Monday, June 10, 2013

3rd Time's the Charm...

Since I started blogging back in 2010, I've posted about my intent to kick my habit of smoking twice -- I think maybe this 3rd time might actually be the real deal. It's now been 65 days since I last toked on a tobacco product of any sort & it feels great! No need to crack the window while driving anymore & no more ashes to clean up :-)

I've also noticed increased lung capacity while jogging or working out & according to my Livestrong Quit Smoking app, I've managed to save over $170. Better health & more money - who wouldn't welcome those results? Can't really say what it was that was different this time - I just know that it is.

I'm eating better too - an unintended byproduct, but welcomed all the same! Sadly, it costs a fortune to eat healthy in this country, but it's difficult to clean up my life in 1 regard without also focusing on other problem areas as well - so I'm leading a few projects right now, major renovations taking place over here.

Ironically, some of the very people who'd be most please with my progress have been absent in many regards. So for the most part, I'll alone reap the benefits while patting my own back. No worries tho, folk on the cusp of greatness often feel alienated, so I figure that means I'm on the right path.

I started with 2 quit coaches this go round, but due to 1 friend's recent move to another state, I'm down to just 1 who actually keeps me accountable. But Coach is a good coach who celebrates my accomplishments along with me & so far that's made a huge difference! I definitely need the crack of a whip at times.

Tomorrow, I head to the dentist for a major procedure I'd been putting off (until I could finally stay quit), another positive aspect of my newfound discipline. For the most part, my cravings are a thing of the past. It's not on my mind when I awake & I'm finding other things to do with my down time & idle hands.

I'm even able to drink alcohol & be around others who are smoking... something I never had the strength to handle without falling off the horse before. For this reason, I really do think I've finally turned the corner! Only thing left to do now is wait it out to see how long I can go.


  1. :-) I'm so very proud of you for the healthy changes you are making. I've seen each attempt from afar and love your discipline.

    Eating healthy does cost a lot, but it is worth it in the end! Keep up the great work and you already know....I'm Team Pook in all that you do! *hugs*

    1. Lunch cost me $11 today, smh - can't wait til I get savvy w/ eating healthy for the low!

    2. It works a lot better when you cook. I know you are a "one pot meal" type of guy so I will research some easy eats. My one pot meal this week was cajun tilapia w/ tomatoes. It's tasty and healthy.