Tuesday, October 4, 2011

And Nothing But The Truth

Much ado at the 912.  At the end of this month I'm giving up cigarettes.  

I can hear you all gasp audibly.

Who smokes in the perfect world of blogland?

Me.


So we're planning my exit strategy.

Last night we joined a new gym, close enough to the house that I can walk there.  One excuse gone for the non driver.  I also booked a few sessions with a trainer to get me back on track so to speak.

I have a  prescription waiting to be filled at the pharmacy for one of the many non smoking aids available to us sinners.

And I have told everyone my plan.

 Now I'm telling all of you.

I work better when I'm held accountable. And I need all the help I can get.

My co workers are frightened.  Our roommate is hoping he can get out to town for work the first week of  November.

Me?  I'm hopeful. 

And GG? She's jubilant.

It's going to be a particularly scary Halloween this year, me thinks.

31 comments:

  1. I know you can do this. You know it too. Congratulations on making the decision. Sending full support from SF!

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  2. Oh we are so with you on this. Better stock up on emergency Froot Loops for guests.

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  3. camels? omg, jane my dad smoked camels. but guess what? he quit! yep he did and so can you. you are an amazing person and while i know it is going to be hard, it is a done deal. i can feel it. much love, janet

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  4. You go girl! I know you can do it...we're all rooting for you. :)

    I too work better when I have a plan and announce it to my world. I'm proud of you for doing it!

    xo sarah

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  5. You have made an excellent decision.
    I was a heavy smoker and quit 20 yrs ago. It was difficult. One thing which helped me was cinnamon sticks, I kept some in my car, in my purse and everywhere imaginable. I also took up cross country skiing and running. I drank lots of coffee and still do.
    I saved the money I would spend on cigarettes and a year later bought a dream purse.
    Good luck and when you feel angst, take a walk or run.
    Helen xx

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  6. Good for you! It sounds like you have a good plan and the will power to go with. You can do it just like you kicked the other habit. xo

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  7. Good for you! I'm cigarette free for almost six years now (not even a little puff) and it's one of the things I'm most proud of. Best of luck and I'll let you in on my secret for how I did it... whenever I wanted one I'd wait a few minutes for the craving to pass, sometimes it did, but if it didn't I'd ask myself which was stronger, me or some weeds rolled into paper. I'd win every time :-)

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  8. Good for you. It won't be easy. One day at a time. One hour at a time. One minute at a time.

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  9. What a good and brave decision. The flowers will smell all the sweeter for it.

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  10. Good on you!! Camels smell anyway!! Robx

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  11. Good for you! This is the single best gift you can give yourself.

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  12. Oh Jane. I love it. Take plenty of Vitamin C. I havent smoked for 10yrs and I am still delighted with myself! Eventually it clicked with me that I didn't need cigarettes, they didnt make my coffee taste better, I could still have great fun EVEN when the smokers went for their smoke break outside! Brings you back to pre teen days (for me!)when you didnt need to have a smoke to get through a day! I Hope it clicks for you hun. May the force be with you. Sinead xxxxx

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  13. Good luck, Jane! That's a good thing you're doing. I'm told it's important to remember that you only have to be strong and resolute for a few minutes till the craving has passed, every time. We're all going to be extra, extra nice to you for a while. We'll admire your flowers even before you post them.

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  14. Oh thank you all.

    This was really heartening to wake up to this morning.

    Apparently I need an army of support behind me.

    Apparently I have one.

    Love, Jane

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  15. Heroic!!! You'll be even more wonderful (is this possible)?
    Thank you for letting us in on the plan. Believe me, food tastes much better after cigarettes, so keep that gym membership! Big hug. I'm with ya all the way!

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  16. Jane, dear, ther IS a whole army of us out here ... cheering you on and available to listen to you whine (if needed). We revel in your success, and we will do what we can to encourage you. Hey, what are blog-friends for?

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  17. This is a tough one but where there's a will (and a little Nicorette), there's a way.

    So you'll be a no-drink, no-smoke gym bunny. What's next, veganism? And then straight to sainthood.

    Good luck, stay strong!! It's really worth it.

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  18. of course you can do this. i have no doubt. best to you.

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  19. Congrats on the decision to quit smoking. It is a big step for your health and budget. Keep gum or mints around as a diversion.

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  20. Huzzah! Congratulations, Jane! We all know you can do it and are so happy you are!

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  21. Woo hoo! In no time at all you'll be doing what all we ex-smokers do - tutting disapprovingly at anyone who lights up. And you will feel SO much better too, gym or no gym. Good luck; keep us posted.

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  22. This is a little extreme, but I was listening to a program on NPR with the theme being how we battle ourselves. And one thing that seems to work is backing ourselves against a cliff. As in, we have to fight the oncoming army or else we parish off the cliff. One woman wanted to quit smoking so she said, if I smoke again, I have to donate $5000 to the KKK. She never smoked again.

    Best of luck!

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  23. Good luck we are all behind you.. (not in the firing line!)You'll be ok and you know you CAN do it. X

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  24. Jane,

    Congratulations! You're going to be successful...Success is written all over your plan. You have committed to quitting, you have support, and you know you will feel so much better and you'll have more money...I can't even remember when I last heard the price of cigarettes, but I was shocked at how expensive they are. Be good to yourself in other ways, because this is tough. Wishing you all the best!

    xo
    annie

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  25. I'm an ex smoker, living proof it can be done. And ask your trainer about kick boxing. It's a blast.

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  26. Best wishes! You and my French teacher, as it happens. She just quit smoking, and I won't say that she was irritable or anything, but this is a beginning French class, and at the end of class she gave us some very long instructions in French and then declined to translate them for us. In English, she said, "You figure it out." You can get away with things like that when people know you just quit smoking, so be sure to milk it. Go ahead, be crabby!

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  27. Wishing you the best! You can do it! ps When my husband first quit smoking he yelled at the dog for drinking water too loud......

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  28. All we ex-smokers welcome you, in advance, to our ranks. On the other side, you will feel so much better, eventually. For me the most difficult part was getting the first couple weeks behind me, and then learning that I could not occasionally smoke without become nicotine-addicted again.

    Good luck, we are all rooting for you. You can do it!

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  29. My friend's mother had died of lung cancer, my other friend's husband (who didn't smoke) had died of lung cancer so I said I have to stop, when this carton is finished I'm done; told myself every single day, told no one until 2 days before so they could understand why i was being a pain in the ass, then I smoked my last cigarette and have never looked back. I did not miss it for one second much to my delightful surprise and my husband's, that was 10 years ago. Tell yourself you can do it and you will because you have to. We're tougher than we think. Good luck!

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  30. Real happy for you. Your honesty is entirely refreshing. I know you will do this. Kick that camel's sorry ass to the curb!

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