Monday, January 22, 2018

What is the misconception of Weight Loss Surgery? Really?

Misconception: Surgery is a ‘cop-out’. To lose and maintain weight, individuals affected by severe obesity just need to go on a diet and exercise program.

Truth:

Individuals affected by severe obesity are resistant to long-term weight-loss by diet and exercise. The National Institutes of Health Experts Panel recognize that ‘long-term’ weight-loss, or in other words, the ability to ‘maintain’ weight-loss, is nearly impossible for those affected by severe obesity by any means other than metabolic and bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgeries are effective in maintaining long-term weight-loss, in part, because these procedures offset certain conditions caused by dieting that are responsible for rapid and efficient weight regain following dieting. When a person loses weight, energy expenditure (the amount of calories the body burns) is reduced. With diet, energy expenditure at rest and with activity is reduced to a greater extent than can be explained by changes in body size or composition (amount of lean and fat tissue). At the same time, appetite regulation is altered following a diet increasing hunger and the desire to eat. Therefore, there are significant biological differences between someone who has lost weight by diet and someone of the same size and body composition to that of an individual who has never lost weight. For example, the body of the individual who reduces their weight from 200 to 170 pounds burns fewer calories than the body of someone weighing 170 pounds and has never been on a diet. This means that, in order to maintain weight-loss, the person who has been on a diet will have to eat fewer calories than someone who naturally weighs the same. In contrast to diet, weight-loss following bariatric surgery does not reduce energy expenditure or the amount of calories the body burns to levels greater than predicted by changes in body weight and composition. In fact, some studies even find that certain operations even may increase energy expenditure. In addition, some bariatric procedures, unlike diet, also causes biological changes that help reduce energy intake (food, beverage). A decrease in energy intake with surgery results, in part, from anatomical changes to the stomach or gut that restrict food intake or cause malabsorption of nutrients. In addition, bariatric surgery increases the production of certain gut hormones that interact with the brain to reduce hunger, decrease appetite, and enhance satiety (feelings of fullness). In these ways, bariatric and metabolic surgery, unlike dieting, produces long-term weight-loss.

Source: https://asmbs.org/patients/bariatric-surgery-misconceptions

Sunday, November 5, 2017

The beauty is NOT inside......is it?

I don't know why but I struggle with what people say and think about me. I suppose it comes from an insecure place inside me. Most of my life I was fairly confident with what I looked like or who I am, until recently and I am always wondering if people might be saying things like, "Oh wow Edie smokes! Wow I never pictured her as a smoker! (thankfully I took care of this one) or.. Oh wow Edie has put on some weight, Wow Edie got big in the last few years. or... Huh Edie works at home but has someone cleaning her house? Must be nice!" I know people think things like this about people.

Ironically however, I have NEVER heard any of these things to my face and am not even sure if it's even being said.... so why do I care... why to I think things like that! I believe its a pretty natural place for our thoughts to go, but how we respond to those thoughts are what make or break us. Do you believe them? Do you excuse them? Do you discount them? Do you internalize them? Do you defend them?

We are all so unique and beautiful that there will be words of jealousy through hatred but when you are hearing things before they are actually said, becomes more about how you are treating yourself. "Oh they will never like me or think I am pretty cause I am too fat.... or Why would he even look my way because I am so overweight." Our beauty comes from the inside and works its way out. So the challenge is to always work on the inside....

Be kind and loving to yourself and watch how that shines through you and outwardly.
You are beautiful! You are Kind! You are Loved!
But YOU must be able to say those things to yourself first.
I am beautiful!! I am kind! I am Loved!
 Start there!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Top Ten Reasons You Should Have Scentsy in Your Home

Top Ten Reasons You Should Have Scentsy in Your Home
www.beautynscents.net
written by: Edie Anne

It's not often you can come across a product that becomes a staple in people's homes.  Scentsy has been around for over 13 years and is now becoming a household name!  Why?  Well let me tell you the top 10 reasons everyone should have Scentsy in their homes.

1. Scentsy delivers fragrance in so many different delivery systems, it's bound to have something you can use. From warmers and wax to diffusers and oils, from laundry care and cleaning to scent paks and sprays.  There is something you can use to add fragrance to your home.

2. Love candles but don't love the flame?  Well Scentsy is flame-less and soot free! No long term wall staining. So icky chemicals being ingested into your lungs. Scentsy provides fragrance to your home, car or body without having to light a fire!

3. Scentsy is kids and pet safe.  Our Scentsy products are all non-toxic.  Our wax is a food grade paraffin wax, same as used on apples and our Oils are natural and essential oils created with some of the best botanicals in the world.  Can't promise our wax tastes good but it won't harm you if you ingest it.  And pretty sure it will come out the same color it went in.....  LOL (a little humor there) Scentsy's kids products like the Buddies are super cute and totally made for the kids!  Adults love them too.  Bathe your kids in the bath smoothies too.  Smell great and safe for our little ones!



4. Scent affects mood.  Want to lift your spirits or take a walk down memory lane?  Then Scentsy Fragrances can help. Whether it's by diffuser or warmer you can add fragrance to any relaxing atmosphere or liven up the crowd while entertaining guests. Bring Grandma's cookies to life and Mom's flower garden inside.  Aromatherapy has been used for decades and should be a consistent part of your life.  Even Scentsy's skin and groom products help you personally smell your best. You could potentially be creating new memories. Maybe #4 is what your kids will always remember Dad smelling like or #9 reminds them of how Mom used to smell.

5. When it comes to adding scent to your home does the way it looks make a difference?  Well Scentsy offers some amazing looking warmers to match any home decor.  Their beautiful craftsmanship is top notch. They go through many processes and in some cases hand paint them to create high-quality and long lasting art pieces.

6. High quality on a low budget. Scentsy has such an assortment of products to provide you with scent that any budget will be able to afford it. Ranging from $2 to $130 there is something for everyone.  But really even better than that, Scentsy gives you the opportunity to get product for free and half off.  By hosting a party or gathering up orders from your friends and family for just $200 (that only 5 people spending $40) you can get yourself a free mini warmer or a whole six pack of wax bars for $5.  It's really very simple.  Ask me and I will help you get your free credit!

7. Best Laundry care products around!  Seriously they smell amazing but they clean really great too!  Doing laundry never looked so fun and smelled so incredible!  HE compatible and easy!  Kids will love scooping the washer whiffs in and pumping the laundry liquid!  So you need this to help get your kids do their chores!


8. You will be the hit of the neighborhood!  Scentsy makes the best gifts ever.  Having extra Scentsy in your home will make you the BEST GIFT GIVER EVER when you wrap up a new warmer and bar of wax for the new neighbors.  But when you are doing laundry and you have your dryer running and the yard smells amazing from the dryer vent, your neighbors will call to find out what that amazing scent is coming from your yard!

9. Want your kids or maybe even you to sleep better, or concentrate better while doing homework or feel more awake or invigorated while cleaning the house?  Then you need Scentsy products in your home!  Find the right fragrances for you!  Mix and match them up from room to room.  Create your own recipes by mixing cubes of wax together or drops of oils together.  Create your own luxury castle getaway through fragrance!



10. And lastly you should have Scentsy in your home as a means to travel, make more money, empower yourself, be your own entrepreneur, meet more friends and create a legacy for you and your family.  By being a Consultant you can help all your friends and family and so many others have these top 10 reasons to have Scentsy in their home or even better in their life!

Want Scentsy in your home.... or better yet in your life....  just let me know!  You can send me an email beautynscents1@gmail.com or call me at (207)398-4104 or by contacting me through my website www.beautynscents.net

oxox
Edie Anne & Marissa

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

what do you mean?

Friend: Edie Why do you sell Scentsy?

Edie: I love what I do. I help people, I make people's houses and clothes smell good but the main thing is I get to help change people's lives.

Friend: Don't you think that is a bit far fetched or even cliche'? You change people's lives, come on Edie. Really?

Edie: Ok well look at it this way.  People have joined my team that have no self esteem...  within a few months of learning then running their business you see a bit more confidence from them. Their life is changed.  People join my team that can't buy presents for their kids for Christmas and this year they had the best Christmas ever. Their life is changed. People join my team that have kids and don't feel like they have a life. They never get to go anywhere.  Now they get to earn places like Punta Cana or even NY to travel to. Never would have dreamed of being able to go to places like that. Their life is changed.  People join my team that don't have many or even any friends. The live a life alone and feel unloved. In this business they learn that Scentsy is a family.  We love our family and they make friends.... lifelong friends.  Their life is changed.

Friend: ok ok I get it....  but then what about all the consultants around where I live?  There are too many of them.

Edie: Really? Direct Sales Association says there should be comfortably 1 consultant to every 200 customers.  Not everyone sells full time and there are still ALOT and I mean ALOT of people who still don't even know what Scentsy is? So yea I may have saturated my town of 192 people but even in my neighboring town of 4500 they would need 22 consultants to take care of all the population. And Again, not everyone runs their business full time like I do. Some join for a discount on their own purchases, some join to sell to their friends and family only, some join to sell part time and then some join to have it become their career.

Friend: So what's your favorite thing about Scentsy?

Edie: I would have to say the friendships and the traveling!  I have been able to visit places I would have never dreamed of like Greece and crossing my fingers for Africa this summer.  But on top of that are the lifetime friendships I have made.  True caring sisterly friendships.

Friend: So do you think I could do what you do?  I have never sold anything before?

Edie: Good I don't want you to sell anyway. I want you to share. You like Scentsy right? Well then share it with people like you would a good restaurant.  Incorporate it into your life so you never have to find balance between the two; life and Scentsy. Wanna join? I would love to have you on my team and with all the questions you have I can already tell you would do awesome!! Let me help.

Friend: (this is where you, my friend, tell me if you wanna join)

Scentsy Consultant already? Thinking of borrowing my post? You know I love you girls but create one from the heart like I did. They work better and let your friends see why you really want to share this with them. Its life changing right? :) (Thanks Jill!)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Buti Yoga, Fad of Fab?

Pretty excited about this new form of Yoga! No more boring soft music sleep invoking ... just kidding but it's ampped up!! I can't wait to dig in!

Friday, May 13, 2016

WE are NEVER alone.





Today I want to share my journey, my story! If you are interested then stay right here.

I want to show you the last 11 yrs and how it's changed. I want to share with you the challenges and the successes. Why? Because I think it's important to see the good and the bad for balance. Ying and Yang... We all have our own stories. And I want to share mine. 


A life where nothing was stable. A life where I had no set future. My goals had been removed by me allowing others to control them. 11 years ago you would have said, "Edie you are on a no win, dead end street... turn around and make something or yourself." I didn't believe I deserved much more than I had. So I had nothing to offer. I was bitter, angry and self loathing. Negativity was my life, it wasn't just party of my thinking... it was my thinking. I was the epitome of "The Eeyore Syndrome". I played tough and I worked even tougher. My work was my mask. Hard worker, always was. But I had nothing to show for it. Uggggg.... I felt a mess.


I know now that God had better plans for me and I just needed to stop fighting him. I was embarrassed to use the words from religion. I had anger in me, I never felt like I was enough or that I did enough... and matter of fact I always felt as though I was being judged on my actions... even if they were worthy or judging. Almost 9 years ago I met Ben. I am not going to say he was my knight and shining armor but good grief he may have been riding a horse. lol A different day had shown itself. I felt like I had when I was a child. Rambunctious and ready to take on the world. Something had shifted and to this day I am still not sure how or why, but it did. I woke up! Like literally woke up from a 37 year old nightmare that I had allowed to fester. It was the first time I felt I could smile. Smile without criticism. Smile without self doubt. 9 years ago was when my kids finally became my world. That the selfishness and anger subsided. I finally felt peace.

It took a few years to feel as though I mattered. To know that the love I had for my children is what would open up my heart again. Over 5 yrs ago I started my extended journey with Scentsy. Now again I am not saying that Scentsy has been my saving grace, but it certainly has been a catalyst to some pretty amazing things. This is also the time I started training, alot! I read and listened and learned all I could. Things about self love, self preservation, self improvement. I learned and learned and learned. I was like a sponge. It's also at that time that I ran into The Mind Aware Series. It was primarily geared toward direct sales training and how to make your business bigger and better. But at the same time the facilitator was pretty awesome. She would often talk about mindset and how we could dictate our feelings and the connection to what we were thinking at the time. This is what I called my Self Help phase..... my mind never stopped thinking....matter of fact, I think I thank myself into a tizzy.

I think at this point I had thought too much ... I realized that for as much learning as I had done that I needed to put what I learned into action. I had become a cereal trainer. It was also about that time, almost 2 years into selling Scentsy, that I was ready to quit. I was overwhelmed and tired. It wasn't that I wasn't doing well with my business, on the contrary, but I was burnt out already. I had trained myself into the ground and felt like I was pushing so hard to get sales. I woke up one morning, very similar to the time I woke up from my past, I knew it was time to make another shift. But this time is wasn't about moving or changing my life, it was about moving and changing my mindset. I knew it was time for me to implement everything I had learned in the previous 2 yrs and to stop selling Scentsy but to start sharing it. And shift I did!

Sometimes shifting is just an awakening. It seems to be a pattern of wake ups for me in my
life. I contribute them to the knocking that God has been doing all along. I guess metaphorically it's the knocking to let him in. Once I decided to share not sell and check my mindset I watched things pall into place almost effortlessly. I watched the movie The Secret and once more was awakened the the possibilities ahead of me. oh don't think I wasn't a tad bit skeptical cause I was. I tested the law of attraction against my religious beliefs. Once I understood that someone's use of the word Universe meant more to me as Universe being God then it all started to fall into place. My mind seemed to have a power. But it logically was started to make alot of sense. I was seeing changes. Then also understanding the difference between being positive and negative. Positive was forward moving, it was knowing how to cope, understanding that positivity didn't mean happy it meant overcoming obstacles. Negativity was what I so lovingly refer to as "The Eeyore Syndrome" ho hum... woe is me. Now I could focus on what I wanted instead of what I didn't want. It was all starting to fall into place.


You see, when you come from a place of self doubt, you tend to second guess often. My mindset shift made so many things possible for me and even when I self doubt or negative self talk, I always say.... but Edie, It's possible! When you allow yourself to see your past as your present, your gift, then that is when you can forgive yourself which in turn allows you to forgive others. You see we can stay in our past. It's there for a reason. I had to not regret my past but forgive myself for allowing things to happen. I used to say I was dealt a bad hand... but now I know that was me wallowing in self pity. I let those things happen, they were a choice. I also learned that our unconscious mind is our best friend and it will believe everything we tell it. So I decided to tell it a fantastic story. A story about a girl who inspired people. A story about a girl who was loving and caring and willing and able to help people. A story about a girl who achieved her dreams and helped others achieve their dreams. A girl who believed in the possibilities. a girl who could make a difference. So no matter what my past held and no matter how awful I used to feel... I have a new story.... a new way of feeling .... and it's Amazing!  


Thank you for allowing me to share my story. We all have our times when we feel alone. But one of the biggest things I have learned in my life is that WE are NEVER alone.


~EdieAnne

Thursday, April 7, 2016

WAY TOO CUTE NOT TO WATCH!!!

Kids Smell the Darnedest Things

Need your daily dose of cute? Here's a throwback with a few of our favorite mini-fans and their takes on our classic fragrances!

Posted by Scentsy on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Wait What? Weight Watchers with Oprah?

As part of my new daily life routine, I am incorporating Weight Watchers again.  Worked well and need to adjust my mindset....  It's all about the story I tell myself about myself.  I am healthy and tapped in tuned in and turned on to weight watchers!  I found this today and thought I would share with you if you are interested....

source unknown:

WEIGHT WATCHERS 30 SMARTPOINTS SAMPLE EASY NO COOK MENU
Does the new Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale Program have you wondering what a typical 30 SmartPoints day menu might look like? Are you under the impression you have to be a cook for Weight Watchers to work? Do you think that eating well is difficult?
Eating healthy doesn’t need to feel like punishment or take tons of time. I’ve got more than 60 healthy meal plans and menus to prove it.
WEIGHT WATCHERS 30 SMARTPOINTS SAMPLE EASY NO COOK MENU
Perfect for when you are short on time or not in the mood to cook.
What 30 SmartPoints-a-Day Looks Like (no-cook meal ideas)
Breakfast: Yogurt with Fruit & Granola (5SP) – 1 cup plain Greek Nonfat yogurt (3SP), 1/2 cup fresh or frozen Blueberries (0SP) and 3 tablespoons low fat granola (2SP). Substitute whatever fruit you like best. Fresh, frozen or canned in juice will all work. And if plain Greek yogurt is too tart, add a little stevia or your prefer sweetener to taste. I like a drizzle of maple syrup for and additional 1-2 SmartPoints.
Here’s another yummy no-cook breakfast – Avocado Toast. Have you tried it? I’ve been pretty hooked on it lately. Need more ideas? Here are 14 Ways to Top Your Toast!
Oprah’s Favorite Breakfast: (Mine too!) Really good whole grain seed bread (2SP) smeared with avocado (1SP) and topped with sliced tomato (0SP) and a thin slice of smoked turkey (1SP) and sometimes a fried egg (2SP)
Snack: Egg &amp Cucumber Rounds (2SP) – slice 1 hard boiled egg (2SP). Place on top of slices of seedless English Cucumber (0SP) Season with Salt and Pepper or your favorite seasoning. Mrs. Dash or a little hot sauce would be good.
Lunch: Roast Beef Sandwich & Broccoli Slaw (7 SP) – Stir together 2 1/2 teaspoons reduced calorie mayo (1SP) and 1/2 teaspoon prepared horseradish (0SP). Spread onto 2 slices reduced calorie rye toast (2SP). Make a sandwich with 3 ounces deli sliced roast beef (2SP), lettuce (0SP), sliced tomato (0SP). Serve with a simple slaw made my combining 1cup packaged broccoli slaw mix, 1 sliced scallion, 2 teaspoons vinegar (0SP), 1 teaspoon olive oil (1SP) seasoned to taste with salt and pepper. Add a sliced dill pickle (0SP)
Snack: Cheesy Celery with Hot Sauce (1 SP) – Spread a stalk of celery (0SP) with 1 tablespoon light cream cheese (1SP) and drizzle with hot sauce.
Dinner: Melon (0SP) wrapped with Prosciutto (1 ounce – 3SP), Italian Chicken & Arugula Salad (5 SP) – 1 1/2 cups Arugula (0SP), 1 cup grape tomatoes (0SP), 9 large olives (1SP), sliced green onion (0SP), 3 ounces roasted sliced boneless skinless chicken breast (2SP), 2 tablespoons shredded parmesan (1SP) and 2 tablespoons reduced fat Italian dressing (1SP) and glass of wine (5 ounces for 4SP). Of course this salad can be made lots of different ways using the vegetables and protein you like best and/or have on hand. Use it as a template to create your own personal salad sensation.
Dessert: Peanut Butter & Strawberry Rice Cake (3 SP) – top a plain brown rice cake (1SP) with 2 teaspoons peanut butter (2SP) and sliced strawberries (0SP) If strawberries are not in season, top with season fruit of your choice. Right now sliced apples and pears would both be good.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Let the Good Bars Roll!! Bring Back My Bars Revealed!

Bring Back My Bar: Let the Good Bars Roll



And the Bring Back My Bar winners are…
Ready for a blast from the past? Your votes have been tallied and these 20 retired Scentsy fragrances are the fan favorites! They’re available to purchase beginning Jan. 1, or get a bundle of all 20 Bring Back My Bar fragrances beginning Dec. 21 to start sharing them with customers! 
Get them at my website at www.beautynscents.net

  • Banana Nut Bread
  • Carrot Cake
  • Cherry Almond Pie
  • Cherry Vanilla
  • Go-Go-Goji
  • Grandma’s Kitchen
  • Grape Granita
  • Happy Go Lucky
  • Hemingway
  • Hendrix
  • Mulberry Bush
  • My Home
  • Oats & Honey
  • Puppy Love
  • Red Delicious
  • Simply Irresistible
  • Simply Rose
  • Spiced Grapefruit
  • Watermelon Patch
  • Wild Black Cherry

Beginning Jan. 1, each Bring Back My Bar is $5, or choose how many Scentsy Bars you want from the options below and save:

  • 3 Scentsy Bars: $14 ($1 savings)
  • 6 Scentsy Bars: $25 (Buy 5, get 1 free)
  • All 20 fragrances: $85 (15% off)
Available Dec. 21 for Consultants only through the Workstation! Customers may purchase this bundle beginning Jan. 1.

The Bring Back My Bar promotional flier will be available Dec. 21. We’ll send a special email on Jan. 4 to all customers who opted in during the voting process, linking them to your Personal Website (PWS). We’ll also include an announcement in the Jan. 6 edition of the Making Perfect Scents e-newsletter.

Bring Back My Bar fragrances are available Jan. 1-31, 2016, only — stock up while you can! www.beautynscents.net

Monday, November 30, 2015

Awesome Customer Review!!!

With Jordyn's permission I wanted to share with you her review on the Scentsy products she was able to try recently!!! Thank you for you honest review!
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Objective Smoke Free - Day #22, WOW I Made a New Habit

So today marks 3 weeks and a day as a non-smoker.  Do I feel different? Well I suppose the fact that I am not needing to go outside at night or the fact that I am not thinking about my next cigarette, then yes I feel different.  If we are talking about health, no.... matter of fact I made the realization yesterday that I have been eating alot more and didn't even notice it.  My replacement of cigarettes with Tea has been a huge success, but I hadn't realized that I also had been snacking more.  So now that I have the smoking behind me I guess my focus needs to be on healthy eating.  I had been on that road before and then the Vertigo happened and I totally put the healthy eating and exercise on the back burner.  With the holidays coming, I will need to be conscious of my food types and my food consumption.
Ok but back to being a non-smoker. I am thrilled and beside myself that it was as easy as it was. I don't hardly think about it at all.  The only time I feel like I am supposed to be smoking is while I am driving.  My trip in January and February is going to be the true test.  About 24 hours of driving.  I got this though.  If I can quit then I can drive and be quit! ;) I just can't wait for me lungs to start feeling different!  It's been 32 yrs of not being able to take a really deep breath!!!!  I want that!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

STOP JUDGING PEOPLE!

http://www.mindmovies.com/breakfree

Posted by Mind Movies on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Objective Smoke Free Day #15 - 2 Weeks and Disclaimer

Today I come to you with a disclaimer....  I have been using the term Operation Smoke Free since the beginning of my Non-Smoking Journey.  I was unaware that there was a website dedicated to just this.  It is actually called Operation Smoke Free and has Agents to help you quit smoking.  I am not associated with this site in any way and have therefore changed my reference to Objective Smoke Free. Sorry if this has caused any confusion.

Today marks 2 weeks of being smoke free.  Has it been tough?  There have been moments.  There have been times I think, shouldn't I be smoking right now.  It's not so much cravings I get but more a feeling of something missing.  A feeling I should be doing something.  My evenings are getting a bit better and I have tried to create a new routine but it's not 100% feeling good yet.  It's not flowing and is a bit quirky at best. I have replaced my cigarettes with Tea of many kinds.  My favorite is Yogi tea... there are so many flavors with so many benefits.  i am still having an issue with being not tired at night.  I tend to stay up till midnight or so and find myself coaxing myself to bed. I wake up very tired and not as refreshed as I used to wake up.  I used to call myself a morning person and now it's changed... it's taking about an hour to shake the cobwebs.  My chest is a bit congested and I may be coming down with the stuffies.  I am being told by my doctor that this is all normal.  I will continue on this journey as she also said it will take approx 3 months before I start feeling a difference.

I thing I am truly grateful for is the amount of people cheering me on and those that have come to me saying you have inspired me to quit too!!  I love that and I will be here to help you along your own personal journey of becoming smoke free!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Objective Smoke Free- Day #10, Creating my Future

Well apparently I was just to darn busy to even notice I quit smoking and write about it yesterday LOL.  In all honesty, I was very busy yesterday.  I worked my business to the bone and had help from my niece to package up a fundraiser I completed for the Freshman Class. I really do enjoy giving back to my community and this is a great way to do it.  Anyway this blog isn't about Scentsy but about my Smokeless journey.  I know that keeping busy helped keep my mind off the task at hand.  Although last evening I was put to the ultimate test...  i have to consider whether I failed or had a revelation.  I was on the phone most of the night coaching my team and the pacing smoking thing was beginning to taunt at me. I was getting cravings periodically in my conversations. So I went and grabbed my vape pen (ecig) and put on my shoes and out to the garage I went.  I took the quickest drag off the pen and cough and coughed and coughed. It felt like the very first time I ever smoked....  that teenage kid thinking they were cool. I was totally turned off this time though and put it back in my pocket and forgot about it.  So the question here is did I fail or did I confirm that I don't want to smoke, that I don't care to be a smoker and I don't even like it.  I believe the latter is my response. I have successful created a mindset and future of a non-smoker. I am thrilled.  It didn't even take as long as most suggested it would.  Now I realize the possibility of cravings in the future.  But the way I see it is when you have a thought to cross the railroad tracks as the gates are coming down and you say oh I'll make it, but you slow down to wait it out.... that is how it feels when I get a craving and then it just goes away.  I am proud of what I have accomplished.  I hope this inspires many to quit too and to have the proper mindset when you do. Operation Smoke Free has been a Success!!!!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Objective Smoke Free Day #8 - Not giving in, not giving up!

Well day marks a week and day that I become a non-smoker!  I have to admit that it doesn't seem hard.  I am not sure what I have done differently other than KNOW that I was going to QUIT and KNOW that I had no choice!  Do I have times when I think about how it would be to have a cigarette?  I have to say YES.  But it's not a craving like ... OMG I have to have a cigarette.  It's more like ... oh to take a break and go out and have a butt.  It really does boil down to habit.  It's a habit that fills certain times of day or fills certain feelings I get.  Sometimes I feel like I should be smoking when I am on the phone or going outside! It really is weird to not smoke after 32 years.  It was part of everything I did.  It's kind of like mourning something you have had as part of your life for so long.  I have promised that I would not give in to those feelings and not give up on the finish line.  I will say that I don't feel any different. Like I don't feel healthier or feel like I have clearer lungs or more energy...  not sure when that happens but I can't wait!  I have a follow up appointment with the Doctor on Friday and look forward to giving her my journey!