My awesome god-mother's birthday, my dad's birthday, and Thanksgiving Day. Today, I am also celebrating something -- my first year of being "SMOKE-FREE!" Yey!
I am not a quitter. But this is one thing I can proudly say I quit. Ugh! I dunno what I was thinking smoking those filthy cigarettes! I am one of those reformed smokers who now loathe the smell of cigarettes. And I can't believe it's already been a year since I lit my last cigarette. For many years -- since high school -- I was literally huffing and puffing my health away!
Just before lighting up. Taken during one of our shows. Eek!
I'm glad I decided to stop and I have running to thank for that. I started running on Nov. 1 and I decided to stop smoking on Nov. 29 -- right after the second race event I joined. I was out of breath during that run and took a lot of frequent walk breaks. I wanted to perform better, so I made the best health decision of my life by deciding to stop smoking -- COLD TURKEY!
I was so determined, I didn't even crave for it. It was simple. I replaced an existing addiction with another addiction (running) and I set goals.
1. perform better in my sport.
2. get healthy
3. live longer for my loved ones.
That was enough motivation for me. The most awesome thing about it -- after making one healthy decision -- you make another one and another one, and another one. A healthy lifestyle snowball effect! I decided to also limit my alcohol intake, eat healthy, sleep early, and exercise regularly.
Cigarettes ... Good riddance! Hello long healthy life!
- Did you ever have a bad vice before?
- What made you stop?
30 Days of Thanks (Day 29)
I am thankful for my will-power and self-control for without this I will probably won't be the person I am today. It's easy to just give in to things or certain situations. I am thankful that I don't see temptation as a bad thing. Temptation is not only an opportunity to do good, but it's also an opportunity to grow in character.