Overall it's been a real good quarter. I set out with my 3 goals; Quit Smoking, Stay Sober, and Lose 100 Pounds. Here's how I've done so far...
From the smoking perspective, outstanding is the only word that I can think of to describe my performance. On day 1 I literally just stopped smoking. No nicotine patches or gum, I just quit cold turkey. 90 days later and I don't even think about smoking. I am absolutely thrilled to have this monkey off my back!
Alcohol was a bit more of a struggle. Without smoking to deal with stress in January I turned to drinking more alcohol on the weekends. Originally I planned to give up alcohol in February, but weeks just kept going by and I just kept drinking until the next thing you know it was March. I did finally get control though, and now it's been 21 consecutive days of sobriety.
The weight loss was the last focus. Over the first couple months my weight was all over the place. With so many changes going on in my body it's no wonder. By March I really started to get control and so far I'm about 10 pounds down from where I started.
So a quick recap, in the first 90 days:
- 100% Smoke Free
- 21 consecutive days of sobriety
- 10 pounds lost
With my added focus on weight loss I think now is also the time to get back into working out. Walking has been great, but it's time to step it up a notch, so I'm going to start thinking about some cardio as well as some strength training.
I went back and read my Day #1 post and I can still remember how I felt that day. I remember how the not smoking had me simply exhausted and I can remember just getting home and crashing on the couch. Fast forward to today and I'm not the same person. I can't believe how far I've come in just 90 days. I can feel the changes and my mood is better than it's been in years. I truly am getting excited about what the future holds. I'm on a roll and I don't want to stop!
But let's not get too far ahead of myself, this journey is still going to take one day at a time. 90 days are now in the books; On to day #91.
[Photo: Flickr / Alberto Otero García ]