Thursday, November 24, 2011

Cold Turkey

Happy Thanksgiving!

Five years ago today I smoked my last cigarette. At the time, I never dreamt that I would be able to do it, and on the first try. I did cheat twice: I smoked two cigarettes on day four because I thought I was stressed. The next and last time was at the holiday party at work which was day 11. I inhaled about two puffs before I gagged and almost threw up. All of my fellow coworkers got a kick out of that.

That was it; I was done with it.

I did use the drug Chantix for about a month and did have some wacky dreams, but it was only temporary.

One thing that hasn't been so temporary was the weight gain. Wanna know how I became a middle-aged fat woman? I stopped smoking and gained almost a hundred pounds.

Holy crap! is right. I've heard all of the fat jokes, and it's why a lot people won't quit smoking. However, to all of you smokers out there, I may be overweight but I can outrun, outlast and out breathe most of you.

Think about this: You can buy larger clothes but you can't buy new lungs!

It's been five years for me and I have lost nearly half of the weight I gained. (I know, high fives for me.)

I went cold turkey the day after turkey day. I did it and so can you!


Jen said...

Congrats G.! I'm not a smoker but I have friends that are and they say that quittin' smoking or trying to quit smoking is the hardest thing to do.
Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. An important step to quality of life. The next thing is to try to avoid second and third hand smoke. Not quite so easy but equally important.

ladyguinevere28 said...

Thats a big High five for you, congrats. Its good to know what you make it. Good job and good luck


AiringMyLaundry said...

That is fantastic!

My Dad also quit smoking after doing so most of his life.

Ellen said...

Great accomplishment. I quit smoking years ago too and still occasionally have dreams that I'm smoking. I wake up so happy! I can't even imagine smoking again. Let's hear it for us reformed smokers!

Elvirah said...

Your post is an inspiration to those who want to try quit smoking. I've heard its difficult to do it, but who know this post of yours might work and hopefully help smokers to be successful in quitting it.

Rae said...

Great job! You should be very proud! I'm starting my diet in January. Hope I can do it this time....



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