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Chutz
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   Posted 5/10/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Mondays are sometimes like new years day for some folks. You know...I'll start my diet on Monday, or I'll get to those chores after the weekend. We all have habits we need to work on...I know I sure do. Is there something about yourself, like a habit or trait, that you have been working on changing or that you would LIKE to change?

The one I have been working on since I was about 13 is my weight. As I look back I have always had problems with a few extra pounds. I'm not like 200 pounds over weight...I have such empathy for those folks...but over the years I have carried an extra 15-40 pounds. The problems is not what I east as much as what I use food for. I use food for emotional salve. Extreme emotions send me to the kitchen and food. It's a nasty cycle and a hard one to break. So, this is my habit I have been trying so very hard to get my head around. And recently I have been failing miserably.

Anyone else have habits they are working on changing, or would like to?
Chutz
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modelmaker
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   Posted 5/10/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I will tell you one thing I wanted to change and did. My pain doc advised me to stop drinking if I was going to be on opiod pain meds. He said that opiods and alcohol react in unpredictable ways and could lead to coma or dealth. I had been drinking pretty much all of my life. Used to be hard liquor 20 years ago then switched to wine each night with dinner. When I retired I realized that that was an expensive habit I would not be able to continue without sacrificing somewhere else. Then when the doc said the sacrifice could be my life I decided to quit. And I did. Cold turkey. Just stopped. Maybe that was not the smartest way to go but it worked for me. No looking back, no slipping of the wagon, no excuses, just quit. I have had no cravings and have enjoyed life much more. It has been three years now with no problems. Now if I could just turn off the CP just as easily!

Modelmaker
Degenerative disc disease, 4 back surgeries, fused from L2-S1, instrumentation. Being treated for chronic pain. Oxycodone 30 mg. IR. Candidate for SCS in the future.


anice
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   Posted 5/10/2009 10:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I would like to quit smoking. I know that I should. My mother has COPD and that should be enough for me. It stinks and it is expensive and ofcourse it is bad health wise. I know that I should quit for many reasons. But I do find it helpful to my nerves. It may be all psychological,but it does. I do plan on trying to quit soon.
I also need to lose weight. I have been fighting that battle most of my life. I am working on that now though. I am watching how much I eat, trying to cut down on proportions. You know we live in a supersize world. Advertisement strives on that. I have been trying to make healthier options. When it is fast food night, I have started to get the salads some. McDonalds has a southwestern grilled chicken salad that is really good, or the bacon ranch.It's better than the BigMac and supersize fries!!! Since the surgery, I am not eating near as much as I was before. That is a good thing.
Anice

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   Posted 5/11/2009 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Lose weight!!!  (holding my hand up, sort of jumping up and down)  My first diagnosis  (incorrect thank goodness) was a small stroke which scared me to nearly to death.  I did lose a bit over 40 pounds.  I have kept that off for nearly three years.  I really need to make a push though to lose another 20 or 30 pounds.  I am great with some aerobic exercise but I really need to do some strength training and eat even better than I have been. 

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I have no lesions on my soul and so I will live with no limits.


Chutz
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:33 PM (GMT -7)   
modelmaker! I'm so impressed with you and your 'cold turkey'! What a brave thing for you to do and I'm proud for you. Way to go!

Smoking and food are, in my mind, very difficult addictions to kick. I watched my mother smoke until it finally took her life...congestive heart failure from smoking tobacco. That's what was on the death certificate. I know it was very hard for her as toward the end she was embarrassed to ask me to go buy them for her. Since she was 83 I was not about to tell her no!??! I told her several years before that we loved her for who she is, not related to her smoking. How could I denigrate her when my addiction is food...which is another topic I guess. In my mind food is as addicting as tobacco to some people and seems harder to kick. But it's not a contest. Although we have to deal with food on a daily basis, yet only in the right amounts and kinds. If you were a smoker trying to keep from being addicted how would it be to have to handle them and smell them many times a day and not have one. Sorta like that with food, IMHO...

Chutzie
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anice
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   Posted 5/11/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I am determined to quit smoking. When my life settles a little and things get back on track, I will start then. And ofcourse, it that time never comes, then I'll have to do it without things being on track. I owe it to myself and my children to try to be as healthy as I can be. And we all now that smoking is definitly not a heathy choice. It is just too hard right now.

And the food. I do know all too well. I find myself using food for comfort way to often. I am not at all happy with my appearance. Since the surgery, I am eating way less. That is one good thing. I have alot of weight to lose. Right now, thinking about food almost makes me sick. I am sure that willl pass. I have been eating about once a day lately. I am sure that will only be for a short time. I like food way too much. One of these days...
Anice

LLPLUV
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   Posted 5/12/2009 1:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank god I don't like food... I love to cook it and make everyone else happy but I just pick at it.

My crutch is smoking. I had quit for a year then I started back up when stress started to increase in my daily life. Heck my life is already stressful but at that point it had REALLY increased.

My plans are that when I get the Pain Clinic into a routine with me then I will take Chantex again it worked great the first time it should work again....
Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD

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