3 years ago I made a decision to stop drinking. .
Alcohol abuse was something I struggled with for years. .
It stole my soul and I became someone who I could not feel good about waking up with in the morning.
The day I made the decision to start living alcohol free my life changed for the better.
I no longer had legal, relationship, money, or business issues. .
My confidence & self esteem slowly began to rebuild and I was able to start attracting all the abundance and desires of my heart into my life.
I think the most challenging part of the transition was recognizing that regardless of what I had done or how I had behaved in the past, I was still worthy of all I could desire in the present and in the future.
Every breath we take is another opportunity to make a change. The past is done, you can't change it. .
I learned that guilt and regret are a waste of energy and chose to become the person I always knew I was capable of being.
This Thanksgiving I give thanks to the Universe for this life I am so blessed to be experiencing with the two most important people in my life, my husband and my daughter. .
They have both helped me to become a better human being. .
I would not be where I am today if I was still relying on alcohol as a crutch. .
I openly share my story with others in hopes that it will inspire someone else to break free of the bonds that may be holding you from uncovering your true being. .
Once you believe that the pain of not changing is greater than the discomfort of making a positive shift; the magic will begin.
Have a blessed day and a happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours ❤️photo courtesy of @studio33_photography ❤️
After my 3rd and final surgery in 2011, my doctors removed every bone that connects my left hand and wrist, and replaced them with 4 rods and 12 screws. They sent me home with a script of oxy and mindset that I was never going to have the strength I once had.
So, on this 1000th day of sobriety i look back at how I once used to live and Immediately I am hit with so much gratitude. 1000 days ago I was a broken 135lb boy and the only think I was lifting was a Jack bottle. Now I weigh 200lbs and last night I lifted 605lbs. The mind, body and soul can be changed. Strength is acquired by working on ourselves daily.. Millions of people struggle with addiction each day, and most won't find a way to live life without alcohol or drugs. My time I have left on this earth is to inspire as many people as possible. If I can recover from a hopeless state, if I can change my life, if I can find purpose. So can you... #blessed . #haveanattitudeofgratitude . #grateful . #soberliving . #fuckheroin . #AA . #onedayatatime . #soberandfit .
God is good
🙂life is good
OBH4 is paid off! And to think my crazy transformation started because I wanted to wear a bikini for the first time at OBH3. Here’s what 10 months of progress looks like. In pursuit of this goal, I discovered the awesome science of @rpstrength, which finally helped me make sense of my eating habits. I was encouraged to step out of my numbness and try sobriety thanks to 2 amazing women: @hipsobriety and @laura_mckowen. Then I found a tribe of sober friends here on IG that keep me honest and vulnerable and laughing and focused on my own care! And after trying different exercise programs, @orangetheory was the piece that clicked for me! I’ve been to studios all around the country and love the fellowship of splat points and bitching about rowing and sharing workouts on Reddit. Friends, I share my #transformationtuesday story every few weeks because I want you to know that whatever you want, it’s possible to achieve it. I’m nowhere near where I want to be but I’m oh so far from where I was. If you need a push to get started or just want to share your deepest most precious goal reach out to me. I’m a great listener and motivator! 2018 is going to be fucking epic! Time for us to prepare for the work ahead. Thanks to the village that helped raise this new Erica! I couldn’t have done it alone! By the way, I’m gonna need a new bikini for OBH4! #soberandfit#soberaf#rpstrength#orangetheoryfitness#wearetheluckiest#otfaddict#testimonytuesday
Today's workout (after an hour of dancing) stolen from @jenellesummers
1 minute each...3 times through. I rested 1 minute between each set, but not between each move. This is another one that I looked at and thought would be easy....no. Hell no. Hopefully no issues with my hamstring tomorrow 😐😄💯
When it's all finished, you will discover it was never random. You were chosen. Hand picked to survive these struggles, because you've got guts, strength, and determination to thrive. 💯💯💯💯 quoted from @rainavsfood
This week and this week only we BOD exclusive members get a sneak peak at @autumncalabrese new program. Not only that..we get to sneak peak LIVE with her and her class!
I got emotional quite a few times during that 30 minute time frame.
First, because it has been incredible to watch Autumn evolve on camera. As a trainer and a group fitness instructor, it is inspiring for me to see her true self, and to watch her go from 21 Day Fix to A Little Obsessed.
Second, I was flooded with PRIDE to be a part of something so big as BOD LIVE STREAMING! Truly the evolution of fitness...and affordable for people, just proud.
Third, the workout was labeled Booty...I did it anyway with zero weight, and hearing Pate in my head. I was incredibly frustrated... but pulled through with some valuable life lessons....I wined, I felt sorry for myself...but in the end finished my workout with a smile on my face.
A 3 month old Bee taught me an incredible lesson today. I will share later. #fitnessparallelslife
Today I am grateful for BOD. While I am working through my lower body injury, I am smashing my upper body. I have been dealing with this for over 4 weeks now....and I have not done 1 workout twice, thanks to my online library of workouts. #askmeaboutmybod
Don't forget...SALE!!!!! Don't even ask me for half off come monday...I mean it, you got till Sunday 😉
Hello fellows PLEASE READ BELOW! @helenarawandlifestyle and friends are asking about what we are grateful for in life.
Of course I thought about my family and friends but that's not THE "things" I am most grateful for.
I am thankful for all the haters and failures! And this is not because I am a negative person. Actually, I am super positive and happy but we all feel like shit sometimes and bad things happen, I don't have to explain this part I guess... If I didn't had problems in school I wouldn't have the empathy I have now! I wouldn't have encountered the punk Szene & wouldn't be vegan now!
If I hadn't been mistreated badly by both genders I would still swallow the shit people give me and don't fight back! I wouldn't be as self confident as I am now!
If I hadn't had the horror trip 6 years ago I would take drugs intensively! (I know me😉) I wouldn't be as healthy and fit as I am now!
If I hadn't had the depressions and psychosis after that trip I couldn't be as strong as I am now because nothing was more terrible in my life than that.
So if I got over that... What shall ever break me?
NOTHING, and that's what I AM grateful for!
I hope my if clauses are correct! Still struggling with that 😂😂😂😂
✨🏙🌅Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dream. -Paulo Coelho 🌅🏙✨ ............. No filter necessary - just awe from the views this mornings run brought AND it felt great AND I ran without music (you have no idea how much of an achievement that is for me). Hope you're having an AHMAYZING Sunday Funday 💕
I fought hard for this, not just to finish my first marathon, but to find out who I can be...To have that feeling was the feeling I used to chase when I was in my addiction, to feel true joy, peace and it never got me there, but when I finished who’s race I found myself. I found pure happiness, confidence and I was proud of myself. I had just seen my family and my wife a few moments before, I remember running to them and seeing their faces at how happy and proud they were and that gave me a shot of adrenaline to sprint for that line, so this picture doesn’t just show a guy happy he finished, it’s a guy that was filled with gratitude #runner#running#runnerscommunity#runnersofinstagram#brooksrunning#runnerslife#runnershigh#eversourcehartfordmarathon#sober#soberrunner#soberlife#soberandfit