[quote=“tash”]Lent is a good context to do this kind of thing, I think. It gives you extra motivation, especially if you’re religious.
40 is a nice length, not too long (although it might not seem that way when you’re actually doing it, I know) not too short.
I remember doing something for Lent (nowhere near as hard, I must admit) and I remember that I found it important not to think too much beyond that number. So, instead of thinking “If I can make it through Lent, perhaps I can quit forever”, I took myself off the hook for anything beyond Lent. It worked. Otherwise, I think the pressure of longterm commitment would have been too much.
Maybe that helps?[/quote]
That’s exactly my point. Chu got it, tash. :bravo: I’m working with 40 days, and if I can make that, then we’ll discuss day 41. But I come inside to my toasty home and think, ah, wouldn’t it be nice to smoke to relax. But I don’t. I reach for a starlight peppermint and suck and suck. And I forget. The only problem I forgot about quitting was that my dog “smoked” too and for a couple of days he’s been struggling.
Today, I had to go downtown and the stop I normally get off at has a lot of stairs to climb. I got to the top and was half way down the block before I realized that I was not out of breath!!! I was so happy and proud of myself. So happy that I was smiling so much that people were smiling back and saying hi to me and they didn’t even know me. (Anyone who knows me, knows that’s a BIG change )
Man, i just think, if I stick to this, my skin will look good, my body is already looking nice (no joke, I’ve actually been losing some weight along with some other healthy benefits have been happening, but I won’t say ) and I’ll have energy to get back into BJJ!!!
I hear you housecat, I had to give up the liquor for lent also. :raspberry: But that will be reinstated on day 41!!!
Thanks guys for being there. I really really appreciated it!