Hi there all....
I was just read an excerpt from Bob Greene (Oprah's Trainer) about his on-line The Best Life Diet and I am going to post the whole excerpt because I could SO relate: "Quitting smoking while you're dieting may seem like a form of torture. After all, how many bad habits can you be expected to change at once? And, why would you want to quit when you know that smoking can help keep weight off: It revs your metabolism and dulls hunger. But you can achieve the same weight-loss results with healthier habits, like eating well and exercising. And believe it or not, kicking the habit now can actually make hitting your goal weight even easier. I know, you're probably skeptical, but let's take a look at exercise. If you're a smoker, you may have a difficult time working out at a vigorous pace--thanks to all that wheezing and huffing and puffing. (You can blame this on congested lungs and a diminished capacity of your blood to deliver oxygen throughout your body.) That means you're probably not reaping the full calorie-burning benefits of exercise. Kick the habit, though, and you'll allow your lungs to heal. The result: Working out becomes easier, and you'll burn more calories.Your diet is also affected by smoking. Cigarettes and nicotine have been shown to make food less palatable. If you stop smoking, you'll be able to truly enjoy the flavor of fruits and veggies, lean protein and whole grains."
I am glad that I quit smoking (For Today) and am one step closer to living a healthier, happier and more fulfilling life! I am supposed to go weigh in at my friend's school tomorrow and join their "Biggest Loser" type program! I have given myself this weekend to eat pretty much what I want and then by Tuesday, its time to begin a new diet and exercise program. I did exactly what I did with smoking.....I set a "quit date" and since am I am feeling really under the weather, next week sounds good to me. Besides, I am really scared to see the number on the scale! One of my students recently saw a picture of me when I was 27 and I weighed about 125 pounds and was in really good shape. They kept asking if that was really me. I started wondering, did the cigarettes or bad eating age me or is that just life? Well, Tuesday will come quickly enough! I think I am going to drop in to my "Stop Smoking Clinic" today and let talk to the new people/old people still showing up for support and the facillitor. Hope everyone is doing well.
PS: Why is Blogger not saving posts? My autosave keeps failing me!