Happy New Year 2012
Kia ora whānau!
Well it's been a while since I was on here but hey here's to a new year and new ideas. I can report that since my last blog on here, I haven't had a single craving of wanting to have a cigarette at all! I've kept up my monthly meetings, graduated with my Post Grad Dip in Education, went back to work earlier than expected also. Those of you that know me, will know that all of that is not unusual at all. Despite everything though, its been a wonderful journey, one I can be proud of and want to continue.
I've found new inner strength in myself and have set me a new goal - weight loss and saving to go on a family cruise! To our new members, kia kaha - it is like Rehab, and it takes one day at a time. Take all the advise you can get and use this site as a source of inspiration.
At 351 days of being smoke free - I really do feel "free".
Take care guys,
Gloomy cravings or is it something else???
Hi whānau, hope all is well out there. Anyway, it's been nearly 10 - 12 weeks now, I can't even remember thats how long I haven't been on here??? At this stage of the game are u meant to be experiencing the little tingles on your tongue??? I've put it down to cravings. Keeping busy, drinking water and what not, but I just put it down to a phase???? HELP!
10 week mark!! wohooo!!
Hi all!! Just thought it was time to touch base and I knw it's been a while! I had my weekly hui with my quit smoking coach who informs me of my milestone. Feeling good, me and my girl have been biking to school each morning. Come home clean the house and then get into some study. Routines are locked in and before you know it, the days over.
The ol'taste buds are back again and I spose my weight is ok. Sh*** who am I kidding! My wife and I went to a function a couple of weeks ago, first time since summer I haven't worn long pants. To my horror, I couldn't fit anyone of my pants!!!
If there is a flip side to this journey peeps is that I've thrown away the patches and gum. They were making me physically sick even when we lowered the dosage! So those are gone! Have been biking regularly and have decided to join a team and take part in the Iron Maori marathon in Dec.
Looking forward to the challenges ahead of me! One thing is for sure, I aint going back to that habit again. Amazing the observations I've made over the last few weeks of smokers and the habits I used to take part in. New life, new start!!
Home sweet home!
Although I had an awesome week in Gisborne watching the kapahaka festival, it was also good to come home to my family and my bed.
I took my own advice during the trip and while I was driving to have a some lollies etc by my side so I'm not tempted to stop and buy me a packet of smokes for the trip. And I didn't and I'm so pleased with myself!
Anyway, I've lost track of how many days I've been smokefree. I spoke to my coach this morning and she reckons it's been 5 weeks this week, but I'm sure that it's been four instead!! However long it has been, it's been awesome, I just have to keep myself busy during the day and keep following a routine!!!
Hope everyone is doing well too.....
Day 26!! What an achievement!
Well, what can I say? I've officially been smokefree for 26 days now and it feels great. I now know the difference btw the habit vs the addiction. That's been an amazing journey!!
Anyway, these bloody patches!! I met with my mentor the other day and we were discussing the patches. Well to cut a long story short, she gave me the step 3 patches - u know the smaller ones. Stuck one on and sure enough, felt sick! I quickly took it off and chucked it away!! The gum is fine until the ashes taste kicks in!! Yuck!!!!! So, I made an executive decision to not do either, I don't want that 'hit of nicotine' each time. I'd like to think that I've become a lot more stronger over the last few weeks or so.
As of tomorrow peeps. I'm traveling up to Gisborne to the National Kapahaka Festival. My coach reckons to takes some lozengers or gum to chew while I'm on the road and a bottle of water. Don't worry, after what I've been through I reckon I can do it. By the way, my sense of smell is that good now, I can smell them from a mile away! And now I think, what the heck was I thinking of?????
As I write this latest blog, I think about what I've achieved in the last (what will be 3 weeks tomorrow). 3 weeks ago I would have never thought of giving up, life seemed ok, I had this habit under control - to what I thought was 'control'. It's funny, you do the 'yeh, yeh' I'll give up soon. Then the 'soon' comes around and then nec minute - another excuse comes along. Then it takes a 'health scare' to really make you get your A - G and actually do something about it! Well guys, I'm from the latter - the health scare. It was enough for me to make my mind up then and stick to it.
Sure there were the ups and downs - the downs being, cravings, mood swings etc. But at the moment, I've realised that it's nausea of when I'm not wearing a patch that's kicking me in the butt. Thank goodness my coach is coming for a visit tomorrow - then we can get to the bottom of things!! I reckon the dosage is too high. But if I stop the patches, then what. Cause it's a lifestyle thing aye??? Changing the habits and the routine. I think I'm there at the mo. Well see tomorrow.
A new week, a new start
Although it's nearly 3 weeks being smokefree, I feel great. Have got a busy week ahead of me, doing a bit of study, meeting up with people etc.
Just a quick question, there have been times when I've forgotten to put on a patch. However, I then start to feel a little nausea come on. Is that normal or is the dosage a little high. I'm on step 1 if that helps.
2 week mark!
I've been so busy over the last two days that I forgot that I have made it to the 2 week mark! Now that my kids are back at school, I can concentrate on my studies a little more, now that I'm on study leave. I'm finding that the nicodemons are there but not as bad as they were before.
Hitting the mark!!
Well I most of been so busy yesterday that I forgot to write my latest events so here goes....
Yesterday, did my normal and then at 12pm headed to Upper Hutt to pick up some items from Trademe. Gotta love trademe peepz, there are some really good deals on there, but can be really addictive too!!
Today, went to school with my daughter, caught up with people at her school, came home and did some work outside until 11am. Had people come through our house as we are trying to move out to another home!! Real Estate agents came through to do an evaluation on the house. Did some banking and before you knew it, it was time to pick up my daughter from school!! Afternoon snacks are on the menu, and are about to go on a bike ride with my girl!!!
Life doesnt get any better than that!!
Day 9 - keep the nicodemons out!!
Such an eventful day - started watching a re-run of Glee, breakfast then visitors till 9 or so. Went to my daughters school working bee now off to do some shopping. Following the 4 D's as best as I can when the nicodemons try and pay me a visit.
Early days yet, but I'm getting there. Just gotta keep the routine up!!! But I will not give into temptation!!! (gee sounds like I've been to Mass or something!!) lol