100 episodes

The OYNB podcast will inspire you to take, or support you through a 28, 90 or 365 day alcohol-free challenge. Transform your life by changing your relationship with alcohol. Kick start your healthy habits and reconnect with your true self.

One Year No Beer | Hack your healthy Lifestyle Ruari Fairbairns & Andy Ramage

    • Fitness
    • 4.6 • 122 Ratings

The OYNB podcast will inspire you to take, or support you through a 28, 90 or 365 day alcohol-free challenge. Transform your life by changing your relationship with alcohol. Kick start your healthy habits and reconnect with your true self.

    A Couple’s Journey: Chris and Kristine Laping | OYNB 105

    A Couple’s Journey: Chris and Kristine Laping | OYNB 105

    Over the past few weeks, the One Year No Beer Podcast has had several great guests who have discussed things like how relationships change when you stop drinking, the importance of finding self-love and self-worth, and the exhilaration of taking a major leap, like quitting a day job to follow your passion. Today’s episode combines elements from all of those themes in one show. 
    In today’s podcast, you’ll hear from host Chris Laping and his wife Kristine Laping about their experiences with giving up alcohol together, as a couple. Chris and Kristine have reached their two-year anniversary of changing their relationships with alcohol together, and they have a lot to say about what the journey has been like for them. 
    “The reality is, when you do a lookback, now that we’ve hit our 2-year milestone there are some really interesting insights from who we were as a couple when we were drinking, vs. now, when we don’t drink.”
    Chris and Kristine discuss the difference in how they handle the kinds of common disagreements and annoyances that all married couples have now that they no longer drink. Kristine talks about her “belligerent drink” and recounts an episode that she would handle very differently today. They also discuss how alcohol can be used as an avoidance technique, and Chris talks about his increased ability to sit in discomfort now, rather than trying to avoid it. 
    Chris and Kristine also discuss the tensions that can arise when one member of a couple decides to give up drinking and the other does not, and the value of the accountability that occurs as a side effect of couples deciding to change their relationships with alcohol together. They discuss the things that they’ve done that they probably never would have done if they’d still been drinking and the occasional triggers that each still deals with. Listen in to learn more about Chris and Kristine’s alcohol-free journey.
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/

    • 38 min
    No Labels: Clare Freeman | OYNB 104

    No Labels: Clare Freeman | OYNB 104

    Does making one big change make other changes easier to make? For example, can changing your relationship with alcohol also make it easier to make other healthy lifestyle choices? Can it give you the confidence to follow your passions professionally or personally? In today’s episode, you’ll hear from Clare Freeman. Clare has reached 775 days entirely without alcohol at the time of this podcast recording. She’s also built a successful business and hosts a popular podcast of her own.  
    In today’s interview, Clare talks about where she was just three or four years ago. She describes herself as just drifting and existing amid a turmoil of stress, grief, heartbreak, and exhaustion. While she outwardly looked like she was doing well as an award-winning BBC producer, but internally, she was making unhealthy choices like drinking excessively and overeating to avoid her feelings. She’d even begun to ask herself if she was an alcoholic.
    “What I was stuck with was I knew I wasn’t an alcoholic, but I knew there wasn’t something right.”
    Clare concluded that she wasn’t an alcoholic, and she decided that a group like AA wouldn’t be right for her. She believed that alcohol was part of her problem, but she didn’t want to be labeled as an alcoholic for life and she didn’t believe that the AA approach would be useful for her. She attempted to moderate her drinking, but she didn’t feel as if that approach would work for her either. Then she found One Year No Beer through Catherine Gray’s book, The Unexpected Joy of Being Sober. She explains that the difference she saw in the ONYB community was that the people were really moving forward, thriving, and living their best lives. Clare believed that that was the kind of community that she could do well in also. 
    Clare shares how she felt when she reached the last day of her 365 day challenge, and why it wasn’t the grand event that she expected it to be – but also why she felt driven to keep going. She also talks about how she handled challenges to her sobriety, and how those challenges still present themselves, even after close to 800 days of being alcohol-free. She goes on to talk about her work and even explains how she came to give her podcast consulting business its distinctive name, A Small Furry Bear Productions. Listen in to the episode to learn more about Clare’s journey, life, and work. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 
    CLARE FREEMAN’S LINKS
    The Slimming World Podcast: https://www.slimmingworld.co.uk/blog/discover-the-new-slimming-world-podcast/
    A Small Furry Bear Productions: https://www.asfbproductions.com/

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Remastering Relationships: Jeff Jennings | OYNB 103

    Remastering Relationships: Jeff Jennings | OYNB 103

    One Year No Beer is all about changing your relationship with alcohol. But when you do that, you might find yourself dealing with changes in your other relationships as well. How do you maintain a relationship with a friend when the foundation of that relationship is meeting up for drinks – and you’ve stopped drinking? What about your romantic relationships? Is your relationship with a spouse or partner doomed if you stop drinking and they don’t? What’s the best way to get your partner to support you? Is it fair to ask them to stop drinking just because you do? 
    Relationship struggles are a commonly discussed problem in the One Year No Beer forums. In today’s episode of the ONYB podcast, you’ll hear from Jeff Jennings, a clinical psychologist who specializes in educating and coaching individuals and couples as they work on connecting and maintaining relationships. 
    “Be firm in your commitment, and if you are committing to an alcohol-free life, you want to communicate that commitment to people.”
    In today’s interview, Jeff talks about several different aspects of relationship issues that a person might encounter when they give up drinking. Jeff discusses both spouse or partner relationships as well as relationships with friends and others. He explains the importance of clear communication and how to address issues that are likely to arise during your alcohol-free journey. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 
    JEFF JENNINGS’S LINKS
    Relationship Remastery Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/relationship.remastery
    Jeff’s email: Jeff@relationshipremastery.com 
     
     

    • 56 min
    The Value of Community: Dominika Uhrikova | OYNB 102

    The Value of Community: Dominika Uhrikova | OYNB 102

    Everybody experiences dark times in their lives. Many people are experiencing those dark times right now, for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it requires a significant change in order to see you through the darkness and into a brighter future. Today’s guest has some experience with that sort of change. 
    Dr. Dominika Uhrikova was on day number 273 of her alcohol-free journey at the time when this podcast was recorded. A year ago, Dominika says that she was very depressed, in such a dark place that she wasn’t sure that she would be able to go on for another year. But now, in 2020, despite all of the unique challenges of this year, she says that she’s experiencing her best year yet. 
    “I am doing great. I am doing amazing. I know it may sound fake. But this is actually how I feel, and I didn’t always feel this way.”
    In today’s episode, Dominika explains that alcohol was always a part of her life. She came from a culture that normalized social drinking to a large extent, and she was influenced by that culture. She found herself in difficult circumstances – embroiled in a toxic relationship, feeling depressed, unsure of her own ability to reliably interpret her own experiences, and feeling largely out of control of her own life. She needed to make a change. So one day, Dominika booked a flight to Bali and there, she got to work on uncovering the root causes of her problems. 
    Before she left Bali, she joined One Year No Beer, knowing that it wasn’t enough for her to spend a month far away from home working on herself – she needed a community and ongoing support after she returned home as well. For Dominika, One Year No Beer was that community and provided the support that she needed. 
    Dominika discusses how One Year No Beer, especially the online community, helped her and provided her with support and resources. Not only did she become a part of the community, but she also elected to join a MasterMind program as well, after she was no longer feeling regular cravings for alcohol. She discusses what she learned about herself during this program. Dominika also shares some of the hobbies and interests she’s been developing along the way during her alcohol-free journey, and what she sees for herself in the future. Listen in to learn more about Dominika’s experiences and progress in the ONYB community and in the MasterMind program. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 

    • 53 min
    Building on Your Wins: Kristine Laping | OYNB 101

    Building on Your Wins: Kristine Laping | OYNB 101

    Today’s episode of the One Year No Beer podcast is hosted by a guest host, Chris Laping. Chris is sitting in for Ruari and Jen Fairburns as they take some time to mourn the recent loss of Ruari’s father. In this episode, you’ll hear Chris interview his wife, Kristine Laping, about her One Year No Beer journey.
    Chris and Kristine begin the discussion by talking about the reasons why Kristine decided to make a change in her relationship with alcohol. As Kristine explains, an outside observer may have questioned why she wanted to make that kind of change in her lifestyle in the first place. She was doing well outwardly – she’d achieved professional success, was in a stable relationship, and was a loving parent. She was active and maintained a healthy diet. Although drinking was an everyday occurrence for Kristine, she also maintained boundaries, like not drinking before dinner time. But Kristine also had some health issues – that disappeared after she stopped drinking – and was starting to experience severe hangovers, even when she didn’t drink very much. And she became concerned with her own preoccupation with drinking.
    “All of that to say, I really took that life experience and now that I'm alcohol-free, I am able to just look at life a lot differently.”
    Kristine first gave up drinking for a few weeks at the suggestion of an acupuncturist, who she was seeing for a health issue. However, that attempt to stop drinking entirely. It was Chris who first discovered One Year No Beer, and when he decided to give the 28-day challenge a try, Kristine decided that she would do the same. After completing the 28-day challenge, they decided to go back to drinking in moderation, but it soon became clear to Kristine that moderation just wasn’t working for her. So, she decided to go back to One Year No Beer for a longer challenge.
    From that point, Kristine became more involved and invested in the One Year No Beer community, and started to really notice the benefits of abstaining from alcohol entirely. Listen in to hear more about how Kristine’s journey progressed over the past two years, working with the Mastermind program, and what she has to say to members who are new to the alcohol-free challenge. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 

    • 44 min
    Rising to the Challenge: Drew Schapper | OYNB 100

    Rising to the Challenge: Drew Schapper | OYNB 100

    Drew Schapper leads an interesting life. He’s a musician who plays with a band, and an academic who’s currently working on writing a book. And on top of that, he’s a dad and a husband. He’s also a One Year No Beer member who’s joining today’s podcast to discuss what his alcohol-free journey has been like. 
    Drew joined One Year No Beer in September 2018 and has about 520 days alcohol-free as of this recording. In today’s interview, he explains that he’d been a binge drinker since he was about 13 years old. He found himself struggling with binge drinking as time went on, and he found himself doing things that were putting his marriage in jeopardy. 
    “Initially, I was so worried about what people would think and all this kind of stuff, but then I realized they’re wrapped up in their own things, problems, and whatever.”
    Drew talks about what it was like for him to find One Year No Beer and start his alcohol-free journey. He initially looked into AA but found that it wasn’t the right fit for him. However, he liked the challenge aspect of OYNB and decided to give that a try instead. He started out with a 28-day challenge and moved on to three months and then a year. 
    Drew credits the community at One Year No Beer with helping him when he felt like he might be ready to backslide. He describes going out with his band to perform shortly after he started his alcohol-free journey and seeing the pints of beer in the venue where he was performing. He knew that he wanted to drink and turned to the ONYB forum for help to resist, and that was what got him through the crisis. 
    Listen in to hear more about Drew’s journey, his work and writing, and how he benefitted from and contributed to the One Year No Beer community. 
    LINKS & RESOURCES 
    OYNB LINKS
    OYNB MasterMind Program: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/mastermind/
    OYNB Website: https://www.oneyearnobeer.com/ 
    OYNB Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Oneyearnobeer/ 
    OYNB Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/199505820380513/ 
    OYNB Twitter: https://twitter.com/oynbuk/ 
    OYNB Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oneyearnobeer/ 

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
122 Ratings

122 Ratings

VickiBradleyWriter ,

Life Changing

OYNB is life changing and for the better; it’s that simple. Highly recommended. My life is 100% better alcohol free. Thanks guys!

HM8865 ,

Not for those in recovery

Really hate to leave a bad review but if you are looking for help with sobriety this isn’t it. I got 40 minutes into an episode when the host (Jen) chirps up ‘if I want to have a few glasses of Prosecco I will’ not impressed

Cassbucko ,

Life changing

These are amazing podcasts and so many inspirational people that have helped me on my journey ! Love OYNB ♥️

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