Stats Update: 40 days smokefree
Smokefree days: 40 days
Grams NOT smoked: 172
Total savings: $192.00
I'm still here
Hi my fellow quitters. Just a quick note to let you all know that I haven't deserted you. I have had to travel back to my home town (way down south) and nurse my big sister who has fractured her back in four places. Big ouchies.
It was a bit of a test for me on the way down. 8 hours drive and of course in the past I have down it with my always present friend - cigarettes. This time it was done with bags of sweets and extremely loud music. I was on the biggest sugar high ever. However I did make it and am still smoke-free.
Not getting much computer time at the moment and am missing the support of all my fellow bloggers. It is really amazing how much you come to rely on this site for support. And of course Sir Leo is back from his course in AKL and back to work this week in CHC. Miss his support the most.
So my loyal subjects - that is my story for the moment. I may not be online every day at the moment but you are never far from my thoughts.
Now I must send a wee email to a relative of mine and remind her that sunbathing topless is just a wee bit risky - damn media are everywhere and just can't be trusted.
Caio for now
We'll meet again
don't know where
don't know when
But I know we'll meet again
some smoke-free day........
Day 28 almost done
Good evening my loyal subjects.
Dame Gemini has been such a busy wee (wishful thinking) thing today. She has attacked her wardrobe and been totally ruthless. I have followed the womans wardrobe rule. If is hasn't been worn in the last 12 months then it was discarded. If it doesn't fit then it was discarded. If it was just down right ugly then it was discarded. Turns out I actually have room in my wardrobe again. Sir Leo is much pleased. He thinks it would be a grand idea for him to put his clothing in there now. Silly man! Dame Gemini had to explain to him that all this extra space is now available for bright shiny new summer clothing which is yet to be purchased. Sometimes I wonder where they get all these silly ideas..... really I do.
Dame Gemini has just completed battening down the hatches on her castle as the weather forecast is not pleasant (hail, sleet and snow). She has also had to speak sternly to the teenage heir to her Realm as it would appear that a deadly tornado has swept through his sleeping chamber and left a trail of destruction. Mother is NOT pleased! And she has just got off the phone from her Sir Leo, who is in Auckland for the week working. At this point I must say that I didn't realise just how much motivation Sir Leo has been to me through this process. He flew out this morning and I have really missed his support today. He has decided that he will become my Quitline text messenger and has sent me lots of amazing texts today. He really is one in a million. Dame Gemini is such a lucky girl.
And now for sleep. Work tomorrow and then 2 days off as my girlfriend is coming to town. And guess what my subjects - we are going to get a tattoo. It is her first and it will be my second. It is one of my rewards for being such a good Dame :-)
Good night my amazing subjects.
Dame Gemini wishes you all a peaceful night and insists that you have a good, safe and happy Tuesday.
May the Force be with you all ..............
PS - almost forgot to inform - my patch buddy tomorrow shall be Sir Leo as per his instructions. And as I am such an obedient Dame and always do as I am told, I shall oblige ......
Dame Gemini has decided that she does not enjoy being ill. In fact she has decided that she isn't doing that again. Now if you know me you will know that no matter what the situation is I always try to find a positive. And the positive this weekend has been that while you are as sick as a royal sick thing the last thing on your mind is smoking. YUK YUK YUK
I have just been reading through all the blogs I have missed over the last couple of days and WOW - we really are an amazing bunch of people. I only know you through this amazing website and because of our common cause and I can honestly say that The dame is soooooo proud of every one of you. She is much pleased :-)
Day 27 for me today and I am steaming towards 1 month. I have downloaded an App onto my phone (QuitNow!) and here are some of the stats from that app.
CO (carbon monoxide) and O2 (oxygen) levels back to normal - REACHED
Sudden Death risk lowered - REACHED
Taste and smell senses regained - REACHED
Standardization of respiratory function - REACHED
Elimination of physical dependance on nicotine - REACHED
Improvement of blood circulation and skin hydration, and dissapearance of premature wrinkles - REACHED
Physical condition improved - 29.88%
Heart disease death risk reduced to half - 7.37%
Risk of developing lung cancer at same level as a non-smoker - 1.47%
And all this before my first month as a non-smoker.
Well done me. Time for my happy dance.....
Day 4 of feeling like a big red bus has hit me.
Sir Leo has been wonderful in his care of Dame G. She is forever in his debt.
PSPSP - my G&T was actually an Irish Whiskey. It has not improved my ailment but man did I sleep like an angel. However woke this morning feeling like the bus has reversed over me. DAMN.
PG - LOL - thats all, just LOL. For one reason or another I either don't have the energy or am too afraid of the consequences of coughing or farting. LMAO
Thank you all for your words of encouragement and my daily reason to smile.
Oh and by the way - the very thought of having a fag right now is quite possibly the most disgusting prospect there is. Illness is a great deterrent!
Dame Gemini is now going to close here eyes and dream of riding her Kilted Unicorn into a world of non-smoking, well oiled young bronzed gods. (Only in my dreams!)
Dame Gemini is sick and off her game.
Normal sessions will resume in due course
Keep the faith my fellow bloggers
Test Passed - A+ Grade
Dame Gemini has returned to her castle and kingdom.
And she is a very happy Dame. What a wonderful evening.
Good food, good friends, good conversation.
First things first ladies. What did I wear? A slinky maxi dress with matching bolero jacket. Deep purple with embossed roses through the fabric. Black stiletto heels which looked fantastic but in hindsight I should have picked something with a smaller heel. The only other person in our group that I didn't tower over was my wonderful man (who shall be henceforth referred to as Sir Leo).
PSPSP - Sir Leo took your advice and made an announcement at the dinner table as per your suggestion. "Dame Gemini wishes to advise her subjects that whomsoever flaunts cigarettes in her presence shall be immediately beheaded." He then had to explain the name and the reason for the sudden name change. Of course that was followed by a rather lengthy and slightly exaggerated 'story' regarding my landscaping skills with the axe. That certainly set the scene for the rest of the evening.
The smokers in our group (4 in total) abstained from smoking all night. I was so proud of them and am really proud to call them my friends.
Was I tempted to have a ciggie? Yes.
Did I? No
I'm certainly not coming this far to go back now.
So that is my first major test situation successfully negotiated. No doubt there will be more in the future but for now I will take every victory that comes my way.
Spyug - you asked how I come up with the names for my patches.
Simple - every name has a reason behind it. Have a wee read of my past blogs for explanations. Presently I am naming them after my work mates who have been a huge support to me over the last 3 weeks.
Tomorrow shall be Deborah. A super-strong lady who has no fear of any challenge that life puts in front of her. And god help you if you every tell her she can't do something..........
Sleep sweetly my loyal subjects.
It is time for me to wind up the cat and put out the clock .....
My first big test. Going out tonight with some friends. There will be alcohol and smoking. This is crunch time for me.
Oh what to wear - and should I take the axe??????
Update to follow ..........
It had to happen .....
Today is day 21 for me and the first 21 days have past with relative ease. As mentioned before I was amazed and mildly confused as to why I hadn't had any serious cravings. I have attempted to quit before on many occasions and the cravings have always got the better of me. So this time it has been very confusing for me. I have explained it away by telling myself that my mind set this time was different - more determined. And maybe this is right.
And then without warning today - WHAM!!!
All day, major cravings. Rip your hair out, don't even look at me or you will be garotted, crazy irish woman cravings. Some poor soul phoned while I was in the middle of this mind madness and wanted to do a survey or sell me something (to be honest I really wasn't listening) and it shames me to say that they received a response that was neither justified or in any way ladylike. Certainly not the behaviour of a Dame (my deepest apologies PSPSP - I have bought shame on the realm).
So how did I overcome this nicotine/menapause madness?
The only way a Dame knows how.
She went outside with an axe and removed a tree that has been bothering me for some time. Then she found herself a spade and dug out the root system.
End result tree gone - stump gone - cravings GONE.
And my ever patient, ever understanding, ever loving partner arrived home from work - looked at the gap in the garden, smiled and sweetly said "did we have a difficult day sweetheart?" Fortunately for him my temperament had settled considerably by then and all I could do was laugh like a lunatic from an asylum. AND he has gone out to the garden and done a 'head count' of the remaining trees (I wonder why?)
Dear god my body is sore tonight. I have pains in muscles that a Dame of the Realm should never experience. Big ouchies!
Julie is about to be retired and tomorrow will be replaced with Steph - the young lady in my office who has decided to give up the fags with me and is in week two of cutting down and changing her smoking habits to make the transition from smoker to non-smoker an easier process.
Good night my fellow non-smokers.
May mother nature and that poor person on the phone today forgive me for all my indiscretions......
Spring has sprung
Good evening my wonderful non-smoking family. I trust that you have all had a wonderful weekend and a great start to the new season. CHC has given us lovely spring weather to start the next phase of our year. And long may it last. Dame Gemini has spoken to the weather gods and insisted that they continue with warm temperatures and balmy evenings. Although she is not sure that were paying much attention.
My journey this weekend has been travelled with relative ease as I have worked all weekend and had no time to give the wicked nicodemon any thought at all. So much so that I forgot to apply my trusty patch on Saturday so resumed again today with my newly named companion 'Spring'. I even let my artistic side appear and drew a rather mis-shapen daffadil beside his name. I have decided upon seeing the final drawing that I shall not be giving up my day job in favour of an artistic career.
My CRAK day was a total success and I finished the day with a huge smile on my face. With some of the money I have saved from not smoking I bought several Scratch and Win tickets. Then I went for a walk though a local park and handed out those tickets to anybody I walked past. I received the most amazing smiles in return for my RAK. Giving really is the most amazing gift you can give yourself. I can recommend it to anyone who needs a personal boost. I only hope that they may have won something.
And now to decide on a name for tomorrow. I think for the next few days I shall name my patches after my work mates. They have been an amazing source of strength and deserve so much more that a one-day patch but I know that they will get a wee kick out of it. So tomorrow shall be Julie - a woman with inner strength that astounds me and a outer beauty that shines above all others. I know she will serve me well.
Sleep sweetly my friends for tomorrow is another day to be savoured.