Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Here I go...


Day 1 for me.



I had my last cigarette last night about 8:00. Wish me luck. I'm REALLY going to need it.

I feel better all ready. I didn't wake up hacking. I know I have a lot of clearing to go but I didn't have that gross throat from smoking 2 packs yesterday. Lately, I've even been getting up in the night and smoking.

My ex is supposed to come over tonight to help me with a couple things but I think I'm going to cancel. I'm not taking any chances.

I feel a little funky this morning but not too bad. I was actually going to quit on Friday but I felt so bad that I really didn't want to wait until then.

On the way home from work yesterday I had 4 cigarettes left and I told myself, I need to either buy a pack of cigarettes or a box of patches. When I went into the drug store I still didn't know what I was going to do and just went up to the counter and asked for the patches.

I'm glad everyone is still here. I'm going to need the support.

Fred, We love reading your comments. You've been a great support to all of us. I hope to keep hearing from you.

Happy smoke free day everyone!!!!

40 Comments:

Blogger Fred said...

Woof! I can't hide! :-)

Good luck, Tammy. It's all about your ability, your motivation and your attitude. Make it work for you. You can do this!

All one of us who are keenly interested in Fred's weight will recall that he complained about gaining 10 pounds during the first 10 weeks of his quit, which he knew he'd do. After about 2 weeks of hovering at the 9 pounds lost point (which he also knew he'd do for awhile), he weighed myself this morning and (drum roll please) finally dropped that 10th pound! :-)

Next milestone ... another 5 pounds, and he'll continue another 5-10 after that. At least that's his plan.

Baby steps ...

Oh, and we wish you'd stop referring to yourself in the third person. It gets really annoying.

ok, I will.

7:57 AM  
Blogger Fred said...

"he weighed myself"?

Nice try, genious.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Fred, you sound as though you've lost more than pounds!! - how about some marbles (JJ!!) - I am SO glad that you feel ready to quit again Tammy - I think you can make this time stick.........ex-spouses or not!

I still have to very careful with myself. I am getting there (very slowly) in coping with daughters autism, but still finding it tough. I guess we all have "stuff" to deal with, don"t we?

On the positive side, we have boughta new car - a Nissan Patrol 4 wheel drive, so we can get out and about on the road, and do some travelling - so that's our big consolation prize after Meg's diagnosis.

We are off on holiday for Easter, because our kids get two weeks school holiday, and then start Term 2, so it will be great to get away, refresh and then come back and deal with Meg's therapy, and intervention.
Happy Easter and Bunny Rabbits to you all!!

9:16 AM  
Blogger Jo said...

Fred, you sound as though you've lost more than pounds!! - how about some marbles (JJ!!) - I am SO glad that you feel ready to quit again Tammy - I think you can make this time stick.........ex-spouses or not!

I still have to very careful with myself. I am getting there (very slowly) in coping with daughters autism, but still finding it tough. I guess we all have "stuff" to deal with, don"t we?

On the positive side, we have boughta new car - a Nissan Patrol 4 wheel drive, so we can get out and about on the road, and do some travelling - so that's our big consolation prize after Meg's diagnosis.

We are off on holiday for Easter, because our kids get two weeks school holiday, and then start Term 2, so it will be great to get away, refresh and then come back and deal with Meg's therapy, and intervention.
Happy Easter and Bunny Rabbits to you all!!

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Blogger Jo said...

Flippin' heck!! I don't understand why i keep repeating myself - and publishing twice, at least it makes the blog look busy, I guess!!

9:17 AM  
Blogger neil said...

Keep it together Tammy!!

I just want to repeat again how much appreciate Tammy and everyone's inspiring stories and comments on this blog has helped me in my quit. I've 'only' been smoking for 12 yrs and this is the hardest thing I've ever done - so i could only imagine how hard it is for everyone else who posts on here!!You are all an inspiration to me - I'm now on day 6 and feeling a bit stronger.

Neil

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Blogger tptq bob said...

I am so happy for you Tammy!!! (and all you other quitters) here are two quick tips. make up a 3x5 that says (in large letters) EASY BREATH OR EARLY DEATH. next do one that says I WILL HANG ON TO MY QUIT TODAY! carry these with you and read frequently. Best of luck, we're all pulling for you.

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Blogger Fred said...

Yes, Jo.

Of all the things I've lost in life, I miss my mind the most.

:-)

Neil, good luck and welcome to the quitters club! You're doing well if you're on Day 6. You're just about through with "Hell Week", and the physical withdrawal symptoms should be fading soon as your body purges itself of nicotine. Then starts the mental battles. How strong is your will power? You're going to be tested for a long time to come.

But, take heart! There will come a point when it hits you that you really can do this. It will be an important turning point for you - a very empowering feeling. An "ah HA" moment ... an epiphany, if you will. Mine came around a month into the quit ... maybe a little sooner. From that point forward, it's been more about maintaining the quit, and no more of the battle that you're no doubt going through right now.

It's been over three months that I (and others here) have been quit, and I've gotta tell you, I've never felt so good about myself and what I'm accomplishing. It's a natural high (and this from an aging hippie who grew up in the 60s and 70s). :-)

If this is your first quit, let me impart one thought. If you truly want to break the nicotine addiction and free yourself, resign yourself to the fact that you can never, ever have even one puff of a cigarette again ... ever!

Well ... at least I know that I can't. Learned that the hard way, yes I did. Ruined a perfectly good 2 1/2 year quit about 25 years ago by thinking, "Heck, it's been 2 1/2 years. I can have one cigarette."

Wrongo!

Oh! Real quick ...

Mental image time (I love this)

I see in my mind's eye a pile of over 3000 cigarettes. That's what I haven't smoked since 12/31/05.

Woof, I say! Woof woof!!

12:11 PM  
Blogger neil said...

Thanks Fred...


I'm really really looking foward to the point where i can go about my day without thinking about smoking anymore. Those first few days last week I didn't want to get out of bed - i was that depressed I couldn't smoke. Now I'm feeling better and a little stronger, although I definitely feel a sense of loss....Strange indeed. I've been reading this blog's archives pretty regularly over the last few weeks which helps me remember I'm not in this alone.
Again, thanks for the kind words.

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Blogger Darlene said...

This is great. I feel newly motivated by reading all the comments. I felt the blog was getting discouraging. But, I feel is is rejuvenated again and I feel inspired. 102 days today. I'm still counting days. It seems like I have accomplished more. Tammy, 1 day at a time. Darlene

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Blogger Jo said...

I agree with Darlene, the blog has been refreshed, and I too am feeling a bit rejuvenated about my quit. By the way Darlene, and Fred and all you others who quit on Dec 31st, well well done!! That is a an excellent effort.

Neil the only thing separating you from the others success is merely time. You are nearly through the very worst week and you should be really proud of yourself for making a great decision, and following through with it. Go you good thing!!

Tammy I wish you all the very best, you've had a a struggle or two to deal with (understatement)! But I think you sound "right" this time, and especially as a single Mum, you need to be there for your son, and hopefuully those will be your movtivating factors. In any case, I'm sending lots of encourgement and good "chi" your way.

Wouldn't it be good to win Lotto, nd then I could hop on a plane, and meet you for a cup of coffee, and we could have a yak about everything.............unfortuantely, someone else won Lotto in our town yesterday, thereby statistically sending my hopes down the gurgler. Bah!
Stay strong and focused Tammy, you have many people out there fighting with you and for you. Good luck

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