Thursday, October 04, 2012
No, this is not what you are thinking or expecting. I am so sorry (all of my Sparkpeople friends) that I have been absent for a very long time. I did not quit exercising as you might think. The last year has been emotionally challenging for our family on many levels. The timing of my post is perfect since we are in October and October is Breast Cancer awareness Month. Cancer of any form is sad, scary, and emotionally draining on everyone who has ever been affected by it.
Why is this topic so Important today?
Our family has dealt with a loss this past July due to Lung Cancer. Yes, this was heart-wrenching, sad, and very emotional to get through. But, let me tell you there is another side to Cancer that we often do not talk about or think about.
My Aunt smoked for many years and quit smoking seven years ago. She often tried to encourage the rest of us to quit too. Every one of us did what we usually do when an ex-smoker talks to us about quitting. We say, "someday."
Well, now here is the Blessing that was bestowed upon our family. Her loss had a very BIG impact on myself. I quit smoking 1 month and 1 day after her passing. So sometimes little miracles and blessings come from the most difficult places. The Irony is, isn't this the way it always works?
It is never easy when we are creating new habits, fighting to keep exercising, conflicted over what we ate today, or even struggling with finances or something more personal in our lives. Rewards come with hard work.
I can say this with confidence now, I quit smoking on August 2, 2012, (I smoked for 35 years)
Yes, I am eating anything and everything as if I have a bottomless pit. No, this is not great for my weight. However, on the health front, I am very proud of the lowering blood pressure, and do you want to bet my next Cholesterol check will be lower too? So, I will keep walking (I walk every other day for an hour and a half) and I will continue to fight my cravings and get a better handle on them. And then, I will get back on track with my eating goals. To many challenges at once could lead to failure and I am NOT getting on that Train!
Tackle one thing at a time and know that each of your choices are leading to a healthier living, and better life. Slow and steady you will win the race. I am proud to say that I currently am.