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Starting over is so hard

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Yesterday was my first mini workout and it is a start, in a sense embarrassingly small but it is a start. I need to buy some running shoes and go for a very small run. This is the hard part for me, the starting over.

There was a time when 3 miles and sometimes 4 was a good run, that was too long ago and now I must start over. I did it to myself. I know this and that makes me want to waste my energy whining and blaming myself rather than getting up and doing something about it. The only saving grace is that my job has helped me retain a lot of my upper body strength but the stamina has suffered a lot. I am getting winded in ridiculous amounts of time. I have however quit using tobacco, the 4th of August of this yr was my last usage save for a 1 day slip so that is on my side. The bad news is that I am using candy to counteract the nicotine cravings. Any suggestions to an alternative would be most welcome. Well it is time to do a quick workout I have got to keep moving forward. Let's do this...

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MCJULIEO 10/8/2012 2:08PM

    Congrats on the nicotine loss!

May I suggest Carrot Sticks?

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ALLISON145 10/8/2012 10:22AM

    Welcome back! Focus on one thing at a time - the cigarettes are much worse for you than a few pounds gained from some candy... if it helps you, do it. Sugar free candy always upsets my stomach, but I could see that something strongly flavored (like an altoid or a cinnamon disc??) could help the craving while preventing you from eating too many.

Getting back into exercise will help, too. I know what you mean about running without lighting - scary! Dogs are definitely the worst. I love mine, but I hate that people don't take care of theirs and let them become menacing to others.

Great job getting back on track - this is the first step!

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-POOKIE- 10/8/2012 10:04AM

    Sugar free candy?
Gum? (makes me feel like a cow chewing the cud though!)

sugar free ice pops?

But its a HUGE benefit to your health, so keep trying!

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LAURAAT 10/7/2012 5:23PM

    I'm so proud of you for quitting smoking! That's amazing. I wish I had tips for you, but I've never been in that position. All I can do for you is offer my support, which you always have.
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Keep blazin'!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 10/7/2012 1:22PM

    When I quit smoking over 10 years ago I used cinnamon candy. It really helped and I felt it was better than smoking a cigarette. I did gain weight but now am within healthy weight range. Best wishes!!

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DEL-AND-COMPANY 10/7/2012 9:11AM

  Everyday is a chance to start something. I'm still stiff from my first mini-workout, too. Abdominal muscle seems to keep right on hurtin' longer than the rest. But keep up the good work. Much like running...Press on.

I don't have much advice on relieving a bad habit that has replaced another. When I quit tobacco for good my weight shot up from eating. All I know about breaking bad habits is to keep stopping. If you stop doing most of them enough times they eventually disappear. I'll wish you the best of luck on it. Keep on quitting!

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BLACK741 10/7/2012 9:07AM

    sorry forgot to say Great job giving up the cancer sticks, know that is a hard one to do

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BLACK741 10/7/2012 9:06AM

    think you found your own choice, a small bit of exercise when you want that nicotine fix. Now if you use that for your problem, I should use the same solution to my problem of wanting sweets!

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