Who did it????????????

tasha_111
tasha_111 Member Posts: 2,072
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Cumon, 'fess up, Who actually gave up Smoking/ Drinking/ Eating Red Meat/ Drinking bottled water/ Fiddling about with car engines without the protection of arse-feeling gloves/........ Did anyone start on a vegan diet, drink 300 gallons of pure spring water or walk 250 miles a day? I'm just being nosy.......but DOOOOO TELL! Hugs J xxxxxxxxxxx
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  • phoenixrising
    phoenixrising Member Posts: 1,508
    You are cracking me up!! I
    You are cracking me up!! I have to try and stop laughing in order to type. "arse-feeling gloves????" Too funny. I can't believe you didn't get censored with arse and I can't even identify a tree. What a world.

    You know I was already doing a ton of stuff for many years TO PREVENT BREAST CANCER AND OSTEO.
    Sorry, didn't mean to yell, just a little left over anger. One thing that did change though without my trying is about a few months before I found out about my bc, I suddenly didn't feel like drinking. Amazingly but true and trust me I come from a long line of people that knew how to pack it away. Even at Christmas.....didn't have a thing. What's stranger yet is that I don't even miss it. Not very exciting I know but that's about it.
    love
    jan
  • KathiM
    KathiM Member Posts: 8,028 Member
    Sort of forced to by my rectal cancer....
    When I lost 12 inches of my colon, including all the 'good stuff' at the bottom, it gave a whole new definition to 'a trip to the toilet'.....ROFL!

    So, I still occasionally eat red meat (you can't imagine what it does...lol), drink a glass of wine. I am also now lactose intollerant...so that took care of everything ELSE...lol...again, I eat, I PAY! (Still sin, though...what is life without a bit of sin?????).

    I, too, giggle at your description of the gloves...but, no, sort of like 'will I play the violin?', I never work on my car...isn't that what mechanics are for? (Oh, and for some VERY NICE shots when they are hunks....LMAO)!

    Hugs, Kathi
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    Are you kidding??? I was
    Are you kidding??? I was sooo near perfect I was already walking on water before BC! Okay, the water was a solid frozen pond, but hey~ semantics!

    I lived so well and so healthily but that didn't keep the beast from visiting me, so I am now doing ftuff I didn't do previously! Except for the smoking part...I gave that up in the mid 1970's and never looked back. Smoking is not an easy thing to do in California anyway~ very frowned upon here among the ancient hippie crowd!

    But yeah...a nice albeit small steak now and then, a definite YES on the Vino, ok I do walk/run 8 miles at least 3X a week..nothing too crazy. I am wanting to be one of those "everything in moderation" ppl; don't know how well I am succeeding!

    Hugs,
    Claudia
  • Marcia527
    Marcia527 Member Posts: 2,729
    I must lead a sheltered
    I must lead a sheltered life. I don't know what kind of gloves those are? I have a pair of gardening gloves?

    I didn't really drink before BC and for a few weeks there I tried drinking beer every night. I figured if I got BC and didn't drink, maybe I should try drinking. I gave it up tho. Really don't like to drink.

    I tried walking but it didn't 'work out' either.

    Tell me, Do you really fiddle with car engines? I just know where it's located.
  • RE
    RE Member Posts: 4,591 Member
    NOPE NOT ME!
    I have never ever smoked, never ever did drugs, I have never been a drinker casually or otherwise (I know don't I sound boring.) I do not eat fried food, I do LOVE a good steak, shuck even a not so good steak! I eat lots of chicken and lots of fresh vegetables and love salmon, but I do little exercise. I used to ride my bike like a crazy woman but I have gotten lazy, I plan to get back to that real soon. Oh lets see you asked about drinking water, does cold tea count? I drink lots of that during the warmer months. Truth be told I probabaly personally keep the diet soda industry in business. I truly believe none of these things caused or did not cause my breast cancer, it just happened. One of the first things I asked my oncologist was what could I have done to prevent this, he said probably nothing and that it was not my fault.

    Anyway Tasha always love your honest posts and questions, very thought provoking.

    RE
  • Joycelouise
    Joycelouise Member Posts: 482
    Yup to some. I became a
    Yup to some. I became a vegan. I actually love it. It is hard to say what causes what, but since becoming vegan my skin is clearer and better. My moods are more stable. My weight is never a problem. People say I look a lot younger. Of course, anyone would look a lot younger if one compares them to how they looked while undergoing chemo and bald. People may just be saying that.
    And yup to yoga. Love that too. Drink a ton of green tea (no coffee)
    Still drink a little wine from time to time.
    The truth is that changing my patterns has given me a (false?) sense of security. At least, it has given me a sense of control.
    All this has taken a while as I am a year out of rads. While in chemo I ate big macs and watched Oprah.
    Just chimin' in, love Joyce
  • Eil4186
    Eil4186 Member Posts: 949
    I was already a vegetarian
    I was already a vegetarian and my onc said that is good because I am ingesting all the hormones from meat. My cancer was hormone sensitive.

    I did eat a lot of sweets and enjoyed fried foods and did not exercise. My surgeon gave me a copy of the recommended diet for breast cancer survivors and I started that right away---lots of fruits/veggies, extremely low fat, no fried foods, salmon, whole grains, lots of water.....Its been almost 3 years and I am still faithful to this diet. I also started going to the gym and still work out for about 2 hours 4 days a week. Especially after reading about a study that linked exercise with reduced risk of recurrence with breast cancer.

    I feel and look better due to the changes and I don't really miss my old habits.
  • CR1954
    CR1954 Member Posts: 1,390 Member
    Smoking...
    Ashamed to say that I have smoked for 39 years. Have tried and tried to quit and actually did quit for 10 months several years ago. But then I started again. Have tried everything since then to quit and STAY quit, but no success. In fact, my doctors even told me when I was diagnosed and they were laying out my treatment plan that I should NOT attempt to quit again while undergoing treatment because of the stresses of just getting through those. To wait until I was finished and then try again.
    I am pretty much finished with treatment now, except for Herceptin infusions.
    So if anyone can tell me how to quit for good, I am ALL EARS!! I want to!

    An occasional glass of wine and ummmmm, a periodic trip to the casino for a few hours, round out my other vices.

    CR
  • mmontero38
    mmontero38 Member Posts: 1,510
    Being Argentinean, the land
    Being Argentinean, the land of RED MEAT, you know for sure I haven't given that up LOL. I try to limit my consumption to twice a week. I also eat a lot of fish. The Wine well, that's another story all together. There is NO WAY, I'm giving that one up. My country is also the land of wine, in the Mendoza region near the Andes. I think I gave up enough to this cancer thing including a boob. Water, well I do drink lots of that, especially while I'm working out otherwise I'll cramp up. Smoking, gave that up when I was diagnosed, quit cold turkey and have not smoked again. Doesn't mean I don't crave one every now and then, but that I will definitely not do again.

    Now, Julia, have you given anything up?????? Inquiring minds want to know. LOL.

    Love ya girl, Lili
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    CR1954 said:

    Smoking...
    Ashamed to say that I have smoked for 39 years. Have tried and tried to quit and actually did quit for 10 months several years ago. But then I started again. Have tried everything since then to quit and STAY quit, but no success. In fact, my doctors even told me when I was diagnosed and they were laying out my treatment plan that I should NOT attempt to quit again while undergoing treatment because of the stresses of just getting through those. To wait until I was finished and then try again.
    I am pretty much finished with treatment now, except for Herceptin infusions.
    So if anyone can tell me how to quit for good, I am ALL EARS!! I want to!

    An occasional glass of wine and ummmmm, a periodic trip to the casino for a few hours, round out my other vices.

    CR

    Smoking!
    This is SERIOUSLY how I quit...I had a neighbor who was an AA member, and was working hard to accomplish One Day At A Time. I was desperately trying to quit smoking, but it was related to so many "pleasurable" activities~ a good dinner and sex notwithstanding. Add to that the fact that smoking is not just legal, but it is one of the few things we can see a perfect stranger doing and ask if they have an extra or a light, and the problem was compounded. I had quit a million times! But I would feel like a failure if I decided to quit for the month of January, and started up again after 28 days. One DAY at a time wasn't going to work for me either, as there were too many times in a day I could smoke. So~ I decided to quit ONE CIGARETTE at a time. If I didn't smoke just one cigarette, I was already a success~ and then if I didn't smoke one, I didn't smoke 2, and then 3....you get the picture! And, I haven't smoked since 1977! I wonder how many cigarettes that would be! LOL

    The cool thing: I still enjoy a good dinner and sex!! And my hair/breath don't smell like smoke, I can taste and do stairs, completed in and finished a half-marathon,etc etc etc.

    That having been said, I also know that cigarettes are more physically addicting that heroin. I agree with your DR~ don't stress yourself or your body more than you need to. If you can quit~ good on ya! If you can't...well, you can't.

    Hugs,
    Claudia
  • rjjj
    rjjj Member Posts: 1,822 Member
    I'm trying!
    I also smoke but have cut way down. Don't know if i can quit right now..but am going to really try when I am finished with chemo. Price of smokes are getting tooo high also..plus new laws banning smoking almost everywhere. I just figured i have enough stress and anxiety without this right now. I love to have a drink or a glass of wine when I am relaxing after work or sitting on a lawn chair by the river..fishing pole in the other hand! My hubby loves to barbeque steaks and burgers and i love to eat them! Ok as for the gloves..just use gardening ones. I haven't been doing much excercise lately except arm ones for lymphedema. I am feeling really guilty right now. But it is what it is.

    I was doing all the right things for a year before I was diagnosed. Eating nutritious, working out at the gym etc. guess I thought I might as well do the few things I could still enjoy since so much else had been stolen by the demon. I intend to change these things a little at a time..but like it was said above everything in moderation! Still going to have some fun..Oh yeah did I also mention i like to visit the casinos also.. once in awhile! I feel like i have just confessed. How many hail Mary's do i need? LOL! anyway I do still go to church (not catholic) but believe in God and his forgiveness..or i really would be a mess!
    Lotsa love
    jackie
  • CR1954
    CR1954 Member Posts: 1,390 Member
    chenheart said:

    Smoking!
    This is SERIOUSLY how I quit...I had a neighbor who was an AA member, and was working hard to accomplish One Day At A Time. I was desperately trying to quit smoking, but it was related to so many "pleasurable" activities~ a good dinner and sex notwithstanding. Add to that the fact that smoking is not just legal, but it is one of the few things we can see a perfect stranger doing and ask if they have an extra or a light, and the problem was compounded. I had quit a million times! But I would feel like a failure if I decided to quit for the month of January, and started up again after 28 days. One DAY at a time wasn't going to work for me either, as there were too many times in a day I could smoke. So~ I decided to quit ONE CIGARETTE at a time. If I didn't smoke just one cigarette, I was already a success~ and then if I didn't smoke one, I didn't smoke 2, and then 3....you get the picture! And, I haven't smoked since 1977! I wonder how many cigarettes that would be! LOL

    The cool thing: I still enjoy a good dinner and sex!! And my hair/breath don't smell like smoke, I can taste and do stairs, completed in and finished a half-marathon,etc etc etc.

    That having been said, I also know that cigarettes are more physically addicting that heroin. I agree with your DR~ don't stress yourself or your body more than you need to. If you can quit~ good on ya! If you can't...well, you can't.

    Hugs,
    Claudia

    Claudia...
    Thank you...that makes a lot of sense. I have tried cold turkey innumerable times, hypnosis, gum, patch, you name it, I've probably tried it!

    I had forgotten all about this until you said try cutting out one cigarette at a time. Several years ago, I worked in a pharmacy, and the pharmacist there told me (I was trying yet again to quit at the time) that I didn't start out smoking two packs a day....that it took quite awhile for me to get to that point. So, he said that it only made sense to him that the best way to quit was to quit gradually...just what you said, cut one out at a time, then two, then three... let your body adjust to a decreasing amount of nicotine over a period of time. He told me that it may take several months, even up to a year, but in the end, I had a better chance of success as far as quitting for good. And I won't get that "panicky" feeling of oh my God, I can't have a cigarette, what will I do!! like I always got when trying the cold turkey method.

    So that may be my best chance. Certainly worth a try!

    Thank you for your insight!

    CR
  • CR1954
    CR1954 Member Posts: 1,390 Member
    rjjj said:

    I'm trying!
    I also smoke but have cut way down. Don't know if i can quit right now..but am going to really try when I am finished with chemo. Price of smokes are getting tooo high also..plus new laws banning smoking almost everywhere. I just figured i have enough stress and anxiety without this right now. I love to have a drink or a glass of wine when I am relaxing after work or sitting on a lawn chair by the river..fishing pole in the other hand! My hubby loves to barbeque steaks and burgers and i love to eat them! Ok as for the gloves..just use gardening ones. I haven't been doing much excercise lately except arm ones for lymphedema. I am feeling really guilty right now. But it is what it is.

    I was doing all the right things for a year before I was diagnosed. Eating nutritious, working out at the gym etc. guess I thought I might as well do the few things I could still enjoy since so much else had been stolen by the demon. I intend to change these things a little at a time..but like it was said above everything in moderation! Still going to have some fun..Oh yeah did I also mention i like to visit the casinos also.. once in awhile! I feel like i have just confessed. How many hail Mary's do i need? LOL! anyway I do still go to church (not catholic) but believe in God and his forgiveness..or i really would be a mess!
    Lotsa love
    jackie

    LOL Jackie...
    You made me smile! Frankly, when I go to the casino once in awhile, I totally forget about all of my troubles for the time I'm there. It's like giving my mind a break from the cancer and all it encompasses. It is more a relaxing time for me, rather than a gambling time...lol! Although I don't mind winning every now and then!!

    CR
  • mimivac
    mimivac Member Posts: 2,143
    I am trying to do it
    I was not super unhealthy before, but I had some bad habits, including an addiction to potato chips: some weeks I was a two-pack-a-day girl. I exercised, but I was really inconsistent about it. I also had fallen into the habit of drinking every night, sometimes to excess. Most of the reason was unhappiness about my job and trying to "relax." Sooo, when I was diagnosed I quit drinking cold turkey, except for one glass of pinot noir whenever I go out (not often). Never looked back, never craved it for one second. I have also started reading up on health and nutrition and try to follow an anti-cancer diet to the best of my ability. I am with Joyce -- it makes me feel more in control. I get on the elliptical now on the weeks when I am not dead tired from chemo. When I finish treatments, my oncologist says that I have to work up to 5 hours of vigorous exercise a week, and that this will "tremendously lower" my risk of recurrence. Those were her exact words. Who needs more incentive than that? You can bet that I will be running my **** off, literally running for my life. LOL.

    Other things I plan to do include yoga and meditation. I want to lead a serene life from now on. I also plan to treat myself to things like massages and vacations like I haven't before. That's it.

    Mimi
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    mimivac said:

    I am trying to do it
    I was not super unhealthy before, but I had some bad habits, including an addiction to potato chips: some weeks I was a two-pack-a-day girl. I exercised, but I was really inconsistent about it. I also had fallen into the habit of drinking every night, sometimes to excess. Most of the reason was unhappiness about my job and trying to "relax." Sooo, when I was diagnosed I quit drinking cold turkey, except for one glass of pinot noir whenever I go out (not often). Never looked back, never craved it for one second. I have also started reading up on health and nutrition and try to follow an anti-cancer diet to the best of my ability. I am with Joyce -- it makes me feel more in control. I get on the elliptical now on the weeks when I am not dead tired from chemo. When I finish treatments, my oncologist says that I have to work up to 5 hours of vigorous exercise a week, and that this will "tremendously lower" my risk of recurrence. Those were her exact words. Who needs more incentive than that? You can bet that I will be running my **** off, literally running for my life. LOL.

    Other things I plan to do include yoga and meditation. I want to lead a serene life from now on. I also plan to treat myself to things like massages and vacations like I haven't before. That's it.

    Mimi

    Of Course!
    Oh wow~ that's what I have been doing wrong--I was trying to LMAO, when I need to be RUNNING it off! No wonder I still look the same...

    I'll trying running instead, thanks again Mimi!

    Hugs,
    Claudia
  • tasha_111
    tasha_111 Member Posts: 2,072
    chenheart said:

    Of Course!
    Oh wow~ that's what I have been doing wrong--I was trying to LMAO, when I need to be RUNNING it off! No wonder I still look the same...

    I'll trying running instead, thanks again Mimi!

    Hugs,
    Claudia

    Lili....YOU would ask!
    Well, how old do you have to be to be decadent? I gave up "giving things up". I smoke like a chimney, drink, get very little excercise, Love a good hank of overcooked beef with mustard and yorkshire puddings. Sometimes do the odd bit of tinkering on 'Bumble J. Buckley 111' (my little jeep) Blimey I think I'd better go to my corner when they start handing out the halos! LOL
  • mimivac
    mimivac Member Posts: 2,143
    chenheart said:

    Of Course!
    Oh wow~ that's what I have been doing wrong--I was trying to LMAO, when I need to be RUNNING it off! No wonder I still look the same...

    I'll trying running instead, thanks again Mimi!

    Hugs,
    Claudia

    LMAO
    Hey, Claudia, I think that LYAO can also have good effects. Just don't try that and running your **** off at the same time. Laugh away, girl.

    BTW, I think we should all post pictures of ourselves in bad bridesmaid dresses as a virtual shower for Claudia. Someone on another thread had this idea. That will surely get us all to laugh our **** off.
  • mimivac
    mimivac Member Posts: 2,143
    tasha_111 said:

    Lili....YOU would ask!
    Well, how old do you have to be to be decadent? I gave up "giving things up". I smoke like a chimney, drink, get very little excercise, Love a good hank of overcooked beef with mustard and yorkshire puddings. Sometimes do the odd bit of tinkering on 'Bumble J. Buckley 111' (my little jeep) Blimey I think I'd better go to my corner when they start handing out the halos! LOL

    Hunk of beef
    Yes, I like it, too, Tasha. Except that I like mine rare. Of course, these days I am only eating grass-fed organic steak, and that only occasionally. Believe me, I need to go to a corner when they hand out halos, too, beef-eater or not.
  • phoenixrising
    phoenixrising Member Posts: 1,508
    mimivac said:

    LMAO
    Hey, Claudia, I think that LYAO can also have good effects. Just don't try that and running your **** off at the same time. Laugh away, girl.

    BTW, I think we should all post pictures of ourselves in bad bridesmaid dresses as a virtual shower for Claudia. Someone on another thread had this idea. That will surely get us all to laugh our **** off.

    I'm already dressed
    I'm already dressed up......can't you tell LOL
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159

    I'm already dressed
    I'm already dressed up......can't you tell LOL

    Or do I see Maxine????
    Everytime I see your posted picture, I see George Burns in Drag! Makes me laugh everytime!