Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Alright. I fell off the wagon. Almost a year go.
I stopped sparking. I was depressed in my job and in my family. I was stuck and didn't know what to do. I couldn't get the weight to really start coming off, so I gave up. I went to a doctor and started taking phentermine to lose weight. I lost a lot of weight, actually, but I wasn't being healthy about it. I didn't exercise enough and I didn't eat enough either. My hair started falling out because of vitamin deficiency, so I stopped taking it after 3 months (end of April 2013).
Since then, I have gained 8 pounds, but that's not all that bad considering it took 3 months to gain it. Still, I still haven't reached my goal weight and I refuse to yo-yo, especially since I recently quit smoking. I really don't want this! So what am I going to do about it?
Sparkpeople recently posted this photo on Facebook. I have used it and put it as my desktop background and I have shared it with my co-workers:
I am going to do this every day. I'm going to set small goals that are attainable. I'm not going to put too many challenges in my way - then I feel overwhelmed. I'm starting small and monitoring myself so that I can have the kind of lifestyle that is good for me and my family.
Who else is with me? Let's Spark it Up!
Thursday, October 04, 2012
I'm not saying it's hard, but it's not easy either. Thankfully I, with a little help, have done my homework and I think I have kicked the habit this time.
I have been unsuccessful at quitting smoking for the last year. I have tried and tried. I tried weaning myself off and I tried quitting cold turkey. Neither method worked. I did not try the gum or the patch, but from the experience of my family and friends, those things don't really work anyway. I tried changing my mindset and deciding that I hated it and didn't want it anymore. Even that didn't work. Here is what I've learned.
Dopamine is a chemical that your brain naturally produces. When you start smoking, your brain stops producing dopamine on its own because the cigarette forces your brain to produce it unnaturally. When I was trying to quit, it wasn't because I was addicted to the habit itself or the nicotine. I was addicted to the dopamine rush that I couldn't seem to get any other way.
Your brain doesn't produce dopamine without a trigger. The triggers that I found worked for me best were exercise, loud music (where I could feel it thump in my chest), and keeping busy. Whenever I would start craving for a cigarette, I would go turn on some thumping music and dance around the living room for 5 minutes. If I wasn't at home, I would walk a little faster at the store while I grocery shopped to get my blood moving.
While I am at home, it's a little more difficult, but if I keep myself busy, I'm too distracted to want to smoke (or eat emotionally, for that matter).
Some people might say that I'm wrong, and that's ok. I am just sharing what worked for me. I have not had a cigarette in 16 days and I'm feeling great. It's become second nature to start my day with thumping music and "drop and give me 20" whenever I want to smoke.
Thanks to my dad for the research and thanks to my husband and family for the tremendous support.
To all those smokers out there who want to quit, you can do it! It's all in your head. :-) Thanks for reading.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Working out seems to be working out! So far I have only missed 1 workout last week and that was a super duper busy day out and away from the house. Though the scale hasn't moved all that much, I can tell that my pants are a little looser and I have more energy.
Here is my workout chart:
As you can see, I am getting closer to my new pair of running shoes! I know, I know, it is a little juvenile, but I just love seeing those stickers go up! Instead of just knowing that I am accomplishing something, I can see it, too. Every single time I walk into the kitchen it's a reminder that I am moving toward my goal... and a reminder to complete my workout for that day.
Here's to moving forward!
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