Archive for August, 2016

Monday, August 22nd 2016

The #1 Reason I Quit ALL Alcohol (Beer, Wine, Spirits)

The journey of our lifetime presents us with opportunities to make choices for a better life...

And even though the forces of society can make it extremely difficult to see these choices, let alone realize we have a personal freedom, and innate ABILITY to choose - it can be a monumental challenge when faced with an opportunity for positive self-development...

Today I share with you, one of my recent "choices".

If you've been reading my posts and articles for a while, you'll already know that I put a lot of thought, energy and effort into improving various aspects of my life. For example: 1 - I no longer subscribe to TV/cable service. I gave TV up long ago, so I could focus in self-stimulation and growth. And remove the 'default' temptation of 'the tube' from the down-time options of my kids. (now we interact more, go for walks, play cards, read, etc...) 2 - I meditate almost every morning after my morning run/walk, keep a simple gratitude journal, and also read at least a few pages of enlightening writings, BEFORE the sun even comes up. 3 - I routinely read, and speak to people wiser than me, about relationship development and "how to manifest (consciously create the right conditions for) the ideal relationship". I've made book recommendations in some of my previous posts on this site, for anyone interested in attracting a better partner, to create a rewarding and fulfilling relationship. (Hint: this involves LOTS of positive work on yourself first, in order for you to have CLARITY on what an ideal match should look and feel like :-)

Today, though, I touch on a simple but powerful choice of becoming someone "who doesn't drink"...

It's important to note, that alcohol was never an addictive problem for me (even though I started at a young age, 14yo)... And even trying to use it as medication when I had the most (physically) painful 6 months of my life, living with a bulging lumbar disc, several years ago - it never 'hooked' me into becoming addicted. If you remember, I quit wine a few years ago, because it was causing problems with my sleep patterns. No thank you on that one. SLEEP is the life-giver and didn't want something messing that up. Goodbye wine... It was nice to know you. BUT, it was easy to keep finding "reasons" to keep drinking craft beers and spirits. Even saying "I'm a social drinker.." was kind of silly... 'Social' or not, it was still drinking. Truth be told, I could go months and months without even thinking of a drink. And just the same there were weeks where I could have a few every night with dinner... And sometimes too much.

But I never "needed" it...

And in the last year or so, I just kept feeling like dropping alcohol could be an easy and big step forward in my personal commitment to optimal health and longevity. And setting yet an even better example for those around me. A few "messages from the universe" came to me in a sequence, in a short amount of time. Those messages were: 1 - At certain times, my "self" would ask me a question; "Why am I going to drink this organic beer with dinner?" "Why can't I just drink something else?" "Do I really need this?", "Is this doing me ANY good?" All my honest answers indicated there was ZERO need or reason to have a few with dinner. Simple. 2 - I came a across a recent article about the fight to get "Causes/Increases Risk of Cancer" on alcoholic beverage labels. And then I started to dig deeper - and everything I found just reinforced my decision to cut it out of my life. Here's a great infographic from cancerresearchuk.org, illustrating my point:
alcohol cancer infographic
3 - Then, my friend (and Cellulite Success Story), Karie Lynn mentioned on a recent phone catch-up (the day before 4th of July) "Oh, I don't drink."... This came about as we were talking about the self-abusive antics people participate on on the 4th of July.. All the excessive drinking and eating that goes on, etc...
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When Karie, said that - it echoed a few times in my mind... And then I started saying it to myself; "I don't drink." That night I "added it all up" and made my decision final; "I don't drink." And that was it... I haven't missed it, haven't craved it, don't regret it... As a matter of fact, I feel more alive, more "in-tune" with myself and more connected to the world around me. It's a subtle shift, but definite for sure. Everything about my life is even better than before. I want to add something here... Going back to the roots of the alcohol industry... The pioneers of booze & hooch knew there were massive riches in supplying the public with a 'consumable numbing agent' and with the legalization of it, way back when.. it has become a multi, multi Billion dollar "legal drug" industry that will never go away. It's up to us, as individuals, to step out of that 'matrix', and rise above it if we know it is the right choice, based on out long term values and our personal goals. Sure, plenty of people "drink responsibly", but knowing the risk of cancer increases substantially with alcohol consumption makes the "drinking responsibly" angle irrelevant. I want to live long and strong... I want to 'Live to the Max'... Dropping drinking is another big step up the ladder of positive motion for positive results - in ALL areas of life. Any thoughts, questions, comments about today's post - or about the possibility of an "Atlas/SCULPTAFIT Female Fitness Retreat Weekend" to kick of the New Year, 2017, here in North Florida - please just post below. I'd LOVE to hear from you! :-) Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas