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Day 70

Posted by vanlil Aug 28, 2016

Is this what is called NO MANS LAND?  If so - here I am.  Still very grateful  I have my voice back. I really thought my voice box was damaged for good.  Talk about "instant" gratification - well I had that after 3 days of not cooking my vocal cords.

My prioblem is I want to snack all the time.,  Unfortunately I have a bowel problem (for years) and I can't do the celery sticks, etc. or fruit...........Bought some sugar free hard candies and lots of ice water with a straw.

It really gets rough at times but as you all said - then goes away.  I am doing a lot of reading, too

Grateful we didn't get that storm predicted coming from the tropics.  We are going into the height of hurricane season but grateful we at least have warnings unlike the people up in Indiana last week.

Grateful, also, I have you guys to cheer me on. I really don't have any support group near me. My husband is a non-smoker (*that is good) and he doesn't understand "relearning."

This is my job and I will not quit on my quit (like Terrie always says) and it is for me and me alone.  That is good!  



Day 61

Posted by vanlil Aug 18, 2016

Well last week my Dr. gave me an A+ and today my dental hygenist gave me an A+

Am I grateful OR WHAT!!!!!

Today I have had no craving to speak of - but of course being in the dental chair I couldn't smoke even if I had the crave.  Just joking.

LOve the way I smell - so clean - the car - so clean and now my teeth SPARKLE.



Day 60

Posted by vanlil Aug 17, 2016

Today is Day 60 - Can't believe I haven't had a cigarette in 60 days.  

Yesterday I resisted the junk food - took out celery sticks and cut up pineapple and guess what - I lost 1-and a half #'s.


Feeling good about having some "soundness of mine" regarding the sugary stuff.




Tomorrow Day 55

Posted by vanlil Aug 11, 2016

Went to the Dr. today and he was very happy and he said PROUD of me that I quit smoking.

I am perfectly healthy - no prescriptions - except meds if I get a colitis flare up.

I am so grateful that at age 80 I don't need a bunch of meds.

Thank you GOD.



Today is day 53

Posted by vanlil Aug 10, 2016

I have my annual Dr. appt. tomorrow.  I am so excited to tell him I am not smoking for 54 days (tomorrow)

I know he will be very happy for me. He never preached about quitting cigarettes and he did say he thought I was starting to get emphasema because of a flat X-ray he did last year. I paid him NO MIND.

I might be about 4#'s more than usual but I can deal with that.

I am so grateful to be a nonsmoker.  Imagine being proud of myself.............unbelievable but TRUE.



Aug. 7th. 50 Days of Freedom

Posted by vanlil Aug 6, 2016

Can't believe 50 days have past.!!!!!

Thank you all for encouraging me and it is so wonderful knowing I have such good, caring friends.

Yeah I get craves    - mostly in the afternoon - but I know why.    I have to relearn these damn afternoons.

I seem to have relearned the "reward" smoke.  I have been doing extra stuff (things I don't usual do and don't like doing) and not thinking of smoking when completed. That was a biggie for me.

Hugs to you all.




Posted by vanlil Jul 31, 2016

I am doing ok - some ups some downs but mostly UPS.

Today (Sun) I have 43 days being smoke free - yeah

I have so many gratitudes and when I get the "crave" I just remember all of the good stuff that has happened to me since stopping cigarettes.

1. Got my voice back (seriously I was paralyzing my vocal cords.)

2. I love not using cologne and washing my hands so I didn't stink.

3. My car smells so clean

4. I am not isolating like I was starting to do a lot.  Have been to several functions and usually I am the 1st. person to leave (because I needed to smoke.  Finding I am really enjoying myself and realizing that I do not know anyone who is still smoking.

5. I noticed I have "rosy" cheeks now..............probably better blood flow.

I could go on nad on and I want to thank all of my friends for being on the journey and keeping me company.