Anyway... last night inspired this morning's post. I'll start by declaring that I am not a big drinker. Truth be told, I hardly drink at all. This is not a typical characteristic of someone in the music industry, or really, someone my age, but all my colleagues were used to it. Even in college I wasn't a huge drinker. Sure, I'd have a few beers at parties and at the bar, a few mixed drinks in there too, but my need to be in control usually overruled everything else. And while I still definitely enjoy an occasional glass of good wine or a beer, the last few years my gym habit and then marathon training have been the most common reasons why I don't drink.
I had planned ahead for last night and decided that today would be my day off from the gym. If I don't plan ahead when I go out, I end up with two choices:
1. Stick to Diet Coke - no drinks
2. Prepare myself for a not-so-great workout the next day
Obviously, I'd rather not have a good workout if I'm going to go to the gym or for a run, so I usually choose #1. Also, I rather eat my calories than drink them plus I often have a tendency to eat more when I drink. So, not drinking is a way for me to increase the odds that I'll have a better workout the next day and forgo unnecessary calories.
Last night I enjoyed a pint, plus a little, and a few great hours with good friends. This morning, I slept in a bit and plan to take a long walk later today.
As an active person, do you find yourself drinking less than the typical person (if there is such a thing)? I know many runners enjoy a cold beer after a race or feel no need to decrease alcohol consumption while training. Do you fall in this category or the less is more category with me? Is there a relationship between food and alcohol for you?
water or beer? which do you reach for?