Saturday, June 30, 2007

Day 12 Smoke-free / Chantix Day 23 (actually 24)

(Bad math - this is actually Chantix Day 24)

Every once in awhile I'll get a decent sized urge that makes me think at that moment that my not smoking journey hasn't gotten any easier at all, but as soon as I come through the other side of it and can think clearly again, I know that this week has been better than last. Urges are fewer and further between, and my automatic response habits aren't so obvious to me any more. When I can look at the clock and see that it is past the time I usually had a smoke break and that it hadn't even occurred to me, or realize 2 hours or more after dinner that I hadn't thought of smoking after a meal, I know the habit part of this whole quitting smoking thing is starting to really break down, too. I have Chantix, of course, to thank for working on the other aspects of breaking the addiction, and I'm still amazed at how well it works.

My walking, which seems to be a weekday 20 minute mile with the work ladies and a longer one on the weekend (with one day off) still feels wonderful, but I'm starting to have issues with shin splints. I'm not about to go out and buy expensive shoes (to me, anything over about $25 counts as expensive - I know, that's why people call me cheap... well, maybe that, too), so I tried doing some little shin exercises before the walk today, but it didn't help. I'll have to look into this some more because substituting that morning smoke break for a morning walk has become very important and meaningful to me on a few levels, and I hope I can continue it.

Also, so many good things going on with other people doing the Chantix thing, quitting smoking and blogging about it. I read regularly the ones that update often (there's a link or two that aren't as updated but still have great info, or some that have great participation through all of the new comments on an older post), and I'm inspired by all at the various stages from those thinking about it, to those getting ready, then making the leap, then just staying with it. Very cool.

Thank God it's Friday. Is it 5 yet?

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