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I have switched addictions!!!!!!

Sunday, June 05, 2011

On May 10th (a date dear to me as it was the second anniversary of the beginning of my SparkPeople journey) I stopped smoking, an addiction I have had for over half of my life!!!!! I am very sure that many of the things I have learned about myself through SparkPeople have helped me overcome the cravings, urges, and all that go along with ending this habit, but I have to confess that I replaced it with another addiction!!!!!
I have become addicted to riding my bike!! I ride it every day that it isn't raining HARD, and when it is too nasty to get out, I ride my recumbent bike indoors. I just can't seem to stay off the bikes.
I am not a speedster at this point, but I am using the biking to get my legs ready for my knee replacement surgery on June 17th.
I am already missing the few days (I hope it will only be a short time) that I won't be able to ride and I haven't even had the surgery yet.
Even though I will need to stop riding "cold turkey", I expect to get back on track very soon. I will be hanging on to this habit as long as my knees keep bending!!
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    Gregg- emoticon on the emoticon addiction ! Im enjoying going for a bike ride now that the winters finally over. Good luck on your surgery. It has benefits for your knee

    Change is Good Team
    1967 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/7/2011 9:03:48 PM
    all the best on the surgery, I love the fact that you switch addiction to something worth addicting..
    1967 days ago
    Much better addiction!
    1968 days ago
    Great switch of addictions!! Praying your knee surgery is 100% successful! If determination has anything to do with it, it is bound to be!!
    1969 days ago
    What a wonderful change of addictions and I sincerely hope the knee surgery goes well with you and you will be back on your bike soon after.
    1969 days ago
  • ANDI_3K
    good for you!!!!
    1969 days ago
    Yeah Gregg...Love the SWITCH ! ! !
    1969 days ago
  • JULIA_211
    emoticon Now that's the kind of addiction I like to hear about! emoticon emoticon
    1969 days ago
    Congrats on your successful addiction switch!

    Now I'M intimidated. Remember how we said that sometime this summer we would meet in Fargo and go bikeriding? I'm certainly not up to your level of ridership! emoticon emoticon

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

    PS, As promised, I posted the letter at 12:54AM Monday, on the page!

    1969 days ago
    Once I get a wider seat for my new bike, I can see me getting addicted to it.
    1969 days ago
    emoticon Gregg you are emoticon I love your drive and ambition.

    1969 days ago
  • TMW54812
    Hi Greg ,
    You continue to amaze me with your progress. Giving up cigarettes after so many years is monumental!
    With your new post surgery bionic body and improving lung capacity you should sign up for senior olympics.

    You da man!
    1969 days ago
    Way to go on the Stop Smoking,
    I quit back in the 80s and have never regretted it.
    Now everywhere you go, its Non Smoking, which makes me Happy.

    Can you believe what people have to pay for a carton now? WOW I would rather spend that on Fun things.

    Your new passion is biking, good for you. Now that Summer is almost here, I hope we can do more biking on our Trails here in WA
    Good for you :) emoticon
    1969 days ago
    Congratulations on stopping smoking! What an addiction to have---bike riding. That's fantastic!!
    1969 days ago
    Another passionate bike rider - yes, what a wonderful addiction we have :-)!
    1969 days ago
    1969 days ago
  • ACTIVE_AT_60
    Gregg, they may use a stationary bike for rehab - and you can get your fixx again :-)

    I was a smoker for 20 years, and I am glad I have exchanged the habit for another one - a more healthy one.

    I saw your status update. Perhaps you should consider using the bike as a vehicle for commuting - depending on how comfortable you are riding where you live.
    1969 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/5/2011 4:04:04 PM
    Gregg, SHHH. Your letting the cat out of the bag. When people ask me what my secret is I tell them to trade an unwanted addiction for a different hopefully healthier addiction. There's no way around it. We love our addictions.
    It's hard to quit an addiction, but it's easier to trade addictions. There it is. The secret's out. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1969 days ago
    Cograts on stopping smoking you will thank yorself some day soon!I stopped 32 years ago and have not even wanted to smoke since.Im sending prayers your way that your knee surgery goes fine and you are back in the saddle real soon!! emoticon Susan
    1969 days ago
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