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I QUIT SMOKING but tough day to do it!

January 2nd, 2006 at 02:19 pm

My sister emailed today that my father, or Dad, I guess, since I just learned he isn't my biological father, is declining quickly. It's been confusing, he wasn't supposed to make it through Christmas, but then he was doing well and for some reason my mother said he was going to recover fully and now, well, it sounds like I need to get out there soon if I'm going to say good-bye. My heart is breaking. It's been so sudden!

Three weeks today since our dog died. I was informed that the vet was fired. No consulation.

I got on the scale today. ACK. A bigger job than I realized in my last post. I need to lose about 25 pounds. And I was wrong about the sizes hubbie bought me for Christmas. ACK and GASP.

And still, for some crazy reason, I just woke up and decided I wasn't going to smoke today. Quitting was my challenge a few weeks ago, or maybe months? Time has lost meaning as the crises flow together. But in thinking about my savings and earning goals for the year, reading through the forums, I allowed my mind to drift through all the potential savings, cost cuttings, frugalities, and earnings potentials, and scattered among all this was the simple fact that smoking is costing me money. It's costing my health. It's adding prescriptions. It's stinking up my new fuzzy bathrobe. It's burnt holes through my Polartec gloves (and have you ever tried to get smoke out of Polartec? Plastic absorbs!). My ashes are confined to a single pot outside, but the dog wants to sniff and walk though them. I'm TIRED of doing laundry and washing my hair and even fading my hair coloring getting the smell of smoke out. All the little things that you never think about when dumping $4 out for a pack of cigarettes (well, I buy cartons, but the principle is the same).

So, even though it has been a stressful day, and hubbie is in a grumpy mood to boot, I just haven't smoked. I'm a bit irritable, but I get irritable when I can't run 6 miles or hike or need to step out for a smoke at an inappropriate time, or when the horses are sniffing the smoke on my gloves. Or I realize I'm doing 12 loads of laundry a week because of the SMOKE. It is SO out of character for me to smoke.

No New Year's resolutions. I don't believe in them for myself, mainly because it's so likely some crisis will happen and interrupt the resolution, and I don't want to wait for the next year to restart the goal.

I think as I quit, I'll start tracking the costs that decrease, and try to estimate what it has been costing me. I read Jeffrey's article, and I'd like to see what my own costs have been.

Other than that, have lots of little ideas bouncing around for the $20 challenge, but it seems like you need a plan to post the start, and I haven't firmed up a plan. So, I'll keep pondering, and maybe organizing a bit. Nothing saves money like organizing!

4 Responses to “I QUIT SMOKING but tough day to do it!”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    First of all, congratulations on becoming a non smoker!!! My friend quit a few years ago. We wanted to go to Vegas, so for every pack of cigarettes that her dh bought, she would put $5.00 in a jar because she had been smoking the same amount as him, and, really, that 5 bucks was a very low estimate of what she'd been spending! So, 10 months later, we flew from B.C. to Vegas and spent 4 nights at Treasure Island and had a blast! Her dh was in total shock! He quit smoking while we were away...
    Second thing: I don't have a plan for the 2006 challenge either. I thought I'd better start though, or I'd procrastinate into 2007. I've decided to include into my total any money that I get that doesn't come from gifts or our regular jobs. Dh thinks I'm cheating because it's really about turning $20 into $5000...I know that's the true premise but I just want $5000! Maybe start with saving your cigarette money...

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Congrats on being a non-smoker. Sometimes a good old self improvement project is just what you need to distract you from troubles and to give you a sense of self-control.
    My thoughts are with you and your dad. My dad did something similar this July - he was sick, bounced back very well, then boom.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Congrats on quitting smoking. My dad has been trying for years, and I see how hard it is for him.

  4. Tony James Says:

    That's great! It's always inspiring to see the support for people who wants to quit smoking. I have been an ex-smoker myself for 15 years. That is why I know exactly how it feels and how to deal with the withdrawal symptoms and the psychological aspect of it.

    I now publish a newsletter to help people quit smoking with ease without the discomfort of cravings.

    It is at:


    Feel free to subscribe to it,

    All the best to attaining a smoke-free life!

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