Monday, January 3, 2011

I'm A Quitter

     There I admit it I am a quitter! I quit smoking 7 years ago today. Shane and I went from a pack a day to none! It was a lot easier with Shane quiting with me. I was pregnant with Matthew when I quit smoking. So for obvious reasons I wanted to quit. I tried many many times before that but couldn't. Shane quit by using the patch. He didn't go through the whole program. I think they recommended using 3 boxes and he did with one box. He just needed something in the beginning. I couldn't use anything but telling myself over and over, think of the baby. At times I still crave one. I have family members who still smoke. Sometimes when I visit the smell of a cigarette burning smells good and makes my mouth water. Other times the smell is so gross!
     My goal this year is to lose some weight. I gained 60 pounds when I was pregnant and almost seven years later I have lost none! Well right after he was born I dropped 20 pounds but gained all but five of it back over the last few years. I am breaking it down into manageable numbers. My first goal is to be 150 on my birthday. So I have about 12 pounds to lose in seven weeks. I plan on eating healthier and walking in the evenings.
     I need to do this because my blood pressure  is high. So the first step is to try to control it with diet and exercise. I have made it my goal to lose weight for many years. But like quiting smoking now it is a necessity. Did you know 3 out of 4 woman know they have high blood pressure but less than one in three try to work on it? http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/issues/issues.htm  I am a young mom and will be that one who does.
    

3 comments:

gigihawaii said...

BRAVA!!!! I am proud of you! Good luck and best wishes!

Melissa said...

Thank you Gigi! You are an inspiration! I know you are working on health goals too.

Kay said...

I am so proud of you and in awe of Shane. I know how hard it is because I've seen my sister-in-law struggle with it. She just can't do it no matter how much she tries.