Problematic? Not so much. Social and fun? Definitely yes! Today, Annie introduces Kim! Kim is an energetic 61-year-old who became a proficient, enthusiastic, social drinker and stuck with it for 40 years….until her ‘bell of consciousness’ was rung. Was she on the slippery slope of addiction? Or just a fun-loving party girl? Find out the 5 clues that helped Kim decide it was time to resign from her habit of drinking.
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#1: Body Clues to Quit Drinking
I was finally through the last stages of an interminable menopause and as my active (but aging) body shifted, I started to notice that my four-nights-a-week wine habit was not serving me, or my brain. Stubborn back fat, daily brain fog, and regular dehydration were making me feel old.
#2: Conscious Clues To Quit Drinking
I read a book called This Naked Mind by Annie Grace and a new consciousness began to creep into my everyday thinking. As a result, I had grown plain weary of thinking about drinking. ‘How much was too much?’ ‘Why couldn’t I lose that irritating six pounds no matter how much I exercised?’ ‘Can I drive home from book club safely if I have two glasses of wine?’ ‘If I’m such a health nut why am I putting ethanol in my body on a regular basis?’
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#3: Mental Clues To Quit Drinking
I started to get very picky about what made me feel icky. I didn’t want to numb and dumb conversations and emotions anymore, I craved more authentic, soulful exchanges with others, and with myself.
#4: Tasty Clues To Quit Drinking
I fell seriously in love with ginger kombucha, the fermented tea, and honestly prefer its’ flavor and benefits. Now, it is my drink of choice!
#5: Health Clues To Quit Drinking
My desire to ditch drinking had reached an apex, and then a health scare tossed me through the goalposts. Five weeks of acute vertigo—an epic wipeout—convinced me beyond a shadow of a doubt that I would never consciously put my body in any kind of deficit situation ever again. Finally, the grace to say farewell to booze lead me through a door, and when I looked back, that door had vanished.
I can say unequivocally that I live alcohol-free with zero effort. No meetings or support groups, no cravings or daydreams, no awkward moments of choice making, no mooning for the past. Nothing. I know that kind of bold statement might make you incredulous. It’s a huge mental and emotional jump and my frame of reference can be polarizing and paralyzing for drinkers vs. non-drinkers. But you see, once the bell of consciousness has been rung, the brain can’t really un-ring it.
Tune in to the complete podcast to hear how Kim’s life has changed since she got clued in to being alcohol free.
Special music thank you to the Kevin MacLeod Funkorama (incompetech.com)
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