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Falling off track

November 1, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC

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I have a confession – this past week I fell off the wagon with my exercise routine. It was a busy week, and I just didn’t make it as much of a priority as I should have.

I had tried to schedule a couple of workouts, but last minute meetings came up and threw a wrench in my plans. Every once in a while life – and our hectic schedules – gets in the way of our good intentions.  It’s really easy to let a slip up completely throw you off track. 

I was missing my workouts and I was letting my healthy eating plan slip a bit too.

Just because I miss a workout it is not an excuse to let my diet slip.  November is a new month and I am looking forward to getting back on track. What do you do when you have a bad exercise week? How do you make sure you stay on track?

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Posted on Thursday November 3, 2011 a 9:17pm

Just a side note before I post -- is anyone having any problems with posting? I am hoping it is because it is "under construction" - just like we are in learning about how to live healthy lives -- but it has been quite slow and I have had trouble posting... so I just thought I would ask before I comment. Anyway, onward and upward: This month, nicotine patches are being covered by MSP and made available to those who previously could not access them. I know a number of people who are taking advantage of this, and it reminded me of my own journey with becoming a non-smoker which I would like to share here. Recently I saw a quote that really struck me: If you don’t take care of your body, where are you going to live? I am, and proud to call myself now, not only a nonsmoker but a runner. It has not been an easy road, but definitely worth it. Six years ago, I ran my first race, the Central Saanich Pioneer 8km. It was a major feat for me, having always wanted to be a runner, at that point was still a smoker but desperately wanted to quit. I had long dreamt about running, and being able to run a race was some kind of magical achievement only afforded to people who had some secret access to a level of health not known to me. Running signified a discipline of mind and body, strength of heart, and an unstoppable spirit. But I could never reach a point where I could convince myself that I, too, could be a runner. Someone said to me once, “You can do anything, but you can’t do everything.” When I first started running, I still smoked. I loved running, and would often enjoy a cigarette after a run. But it made the running less enjoyable, and harder. And the good feeling I got from smoking never lasted the way the good feeling from a run did. It was a difference between doing something I knew was good for me and really helped me in a holistic way, and doing something against me. Smoking was something that I had used as a coping mechanism since I was a teen to relax, avoid feeling uncomfortable feelings, to stay slim, to have quiet time. Eventually I knew I would have to choose. Some people can be both – runners and smokers – but I just couldn’t do it. I knew I would have to make a choice. I thought about not just “quitting smoking” but instead, how and why I wanted to choose to live as a non-smoker. I thought about where I would be in ten years given the two choices. What ten years of smoking does to one’s body, not to mention ten years of stuffed down feelings and denial-based coping mechanisms, is not pretty. Then I thought about where I would be after ten years of running. I had dreamed of running long races, and had actually signed up for a couple of 10 ks and then chickened out realizing I could not get it together enough to train properly. That was mostly because in my mind, that included giving up smoking, which I hadn’t been able to do. Over time and many relapses, I chose running. I made that choice almost six years ago, and still make that choice every day. Some days I still really would love to sit down and enjoy a smoke. Once in awhile, I still dream of those lovely ignorant mornings I used to enjoy with a coffee and the first cigarette of the day. But then I think about how I feel when I run and how much that is more about who I have become. I have a healthy body today and have learned more about health and fitness over my smoking-to-running transition than I ever imagined. Six years, six full marathons, nine half marathons and countless 10ks later, I am thinking about the number of people dear to me who are choosing this time in their lives to give up smoking. I am both inspired by their courage and as I write this, offer the advice to find something that makes being a non-smoker AWESOME. Bikram yoga, aromatherapy, a clean-air activist, whatever! Smokers can be intense, passionate people and you may find that you will need to find a place to channel that intense, passionate energy previously burned up by smoking. I am sending out my heartfelt support to everyone who is choosing this time to be a non-smoker. You won’t regret it. You are choosing your life, your health, and taking responsibility for your feeling good. You are choosing YOU.

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Posted on Thursday November 10, 2011 a 3:18pm

Hi ericab! Thanks so much for taking the time to share your journey of becoming a non smoker with us. What you have to say is inspiring. It’s amazing what we can do when we make a choice.- Michael de Jong


Posted on Tuesday November 8, 2011 a 9:45pm

Loved reading your comment ericab! Thank you for the inspiration!


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