How I Quit Smoking Pot: Day 28 Becoming More Flexible

Today is Day 28 in my personal quest to stop smoking marijuana. It has continued to be rather easy for me, but yesterday definitely had some major challenges and would have been one on which I probably would have backslid in the past. But I made it through the day and night with tested nerves and woke this morning with even stronger resolve.

Instead of getting up early this morning to hit the gym before the masses (it’s still January after all), I got up at 7am, drank a protein shake and enjoyed a healthy breakfast of oatmeal and blueberries. Then I went to the gym and participated in the first yoga class of my life. I have mentioned before that learning yoga was one of the things I wanted to do when I stopped smoking dope. I finally started!

The class itself was very crowded – probably because it was the weekend. I was one of only three or four guys and I felt like I was being met with some suspicious stares from some of the women in the class. Owell – I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I did wear much more clothing – sweatpants and a long sleeve shirt – than I usually do at the gym, as I didn’t want to appear to be trying to show off the body I’ve ended up with as the result of eating clean and a lot of tough workouts. I certainly wish some of the women would have covered up more as well – although the ones who were actually in shape were a very welcome distraction 🙂

The teacher was very good and made it around the room to help with poses quite a bit. She corrected me personally a couple of times and I was happy to have the instruction. Two other things that I think were worth noting about the class: 1) I realized how un-flexible my muscles really are (despite being in pretty damn good shape) and 2) I was really afraid that I was going to rip a loud and smelly fart in that packed room. Thankfully I know I will get more flexible with each class and on this occasion, I was able to keep from passing gas … The class did indeed make my entire body feel looser and I will continue to go back – although maybe not on crowded weekends.

Speaking of flexibility, since I have quit smoking weed, I have noticed myself becoming a bit calmer – on the road, in conversations and in stressful situations. We all have a choice of how to react to different situations and I am making a fully conscious effort to not react at all to a lot of things. I think it is helping me to become more grounded, centered and self aware, but I still have a lot of work to do to become less judgmental and not worry as much about the actions of others – even if they have a negative effect on me.

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