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Good morning all!! Today is day Eighty-nine and I need your help! Those of you who know me will remember that I started this quit kicking and screaming. I did not want to quit. Taxes and insurance rates forced me to give up smoking! So I did! Now it is day eighty-nine and I have tried to help everyone that I could along the way. I have offered encouragement to all, and I have kept my quit. So in spite of the fact that I did not want to quit, I expected to reap some physical rewards. Imagine my shock on Saturday afternoon when I realized that I was having another heart attack!! Yep, that is what happened. I really don't want to be a crybaby, and God knows that I do get to feel good about myself when I am helping others, but I have to stop and wonder why I am quitting and if it is too late to do my self any good physically!

Please prop me up my friends and help me past this mental state!!!

I wish only the best for all of you!!   Your Friend; Tommy

Good morning all!! Those of you who know me know that I usually try to share what I know with a dash of wit and a pinch of humor. Today will be a little different. Wit and humor has it's place. But not today! One thing that I know and beleive with all my heart is that " No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care"

As I look around at my friends here I can take joy in the sucess so many are having with their quits. I also see a lot of people who are hurting!! I see good poeple with loved ones who are suffering or passing away. I see good people who watching love die. I see good people facing extremely difficult challenges every day. Through this all many are keeping their quits. I am proud to know those people! I am also proud to know those who may have slipped. The truth of the matter is that I am proud to be a part of this site, and I want you all to know that no matter what you are going through, I really do care about you! Tommy

Good afternoon! Today is day 64 for me. I hope everybody is doing good with their quit.

I am going to answer the second part of the question first. Why are you reading my blog? It is because I have learned some things. I am about to share those things with you and at the risk of sounding pompus I am going to give you some tools to help you not only keep your quit, but improve your very life.

As I read the various blogs I find everyone looking for just a little more than help with kicking a nasty addiction. There are loud screams and soft cries from people with varing levels of despiration. Today I would like to share with you two stories that I have encountered that demonstrate FOCUS and DETERMINATION.

The first is about a lady named Trudy. In 1925 she dreamed of becoming the first woman and only the sixth person to swim the English Channel. She made her plans until the day she set out in pea soup fog to make her dream a reality. She swam with all she had for as long as she could, but finally had to give up. She was pulled aboard a boat and latter discovered she was only 1/4 of a mile from the shore. She realized that she could have made it if she had known how close she was. Her attempt to live her dream was crushed because she could not see how close she was. In 1926 Gertrude Ederle went back on a clear day and became the first woman to swin the English Channel. This time she could see her goal. Her ability to focus on the shore helped her reach dream. And she did it more that 2 hours faster than any of the men who preceded her.

My second story is about a man more well known. His name is Sir Edmund Hillary, The first man to reach the summit of Mt. Everrest,most know his fame for this accomplishment, few know it was his second attempt. His first attempt was a failure. But the man was not a quitter. Two months after his failure while giving a speech at the base of Mt.Everrest, Sir Edmund Hillary shook his fist at the mountain and proclaimed " I will get you next time, you are as big as you will ever be, but I am not done growing!" The rest is history.

For the second part of the question, Who is this guy? Nobody. I was at one time one of the best in-home sales people in the country. I made the decision to risk everything I had to save a franchise that I found out too late did not want to be saved. So I lost everything. Then cancer, then heart attack, then two torn Achilles tendons. I think I have found the bottom. BUT, today I start over. I will go forward with the focus of Ederle, and the determination of Hillary. I will prove that the bottom is just a place to bounce from.

I hope there is some imspiration here for everyone. Do not loose your focus!! Keep your determination!!!

This is day 61!! If you think that I have got it made, think again. Have you noticed that all the quit smoking products gage their sucess by weeks 9 thru 12? Why is that? Do the nicodeamons lay eggs that hatch during week 9 and take-over your brain? Surely the addiction is gone now. There can be no nicotine left in my system.  I don't stink!! ( My smoking friends never noticed anyway) The hundreds of chemicals in cigarettes are gone from my system. (I hope none of them were keeping me alive. I bet some of them were keeping me sane)

So what is the big deal about week nine? I do not have the answer. But, I will be back with a full report. (assuming the whole sanity thing works out). One of my friends here, who I respect and admire, had her quit go into remission at about this point. Thankfully, she was able to rise from the ashes (pun intended) and wash away the stench, and has a full blown quit working as we speak. If she reads this she will know I am talking about her. I can not imagine what it takes to lose so many days, get up , start again, not look back. I do not beleive that I have that kind of strength. And, I don;t want to find out.

To all my friends here new and old thank you for your support, and I hope I can be of some use to you. You may not always like what I say, but I will tell you what I think! All of you---stay strong and watch for my next blog entitled"Who is this guy and why am I reading his blog?"

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