whether you are quitting smoking or going to your pool on crutches!
Last week I ventured to my summer pool for the first time, and just automatically grabbed my pool bag. It was in the 90's, and by the time I lugged that heavy thing with one handle of my crutch through the parking lot, up the stairs, and across the pool deck to a chair, I thought I was going to DIE. I was only allowed to float anyway – which, for me, lasted barely 5 minutes before I was bored to tears (I usually swim laps) – but I dreaded trying to get that bag back to the car. I made it – but was hot and tired when I got home, and was not looking forward to my next trip – even though this week I could water walk.
This morning,though, I had an “AHA” moment. I decided to go through that bag to see what was essential. Did I really need a cover-up that only served me when I was traveling there? Nope! Since I couldn't swim laps, did I REALLY need a cap, goggles and ear plugs? Nope! Did I REALLY need to moisturize after my shower AT the pool, or could I change it up and wait until I was home? Yep! If I did my visit differently and stayed in the shade, did I really need sunscreen and a hat? Nope! I reduced the amount I carried to a small backpack, hung my towel around my neck and made it to the pool with no hassle, wear OR tear.....and thoroughly enjoyed two sessions of water walking.
And your quit? Think about how you can change things up! Can you get up from the table and start the dishes right away? Can you get out of bed, put on your tennis shoes and hit the sidewalk BEFORE your shower and coffee? Can you find a different way to work or the store to change up the scenery?
Some forethought and planning can go a long way! (and I hope you never have to go to YOUR pool on crutches!!!)
I have noticed the results of this - everywhere you go, everybody seems to be using their phones - during meals, walking down the street, out with friends. There was a piece on "60 Minutes" this past Sunday on it - and I was taken aback by the philosophy behind it all. They are purposely creating device addicts!
Here is just a brief excerpt (you can't get the whole piece without "joining" 60 Minutes All Access!):
I came out on my newly set up front porch with its canvas awnings, plants, table and chairs, rocking chairs, wreath and other decorations this morning. As I sipped my coffee, started up my computer and watched the squirrels eat the wild mushrooms in my yard from the wet spring - it hit me - "gee, a cigarette would be nice right now.!"
REALLY? Almost five years and the thoughts are STILL there? Just thoughts ---- but REALLY?!! Easy to dismiss, but there nonetheless.
Stay vigilant, my friends! This addiction can be a killer!
I had just finished a Kindle book, had purchased the next in the series and when I turned a page ----- was told the “sample” was finished and asked if I wanted to buy the book. So – I call Amazon.
TWO hours later, after syncing and re-syncing and turning it on and off and going to the menu and settings and on and on the tech tells me it's probably a wifi problem and has me disconnect the router. The keyboard on the Kindle doesn't have a caps lock and you have to select ABC or 123 as you go. The password (indicated as “Password” on my router) is caps, numbers, lower case. He had me reenter this about 40 times (thinking I was not getting it right). There was one character that could have been a $, a S, or a 5 and an = included. I tried them ALL to no avaiL. FINALLY I remember that I had seen the Kindle with a message while sitting on my table that it was UPDATING.. When I mention THIS, the tech goes AHA and orders me a new Kindle..............He tells me to call Verizon and request a password with only letters and numbers for the new one.
I call Verizon, FINALLY get through to Tech Support and ask for a new password. He says, “your password only HAS letters and numbers.” WHAT? Turns out the “password” for the Kindle is ACTUALLY the WPA2 Key. It consists of about 17 characters, caps and small and numbers. I enter it, restart the Kindle and BINGO – it's fixed.
THEN I go to brush my teeth and hear drip, drip, drip coming from the sink pipe.
Yep – it would have been a three pack day – but I don't DO that anymore – so I just went to BED!
Life is ALWAYS going to happen. Smoking is NOT required!
Had a check-up with the orthopedist today. He said he sees progress which is WONDERFUL news. He said I only need to wear the brace
outside the house when I am walking any distance (it was causing the tendonitis to go OFF when I was wearing it all the time). He also said in 2-3 weeks (Nancy reads it as TWO!), I can start to put a bit of weight on the leg, and can start to water walk in chest high water.