Monday, October 08, 2012
I have been smoke free for over 2 weeks now!! Rock on! (Okay, it has been 14 days, 10 hours and 27 mins, but that is still over 2 weeks!) And I have saved over $120, not that I have seen that money, but it wasn't spent killing myself. I did put a little extra in the grocery buggy this week :)
The Weight Watchers commercial featuring Jessica Simpson sounds like she is reading straight from the teleprompter. Sounds very forced and I am really starting to hate that commercial. And I really wish Montel would stop peddling Payday Loans.
I have gained 3 lbs in 2 weeks, BUT I went down a pant size in my uniform pants. Waiting on my jeans to get the idea and catch up.
Too many refried beans make you unfit for socialization even with the dog.
Pumpkin Spice and Peppermint Mocha flavored creamers are HERE!!! I love Fall!
I really need to color my hair.
Thursday I will be 39! How did I get so old? But thankful I have made it almost 39 years especially since my mother thought I would never survive my teenage years.
When you have a nice long blog typed out and hit post, you will undoubtedly lose your internet connection, then lose the whole post. Yeah that sucks.
Hope everyone is having a marvelous Monday.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
So I have a confession to make. I didn't want to make a grand announcement in case I failed as I so often do. I still may fail but I have a great start and I think this time will be different.
Last Sunday, I smoked my last cigarette. As of right now I have been smoke free for 8 days, 10 hours and 45 mins. The longest I have ever gone without 1 puff from a cigarette. All other quits that I have attempted and failed, I would have had a cheating puff by now. This time has been so much easier except for the few times I seriously could have eaten a cigarette. I have had cravings and when I do feel tempted to give in, it just seems like too much trouble to have to start over again. By the time I have this internal debate, the craving has passed. I have used an e-cig and nicotine gum. I have probably used 5 pieces of gum over the past week and I am down to after meals and really bad craves for the e-cig. I don't want it to become a crutch. I know a guy who quit smoking 6 years ago using the nicotine lozenges and still eats those things daily. Yeah I don't want to be that person.
I only told a few people close to me that I was going to quit: my husband, my sparkbud Jen and of course co-workers who would figure it out anyway when I don't resemble a smoke stack, smell like an ashtray or run out every 30 mins to smoke. I love not smelling of smoke and I have had to wash tons of stuff to get the stale smoke smell out, but things are smelling a lot fresher around here. The first few days I had some made crazy munchies going on but those have, for the most part tapered off. I did gain 1 lb last week, but that could be due to a number of things so I am not sweating it.
I regret ever taking that first puff. I have smoked for over 20 years and have done countless damage to my body. My smoker's cough is getting better and is pretty much a morning thing now. I have fine lines around my mouth. I have even read that smoking can cause premature graying of the hair, yep have that too and I have a date with some Ms Clairol after while. My allergies have worsened over the years. Walking up stairs my heart would race and I couldn't catch my breath, can you imagine how hard hiking steep trails has been for me? All those things are getting better, except to the gray hair and wrinkles, but I have some products for those lol.
While some people feel that the e-cig is just trading one evil for another, I agree on a small part, but I feel it is the lesser of the 2 evils. And I know for a fact, I puff on it much less than I did my 2 packs a day (sometimes 3 if I was bored at work) cigarette habit. Some people are able to go cold turkey, I am not that person. I have tried. I have tried every method of quitting except being hypnotized. Patches, gum, pills (Chantix and Zyban) I have tried them all over the years. This is the longest I have been smoke free without cheating. I did quit last Christmas for a month, but I fell off the wagon less than a week in for a day, got back on, and was horrible pissy ill for a month, got mad lost my temper and bought a pack. This time I made a conscious decision that I was in control of my emotions and the way that I behaved. I still ended up taking my husband's head off a few times, then I took a vow of silence at home but other than that I have been pretty upbeat with it all. Hubby decided that he would quit his dipping tobacco too, so things were really interesting around here last week. The phrase of the week "Just walk away, just walk away".
Other than having the creeping crud which I think I caught from coworkers because everyone is snotting and coughing at work and it has been cold and rainy for days here, I am feeling great. Hopefully I can get over this crud faster because I quit smoking and it wont' linger from now until Christmas. Well time for some more NyQuil and a nap!
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Here is your view today, kids:
What a view!
Yesterday was long hike day in the mountains since it is the weekend! We decided that we would hit part of the Appalachian Trail since it isn't too far from home (about 2.5 hrs away) and we want to start "practicing" for our section hike next Spring. And I promise that if I find the person that does the forecasting for weather.com, I am going to beat them with my trekking pole. Evidently 30% chance of rain equates to 100% chance of rain. Nothing on the radar except a patch here and there, no where near where we are going until we get up there then the area is ALL green. Oh well, we drove so far, we might as well hike.
I figured hiking in the rain would be good practice for our section hike, because once we start the section, we can't take a day off because of rain. We have a specific time goal and mileage goal. Today's route was Max Patch to Lemon Gap (almost). About 6.2 miles one way so about 12.5 miles out and back. We only made it 4 miles in due to time and the fact that we didn't want to get stuck in the woods, in the dark, in the rain on an already slick trail. This really is a nice and easy trail with nice ups and downs or the part we did anyway, except for all the danged roots. Roots everywhere. So I went down the path saying "rooty tooty fresh and fruity" (from the IHOP thing). My husband was ready to kill me. It passed the miles.
The views are supposed to be outstanding from the summit of Max Patch Bald. The photos I have seen on the internet are splendid. Too foggy today for any of that. We didn't bother going up to the summit because our visibility was about 3 feet in front of us.
I was really pleased with this trail and the ease of it and the fact that I was on the AT, lol.
My very first white blaze!!
When we got on the trail, it was just a light misting, around a mile in, it really started to rain. A nice steady rain after the initial downpour. It really wasn't that bad other than my feet being wet, but at least they weren't cold and wet.
About 2.5 miles in we reached Roaring Creek Shelter and stopped for lunch. There wasn't anyone at the shelter so we had it all to ourselves. As soon as we stop, the rain stops.
My husband was amazed by the privy. He has never seen an outhouse before lol. His amazement ended when he actually looked at it, haha.
We rested and had our lunch, then headed back down the trail. Of course the rain started back shortly after we left the shelter.
They have these little narrow foot bridges over some of the creeks. I am afraid of heights. I am afraid to climb on a step ladder. This is higher than a step ladder I am certain. But I did it.
I was loving this hike and I am sure that we will do it again, preferably on a day with no rain!
At mile 4, it was almost 4pm so we decided to turn around as to not get stuck in the woods when it got dark. We stopped back at the shelter to take a water and snack break. There were 2 SOBO (south bound) thru hikers staying at the shelter. We talked with them a few minutes and headed on out. I really wish at that time, I would have stayed a little longer, actually sat down and ate a little more. I hadn't sat down since the first time we were at the shelter. We headed back out to finish our last 2.5 miles. At mile 7, I hit a wall. I swear I wanted to crawl to the car. Actually I wanted to lay out in the middle of the path and die, but seeing how that is not productive, I trudged on.
My biggest mistakes today were not eating regularly and not sitting down and taking a break every few miles. I don't think that it would have matter if I had sat on a wet tree stump, rock or even the ground. I was already wet from where my poncho didn't cover. I also found out that I need to eat about every 2 miles to keep up my energy or I run out of "gas". I ate at mile 2.5 and mile 5.5. Definitely was not enough to keep me going. I always wondered what runners were talking about when they talked about hitting the wall, well now I know and I don't ever want to do it again. It is horrible. But these are good lessons to learn on day hikes instead of learning them during the section hike. And I am seriously glad that I only had a mile to go. But I made it out and to the car where I changed into warm dry clothes and jacked the heat up to high!! We hit a McDonalds on the way home and I swear I earned every calorie!!
My legs and feet hurt really bad last night. I took a hot bath and some ibuprofen this morning and haven't hurt since. Not really sore surprisingly. I figured I would feel like I had been hit by a truck this morning.
I can't wait to do this hike on a sunny, clear day and do all the way to Lemon Gap. Even though it was raining and I ran out of gas before getting back to the car, it was a good experience and it really was a good day considering the crappy weather.
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