February 01, 2013 03:01 PM by Donna W. Martin
According to People, McGraw said, I wasn’t a beer drinker. I was more a whiskey drinker. If I was going to drink, I’d have some drinks,” he said. “People were worried about me. It was to the point where I felt it was negatively affecting my relationships and getting in the way of things I wanted to accomplish in life. So I quit.”
McGraw has been sober since 2008 and said, “I don’t drink at all; it’s not a part of my life anymore.”
So how did he do it? He said he traded whiskey for weights. “My workout program took the place of alcohol, and it’s really important [because] I felt like I had to change my life.”
Though you wouldn’t know it judging by his success, McGraw is shy and doubts himself. In the past, he used alcohol as a way to help push those feelings aside and take the stage with more ease and confidence. But since he’s put the bottle down, he said, “I had to relearn how to do a show without alcohol.”
So when he’s on tour, he sticks to a four-hour workout, two-hours in the morning, and two-hours in the evening. “When I hit the stage,” he explains, “my adrenaline is going and by the time I come off stage I’m ready for bed because I am exhausted.”
Now that he’s quit drinking, “I am probably less embarrassing to her,” he said referring to wife, Faith Hill. “We are connected. We like spending time together.” He added, “We forgot how cool it was to perform together,” McGraw said of their Soul 2 Soul show in Las Vegas. “Sometimes, we get lost in it; we get lost in each other.”
Love for his family helps keep McGraw on track. “The driving force for me to be healthy and fit is ultimately for my kids. I want to be around for them,” he said.
McGraw’s new album, “Two Lanes of Freedom” will be out on Feb. 5 followed by a 30-city tour this spring. “I’m in a good place right now,” he said. “I really feel like this new album is not a culmination of the things I’ve done, it’s a new beginning of the things I am going to do. I want to enjoy my career and having my family. I have a busy life, but it is a fulfilling life.”
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