Cynthia, Lilac, Angela, Tiny, Linda, you are AMAZING being able to give up smoking! That is fantastic! Also the best thing you could have done to improve your health. And I bet by being able to do something so very difficult to give up such a bad addiction -it would show you you CAN do what ever you put your mind to, and that includes losing weight! Angela, wow on getting your father's taxes down, that is INCREDIBLE. Girl, you have just found a way you can make money -doing people's taxes!! That is a skill like no other!! People hear what you can do you will have to beat them off with a stick!! Angel, very well done -its hard to want to do exercise when you are in so much pain, but once you get over the 'hump', it does really get better and does help you cope with your condition better. High Five for kicking the walker to the curb!! Well done Kim, releasing your anger does lead to less stress and more contentment with life. I have the fiery temper that goes with red hair and have had to bite my tongue on many an occasion, but I still tend to let it simmer and resent even if I don't show it outwards. My biggest victory was overcoming being a painfully shy, almost agoraphobic shell of a person (in school I refused any public speaking and would take a zero on the assignments rather than do them) into being able to face the public and meet and greet strangers for the first time and look them in the eye. I still have painful insecure moments at times, its hard to get rid of years of habit, but for the most part I can control it. This is what I have to thank the bridge club. The first 30 plus years of my life was spent being at home (or work) with no social life except the TV and my video games. What caused it was a terrible childhood of being bullied, told I was ugly, gimp, etc. and being harassed even by strangers on the street, getting spit on, bottles thrown at me and curses by people driving by. My sister treated me like I was her own personal slave and I was always told to shut up in family conversations as I was the baby and had nothing important to say. But now I know I am a person too, have important things to say and have a right to walk these streets too.
When one door closes, I simply kick down another one!! Never Give up! Stand Tall, Walk Proud -Dani W, Fitness Instructor Do or do not. There is no try- Yoda Rock bottom became the solid foundation of my life -J.K. Rowling
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when i learned to control my temper , i realized there was no need to express my displeasure at every idiotic thing in the world , they usually take care of themselves , my level of peace increased and I am a lot happier kim
Pounds lost: 14.6
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When, after a year of regular exercise either on the elliptical trainer or in the pool, I found I could once again rise unassisted from a straight backed wooden chair or a church pew, and I could once again leave my walker at home, walk to church using only my cane, and sit in a pew like everyonelse. Yahoo! Now I usually skip using the cane in my yard, save the walker for hikes over a mile. Small victories. Exercise works!
"Mountains DO move...One stone at a time." ~Rick Beneteau Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. - John Wooden, Hall of Fame college basketball coach With exercise, doing some is always better than doing none. - Spark article MAKE THE BEST FOOD CHOICES YOU CAN TODAY - and then, try it again tomorrow!- Dr. John La Puma, M.D.
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Fitness Minutes: (2,109) Posts: 5,329 9/2/12 5:34 P
Angela - I'm so proud of you!!!!!!!! Throwing that cig out! WTG!
I totally know about the smoking addiction. I smoked for 44 years AND LOVED IT! I quit 7 years ago this past June. I've never had the desire - ever- after the last one I smoked, but I've often wondered if I would enjoy a cigarette if I smoked one. I'm so glad you thought it was nasty! The last cig I smoked - I taped it up with clear plastic tape - the butt - and kept it in a drawer so I could see how nasty it looked. When I moved 2 years ago and ran across it, it looked SO nasty that I threw it out.
Ang - you're a tax whiz too! You go Girl!!!
Tiny One pound at a time ...
Pounds lost: 26.2
Fitness Minutes: (2,109) Posts: 5,329 9/2/12 3:37 P
When I got my father's business taxes down to only owing the IRS $53 is one magical feat of mine. He'd paid between $3000 and $4000 a year before that one. We were all impressed.
When I quit smoking after 12.5 years. I just quit in April and last night was stressed out and decided to smoke a cigarette left over from April. It tasted gross and I threw it and the other 3 cigarettes away. It was so nasty. But I had kept them out so they would get stale, so I went to take a drag and wanted to puke! It was WONDERFUL to know I hated that one puff!
I will also be doing high fives when I lose one more "permanent pound", meaning I hold a loss of 15 pounds for at least a week. We'll see what happens in the next week and a half!
Edited by: ANGRITTER at: 9/2/2012 (18:35)
Angela, Sparking since 6/18/2012 Jacksonville, FL *Keep moving forward! Ask for Peace, Believe in Love, & Give Understanding!
I've logged into Spark's everyday since I joined, and I haven't quit on myself. It's the longest I have stuck to taking care of myself since I had kids (23 years) Also, I'm almost 2 months binge free. That is huge!
I quit smoking 16 years ago and had smoked from age 13 to 32
Edited by: LILAC_LANE at: 9/2/2012 (09:13)
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I have two times : One was when I quit smoking after about 15 years of smoking two packs a day I QUIT using the patch. Have not touch a cigarette now in 17 years!
And the other time was two years ago...maybe three years ago now, I'm not sure. was new to Spark and dove in head first...I lost 70 pounds in maybe 6 or 7 months; I was in shape; and had more muscles and stamina than I'd EVER had before
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