Today, Tomorrow and The Next Day


It’s been 41 days since Jared and I quit smoking with the help of Chantix.  I had to give up the “little blue magic pills”, as Jared calls them, after about a week of not smoking because I couldn’t sleep.  When I found myself fantasizing about the next time I’d be able to close my eyes, I knew it was time to give up the Chantix and try to stay quit the old fashion way.  Jared was able to stick with the medicine and he swears it’s the only reason he was able to quit – although I don’t think he is giving himself enough credit.

No matter how we did it, the result is that neither one of us have had so much as a puff on a cigarette in 41 days.


We’re headed to Iowa.  This will be the first time Jared’s been back since Christmas of 2008, and the first time I’ve been back since last time.  It was important to us to go home not for a crisis, what with the number of times we’ve already had to run home for an emergency in the three years since we moved away.  And we kind of wanted to go back when it was not cold as hell so that we might not spend half of our time hating that godforsaken Iowa winter weather.  So, we’re spending a week in Iowa for vacation.  And after that week, Jared and I will fly home and the kids will stay behind to spend the rest of their summer vacation with their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  (Yeah, I’ll probably handle that super well.)  But tomorrow I get to see my aunt and my dad and my step mom, and the kids get to see their Lil’ Papa.

And the day after that:

Saturday is the last day of my 12 Week Body for Life Challenge.  Despite my ginormous fears, I did it.  Well, OK, I haven’t technically done it yet.  I still have to wake up tomorrow morning and do a lower body workout and then do 20 minutes of cardio on Saturday.  But after 11 weeks and five days, that?  Is nothing.  I did this. In the last three months I have changed the way I eat, created a routine of working out six days a week, and lost over 10 pounds.  I’m waiting until I’m all the way done to take my final measurements and after photo – because, yes, there is a before photo to compare it to.

So that’s what I’ll be up to in the near future.

What about you?*

*that’s a sincere question because I’m actually interested in knowing, you cynical bastards.

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  1. Avitable says:

    Even though it sounds condescending, I’m so proud of you. I never doubted that you would do it, but the level of commitment and dedication blew me away and, frankly, was inspiring.

    Go you!

  2. Karen says:

    Have a safe and fun trip!
    And you already know what I’m up to. Working out like a mofo and single parenting. :)

  3. Finn says:

    Yay you! I can’t wait to see your after photos, and I hope you really do stick to the program for life.

    And how amazing are you for not smoking for 41 days?

    Sofa King proud! Enjoy your vacation; you’ve earned it.

  4. Lisa says:

    You’ve done it – 41 days! That is truly awesome.

    I can’t wait to see your after pic either. I didn’t take a before pic because I just couldn’t face it. I’ll probably regret that later.

    You know what I’m up to as well – going back to work next week (boo!) and continuing with the workout routine. Have a great vacation!

  5. Headless Mom says:

    I’ve got to get back to exercising. Seriously. I think it’s so cool that your kids spend the summer in Iowa with family. I think my parents would keel over if they had my kids full time. You are going to NYC this summer, right? Can’t wait to see you, ya know. Oh, and hubby has been sick since about April 1. Killing me.

  6. RW says:

    I’ve only gone from 210 to 202 but I have made big changes in my diet to more local, non-hormone or pesticide produce, grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, range-free (NOT vegetarian fed) chicken and eggs, and changing out to organic wherever and however possible. I haven’t been running and haven’t lost the weight I wanted, but I have so much more energy by not being weighed down with all the corn-syrup and pointless ingredients that are supposed to make things taste “natural.”

    When I work outside I am not fatigued as quickly and for a guy who is 56 that means a LOT.

    You’re going to enjoy Iowa if only because lately the Midwest weather has been largely marvelous!

  7. Wow 41 days, well done. I can’t wait to see the after picture!!

  8. Cara says:

    Yeah! Happy and Fun and Go you!! At the moment, my energy is all going towards finishing the growing of and then birthing this baby. I’ve had a super easy pregnancy, but apparently those last weeks are tough no matter what. Oh, and for some reason, we’ve finally gotten ourselves in full blown house hunting gear. Now. When I’m 37 weeks pregnant and we already have a house that will be fine for the next year or so. Clearly we have lost our minds.

  9. muskrat says:

    Wow…you stick with things! That’s rare in our society.

    I’m going to the drive-in with a bunch of neighbors tonight. Deb is meeting a good blogging friend for the first time today; she flew Dana in for the weekend to do a tutorial at the store. She’s Morman but will go w us to church. That should be interesting, since all we do is play w snakes and make fun of Mormans.

  10. Robin says:

    I’m so impressed, we all have our demons or whatever you call them to overcome and quitting smoking is hard! I still need to overcome mine, I’m just not entirely sure what it is.

  11. annettek says:

    I am so impressed with you both for quitting smoking! 41 days is a huge accomplishment – keep it up!! :)

  12. Michelle says:

    I am SO proud of you!!! I quit 4.5 years ago and it was the hardest effing thing I’ve ever done in my life. I’ve been there, where you’re at and just wait… it does get so much easier. Pretty soon you will not remember what your life was as a smoker because YOU are a non-smoker.


  13. Nanna says:

    Again, I’m so proud of you. Not only for finishing this and establishing some healthy habits, but mostly for facing one of your biggest fears head on. You, my dear, are a little Baby Rock Star! xoxoxoxox

  14. Lindsy says:

    Oh man. You’re all like, doing what I need to be doing, as far as that smoking habit goes. GOOD for YOU! I’ll take that hint.

    Let’s see, I just got back from being in Europe for a few weeks with my in-laws. I need to work on unpacking. And my brother-in-law is leaving my house on Sunday. I look forward to that. Then, I’m going to do a 10-day river trip/grad class in July. Without my 2-year-old daughter.

    That’s what you wanted, right? That’s what I’m up to. I can’t wait to see your after picture!

  15. Congratulations to both of you for quitting. My husband was just forced to do it cold turkey when he landed in the ICU.
    It’s only Day 6 but I hope he sticks with it. I know how hard it is going to be for him. I did it 14 years ago.

  16. Sunny says:

    Congratulations to both of you!! And I can’t WAIT to see your pictures! My husband and I are on week 6 and there’s already a huge difference in our before pictures and now.

    As for me, I’ll be going insane. MY kids are here for the summer because their dad is in Afghanistan, and the apartment already feels too small, and everyone’s schedule is out of whack. Hopefully things will smooth out in the next few days.

  17. Shelley says:

    I am so freaking excited for the both of you! On my birthday my Dad (a smoker for 45 years) had a pretty serious heart attack and he was thankfully able to quit too. I am only twenty and I am sure your kids are going to be happy and grateful to have the both of you around for a very long time.

  18. I am so very proud of you, hon! For both accomplishments. :) Have a great time in Iowa.

  19. yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay for both still not smoking! you have no idea how thrilled i am for yinz.

    and congrats on sticking with the exercise. seriously crazy happy for you.

  20. Nancy says:

    I’m so proud of you! You’re a nonsmoking rockstar and you’ve done your kids a huge favor.

    As far as my plans?
    Today: work, ice cream, blind date with a dog (it’s a long story)
    Tomorrow: start couch to 5K, reggae festival or A-Team (what a choice, eh?)
    Sunday: Sleep, bowling with the family, possible blind date with a dog (again with the long story).

    Have fun in Iowa. I’ll actually be in Des Moines Wed.-Fri. for work. What a coinky-dink!

  21. Hockeymandad says:

    I am SO proud of you guys for quitting smoking and all your healthier lifestyle changes. Quitting the cancer sticks is one of the hardest things I ever did, and I am 15 years smoke free.

    My weekend is much more boring than yours. Yard work tomorrow, watching the USA soccer team in the World Cup on ABC, and Sunday we’re giving our kids away for a week. :(

  22. Darla says:

    “I” am planning a trip to come see you for a couple hours. Not sure which day but I hope we can make that happen.

  23. MB says:

    Congrats on 41 days smoke free! That is awesome. It does get easier and easier the longer you stay away from the vile habit. ;)

    Have fun visiting the family. I can’t wait to see the before and after photos.

  24. Jamie says:

    Wow. The smoking and change of life-habits all together and you are still going strong. Good luck with the no smoking while visiting family. That’s when I usually find myself inexplicably drawn to fridge out of stress. Ben Franklin (I think) said 21 days of doing something and it becomes habit. Not much of a mathmetician but 12 weeks is at least 21 days. That’s awesome.

  25. Rachael says:

    Well done! Well, well, amazingly done. You should be terribly proud of yourself. I will be spending the summer looking for a job in the English economy, and begging the universe not to let this be a double dip recession.

  26. Al_Pal says:

    Rock it! I’m getting mentally ready to travel this summer, and healing my 5th metatarsal. Managed to fracture it nearly two weeks ago. I’m healing fast, though, the podiatrist said so. ;D

  27. Mandi Bone says:

    Congratulations on being smoke free for 41 days and for finishing the body challenge.
    We are adopting a baby. It is a HUGE surprise.

  28. Steph says:

    First I went and read all of the links and I’m so sorry for what you’ve been through. ((((HUGS))))

    Second have a fabulous time with your family!! It’s so nice to have that time without crisis!! We are going to see my grandma this Summer and for the first time in three years it’s not for a death or surgery or illness. It’s amazing how those things start to really zap your time together.

    Finally congrats on the smoking and the weight loss!!! I wish I had a 5th of your willpower!! I can’t seem to manage either of those things!!!

  29. martymankins says:

    First off, kudos to you and Jared. This is awesome. Having been quit 7 years now, I can say it’s very possible to keep it going.

    As for what I’m up to, getting ready t head to the Redwoods with my wife for vacation this week. Excited to see cool places and also not have to deal with work for a week.

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