Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Go, Tabatha! Go, Sherri!

It's smoke-free day 402 for me, but there are some people hitting some serious milestones, and today is about them.

A big shout out to two of my fellow Chantix bloggers who are at the year mark of living life smoke-free, such a huge milestone! Tabatha and Sherri have been there since near the start of my journey, quitting just about a month after I did, when I was still a little freaked out and needed to find others doing the same thing in order to stay OK, and they both continue to inspire me. Tabatha has kept going strong and without whining no matter what life has put in her path, reminding me that nothing is worth going back to smoking. Sherri has turned quitting smoking into a full-blown betterment of health through serious exercise, bike-style, and has reminded me that there is a bigger picture, that quitting smoking was one part of who and where I want to become (and that I have to work for it!).

Please know that this is no small thing. Seriously.

If you look at the long list, there are not many on it that are both a year plus quit and or still blogging (about anything). The other one, yes, just one (!!!), is:

Nathan who hit a year at 10:18PM on July 2. Nathan makes me want to run (I mean that in a good way, not in a run and hide kind of way), though for now I just walk and bike, but every single runner I see is Nathan reminding me that he's still doing this and that I can, too. He's also quit in the past like I have, so Nathan continuing smoke-free strikes me where I live in a special way.

To say that these folks inspire me is an understatement. Anyone considering quitting and taking the Chantix route should check out these blogs because they are all success stories.

Here's to another year, one day at a time, for all of us!!

PS - If you are on that list but haven't been updating and happen to see this, please give me a shout! If I ever revamp the list, I'd love to point out those still doing this thing.


  1. That is quite a list! Keep up the good work, everyone! :)

  2. NOT that i wish to rub it in, but i am living proof that even the most weak-willed person can do it. I must have quit a dozen times before it finally took. I gave it (quitting) to my wife as a Valentines Day present. February 14th, 1982. She was pregnant with our son, born on May 13th of that year. I have not had one since. Not one. It took a while, but the cravings finally DID go away. You can do it. I did. And I have VERY little will power. On the other hand, it was a gift to Annie - and if you give her something, don't even THINK about taking it back.

  3. I used Chantix to quit and I'll be cigarette free for one year on august 18th.

  4. Maggie.....thank you so much for shouting out to me in your blog. I am so glad I have you to be my friend in quitting. You have really been there for me through it all and have always gave me inspiration to go on.
    Its been a hellofa rocky road.....again thank you!!!

  5. That's so excellent. I'm so proud for everyone on the list. You are all doing so great!!!

  6. I quit on Labour Day last year so about 11 months for me, and I only wish that I had quit sooner! I quit cold turkey, and it was rough, but very worth it as I never want to experience that ever again!

    I feel better, and use my saved money to buy prezzies for myself :)

    Congratulations to you all! :)

  7. Maggie! I saw this last week, and I meant to post a comment! You are so kind.

    I hope that you find joy in running some day, but only because of the meaning that running brings to my life. Though after seeing your bike pictures I think perhaps there is another exercise love affair out there for you. :)


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