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Mary Ella’s Weekly Message
October 22, 2010
Trick or Treat
“Trick or treat?” How many times have you heard this familiar phrase and associated it with Halloween? Think about associating it with becoming smokefree. Surely, the tobacco industry tricked you when you first started smoking by having you believe that it was cool, the thing to do, a way to feel grown up or a way to rebel. You probably thought smoking was a treat, and then before you knew it you were addicted to nicotine—the trick.
Whenever you feel tempted to slip, think of that question: Trick or Treat? Is your mind tricking you into thinking that a slip is a treat? It’s no treat to jeopardize your health, or to go through withdrawal/recovery symptoms again.
There’s no trick to becoming smokefree. I wish there was some magic potion out there that would make the process an easy one. I dream of the day when everyone in the world is smokefree. Becoming smokefree takes hard work and I commend you for all that you’re doing to fight the good fight hour by hour, day by day, month by month. You’ve done a lot of hard work to get to where you are today which has led you to the treat of being smokefree.
Since we’re on the topic of Trick or Treat, be sure to watch your intake of sweets this month. If you’re buying Halloween candy to pass out to trick-or-treaters, pick up bags of the things that maybe aren’t your favorite so you won’t be tempted to eat it yourself. Of course, one of the best ways to control your weight is through regular exercise.
Kevin Grodnitzky, MS, RD, is a registered dietician and personal trainer in Baltimore, MD. He offers these tips about the connection between exercise and weight loss:
Although there are many theories as to how to lose weight, most experts agree that combining good nutrition with exercise is probably the healthiest, most sensible and effective way to lose weight.
Which causes more weight loss, diet or exercise? Diet usually sheds more pounds, but physical activity is vital in the maintenance of weight loss. What does this mean? Those who add exercise to a healthy diet keep the weight off longer than those who only diet. Weight loss is good, but keeping the weight off is most important. Many weight loss programs make big promises about losing pounds, but what’s most important is how long the weight is kept off. Combining physical activity with a plan to eat healthy is one of the best ways to do that.
Try scheduling your workouts in advance to stick to your exercise plan when life gets hectic. Look at your busy week ahead of time and plan when to workout. Planning is vital to sticking to your goals, so don’t underestimate its importance. How do you plan? Use a calendar, notebook, your computer, your cell phone or anything that works for you. Make an appointment with yourself to work out and actually write it down or type it in to your calendar. If you work out at a gym, pack your gym clothes and bring them to work or set aside “me” time if you don’t work outside the home or work from home. Make your appointment with yourself a priority and do the little things to make it happen. Working out with friends can help, but don’t let it stop you if they are not available. Working out doesn’t have to be complicated. Walking is one great way to get started. Dancing, playing with children or pets is another way to increase physical activity. Think of other ways that you can get up, get moving and keep moving!
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