Monday, January 10, 2011

She Did It!

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Mom has successfully quit smoking!  Today is the 32nd day of being smoke free and she can now call herself a non-smoker, woo hoo!

Mom has been smoking since she was 15 years old.  So that means she's been smoking now for close to 30 years.  She has tried so many times in the past to quit this nasty habit, but never was successful.  She wasn't that heavy of a smoker, about a pack a day, butt still, that's enough to cause a lot of damage.  The longest she went before was 2 weeks, before she gave in to the craving and lit up.

She was thinking about quitting again, and even tried for a couple of days back in September.  Butt the night before Thanksgiving was when she finally had it and said "enough with this bad habit!"  She thought about the many reasons why she should do it, such as:
1.  She'll live a lot longer
2.  She'll be saving a ton of money (which means more that she can spend on us, BOL!)
3.  Her lung capacity will come back
4.  She won't smell like a stinky ashtray anymore
5.  The house won't smell like a stinky ashtray anymore
6.  Butt most importantly, and one of the main reasons why she had to quit, was she was very worried about us breathing in second hand smoke.  She said she would be devestated if we got cancer because of her, especially seeing as how she's doing everything in her power to keep us healthy and living long lives.  She also said that she was so tired being a slave to the addiction.

So, the Monday after Thanksgiving, she woke up, slapped a patch on and has not looked back.  She says it's true when they say "You'll only be successful with quitting if you really want to quit."  And she really did want to quit and be sucessful this one last time.  It was hard for her in the beginning, even with the patch on she still had cravings, butt she always kept the thought in her head that the craving will pass, which they always did.  Butt this past week she didn't even think about cigaretts and smoking.  And she's already feeling an improvement healthwise (although right now she has a nasty cold!)....she doesn't have that smokers cough anymore, she's not huffing and puffing when going up the stairs, she has lots more energy and is not tired as much, she smells delicious all the time now and the money she has in her pocketbook now, oh Lord!

Mom, we are so very, very proud of you!
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16 comments:

Louisiana Belle said...

Congratulations!!! That is not an easy habit to break. I commend you, and am so proud and happy for all of you!! I smoked for about 10 years or so in my 20s and quit because my children kept harping on me. That was over 20 years ago and now I cannot stand the smell of cigarettes.

When I worked in the animal ER we saw a pet with severe upper respiratory problems. It was obvious the owners were heavy smokers because it hung thickly in the air as they waited in the room. Our vet told them in no uncertain terms that their pet's condition was caused by their nasty habit. I can't remember their response, but I hope they took it to heart and stopped for their innocent pet's sake.

Your mom is doing a GREAT thing! Way to go!!!! Woot!

Tessa the Maltese said...

OMD that is FANTASTIC!!!! My Mom quit smoking before I came along and before patches too!

We are so very PROUD of YOUR Mom!!!

WOO WOO WOO WOO!!! Tessa

Chihuahua Girl said...

Yay for you Nadine! What an accomplishment! I am sure that Lilibell and Chewy helped you along! I am not a smoker but have been around those that have my whole life. My husband also smokes and is trying to quit. I see how hard it is for everyone and the hold that nicotine has on the body. I heard it is worse that so many hard drugs. We are so proud of you Nadine!!!!!! :-D

~ Tina and the Park Avenue Chihuahua Crew

Cooper and Lola said...

yey for momma.. I am trying to quit myself..it's been a lot harder than I thought it would be..But I'm trying/

A MilShelb Mom said...

Congrats to your Mom!!
~Milly and Shelby

Nikki said...

congrats!! It's very difficult!!! We will be wishing you continued success! The hardest part is breaking the habit.
XOXO

Chihuahua Girl said...

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~ Tina
http://parkavenuechihuahua.blogspot.com/
http://anotherdomesticdiva.blogspot.com/

Those Elgin Pugs said...

I wanted to stop by and say congratulations to you~

That is something to be extremely proud of~

And you do not look like someone who has smoked for 30 years nor do you look 45.

You are adorable as are your dogs and this is a great thing.

I use to smoke. I understand~
I haven't had one in over six years!!

Like you, I started at 15 years old.

My Dad was a very strict man, but when he found out I started smoking.. didn't care..
he started smoking at 12 years old and is still smoking at 66.

You did it!!

I just had to say that :)

~Katy

Holly said...

Congratulations to your Mom!! That is a big accomplishment and I can see why you are so proud of her! :)

-Bella & Holly

sprinkles said...

Congratulations to your mom!!!

My mom chain smoked for years and years and years. Didn't think she'd ever quit. The only reason she did is because they were getting to expensive. She says if she won the lottery, she'd go back to it in a heartbeat.

I tried to reason with her telling her she smells better now, she doesn't huff and puff anymore, that the smoke really bothered me a LOT but she doesn't care, she says she still misses it. She did it cold turkey, no patches or anything. So if she can do it, you can too!

Avery Jack said...

Congratulations Nadine!! My mom and I are so very happy for you. Don't you feel SO much better? As you already know, my mom quit smoking for me because I have a severe allergy to cigarette smoke along with many others..BOL!..but she quit for me and she knows how hard it is to quit and wants you to think of sweet Chewy and Lilibell's faces everytime you get the urge to smoke. Mom says it helped her tremendously to think about me and how she was helping me and herself when she quit. We wish you all the best and congrats once again. We miss you guys!!

Chi Kisses all around..(Don't forget dad too)

Avery

Jemma the Chihuahua said...

Congratulations, that is awesome news!!! You guys are such great motivators, of course :)

Dip-Dip and the Bridge said...

That is wonderful, many congrats.
As an ex-smoker let me tell you, the first 25 years are always the hardest (only kidding).
It is one of the toughest things you can do but it is so worth it. I keep trying to persuade my son to give up but I would have more success asking a chimeny, lol.
Keep it up!
Lynne x

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Excellent! So glad she made up her mind to do it! That's what it takes, a mindset just to do it. Good for her!

Draco and his Mom said...

Yay!!!! That is wonderful for everyone.
Wags,
Draco

Peggy y Mhathy said...

Our congrats to your mom, she make the correct decision for her and for you both. Saludos Peggy