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Alex Wood is a stand-up comedian. He's also a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. On the 1st of every month he's quitting one of his vices while trying to keep his sanity. Over the next year he's quitting; weed, caffeine, chewing his nails, red meat, dairy, cigarettes, porn, social media, credit cards, gossip, smart phone and sugar. Each episode also has an interview with an addict of some kind.
 
Exceed is a word that signifies accomplishment, achievement, and going beyond what is expected. Exceed is also a podcast that empowers you to breakthrough limits, change culture and become remarkable by delivering creative work everyday to people who care. Certified agile coach and executive trainer, author, and speaker J Alex Woods draws on over 25 years of leading organizational transformation and training high-performance behavior to fortune 500 executives, teams, and individuals to show ...
 
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We've all felt the pressure of receiving or giving feedback. Whether it be at work, home or even recreation, feedback is an inescapable part of the human experience. We don't have to fear this Dimension of communication. This episode deals with how to shatter the invisible wall which holds us back and develop the confidence to use feedback as a per…
 
Pre-pandemic statistics show one of the highest reasons for employee dissatisfaction and ultimately leaving a position is due to feeling underappreciated. This also translates into other relationships. Listen to this episode to understand the differences between being thankful, having gratitude, and showing appreciation and when to use each one to …
 
We need to re-imagine the idea of humility. Traditional thought leads to the conclusion that humility can be weak or docile. But history has shown that those who have made the most positive impact have used the power of strategic humility. I have re-imagined the cultural definition to reflect a more "today's reality " friendly version to be defined…
 
Its easy to feel like you may be better than you actually are. But did you know that the smarter you perceive yourself, the more likely you are just average at best? Today's episode explores the scientific aspects of the Dunning And Kruger Effect as it relates to the dangers of having the wrong impression of yourself by overestimating your ability …
 
Exceed is a word that signifies accomplishment, achievement, and going beyond what is expected. Exceed is also a podcast that empowers you to breakthrough limits, change culture and become remarkable by delivering creative work everyday to people who care. Certified agile coach and executive trainer, author, and speaker J Alex Woods draws on over 2…
 
I read excerpts that were cut from the final draft of my book. My guest this episode, the founder of Lifeboat Counselling Services, it's Jordan Kearns. LCS is an online addiction and mental health counselling service. Jordan discusses the most common mistakes addicts make in recovery, relapsing, seeking help and what it's like to have a family memb…
 
The intro for this episode is a special Mother's Day gift from me to all of your mothers. I talk about missing; comedy, the dog park and my ex. This episode is all about mental health. My guest this episode, from the podcast "Sad in the City" it's: Marisa Bettino. We talk about her Bi-Polar 2 diagnosis and the hilarious struggle that is our mental …
 
My dog is doing better on dating apps than I am. I also succumbed to the pandemic craze of doing something stupid to your hair. This episode is all about inequality. I interview James Kwak author of Economism:Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality. I also interview comedian and friend Peter Anthony about which Billionaires we would execute with a…
 
My guest this episode is legendary boxer, "Irish" Micky Ward. Ward is a 3 time winner of Ring Magazine's "Fight of the Year" and his life is the basis of the Oscar winning movie "The Fighter" starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. As inspiring as his boxing career was, the things he overcame outside of the ring are even more impressive. We talk…
 
Climate change, plastic in the ocean, porn relapsing, honoring Carole Baskin, Amazon's tax avoidance, nail biting, WWE in Saudi Arabia, my dog and so much more in the intro. Then I interview Sarah Buchanan from the non-profit Environmental Defence. We discuss what politicians and society at large could be doing to slow climate change and help out p…
 
I’m on day 1,878 off cocaine day 1,570 off booze, day 1219 off hard drugs, day 1010 off cigarettes, day 704 off amazon, day 539 off plastic water bottles, day 522 off WWE, day 188 off cigars, day 92 off coffee, day 6 off buying anything new, day 6 off online shopping, day 3 off weed and until right now I was 739 days off this podcast. It's been 2 y…
 
I went to a Naloxone workshop that teaches people how to treat opium overdoses. I'm also dealing with some pretty serious injuries before my upcoming fight and I talk about boxing helped get me sober. It's part 2 of catching up with former guests. I talk to; Robbie Stevenson now 6 months clean from Crystal Meth, Shawn who is coming up on two years …
 
There's less than 10 days left before I complete season one of the podcast and my challenge to quit all of my vices. In this episode I catch up with past guests to see how they are doing now in they're sobriety. Joining me; from "Swimming Lessons" is John Mostyn, from "Future Bird" Meg Mackay and from "Our Own Worst Enemy" Marito Lopez.…
 
There's less than two weeks left in season one and an unexpected death nearly pushed me to drink. What would this podcast be without some a near relapse and death? My guest this episode is a talented writer for Vice, Jordan Foisy. He hasn't had a smart phone for two years! We talk about how much better he feels with a flip phone, how confusing it i…
 
I'm 12 days off of my smart phone and I'm reading a book for the first time in longer than I care to admit. I'm sleeping better and my eyes don't feel strained since I'm not staring at a tiny glowing screen for large portions of the day. My guest this episode, Melissa Story! She's 4 months off of rehab and had an outpatient rehab treatment to kick …
 
There's less than one month left in season one and I'm on day 5 off of my smartphone. Another incredibly tempting night, an instant classic heavyweight title fight and a trip to the museum were my last few days in New York. My guest this episode is up and coming comedian, Ana-Marie Stoic. She is 18 months off of booze, with a few slips in there bec…
 
Look, if you aren't a fan of the intros where I'm sad and I feel bad for myself then you should just fast forward through this pity party. BUT if you have your pity party hat on, then this is the intro for you. I hated myself on the Today Show and I almost relapsed because of it. My guest this episode is Ian Fidance. We talk about his addiction to …
 
I'm in New York again because NBC has flown me here to be a guest on the Today Show to talk about the podcast and my addictive personality. Not bad for a podcast that started 11 months ago that took me 1500 takes for the first episode. My guest is ONE of my best friends, Dylan Gott. Dylan is a month off of booze and I couldn't be happier that he ha…
 
February 15th 2018 marks three years since I last did cocaine. It's the longest I've gone in my adult life. I remember the bad times of hard drug addiction, relapses, licking bathroom floors and the positive changes that have happened to me since then. My guest this episode is my good friend, Alexis O. Over the last 8 months she has quit drugs, alc…
 
I'm 10 days off of social media and I feel less like a zombie already. I used my credit card and I'm not happy about it. Although I am happy that Laura and I have found a place to live. My guest this episode is Joel who is 9 months clean from oxycontin, percocet and heroin. We talk about the sports injury that lead to his addiction, his rehab and t…
 
I'm on day 3 off of social media and I am shocked at how difficult it is to quit. I monitored how many times I had an impulse to check Facebook/Instagram/Twitter on the first day and it was 48 times. Yikes. I've also signed up for my first boxing fight and I'm moving in with my girlfriend. My guest this episode is entrepreneur, Allie Sweeting. We t…
 
I somehow got food poisoning with all of my healthy eating. I also got a new tattoo and I was able to break out of a stand-up slump to have a great weekend headlining a club. I've lost 13 lbs. since I quit sugar. My guest this episode is JD(protected for privacy reasons). He's one year off of cocaine. We talk about his darkest time when he did 14 g…
 
I've been hitting Tide Pods 24/7 and the withdrawal is harsh. I also share some sugar-free dishes you can make at home and give advice to the emails I've been getting from across the world to addicts and loved ones of addicts. My guest this episode is international headlining comedian, John Hastings. We talk about his past life as a 340 lbs. man an…
 
The withdrawal of quitting sugar has eased up but I'm dreaming about pizza almost nightly. But there is good news, my article for Vice about quitting addictions saw me receive tweets and emails from people across the world struggling with addiction. My guest this episode from the Brazilian version of "Saturday Night Live" and her stand-up show "Com…
 
I'm on day 3 off of sugar, and I am angry. The withdrawal from sugar is way more intense than I expected. On New Year's Eve I performed on one of the biggest shows of my life and then two days later was consumed with rage over a social media fight. My guest this episode, from Roast Battles on Comedy Central, Jimmy Kimmel Live and star of LetterKenn…
 
This past week marked 2 years off of booze. My 31st birthday. And a little known holiday called Christmas. I was awarded a championship belt by my family and almost got into a bar fight in a comedy club. I also brought my girlfriend home for her first Christmas. My guest this episode is veteran Canadian comedian, and one of my best friends, Wafik N…
 
It's December 17th and I just finished headlining some extremely drunk Christmas parties. I was definitely tempted to smoke after. I reached a goal to bench press 200 lbs by the end of 2017, SICK RIGHT?! My guest this episode is Isabelle Zolton. We talk about her 2 years off of sugar. What her diet is like, how she tries to feed her children,how si…
 
I'm 10 days off of gossip, it is challenging but I'm already seeing mental health benefits from quitting. I finally felt the affects of quitting porn and took it out on someone close to me. I'm also preparing for a sober holiday season. My guest this episode is uber talented comedian, Che Durana. Che is 6 months off of porn. We talk about his huge …
 
It's day 3 off of gossip and I miss trashing people. I talk about a stunning research paper that showed human beings pay attention to negative gossip more than things we feel positively towards. I also accidentally ate some milk. My guest this episode, Vandad Kardar who is 2 months off of gambling. We talk about his 25 thousand dollar gambling debt…
 
I was almost broken this week by a deep dish pizza, an open bar and an engagement party. But I haven't cracked and I am still going strong. My guest this episode is talented comedian, Rob Bebenek. We talk about his addiction to call of duty and how he was playing more than 40 hours a week at one point. We dive into the similarities between video ga…
 
I reveal a secret, painful new addiction that has come into my life. I also talk about how hard the next four months is going to be quitting sugar, social media, my smartphone and gossip. My guest this episode is comedian Adrienne Fish. We talk about her coke addiction and the toxic relationship that lead to her being homeless for a short period of…
 
I'm on day 10 off of credit cards and I have a 102 degree fever! I faced maybe my biggest temptation this past week that nearly derailed the podcast. Also, I may have a plan for season 2 of the podcast. My guest this episode is comedian Jeff Paul. He had 27 thousand dollars in credit card debt and now it's zero. He's also been off of cigarettes for…
 
It's the start of a new month, so that means I quit something else. November is credit cards. I talk about having my credit card maxed out for years, throw out some global credit card debt statistics and compare credit cards to drugs. My guest this episode is Toronto comedian, Tamara Shevon. She quit credit cards in 2008. We talk about how credit c…
 
It's the end of October and I just had my first ever sober Halloween. I also had my second sleep test in as many weeks, and I've been struggling with a lot of temptation this month. My guest this episode is my old roommate, Mo. He was raised in a refugee camp in Palestine before moving to Canada 3 years ago. We talk about growing up in a war torn c…
 
I have strep throat. Again. Last night I had an overnight stay at a sleep clinic. I've also been having frequent relapse dreams. So while it has been a stressful week, I feel confident in my sobriety. My guest this week is, Kasha Zaraski, a Yogi/comedian and porn addict. We talk about the difficulties in quitting porn vs meat and dairy, whether wom…
 
I'm 10 days off of porn and cigars. I had a Thanksgiving to remember with my family, where they made me special personalized dishes without and dairy in it. My guest this episode is Toronto comedian, Joey Harlem. He is a former strip club DJ and porn addict. We talk about how his job contributed to his addiction, erectile difficulties and how he ha…
 
I'm 6 months into the podcast and I'm halfway home. I've returned from my western tour and I'm back in Toronto, 3 days off of porn and cigars. My guest this episode, Nathan Macintosh. This year he taped a set for Conan and also quit watching porn. We talk about the negative ways porn affect us, our relationships, our view of women and why we wanted…
 
I've been on tour for two weeks and I am feeling it. Too many cigars, too much social media and too much porn has me feeling awful. My guest this episode is Vancouver comedian, Mark Hughes. We talk about his heroin addiction that started at age 15, going to prison for 7 years, living on the street and most importantly his 11 years of sobriety.…
 
I'm 3 days into my tour of western Canada, this episode is coming from Calgary, Alberta. I went 4 days without cigars, and then had cigars. They're now on the list. I also climbed a mountain and did a show in a bowling alley. My guest this episode is Kim Schneider, hot shot lawyer and comedian. We talk about her shopping addiction which saw her spe…
 
I'm on day 3 off of dairy and I've done some research. Dairy has similar effects on the brain as opiates. I'm still on the cigars but I have cutdown, but it's become clear that I will probably have to include them in the podcast to kick the habit. My guest this episode is Michelle Shaughnesy who has been a vegan for 7 years. We talk about her strug…
 
I'm smoking cigars. Frequently. I'm going to have to find a way to quit them or It's going to count as a fail on this podcast. I was at one of my oldest and dearest friends weddings and it's snowballed since then. I also drank a non-alcoholic beer. My guest this episode is Shannah Williamson aka burlesque dancer, Daisy Badcock. She's 18 months off …
 
I bumped into my old drug dealer on the street and did he have a story for me. I also had a vicious cigarette craving during Dunkirk and received a touching email from one of my listeners. My guest this episode is comedian and actor, Anto-Chan. We talk about his gambling addiction. We also cover his problems with porn, soda and his button making bu…
 
I'm back from New York and 17 days off of red meat. I took part in a lewd pubic act, saw priceless art and I'm still trying to heal a broken bone. My guest is Yuk Yuk's comedian and friend, Blayne Smith. He's two months off of heroin. We talk about his physical withdrawal, how he's never been a smoker and his mental health issues.…
 
I'm on day 6 off of red meat. Missing bacon is being aided by being in the Hamptons and swimming in the ocean for the first time in my life. My guest this episode is rising talent in the Toronto comedy scene, Laura Leibow. We talk about, how she kicked opium of many different kinds over many years, the overdose death of her friend and falling in lo…
 
Recorded in the basement that I quit drugs and alcohol in, this episode is two days after Just for Laughs. My guest this episode is my mom! She has been a smoker for 40 years and she quit 30 days ago with me. We talk about, smoking as a teenager, smoking while pregnant, my cocaine addiction, her failed attempt at quitting after our dog Bob died and…
 
Recorded at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal, 2 days after the biggest show of my life. I'm surrounded by free alcohol and drugs. Thankfully there's enough free poutine to circumvent those. My guest is London, England based comedian and star of his own Vice show, Bobby Mair. We talk about Bobby quitting drugs, booze and how they almost cost…
 
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