Gut Rumbles

January 21, 2006

day 91

Today makes 91 days since I last took a drink of alcohol. I don't intend to drink today, either. I THINK my abstinence is getting easier--- I don't experience as many cravings as before and when they come they aren't as intense as they were in the beginning--- but I know damned well that I ain't "cured."

I once quit smoking for 11 months. I relapsed one night in a bar and was right back to my old habit in just a few weeks. One person I made friends with at Willingway Hospital backslid after ELEVEN YEARS of sobriety, so I know it can happen. If I start drinking again, I will have put myself through a whole bunch of shit and spent a LOT of money for nothing.

Plus, I'll probably be as dead as Dillinger's dick within a year. I don't want that to happen.

I see that two fellow bloggers are trying to quit the insidious cigarette habit and I wish them both the best of luck, with a few words of warning. Don't do what I did when I quit smoking.

I went from my usual fighting weight of 165 pounds to a whopping 205 pounds in 11 months.

Talk about Fido's ass! I resembled the Michelin Tire Man. Or maybe the Pillsbury Dough Boy. Any of you readers who have met me know that I don't have the frame to tote 205 pounds without looking... well... FAT! I did, too. And I damned sure didn't feel "healthy" lugging all of that lard around with me. I never did grow the ass I've never had, but my waist expanded from size 30 pants to a size 36 and THOSE were tight. I developed a severe case of "Dunlap's Disease."

When I sat, I could look down and see that my belly Dunlapped over my package. That's a problem because things don't grow well in the shade.

So, I wish you ladies the best of luck, but be careful that you don't just trade one problem for another.


When my dad quit smoking, he traded cigarettes for gum. Not the nicotine gum, but the regular kind. It worked, but next visit to the dentist he had more than a dozen cavities. If I remember correctly, he picked up 17 cavities in the normal 6 months between visits to the dentist. That's better than 50% of his teeth, for anyone who keeps track of such things. That's how much gum my dad was chewing. He switched to sugarfree gum, which took care of the cavity problem, but he'd still go through a couple of those big plen-t-paks a day. I think my dad kept chewing gum for 15 years after he quit smoking. I mean, continously chewing, only stopping for meals and sleep; Violet Beauregarde was a rank amateur compared to my dad. Good luck to the quitters, and if you go for gum, sugarfree is crucial.

Posted by: Ted on January 21, 2006 11:59 AM

It does get easier with time until the time will come that there will be people drinking around you and you want even think about wanting that drink. Not drinking becomes as much of a habit as drinking. It will always be one day at a time though, just one day at a time because I know that I am not going to use alcohol today and if I get through today then I know I can make it through tomorrow. You are well on your way to being sober instead of just being 'dry'

Posted by: GUYK on January 21, 2006 12:12 PM

Congrats on 91 days! I know you can do it!

Posted by: livey on January 21, 2006 12:22 PM

Oh, jeez. I feel like a tool now. Good luck to the quitters, -and- congrats on 91 days. I hope it's a miniscule fraction of the days you rack up.

Posted by: Ted on January 21, 2006 12:28 PM

Congrats on 91 days Rob.
Great accomplishment.

Your "dunlap" is what we call a "dickido". "MY gut sticks out further than my dicky do."

Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Dawn on January 21, 2006 01:21 PM

Great work on the 91 days and onward, Rob.

I, too, have quit smoking. Sixteenth day. My hub and I are also re-doing the South Beach diet to lose the final 10 or so pounds.
I quit for a year a couple of years ago and relapsed when my hub was diagnosed with PC.
Unfortunately, I've given myself the early stages of emphysema by smoking for 30 years, so I really do have to quit for good.
Weirdly, it hasn't been that hard this time.
Go figure.

Posted by: Kim on January 21, 2006 03:54 PM

i am 100 percent in favor of sobriety for people who are ill-equipped at the fine art of drinking responsibly.
HOWEVER ... with regards to it getting easier with time, i think in the course of living a sober life, you have good days and you have bad days. in your first year, you could totally coast, but three years down the line, just one day things'll (God forbid) go differently, or something'll put you in a weird mood, and all of a sudden, for a wee second, your whole outlook could change and everything that you've worked so hard to achieve could be gone in an instant.
the worst thing is losing vigilance. it's happened to me; i hope it never happens to you.

Posted by: don't quote erica on this on January 21, 2006 05:16 PM

Congrats on 91 days. Here's to many more, each one at a time!

Posted by: caltechgirl on January 21, 2006 08:59 PM

I finally lost weight this year, going from a 36+ inch waist to about 32+ in about 7 months. I feel amazingly better now. My family told me I had no weight problem. What did they know? Here's my secret.
1. Change your eating habits. None of us eat because we are hungry. We eat because:
a. We are bored.
b. We just want to experience pleasure.
c. We are socializing.
d. We have the habit of just snacking a lot.

So, don't eat regular meals. Eat when you are hungry. Start a hobby or hobbies you can do to take your mind off food. Watching TV or reading a book next to the refrigerator are bad ideas.

When you eat, don't eat fat. Eat lean meat, veggies, eggs. Never eat French fries or pizza. Easy on the beer. Don't eat white bread or anything with white flour. Eat only whole wheat or other unprocessed grains.

The only thing to watch out for is not getting malnourished, so either eat eggs and meat or get vitamin pills.

Since I have broken the eating habit, I find it not too hard to skip meals if I know I am going to be going out and eating a lot at a restaurant. I save up my calories for when I really need them. It's no different from living on a budget.

2. Excercise enough to keep your muscles from wasting away while you diet. This means lifting weights. I work out for 15 minutes at the most everyday with weights and stomach crunches. That's all it takes. You can work out morning or evening or both. You don't need to change into gym clothes. I often work out in my work (desk job) clothes. Don't waste hours going to the gym or walking long distance. Skipping meals is more far efficient.

Losing that weight was really simple. I now weigh myself every single day, and adjust my food intake to maintain my weight. Doing the light weights everyday keeps me toned up and limber. I am 59, take no medications, and feel like I am 29, without any chronic aches or pains, most days. It can be done. I now control what I eat. What I eat doesn't control me. If I sounds like a fanatic, it's because I have seen how much better you feel by losing even moderate amounts of fat and doing very moderate excercising. If people knew how much better they would feel, they would have no trouble losing that extra weight.

Posted by: joel Hammer on January 21, 2006 10:58 PM

Congratulations on the 91 days! That's quite a feat.

I too, quit smoking recently (1/1/06). I have quit before. Once for over 3 years. It only took one cigarette for me to start up again. Amazing how that works.

Best of luck to all trying to quit (anything).

Lurking Andi

Posted by: Andi on January 22, 2006 11:58 PM

Glad to see you're hanging in there Rob. Don't try to do too much at once. I had to wait until I was sober over 2 years before I could tackle the cigarette problem. Keep up on them meetings. Make some sober friends. You'll be fine.

Posted by: assrot on January 23, 2006 06:49 PM
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