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bad habits...catch up sooner or later

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

I was working pretty hard in the yard yesterday and started feeling a little weird. I have had the same feeling before, but ignored it. My neighbor is a nurse, so I went over and had him take my blood pressure. It was high. I knew it. In fact, I think I had known for sometime that my blood pressure was probably high, but just didn't want to face the facts.
All the bad habits in my life like smoking, being overweight, etc..are catching up. I was scared that if I quit smoking while trying to get healthy I would start to gain weight. I think this is a lie. Smoking does not make you thin, nor does it really hinder weight-loss. On the contrary, I believe having a larger lung capacity and better blood flow can only help with regards to weight loss.
Smoking is a powerful addiction, I have only kicked the habit once for about a year. Im not one to harp on people about the woes of smoking. But, the blood pressure scare was just the wake up call I needed. Its going to be a tough month. I am going to replace the cigarettes with gum, water, and exercise. If there is anyone reading this who is still smoking and wants to quit, You can do this! I can do this!
I think you have to plan out a strategy. How are you going to deal with the cravings? What are you going to do if you are in tempting situation? Are you going to get gum, patches?? I think a good battle plan is paramount to success!
I have patches that I will use for awhile, Just to help out the first month. I am trying to get myself excited about all the things I will be able to do. Ultimately, Its counterproductive to try to become healthy and still smoke. You can exercise and eat healthy, but if your smoking, how is that benefiting your overall success to living healthier? Just my thoughts on for today.
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    Jenstress, I think you are right! I never thought about that before, but I would rather have a cigarette than a cookie..lol. I'm going to replace it with running. I have always wanted to run. I signed up for a 5k run in October, so thats my goal, I cant imagine running while smoking though.
    1598 days ago
  • JOHGLO2011
    So glad you have made the decision to quit smoking - your lungs will thank you!
    Best wishes to you! emoticon
    1598 days ago
    I'm glad I never started to smoke. I can imagine it will be difficult to stop. I wish you success.
    1598 days ago
    I'm sorry about your "scare" but glad that it woke you up to a healthier choice. I was a smoker years ago, and you can do it. Sometimes I think the reason that you don't gain as much weight as a smoker, is that you don't snack, because you smoke. I found that one thing that really helped me was taking deep breaths every so often, kind of mimicking smoking. I usually had to do this twice a day. It really helped me not need the cigarette as much. This may not work for you, but just trying to help!!!
    1598 days ago
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