I really have to stop

February 19, 2009 at 3:41 am | Posted in Quit | Leave a comment
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going to McDonalds! I keep trying what I thought were my old favorites. I just need to accept that I thought it was good food because my taste buds clearly were not working right when I was smoking. After I ate the Big Mac, I had a big craving. I wonder if I had always felt the need to smoke after one just to camoflage the taste??? No big deal. I can easily avoid it this trigger.

Otherwise it was a pretty boring day. We had snow last night so I went out and took a few pictures. I think I am transferring addictions. I have always taken a lot of pictures but recently if I don’t use my camera every day it just feels wrong. Oh well, this is one I know I can live with.

It is cold and windy tonight. It is nice to look out the window at the moving branches and be happy that I am no longer standing outside miserable anymore. My hands are finally warm.

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I am strong enough today.

February 18, 2009 at 5:19 am | Posted in Quit | 4 Comments
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On the way home from dropping off the youngest two at preschool, I pulled off to drive through a county park to see if I should ever come back with my camera. Apparently to enter, you need a pass. They had an honor box to pay for a 14 day one. It was $5. I looked in my wallet and could only find $2. So I looked in a purse that has been sittting in my car for weeks. I didn’t find any money though.

I found cigarettes! I have no idea how long that pack had been in there but there were 3 left. Guessing from the last time I actually used that purse, I would say they were 3 very stale cigarettes. I wasn’t anywhere near a trashcan, I crushed the pack into an unsmokable little ball. I threw them out when I got home.

I was shaken at the time but as the day went on, I realized that I was fine. I didn’t really want to smoke them. For goodness sake, I can’t imagine smoking a fresh cigarette right now. I am not about to give up all of this hard work for a stale, crunchy one. Hell, I didn’t even like those when I was smoking.  The difference now is that I will not smoke them if there is nothing else available. In fact, I simply won’t smoke at all.

I went home to find more money and grabbed Dave(my husband). We went back and had fun goofing around with our cameras. I finally walked on a lake! I know it is normal here but growing up in Virginia, we were always told not to walk on the ice because it wasn’t thick enough. Up here in Minnesota, they drive on the ice. I looked like a nut. I was creeping very slowly sure that I was going to fall through at any moment. Meanwhile there are SUV’s further out on the lake parked next to ice fishing huts. Getting comfortable is clearly going to be a long process.

The tree is one of the pictures I took today. As usual there are a couple more on my photography blog.

As I sign off, I just want to point out that it has now officially been 1 full week since my last cigarette. So much as changed. It has been a hard week at times but a good week. I did it! I also did with my husband. We are taking charge of our lives and building a new future together. We can breathe, we can smell and we can taste. We are doing it.

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