Six Months and Small Goals
Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Today is a monumental day.
It will be six months since I gave up the very bad habit of smoking and it feels good. I never liked the smell on my clothes or the nasty stale smell, nor the consequences of smoking on the body. I was disapproving, felt ashamed, and irritated with myself when I couldn't quit smoking and kept this bad habit in my life. Yes, I tried seven times before and made it a few months once, but my husband couldn't make it past a week and would start again around me. This time was different, we both have made it six months together and both feel we are too old to start again. Besides, I don't think our marriage could take the first couple months of quitting together again.
My husband started smoking at 14. I started in my 20's because I didn't want to put the weight I lost back on during finals week in college (what a bad excuse to start smoking, yet back then smoking wasn't taboo). Then I had one excuse after the other as to why I couldn't quit, mostly due to the stressors of life. I am now finding better ways to deal with the stress and real emotions of life.
Last spring, while trying to lose weight after knee surgery and getting back into Sparkpeople, I started setting small goals. By May, I decided if I could get 15 pounds off, be exercising regularly I'd quit smoking. I have put the 15 pounds back on due to quitting smoking but mostly because of a bad shoulder injury. I had surgery on the shoulder four weeks ago and was able to try to move a bit around the house but not able to feel like I was really making a difference cardio wise. I finally am able to get back to exercising regularly, not so much upper body but elliptical and walking. The exercise I fell in love with pre-shoulder injury was yoga and am anxiously awaiting the time I can again begin this class.
I've found I need to make small goals and when those are accomplished, I will make new small goals. I have over forty pounds of weight to lose but at present, my small goal is to lose the 15 pounds I gained, follow the exercises from PT to get my shoulder back into normal use and to be able to use all my golf clubs by June.
Knowing there is only 48 days until spring, I am thankful and loving the birds singing more in the morning and watching the geese flying overhead. Hoping everyone is enjoying the increasing sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets. Thank You Sparkpeople for helping me see small goals are helpful to me.