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A week down the road and…. no smoke on the water

December 5, 2017

….like the title implies one week on the road to a smoke free life and there is no * smoke on the water around here other than the sinus headaches every night and strong urges at unexpected times I have now made it one week without any cigarettes. I am thinking the night headaches are caused by the strong smell of what my mind interprets as a dirty astray. Could be my daughter-in-law was right all these years when she said my cloths smelled like stale cigarettes.

The funny thing about the ‘urges’…. they just aren’t as strong as I would have expected. I do have to think about something else right away but other than that they pass fairly quickly. One would think after half a century of smoking the urges would be almost unbeatable, then again maybe it is just my guardian angel doing the heavy lifting for me.

I had imposed a one week self exile on myself so I can first adjust to everyday life around the apartment without outside influences and now I think I am ready to venture back into the world. I did just turn down a great meal with my son and his family because I didn’t want to risk my progress but now I feel I am ready to interact once again with my family.

My next report will not be until I have a month of smoke free living under my belt, because I am sure many readers are not interested in my personal battle with nicotine. Especially considering my ‘battle’ seems to be too strong an adjective for my infrequent clashes with the monkey on my back.

Suffice it to say
I am happy to have made the one week milestone
but I know if I can make it to one month
I should be able
to stay smoke free
for the rest of my life.


*Sorry about the obscure remark and link about ‘smoke on the water’,

I felt I needed to celebrate my one week free of cigarettes

and that tune brings back some memories.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. john permalink
    December 5, 2017 12:42 pm

    good deal Pete, it is a new and better way of life 73 john w8wej

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  2. December 5, 2017 12:43 pm

    Smokers never think their clothing smells of stale cigarette smoke but non-smokers will almost gag on the odor. It shouldn’t be a surprise; if in doubt take down a picture you’ve had in the same place across years of indoor smoking. You will see the ‘clean’ wall behind the picture as versed with the remainder of the wall. this smoke based substance coats everything around a smoker including themselves… A Huge ‘CONGRATULATIONS’, Pete! Keep on keepin’ on!

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  3. Del permalink
    December 5, 2017 1:48 pm

    :) knew you could do it Pete…… Its a mind thing really…. Now you can go fishing….

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  4. Gina permalink
    December 5, 2017 3:13 pm

    Congratulations Pete! It’ll get easier now. Having an angel on your shoulder is a definite help :)

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  5. Gene permalink
    December 5, 2017 7:44 pm

    Way to go Pete! 21 days to make or break a habit. You can do it!
    73 Gene N5PKZ

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  6. December 6, 2017 12:12 am

    I don’t think you’ll find any of us followers mind following you on this journey. Success is measured by each small step and not just the landings. In one we can see how far we’ve come, in the former we see the minutes walked on the way.
    Let us rejoice with you!

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  7. December 6, 2017 3:30 pm

    Congrats Pete. It a big monkey to shake off. Did you end up using Champix. Funny but when I quit smoking I found that the ” battle” was what kept me from going back. It was so horrible I said I would NEVER want to go through that battle again so not even one smoke for me.
    Yup that smell. My mother is a smoker. I love her dearly but don’t like going over to her place cause it stinks but I normally leave with that odor sticking to my clothes and in my sinus’ for hours after.

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  8. Jon Rukavina permalink
    December 7, 2017 4:59 pm

    Pete, as far as your clothes, how about “Ohh that smell, can’cha smell that smell? Lynard Skynard. As Kris said, we don’t mind the updates, this is your blog after all. And we can support you along the way. Congratulations!

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