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2 Year Smoking Quit (Saturday 6th Feb 2010)!

Monday, February 08, 2010

All I can say is "Who'd a thunk it?"!!

I feel so much better - I no longer smell like an ashtray, I can walk up 3 flights of stairs to work without collapsing in a heap, I don't feel worried about my health or guilty all the time, there are no longer mysterious burn holes in my clothes, I no longer get horrible coughs and lingering colds, I have saved a small fortune, my cat won't get emphysema, I have more energy (most of the time), I'm sure I'll have fewer wrinkles as I age (wishful thinking there!), my car doesn't stink, I can take a flight without suffering serious withdrawal symptoms.... the list is endless!

Today's stats (Monday 8th Feb):-

2years 2days 08 hours 31 mins smoke-free
10,997 cigs not smoked
4,096.38 saved
1month 1week 1day 04 hours 25 mins of my life saved


  
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SAMGERBINE 2/12/2011 9:28PM

    Congrats! My Dad just quit 14 days ago and is already feeling better :)
Keep up the awesome work!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 2/12/2011 12:33PM

    me too! I quit July 16, 2009 :o)

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HCARTZ1964 2/9/2011 12:34PM

    Fantastic!! Yeah for you on your healthy journey through life! I am glad you joined the Crockpot group they are a fun bunch with great ideas for meals!!

I find Freecycle the coolest thing in the world, so happy to hear that other countries do it too!!

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JEWELS571 2/21/2010 9:01PM

    This is fantastic! I really needed this blog to help me quit! I have made it a week, well kinda, have had some slip ups, but all in all I am very proud so far! Today started week 2 on 21mg nictine patches. I can do it, you did!!

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MUSIC66 2/21/2010 3:09AM

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JULESGL 2/14/2010 9:47PM

    What a hopeful post Maria! YOU GO!

What incredible health you have sown into your life emoticon emoticon

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Congratulations on a tremendous achievement - You truly are living a healthier lifestyle - and I'm so happy you have done this for yourself and your kitty cat! way to go!

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FELIXC 2/8/2010 9:44PM

    Congratulations, Maria! I love it that you thought of your kitty not getting emphysema!

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SHEWHODOES 2/8/2010 10:13AM

    This is such a Wonderfully AMAZING accomplishment!!! I am so Happy for you and hope that you feel as Proud as you should!!!
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AKAKATE 2/8/2010 10:08AM

    Congratulations!! That is so awesome! Hope I can say that one of these days!

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FISEFTON 2/8/2010 6:30AM

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Having never been there and given up smoking (I never started in the first place) I take my hat off to you. Congratulations! DH is an ex-smoker and still finds it hard after 10 years quit.

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JILLIEWILLE1 2/8/2010 6:20AM

    emoticon I know you must be so proud of yourself! And your cat called and said breathing is easy at your house!

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My SECOND SparkPeople anniversary (11nov09) - THANK YOU S.P.!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Two years ago, I joined SparkPeople. I weighed 166lbs. I had recently separated from my husband and I was in debt up to my eyeballs. Not good.

Today, I weigh 155lbs, I've lost 11lbs - it's not exactly earth-shattering, but my time with SparkPeople has been so much more than merely a weight-loss journey.

I quit cigarettes with the first-rate support I found with the No More Smoking Team. Those amazing people were with me through the good times and the bad, they saw me through every craving, every crazy moment. Thanks Tanya and a big hug to everyone on the team!

I am totally debt-free thanks to the helpful advice I found on the Dave Ramsey Team here, I've even got some nice savings stashed away for that rainy day. Major thanks to Jules and to everyone that helped me!

I was a Co-Leader of the 30-somethings team with 10-24lbs to lose - until recently when I finally admitted I'd hit 40, so I hung up my boots and joined the 40-somethings team. Thanks so much to Heather, Tammy and Janie for taking over the reins from me. Yet another fantastic team!

(This is starting to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech - I'd like to thank X and Y...)

The team boards here on SparkPeople are an invaluable resource. It has been said that talking about stuff and asking for help is a huge step forward in problem-solving, I couldn't agree more. For every question I posted on the team message boards, I received instant replies, a lot of them answering my question from a different angle, showing me solutions in a different light. Whenever I lacked motivation, I got a kick up the behind from team members, urging me to stay on track. The feeling of not being alone on my journey kept me going.

Thank you SparkPeople, I wouldn't be where I am today without you!

Now, if I could only lose another 10lbs.... emoticon

  
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JULESGL 12/6/2009 12:30AM

    Maria,

You are such an inspiration! You keep being the beautiful woman you are inside and out! Those final 10 pounds? They're not so important. You are doing such HEALTHY things and you're doing them for the rest of your life.

ROCK ON SISTA!

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DELAINA2 11/19/2009 4:20AM

  Well Maria, can I have your autograph? (Big LOL@This is starting to sound like an Oscar acceptance speech) Surly your great sense of humor has helped you out.
Great job!!! You have inspired me to try harder to reach my "next week I am going to REALLY join the sparks family" goal. Next week...:)

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MUSIC66 11/17/2009 4:08AM

    emoticon emoticon on your second spark annerviery.

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CINDERRELIC 11/16/2009 12:39PM

    Great job, Maria. You are living proof that there is no limit to what you can achieve with the right support, advice, and motivation. You add sparkle to our Astronomy Team.

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FISEFTON 11/16/2009 10:29AM

    Congratulations on getting to your 2nd Sparkiversary emoticon

Well done on 11lbs down as well as quitting smoking and getting yourself out of debt. Here's to the next year or 2 and the next 10lbs.

Fiona x

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Update on my Halloween Challenge

Friday, October 16, 2009

On the 30-Somethings Team, we've started a "Lose 10lbs by Haloween" Challenge, so I've signed up.

Here are my stats:-

Starting Weight Monday, August 31: 159

Goal weight Monday, September 7: 157
Actual Weight Monday, September 7: 161.9 (oops)

Goal Weight Friday, September 11: 156
Actual Weight Friday, September 11: 157

Goal Weight Friday, September 18: 155
Actual Weight Friday, September 18:

VACATION FOR ONE WEEK

Goal Weight Monday, September 28: 157
Actual Weight Monday, September 28: 158.8

Goal Weight Friday, October 2: 155
Actual Weight Friday, October 2: 155.8

Goal Weight Friday, October 9: 153
Actual Weight Friday, October 9: 155.8

Goal Weight Friday, October 16: 152
Actual Weight Friday, October 16: 155.6

Goal Weight Friday, October 23: 151
Actual Weight Friday, October 23: 156

Goal Weight Saturday, October 31: 150
Actual Weight Saturday, October 31: 155

Goal to lose in these 8 weeks, 5 days: 9 lbs
Actual loss in these 8 weeks, 5 days: 5 lbs (hey, better than nothing!)

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TBAXTERLMT 10/26/2009 10:30AM

    Maria... looks like you are doing great... keep up the good work!
Tracie

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CINDERRELIC 10/19/2009 1:04PM

    You are doing great Maria!!!! You are an inspiration. I think I will write down my goals and try your approach as I have gained some weight back and need to get it together to lose the weight before the holiday season.

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SKISINCO 10/18/2009 11:16AM

    Good luck in your challenge, looks like you aren't too far off the mark. =)

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FISEFTON 10/16/2009 8:48AM

    Hey Maria, you are doing great! So you are slightly behind target but you have lost 4.5lbs and that is FANTASTIC. Keep going, only another couple of weeks to the end of your challenge.

Fiona x

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Motivation!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It's just so weird. Usually I need to drag myself off the couch to go for a walk, but for the past week or two I've been really motivated. I'm going to Portugal on vacation next week, so I'm really hoping I can keep up the momentum while I'm away. Any hints or tips for me? PLEASE???????

  
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JULESGL 9/19/2009 3:19PM

    Just plan fun and active activities. Portugal is a great place to visit from everything I've been told. I can't wait to hear about where you've walked and what you've visited and your impressions and exciting moments!!! Have a great time and don't worry about taking some time to rest, relax and minimally track calories.

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STACL2U 9/16/2009 7:15AM

    Just stay focused on your goal and instead of driving or taking a cab try walking a few extra blocks! Its a vacation, dont let your mind drive you crazy enjoy it for what it is. I hope you have a wonderful vacation... We will miss your blogs and cant wait to hear all about it when you get back.. Be safe and enjoy!! I see your in Ireland......... Wow, it looks so beautiful. I want to get there someday!!

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HERE2BME 9/15/2009 4:12PM

  Its hard for me on vacation, but to get to go to Portugal!
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SKISINCO 9/15/2009 10:04AM

    Ooooh Portugal sounds like a great place to vacation! Keep your goals in the fore front of your mind and you will do great!

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Looks like it was just an increase in my salt levels & water retention

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Well, this morning the scales read 158.4, so the weekend's debauchery wasn't as bad as I thought. I nearly got a heart attack yesterday when I saw 161.9 on the scales....

I went for a nice long walk after dinner last night - I just got home before the rain started. And it's still raining this morning. Argh.

So, I'm back on track - hopefully I'll have some good news on Friday when I weigh in!

Thanks for the support girlies!

xx Maria

  
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FISEFTON 9/8/2009 8:11AM

    I'm so glad it wasn't as bad as you thought. Keep strong.
Fiona

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