My career initially involved working with computers, administration and finance. This served a purpose of providing an income but as the years went on it became less rewarding and was just paying the bills. I was smoking up to 40 cigarettes a day, drank far too much tea and coffee, had an inconsistent and incomplete diet and I was putting my body under so much stress that I was suffering with headaches, stomach pains and eczema. But much worse, I had a smokers cough and my lungs rattled when I breathed.
After a trip to the GP, to check out my lungs, I was told in no uncertain terms that I had to stop smoking or suffer the consequences. It took a lot of willpower and quite a long time for me to actually quit smoking, then nicotine substitute and not to be affected when people around were smoking. I wanted to be a tolerant ex-smoker. As a by-product, I piled on the pounds. This led me to the local gym and the start of my new career.