Monday, May 27, 2013

The True Feeling of Success

It has now been 16 months without tobacco. I no longer have the physical addiction to nicotine, and my mental triggers(i.e. after eating, while driving, while drinking, with morning coffee, etc.) are all but gone. I do still carry my e-cig from time to time, but I have found that I will go weeks without using it.

The true feeling of success came earlier this month. It was time for a new health insurance plan, and for the first time in my life, I was able to put "non tobacco" on an application. This is a feeling that I never thought was possible when I started this journey. I was also able to show normal blood pressure and normal cholesterol readings which I attribute directly to being a non-smoker. Two years ago, I was a time bomb waiting for my first heart attack or stroke.

This blog has been highly motivational for me. I'm not entirely sure that I would have been as successful without it. Knowing that there were so many of you following my progress led me to evaluate the temptations in a different way. I have to thank you for the inspiration. Because of the success with this project, I am starting a new blog to chart my path in kicking another addiction. This is the habit of "zoning out" in front of a TV or video game. I will leave both of these vices, at least temporarily, starting Monday, July 1,2013 and I will begin the journal on that day. This blog will be called "The Zone-In Project" and you may follow my progress at mrelixirzone.blogspot.com.

Some of the questions that I would like to answer:

-The average American spends almost 5 hours per day in front of a TV. When you add in video games, it is probably more than that for me. What will I do with all of that extra time?

-Will it cause me to spend more time outside? Working? Reading? Or will I find new creative outlets for my energy?

-Since I travel a lot for work, what will I do in the hotel rooms when normally I would watch TV and eat take-out food?

I am certain that there will be many other topics as the days and weeks go by, but that is a good start. I hope that many of you will follow me on "The Zone-In Project" and I will also be posting here again soon.

Good Luck!

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