July 6th 2017 was the 365th day of not having a single drink of anything with alcohol in it.
As I sat back and looked at how different things have been in the past year, I’m very thankful for quitting.
Things I’ve been accomplishing:
- I’ve been running an organized 5k a month for the past six months with a goal of 12 continuous months.
- As a result I’m definitely in better shape.
- I blog more often than before.
- I go fishing a lot more. At least a couple times a month.
- I’m better able to cope and let go of the pressures of life.
- I’ve lost some weight. Right around 20 pounds from my worst a year ago.
- My gut health is much better, where I measured gut problems on a weekly basis and now it’s been twice (due to my own self abuse) in the past year.
- I’ve had no sinus infections since I quit and only one possible cold that I shook off quickly. Previous years I suffered almost like clock work every two months as average.
- I read more often. Magazines, books on fiction or non-fiction. I realized that I wasn’t reading anything of substance.
- I’ve begun a routine of becoming much more organized.
- I listen to pod casts and audio books actually remembering the gist of them, rather than through the muddle of blurry memory.
- I listen to audio books, both fiction and non fiction. Not only to be entertained, but to learn and retain something.
- I call family more often. I believe that I’m more regular in trying to be in touch at least once a week.
- I now participate in a local civic philanthropic organization and expect to continue.
- I’m much more mindful of where my head is and what I find fulfilling. I’m much more able to appreciate where I am and devote the small continuous efforts to stay more centered for myself and others.