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Hey, Newbies!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Aug 29, 2014

A long holiday weekend with barbecues and other get-togethers is bound to entice you to drink alcohol. 

A reminder:  don't!!!  It's a proven way to ruin a quit of less than five months.  It lowers your ability to negate that voice in your head that "just one won't hurt."

PLEASE don't do it!  Perhaps take non-alcoholic drinks instead?



The Ocean!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Aug 26, 2014

I am going to the beach (ahhh, the OCEAN!) for a couple of days and won't have internet access

BTW – the No Smoking Ban is in effect n my absence. I don't want to hear ANY excuses upon my return!

Once you decide, you simply make up your mind you won't smoke NO MATTER WHAT.  Prepare ahead of time what you will do if life throws you a curve (and doesn't it usually?)  Will you take slow, deep breaths, march in place, call a friend, blog here for help?  Have a PLAN!

There are three keys to success at this:  Preparation, planning and commitment.

It really is that simple. You make the decision, then a plan, and commit to the effort 100%.  It isn't easy, but it is oh so  doable.




600 Days!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Aug 23, 2014

Our very own nanawendy has 600 days!


What is today?

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Aug 22, 2014

The end of the workweek for some?


The last of the weekdays?


The day I remind folks with less than five months quit NOT to drink alcohol this weekend?


(It's a proven quit killer!)


 I could not find a link to the letter to family/friends that I thought was on, but I did come up with this article that contains the gist of it:

If anybody has Joel's letter, please send me the link?




Hear Me ROAR!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Aug 20, 2014

This morning I was able to do some weeding in one of my gardens for the first time ! Had to use an “old lady” gardening bench – but as I recover, I am minding those accoutrements less and less. Let me tell you, those weeds were partying in my absence!!! I had some that stood over 6 feet tall!!

It is feeling so good to start to return to my usual active life. I am still using a cane outside – but no longer need it in the house. I feel as though the progress has been SO slow, but my daughter keeps reminding me of where I started when I got home 7 weeks ago.

Just like quitting smoking, it's a day at a time and a celebration of the progress we make. Do remember to reward yourself for a job well done! I see some retail therapy in my future (and perhaps some Talenti gelato!)



My Story

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Aug 19, 2014

I had not found the Ex community when I first quit and, to be honest, I believed all the horror stories about quitting and was terrified. I practically chain smoked leading up to my quit date. I came up with Hershey Kisses as a way to pacify my cravings and took the leap of faith.  That worked well until I made myself sick from eating so much chocolate and then thought, "Now what am I going to do?"  My daughter was home at the time, and with a wisdom I didn't have, knew that distraction was key.  She brought me Angry Birds to play and, over the next several days, that was my constant companion. 

I found the Ex site on the fourth day of my quit and read, and read and read some more. I learned what nicotine did to my mind and body. I learned I was an addict. I learned techniques to help me get past the cravings. I found a wonderful, supportive community that lifted me up when I was in danger of falling. I won't say it was always easy, but I DID it! It's now been over two years and, although I do think about a cigarette from time to time, that's all it is: a passing thought.

You can quit smoking, too!  Do the reading and the preparation. Make that decision that you will not smoke NO MATTER WHAT! Take that leap of faith! 

I promise you that the freedom is well worth the effort. Just DO IT



Any Questions?

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Aug 18, 2014

Q: When is it OK to drink alcohol early in your quit?




A: NEVER! In the first five months of your quit, it needs to be your #1 priority. If you absolutely MUST drink, limit yourself to ONE! You don't really know what your tipping point will be (the point at which your addictive mind tells you it's OK to have 'just one' and you listen to it!)


Don't do it! 


(CNN) -- The second installment of this summer's season of supermoons is happening Sunday.

Stargazers who missed the July 12 supermoon will have another chance to see the bright lunar phenomenon from all around the world.

The full moons of this summer, which fall on July 12, August 10 and September 9, are all supermoons, according to NASA.

The supermoon occurs when the moon becomes full on the same days as its perigee, which is the point in the moon's orbit when it is closest to Earth.

   What is a Supermoon you ask...

The supermoon of August is one of the largest and brightest full moons of the year. The U.S. Naval Observatory says the moon will be 12% bigger and 30% brighter than it was in January 2014.

   iReporter sees 'spectacular' super moon

In the United States, the moon will turn full on Sunday at 2:09 p.m. ET. The moon will continue to look bright and full Sunday evening, leading into Monday early morning.


It's Friday

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Aug 8, 2014

and thus my warning to all those five momths into their quits or less.  Alcohol is a proven quit killer, so don't imbibe.  You have the rest of your longer life to enjoy that.

You have been warned!


I had a few hours yesterday to re-read my cards, messages on the Caring Bridge, and the wonderful booklet that Strudel put together for me (and it did take HOURS!)  I wanted to let you know how much it all meant to me.  I felt your arms around me, your love.  And, all your prayers WERE answered!

When I first got home, I could not stand up from a chair without help.  The rehab folks told my daughters I would not be able to come home and would have to move to assisted living.  My girls told them, "You don't know my Mom!"  I was blessed to have my younger daughter available to care for me in the early days, and she was an amazing caretaker.  She could not have been more kind, more patient, more loving.  I don't know what I did to deserve her!

Update from today. I have a PT coming twice a week to the house, and he has me doing thirty sit/stands without assistance!   I am walking six blocks by myself with only a cane, fixing my own food, hand washing dishes for three (my daughter and her boyfriend are here), doing my own wash, going up and downstairs at will, scrubbing bathrooms!!!  The only thing I'm not able to do is hang my wash outside (tough to carry laundy with a cane!!!).  I can't carry laundry upstairs yet - but I am forgetting to use my cane in the house most of the time (and lose it regularly!) - so that won't be long!!!  I have been given permission to go to the pool - although it's 65 (?) degree temperature doesn't make it too appealing right now!  Driving is not too far off in the future

I thank you, again, with all my heart for your caring and prayers. You truly made a difference.



What is today?

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Aug 1, 2014

This time it really IS FRIIIII-Day!

And thus time for my weekly remnder.  Don't drink alcohol this weekend if you are 5 months or less into your quit.  It's a proven quit killer - no excuses will be accepted.  You have been warned!