When I was a smoker, I was an out-of-shape couch potato who loved junk food, soda and beer. I knew it was fundamentally wrong but it seemed hypocritical to me to worry about such things as nutrition and exercise while smoking cancer sticks!
In order to maintain my Addiction I had learned to neglect and/or minimize the importance of my Body. I “justified” it by staying in my head a lot! “At least I respect my Brain”, I said in my ignorance! I didn’t get that Nicotine Addiction is a Brain Disorder of the highest type! I wasn’t aware of the mental distortions I put myself through so I could continue to use my favorite Drug of Choice!
Well, God has a way of promptly bringing our darkness into the Light of Day! Hence, I was brought to Smobriety with a Body disorder. And not just any Disorder – Oh, He knows us soooo well! I have a chronic, progressive, incurable smoking related illness! In His Love for me, the Good Lord showed me that Nicotine Addiction was making me BLIND!
I was diagnosed on March 14, 2010 and quit 6 days later on March 20. I never picked up another Sickerette again! How could I? I could no longer hide under the smoke cloud of Addiction!
In these 5 Years since, I have completely changed my perspective. Not just about Addiction and Nicotine but about my Body and my Brain!
Now, my Brain has been FREED of it’s captivity to Addiction and I can of my own Free Will pick up a Sickerette throwing away 5 Years of progress OR NOT! I get to DECIDE! In the midst of Addiction I didn’t have that choice – I had to smoke! My Brain even told me that I wanted to smoke! All for a hit of Dopamine! Sick….twisted….controlled by a dead leaf wrapped in paper and dipped in thousands of deadly chemicals! No surprise that given a true choice I DECIDE that I don’t want or need a Sickerette!
Once freed of the Power of Addiction, I was alo Empowered to provide for my Body!I now eat a very Healthy Diet! I now weigh my target weight! I now can clearly decide to leave the junk food, etc., behind!
I now Exercise every single Day! I work 30 minutes of treadmill, and ½ hour of weight lifting three times a Week and 30 minutes of treadmill with ½ hour of Pilates 3 times a Week! Sunday is my Day of Rest!
I just had a 6 Month evaluation where I improved in every category: Flexibility, Balance, Endurance and Strength!
And it’s not just a bunch of numbers! I feel AWESOME! My Oxygen Stats used to hang out barely above 90% (dangerously low.) Now after Exercise they’re running 97% - just sitting around they’re usually 95%. I have never seen numbers like that! It mean that my Body is working at very Healthy capacity to use the less Oxygen I do have(which unfortunately can’t improve!) I work two jobs (50 hours altogether a Week.) I have much more energy, I look healthier, I can do more at Work and at Home of the things I love!
I guarantee you, Folks, that this would never have happened had I not Quit Smoking first! I’m on the most incredible Quit Journey and I just can’t contain my Excitement!
Now, why would I give all that up for a Sickerette?
N.O.P.E., No Way, No How, Never! Make me if you can!
"Don't you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself," 1 Corinthians 6:19