Healthy.

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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.

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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!

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