I saw this challenge on a blog I follow, and I thought it was a great idea. I don't make New Year's Resolutions because I think it is just too big of an idea. This, however, is right up my alley! Three smaller goals, 30 days to work on them, and the chance to start again fresh if need be in a relatively short time.
I am starting to work on this the first week of the new year. I plan to start fresh each first of the month and see how things are going for me. Here are my goals for the first month of the year:
1. NO smoking at ALL! For those of you who have followed for awhile know, I quit smoking for 14 months. An extremely stressful situation happened at our home, leading to some huge life changes for our family, and I STUPIDLY picked up a cigarette when my husband lit one. Don't ask me what I was thinking. Since then I've smoked here and there, almost always in social situations. You know what they say... to change habits you have to change the people and places you hang around. I haven't been willing to stop hanging around my friends, and since Daniel is STILL struggling with quitting he's had cigarettes around. I can't stop hanging around him. So, I have made a decision. If I can't say no and still be around these people, I will need to walk away. Go into the house and pick up a book. Go for a walk around the block if I am feeling up to it. Whatever I have to do to not feel the peer pressure to do what the rest of the crowd is doing. It's funny.... I am on day seven of not smoking at all (New Year's Eve I smoked with friends). I have absolutely no interest in having a cigarette and not a craving at all. BUT, I haven't been around anyone smoking, either, as Daniel has been doing a fantastic job himself. Smoking isn't a physical addiction for me. It's a stupid choice I make when I don't know what else to do.
2. Clean up the two boxes sitting next to my desk. When we moved (in September) there were two boxes of "stuff" that belong in the office area. They are important enough to hang onto, but not important enough that they get used
every day ever. They are filled with little papers that need to be filed or thrown away, and the task just seems like such a big effort. I trip over the boxes often, or I wind up throwing them from one side of my bedroom to the other. I want to get those taken care of once and for all. I think that will lead to a bit more peace and a much nicer looking bedroom!
3. Ride the exercise bike. No, I won't be able to run. Yes, I can do other exercises. I need to start doing something that isn't enjoyable to me just so I can be doing SOME exercise. I am going to start riding the exercise bike for 5 minutes per day. No, that's not a lot of time, but that's the point. Maybe if I get on for 5 minutes I'll stay on for 10. Maybe I'll be able to find a balance between working out and overdoing it. That's been the biggest problem for me and my autoimmune disorder. If I exercise too much I pay a big price. I haven't been able to find where that line is. I think the line keeps moving daily. Five minutes, though, should give me a good baseline. I'll take a book on the exercise bike with me and get in a few extra minutes of reading.
What are some things you would like to accomplish this month? Can you commit to making it happen in the next 30 days?