Long Overdue Update

Saturday, February 6, 2010

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"I really hope you are still a non-smoker. I found all of your blog entries very interesting. I hope you'll write more in the future about your journey. Best of luck to you! Mandy"

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I realize that it's been a while since I've updated my blog, and I do apologize. It's been a crazy couple of weeks around here, and I just haven't found the time, nor the energy, to post anything about my progress. The review above prompted me to get my butt in gear and post something, and for that, I thank you, Mandy. You've inspired me.

I am happy to announce that, in spite of the craziness, I'm still smoke-free. Twenty-some days and counting. Seven hundred and some cigarettes not smoked. That is an astronomical number! I really had no idea i smoked that much. It's just amazing to me.

To be completely honest with you, and I don't mean to rub it in, I really don't even think about smoking all that often. You would think that a pack-and-a-half-a-day smoker would miss it at least a little bit, but I don't. It's really surprising to me most of all since when I used to smoke, just the thought of running out of cigarettes would send me into panic mode. I don't know how I did it so easily this time, or why it's not a big issue for me, but I'm happy.......and able to breathe.

I think that's what did it for me. The fact that I was scared to death because I had times that I couldn't breathe, or I'd be short of breath just trying to have a conversation. I think I made up my mind way before I quit that if I didn't, it would kill me young. And I think the fact that I feel so much better now, keeps me going and not looking back. I don't miss it. I don't think about it. I am a non-smoker, and will continue to be for the rest of my life.

Oh, and here's some more good news. My husband, who has been using those nasty little tobacco filled pouches for the last couple of years, has quit!!!! It took having the flu for a week to make it happen, but now that he's been without for four days, he says he's done. I sure hope so. Technically, the nicotine is out of his system, so it should be fairly easy. I don't know if it'll be as easy for him, but I'm going to do my best to help him along the way.

Maybe the fact that his face isn't going to fall off from cancer now that he's quit will be incentive enough to keep going. I sure hope so!

I won't lie to you about the side effects from quitting. I will tell you that I've put on a couple of pounds in the last few weeks. I'm going to have to put a stop to that pretty quick if I don't want to put on the forty pounds I lost last year, but for now, I can deal with it. I'm just going to have to put the same dedication forth that I did with quitting and it'll be alright. I'd rather be fat and a non-smoker than a smoker any day!


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