Treating Nicotine Addiction

21 Mar

Since I was sixteen years old, I’ve been smoking cigarettes.

It started out the way it does for most people that young that pick up that very first smoke. You take a long puff and nearly choke to death and wonder why people do it. You question everything you know about people that smoke and wonder how they manage to smoke a whole one. That was me… almost 14 years ago.

Now I’m coming up on 31 and still interchanging smoking with using an electronic cigarette and I’m really not doing myself any favours. I’ve been a smoker for a long time and have done several “quitting” stints trying to get off this terrible and smelly habit.

About 2 weeks ago I wrote a post about committing to The Run to Quit which is a 5KM run at the end of June that encourages people to drop the smokes and get healthier on your way to running 5KM, however it looks like the run is only in Toronto for the moment so I will have to find another fun event to run at.

The Gym

I’ve been going to the city gym 3 days a week doing some basic cardio work to get my breathing and movement back to an acceptable level. It’s funny to walk at a 5KM an hour pace and see how much sweat and energy I burn. It’s been really interesting but enjoyable.

I may need to adjust my schedule and see if I can make it there more often or maybe even take my daughter outside for walks more often to keep active and try to burn some of this extra weight.

I’m presently sitting at about 304 lbs at 6 foot exactly, and I’d like that number to come down quite a bit. I’d like to bring that down to about 200. I feel like that’s pretty acceptable for my height.

My Kids

My kids are my biggest motivator for weight loss and personal wellness. I want to get off this stupid nicotine addiction and terrible food, and replace it with fun and activity both with and for my kids.

My girls are going to need daddy to be around for a while, and I don’t want to leave them short. My dad never got to be a grandfather. I don’t want the same thing to happen to me.

The Gameplan

I’m of the belief that planning is just as important if not more important that actually doing things. If you don’t plan it properly, you end up missing steps and forgetting things. I really love the planner Shannon has put together and fully intend to print it out and get a binder going ASAP!

Life needs to be appreciated, and I would say right now I have a lot of work to do. Let’s get this sorted!


7 Mar

This morning I committed to run 5K by the end of July and to completely end my ties with smoking by the end of this month.

Before the end of March I would love nothing more than to be a non-smoker and to be working towards some fitness goals I have for myself. Ideally I would like to loose about 100 lbs and have better breathing and just feel a lot better physically.

I was looking through this blog of mine when I came across the last time I was physically active which was May 2014!!! Good god! I meant to get into shape 2 years ago and yet here I am not doing a damn thing once again! I’m super disappointed in myself.

Here’s the plan:

  • Gym 3 days a week with an optional 4th day. (Mon, Wed, Fri)
  • Avoid Coke and Sugary drinks like the plague.
  • Stop smoking and vaping… all of it… seriously!

I want to achieve all of this by the end of the month. It’s a long list of hard stuff to give up, but I need to! I’m fat, tired, and feeling crappier by the day. I really need to get out of this slump!



23 May


Yesterday evening I weighed myself and for the first time, I was actually surprised at the number I saw on the scale. 302.1 LBS. I was absolutely gutted that I had put on over ten pounds since the last time I stepped on a scale.

I’ve decided that enough is enough and I really want to get my health, wellness, and life on track for the future and have put a couple of things in place to make such things happen.

Going forward Jenn and I will be doing a proper grocery run that will involve much more appropriate foods than what we have been eating the last few years. We need to find a meal plan and foods that work for us and make us healthier and happier.

I have a few things that are motivating and inspiring me each and every day. My close friend Shannon has struggled with her weight for a good part of her life and is now actually getting help from a program offered by the hospital. She inspires me each and every day and makes me want to do something about my weight as well.

Every morning I am going to be completing a minimum of a 3KM walk as I did this morning. I felt really good after the walk and found a nice path to take.

Every day I intend to drink my 8 cups of water. Today I am on 10 cups of water so no problem there.

I simply want to begin making better choices for myself, my wife, and soon my child.

This is the beginning of my journey, and I really am motivated to keep going.

Here are the “Before” photos.