After years and years of pain and surgeries, Hulk Hogan finally got a stranglehold on his health.
While speaking to Men's Health for a "Gym & Fridge" video, the Hulkster recalled drinking "three Miller Lites and [taking] two Tylenols" before nearly every wrestling match of his career. After the post was over, his "meal" consisted of "probably 12 Miller Lites."
He's now six months sober and doesn't even take Tylenol.
"I don't drink alcohol at all," he revealed. "I just got tired of it. It got to be a way to numb me a little bit, because I had a bunch of crazy business problems and personal stuff going on. And I caught myself after I would train, getting too aggressive once again with alcohol. So I just had to stop it."
Hulk, 69, limits himself to water and organic, dairy-free food, a diet he's maintained for a few years. Since making the lifestyle change, he's lost 40 pounds.
"About 15 years ago my body kinda shut down on me. I had several knee surgeries, and then after wrestling 40 years almost, my body shut down on me," he said. "I went in for one back surgery and it was turned into 10 back surgeries. Both knees needed to be replaced. Both hips were replaced. A couple surgeries on my face from getting my orbital socket broken a couple times. And it ended up being 25 or 26 surgeries, or a couple more, over a 10- or 12-year period."
He added, "So it changed the game on me. It made everything different for me. And I changed my whole lifestyle because at the time, being in so much pain and getting older and older I couldn't carry that much weight. When you are sedentary and not wrestling or moving every night, it's easy to put weight on. So, I decided to drop weight and get down to about 265. Actually, the last time I weighed 265 was in ninth grade."
While the surgeries have corrected his health issues, Hulk still likes to feel a little pain from time to time.
"I feel great ya know," he told the outlet. "Without all the other extra stuff, you actually feel alive, because a little bit of pain makes you know you are alive."