I Have Been Here Before

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Five years ago yesterday I quit smoking; this was a significant life event for me.  I started smoking when I was seventeen; I was forty-eight when I quit.  I had stopped a few other times in my life but always went back to smoking within a year.  Hitting my five-year quit anniversary is exciting!  Quitting is not easy and maintaining it is hard work; it does get easier over time but is still difficult.

Right around the time I quit smoking I also started eating better and exercising; starting this healthier lifestyle, I lost nearly 50-pounds.  It is the first time in my life I lost that much weight without the assistance of weight loss medications or a frozen food plan program.  I simply changed my eating habits and started to exercise.  Like anyone who has been on this journey I was excited and convinced that this was it, I would never gain the weight back.  Looking back on my five-year quit smoking anniversary, I realize that I was very wrong.

I did lose a lot of weight, and I did it the correct way, using food and exercise.  I maintained the weight for maybe a year, and then it slowly started to creep up again.  I am now at the same weight I was before my first journey.  This is disheartening and hard to accept.  I mean I can take it because the scale tells me that I have to accept, but it makes me sad.  Today I was reflecting on being a non-smoker and how happy that makes me.  That is when it clicked, weight loss, like smoking cessation may not be a one-time journey.  I have to try again.  I have to look back on what I did right and where I failed and begin again.

Also, I have to be ready.  I was ready to quit smoking.  I was not just stopping because it was expensive, or because of my health.  I wanted to stop because it was annoying to me, it was getting in the way of what I wanted to do.  I wanted to stop smelling; I wanted to exercise more, I wanted to feel better, I wanted to have more time in my day, and so many other things.

Now, I am ready to lose weight.  Just because I failed once, it does not mean that I will fail this time.  If I do fail this time, it does not mean that I will fail the next.  We have to continue to try; we have to find THAT time, the time that is right for us.   I believe that this time exists and that this is the time for me.

A Stroll in the Park

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Hi all!  I am almost 1-week into my healthy eating challenge and everything is going well; actually easier than I thought it would be.  Although I did slip one day and had to list a Kind Bar and a Vodka and Diet Coke to my snacks on my food tracker, not as serious as it sounds, just an end of the work week, please give me respite kind of snack.

Do you think one of the most common excuses for not exercising and not eating healthy is “I do not have enough time.”?

I know that over the years I have used that more times than I could count or care to admit.  Constantly telling myself I do not have time to exercise; I do not have time to cook all of my meals so they are healthier.  Well, that is BS!  When I measure all the time I have wasted instead of giving it the value it deserves, I get a little upset.  But alas hindsight is 20/20 and we cannot go back, so I am over the regret and looking to the future.

We have to make time to get more time in the future.  The time we spend now on being healthy will be years we add to our lives, and what are you doing with the time you are wasting anyway?  Watching TV, going online, or working?  I believe that idle time has value, but should be in moderation.

I am sure there are a million arguments to my simple statements today about time being something that we all have and I know everyone leads different lives.  However could you find 30 minutes a day to exercise?  Or a couple of hours on the weekend to prepare meals?

Today I am forgoing my run to take a walk in the park with my daughter, I will still get my activity in for the day, just going to take my time and enjoy the scenery and the company.  Kind of like multitasking to save time ;).

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Beautiful day in the park with my beautiful daughter!

Until next time…