I keep all living expenses on Excel, and at the end of the year, I add them all up. I just added up our total expenses for 2005, and was shocked to find we spent $1,300 on booze (mostly wine) This ain't easy, 'cause we live in a dry county. Some of it we served to guests, but we drank most of it. So here's how I broke it down: $1,300 at $10 a bottle means we consumed 130 bottles in 2005. Each bottle serves an average of 15 drinks, so that's 1,950 drinks. Each drink is an average of 100 calories. 100 calories x 1950 drinks is 195,000 calories. Divide 3,000 (the number of calories in one pound) into 195,000 calories and you get 65 pounds. So the wife and I theoretically each gained 32.5 pounds in 2005.
So for 2006, we stopped drinking cold turkey. This will save us $1,300. And we will each be 32.5 pounds lighter next December. I am 6'1" and weigh 180 now, so by next December I will weigh 147. By December, 2007, I will be a slim, trim 115 pounds. This significant weight loss should really help me cycle up those steep Kentucky hills, don't you think?