Video: I want to Live to be an Old Woman

I Want to Live to be an Old Woman

This is an awesome and inspiring ad for all women of all ages. What great motivation for quitting smoking, getting a mammogram, taking care of yourself and your health. Share this with some of the women and young girls in your lives!

Cravings Never Go Away-The Non-Smoking Journey Continues

Cravings Never Go Away-The Non-Smoking Journey Continues…

Okay, here goes nothing. I haven’t written for so long I think I may have forgotten how. I am still smoke-free and it has been …hang on a minute, I have to go check my calculator for how many days now. I know it has been 9 months, but not sure on the days… 294 days, 1 hour, 57 minutes and 9 seconds. Well now that is pretty awesome isn’t it?

Tough decisions we make.

Tough decisions we make.

My weight is still the same, no more, no less. I am still taking the Thyroid medicine and now have added Lipitor, 40mg, for my Cholesterol. Uggggh! Being in denial about my health was so much easier, and cheaper. Of course, denial allowed me to continue to slowly kill myself with cigarettes. Not where I am really at now a days.

Being a non-smoker is pretty wild:

  • I can complete a project without hurrying through it so I can go get my fix, i.e. scrapbooking.
  • I can go on a trip in a car with non-smokers and not feel bad for making them pull over every two hours so I can get my nicotine fix.
  • I can walk in the woods with my camera and take pictures and not have to keep taking breaks to get my nicotine fix.
  • I can be totally relaxed in the movie theater and watch the entire movie without trying to figure out how I can go out and get my nicotine fix.
  • I can just BE. I can BE in the moment, BE where I am, BE who I am, BE with my children, BE with my Dad, BE with my friends. I can just BE for hours and hours of sweet, relaxing, peaceful, and serene joy.

It sounds pretty good doesn’t it? Well, it is great. Don’t get me wrong, I have had my moments of cravings, the “deep in the pit of my stomach, gonna die if I don’t have a cigarette,” type of cravings. That was only about 30 days ago. So, yes, cravings never go away, it just goes into a sort of remission and from time to time it will rear it’s ugly head again.

I have thoughts about smoking probably daily but I don’t dwell on them and feed them by focusing on how great it would be to feed my addiction one last time. When I have a thought, I push it out of my mind as fast as I can so I can move on to the next thought that is about something else all together.

This will be a lifetime process I am sure. I just hope the thoughts aren’t quite as frequent, like every day. Every other day will be good. It has slowed down some, it was every minute in the beginning. I am still very grateful that I had Chantix to help me through those times. It helped me until I could help myself. It was a miracle drug and I have no regrets for using it. I feel blessed that I could take it and not suffer from the side effects that some people have been through.

But for the Grace of God go I…

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BBC Health News: Smoking Kills Brain Cells

Smoking Kills Brain Cells, BBC Health News

Scientists said they have found the first direct biological evidence that smoking destroys brain cells and stops others being produced.

Now this doesn’t surprise me at all but, to have ‘biological evidence’ is a little scary. This is just another reason to add to a long list of reasons to Quit Smoking Now, or stay with your quit.

The authors said their studies rebutted previous research in the 1990s that suggested that smoking could boost cognitive performance.

There goes that excuse for lighting up! When I was smoking it seemed like it would lift me out of the fog, when I couldn’t concentrate on what I was working on. I would get up from my desk, put on my coat, and walk down the hall and outside into the brisk cool air, light up that cigarette and take a deep puff, and all of a sudden my mind would clear and the problem I was having would be solved. I was sure it was the cigarette doing that for me. As it turns out, I can get the same effect today by walking away from whatever project I am working on, walk down the hall, out into the crisp cool air and take in a deep breath of fresh air. Ahhhhhh, my mind is clear and the problem I was having is solved. It is wonderful to know that I don’t have to depend on a drug to ‘boost my cognitive performance’ when I have been staring at the same problem too long. I can solve the problem the old fashioned way, a nice long walk and some oxygen to my brain.

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