As I slowly approach a half century
(just about 3 months from now) I realized that I need to start thinking more about getting fit, eating right and staying healthy.

I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about living a healthy lifestyle. You are looking at a man that ate fast food 5 out of 7 days a week. Eats lots of snacks. I love cookies, cakes, chips and soda. I’ve smoked cigarettes the majority of my life and used and abused drugs for just as long.

Getting clean was the first step. Now as I approach 2 years clean in October 26th. It’s time to start the next phase. I remember saying that I would quit smoking when I reached 1 year clean. Procrastination kicked in and I pushed the date further and further back. Now a year later I am willing to give it another shot. I know that I must quit and that it is not easy. But I believe that I can do it. If I can stop using. I can do anything.

So I’ve set my quit date to be the same as my clean date.

I have joined a gym about a month ago and I have been able to maintain a steady attendance of 3 days a week.  I am proud of my commitment and I have lost 4 lbs so far. I feel better every time I go and I actually look forward to seeing myself without a beer belly and looking lean and cut. It’s a great energy booster and also helps with my self esteem.

Lastly eating healthy. I have stopped eating McDonald’s and other fast foods. I cut back on my snacking. The cookies will take a little weening off. Lol.  I have stopped drinking sodas and other sugary drinks and instead went and purchased a NutriBullet. I have been juicing for the last 2 weeks. I must admit. I like it. It tastes great and it’s healthy. I can’t beat that combination.

I have finally made moves toward this goal instead of the usual talking about it and not doing it. Procrastination has been one of my biggest defects and it feels good to put my words into action. I continue to pray for consistency and I have the willingness to do just that.

I will continue to post my progress or the lack of in future posts.

12 thoughts on “HEALTHY ME

  1. Eric, I used to go from exercise to exercise and nothing would stick. Then I started running last year and I absolutely love it; it’s my therapy, I’ve met some great people while doing it and I’ve run several races and plan to run my first half marathon next year 🙂

    The key is to find an exercise that you like so you’ll know you’ll stick with it and keep the focusing on your self care. Here’s to your good health my friend!

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    • Thank you Nadine. I am not much for running and I admire people that do. I used to play a lot of sports as a youngster. I have gotten a lot lazy since. Lol. Good luck on your first half marathon and the training it will take to get there. I will take your suggestions and find those exercises that I like to do in order to remain consistent. Thank you as always for your support. I truly appreciate it. Have a fantastic day.


  2. i admire and respect your spirit of perseverance. we share various health, nutrition and self-esteem challenges; which i started blogging about over a decade ago. i became addicted to fast food as a socially awkward teenager: fast food is slow suicide.

    about nine years ago, my primary care physician demanded (!) i STOP eating fried foods. if not, she said i’d acquire diabetes and hypertension – and she’d put me on medication for both. it took me seven years to become willing to take her suggestion. fear can foster motivation, procrastination or isolation.

    in january, 2015, i was overweight and pre-diabetic. i did not feel good about my physical appearance, which is hard to admit for a leo 🙂 like you, i bought a nutribullet and was hyped with the immediate results. i went to the gym three times a week. i stopped eating chocolate and sugar for 90 days. eric, i lost 26 pounds in six weeks – and have kept it off since!

    i smoked cigarettes for 20 years. i stopped smoking 20 years ago. you have my unconditional loving support. i am my brother’s keeper! let’s talk soon and nurture each other on the spiritual journey of health and wholeness.

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    • Thank you. I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment on my blog post. Congratulations on your success at losing weight and keeping it off and on quitting smoking. Thank you for your kind words, support. I appreciate it and could use the encouragement. I am determined to succeed in getting healthy and on quitting smoking. I look forward to connecting and communicating with you soon. Have a great day.

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  3. You are an inspiration my friend. Check you out getting on that health trip. You have come so far and I feel proud for you blood. My son is always on me to get healthy, I will one day. Keep doing what you are doing bro. Peace and love

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  4. Quitting smoking was part of my recovery process also. I won’t say it was easy, but I felt like I was still hanging on to a part of my old life by continuing to smoke.

    P.S. Nicorette gum worked wonders for me. It kept me from being so mean and irritable.

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  5. What’s that last sentence saying my friend?? ‘…or lack of it’ tut tut you’re talking yourself out of it before you have begun! You can do it for sure, how do I know? You have kicked the hardest drug in the world and been clean nearly 2 years, you can now do anything you want – we look forward to reading how you are doing and what you HAVE achieved!

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