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Starting the Spark

Friday, March 15, 2013

Left Photo: Taken in January 2012, 6 months before I quit smoking. Right Photo: Taken in January 2013, 6 months after I quit smoking.

After having smoked for so many years, I finally quit on June 29, 2012. I enjoyed smoking and, at the time, could not imagine NOT smoking. I had heard so many stories about failed attempts and of the vast agonizing withdrawal symptoms, the weight gain, etc. and, because of that, I was never motivated to quit...which was my excuse NOT to quit. However, I finally came to the realization that living a smoke-free life is so much better than having to deal with smoking-related health issues. Quitting, for me, has been incredibly easy. No crutches, no more excuses...just stopped. I set a date and was prepared to deal with whatever I had to to not smoke. Surprisingly, the withdrawal (both physical and psychological) was amazingly smooth. The only symptoms I can recall as being somewhat troublesome were lack of energy and lack of concentration. A few months later, came the weight-gain. (Eeep!) It crept up on me over about a two-month period (while I was out of the country) and, being that I've never had any weight issues (5'4", 105 to 110 lbs - size 3), I thought "No biggie", I'll deal with it when I return home. Well, I've been back home for two months now and am still fighting the "battle of the bulge".

I co-direct a humanitarian organization...or rather, it runs me. Literally. I really enjoy my work, but it leaves so little ME time. Being that I work from home and it's international, I find myself working crazy long hours and, basically, at any given time within a 24-hour period. I found myself skipping meals and then would be so hungry by mid-afternoon/early evening and would occasionally become careless about what I would eat. And, if that wasn't bad enough, most of my food consumption was at night...between dinnertime and bedtime. Finding time for physical activity was difficult, but I would squeeze time in, on occasion...only to often be distracted. Frustrating. And, not healthy.

I have joined SparkPeople so as to get on track with being more disciplined with when and what I eat and with making time for regular physical activity each day. I am hoping that by disciplined tracking of my diet and exercise, it will become a lifestyle change.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BECCAZEN7 3/15/2013 4:35AM

    You look absolutely amazing in BOTH pictures! Congrats for quitting smoking - your body will thank you. Hope you can find an easier balance between work and life. You quit smoking so you know you can lose the extra pounds. Go get em tiger!

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DWROBERGE 3/15/2013 1:13AM

    I gave up smokig in 1976 and do not miss it one bit. I gave up alcohol three years ago and do not miss the xpense. I have lost over 63 pounds since 2007. All this is due to spark people and its help. I recently went into diabetic remission with an A1C of 5.3 and lost anothe two pant sizes and a shirt size. I am now down to a large and 42 waist. It really does work and help immensely. Keep focused for success. You can do it. Go for it.

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KIMBERLY19732 3/15/2013 12:55AM

    I think you can see a difference in your skin, it is especially pretty on the right pic.

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