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...
[caption id="attachment_1846" align="alignnone" width="225"]Cellulite Success Story Karie Lynn Swimsuit Cellulite Success Story Karie Lynn[/caption]
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

  • Anderson

    Stepping up the ladder is one of the best things in life and Live life to the Max.
    certainly a great recommendation.

  • JoeyAtlas

    Well said, Anderson 🙂 All the best!!
    Joey

  • Faye Kh

    I really don’t know what to say ! there are many many people who DON’T drink and eat well but they have Cancer !! i guess we never know!! More Power to you.

  • JoeyAtlas

    True – but when the evidence and enough reasons are there – it’s time to make a choice, eh?

  • Lisa

    I did it a little backwards, I guess, but still did it. I quit drinking 7 years ago (July 2009).
    I am on day 42,….finally, of giving up smoking and am more determined than ever before. Quitting smoking was the most difficult thing I’ve ever done but I’m already so happy of finally making that decision and sticking to it. I love being able to say I’m a “non smoker”. 🙂

  • Anca

    There are also studies on the benefits of drinking beer http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/the-surprising-health-benefits-of-drinking-beer/
    And wine http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1768013/
    There are a lot of plant base alcoholic drinks that have been made for centuries and that have had results https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unicum
    And yes you could get this plants separately but you know the ethanol assures a higher absorption of compounds into our bodies.
    The thing with alcohol is alway the quantity.

  • Elsa

    When I was younger and single (I’m not going to disclose my age, but let’s say it’s in the 30+ group) I sometimes drank socially (even though I actually dislike alcohol) because I didn’t want to be the odd one out, that person everyone thinks of as “sad” and “boring”… Now I just don’t care what people think (if they don’t like me, then they’re not the right people for me to hang out with) and feel a huge freedom. Being teetotal has made a huge difference to how I feel and also to how I look, I’m not trying to brag, but I look 20 years younger than my really age and most people who don’t know me think I’m my parents’ granddaughter 🙂
    But the most important thing is that I also feel really healthy (I also don’t smoke or eat junk food, I exercise regularly and I always wear sunscreen)!
    And, most importantly, I do your DVDs and follow your advice, so I’m cellulite-free and weigh as much as I did when I was 15!!!!

  • JoeyAtlas

    MAJOR congrats to you, Lisa!! Quitting the cigs is a massive health boost. WELL DONE! Keep at it!
    Joey 🙂

  • JoeyAtlas

    Thanks, Anca – I’d want to look more closely into this angle – thanks for sharing 🙂

  • JoeyAtlas

    Elsaaaaaaa! Always love hearing from you! 🙂 this is great info you share – and appreciated. If you have a chance please send me your “before and after” story about cellulite. That would be awesome if you could do that. Let me know if you want to send via email or if posting here is good with you.
    THANKS, Elsa!
    Joey

  • Elsa

    Hi, Joey!
    Posting here is fine with me. About 10 years ago I started noticing some cellulite forming, even though I hadn’t put on any weight; my butt was also starting to sag and flatten out, which I wasn’t one bit happy about (I don’t like big butts, but I don’t find pancake ones attractive either). I was a bit surprised since I’d always exercised and eaten well, so I started looking up some info on the net and found out two essential things:
    1 – I wasn’t drinking enough water (I now drink about 8 glasses a day, either as water or herbal tea (without sugar!!!), which is enough for my height (5’1″))
    2 – My exercise routines weren’t exactly on point, as they weren’t specifically aimed at fixing the issues I was facing. And that’s when I found you and your ULBHT programme. I bought the DVDs and after 3 months I was cellulite-free and my butt was back to its original perkiness.
    I now do your DVDs at least twice a week, as well as other similar exercises I’ve since found and got my teenage body back. I must stress I don’t do any quad exercises with added weight because I gain muscle fast in my quads and I don’t want chunky legs or thunder thighs, but I suppose everyone’s different. I haven’t moved on to Symulast because I’m still really happy with the results I’ve achieved and maintained so far. Hope my story helps and inspires as many gals as possible 🙂
    Thanks, Joey!

  • JoeyAtlas

    Elsa!! This is so awesome! you have no idea. Women NEED to hear stories like yours so they too can KNOW there is an answer! 🙂 I’d like to make a blog post out of this if you’re ok with it. Please let me know – and also if you’d be willing to share a photo or two to help give the story some ‘life’. I can email you directly if easier, just let me know!
    And thanks again for sharing this 🙂
    Joey

  • janet

    hey Joey it’s janet here. Do you think alcohol causes cellulite? this is my story,
    I started your program when I was pregnant and I got rid of my cellulite. It wasn’t bad but it was on one butt cheek and some thigh. it is really just on my left leg. then after I conceived I started having drinks again and my cellulite is back. I have consistently done your exercises 3 days a week except on my 6 week maternity leave. my daughter is 4 months old now and I’m still struggling to get rid of it. I remember reading something from you a while back when I got started on Thai journey about how alcohol doesn’t cause cellulite so that’s why I’m kind of wondering if you’ve come to a different conclusion?

  • Elsa

    Hi, Joey!
    You’re very welcome to make any blog post you’d like out of this or to ask me any questions you’d like, you can e-mail me directly if you’d like to ask any questions or do a written Q&A or anything like that… But please no photos or anything that would actually identify me, I’m a very private person and although I’m more than happy to help other women, I don’t actually want to be recognisably “out there” on the Internet.
    Other than that, I’m happy to share…

  • JoeyAtlas

    Awesome, Elsa! Totally understand the ‘no photo’ aspect.
    Ok – I’ll be in touch via email.
    Thank you!! 🙂

  • JoeyAtlas

    Hi Janet, I do not believe alcohol, by itself causes cellulite… I do believe it can, with other factors, be part of the cause. BUT, pregnancy itself is often the “cause” for many women. Your key is to stick with the program and give your postpartum body a chance to make gradual progress, back to where you envision and deisre.
    Make sense?

  • janet

    thanks for answering! Yes makes perfect sense! So I just stick with those 8 exercises 3 times a week and that will be good? Is it okay to two two sets of 15 instead of 3 sets of 10? Also is it a good idea to use leg weights with the exercises? I have the ones that Velcro on the ankle.

  • JoeyAtlas

    Yes – should be good! and ok to do 2 sets of 15 some weeks. BUT no ankle weights. Just move more slowly and eventually is it all gets too easy you can step up to the ULBHTM dvds.
    Keep me posted!

  • Janet

    how do I get the ULBHTM DVDS?

  • JoeyAtlas
  • Tina

    Breastfeeding was the best way for me to get my body back after having my son. I find that it’s natures way of helping us. I would encourage all moms to continue to breastfeed as long as possible. My son quit nursing at the ripe age of 4.5. Hope this helps!

  • JoeyAtlas

    Great share, Tina! Thanks 🙂

  • Lisa

    Thank you, Joey!!! Today is September 3 and DAY 55 NICOTINE FREE!!! I’ve put on a few pounds but, this, too, shall pass. 🙂 I’m eating extremely healthily but probably a bit more than I should. No, that’s not true,…DEFINITELY MORE THAN I SHOULD. I know this will even out but I’m NOT SMOKING and NOT GONNA!!! THANKS FOR THE KUDOS!!! 🙂 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0c88e1e16fd28e3e0e00d294bd7bdeaab89f946daf8afbc444d0bc8af30ad47c.jpg

  • JoeyAtlas

    GO LISAaaaaaa!! This is so good to hear! Be sure to get a little daily exercise in to trim off those unneeded LBS 🙂
    Keep at it!

  • David Rosa

    nice. I’m just giving up alcohol after a meltdown and some circumstances. It’s so far the best thing I’ve done since I was 16.

  • JoeyAtlas

    Well done, David. Removing it from your life increases your potential and your productivity exponentially…. Keeps the mind clear and ready for constructive thinking and actions. #gogetit

    Joey

  • Jeff Mercer

    I gave up alcohol nearly 6 years ago and I’ve never looked back. Can’t believe how much better I feel . It’s a big decision to take and in fairness It took a couple of attempts to stop. I’ve witnessed first hand how excessive alcohol consumption can destroy relationships and turn people into monsters.

  • JoeyAtlas

    Thanks for sharing this, Jeff. This strengthens the message and the movement. Power to you – keep at it and keep being that example.
    Happy New Year
    Joey