This Week I Challenge Myself

I am three cats short of crazy cat lady. Later today, I will reach my goal! My friend, Desiree, is moving in with her mom because her mom has cancer and needs some extra help. The only thing is, she can’t take her cats unless they put them in the old chicken coop outside. I have a soft spot in my heart for these cats since we raised them from two weeks old. The momma cat died and we became momma.

I just can’t see putting them out in the cold coop. I know, they will have heat, shelter, food, and water… But, I just can’t see it happening. So I am taking them in. which means I will have to make double batches of cat food! But at lest they will be inside. Right? Right!

Yesterday was the tobacco seminar. We started exploring our reactions just before our triggers for smoking. This week, we’ll try the AAA method of not smoking. We don’t have to skip every single cigarette. We’re just challenging each other. The three A’s are: Avoid, Alter, Alternate.

Avoid is obvious. We try to avoid the trigger. While that doesn’t work for every trigger, there some we can avoid. My big one is smoking with friends. So I’ll try avoiding one trigger “friends are smoking so must I” times. I’ll stay instead and crochet a few rows on the scarf I am making. At this point, I should be able to crochet a blanket to cover a house! It worked yesterday for avoiding a stress trigger so, I am happy with that Smile

Alter is where you alter your activity so it doesn’t trigger your habit. If you smoke while you are drinking coffee, switch to juice. Forget that! I’ll just add flavored creamer to my coffee. I am still thinking of times I can alter or things I can alter. I did think of one but I haven’t done it yet. I always smoke on my balcony. So, this week, I am going out on the balcony with a cup of coffee, not smoking, and just enjoying the fresh air.

Alternative is where you substitute your smoking with a different activity. I am already getting pretty good at that one. I skipped three cigarettes yesterday by crocheting instead.

This is a good challenge for me because it makes me feel like I have something to work for, something to look forward to.

I am off for now to get my other blogs done for today and to start organizing for our new kitties.

See, I am crazy! I am now Crazy Cat Lady!