I am so excited! The last five years, I had been extremely obese and a 1-2 pack/day smoker. Today I hit my 40 pound mark, and have been smoke free for 9 days! Also, I ran/walked 5.1 miles in 61 minutes this morning! My whole life, I was overflowing with ambition, but I had no motivation. Something finally clicked, and the payoff is ENORMOUS.
The reason I was so overweight is because I had been diagnosed with a form of schizophrenia 5 years ago, and the medications I was put on made me gain over 100 pounds within a few months. I became sedentary, glutinous, and self medicated with nicotine, alcohol, and pot, which in turn affected my medication, which affected my health, which affected my self medicating. I reached 311 pounds at my maximum weight, and I was in horrible shape. I could not walk far without getting out of breath, and I was always burning up and sweating heavily. The runner's high is all I need to give me a mood-boost. I am still on medication, but only MINIMAL dosages. My mental health is going very well, and I have had a perma-smile the past 3 months!