I guess it’s time for that post.  The personal post that I have always promised all of you but never really took to heart.  Let me get back into it now.  No more bull shit. It’s time to get real.

I have recently passed the one year mark since I quit smoking.  I quit smoking on February 16, 2013.  I wouldn’t say that I never picked up a cigarette since then.  There were times when we’re out at the bars and everyone around me is smoking.  As a non-smoker, I don’t know how other non-smokers endured being around smokers all that time.  I can’t stand smokers around me.  Sometimes, that is what pushes me to do the puff-and-blow action with cigarettes just so that I don’t get totally annoyed by it.  It has been a while since I’ve done the puff-and-blow thing so I could definitely say that I’m done smoking.

Back to my story.

Last November, our whole department at work was mandated to work from home exclusively until March.  The reason was the renovation of our office to a much modern and up-to-date setting.  I worked from home for almost four months.  I have never worked from home that long and I didn’t know what it does to a person until I experienced it.  If you’re longest trip was from upstairs to downstairs every single day, you better watch out.  I cooked every day and I ate more than what I would normally eat when I commuted to the office.  I had snacks after snacks, meal after meal.  What result would you expect?

We had a harsh winter on top of all that so I didn’t really go to the gym since I started working from home.  I ate, I slept, I worked, I watched TV, and ate some more.  I gained 20 lbs.  Yup.  I have never been this heavy in all my life.

Needless to say, my health is not at its best right now.  I have trouble breathing when I exert myself.  And it’s not the exertion that you are thinking.  I am not running any marathons or anything.  I’m talking a simple climb up the stairs and I lose my breath.  That’s how bad it is.  I’ve seen my doctor several times and two pulmonologists from different hospitals and both cannot tell me what the issue is.  What else could it be?  It’s not COPD, it’s not asthma.  So, what is it?

My original pulmonologist suspects that it’s the weight gain that is causing this.  Imagine me carrying a 20 lb. bag of rice every day.  That’s the total weight that I’ve gained.  That would make anyone lose their breath too!

I am taking some action though.  I recently went back to the gym even if I have a difficult time running on the treadmill.  I would run in sprints.  1 minute and 4 minute interval. It seems to be working and it’s helping ease my trouble in breathing but it’s not totally cured me yet.

The great new is that I feel like I’m improving.  And besides, I have saved over three thousand dollars from not smoking.  That alone is an encouragement to not start back up again.  I am using that money that I saved for a trip to Italy and France next month.  (Watch and wait – I will post photos during my travels)

We are now back at work three days a week.  The other two days, we still work from home.  But, I’ve learned my lesson.  I now take the stairs instead of the escalators.  I walk more often.  I am trying to eat less.  I need to take over this and conquer it, otherwise, it will conquer me.

That’s what’s going on in my life right now.  I promise that I will post more stuff like this so that you get to learn who I am as a person, as a blogger and as someone you have been following for years.

I hope you are having a great week so far!  I’m going off to bed.


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