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In my case an absence meant "I quit!"

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.

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  • DEBBIE19584
    I read in ad magazine in a quote someone said, " Your life today is the result of your attitude and the choices you have made in the past; your life tomorrow will be the result of your attitude and the choices you make today". emoticon
    1988 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/9/2012 4:58:33 PM
    Sorry for your family's loss. My Dad smoked (close to 3 packs a day) for years and quit in his late 50s but the damage had already been done. We lost him to lung cancer 7 years ago. I think cigarettes are one of the greatest lies/evils we have to face. They are so addicting. I smoked and quit as well - it's been about 6 years since my last cigarette and I am SO thankful that God helped me muster up the strength to stop. Besides the hideous health effects, the costs of cigarettes is disgusting.

    Here's to you and your family!! Stay healthy, Pat
    1992 days ago
    so sorry for your loss..... but be thankful for the gift that you Aunt did give to you... you quit smoking and started to take care of you.
    1992 days ago
  • GINNJEN1974
    Way to go! One step at a time one hurdle at a time. You will get to that place in your time.
    1992 days ago
    Awesome! I have been there and done that! Quitting smoking is what led me to SP. I gained 10-12 pounds instantly and decided that wasn't for me. Things will come around and you will level out. My BIL has lung cancer (not from smoking). His metastasized from a tumor in his leg. Long hard road, but he's still going! Very blessed.

    Just keep on keeping on and you will be like me, it has been 4 years for me this month! Wow! See you there!
    1993 days ago
    I'm so proud of you for quitting. That is awesome!
    1993 days ago
    Awesome post! So proud of you for quitting smoking after all these years. My in-laws both faced the same situation when my grandpa-in-law passed away from lung cancer. They both quit smoking cold turkey the day of the funeral.

    Good for you, also, in knowing that you can't tackle everything at once. It sounds as if you have a good plan, and good insight into your priorities.

    I sure wouldn't bet against you at your next cholesterol check!!! emoticon
    1993 days ago
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