Fitness Friday: A Microbrew Lovers Dilemna

Friday, ya’ll, it’s that time of the week which office lovers and school go-ers look forward to all week, an evening of freedom and two days of being unchained.

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throwback to summer’s beer festivals

I, for one, am enjoying the progression from “living for the weekend”, which I did in my former life as an office rat, to “living”. I teach yoga during the week, snowboard on a random Wednesday, and enjoy the fact that I work 3 12 hour days instead of 5, long, monotonous ones.

That being said, with more freedom comes more decisions. Do I go to Albany mid-week and enjoy a night out, dinner and drinks with my girlfriend, then aerial yoga in the morning? But of course! What if I went downstate for a few days, checked out the scene in New Paltz? Actually, I’d love to!

In this world of IPAs, sour ales, lagers, and stouts, I’ll have one of each, a night at a time. Since discovering my love for all things home-brew and craft-brew, I’m back on a semi-nightly rotation of my favorites. Indulging in Ommegang Hennepin Saison on a Tuesday, looking forward to an Oatmeal Stout on the weekend, and a Guinness on a Friday.

I think through my choices with the pleasure of a librarian selecting what book to read next. But, like most things, it’s coming at a price: my waistline.

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Despite being an avid gym-goer, marathon runner, snowboarder and yoga instructor, and working out 4-6 days a week, I still have to watch what I eat. Life’s not fair. But, because I also love craft beer, I doubly have to pay attention. Like, what’s worth it, the ‘best’ hot wings in New York, or a second Delerium Tremens? (Spoiler alert: it ain’t the wings)

Looking back on times in my life when I was in a superior state of fitness than I am now, I’ll admit; I wasn’t drinking beer. I was getting up at 6am, working out until 8am, and avoiding happy hours. Now, I’m back on the Fitness Train, and heading to California in a few months. I know I love microbrews and all the scene around them, but I love me, more.

And so, dear readers, if it comes down to you, or a microbrew, choose you. You’ll thank me later.

I’m off to the gym.

Photo on 2-4-13 at 6.21 PM

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