Category Archives: Fitness

1 Long month today

One month ago today I smoked my last cigarette. I have struggled with my addiction for many years, and over the last month I have struggled with my resolve to quit. The biggest thing I have realized over the last month is just how ingrained smoking is in my life. I have smoked for the last 25 years and that habit is ingrained in every waking moment of my day. Until you decide to quit you do not realize just how much everything you do is centered around smoking. The addiction to the nicotine is not what is the hard part about quitting, it is the process of retraining your brain to do things without involving  a cigarette.  I have been doing really good at suppressing the habit for the last week, and then yesterday I pinched a nerve in my back and was experiencing some serious pain from my lower back down my left leg. It hurt to sit, stand, walk or even lay down. All day as I was trying to find the least painful position my brain was looking for the cigarettes. I finally was able to ease the pain by lying on a heating pad on the bed. Once the pain eased so did the urge to smoke. As I thought about that I realized that before now when I was in pain I would usually smoke more to help me relax and to help ease the pain. I am feeling much better today and the urges are back to their normal level. Every day I feel a lot better about my chances of success with quitting this time and as each day passes that success does come easier.

First project of the new year.

I am going to spend more of my time this year trying to help raise money for cancer research as well as raising awareness of cancer. I am working now to prepare for the Susan G. Komen race for the cure here in Boise Idaho. This is to raise money for research to find a cure for Breast cancer. I have never in my life even considered entering into a 5 k race before and I am not in any kind of shape right now to do it. I am beginning my training for the race this weekend. I am going to start with a 1 mile walk. I want to see 1st if I can walk a mile? 2nd How long does it take me?  3rd am I able to still move after that?
I used to walk a mile a day, but I have not done that in some time. It will be good to get back to walking again.
I am also looking to raise some money for the cause as well. If anyone wants to sponsor me on this I will figure out a way to do that.
I am really looking forward to this. I have wanted to try this for a long time, but have never done it.