Friday, March 31, 2006

I hope I didn't lose everyone...

But I don't blame you. Who wants to read a quit smoking blog of someone that is still smoking.

I hope to quit again some day, hopefully soon. Right now I'm just getting my life together and things are going very well. I have to be ready, like Peggy said.

I don't think it's good for me to keep trying to quit and putting the patch on, taking it off and then in a couple days trying to quit again. It would be different if I quit cold turkey but I don't think I should use the patch that way.

Good luck everyone and I hope to keep hearing from you.


Blogger Fred said...

testing testing ...

*tap tap tap*

Is this thing on?

7:38 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Ah, it's working again!

Obviously you flipped that switch back off again. I tried to post yesterday, but it said it wouldn't appear until you approved it.

Anyway, today is officially 3 months smoke-free for me. I'm not looking back either.

Tammy, your struggle has been difficult for you. We can see that.

You'll quit again when you believe the time is right.

Hang in there.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Peggy said...

My heart goes out to you Tammy! I KNOW how badly you want to quit, but with your life in such turmoil I just don't see you being able to quit now. I was divorced prior to this marriage and even though it can be amicable, it is still very difficult. Divorce is really worse than death because the other person you shared so many years with is still alive. You will get through this time in your life, but its big adjustments and one of the most stressful. When you do get a quit date, it needs to be after this is all done and you've had time to regroup. I'll be here anyime you need a friend.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Darlene said...

Hey, hip hip hooray, it's 3 months today. I am so happy for all of us that is 3 months free. I am not looking back either, other than being proud of 3 months smoke free. That is a record for me. Have a great weekend.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Hi all,
I am so pleased as well to be smoke free for three months. I never thought it would be possible, and I still get cravings. But as each day goes by, it is getting easier.
thanks to you all

4:04 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Good for you all!

Peter, I've been worried about you and those cravings. I was concerned that they'd get the best of you. Happy to see that they have not!

My weight loss temporarily stopped, as expected, and stayed the same for a week after losing 8 pounds. I didn't lose my patience though. Yesterday saw one more pound gone, so maybe I'm starting another "losing streak" :-)

We'll see. No drastic weight loss plans. I just want to #1 lose the 10 pounds I gained during the first 10 weeks of my quit. I'm almost there. #2 I will take this success, and work it into further weight loss over the next 4 months, targeting a final weight loss of about 25-30 pounds. I'd be thrilled with that. What a success story that would be. Quit smoking and lose 30 pounds. I sound like a TV commercial. :-)

3:51 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Hi to everyone, and congratulations to the three month markers - well done!!

I haven't been around for a few days, we have been away getting Meg, my 2 yo assessed for autism - for once in my life I would love to have been told I was wrong - but nah, I had to be right at the wrong time, so to speak.

I'm kind of coming to terms with it, although i had suspected it for some time. That's 2 out of our 3 kids with "it" now, our average of normal is starting to stink.

i haven't smoked through any of this - since my 1 day slip - so I'm 29 days completely clean now, and 69 days clean overall. I'm just kinda numb at the moment, and just wrapping my head around it all - i know things could be worse, but gee, they could be better too~!

Anyway, hope all is well with you all - Tammy hope things are travelling OK if not brilliant. You will get through it, we all get through our sh** in the end, because we must keep going.

See youse later

10:45 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

I've posted this before on the other blog, but I think it bears repeating here. I've got the following printed in bold block letters, and hanging up on my office wall. I look at these words at least several times each day. They work for me in any situation - my cigarette quit, my weight loss, my job stress - anything.

See if they can work for you too.

Ability is what you're capable of doing.

Motivation determines what you do.

Attitude determines how well you do it.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Too true Fred!! It has to be onwards and upwards, because there is no other way.

8:37 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

I like it too. Fred. I need it for my new job. My new job is to say the least hasn't turned out to be that great. I feel depressed about it,too. I am working with someone who is like a loose cannon. She screamed at me several times. Isn't it all crazy? So, I need to read your triple A statements, I think everyday. I also copied all your sayings from the website. I read them often, they seem to help. Then, what confirms that you are doing the right thing, is that everyday there is a new health hazard linked with smoking. Hope everyone is well. Day 93. almost 100

9:51 PM  
Blogger Peggy said...

I don't mean to rain on anyone's parade, but this is Tammy's blog. I Think maybe Fred, since you like to comment so much on here that perhaps you should think about starting your own blog huh?

5:47 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

First up, Tammy, how are things happening for you, i start to worry when you haven't posted for a few days. Let us know if you are okey-dokey.The blog is not just about the smoking thingy, its also about checking up on people whoe have become like friends.So a quick post maybe to update us that you are alright.

I thought pretty much everyone was free to post here. Fred does post a lot, and I post my fair share too, but sometimes there have been occasions, where if Fred didn't post, there would have been nothing to read!!

The other thing I like about young Fred's postings is that they tend to be encouraging, and he has got me through some times with a couple of well chosen comments, or a saying that I can use to stiffen my resolve. Well them's my thoughts anyway.

Day 32/72 for JoJo, I'm getting used to this!!

7:32 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

No offense taken. This is Tammy's blog after all. I'm not interested in starting my own blog either. This is actually sort of out of character for me to begin with. But I stumbled across Tammy's other blog in the early stages of my quit, and it served a good purpose for me during those early, touch-and-go days where sharing my withdrawal hell with others helped me get through it.

Well, I'm through it now. (But watching out for the junky, as always.) But I'm otherwise through it.

I almost didn't come over here when Tammy's time ran out on the other blog. I really don't need this for myself anymore. It was primarily because Tammy was struggling, and expressed the hope that we'd come over here.

I actually almost felt obliged to post when no one else seemed to be. I shouldn't have felt that way, but I did.

I'll be around and checking in ... "lurking" as it's called in Internet-speak.

Keep up the good fight everyone!

7:19 AM  
Blogger neil said...

I hope that folks continue to post here, reading everyones comments has been a real help in my quit......

2:39 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

I agree too. It does help to keep the strengh to keep it up. I am doing well, but I am glad people are still with me on this one. 97 days. I think it is great.

10:00 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

I too have this blog a great source of support!! I am glad to see people still posting!! Its been looking a bit bare, and I thought everyone must have wracked off!! Please keep posting, everyone!!

I am worried about you Tammy, because we haven't heard anything from you. I know that your private life is your own, but we are concerned that you are OK. Your blog has been the catalyst for a lot of people to turn their life around and it is appreciated.

I am up to Day 74/34 and still conscious that its not all plain sailing, there is that voice at the back of my head there, trying to influence me. I don't know when that stops. This is why the blog is so important. Cheers to all and keep posting!

11:04 PM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Hey Tammy-Don't get too hung up on the issue of whether you are smoking or not. I maintain that quitting smoking is a process, and a very difficult one at that. I'm seven months into my quit and still have days when I really struggle. I don't think I could have made it if I had major life stresses such as you have had.

You are lucky to have "collected" such a great group of people who are following your efforts and care about you. At this point I think they (and I) just want to make sure you're doing okay, and aren't worried about whether you are smoking or not. Doesn't seem like a very judgemental group!

So, stop by and let everyone know how you are doing, okay?

12:23 AM  
Blogger molly said...

So where the bloody hell are ya

10:07 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Yeh, where is everyone?? Its like everybody has disappeared into cyberspace. I'm missing my computer fix!!

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