- Analyze the issue – Simple, I’ve been smoking too much for too long and it’s going to kill me. That was easy.
- Gather all the details – How much do I smoke? About a pack a day, more on the weekends. Why do I smoke? I’m addicted to nicotine and it gives me something to do. Cigarettes cost about $9.40 a pack which means that I spend about $3,400 a year. Dear Flying Spaghetti Monster that’s a lot of money!! Hadn’t worked that out for a while.
- Work on the solution – Now it gets tricky. Jan’s been doing something that I think might work. She counts the number of cigarettes she has a day and totals it up at the end of the week. That way, she can work on the goal to reduce the number slowly. Great idea but I think I’ll try to take it one step further. Break the count down by hour of the day as well so I can see at what times and in what situations I tend to smoke more or less. My thinking is that I could then concentrate on situations where a small reduction would result in the largest decrease. Here’s an example – every morning when I get up, I have about 1/2 hour before I need to wake Jan up so I usually sit and watch CNN and have 2 cigarettes. Not much (Monday to Friday 10 in total). If I could cut that in half, I’d already be down 5 cigarettes a week. No big deal but over a year that equals a reduction of 260 smokes or nearly 10.5 packs or a saving of $100. Instead of having that extra cigarette I could spend the time making a lunch (another saving because I wouldn’t be hitting the fast food joints) or do a few sit-ups. Little steps like that could really go a long way.
Losing the kilos is going to be a lot trickier. I like to eat but I don’t eat well. A doctor would probably run screaming if he or she saw my diet. I’m too ashamed even to describe it but, let’s just say, the Canada Food Guide and I aren’t on a first name basis. I am, however, good friends with Mr. Heiniken and spend a great deal of time performing quality control tests of his product. Lifting my bulk off the couch is probably the extent of the exercise that I get during a normal day when the golf courses are closed. Let me work on this a little more and I’ll get back to you.