Thursday, July 24, 2008

Quitting Smoking

I decided to quit smoking. After 21 years. Yes, I started when I was 12. Yes, I used to steal my dad's smokes. Yes, I used to be able to go to the corner store prior to turning 18 and buy them (we used to get away with saying the smokes were for our parents).

But, after all this time, I figured it was time to quit.

On Monday, July 14, 2008, I began my journey.

It hasn't been easy. The cravings sometimes get really bad. But, I breath, talk a walk, do something else and they go away.

I have also begun exercising.

We had gotten a Wii a couple of weeks ago. Yes, I'm addicted to Rock Band now (I even have a set of drumsticks aquired from Neil Peart that I use for the drums. My kids use the sticks that came with it to beat each other with.). A week ago, we aquired Wii Fit.

I have one word for Wii Fit: awesome.

It has yoga, aerobics, strength exercises and balancing exercises. It weighs you, checks your BMI. I can feel and see my progress after even just one week (although I haven't been able to exercise due to my previous post ~ it hurts too much). Already, though, I can jog in place for 4 minutes and not even feel winded! I've already pushed myself up to 20 jacknifes! I'm so proud! And my tummy is even flatter!

So, I'm getting through this not smoking. I feel powerful over the cravings. I feel powerful that I haven't had a smoke since 11:23 pm on Sunday, July 13, 2008.

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  1. I'm very proud of you. You're doing great!

  2. You are so awesome... keep up the fab job and stay strong!

  3. seriously i need a wii. i go walking every day but sometimes i dont want to go and i dont like going in the messy garage to go on the treadmill. i heard lots of good news on wii... i am going to ask my boyfriend to get it for me for my bday in nov! heehee. keep on being strong, because your health is important, far better than giving in to use those nasty fags. it'll keep you young!

  4. Kudos to you! I just fell off the wagon a little bit after quitting for 3 months but climbed back on and am loving it again! Amazing how much better you feel and didn't even realize you felt bad before ya know? Anyway, discovered you through Etsy forums and really enjoying reading your posts :)

    Your rave for the Wii is making me open a browser page for Best buy right now...