emptied the three bottles of vodka I always kept on hand plus a gallon of cheap "dinner" wine. I said goodbye devil and climbed onto a chair and annointed the mess with a salty yellow liguid. Haven't had a drink or smoke since but I gained a whole lot of weight that I have finally decided to tackle.

I guess once you get the addiction it never goes away...

answered Apr 22 at 01:49

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