I can’t believe it’s been more than 3 months since my last post. The reason for that would be the hectic life I had since Ramadhan. There’s always no time to do anything in Ramadhan, first you’re tired to go from one place to another while fasting, it was HOT, and the traffic during Ramdhan is something I avoid… Yes, road rage. But the main reason would be my back pain. In 2007, I suffered from a severe pain in the upper/middle back. That time I was so soaked into my job, I went from that sport freak 4 years before that time to this guy who spends more than 10 hours in front of a computer either typing or studying. I was working and studying back in the time, working from 7am to 2:30pm, and studying from 5pm to 10pm. That’s the life I had for a whole year of 2006, and couldn’t feel the pain till the beginning of 2007.
I thought it was just a temporary pain and it will vanish by itself, but it got worse and worse. I could’t sleep or sit for long hours, it was time to visit a doctor. Thankfully, it wasn’t something serious (but it would if I had ignored it longer). My spine was fine but was holding too much weight due to the bad posture and the heavy belly I carried that time, and because I wasn’t doing any kind of sport that time, my back muscles were weak to support my spine. So, I did some Hydro massage therapy for 10 days. The doctor advised me to lift weight and keep moving, fixing my posture, I was just 26 years old then. In just 2 weeks I felt great and the pain is gone for good.
Now, it’s back again, it’s even worse due to the lazier life I led for the past few years. I recognized the pain and the cause, I had a belly in a weak body. My daily sport was driving and going up the stairs to my room. It got worse on the first days of Ramadhan, then I thought I need to lose some weight and work on my posture. I lost 5kg in less than 1 month, and since I do own a small body that was so obvious on me. But unfortunately that didn’t help reducing the pain on my back. After Ramadhan I went to a doctor and he told me the same exact thing, sport is my only remedy especially I’m in my 30s now not as flexible as I used to be.
I’m a shisha smoker for almost 13 years, went from occasionally smoking back in 2000-2002 to a daily smoker beyond that. During the busy life I had in 2006 I switched to cigarettes then went back to shisha again in 2007. For the last 2 years, smoking was taking over my health, I knew it but I was kidding myself like every smoker out there. So, after Ramadhan I was planning seriously to change my current life to the better. One day, exactly on the 22nd of August 2013. I wore some comfy clothes and went to the nearest gym, subscribed at once, had a trainer for the first day just to guide me what to avoid so I won’t hurt my back and taking it easy. Now, it’s a month since that day, and I haven’t smoked ever since. I feel great, energetic and healthy. I actually went to the shisha place after a week from that date, just to test myself and want to see how I feel about shisha, I hated it although it was tempting to get one, but I did not. I needed to show the deep voice inside me who’s in control from now on.
My Advice to You
This last month wasn’t all great, I kid you not, I had a lot of moments when I thought of quitting and go back to my comfy lazy life. Stress keeps me thinking about that and dragged me down few times. The pain on my back gets worse from time to time, that helped to think about going back. If you’re reading this and you’re leading an unhealthy life more like a sedentary type of life, especially if you’re smoker. It’s time to take over your life, just do it at once, don’t plan for it. I know how hard it is, I’ve been through a lot of rage moments but yet I amazed myself of how can I control it. Your rivals aren’t the addiction to the puff, nor how hectic your life is. Your worst enemies are merely two which you created without knowing. Free time and the deep voice inside you. Free time is a curse for anyone who tries to quit any bad habit, but you must act at once to find any replacement for what you’re trying to quit. And your mind is fooling you, don’t listen to the deep voice inside you, he’s your worst enemy ever.