Day Fourteen of Reverb13’s prompt is as follows:
What was the best decision you made in 2013? What were the results? How will you continue the good work in 2014?
The best decision I made in 2013 was to start working toward becoming a physically healthier person. Reaching the ripe old age of 32 this year, I realized that, given my weight and the fact of smoking and fatty foods, it was just a short matter of time before my situation would become dire. Diabetes runs in my family, and I did not want to go down that road. At this point, I already have high blood pressure and sleep apnea. I did not want to develop any more weight-related conditions.
The first step I took was to quit smoking. It made sense to me, because I want to be able to exercise (even just walking would be great) and am unable to do so due to being so out-of-breath after just the slightest bit of activity. I also have asthma which is poorly controlled, mostly due to smoking and a bit also due to infrequent use of my daily scheduled inhalers.
So far, quitting smoking has been less difficult than I expected. I do have a bit of a harder time because DSB and my mom smoke, but it seems they are happy to at least open a window when I am in their vicinity. While not a perfect situation, it does help.
I plan to carry this foward in to 2014 by just sticking to the regemine of nicotine patches and lozenges, and reaffirming my willpower minute by minute. I know I really don’t want to smoke anymore, know that in my head finally, so hopefully that will make it easier.