Saturday, September 08, 2007

Day 82 Smoke-free (and walking and cookies and more!)

Today is Smoke-free Day 82.

And it's finally Friday.

And I'm off the Chantix - no pill or part of a pill at all today, crazy. Just a few more days, by Tuesday, before I expect it will be entirely out of my system - see here about being on my own steam, and of course, as Sherri pointed out in comments, still with the support of all you wonderful folks reading along. Thank you, again.

I'd say life is pretty darn good right now.

As all day yesterday, even at the start of today, the breathing thing isn't much of an issue anymore, and neither are any tiny tuggings (certainly nothing even in the vicinity of urge or craving level). The taper really has been about as smooth as I'd hoped other than that one little patch, and even that was a cake walk compared to any other part of any other attempt at quitting smoking in the past.

The work ladies that I walk with are awesome and have started adding an afternoon walk to the mix, so starting this past Tuesday, I've added that extra little 20 minute mile to my day. If someone had told my lazy butt a few months back that I would actually be walking a total of 40 minutes and 2 miles a day, I would have thought they lied like the rug. Yet, here I am, and it is so painless, especially split up into two little walks and both during the workday when it's so nice to step away from the cube and it's phone/email/work for a bit. I don't do as well about going while at home, but this is still a huge, huge leap. In fact, it's even better than I thought, according to this article, even if I live on the Left Coast and have no clue about the landmarks mentioned in Cambridge, MA (and now I know that we do walk about 3mph):
Walking is good for your heart. A recent Harvard study shows that walking at a moderate pace (3 mph) for up to 3 hours a week—or 30 minutes a day--can cut the risk of heart disease in women by as much as 40%. This is the same benefit you would get from aerobics, jogging, or other vigorous exercise. The benefits to men are comparable.

Along with its benefits to the heart, walking:

  • improves circulation
  • helps breathing
  • combats depression
  • bolsters the immune system
  • helps prevent osteoporosis
  • helps prevent and control diabetes
  • helps control weight (see below)
It goes on from there with more good news and info about calories burned, and I like a little good news in keeping with the spirit of Fridays.

Regular exercise. Non-smoker. Me. Wow.

I do suppose that the walking thing is good considering the recipe I found and made last night - Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, but raisins only in my half because my sweetheart doesn't do raisins. I swear to Heaven and all things good and holy that these truly are the yummiest and chewiest and most delicious-est Goatmeal Cookies (yes, not a typo, I'm silly, and that's what we call them in my house of love and sugar). Ever. I might need to add another couple of miles of walking to my day if I ever make another batch of these.

Since I've already started the food ramble now, here are the other little things I've made since I last posted about what I was going to make back on Labor Day:
  • Delicious Drumsticks - And, oh, yes, they sure are. Baked, not fried, but even Tom approved because it tasted so close to fried.
  • Baked Mushrooms - I mentioned I was going to make, and then I did. Oh. Yum. Next time I have to halve the recipe, though, because it made an obscene amount. Even for us. And we are no lightweights on the mushroom scene.
OK, I've covered more in one post than what would be neat and concise and all that, so I'm stopping now, but I'm just feeling so good and so very chatty and smoke-free and hungry and ready for the weekend (and have clearly had my espresso this morning - in love with that new espresso maker - in LOVE, I say). Is it 5 yet?

9 comments:

  1. I love the enthusiasm. I hope to be so alive soon. Just got to get over this awful cold.

    Have a great weekend!

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  2. Hey, Maggie! I agree with Chris, I love your enthusiasm!! It is definitely contagious! CONGRATS on being on your own - with a little help from your blogger buddies :-) I am so happy for you and I'm following in your footsteps!! Hang in there, girl!

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  3. Nice work on the exercise Maggie! I am a big fan of it as you know ;)

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  4. Just *reading* about all that walking is making me tired. That's my next thing to tackle. But one at a time...one at a time. I have cut way back on the snacking though. It was just getting silly.

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  5. Congrats Maggie on being off the Chantix. I think I'll follow your lead when my time comes. It's kind of scarey thinking about not having it. I don't want to backslide. :)

    I've been walking too. I do a 25-30 minute power walk in the morning and then I work out with fit tv for a half an hour to an hour. I hope I see some results one of these days. lol

    Those oatmeal cookies sound wonderful! Think I might try that recipe!

    Keep goin girl, you are an inspriation!

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  6. Thank you, Chris, and I do hope you are feeling better soon.

    Thanks, MsTek! Yep, you are right behind me, and making it, too.

    Nathan, you are amazing all that running and whatnot. I'm in awe. For now, I walk ;) Any exercise does seem to really help.

    Tasina, I hear you on the snacking. I've been doing some of that and have been glad to be walking so that it didn't get me like it ought to.

    Thanks, Sue! I understand what you mean about it being a little scary, but I felt so ready and also promised myself that I'd go back on Chantix for a bit longer if need be. So glad that you are power walking, too!

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  7. It's been amazing to follow your progress through the frightening forest of nonsmoking. I am so very, very happy for you and proud of you. And your upbeat attitude is truly an inspiration.

    You go girl.

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  8. Thank you, Danielle! I always appreciate your words of support.

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  9. "goatmeal" lol, exactly my sense of humor :)

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