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"43 Fit and Free" Quitting smoking and Getting Fit.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

I decided to cheat a little here and use a post I made from the quit smoking support forum as it really sums up whats running thru my mind today.

I was laying in bed this morning thinking about next november. Yup! Novemeber is going to be a great month. I will become a fogey, and I will also be fit and healthy. It feels so good to not be smoking, to wake up in the morning and not be coughing, or to have that awful taste in your mouth. Three cheers for Fresh Morning Breath. This past year between work and smoking I really let myself go. I gained weight, I wasn't exercising anything except my right to chocolate and plenty of it. I wasn't eating healthy, and usually ate at the hotel, pretty much unhealthy food.

2 years ago, I was fit, I was running miles every day, I had fun because I hung out with girls who loved to run, bike, swim, or go to aquafit class. Somehow with the smoking, I got away from all of it. I felt awful. I'd have dropped in my tracks if I tried to run, theres also something about smoking that makes you tend to not look after yourself...I mean why worry about eating healthy when your poisening yourself with cigs, then there is the shame that a lot of us feel. Your outside smoking a cig and you think they probably are thinking bad about me, and you feel smaller, a bit worthless. So again, why bother to take care of yourself. I also noticed how isolated I had become since becoming a smoker. I went from having an active life with lots of laughs to a life that consists of the hotel and home. The end.

I love my job, but its not my life. So even though my boss approached me last week, and as of Feb. I will have more responsibilities. I'm going to be making time if I have to schedule it for fun.

This is going to be a new year in many great ways. I feel as though I'm waking up to life. That since I began smoking again, in many ways I stopped living for one reason or another. Since quitting, I'm starting to get excited about life again., I want to take care of myself and live fully and completely. Its like one positive change is leading to so many.

I'm so thankful to all of you for all your support and for being there in my crisis the other night. Life is never without storms, but with great people like you, you start to learn how to dance in the rain.

We get life once people, and its short so lets make the most of it.

I look at how unfit I've become and think...whoa its a long way to where I want to be...but, I'm determined to run that marathon next summer. I decided I'd get there the same way you quit smoking... baby stepping thru one day at a time.

Newbies, get prepared, quitting smoking is just the tip of the iceburg it will inspire you with confidence and a vision for a better future on many levels. I hope you all have a great smoke free day.

I'm going grocery shopping for all kinds of healthy things, and Glenns buying me some new weights, and a new exercise ball for my birthday and we are going to go out to dinner and celebrate my birthday which is actually tomorrow.
43 Fit and Free....whooo whooo thats my motto this year.
Big hugs,
Who has not put a deathstick near her lips in 1 month 2 weeks, 6 days, and who has been living a healthy life style since new years day.


Well hold on to your hats boys and girls....

Friday, January 11, 2008

I'm down 3 pounds...whoooooooo hooooooooooooooooooo.

This was one tough week I gotta say. I have aches on top of my aches. I've been stressed more than a little with other things, and quitting smoking as well.

However, it was all worthwhile cuz I have said good bye to 3 pounds and I'm that much closer to finding my missing waist.

I also have not touched a sickerette for...
One month, two weeks, five days, 13 hours, 17 minutes and 47 seconds. 991 cigarettes not smoked, saving $465.80. Life saved: 3 days, 10 hours, 35 minutes.

Sunday is my birthday...I'm going to be 43 years old, and I want it to be the year I take my life back.


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COFFEYBEAN 1/12/2008 10:19PM

    Bless you Bless you Bless you!!!!!!! And happy birthday a day early.....

How does it feel to be a winner in two areas....weight loss and no smoking....

I use to smoke and I know it's hard...especially if there are others around you that do...but you just keep going will get easier and easier for both the weight loss and the cigs.

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JENNYALL4HIM 1/12/2008 1:27AM

    Okay, duh on my comment to yesterday's blog.... Sounds like today did go MUCH better for you! Congrats on the pounds lost and ESPECIALLY for the not smoking. ~Jenny

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KEENIEBOY 1/11/2008 11:27PM

    I'm proud of you Grace!!! Well guess what, I need your help with the cigarette smoking!! I have smoked for 11 years now and longest I have ever quit is two months and I went right back when I got stressed out. Even when I was fat if I had to chose, I would chose cigarettes over food, isn't that sad!! It seems like it would be easy to quit knowing how terrified I am of the word cancer, but I haven't. My doctor said that he would prescribe me some Chanix, I think it's called, if I wanted him too. A couple of people at work have quit using this! Since it's relatively new, I'm scared of the side effects. I'm not a medicine taker. You are supposed to continue to smoke while you take this medicine and then you lose the taste for it. I heard it has also made people lose weight because it is almost like an appetite surpressant. I don't want to lose anymore weight so I'm kinda scared to take something that will make me feel like I'm not hungry!!!! Did you go cold turkey? I did that the first time, and I didn't gain any weight because I ritual smoke. I have to have one when I wake up, while I drive, after I eat, and while I iron. I don't smoke for the sake of smoking, I have conditioned myself to smoke during these activities!! So when I do them, if I'm out of cigarettes, I'm like a mad woman or a crack head....LOL!! Help me!

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

I started really hurting yesterday, aches and pains everywhere, but when I woke up this morning...I could barely get out of bed. Work called me in AGAIN. I was going to get up and make myself do the treamill but common sense prevailed. This is real life and I feel like I'm about to drop. So today I'm going to listen to my body and just get thru work. Hopefully tomorrow my strength will have returned and I will actually have enough get up and go to do my cardio. I can tell the last day I was starting to get really overwhelmed with everything. Last night you couldn't fill me up, I didn't go over my top calorie limit but it was some close.
Hope all you other sparkies have a great day.

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JENNYALL4HIM 1/12/2008 1:25AM

    So how was your Friday? MUCH better, I hope!

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DJBLA13 1/10/2008 6:25PM

    I'll be praying that you feel better. Listen to your body and don't overdo it.

Have a great day!

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Feeling pretty darn proud of myself today.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

I worked last night until 11pm and didn't go to bed until 2 am. I then was awakened by my phone ringing at 4:50 am. It was work and they needed me to cover the day shift because my co-worker had taken sick and no one eles could do it. Groan!!!!
I knew that by this afternoon I'd be falling on my head and no way would I exercise. So I made myself get up, and do 35 minutes on the treadmill. LOL I'm sure i was a pink fluffy bunny pj's, hair stickin out in all directions, and my sneakers. Well I promised myself I'd do this but, I never guaranteed I'd do it gracefully. So I'm feeling really tired but proud. I've exercised and ate a good breakfast. When I do get home I can relax and not feel guilty.

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COFFEYBEAN 1/9/2008 9:46AM

    You deserve to be thrilled with yourself...Not too many people would do exercising when they're sleep deprived...glad you didn't trip on your slippers too...

Give yourself a "pat on the back" for taking the innitiative to be true to yourself...One of the greatest goals we all have to learn...and know that it's not being selfish....

You keep at it..

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KLINE26 1/9/2008 9:14AM

    Great job taking care of YOU first! Too bad you can't go to work in your bunny pj's, too!
Thanks for your comments on my blog and for making me laugh with your description of your kitchen adventures. I hear you! The other night, I was using a new stovetop grill pan, making veggie kebobs, and I had not one but three of the smoke alarms screaming! My husband was running around to three rooms, waving towels and opening windows. My son (5) thought it was great fun and kept asking how I made it so "foggy" in the house. Have a great, if busy, day. ~Kara

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Life will always have I'm learnin to dance in the Rain.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Dealing with some major problems with my teenage son, that threatened to overwhelm me today. However, being on this diet and having clear goals, having joined an exercise challenge...I couldn't just pull the covers over my head until I had to be at work. So I got up made some old fashioned oatmeal and enjoyed every bite, then I made myself get on my treadmill telling myself I'd feel worse if I blew the challenge on the third day, and exercise is good for stress relief, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and every other mantra I could muster up. I then did 35 minutes on an incline and really did feel much better after. My food and exercise have been on track this week, and hurrah the scale showed a modest loss. I haven't smoked a cig in 1 month 2 weeks, 2 days. so i'm a quitter and a loser....yeah.


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