Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Tastes like Texas, Feels like home


Another
Halloween
Dog Costume


It seems like time is going in slow motion. I had my last cigarette before midnight Monday and since then, everything has slowed down. Anyone else had this experience when stopping smoking?

It's on my brain that I have made such huge changes in my life, especially recently. Of course, it was 3 years ago that I stopped pouring booze down my throat. But in the last few weeks it seems to be getting more intense. (that reminds me of a joke, but I will let it go) I've gone to New York City (twice) with different friends. Hayden came to visit and we have ended up together again. Now, I've stopped smoking after 36 years.

What's next? Please don't tell me I will start liking ... brocolli.

todAAy i AAm grAAteful & thAAnkful

that I have no secrets left to tell

day #1 as a Nonsmoker was surprisingly easy and comfortable although I found it difficult to put coherent thoughts together (that's nothing new)

that I've only thought about having a cigarette a few times and when I do, I remind myself that I'm a non-smoker, so why would I have a cigarette? Thanks, Scott!

that just being sober gives me so many choices I didn't have most of my life

that being in recovery gives me the ability to make some correct choices

that our AA District 20 sponsors "Surviving the Holidays" -- a seminar about making it through all the office parties and family get-togethers -- sober

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
-William James

19 comments:

Matt said...

I know exactly what you mean about the coherent thoughts....remember our meeting the day that I quit? I couldn't even remember the serenity prayer. It gets better....waaaaaay better.

Mary Christine said...

Congratulations on entering your second day as a non-smoker. I am so glad for you.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

Those costumes are freaking me out.
Start to like brocolli.
I love you.
I'm still proud of you.
I still see you too,
JJ

Scott W said...

I love broccoli, brussels sprouts too. Now, if you start liking seafood then you know you are in trouble. My thoughts have been jumbled since I got sober, guess it's part of the plan.

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kenny said...

Good for you!! I started to quit a couple weeks ago but failed. I went for about 1 week, then all of the sudden I was sooooo depressed. I don't know if it was circumstancial or if it was quitting smoking. So I started back up again. I'll try and quit again later. I'll use you and Matt as my inspiration.

Carly said...

Time slowed to a standstill my first 30 days as a non-drinker. Wishing you a peaceful Day 2 as a non-smoker.

AAwoken said...

I have read and experienced that the act of quitting smoking causes one to have an unquenchable desire for broccoli. I send you some cheddar...

Shannon said...

hmmm when I stopped smoking I started liking brocoli, so yes I think its a side effect LOL

YAY dAAve that is awesome another day down and no smoking!!!!

Tab said...

lol@JJ's costume comment..

Cigarettes are a stimulant..so when you go with out,yep,you will feel spaced out and unusual..try to enjoy it and hope you don't get pulled over for suspicion of "impaired" driving...
"honethly offither..I am just in my firth daze of quiting thmoking..

((LOL@that scenario))

Keep up the great effort not to smoke Daave..you will not regret it!

You are such a warm and wonderful inspiration to your readers and blogger buddies Daave.

Thanks for sharing :)

Lex-Sunshine said...

Congrats on becoming a Non-Smoker!!! That's awesome! After about day 4 for me, it got a LOT easier. I'm at 10 months and 25 days. You can do it!!!

and watch out for the brocolli. and the gym........
I'm SO proud of you! You ROCK!

Sober Chick said...

Congrats on a successful day 1!

Brad said...

Sorry to say, but instead of liking broccoli, you will WANT to mix grape jelly with chili sauce!

Seriously, when I quit a couple weeks ago, my mind wandered for about three days. I still don't remember what happened those days.

Hang in there!

Trish G. said...

Congratulations Dave! Quitting smoking is a big deal and I'm very proud of you. I look forward to hanging out with you in the non-smoking lounge at Lambda.

Ricky!!! said...

Desire to quit smoking is the only requirement

NMAMFQLMSH said...

Just stopping by again to say YOU ROCK!
I see you,
JJ

Trudging said...

I am very proud of you.

Motorcycle Mike - Sober Biker said...

Good for you. I quit the cigs in 94, drank for another 11 years. Wish I had done it the other way around.

Keep it up.

Lee said...

Heck!@ Brocolli ain't so bad!

Drink plenty of water since it'll help get rid of ciggy stuff from yer system.

Designer Girl said...

Hey, grape jelly mixed with chili sauce is an awesome combo for meatballs (mix it together in a crockpot, put in meatballs from SamsClub or Costco, and let it get thoroughly hot)! Was this in a previous post that I missed??

Anyhoo, great job on not smoking, dAAve. You will be spacier than usual for a couple of days, but once the nic and other toxins are out, you'll start to feel much better, and things will start TASTING better (including broccoli!).