Friday, May 9, 2008

Update (DAY 67)

Hi all. It has been a while since I have blogged about how I am doing with not smoking and how the Nosmokeathon is going, so that will be the subject of this post. I will begin with the latter.

The Nosmokeathon has now been going on for over two months. I am happy to report that our total for money pledged so far is $1571.25, which is great. However, while the first month saw more and more pledges coming in, the second month has seen less and less. I guess this is to be expected, but it has been a bit deflating for me. I have been trying to find ways to spread the word better, to extend the reach of this Nosmokeathon to more than just friends and family perhaps. I have been thinking about contacting the ACS and PanCAN to let them know what I am doing and see how they might be able to help. I will keep you updated.

As for not smoking, it is going well. I have not smoked a cigarette and I can confidently promise that I will not. There is just too much riding on it. Since my last update, things are getting easier and better for me. The cravings are less often and my mood swings are not nearly as bad. Still there are times here and there when I do want a cig, but not too often. Sometimes I see a person smoking and I think it looks gross and I am glad I do not look like that anymore and that I am no longer dependent on cigarettes. There are time though that I see a person having a cig and I wish it could be me. It all depends on the circumstances and the way I am feeling at the time. In both cases though, I do a good job of having self control. I really do not find it too hard to be around someone else who is smoking. That is their right and it should not affect me one way or another.

In my last update, I talked about how things had changed for me since I stopped smoking. Here is another... I know have space in my pockets to carry everything I need when I go out. A pack of cigs and a lighter would take up an entire pants pocket and would make it hard to carry everything else I needed with me (keys, wallet, gum, etc.). Somehow I guess I fit everything, but my pockets would be bulging, not a good look. Now, I have ample space for anything I might need to have on me! Pocket room is a nice luxury.


TiderA said...

Keep up the good work Matt. Its really interesting to hear these "inside insights" about how smoking changes your behavior and how things are different when you don't smoke. As a non-smoker I didn't really understand what someone trying to quit goes through until I read some of your posts. I'm spreading the story around for ya'.

Toby said...

I am really impressed by your personal effort to keep yourself healthy and to help others, who are suffering from cancer, in the process. I am not, however, surprised at this action of charity because you have always been a guy who thinks about the next person and tries to help those in need!
I applaud your wonderful decision to stop smoking and today I sent in a check to the American Cancer Society in honor of your noble efforts! Best of luck. Toby Tider