First some congratulations and then an invitation of sorts related to becoming totally hawt(ter).
A few of my fellow Chantix bloggers have hit the year mark, and I'm delighted. I've mentioned a time or two that a lot of us have not made it, so those that have are kind of a big deal. One of these days I'll update my Linky Loos to kind of set aside at the top those who have reached a year (it's not like I don't have time, but it's almost 1AM when I think of it, like now), so for now please think of this as an installment. If you are considering quitting smoking using Chantix, the experiences shared by these folks may be of some help to you:
- My Chantix Experience - Chris' blog. I've had the honor of meeting Chris after reading his blog back in the earlier quit days, and I'm thrilled that he reached a year smoke-free on 8/31/08.
- Bay's Travail Blog - Bay's blog. Bay struggled at the start but like the best kind of success story, she made it to a year on 8/20/08.
- Chantix User Blog Updates - Jen's blog. I'm not sure what happened to the previous entries, and I'm hoping they will make a return, but Jen made it to a year on 8/20/08.
- My Peanut Gallery and With Chantix and a Little Bit of Hope - Hope's blogs. Most of the Chantix related posts are on the second one, but an update on the first one lets us know that hope hit the year mark on 8/17/08.
I gained about 20 pounds when I quit smoking. Then in March 2008, I started making a conscious effort to eat better and move more, and I lost 15 pounds doing what isn't a diet but is something that works for me (and includes free days and my own rules). Then summer happened, and visitors happened, and I allowed myself to put about 5 of those pounds back on because I knew that right around the corner on September 8 (yikes! today!) I'd be joining Hot for the Holidays anyway, an awesome weight loss challenge hosted by one of my favorite bloggers, Christie O! Christie makes it fun and even hands out prizes. Cool ones. Sometimes coffee related ones. Last time there was a Wii Fit. I shit you not. I still care more about coffee-related prizes, if you wonder.
I totally shy away from talking about my weight stuff here on my own blog for my own silly reasons, but I will be talking about it over there in comments. On Fridays, possibly other days. I've used the comments sections of Christie's blog posts as my own personal confessional in the past, and it's likely to happen again, so that's where you can