I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
A lot of people worry about quitting smoking because they’re sure they’ll gain weight. Which, of course, they don’t want to do. If that's a concern for you, here's something you should know: Not everyone who stops smoking gains weight. Also, let's say you're at a healthy weight now and you do put on a few pounds. Remind yourself of this: That's still better — and safer — than continuing to smoke.
As you take this great step for your health, try these stay-slim strategies. They can help keep pounds — and cigarette cravings — in check. And, if you're trying to kick a smokeless tobacco habit, they're useful tips for that, too.
Get your doctor's advice. He or she may suggest nicotine replacement products or other medicines.* These can help counter cravings, withdrawal and weight gain. And, if you're not sure what you should weigh, that's a good question for your doctor. He or she can let you know what's a healthy range for you.
Find calorie-free distractions. Many former smokers miss having something in their hands and mouth. Try a hands-on activity when the urge strikes. File your nails. Write an email to a friend. Or, how about taking up a handy new hobby, such as painting, knitting or wood carving? And, for a happy mouth, try these ideas: straws, toothpicks, and sugar-free hard candy or gum.
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