My First Giveaway!

15 04 2011

I am having my very first giveaway on my Youtube channel.  This giveaway is to celebrate three months smoke free for me next week and there will be THREE lucky winners!  Watch the video and read the information box for the rules and enter on in.  The prizes are humble and non-hair related, but they come from my hands and my heart.  Thank you so much for all of your support and encouragement!

Also, starting today, you should see more activity from me on here and on Youtube.  My work schedule change has taken effect and I will have a lot more time to devote to doing this thing right and I can’t wait!

The prizes are all done!  They just need a wash and they are on the way out the door on Monday!  Thanks again to everyone who entered the giveaway!

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Sorry…

2 04 2011

I’m sorry I have been gone so long.  People have been asking me where I have been and I’ve been here, I have just been unmotivated.  That is why the fifth item on my reinvent list is follow through.  I did very well for the first few months then I just sort of fell off.  To be honest, at first I took a break because I was thinking about how I could improve this blog.  There are a few things about my blog that I am really unhappy with but in order to change those things, it will require a bigger commitment from me.  When I realized that, I ran.

One thing that I learned though was this, I really like blogging and youtubing.  I came back because I missed it so much!  I had never felt so official before.  I really felt like I was making strides in taking over control of my life.  With that freedom though comes some responsibilities.  I can’t run just because I’m scared, that was why I even started doing this right?  To get out of that habit!

I’ll be honest, in my experience, it’s this coming back part that is the hardest.  So I feel as though I am facing my biggest challenge to date now.  I’m gonna keep trying though because like I said, this is so much fun even if it is work!

So what have I been up to?  I am almost 2.5 months smoke free!  I am so excited about that.  However, I have gained back 26 of the 29 pounds that I lost last year.  I’m really trying not to be to upset about it because I gained it back because I quit smoking.  It isn’t surprising, but it isn’t acceptable either.

So I have been easing back into working out as well.  I’m back on the stairs at work now and I have been doing short Bodyrock.tv type workouts at home again.  I am thinking that I need to start recording them as more motivation as well.  I can’t quit and I will blackmail myself if need be!

Financially, I have been very complacent as well.  I am still contributing to my 403b but that is about it.  I haven’t really been sticking to my budget and I haven’t saved anything more that the $1,000 emergency fund.  But hey, I haven’t touched that and the rent is paid on time.

Not much to brag about but that is where I am at.  I’m back, and I’m doing everything that I can to stay back!!





Halfway Through Rehab…

7 02 2011

Otherwise known as 14 days smoke free!!!  I’m so happy and I am totally feeling like a non-smoker.  I felt so much like a non-smoker this afternoon, that I forgot it was cold outside because I hadn’t been outside all day long!!  I’m really loving it!

Thank you so much to everyone who has encouraged, supported and indulged me these last two weeks.  I honestly didn’t know if I could make it this far in the first place.  Now I am ready to put two more weeks behind me as well instead.  Then they can make a rehab movie about me and instead of Sandra Bullock, I’d get Kerry Washington to play me!  LOL





What oh What Have I Been Up To???

1 02 2011

Like I said yesterday, I have made some big decisions lately.  You see, here’s the deal, I quit smoking for mostly financial reasons.  I wanted to save $2000 and I thought I could use my cigarette money to do that.  However, what I realized was that was very short sighted.  First of all because my health and the health of my daughter should be my first priority for quitting smoking and second because I waste way more money than just $150 a month on smokes.  I realized that in order to achieve my 2011 financial goals, I am going to have to take a broader approach and do more than just cut out lunch money and cigarettes from my budget. Read the rest of this entry »





Where oh Where Have I Been???

31 01 2011

I’ve been here.  I took a break because I really needed to be as stress free as possible during my first smoke free week.  It has obviously been the number one thing on my mind lately, and for good reason I suppose.  I am happy to report that today is my 7th smoke free day!  It’s pretty darn awesome too!  I really am enjoying being a non-smoker.  In just 7 days, I’m already noticing big changes!  My favorite part of my day right now is when I walk into my apartment and don’t smell cigarettes.  I haven’t experienced that since I don’t even know when!

I have also been busy making a pretty big decision.  Well I think it’s a big deal…I am going to try to do Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover.  Tomorrow, I’ll be posting more about that as well as where I am at with my 2011 financial goals.

Don’t forget to head over to my Youtube page to see my video journal about quitting smoking.  I promise there is less complaining than you would think!  Thanks for hanging in there with me!  I’m back!





Approaching One Full Day Smoke Free…

25 01 2011

…And no one had to remind me not to make anyone else miserable!  I can’t believe that I made it.  It was hard and not hard at the same time.  I think the thing that most stands out to me is the amazing support that I received today from this blog to Youtube to my co-workers.  I am so grateful to everyone who took the time to give me an encouraging word or a nudge back in the right direction when I was struggling.

One thing that I noticed a lot today is that my brain is seriously trained to smoke at specific times.  I could literally set my watch by my cravings!  It really creeps me out to really think about it.  I am truly an addict and I will always be in recovery from cigarettes.

I have decided that I am going to do a video journal about quitting so that I don’t bog the blog down with quitting updates, but I will keep you all informed on here from time to time as I reach milestones as well.  This is my first entry.

Just so you know, I did call my job and pick up for tomorrow.  So I am in for 8 days in a row but it’s worth it to get paid to not smoke right?  LOL I’m just glad there is enough work for me to be able to pick up a shift.  As far as this evening is going, I must say that I haven’t been having that much difficulty.  I am about to fix dinner now so we’ll see how I feel afterward, but right now, I find myself on a pleasantly even keel.  I’m going to try to ride this one out till bedtime.  Wish me luck! LOL





I’m Quitting Smoking Today!

24 01 2011

Well I think that today is the day.  The day that I quit smoking!  Not sure how I feel about it really.  I was just thinking how I am tired of having to “save” money during my tight times to buy cigarettes.  Then last night I watched this video on YT about the total Money Makeover.

It honestly got me to thinking.  Seriously, if I quit smoking and stopped having lunch at work everyday, I could save $250 a month right there.  Then I started thinking about all the other ways I could add to the pot.  I could make a menu plan and stick to it.  That eliminates two people  going out to eat 3-5 nights a week.  I consider myself a recovering compulsive shopper.  Right now, I am NOT in shopping mode.  I even passed up the WEN sale on QVC this weekend!  LOL  Honestly though that was just because I was saving money for smokes this week…pathetic I know.

So anyway, I am really really nervous and not looking forward at all to the cravings and the mood swings.  I just have to remember that I can’t treat people like crap just because I’m having a nicotene fit!  Anyone who works with me, please feel to remind me of that tomorrow and the next few days in the most loving and caring way you can imagine (insert smile here.)

Now I gotta get into the gym and see what this 38-year old machine called my body can really do!  The nerd in me wishes I could have a full pulmonary function test done now and in 6 months from now to see how I have changed.  I just don’t want to have to pay for them! LOL

So I am reaching out to you all for support!  Please help me hold myself accountable.  I know I can do it, it’s just really hard in the beginning.