One year ago today I held out my pack of cigarettes and told Vivian this was the last of my cigarettes. She replied asking if I needed to run and get more, I said, “no I think this is the last of my cigarettes forever”.
January 28th was my first day smoke Free and I remain smoke free.
For those of you who are struggling with quitting smoking let me say, it is hard, and I still crave a cigarette almost every day of my life, but I am glad to be free of the smell, the cost and the stigma that is that of a smoker.
Although my journey began a year ago to being healthier there are still MANY steps to complete. I feel like although my lungs were clearer I had now gained so much weight, what was the point maybe I should have kept smoking. Many of you however have reinforced, losing weight can and will happen, just stay the course on the non-smoking thing. So I have. So today I ask for your support and help as I start phase 2 of getting healthy, Let the Healthy Eating Begin.
I have gained more than an adequate amount of weight since I quit smoking AND decided to start a new business, stress does crazy things to cravings. I hope you will join me on my journey to being healthier as I begin the process of losing weight.
I am not setting a goal to be Bikini ready I am simply setting the goal to lose at least 50 pounds, increase my activity and eat healthier foods. Oh yeah to add more water to my in take as well. Feel free to join me on this journey if you want, it begins on January 28th.
No one can just say the words that I want change without the desire to really do so, and no one can “Make” you do it their way. Instead I believe we need to take it one step at a time making commitments we are willing to stand by and be accountable for. Below I am listing some of the commitments that I think are needed in this process and encourage you if you want change to select the ones that work for you at this time and make your own commitment to living a healthier life
What will you commit to? If you can select at least one item from each category to start with and grow from there
Add one 30 min walk or more to your day
Add 30 minutes of cardio to your day
Take the steps instead of the elevator if you are traveling 2 floors or less
Park in the furthest parking space to the store
Healthy in take –
Drink a minimum of 64 oz of water each day
Eat small meals 5 times a day
Do not eat after 8 PM
Eat smaller portions
Limit Alcohol intake to once per week
Healthy Habits –
Keep fresh vegis on hand for sudden cravings
Eat only at a table without Television
When you have a craving do something physical instead until the craving is gone
Join weight watchers
Weigh in one day a week, same time, same place, same clothes
Join a gym
Share you goal with your friends so they help support you
Share your weekly progress even if you gain a pound share it so others can lift you up
See the skinnier you
I hope you will take the challenge with me to be healthier in 2014. Remember this is a process, it will not be easy, you will have ups and downs and the people who love you are cheering you on NOT judging you.
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Congratulations on your new commitment!
Day One: When you wake up tomorrow Weigh in and get started