Thursday, December 27, 2007

Trite, True

Today is Smoke-free Day 192.

There really was something special about Christmas this year knowing that I'd finally quit smoking. It sounds so trite to say that it was the best present I could have given myself (and Tom, too, since I'm not afraid to involve other people in my reasons to stay quit), but sometimes trite has just been said enough to become trite only because it's true. This is one of those cases, I think. Of all the gifts given and received this year, I can't think of any with such wonderful implications.

To remind myself of the good implications (sometimes I need reminders - some days are tough!), I periodically like to look at this bit of inspiration my lovely Tom sent me shortly before I was ready to quit (meaning before I heard about Chantix and then was ready to give this thing another go). Currently in the 3 to 9 months where I am, the coughing and wheezing should be gone, and thankfully, yes, it is, plus a 10% improvement in lung capacity. I'll take it! I'm looking forward (one day at a time, of course because that's the only way I can do this - never is not for me because I get all panicky) to the year mark when my risk of heart attack (very real concern for me, very, scarily real) drops by half.

Copied directly over from my Linky Loos posting in case any of my fellow Chantix bloggers would like to see more about this gift we gave ourselves, here are my favorite inspiration and celebration links related to how our bodies react to such a thoughtful gift:
And I thought my cast iron skillet combo pan thingy, cookbook, other best cookbook I've ever seen (amazing book, that one), tons upon wonderful ton of cookng utensils (did you know a peeler could julienne?), Curious George collection and lots (and lots) of other wonderful gifty goodies I received were super awesome! Turns out they are, but pink lungs are still tops!


  1. True - the health benefit of quiting is terrific but Lodge cookware rocks!

  2. Hey Maggie, Happy Holidays!
    Whatever keeps your mind off smoking - I say go for it and if the magic of Yurts and Lodge cookware strike your fancy - it's better than a cigarette any day.

    You are an inspiration to everyone you blog to each day - your sense of life and friendship is grand. I really do hope that life holds for you the very best of happiness and love.

  3. Congrats on the no smoking....that is amazing the amount of $$$ you have saved You should splurge and buy yourself something very splurge worthy!

  4. You couldn't have said it better. We've definately given ourselves the best gift of all.

    Thanks for the links. I've been wanting to find sites just like them and you've saved me the trouble.

  5. Chris, yah, I'd say that's pretty much a tie ;)

    Thank you, MamaFlo! You are always so sweet, and I do love loving the stuff I love ;)

    Thanks, Tommie. I think I've spent the same money I've saved a bunch of times, but each time I feel like it's earned.

    Lynda, glad you enjoyed the links, too! There are tons more over in that post, not just a bunch of great bloggers but other stuff like that. I always like knowing I'm making progress.

  6. Maggie,
    I just read the health benefit links you posted and its nice to see that I am making progress in this whole quit smoking thing. This is a great gift and hopfully I will never take it for granted. I don't want to end up one of those people trying to be a "social smoker."

  7. Yes, we all gave ourselves a wonderful gift this year. Not smoking has got to be one of the best gifts that I've ever gotten (salvation being number one of course) :)

    Just just a matter of days, we will all be bringing in a new year as non-smokers! Cool Beans!

  8. One of these days I will quit...You are an inspiration that is for sure...

  9. Mz Diva, yes, we are all making progress just by quitting, even when we can't physically see it. That's why I love reading about it.

    Sue, I love knowing I'm starting the new year healthier this way, this battle behind me other than maintaining.

    MP, it's not as bad as it seems for me, especially with Chantix this time through... When you are ready, I hope you find the same support I have in fellow bloggers. I'll be here ;)


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