Sunday, April 10, 2011

Patches and Doms

So today is the day. The patch is on! I have quit smoking! For a whole three hours now. (Now three hours may not seem like a long time to most people, but if you know me you know that's a really long time to me). So far no cravings, even with this delicious coffee I'm drinking. So it gets a thumbs up so far.

And if you know me, this is not only the first time I've tried to quit smoking, but the first time I've ever talked about wanting to at all. Up until coming to Stephenville it wasn't even in my mind. And I know I said before I'm quitting because my grandmother asked me to, and, while that's part of it, it's because I've watched too many loved ones at the end of their lives with an oxygen mask on their faces. And while my grandmother is 92, so it's not an early death thing, it's a quality of life thing. If I'm going to die that's not going to be how. (My other grandmother died of lung cancer three years ago, from smoking, at the age of 69. This isn't the first time I've witnessed this.)

I figured it would go well with the other lifestyle changes I've made. I quit the excessive drinking, as well as started eating really healthy. Never thought I'd see the day, but my health is beginning to be a concern to me.

Speaking of excessive drinking and eating bad, I did go out last night! I went to a bar here, Clancy's, some guys I went to high school with were playing. And I saw the most random array of people from all age groups from home. Some I haven't seen in 5 years. It was nice, everyone greeted me with a hug, even if we were never close! I caught up with alot of people, and saw a few I really wanted to see before I left.

Also, where else in the world can you get drinks for $2.75. ?!?! 

And at 4 am on my walk home I stopped into the best pizza place in the universe. It's right by my house. People come home and eat nothing but. It's called Dominos (not the chain, who actually tried to sue this Dominos for the name but turns out the one here in Stephenville existed first! HAH). I got the last slice of pepperoni and she only charged me $1.50 because it was a bit small. (Dirt cheap! Usually slices are only $2.60 anyways). And I had to take a picture to remember this delicious moment. (I already had a few bites).

So I just wanted to know, has anyone else had lifechanging moments where they changed their lifestyle? (To be more healthy or happier). I've been going through alot of this lately and I'd love to hear if anyone else has done the same!


  1. THAT PIZZA TAUNTS ME. I want it. :(

    I can't believe you're quitting, burnt toast, man. Good luck!

  2. Best of luck. I know it's not smoking, but I quit caffeine last year, ok so I cheat and have some Sweet Tea every now and then, but it was tough.

  3. I started eating according to the Canada Food Guide about 5 years ago and never looked back! Lost about 10 pounds I think and feel great.

  4. Caffeine is a tough one to quit too! That'll probably be next on my list.

    I also eat by canadas food guide now, my brothers fiancee weighs all our food accordingly when she cooks supper for us. I lost 15 pounds! (Although I may have put a few on since being home).

  5. Good luck on quitting the smoking, I've seen so many of my friends have such a rough time kicking the habit. So happy I never started.

    I love finding a great pizza. We used to have this tiny little spot, literally called 'A pizza place' and it was so good all we ever got was cheese pizza. Yum!


  6. My husband and I recently revamped our diet to eat healthier, clean foods. We feel so much better and the biggest difference we feel is no more afternoon yawns because we're tired. Our food gives us energy throughout the day.

    Awesome that you're quitting. When it gets tough, remember tons of people have tried and succeeded which means you can too!

  7. I AM SO HAPPY TO READ THIS!!! hahaha, you know i was always in full support of this decision :) i think it's so awesome that you're taking an initiative to be healthier, and i'm sure you'll be much happier in the long run!! good luck with it all, my non smoking vibes are with you <3