30 Day Chip

OA, like AA and other 12 step programs, celebrates milestones. At my Saturday morning meeting, I got my “chip” for 30 days of abstinence. It’s a little yellow, plastic tag that says just that and maybe it borders on the tacky side of gaudy with it’s gold lettering, but I proudly put it on my key chain and every time I see it (at least 4 times a day) I feel a little glow of satisfaction.

I made it through the first 30 days. For 30 days, I stuck to my plan (a pretty loose one, admittedly) and kept sane and on track. I exercised as planned (3 days a week at Pilates, trying for 10k steps on my FitBit) and went to meetings. I read the literature and started my 4th step workbook.

I think that 30 days might be a record for me – especially in the last 5 years. March 2011 I started to go off plan after my weight loss surgery (when I got laid off) and never really got back on track and the spiral just kept getting deeper. When I got laid off AGAIN last March, I went a little crazy and things got even more off track.

March must be my catalyst month. It’s also my birth month. I’ve gotten a lot of new jobs in March, left a lot of jobs in March.

So March 2016, back on track. Again. It’s nice to think it might be the last time I have to get back on track, but frankly, it doesn’t matter. I’m just going to keep doing the next right thing – middle of the day or night, first or last day of the week, month or year – it doesn’t matter. I’m just focusing on the next right thing.

So -what time of year do most of your big changes seem to happen? Got any patterns?

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