Birthday WEEK Blog

Another year down! I turned 47 this week. Typically around my birthday I like to evaluate what I’ve been doing for the last year and outline my goals for next year and it seems like this might be a good platform to use for that exercise.

Most years I have some pretty positive stuff to write down, and while this year does have some successes, there are also some fails and things to work on.

I don’t think I’m any further ahead than I was on my birthday last year. In fact, I feel older, more tired, less muscular… Let me break things down!

So my main accomplishment that happened this year is that I quit smoking. After 34 years, yes YEARS, of smoking 1/2 pack a day, I quit. September 8th of last year (2020) I had my last Cigarette. Everyone says that’s a great thing but it didn’t change a thing in terms of how I feel. I still am short of breath. I still get headaches (although maybe less than I used to). Food doesn’t taste any better. And now, on top of everything else that came with smoking, I have to deal with daily cravings as well. People do tell me it gets better but I would think 10 months out I’d have seen some improvement but it doesn’t feel that way to me.

I now deal with constant back and joint pain which I don’t remember feeling last year. Yeah, I pulled my back on a hike back in May so that explains the back pain. I’ve been working to try and fix that as I’ve blogged about some. The joint pain has been around for a while also but it seems more intense than it used to be. I guess maybe that does come with being older… or maybe I’m just tired of it so I think about it more now.

I know what my issues are, I’m just not good at following through. I’m tired because I don’t sleep well. I’m not feeling as muscular because I’ve slacked off some on the “muscle building” parts of my workouts. I can’t breathe because it took me 34 years to quit smoking and I don’t do enough Cardio to rebuild my lungs. I eat a giant Ice Cream cone daily. I have no energy because I drink alcohol 3 – 4 days a week…

It’s not like I don’t know these things are problems. We all know the things we should be doing right? It’s just a matter of doing them. Quitting smoking, I know, was a good thing and It’s been done. I won’t be smoking again and I know the reasons why. Now, I have to re-affirm my reasons for working out and get myself back to being serious about it so I can start seeing some serious gains in the next 12 months.

Well, that turned out to be a whine fest but I guess it’s good to do that from time to time so you can see where you’re at. I’m not happy where I’m at so now I know I need to work harder to get there!!

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