My name is Chris Appleford, and this is me here on the left. I’m in my early 40’s and I’ve never felt fitter, healthier, leaner and happier. The reason? In 2012 I quit drinking alcohol…for good. But it hasn’t always been like that.
Growing up I was like any other red blooded Australian male. I loved playing sport, watching the football, and having massive nights out on the town with my friends. These nights would start with a few drinks at someone’s house (pre-loading as it’s called these days), then hit the club’s until they kicked us out and closed the doors. Very rarely were these nights small. And of course the next day I’d feel like a freight train was running through my head and waste a day laying on the couch…sick as a dog!
But that didn’t stop me from doing exactly the same thing the following weekend. And the weekend after. Or even more regularly during my university days. I shudder to think of the amount of money I’ve spent on alcohol over the years. It must be in the tens of thousands of dollars. It would easily be enough to put a big deposit down on a house, or have a very healthy share portfolio, or to travel around the world for a couple of years! Back when I first started going out all I needed was $50 and I’d be wasted by the end of the night. But today it’s easy to blow at least $200 on a night out for me. For others it’s much more. What a waste!
This is a picture of me in my mid-30’s. Note the puffy face, bags under the eyes, and even a few blotchy marks on my skin? I wasn’t exactly fat, at least not by modern standards, but I was definitely carrying too much weight. And if I had to be part of a full length photo, I’d make sure I was sucking my stomach in. Do you do that?
So why did I quit drinking alcohol?
- I’d rather spend my hard earned money on something else
- I’d rather not feel sick every Sunday, or any other day for that matter
- I’d rather not waste days sitting on the couch when I could be doing something productive
- I’d rather be healthy and look better, instead of poisoning my body and aging prematurely
- I actually like the sober me better than the drunk me
- I’d rather have control of my actions, instead of the alcohol
These are just a few of the many reasons why I wanted to stop drinking alcohol. But the crazy thing is, I actually knew I wanted to quit drinking alcohol about five years before I eventually did. Does that sound familiar to you? If you’re reading this page, I’ll bet you’ve already made the decision to quit drinking alcohol, but you’re still doing it anyway. Am I right?
My goal is to help you break the drinking habit, just like I did. It’s not going to be easy, most Western countries have an embedded drinking culture. Ever told your friends or family that you want to quit drinking? What was their reaction? I’ll bet some of them were horrified at the thought. They probably gave you plenty of grief until you relented and joined them on another bender. It’s not their fault, it’s the culture we’ve all grown up in.
Don’t let anyone stop you from achieving your goal of leading a happier, healthier and more active lifestyle. Take a look around and if you’ve got any questions, don’t hesitate to send me a message via the contact page.
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