And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. ~ Kahlil Gibran



Thursday, April 16, 2009

Self Motivation

Things I will be able to do with the $$ I save by NOT smoking:

-get new glasses
-yard furniture
-flower bulbs for the yard
-a new wardrobe for my skinny new body (I hit the glider doo-hickey every time I want a cig...MAN, am I racking up the "calories burned" on that thing!)
-take classes through Community Ed
-sign up for Tai Chi
-Get a gym membership
-get the Sprouts into more exra-curricular activities
-save for a car
-get my teeth fixed
-hire a maid
-buy a new washing machine
-redo the downstairs bath
-take a vacation
-buy a new dining room table
-take college classes
-landscaping materials for the yard
-so many more....

Keep cheering me on, folks! Today is tough.....

7 comments:

Fr. Peter Doodes said...

Now you have really worried me! Or did you mean 'some' of the things?

Fr. Peter Doodes said...

PS. I have just seen the Quitmeter, we will all be keeping an eye on it Barefoot...

barefoot gardener said...

Peter-
Oh, I won't be able to do them all right away. I will just keep track of how much $$ I save, and then treat myself to something off the list once in a while. Probably. Of course, I might end up spending everything I save in gum and beef jerky (the two things I am munching on to stave off cravings).

Lisa said...

What a great list! That ought to keep you motivated! Plus, all the working out on the gazelle thingy is going to shrink yer bod and you'll come out of this twice as good as before!!

Finding Pam said...

That is a nice list and should be great motivation for stopping smoking. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

Wendy said...

Hang in there! In another day or two, the physical cravings will be gone, and then, it will just be the "habit" of wanting it, not any actual wanting. In fact, after a couple of days, the taste will make you gag and the chemicals in the cigarettes will make you light-headed ... remember the first one?

I've been smoke-free for thirteen years, and just being around it now makes me nauseous.

You can do it!

By the way, starlight mints and sunflower seeds worked great for me when I quit smoking ;). I found that *replacing* helped a lot. When I quit soda, I switched to coffee (lattes, with lots of milk and sugar ... yum!), and then I quit drinking coffee and replaced it with Chai (spiced tea with lots of milk and sugar ... yum!), and now, I drink only green tea with a bit of sugar. It was just incremental steps. My next goal is to phase out green tea and sugar and replace it with water, but I'm not quite there yet :).

Anyway, because I *replaced* rather than *gave up*, I never really felt deprived of something I wanted. You know? I just decided I didn't *want* a cigarette. What I wanted was a mouthful of super salty sunflower seeds. And I didn't want a soda, what I wanted was a large iced caramel latte.

Kati said...

(((((HUGS))))) I hope the fight is going successfully and that you're feeling much better about the quitting this week. You've been in my thoughts & prayers. Hope all is well and that you had a fantastic weekend! And that the coming week is awesome!