Follow uP: Booze is Making Me Fat

5 03 2010

Well, after a primarily booze-free February (minus a 4-hour dinner with my bosses that got a little rowdy), I lost a grand total of: 2 pounds. At first I was really miffed that the weight didn’t come pouring off like I foolishly expected, but when I realized that two pounds a month in the long run could equal 24 pounds per year, it was a little more eye-opening.

I don’t necessarily think that the alcohol itself is the problem. For me, it’s what accompanies it. Glass of Pinot Noir? No problem until the cheese plate, 3 loaves of bread and olive oil are rolled out along with it. Beers? Fantasic! And what’s even better with beer is a GIGANTIC slice of pizza from Rizzo’s, conveniently located next to the liquor store. Drunken calories never count until your muffin top has a muffin top and you’re insisting that your stretch pants must have shrunk in the wash.

I’m not planning on going back to balls-to-the-wall drinking just because it’s March and a certain Irish holiday is coming up. As a matter of fact I’m going to try to turn 2 pounds into 4 by continuing to make more responsible choices this month. My friend Josh has adopted the 0-1-2 rule this month and I think I’ll abide by it as well. It’s pretty simple really; when you go out you can have zero, one or two drinks. I think it’s a pretty solid plan.

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Follow uP: Diane Birch LIVE!

19 08 2009

Tonight my friend Scott and I walked over to Le Poisson Rouge on Bleecker Street to see Diane Birch play live in an intimate little venue.

Despite a horrendous opening band from Vancouver called Hard Drugs (believe me, hard drugs would have kicked the ass of this garbage trio; or at least numbed my senses) Diane is even more amazing in person than on her already impressive album, “Bible Belt.” In addition to playing all her best songs from that cd, she also closed with the Tom Petty crowd pleaser “You don’t know how it feels.” The show was worth every cent of the $15 admission and shoddy waitress service.

If you haven’t already, check this woman out! She is the most exciting female singer I’ve heard in years.