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Some Changes

Posted by darthkeller on February 19, 2010

This winter was very hard on me. No, this is not a “Where’s mine!?” rant, but it was very hard on me. First, the severe weather changes caused a series of severe sinus headaches.

I’ve had sinus problems for almost 20 years, and 12 years ago had a surgery to correct them. I am very pleased that it worked for 12 years! However, they have come back, and with a vengeance!!!

So, I went to the doctor who told me that the original diagnosis may (stress the “MAY”) have been wrong, and in fact, they might be a symptom of a particular type of migraine (low transverse?). He said they are not the common migraine that everyone knows about, because I don’t suffer light and noise sensitivity, just severe sinus headaches…

After doing some research on the subject, I found that my 11-year smoking habit has exacerbated the situation (yeah, this is the point where everyone not me says “DUH!”). So, as of January 18th, 2010, I am a non-smoker (and no, I haven’t killed anyone….yet).

I’ve tried to quit smoking several times in the past, but knowing that smoking is making worse my headaches, this time it has been a lot easier! 1 month and 1 day later, and I’m feeling great!

The last change: Raven and I have decided that we need to get in shape. When I was playing basketball in high school, I ran 3 miles a day in the summer to stay in perfect shape. At 5’9″ tall, I weighed 168 lbs and it was almost all muscle!

Today, I’m over 250 lbs (and no, I’m not 7’0″ tall….). So, we’ve started working out, trying to get in shape. Do I want to weigh 168 lbs again, HELL NO! It took everything I had to maintain that weight, and at my age, I don’t care to be in that shape anymore! But right now I cannot walk from one side of my house to the other without being short of breath. That’s not good, and that’s what I want to correct!

So, there you go. A little bit of an explanation as to why I haven’t been as active on twitter, why I’ve not been blogging even with all the craziness that has transpired over the last two months.

So, if you’re reading this and you’re a fat, out of shape, smoker, and are willing to admit it, and want help, please let me know. We can support one another on road to change a better life.


2 Responses to “Some Changes”

  1. There is certainly a wide range of counseling services, self-help resources, and medicines currently available, so those that smoke have more instruments than ever before that can help them stop smoking for good. By far the most cool gadget that will help you conquer the physical craving, and yes it works, it helped me, are these vapor generating ciggerettes. You receive the nicotine you may need and still have the effect of smoking. In case you are interested I did some research and found a free trial offer similiar to the product I used. You really should try this out.

    • darthkeller said

      Thanks for the advice Dannie. I appreciate it!

      I used an “e-cig” for a while, but the damn atomizers (for those that don’t know, that’s the “heating element” which takes liquid and makes it a mist) kept getting clogged. This was an annoyance when I was at home, but if I were at work, or at a bar, this was simply deadly for those around me.

      I loved the idea of it, though. It was awesome getting to “smoke” while sitting next to my wife (I was never allowed to smoke in the house).

      Currently, I’m on step 3 of the patch, with only a few left to go. I hope to be done very soon.

      Again, thanks for the encouragement, I appreciate it!

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