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


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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!  

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Objective Smoke Free - Day #7 - What's YOUR Fight?

Today is day 7. It makes a week since I began my journey as a non-smoker.  Has it been easy?  I wouldn't say it was hard, but there have been moments of test. The struggle can be real but it is not over powering.  I think the reason for this is one, I was not a HUGE smoker, but two, I decided it was going to be easy, something I HAD to do. No choices, no second guesses. I made up my mind I was going to quit and I quit.  I try to explain this to my husband who smokes almost 2 packs a day.  I have heard often that you have to WANT to quit.... Well I am here to agree.  It really is mind over matter.  5% of the addiction is from nicotine and the other 95% is our habits, our plan, our emotions and our thoughts around smoking.  If that is the case and it takes 3 days for nicotine to be expelled from your body once you are no longer introducing it, then the 5% is a piece of cake.  Sleep it off, jog it off, play it off, do something to keep your mind SUPER busy for those 3 days.  Something that won't trigger the desire for one.  Something that isn't the normal habit to break the cycle.  But mainly my reflection this Sunday is that there are so many things out there that are so much worse and that put this habit into perspective.  If you have gotten to the point of Cancer caused by this habit then you know what I am talking about.  But if you look out into our world as the children that are suffering from things like Leukemia or other horrible life draining diseases then this habit of mine seems so small. I have a friend who's child has just received a bone marrow transplant.  Although the prognosis is good the journey is painful.  How can I be complaining about quitting a choice I made, something I choose to do, something that is my decision..... when this child is suffering from something she never wanted, never asked for and did NOT choose.  If she can fight the BIG battle each and everyday, then I can put down the cigarette and enjoy the life I was given.
This is for you Kearston!  ♥  Keep fighting the Big Fight girl as my sacrifice is tiny....


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Objective Smoke Free - Day #6 Breaking Bad..... Habits

Day #6
Wow I didn't think it would be this easy to quit smoking.  Please don't take me as arrogant, but I really thought I would have more cravings then I have.  However I would like to address the craving I have and when it happens.  Part of my routine is having 2 cigarettes directly before bed.  I get up from working or watching tv, the decision is made that it's time for bed, I go outside smoke my butts which seemingly make me feel tired and then in I go, take a drink of water and off to bed.  If at anytime I get distracted and do not head off to bed, then there were many times I would go right back out and have another cigarette just so I could come inside, drink and bed.  I have been finding myself standing there or sitting there thinking what do I do. I feel lost, I feel not tired and I feel unfinished in my day without that routine.  I have been going outside, with the dog, having my drink and going to bed, or just going in the garage and coming in to a drink and bed.  It obviously is working but my mind is unsettled.  Tonight I am trying taking the dog out, drink and bed again... but this time telling myself this is the new routine.  This is my new thing!  I don't like that unfinished feeling and feeling a bit lost.  LOL Last night Ben came back in from his ritual and stated he was going to bed. I literally stood there not knowing what to do.  YIKES, reading and typing this, it sounds a bit OCD.  LOL
I got this!  I can do this! My new routine is perfect!  Leo will love it! Here is to a day shy of a week as a non-smoker!

Friday, November 6, 2015

Objective Smoke Free - Day #5 Shake me up and Throw me back in!

Good Morning Everyone:
You know I watch people, I listen to people and I create a unspoken opinion every time I hear of someone's failure or their success. I think that is human nature.  But the worst opinion is the one that I form of myself.  You know that judgmental one, the critic. The one that says, you just aren't doing enough.  But the revelation I made this morning, is that with every struggle I have faced in my life, that every single time, I learn a new approach, it sheds new light on an obstacle.  It creates a stirring inside me that will manifest itself in whatever power it sees fit for that moment.  I know this is deep but deep is where I am.  Deep in my vortex of life.  Those moments when I thought I was failing, were the moments I was truly growing.  About 4 weeks ago I began an educational path that I have now already seen change my life.  I asked for abundance, we worked on how that looks, what that meant and how I would achieve it.  I stated over and over how quickly I do things, how impatient I am and that it wasn't necessarily a bad thing but something that propelled me forward....  notice the word propelled, rather than pushed. On the second week, I started spinning.... no literally.  Migraine associated Vertigo hit me hard for one week...  Now that my head is clear I realized a pretty profound thing....  It was the universe saying... you wanna propel, then let's spin...  SLOW DOWN!!!  These were the words I heard over and over! SLOW DOWN and take it all in, let it happen!  The Dr said if you don't quit smoking you WILL have a Stroke.  hmmmm  coincidence? I think not!  Fast forward about 4 days.  Pick a quit date, ok Monday the 2nd, make a plan, ok just quit.....  My mindset is so in tune now that I found the resources and knowledge I needed to quit... not sure how, but it all showed up for me.  I started with... This is easy, what is the fuss everyone makes about quitting.  Have I had some dips of cravings, sure I have, but I move right past them... why because I am not a smoker.  Non-smokers don't smoke!  5% of cigarette smoking is nicotine addiction and 95% of it is all in your mind, the cravings, the habit, the desire.  It takes 3 days for the nicotine to be expelled from your body, so what's the fuss 3 days is nothing!  Today is day 5 and although I have been quiet, I have been sooooooo busy... at least today was the day I realized how busy I have been.  Healing myself, coaching myself, learning about myself and creating my future and my today!  The arsenal you ask? My mind! My brain!  I am blessed and fortunate.  I am 100% better and I am 100% a non-smoker.  Allen Carr has a program that I haven't taken but the just of it is mind over matter, at least I think so from the videos I watched... If he can make tons of money coaching people that...  I should be the richest woman in the world because I already know it!
Moving forward, moving fast. I thank the universe for slowing me down a bit, shaking me up and throwing me back in!  I TOTALLY GOT THIS!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Objective Smoke Free - Day #4 Mindset

Day 4 has begun!! 

I am thrilled with the way this is working out. Yesterday I started with half a patch on my arm and told myself that I wouldn't use my e-cig.... and I didn't.  The "right before bed thing" has proven to be the toughest time, but I got through it.  Matter of fact keeping myself busy has been the trick.  Mostly keeping my mind busy and off thinking about it. 

I really do believe that if you allow your mind to help you it will. I found out that only 5% of withdrawals are from Nicotine and 95% are from the mind... meaning it's habit or desire to want to quit. We know all the reason we shouldn't quit but when we concentrate on the reason we should, it makes a huge difference. See yourself as a non-smoker. Build that image in your mind, honestly it works!!!! No I am not wacked... I am someone who believes in brain training. The brain is a muscle just like in the rest of our body... many train their bodies... then why not our brain.  I was listening to a video on Allen Carr, Easy Way to Quit Smoking.  It seems to be a very old method and to be honest I have only heard testimonies, but it seems to be based primarily on mindset.  You know that we accomplish everything we do in life because at some point we decided whether consciously or subconsciously that we could do it.  What makes quitting smoking any different.  

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Objective Smoke Free, DAY 3 confessions:

Operation Smoke Free, DAY 3 confessions: So yesterday wasn't too bad... why? I wore a patch. I cut a 21mg patch in half (10.5mg) and wore that all day. I also have an e-cig from when I tried to quit before. I've had a few drags on that before bed to ease me anxiety. BUT the final result is I have NOT smoked any cigarettes since Monday!! Zero, none, nada!!! I can do this!!!

I am not perfect and yes I feel like I am cheating, but I also feel as though I am getting closer and closer everyday to a smoke free life. Is support considered cheating or just support..... well not only are all YOU supporting me but so is the patch and the ecig. Eventually I won't need the support because I will be able to do it all on my own. Right now I am braking habits. Like going into the garage to have a puff, like having 2 last thing before bed, like having a few while talking on the phone, after I eat, during a stressful situation, while driving the car. These habits where built in 32 years of smoking. 10-20 a day. I am breaking my habits and lowering my nicotine intake. I am totally eliminating the carcinogens in the actual cigarette out of my body. I have a fun app that I am using on my phone and it gives me daily updates on what I have regained each hour from NOT smoking cigarettes. Already my sense of taste and smell is 100% regained. My Carbon-monoxide levels have been 100% eliminated from my blood and my oxygen levels are being restored. Now I am working on my Circulation, Lung Health, Cravings, Risk of Tooth Loss (yea not sure I had ever thought of this) and Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke. I have regained 12 hours of Life!!
This is my journey and I am ready!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Objective Smoke Free & MAV, Migraine Associated Vertigo - My Journey Day 2

I am so beyond myself this morning. I am just a part time smoker, I said. I only smoke at night, I said. It's not a big deal, I said. Day 1 has past. I did have to take a couple puffs off my vape e-cig before bed, but I made it though without 1 cigarette. The support I am getting is beyond what I ever would have imagined. Messages from people I don't really even know. Encouraging posts on my page. Advice filled comments everywhere. 
I KNOW I CAN DO THIS WITH EVERYONE WALKING ALONG SIDE ME AND SUPPORTING ME! Last night was also the first night I didn't have to take my migraine medicine. Or at least I chose not to. Talking on the phone, or concentrated talking in general seems to get my head. I still have what I call my bobble head still on and my sea legs attached. At least they all feel attached now when before they pretty much were doing what they wanted like a bad marionette! I am blessed to be loved as I am. I thank all of you for the kind words of encouragement. My journey has just begun and I feel stronger and more capable because of YOU! Thank you!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Introducing a new project myself and a few friends are working on! The Glow : Sisters in Scent Firefly Chats!

A Thousand Years sung by EdieAnne

"A Thousand Years"

Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall?
But watching you stand alone,
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow.

One step closer

I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

Time stands still
Beauty in all she is
I will be brave
I will not let anything take away
What's standing in front of me
Every breath
Every hour has come to this

One step closer

I have died every day waiting for you
Darling, don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

One step closer
One step closer

I have died every day waiting for you
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more

Monday, May 4, 2015

Be happy in your heart!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Are you Joining Me?

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Why at-home direct sales are skyrocketing and helping moms make money

Why at-home direct sales are skyrocketing and helping moms make money

Loved seeing my clip on the Today Show this morning!!! Thank you for that!!!! ...
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Story you Tell

Tonight, I decided to take some time and go and read many of my team/group's stories on their websites. See Scentsy provides us a place on our websites to share with everyone our "Story". I think that it is unique since I have not seen this with many companies. Its a great way to learn more about them and I loved that I got to connect with them individually even more. I am grateful to have such an amazing group of people to walk this journey with me. I know some people think the word "journey" is over used, I suppose in some cases it is... however we are all on one. What you create, see, experience and love along that journey is up to you and by the choices you make. Sharing our stories is important to our own growth and can in turn help or motivate others. As I have grown in my own life and journey i have often been heard saying... everything happens for a reason and you don't always know what that reason is.... my interpretation of this nowadays is that God gives us experiences, good and bad, so that we can become his best teachers. Share your story and you will see how it enlightens others. wink emoticon Click here if you are interested in reading mine. 
I would love to hear what you think.