Friday, April 14, 2006

Almost Half of a week : )

Day 3. I'm feeling great. I've had cravings of course but not too bad.

I joined weight watchers the same day I quit. People say not to do both at the same time but I think this will work for me. At 42 (almost 43) it's hard to lose weight and I can't gain anymore. I'm still trying to get the weight off I gained this past year. I think this is a good move for me.

I already have more energy and walked 1.5 miles yesterday at lunch. I'm going to try and do the same today. I'm going to commit to exercise 3 days a week but hopefully do more.

I hope and Pray that I never ever smoke again...But I'm just living for today. I know I will not smoke today.

Have a great Friday everyone. I'm so glad everyone is still smoke free and posting on the blog.

Smoke free hugs to all.


Blogger Jo said...

Tammy - you so sound like a totally different person. You sound strong, together, motivated - and some real purpose there, I think you are going great!!

Isn't it strange, I am now having some shaky moments, now that the immediate stress factor is gone!! I shall have to be very cautious, and very controlled over the next few days - I mean i never really tried to quit before this - is it normal to feel as though you might fall, even after weeks and months of not smoking??

I don't think I am in serious danger, I'm just aware of the need to be vigilant, and I wonder if that ever relaxes. I'd be interested to hear what some of you think. Well here, Good Friday was good and has almost gone! its time for bed, hope all you people have a pleasant day.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Tammy, I agree with Jo. You do sound strong. Keep it up!

I went out for my morning mile this morning. Although overcast, it was mild enough that I wasn't wearing a coat and hat. I had gotten 2 1/2 times around my building when it started to rain pretty hard. I was nowhere near a door, so I raced the last half-lap to the front of the building and got pretty good and wet! :-) Oh well, at least it was a Spring shower.

Is is normal, Jo? There's nothing normal about the crap we go through when we work on kicking this demon. What you feel is what you feel.

In retrospect, every time I did fall, it was the junky controlling my conscious free-will, without me realizing it. And that has happened to me as much as 9 months into a quit. (I'm not counting my first quit - a 2 1/2 year quit - because at that time I had no idea that I, personally, can never again smoke even one cigarette. I had no idea what it really means to be a recovering nicotine addict.)

Now I know the junky for what he is, and he's not ever getting control of my free-will again. I worked too damn hard to take my life back, and I'm not giving up control ever again.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Hmmm, so it sounds as though you can never completely let your guard relax!!
The junkie lurks forever.......

I envy you guys over there, going into spring, we are heading of course into winter, and I just loathe the cold weather. Give me hot days anytime!!

1:05 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Hey! Get back to bed, you!!

2:37 PM  
Blogger Jo said...

Okeys, ........actually got that advice rather late - I've already been to bed, got up again, and its afternoon on Saturday, and I'm just back from a run -(and stuffed!)

We head off tomorrow for our Easter break, so shall be absent for a few days, unless I can find a computer somewhere (which I doubt). Happy Easter all.....

12:46 AM  
Blogger Darlene said...

Hi everyone, hope everyone is fine. Made it through the holiday just fine. Had some kind of a bug, though. But, good thing, I have lost 7 lbs. Now, just to keep it off. Day 106 for me. I am doing good. Sometimes, still think about it. But, I always think NOPE or it is not a command.

9:42 PM  
Blogger neil said...

keep it going Tammy, you and everyone else are doing great. Day 11 for me and it hasn't been easy, especially through the holiday weekend! One day at a time.

7:17 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Tammy - half or a week is excellent - you are already a non-smoker!!!

It's so great to read through all your stories - I've just gone back re-reading and everyone seems so positive and supportive. And, I was sooo happy that someone actually remembered me - thanks for that Jo. And, yeah, I'm from Oz - Brisbane - which is a bit like anti-smoking capital of the world - you're not even allowed to smoke on the beach anyone. Funny how things change: everyone smoked on the beach when I was young..

Jo and Darlene I agree... I find this blog (thingy) really motivating and I think it will really help you Tammy. You have so much support and you are in the same boat as all of us - we are all non-smokers (just at different times) who are sometimes tempted - parties, with friends, stress, etc. I remember when I first quit, I thought I would never smile again - and, believe me, I've spent heaps of days sad and depressed.. it hasn't been the easiest thing I've ever done... but, I'm smiling now...

I'd smoked almost everyday of my life since I was 15 (I'm now 44)- but not anymore... and, you know, it's hard with Jin smoking again.. But, that's his choice - this is mine.

When I first quit, the cravings came about every 20 minutes and lasted about 2 to 3 minutes - my cravings mirrored my smoking habits... but, as time passes, the cravings pass.

Also, I was so scared of quitting because I didn't want to get fatter than I was. But, since I stopped smoking, I've lost 4 kilos.. A miracle - I'm about 25 kilos overweight, so it is an absolute blessing that I am now walking aroung the block every morning.. I started off doing 15 minutes a day and have built that up to 45 minutes. I really feel good and, fingers crossed, I'll make it to Fred's level of fitness and be able to jog a bit.

Congrats to all of us!!! Happy Easter...


2:32 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Heh heh heh ... my level of fitness is not something to which one aspires.

Aside from recently taking up walking, I'm pretty much a slug - albeit a smoke-free slug now!



1:34 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Neil (and Tammy, I hope, since she hasn't chimed in yet) and anyone else just into the first days or weeks of your quit ...

Congratulations on getting through the holiday weekend smoke-free!!

What you did was commendable and not at all easy. And we're the ones who can really appreciate that the most!

Well done, good for you, and keep it up!!

Don't ever forget that thought that Darlene referred to ...

A craving is NOT a command!

1:43 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Ooops! Didn't mean to exclude any of you quitters out there!

Congratulations to all who got through the holiday weekend smoke-free!!

2:42 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

I know I am trying to lose some weight too. Could lose another 10 lbs. But, I always think well at least I'm not smoking anymore. I also realize how much of my thinking was consumed around smoking, having one, trying to quit and thinking I am going to die from it. But, I am happy to report day 108 today. I am so impressed with myself. Have a great smoke-free day.

2:57 PM  
Blogger neil said...

Thanks for the words of support, Fred.
I'm happy to be on day 12. Feeling a bit stronger but there is still plenty of smoking 'chatter in my head'
I've also taken it upon myself to walk while at work, a co-worker and I are going on 25 min walks at lunch - its been nice.
Congrats to everyone on a wonderful smoke free day!

Lets hear from you soon Tammy!

3:25 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

I don't like it when Tammy is quiet this long.

(Had my first smoking dream in a long time last night. weird!)

7:31 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

Neil, get used to that chatter. It tends to linger.

Just condition yourself to accept that it will happen, and then to quickly send those thoughts packing.

If you "simply" learn to ignore the chatter, it's really quite harmless, and will eventually go away.

If it hasn't happened yet, you've got a real treat in store when you hit that point where you realize that you're really in control now.

That feeling of empowerment is a rush! I love it!!

Takes a little time though, so be patient. It's worth waiting for.

7:37 AM  
Blogger neil said...

thanks Fred...
Slowly things seem to be quieting down a bit. I still keep staring at others smoking which I've read is normal for this stage of my quit. tonight will be two weeks for me.

Hopefully Tammy and others will post again soon...


1:36 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Ooooo man! Look out for that one, Neil!

Yes, it's very normal, and I still find myself doing it sometimes. But be careful that it doesn't turn into a pity party - you know? Feeling sorry for yourself -like, "That's not fair. They can smoke and not care about it, but I can't. Boo hoo hoo!!"

Look out!! I know from experience!! That's done me in a few times in the past.

But with my age, comes enlightenment.
What I now realize is that was just one more example of the junky trying (and succeeding) to get me back. But I'm the one in control now, so get thee behind me Satan!


When I look at smokers now, it feels very odd ... I look at them and think about how stupid it is to do that to yourself, and how stupid I was for doing it for years and years. But that's the power of an addiction. Those "care free" smokers - most of them anyway - don't even realize just how horribly addicted they are. It's sad too. For too many of them, they won't find out until it's too late.

Neil (and all of us), you're doing yourself the biggest favor you can ever do for yourself. So do whatever you need to do to just plow your way through this early withdrawal hell, and enjoy reinventing yourself as a reformed smoker.

If you have a support system, great. It helps to get encouragement from others. (And I don't mean this blog - I mean like a spouse or friends / coworkers, etc.)

Aside from this blog, I don't really have a support system. So in cases like that, YOU have to be your biggest supporter and yes ... cheerleader! Celebrate the strength of character and good sense that you're displaying each and every day that you remain smoke-free.

But ... don't preach to smokers. They really don't appreciate it, and it's a good way to lose friends. Been there ... done that.

3:13 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Who was that guy, and ... how did he make his voice DO that?

3:17 PM  
Blogger neil said...

Fred - you really have a knack for saying the right things at the right time...
The fixation isn't too bad -for the most part I'm not feeling too much self pity - its more I'm just NOTICING everyone smoking around me, advertisements, the scent etc. and it contributes to the chatter. I do have a great physical support system around me but I have to say this blog and other resources have really pulled me through these past couple of weeks...Cheers to all!

Where is Tammy and everyone else?

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Blogger neil said...

Sounds like its just you and me Fred...
And guess what - last night was my two week anniversary!

2:17 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Keep on truckin'!

4:57 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

hey, I am still in there too. Well Day 112. Tomorrow, starting week 17. I still pay myself on the back everyday. I think it helps. Still down 5 lbs, too. Still have to go for 5 more at least. Hope everything is well with everyone and hanging in there. I went out with some old friends on Thursday, I used to smoke with one of them and she also quit cold turkey in December. So, that was encouraging. In a couple of weeks, I have to go to a party also with people that smoke. I feel stronger about it, than I did 3 months ago. I have to always remember that people envy you for quitting. Besides, I am never going back there to the land of nicotine. D

10:59 AM  
Blogger molly said...

Tammy I have just been reading January archives on your new years eve quit smoking blog. If you are struggling I think you should go back and read some of the stuff you wrote over there. You might find it very helpful. Some of it is quite inspiring.

11:18 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Really really have to wonder what's up with Tammy. It's over a week since she last posted. This cannot be good. I hope I'm waaay wrong. C'mon Tammy. Chime in here.

16 full weeks clean for me today. Yeah, baby!

Dropped 2 more pounds over the last two weeks, for a total of 12 since I started. Those last 2 pounds are significant to me since the first 10 I lost were what I gained in the first 2 months after I quit smoking. So the latest 2 are part of my Phase-2 plan to lose another 10-15 pounds over the next 2-3 months.

It's working ... slowly ... which is exactly what I'm trying to do. Gradual weight loss that I can control and maintain. Nothing drastic in terms of my diet. Just overall awareness of what's going in my mouth. I'm not sacrificing anything significant to do this. But I am getting immense satisfaction from watching my smoke-free day counter methodically go up, and my weight-loss counter steadily go down.


6:52 AM  
Blogger neil said...

Fred and Darlene - it sounds like you both are in a great place with your quit. I wonder if you find yourselves still thinking about smoking often or are they just passing thoughts?

I'm past the two week mark and things are SLOWLY getting easier.

10:42 AM  
Blogger Fred said...


I probably think about it on average about the same frequency as I think about eating or drinking something. Something like that - I haven't really kept track of it.

But they're typically just passing thoughts that I quickly dismiss.

In the overall scheme of things, you're still early on into your quit. Just be patient. Don't expect this to go away quickly or you'll get frustrated - and that's when the junky will try to jump in and pull you back down.

Personally, I don't realistically expect that a time will come when I don't think about it at all. I mean, I smoked for most of the past 35 years. I expect those thoughts will still pass through my head from time to time. I just don't let it bother me because ...

I'm not the tobacco inductry's bitch no more!!

11:13 AM  
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