My only unhealthy "vice" is the cigarettes.  Ten years ago, before I  took up 
running, I smoked 1 1/2 packs of Virginia Slims Lights every day.   I now 
smoke 1 pack of Virginia Slims Ultra Lights every day.  I enjoy  smoking and so 
the idea of giving them up completely is not appealing at the  moment to me, 
but my goal is to smoke five cigarettes every day (1/4 of a  pack).  I figure 
this would be the equivalent of a non-smoker living in Los  Angeles.  I believe 
that my lungs could live with that for the years to  come, taking into 
consideration the running and my healthy diet.
By the way, CR, walking won't do it. If you are over 30 and want to  keep the 
weight off, you need to do something more high impact.  If you  have bad 
knees, etc. and can't run, then swimming.  That's not to say  walking isn't 
healthy and nurturing, but for purposes of keeping it off,  you have to do something 
In a message dated 5/4/2007 10:16:26 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
[log in to unmask] writes:

Of course, Kate, balanced and  moderate diet as well as 
some form of exercise such as walking or jogging remain  the
perennial secret of good health and one should promote them. 
Your regimen is worthy of emulation.  


Kate Troy <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

I have the secret and practice it, CR.  I eat what I want often,  though not 
always, and then run 2-3 miles every day in hot Florida  weather.  Basically, 
I eat lightly during the day, fruit and coffee for  breakfast, salad or a tuna 
sandwich or BLT or small slice of pizza for  lunch, and then I enjoy myself 
in the evening, wine and a nice dinner and  chocolate after sometimes.  I weigh 
128 pounds and I'm 5'8, meaning I'm  thin.  The secret is the running and not 
over-indulging in carbs and  sweets.  I've been running for 10 years.  At 
first, it was  difficult, especially since I smoke cigarettes, but I've became a  
true runner over time, even entered 5K races.  I still smoke, but  the doctor 
cannot tell that from listening through his stethoscope to my  lungs.  He is 
surprised when he sees on the form that I  smoke.  The running has kept me 
thin AND healthy.
In a message dated 5/4/2007 2:47:34 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
[log in to unmask] writes:

Dear Diana,
I'll tell you the ancient Indian  secret of gobbling up all one loves to
-- no bars to any number of Dove bars --  and still stay slim and trim  ! 
That'll not help your mails, though,  from sneaking into my Bulk Folder  :) 
Those who're keen to learn the  secret should feel free to e-mail me.
It's gratis !!!

Diana Manister <[log in to unmask]>  wrote:

CR wrote: "It's strange your e-mail was lying in my Bulk  Folder"
I've got to stop indulging in those Dove bars and  slim down!     Diana

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