Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Almost Got Quit

Today is Chantix Day 84 (or day 3 of the 1mg dose while tapering) and Smoke-free Day 72.

Apparently, I've sort of graduated from the kindergarten portion of the GetQuit program put out there by the kind Chantix folks for support because today it said that instead of new material (I use the term loosely) every day, I'll instead be sent reminders to check in only twice a week. It makes sense, I guess, since today would have been the last day of Chantix if I wasn't prolonging the joy with my plan to taper off Chantix (ask your doctor) beyond just these 12 weeks. Still, when the topic said something about that it wasn't really a goodbye, I kind of thought I will miss it as part of my daily routine. It's not that it was the greatest support program ever made, but there was something inside of me that just loved checking the boxes each morning saying that yep, took my Chantix and nope, didn't smoke and how strong the cravings/urges/tuggings to smoke were (OK, they don't say tuggings - that's just me).

Some days there were really great topics or activities that did get me thinking, other days it seemed like it was just more of the same, like the millions of times it seemed I was supposed to again reward myself somehow. I do know that some of you really didn't like the GetQuit thing, but I am glad to read once in awhile that I'm not the only one that at least found it somewhat helpful. I do think it's at least worth taking a peek at it when starting Chantix to see if it seems helpful or not to you.

One word of advice if you were hoping that the little urge tracker thing on the GetQuit page would actually keep track, mine never did, and I do wish that it had. I think it would have been pretty neat to have looked back to the early days where it was higher numbers like 7 or 8, then dropped to more like 4 or 5, to my current 1 because I can't enter 0. Thankfully, I've been blogging my way through my Chantix experience enough to get a decent general idea. Anyway, just an idea if you like tracking this kind of stuff that you might want to track it yourself after entering it on the GetQuit page so that you can actually look back at how far you've come.

The lunar eclipse last night (or, technically, very early this morning) was really incredible, and I'm so glad I woke up for it. Even better, we had the perfect view from my balcony that I reclaimed (but still barely use), and Tom didn't have to put up with it smelling like the stale cigarette butts that used to take over the whole area. It was almost even romantic there in the crisp night air at 2 something in the AM huddled close for warmth. In the past, I would have been out there smoking, I know it with certainty. I would have told myself that it didn't really affect Tom because it was outside, so it didn't count somehow. Then I would have smelled bad, and huddling close wouldn't have been so pleasant. Instead, it got to be how it was, and I didn't even think of smoking.


  1. Happy graduation. If for no other reason the GetQuit program is helpful as another daily reminder. They could do a lot more with it though. Once I quit I'd like a counter displaying how much money I have not spent on cigarettes. (I think there is one on the NicoDerm support site.)

    And how nice to have shared this mornings eclipse together smoke free!

  2. Thanks, Chris! The GetQuit program does have a counter for money saved. For my blog, I'm using the QuitMeter which tracks that, too (just click on it to get your own). It's amazing how it all adds up.

  3. Congrats Maggie, you're not only smoke free, but almost Chantix free. lol

    I wanted to see the eclipse, but my head hurt too much when I went to bed to even consider getting up for it. I probably wouldn't have been able to see it anyway with all of the trees around here.

    You go girl!

  4. Maggie.....I am so very proud of you. You have come a very long way. I am really looking forward to seeing how you do off chantix......
    short story while I was coming home from the dr visit I had to drive a ways to get there well we were coming home and I realized I had not taken my chantix yet. So I knew I had to eat so we stopped at a buffet rest. I asked the waitress for a glass of H2O minus ice......she brings it and I have my box of chantix on the table. She was like oh your quitting smoking and I went on to talk to her about it. She then proceeds to tell me how she really wants to quit but doesn't have insurance to help her with the cost of the meds. I so felt bad for her. We talked for a long time. She said she goes to a free clinic where she lives I told her she should talk to the drs there and see if they can get her help getting the meds. I just felt bad for her. Just thought I would share.
    Again maggie I am really proud of ya!!!

  5. I never did any of the Chantix help stuff. I think all the Chantix bloggers did that for me. Did I say thanks yet? Thanks :)

  6. Yaaay! Another milestone in you quit!
    Congratulations, Maggie!

  7. Thank you, everyone! I was sort of surprised when I logged in and saw that today was to have been the last one already.

    Tabatha, I feel bad that Chantix can't easily get into the hands of everyone who would love to try it, too.

  8. hi maggie. could you please tell me how you got your quitmeter in your title block? i am not so great with the computer stuff and can not figure it out. I went to my edit screen and tried to put it under image from the web but it did not work.
    thanks in advance:)

  9. Hey Maggie... I just wanted to stop by and extend my congratulations. Reading your blog has inspired me ~ and I am so excited about my journey into NON-SMOKING land :) My quit day is tomorrow and I couldn't be happier about that. Thanks for the info on the GetQuit program. I just checked it out and joined :) Best of luck and kit... success can be contagious!

  10. Hi Hope! Once you customize and copy the code from QuitMeter, go into Blogger's edit layout, and click on "Add a Page Element." Then, you will select HTML/JavaScript, paste the code into it and save, and finally, you can drag it and drop it into the header area. I hope that helps. If not, please let me know.

    Hi No More Butts/Lisa! Congrats on your quit tomorrow, and I'm wishing you the best!


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