Monday, July 30, 2012


Well, I turned 40 last Thursday. Thank you to all those who wished me a Happy Birthday, you did indeed made if full of awesome. The one thing I promised myself was that my 40s would be a healthier decade.

So I made some goals:

  1. Quit smoking
  2. Exercise so I don’t gain weight from quitting smoking. Also, exercise to improve my health.
  3. Eat more fruits and vegetable.
  4. Work on being more open.
Okay, I think that’s about enough goals for the first month. Don’t need to be all unrealistic about my abilities and set myself up for failure right?

I used to have a regular biking schedule, but I kind of let it lapse over the last year for various reasons. None which are valid…so I won’t share….oh, right, that was one of my goals. Being more open.

Crud, fine. I was lazy. Happy now?

For the last four mornings, my father-in-law and I have gone bike riding. My rear end is currently a mass of bruises. That’s the hard part about getting back on the bike after so long. Even with padded bike shorts it takes a while to build up your seat.

I got on the nicotine patch and had really vivid, lucid dreams. Totally found the plot of my next book from one of those dreams. Today is day five without smoking a cigarette and the second day without a patch. No real nicotine withdrawal symptoms so far today. I think exercise helped with that.

Went to the farmers market and Trader Joe's and stocked up on fruits and veggies. Yum!

I bought a lot of spinach. Maybe subconsciously my body is craving something, but I have frozen spinach and salad making spinach. Weird.
I stepped on the scale this morning and I’ve lost five pounds. I’m pretty happy about that.
On to the last goal.

This is a hard one for me. I’m a really private person and opening up just isn’t my style. But it is a goal, and I’m on a role. Starting on Friday, I plan to post one thing about me that most people probably don’t know for 40 weeks. We’ll see how deep I can go. Most people have things they would never in a million years share. I doubt I’ll be sharing any of those kinds of things either.

But, I’ll try.


  1. Happy belated birthday. I hear at 40 life only gets better. I should really try to quit some of my bad habits as well, like spending hours on the internet.

    Good luck with your goals. :D

  2. I'm giving you a cheer for stopping smoking! That's the best thing you could do for yourself and your family. I'm pulling for you!

  3. Tracey, I would've added that to my list, but I've cut back quite a bit this month on my internet use. It was harder than quitting smoking, lol.

    Michelle, thank you. Mentally I'm done with it. That's what is different about this time as opposed to the lasted times I tried to stop smoking. Mentally I wasn't ready. Now I am.

  4. Admirable goals! Wishing you good luck & much joy as you pursue them. And the spinach looks yummy.


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