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.
7 thoughts on “Day Fourteen Reverb13”
Starting this blog was the best decision I made in 2013…we shall see about 2014. I have today.
It was the best decision, definitely…look at how many things and new people it opened you up to!
I know..I had no idea what this new venture would bring into my life. I thought, “just a simple online journal”..it has been so much more than that. I’m blessed by all of you!
Good on you, Rosie! Quitting smoking is HUGE. You deserve some big rewards for that one (in addition to all the health benefits that will come automatically!).
Thanks, Kat! Quitting smoking has been tough but not without rewards. I am already feeling better physically, and I know it will just get better!
I have sleep apnea and use to weigh over 300 pounds. I was unable to walk to the supermarket directly across the street without stopping a minimum of 4 times because my sides hurt and I couldn’t catch my breath. Today, I walk 5 to 10 miles on a regular basis. It may take time, but you can do this.
Thanks for sharing, Bradley. I am hoping I can make it up to 5-10 miles sometime in the future. I know it will take time, just impatient. Right now I have to focus on staying quit from cigarettes.