No Beer This Year

03.05.2020 and I haven’t had a drink this year yet.

I also feel like a lot of people in their twenties & early thirties are becoming more aware of the health implications which alcohol can cause. Or this could be because the younger generation are a lot more body conscious now – topic for another time.

So, day 124 in 2020 I haven’t had a drop of alcohol. Now I’m not going to be preaching that I’m never going to drink again because I will. I enjoy a cold beer as much as the next guy and no one loves a night out with the boys as much as I do. No doubt there will be times when I pull the pin this year.

But for now, lets talk about the rise of non-drinkers and that AF beer is actually pretty good.

For the record my go-to is Heineken 0.0 – it’s very good.

Let’s start with the feel good benefits this has had on me;

  • Improved sleep
  • Noticeably better all round health
  • More productive
  • Reduced anxiety
  • If I was overweight then I’m sure this would of helped me lose weight
  • Saving money
  • Zero days wasted

Now these are all pretty obvious but what has occurred to me the most is that I have been in full control of my actions and words for every single second this year. I’m not in my early twenties any more and I never want to use the excuse of ‘I was drunk’ ‘it was the alcohol’. Taking control is a great feeling, If I mess up then I put my hands up and own it. I think it’s far too easy to use alcohol as an excuse, I have obviously done this in the past but now being slightly older and slightly wiser I can say it’s a much greater felling knowing that I am always in full control.

I do believe that everyone should try giving up alcohol for a short period, in my opinion a minimum of three months. Give yourself the time to really dive into and become the best version of yourself by having full control every second. Save money, reduce anxiety, improve sleep, be more productive and no doubt this will improve your relationships at home.

Create deep connections sober!

Those drunken connections we make on nights out which lets be honest we barely remember and are more than likely to be embarrassed at what was said or did!

Being able to connect on a deep level with your partner whilst being sober, yes at the start it’s probably hard and a little awkward but it is so much more rewarding then the forgotten ‘drunk chats’ over a bottle of gin or two.

Of course I’ll drink again (I think) but for now I am enjoying owning every day.

Cheers the AF way!

AC

#1 Sunday – Side Hustle

#1 Sunday Blog

#1 represents the first Sunday blog. Decided that every Sunday evening I will be dropping a new blog, outlining some simple tips & tricks on becoming fitter, healthier, stronger & mixed in with some random life bits.

So, first up for #1 – I will put this under the category of ‘random life bits’

This is my account on The Side Hustle

During these uncertain times I’m sure a lot of us have thought about or maybe even started a ‘Side Hustle’. You may have been thinking about this for a while, probably even years and never really done anything about it. So with Lockdown playing it’s part, there is no better time to start that Side Hustle and earn a little extra on the fly and who knows, your passion could turn into your full time gig.

Here’s my simple 6 steps to launch

  1. Begin with a problem – Start-ups fail when the problem they are fixing isn’t one that people care enough about to pay for a solution. know exactly who you are helping.
  2. Test your assumptions – List the conditions needed for success – competitor analysis, SWOT and so on. Test your assumptions by speaking to your target market.
  3. Draw up a schedule – If your hours are consistent and non-negotiable, you won’t be derailed by social engagements or even your day job.
  4. Don’t be too ambitious – It’s very easy to overestimate how much free time you’ll have – let alone how much energy and mental capacity. Quick success is rare, so focus on building momentum, keep the momentum and aim for marginal gains. Don’t shoot out the blocks.
  5. Make yourself accountable – Ensure that you remain on track by sharing your targets with a friend, partner or colleague this will keep you stay accountable for your success. Make external pressure and ally.
  6. Know yourself – If you’re struggling to make things work, ask yourself why. First, are you honestly excited about you idea? Are you extremely passionate about your Side Hustle? Or perhaps are you afraid of failing? If the later then you will need to tackle your doubt, because I am a massive believer that self doubt will kill your dreams.

“your hobby can become you side hustle. Almost any skill can be monetised” 

“If not NOW then when”. – Tony Robbins

This is me starting my Sunday blog today.

AC

Daily Decisions

How we can improve our daily decisions.

We all have the freedom to make choices at any given moment and sometimes the smallest choices can lead to the biggest destinations – good or bad.

I made the wrong choice when I first got offered to buy Anabolic Steroids, that one small choice lead to an 8 -year addiction. When we give ourselves time to really think about our choices would we choose a different answer?

If I could turn back time then of course I would, instead of taking these drugs I wish I had invested the time, money and dedication into something which was going to be more beneficial in my life but the simple reality is that I cant. All I can do is turn that negative into a positive and help others who could potentially be in the same situation that I was in.

All my choices now are to lead me to my purpose, to simply live a fitter and healthier life and help others to not make the same mistakes which I did.

To live a healthier and more fulfilling life we can sometimes make things easier for ourselves, simply look at our daily defaults.

  • Sleeping with your phone next to your bed – you will then be more likely to check emails and social media as soon as you wake up. (not to mention the damaging affect that having a mobile next to your bed will do to your health – story for another time but, EMF is a serious problem for the 21st Century)
  • If all your sofa’s and chairs and directly pointing towards the TV, then it is more likely that your default decision will be to watch television. Reading a book, listening to podcast or having a conversation with your partner could be better choices.
  • If you keep sugary treats in your kitchen then eating junk is more likely to be your default decisionOf course, defaults can be positive as well.
  • If you keep a book by your bed you are more likely to read every night.
  • If you keep your vitamins / supplements visible in the kitchen then you are more likely going to remember to take these every day.
  • If you keep a water bottle on you all day you are likely to drink more water throughout the day and hopefully less fizzy drinks.

Simple changes like this can be installed into us which soon become our daily habits without even thinking about them. Shifting your environment so that good behaviours are easier, and the bad behaviours are harder is a simple way of living healthier.

Stay well.

AC

Covid-19

Firstly, massive respect to all our front line workers out there who are pulling some almighty shifts keeping the nation alive. Including the guy who has been serving me once a week at Sainsburys (other supermarkets available) he was quick to tell me that he had worked 7 days straight and the bankers are not so important any more, I hear you buddy but everyone has a role to play.

And, right now for the majority of the population is to stay home and keep the NHS safe. So for all of you pricks ignoring the government guide lines – grow up.

Week 4 of Isolation. If I am completely honest right now, I am actually enjoying the peacefulness this is bringing to Laura and I. It bloody sucks not seeing Chloe (my daughter) but I know she is safe and happy with her mum and it would be irresponsible of us if Chloe was to be going between her 2 homes especially with Laura being Keith Cheggers.

So, here it is and I know this a very simple one but for once in my life I am putting it into practice without the choice.

SAYING NO

We all know that to be more productive and really do the things which we want to do we should learn to say No more, this is something I have always struggled with as it is in my nature to be a people pleaser and say Yes to everything (I think I get this from my mum).

These past 3.5 weeks I haven’t been able to say Yes to anyone so I have finally sat down, stopped running around for others and figured out what it actually is that Adam wants. So I put those answers into action and here it is, a website, blog, book, online subscriptions (coming soon). These are the foundations I have put in place to start living my purpose, I am on mission to help others live a fitter healthier life and to start with I will be focusing on helping steroid users overcome the unhealthy addiction.

Your one takeaway from this blog is that if the answer is not a FUCK YEAH LETS DO IT then simply say no.

Write you own story. Live your Passion.

Here’s mine for free.