Never in a million years did I imagine that I could quit smoking. I smoked a pack and a half of cigarettes daily. Yup – that’s daily. It was an addiction. I didn’t intend to smoke in the first place but that’s what high school did to me. I started smoking while I was in high school and that was many many many years ago.
This year, I decided to give up smoking for Lent. Believe me, I have tried in years past and I failed each time. I think the difference is that this year, I was ready. I was tired of smoking. I was tired of smelling like smoke. I was tired of smoke breath.
I didn’t actually start on Ash Wednesday. I started on the Saturday after Ash Wednesday. I bought a pack of Nicoderm CQ – First Step and put the patch on at 11:00 a.m. on February 16th. Since then, I haven’t purchased cigarettes or smoked one. I did take a puff twice one night while I was in a club but that made me feel horrible. I haven’t even taken a puff from anyone since then.
From quitting smoking, I started to think about becoming healthier. Each time I felt a craving, I went to the gym. After my workout, I usually don’t crave cigarettes anymore and I felt good about myself. I decided then that each time I felt the craving, I would pack up my gym bag and go to the gym. That worked really well. I have been going to the gym regularly since February and I am loving it each day.
Once I got my routine down, I started watching things that would help me eat healthier, clean-eating as body builders would call it. I’m so into it that I cook every weekend now and prepare my meals for the week.
Do you know the weirdest thing that happened to me? I’m on Instagram and body builders and athletes are following me – encouraging me to keep doing what I’m doing. That’s a plus for me because if you saw the bodies of these athletes, you would be motivated as well.
So, right now, I am taking it in strides. Walk before you run right?
I joined several runs this year. I joined the Electric Run in Philadelphia – a 3-mile run for fun and charity. Then, I joined the half-marathon in Philadelphia to be held in September. The Rock and Roll half-marathon is a total of 13.1 miles. That’s a lot for a beginner like me. But I thought, if I train right and I eat right – it shouldn’t be a problem.
That is why…. I’m always at the gym. It just snowballed into this health kick. And I am happy. If I can do it, I think you can too. It’s time to get healthy folks!