Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sending Kong Back To Where He Belongs

Call it therapy. Call it misery loves company. Call it whatever whiny-worded excuse you want to, but I've decided to chronicle my smoking cessation journey on my blog. If this offends you or bores you, I apologize, but I believe that in doing this, I'll be able to keep my blogging passion alive while I get rid of the monkey that's been on my back for 35 years. I've named him Kong because he's one big mofonkey and I fully intend to send him back to his cage, where he belongs.

This will not be a permanent blog fixture, nor will it be a daily thing, as I have every intention of starting to cook again, and hopefully sometime soon. If you'd see my fridge you'd know that we're in an emergency food situation here and I'd really hate hubby to leave me after all these years for some hussy with a home-cooked meal hiding under her apron.

Anyway, as of today I am 4 weeks smoke free and I actually do have a very healthy soup recipe to share with you and promise to post it tomorrow. Thank you all for your well wishes and comments. I'm sorry that I have been lax about reading all of my friends' blogs and my lack of comments as well. The computer and my cigarettes went hand in hand for a very long time and it's taking me awhile to adjust without them, so I've basically just been staying away from the keyboard. It'll be fun catching up though!

until tomorrow,
Mags

35 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

4 weeks! That is huge! Congrats!

Julie said...

Congratulations, Mags!! Keep it up!! It will get easier!!!

Nanan said...

Good job there my friend. At 4 weeks - all those nasty toxins are gone - you are coasting now - Kong is just peeping in the window from the cold - let his monkey but freeze!!!
Keep things in perspective - you took a break from the computer to spend time with the family for the holidays - yeah - that's it!
Your title does say reflections - so reflect = I am ready! - I know the food will be there, also.

The thing about being a non-smoker is that you have to learn how to do everything again - just without having a cigarette in your hand and trying not to burn yourself! Just think, life will be easier now!
Can you wash your curtains??? You are probably starting to snell them when you return from errands - get some febreez at least to spray the furniture and stuff! My parents stopped smoking in the house in '83 and the junk is coming through the ceiling paint again - it is slowly turning brown is splotches! UGH - repainting soon!

Susan said...

Well done you! I know how hard that is!
Susan

Barbara said...

Good for you Mags! I quit in 1983 and have never wanted another. I wish the same for you!
Happy New Year!

Design Wine and Dine said...

I wil read your blog and support you! I think it's a great idea as there are so many people who will not only support what you are doing, but also find strength and support in your words!

Good for you and keep it going!!!

A Year on the Grill said...

Putting it out to the world is important. It's tough, but you made it past the hard part.

Luck is not what you need, so i will wish you strength

Dave

Linda said...

We're cheering you on. It will be worth it.

PlumpNotFat said...

I don't care what they say, nicotine is the most additive substance on the planet (maybe on Mars it's salad - I don't know...). I officially quit 20+ years ago but STILL in moments of stress I want one. Sometimes I'll take a puff or two if someone is around me who has one and a few times I've actually bought a pack. But thankfully I haven't gone back to full time smoking.

Best of luck - you CAN do it! And when you figure out how to get the monkey off your back, I need some help with mine - he's a white monkey. Commonly known as "Sugar".

Sue said...

You're doing it Mags! I knew you could! Give Kong a big kick out of the ball park!

M.J. Jacobsen said...

Fantastic, look forward to reading about your journey. Good job,4 weeks without Kong is a huge step! Here is to a Kong free life for you!

seattleDee said...

Attagirl, Mags! and of course we'll keep reading your blog - because we care. Blogging is about communicating, sharing a story, and not just scoring one more recipe. (imho)

stephchows said...

congrats on 4 weeks smoke free!! you can do it mags!!

Barbara said...

Hang tough, Mags! I was up to 3 packs a day when I had a heart attack, and after 53 years of smoking, I successfully quit 14 months ago. I still want one when I play my favorite computer game, but that's the only association left. Chantix got me through it
E A S I L Y! I can't praise it enough. Taking a few "puffs" on the tip of a ballpoint pen satisfies that little urge. Now I can't stand being around smokers - they stink!

Lynda said...

Congrats on the 4 weeks! My parents both smoked so I grew up seeing their battles with trying to quit. Both of them finally did. Lot's of luck; I'll be cheering you on!

Amanda said...

Congrats on the four weeks! I whined my way through quitting smoking as well. I'll be 2 years smoke-free in March.

It's do-able. It ain't fun (I have a feeling you're well aware of that fact), but it's the best thing you'll ever do for yourself and the ones you love.

Keep at it!!

Jenn said...

I'm on day 4 and ready to cry. I've literally had one in my hand twice today and put it back twice...I give you tons of credit for doing it with the Holidays - my family begged me to wait till after ;)

Haden News said...

Congrats on 4 Weeks!!! I heard somewhere that it takes 28 days to break a habit -- Keep up the good work!!!

The Mom Chef said...

Oh seriously big hugs to you and your bravery! I'm particularly thrilled that this was something you started before Jan. 1. It seems more real that way.

I've got my own vice (it's the dadgum orange snack called a Cheeto) and it's hard for me to read a book without nibbling on one so I totally understand why the computer is hard right now.

We miss you though.

Anonymous said...

Wow that is amazing, 4 weeks smoke free after 35 years?! I wish my mom would have your resolve! Cheers to a healthy New Year!

Anonymous said...

mmmm......do I really want to comment? Misery loves company,...(thinking) I might just share in your misery... but you have a 4 weeks headstart. mmmmmmm.....Ill give it some serious thought Mags.

Kudos for the 4 week milestone!!!

June said...

Congrats Mags. You're a winner in every way and a brave one at that to allow us to share your journey! Keep on truckin' and come back to us whenever you're ready. We love you no matter what and that is NOT going to change.

Frieda said...

Good for you! I'm sure it's the hardest thing you'll ever do, but it will be SO worth it! Your sense of smell and taste will return and you'll enjoy your cooking even more!

Co Irker said...

Go, Mags , Go!
I know how hard it is to quit. But I also know you can do it.
Four weeks is amazing!
If you need ANYTHING, you just let us know.

Shelby said...

Mags, congrats on the 4 weeks!

If the hubby decided to leave you for another kitchen cookin' hussy, I'd give him a slap across the side of his head to bring him to HIS senses. Look forward to your soup!

Cooking with K said...

You go girl....I am so proud of you. Blessings, K

Anonymous said...

I've been reading your blog for a few months now and I want you to know how much I enjoy it. I decided to comment today because even though we don't know each other, I feel that there is a sense of support that can come right through cyber space. I don't know what it's like to quit smoking, but I've been around my whole family who as at one point or another quit. I think you are brave for sharing with your readers and I hope so much that you continue to beat Kong.

Natalie said...

Way to go! I absolutely support you in blogging about it---get people to hold you accountable!!

Good luck!

Karen said...

Great job! I smoked for 15 years and quit in 1986... best thing I ever did.

MrsMe said...

Way to go Mags. I was 2 years without smoking when my husband died and I started back with a vengeance. You've inspired me to think about quitting again. Hugs and prayers.

scrambledhenfruit said...

Yay!!!! You do what you need to do right now. That's a tough job and 4 weeks is a great accomplishment. I know you can do it!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! Keep it up, it is one of the best things you can do for you and your family!

coffeegrounded said...

I'm so proud of you, Mags! I cut out that bad-boy/bad-girl habit back in 1983. It took me several attempts. I think my first try began in 74. If those M&M's fail to satisfy, grab yourself some gum and chew until your jaw hurts.
;)
Seriously, I be proud...you can do this, girl!

Beth said...

Been There, Done That! Not easy, but do-able! You have lots of support behind you! Good Luck!
I love your blog!

CJ said...

Good job.!! It was the most difficult thing I have ever done but totally worth it.