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little chick
06-18-2008, 06:57 AM

Good Morning Chicks, thought I would start us up as I was up at 5:45 this morning and I don't have to fight for the computer, join me in a cup of Tea/coffee/Water or whatever your heart desires this morning. Whats up for everyone this morning.

Me- Today is day 10 smoke free. Yeah Me. I have not lost any weight but I have not really gained any either. I keep going up and down 3 pounds daily. One day I am up next day I am back down and always right around 3. Weird. Other than that not much. Just trying to get organized for summer vacation. School is over on Friday and my whole routine changes with the kids. So I need to get things ready. Meal plans, games, crafts etc.

I will be back need to pour another cup of tea. :coffee2:

06-18-2008, 07:04 AM
Good Morning!

It's a cool, crisp June morning, feels more like late September. It sure was great sleeping weather last night, though! :)

Unfortunately, we weren't able to make it to Caite's graduation last night, Jake was stuck at work and by the time he got home, it was too late. I was a little disappointed at first, but we enjoyed a pleasant evening together, and Caitlyn understands why we weren't there.

I'm not sure what's on today's docket. I have to be at Cindy's early, and we'll just take it as it comes. Too cool to swim, so we'll probably just hang out at their house all day. It's a good day for a trail ride, maybe we'll pack a picnic lunch and do that.

How's everyone's day shaping up?

06-18-2008, 07:15 AM
lc - That's fantastic! 10 days is quite an accomplishment. Do you know how long it takes nicotine to get out of your system? I can't remember but you must be getting close to that point. Once it's out you can focus on the habits. And no weight gain - I'm impressed! I definitely used quitting as an excuse to eat more crap. You can do this. Heck, you ARE doing this! Quitting is the best thing I ever did for myself and I never, ever regret it. You will be amazed at the things that were impacted by the smoking. :cheer2::cheer2:

06-18-2008, 07:20 AM
Cottage - I was so busy cheering LC on I missed your post :) Sorry you missed graduation last night but glad to hear it was a nice evening any way. It's been cool here at night too and lovely for sleeping.

Today is my monthly lopsided day. I've got a meeting tonight so will go into work mid-day and get home around 9. I'm going to get a bike ride in this morning after the going to work traffic calms down. I'm also going to make strawberry rhubarb compote to tun into fruit leather and set up the rest of my rhubarb to dry. I'm going to try for more rhubarb at the mid-week farmer's market this afternoon now that the strawberries are out. Need more strawberries too because I ummm ate half of the ones I bought. :o They were just soooo good.

Have a good day

06-18-2008, 07:21 AM
:carrot::carrot::carrot: LC! That's fantastic! I've never smoked, but I do know how hard it is to quit. Probably even harder than losing weight. Each day gets easier and easier, so you are well on your way to succeeding in kicking that nasty habit. :bravo: I hear you on having to rearrange your schedule when school is out. My girls got out last week, and each day is a different schedule now. :dizzy: It's a good thing I can be flexible, but it sure makes it hard for me to plan anything at home. ;)

Morning, Cyndi! :coffee:

06-18-2008, 07:37 AM
lc-yay for you, 10 days without smoking. I quite alittle over two years ago and it is quite an accomplishment. I know how it feels. I still get cravings till this day but I absolutely refuse to stop and by any cigs. Good for you, stay strong!

me-well, Leo has totally lost it. He has some hallucination issues now with his ptsd. Aaaaahhhhhh, that's all I need. He is now saying that when I was online last night that I was looking at some guys profile on yahoo and it was animated---ok, where, when, how, why? Tell me because I don't recall ever looking at some animated guys profile on yahoo. The only thing I was doing was this website, my cake website, and IMing my niece and cousin. WTF?! Now he's all mad at me, wouldn't touch me last night, wouldn't talk to me this morning--only to move my truck into the garage when he left for work. I hate it stupid ptsd.

little chick
06-18-2008, 07:37 AM
Thanks Chicks. Funny this time with quitting I have told everyone, where before I never said anything. So I feel like I am more accountable this time. I am starting to feel better and Cindi- I am not sure how long it takes, but I think I must be getting there. As for the weight thing I am really trying. Have a great day. Cottage- I hear you on the house thing. I find I don't get anything done during the day like I do when the older ones are in school. But we do have alot of fun hanging at the beach on nice days. We just have to walk around the corner. It is great.

little chick
06-18-2008, 07:47 AM
tk- we were posting at the same time. Thanks for the encourgement. And sorry to hear about hubby. What is ptsd? I hope things get better.

06-18-2008, 07:54 AM
PTSD-post traumatic stress disorder. it's that thing that alot of the war vets are coming home with from Iraq. It's a very difficult thing to live with. Oh how I can't stand it. It's depression (and all that comes with it), anxiety (and all that comes with it), panic attacks (and all that comes with it), anger (and all that comes with it), high blood pressure(and all that comes with it), hallucinations (and all that comes with it), obsessiveness (and all that comes with it), and so much more (and all that comes with it). Very very hard to live with it.

06-18-2008, 07:58 AM
What a nice little flurry of posts this morning!

Cottage, so sorry about your screw-up last night. I hope you and Jake managed to salvage something of the evening. A trail ride sounds perfect for today.

Cottage, I am just so impressed by your determination! Quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your health and for your kids too! You should be very proud of yourself.

CyndiM, I still have some rhubarb but haven't dried any yet. My asparagus has gone to seed but the local farm still has some. I may get some to dry tomorrow. Strawberries are just wonderful right now! When I buy them ($3 a quart) I have to put them in the trunk to avoid snacking on the way home! gaf

TK, I'm so sorry your husband is giving you a hard time. Do you suppose the bikini set him off? I do hope things calm down soon. Leo is seeing a therapist, right?

Rain again overnight - not a lot like the Midwest but enough to make gardening impossible. Good thing as today is just packed with stuff starting with Donna coming to clean this morning. I'll be out most of the day with one dog or the other with pet therapy, allergy shot and a Harry visit and will be so glad to come home to a clean house around 6.

I hope your day is sunny, no matter the weather.

06-18-2008, 07:59 AM
Ok, I'm going back to bed now. now that I got my frustration out. Thanks for listening (or reading)!!!!

06-18-2008, 08:04 AM
ruth-he for some reason stopped seeing his counselor and i don't know why. I think he feels that because he's on his medicine that all is well and he wants to wait for the med to kick in and see what happens from there. I told him he needs to see his counselor no matter what but he won't. Everytime something like this happens it just leaves me in tears. I won't give up, I know the man inside and I know this is just a sickness. That's why I have learned to move on with my life whether he's along for the ride or not. I can't sit here and do nothing for myself because of him. I don't wanna become 80 years old thinking that I should've done something but didn't because of him. I have a life too. I don't have friends and I don't have family here so I have to push myself(all by myself). He doesn't encourage me much in fear that I'll leave him when I'm looking good. It might have been the bikini but I think it's just the overall new confidence that I have.

06-18-2008, 08:17 AM
tk, :grouphug:

06-18-2008, 08:43 AM
Congrats LC! 10 days is the greatest. the physical addiction is now gone..,. you did it! yay for you... piece of advice... i quit 13 years ago. there are times I still want a cigarette... JUST SAY NO!

i'm leaving in an hour to go get the big baby from the hospital.

official beck weigh in day 216 today.... up 2 pounds from last week down 2.4 pounds from yesterday... I knew the 214 of last week was a fluke.... a tease... I'll see it again.... I swear this up and down losing is getting on my nerves but at least I don't panic anymore...

06-18-2008, 09:22 AM
good morning ladies!! so i was proud of myself this morning....when natalie barged into our room this morning at the ridiculous hour of 5:15 I hopped out of bed, threw on my sweats, grabbed some breakfast for nat, and we both went to the basement -- she had breakfast and played and I got 30 mins in on the treadmill! woo hoo!

it's a busy day ahead so i should probably get going! happy wednesday everyone!!

06-18-2008, 09:25 AM
good morning ladies!! so i was proud of myself this morning....when natalie barged into our room this morning at the ridiculous hour of 5:15 I hopped out of bed, threw on my sweats, grabbed some breakfast for nat, and we both went to the basement -- she had breakfast and played and I got 30 mins in on the treadmill! woo hoo!

it's a busy day ahead so i should probably get going! happy wednesday everyone!!

that's how to make lemonade out of lemons... good for you!

little chick
06-18-2008, 09:33 AM
Thanks Ruth- atleast I can say that I never smoked in the house. Each day is getting a little easier.

TK- Hugs to you. I can't even imagine what your poor dh is going through and has gone through. Hugs to both of you.

Nessa- Thanks I will remember to "JUST SAY NO".

06-18-2008, 09:43 AM
Good morning! Today means that we are half way to the weekend :carrot:

LC congratulations on your smoke free success - heres some :dust: in hopes you continue

TK :hug:

Nats mom thats the way you get in a workout :cp:

Hello to all the other chicks and to those still to come

06-18-2008, 10:04 AM
Wow aren't we a chatty group this morning? It is another lovely day out there and I am stuck inside upto my arse in alligators so to speak. Not much time to post.

LC WTG on 10 days, you rock girl!

TK many :hug: for you, you have got the right attitude though, keep it up!

Here's to a productive day for everyone! TTFN!

06-18-2008, 10:25 AM
Good morning Chickies!!!

LC -I quit smoking over 16 years ago and what Nessa said is true but I am so proud of you that is a great accomplishment you go!

TK - You have us online as your friends and support- feel free to vent and frustrate whenever you need to- My husband has it to a degree but not as bad but I can feel you and I know how frustrating it is- you hang in there

Hello everyone else hope you have a great day.

I may or may not be online for the next week we are leaving today for LA so have a great week if I do not post- I will definitely try and log in at night to read posts.

06-18-2008, 10:38 AM
Good morning ladies!!! Happy Wednesday!!!

L/C - THAT'S FANTASTIC!!!! I can tell you, from the perspective of a child w/ a smoker parent, that you are giving your children such a gift. Not only are you going to be more healthy, you are allowing them to grow up in an environment that doesn't smell of smoke. Even if you're careful to not smoke in the house and the car, the smoke is still there. On behalf of your children...Thank you!!!!

Cottage - I'm so sorry to hear that you didn't make the graduation, but at least she understood and you and dh got some quality evening time. Have fun today enjoying the cool weather.

Cyndi - Hope you bike ride went well. Did you get your rhubarb???

tk - Does leo have any buddies that are vets that see a counselor? Maybe you could talk to them and then they could talk to Leo. I'm so sorry that you're going through all of this. Are you seeing a counselor? I hope things get better.

Ruth - More rain, huh?? Maybe someday soon it will dry out for you. Enjoy your time with your pups.

Nessa - I hope that Brian is doing well and got a good check up from his Dr.

Nat's Mom - Great job getting in and exercising. Way to take advantage of the morning!!!!

Gonnabe - MORNIN'!!!!

Stephanie - I hope the alligators don't snap too loudly.

Pearlrose - Have a safe trip coming out here. Can't wait to hear what you think of my neck of the woods when you come back!!! Have fun!!!

ME - Chatty group today! Finished my 2 mile WATP and am a sweaty mess right now. Yesterday was an interesting day at school. Since we only have 3 more days, the teachers tend to get a little lax and are less structured, when is when the students tend to get into trouble. Yesterday was actually bookended with fights. We had one within the first 15 of school and then we also had one as the students were headed to the buses to go home. Good times :) I'm looking forward to having next week off. I hope every one has a fantastic Wednesday!!!

06-18-2008, 10:53 AM
Happy Hump Day!! :carrot:

LC: Congrats on being off the nicotine sticks for 10 days. That is fantastic! Quitting smoking was one of the hardest things DH and I have ever done - but it's totally worth it! People actually compliment us on smelling nice now - we always smelled like a bar before.

Cottage: Sorry you didn't make it to the graduation, but I'm glad Caitlyn understands. I'm very envious of your cool June morning. I'm counting down the minutes until Sept. 22 at 10:44 pm (central) - that's the "official" beginning of Autumn.

Cyndi: Another reformed smoker! Congratulations! I wish we had fresh strawberries here, but we don't. Enjoy your ride.

Tk: ANOTHER reformed smoker! Congrats to you as well. It's been since last Nov. for DH and I and we still get cravings, me more than him. I'm sorry about your stress with DH. Let's just hope that the meds will be more effective over time and that he PTSD subsides a little. :grouphug:

Ruth: Awwwww, a woman's dream. Coming home to a clean house. That would be so nice. Enjoy your errnads!

Nessa: I'm glad your big baby is getting out of the hospital today. Hope he continues to recover. Have a good day and I'm sorry about your scale woes. Congrats on being another quitter! :lol:

Natalie'sMom: Good for you! I agree with Nessa, lots of lemonade coming from your house this morning!

:wave:, Gonna and Stephanie. Hope you both have good days!

Pearlrose: Congrats to you being off smoking for so long. I hope I can say the same 15.5 years from now. Have fun in LA!!

Me: Okay, I think I have this figured out. Where's Cat when I need her? :lol: Anyhow, here ( are my pics from Myrtle Beach. Let me know if you can't get to the pics. The garden pics were taken at Brookgreen Gardens, and while I'm no Cat, I'm pretty proud of some of them.

Today is just another day at work and GH tonight on tv. I've got the house mostly clean, but there are a few small things that still need to be done. I've got a lot of garden work to do this weekend, so I'll have to get the house spotless on Thursday and Friday night.

Well, off to work.

06-18-2008, 10:54 AM
Leo, doesn't have friends. He says he doesn't want them and doesn't need them. He's always been like that, even before the PTSD. I know it would help him out alot to have someone to talk to but he refuses. Even my best friends husband had tried inviting him out for a drink and he refuses to go. Even the counselor told him that it would be good to have a friend to talk to but he just won't. Having people i can talk to has helped me tremendously. It was here that someone told me that I have a life and I still have to move on, I can't stay behind because of his disorder. I took that advice. It's just so frustrating cause now the hallucinations are starting. The meds are working anymore, alittle but not as much as when he first took it.

06-18-2008, 10:55 AM
Kim-I think that's why it's really hard for me to lose the weight because I don't have the nicotine to supress my appetite. I used to be able to lose weight quick when I smoked, I don't know about you. Congrats to you too.

06-18-2008, 10:56 AM
hmacneil: What a bummer about the kids fighting. We had the same problem at my school, though. Great job getting you workout in this morning! Sorry about the Lakers last night.

06-18-2008, 11:33 AM
Hi chicks, I came on here earlier and couldn't think of anything positive to say, so I thought I'd wait until I was in a better frame of mind. I don't really have any good reason to be whiny, just in that whiny place for some reason. The weather is gorgeous, and I plan to get my butt back in gear and get a good walk in, maybe a WATP too. It's been too cool for the pool, particularly with the kids' scratchy throats, so I may knock off a little early this afternoon and take them to a matinee of Indiana Jones. Wish damn Aunt Flo would just come visit already, she's been making me miserable the last few days.
DH leaves in about an hour for his trip, he'll be back Friday night. He got a limo, so I don't have to drive him to the airport. I don't think I'll cook tonight, since he's away, I'll do sandwiches for the kids and a salad for me. Well, that's about it around here.

lc, you are doing great and we are so very proud of you!
tk, :hug:, sorry things with Leo are rough again.
nessa, good luck bringing the baby home!

Hello to the rest of you chicks, have a wonderful day! I've got to walk over to the bank quick and get DH some cash for his trip. BBL.