Happy Anniversary to… ME!

Two weeks that is…

When I took this job that I am with now I had a few goals in mind and the first one that I acheived was to quit smoking.

The only help that I have had along the way doesn’t come from drugs, over eating, chewing on straws, patches, gums, or other miracles cures. It’s been the support of my sister and her husband.

Two Fridays ago (03/06/2009) I smoked the last cigarette in my last pack when I woke up in the morning and I just didn’t buy another pack! And now it’s been two weeks!

I’m pretty proud of myself for this. I must say it hasn’t been as hard as I thought it would, judging from experience as I’ve quit before. All of my cravings are gone… for the most part. What I have left to hang on to is only the image I had of myself as a smoker. (Time, yet again, to reinvent myself! HOORAY!) well… that and the fact that I like it…

But anyway! I’m going to keep a running feed of my goals and progress on my site. Follow along if you wish!

– Olio ❤

Smoking: Cutbacks and Inspirations


For years I’ve been a smoker, and I do mean big time. Right now I probably average approximately two packs a day. That’s roughly 600 cigarettes per month! That’s bad. Bad! Now, I’ve been heard saying that I have no desire to quit smoking. This is true, maybe not the most sane desire, but it is true. I would, however, like to cut back a great deal.
I like the fact that I smoke. I like the feeling I get when I smoke. I just like smoking period. Unfortunately, it is extremely unhealthy. Audrey Hepburn has been quoted as saying that six cigarettes per day is still ladylike and acceptable socially. Granted this was nearly fifty years ago, I believe it to be ideal.
Recently, a very good friend of mine went from two packs a day to five or six cigarettes a day. The reason that he decided to do this is because he decided to walk from our apartment complex to the college which is roughly fifteen to twenty blocks. In the area that we live in that is not an extremely large distance to walk. BUT once he had reached about three blocks he was so out of breath he couldn’t continue and had to turn back and drive himself to classes that day. Seeing him be able to do this has been such an inspiration to me that I have decided to cut back myself!
There is a bit of glamour that goes with smoking. I’ll be the first to admit that I started smoking the Camel No. 9 Menthe’s because they had a pretty package. At one point, once I started going to college, I decided that I was going to quit, but had made the comment that if my cigarettes came out in 100’s (stiletto) I would start up again. A week after I made that comment, I was in a gas station with a friend and saw and advertisement for the 100’s version. At that point I decided that it was useless to continue torturing myself by not smoking.
I realize that this article is starting to sound like I am anti-quitting-smoking, but I am not. Infact, I’ve done some research on quitting smoking, and I’ve found a great site full of resources to help you quit!

-Olio ❤