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Bubbles and smokes

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I’ve read more and more about how diet soda is really bad for us – it actually causes obesity rather than helps it. Unfortunately, I’m an addict. I love me my diet pepsi with lime. I usually have at least one diet soda a day – sometimes more. But I know that the aspartame just isn’t good for me – and others can feel differently but I feel like it’s contributed to my weight problems for sure. So I’m going to start curbing this habit. I always have a dozen cans in the fridge but yesterday when I was at the store, even knowing there were only 3 cans left in the fridge, I didn’t buy any.

I want to concentrate on more water intake and one of the ways to do that is to eliminate the soda at home – so I might still have one when I’m out but I won’t keep it at home anymore. I’m going to slowly wean myself off it. The problem of course is that I love the bubbles! And though I used to think years ago it was gross, I’m all about the sparkling water with lemon/lime like Perrier etc. So I’m going to try to drink more of that. I also have a water dispenser in my house with a giant 5 gallon jug of water on it – and I rarely use it! And I have a huge selection of teas that I tend to forget about so this morning I went through them and brought two boxes to work so that I would have a good selection at work to be taking in more water during the day.

I started tracking my food this week too. Truthfully. Which of course is always hard to do. Like the fact that I ate half a baguette yesterday. But the more I’m honest with myself and show myself what I’m eating and how far over the calories I should be taking in I am, the more I’ll be conscious of making better choices.

Also, I’m kind of loving this exercise ball. I leave it in the living room with some 3 lb weights and I’ve been watching tv while I hang out on it – move around, do some stuff. Last night I did a little 20 min upper body workout. It seems to be an excellent way of getting some exercise in while I watch tv. I need to get a tv down in the gym I set up downstairs – then I’d be likely to even get on the exercise bike ☺ And no, I don’t want it in the living room so it stays downstairs.

I’m gearing up – mentally that is. Gearing up to get some actual cardio exercise. I need to remind myself that I’m not where I was last year and I’m a million miles away from 4 years ago, so I need to accept my current fitness level and work in it and with it. I did quit smoking last summer so I wonder how well my cardio will improve this time compared to last time – don’t know if it will make a difference or not.

Oh! And contrary to what people tell you when you’re quitting smoking – like oh you’ll breath better, food will taste better, you’ll notice your clothes don’t stink – in my experience, it was all BS. I experienced none of that, I just miss the smoking. I loved smoking but I wasn’t really a nicotine addict so much as a habitual smoker so once I broke the habits of when I had one (with coffee, after dinner etc.) I don’t often find myself wanting one. I quit because I’m 36 and it’s a dumb thing to be doing. I’m already overweight – that’s enough risk factors for a million diseases, I don’t need to make it worse. And also because my stepmother fought (and so far has won) a battle with lung cancer after being a smoker for 40 years and I was literally lying to my family that I had quit smoking. It was like I was 16 and sneaking in smokes and putting on perfume before I saw them. All of this added up and I finally quit again (I had quit 4 years ago for a year but when my friend died I started again and smoked for another 3 years). Anyway, I still have one occasionally when I have a drink and bum one from someone, but I don’t go out drinking much so it’s not really a risk. And also, so few people smoke here now that there’s rarely even someone to bum one from. BC is down to 14% I think – one of the lowest percentage of smokers of a population anywhere. I guess we’re all a bunch of health nuts – either that or the government has made it so ridiculously expensive that people finally took the hint. I think a pack of cigarettes is now $11 or so? And of course all the non-smoking bylaws in place – banned from restaurants (in or out), parks, public places, outside doorways etc. All in all, I guess it’s a good thing. But I’m never going to be one of those ‘condescending ex-smokers’ – those people drive me nuts.

Anyway, I digress. It’s that kind of day…. Lol

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    Congratulation on quitting smoking
    1904 days ago
    Wow so many changes you're undergoing. Take one day at a time you can do this.
    1910 days ago
    All that stuff you described about quitting did happen to me but not for awhile. NOW I can smell super stinky ashtray smell on ppl as they walk by. And I can smell and taste my food better. But I've been quit without any cheating at all for over 3 years. Maybe it takes longer for some folks than others. At first it was hard but not that hard. To tell you the truth it was harder for me to give up soda, and I still cheat on THAT sometimes. Soda is addictive. And those bubbles you are talking about, they are carbonation, and they siphon the calcium right out of your bones. Sometime in the near future I'm going to quit soda once and for all. Sometime soon.

    I'm loving the C25K I'm doing, and its getting easier. I am really really going to be able to run half an hour eventually, plus I am for real going to be able to do pull ups. WOO-HOO

    1910 days ago
    Quitting smoking isn't easy to do. Congratulations!
    1911 days ago
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