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Hello Marilyn, Denim and all the March warriors!
Sorry I am late, but wanted to congratulate you all on two years! This year seemed to go by so much faster than the first one, didn't it? The first few months felt like a snails pace, but look at you all now! I am right behind you and ever so grateful we were able to get this far. My only issue right now is weight gain. Still haven't lost what I gained and with the stay at home orders here in Cali, I have gained a few more.
Found some not-so-annoying exercise videos on youtube, but I really need to stop eating and watching TV and just get more active. I have been working from home, which is nice, but also more available for snacks. LOL
Anyway, glad to see you are all still healthy and happy. Stay safe!
Thanks got the party. Sorry I’m a bit late. Well actually I am a week late cause I just clicked over another week of quit time
Rose cuttings. Hmmm. I think I saw somewhere that you cut a stem and insert it into a potato then plant the whole thing into a pot. I haven’t actually tried it but I might give it a try.
Diet and exercise reduced cholesterol from 7.5 to 5.5 so I’m off the hook re having to take the pills which pleases me greatly
Thanks for putting on this lovely party for me . Looking forward to actually being able party in the big house this time. Ha ha
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on four months smoke free! That’s great! I’m so happy for you! You’re doing amazing.
I’m also happy to see you’ve brought your cholesterol down. That’s great too. You have a lot to celebrate. Congratulations on both of your achievements.
How are your plants coming along? Thanks for sharing the advice/idea. I haven’t tried it yet but I aim to. Fingers crossed.
I logged in yesterday to message you but had to log back out before I could post it here. Nonetheless, I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating yesterday. You deserve it. I hope you have a wonderful day today too! Please know that I continue think of you and others often. I’m sorry I can’t post as often as I’d like but I’ll post as I can. I hope you continue to post too. Hope you have a good weekend. On to month five! Hugs.
thankyou so much for the accolades. Very much appreciated. I didn’t do much to celebrate as we still have movement restrictions here. I have signed up for a virtual walk of the Camino de Santiago so I have been busy trying to cover the 700 odd kms by riding my bike. It is really a great motivator and it’s keeping me out there every day.
As for gardening, that has slowed down a bit. The weather has cooled done considerably so I have not done that much. My winter vegetable garden is coming along nicely though. I have Fava beans, snap peas, cabbage, cauliflower and carrots all doing very well. Enjoy your weekend and hopefully see you next month
CONGRATULATIONS on five months smoke free! So happy for you. One more month and you’re half way to the Clubhouse. YAY YOU!
I hope you’re having a wonderful day! You deserve it and I continue to wish you the best. I’ve really missed our talks and being here. I’m going to try to get back on here tomorrow too, and hopefully a bit more often (fingers crossed). How are doing? I think I asked before but can you see pm’s from me? Your virtual walk sounds amazing. I hope you enjoyed it. I’m also glad to hear you’re still riding your bike. Your garden sounds great too. Do you can or freeze any of it? I want to say more but I’m going to go ahead and post this so you’ll see it. I wouldn’t miss your celebration Majesty. Talk more soon. P.S. I’m thinking about making a chocolate cheesecake next.
Oh Wow Denim
you beat me to it. I was just thinking about coming on here to brag about my 5 month milestone and you were already here before me ha ha.
The virtual walk of the Camino de Santiago is going well. I am over half way now but I did fall off my bike on Thursday. A few scratches and bruises but the bike fared far worse than me and had to go to the repair shop. I was riding on a bike path that occasionally had post to stop cars entering and my phone rang and I went to a wet it and ran into a post!!! The moral of this story is plain for all to see.
OMG I love cheesecake but even though I manage to get my cholesterol down I can’t let it get out of hand again so I have to be careful about what I eat. It a bit sad really because I have lost motivation in cooking amazing things
talk soon and thanks so much
I made it back and hopefully I’ll continue to do so more frequently.
I’m sorry to hear that you fell off the bike. I’m sorry you got hurt too but so glad the injuries weren’t worse. I’m also glad that your bike can be fixed.
There are some wonderful cholesterol free and low cholesterol desserts you can make. Many of the recipes can be found online. It’s great that you’re taking such good care of your health, that’s such a important thing.
I’m currently trying to rearrange and change up (redecorate) the living room and kitchen a bit. I’m not quite sure how they’ll turn out yet, but hopefully not too shabby, lol.
I’ve need to go do something but I’ll try to post more tomorrow. I need to try to respond to a couple messages I’ve missed too, so hopefully I can do that soon also. Have a great day. Hugs.
Good morning Denim, well it’s morning here ha ha. Finally picked up my bike from the repair shop so I need to get out there again. The weather has been freezing cold this week though, hopefully it is on the improve. I have recovered from my minor injuries from the crash but I have an on going shoulder problem, not related to the crash, so I’m off for a massage this morning. Hoping for a good result. Managed to get out in the garden yesterday and do a wit of weeding. We had some rain so it’s a good time because the weeds come out easily. I was looking at your stats and it’s almost 2.5 years since you quit and we all met. Where does the time go. It is so easy to forget to quit and next thing you know years have passed. Well done you BTW. I used champix to quit this time round. I think it certainly made things a lot easier. Ok my friend, chat again at the halfway house.
I don’t know if you’ll see this or not but I wanted to congratulate you on five months smoke free. Hope you had a good day. I also hope that you, Mike, and your family are staying safe and healthy. Please stop by sometime and let us hear from you. Sending a big hug and best wishes. Thinking of you.
Just shouting out to folks in the group. I hope all is well in the non-smoking world. I know it is tough for us all to stay in regular touch, but at least we have no resentments or regrets with each other when we go dark for awhile. I still hold this group in a special place and always look out for posts.
It has been an interesting year. Just as I retired and was rehabbing from rotator-cuff surgery (that was delayed 4 months due to the virus situation), I completely tore my achilles tendon playing pickle ball on the tennis court. When it rains it pores. I had surgery last Friday to reattach the tendon and am stuck on the couch for 10 days until I can get a boot on and get around some. What a drag, I was just getting back to some activity as my shoulder improved and could do some one-handed cooking, etc. this comes along. I guess with all that is going on, I should not cry the why-mes, but I am running out of new mini series to entertain me. I certainly was not expecting to have 3 surgeries this year, but thank god I am breathing deep and often, just have to do it from the couch for another rehab period.
Fortunately, through all this, I have not had any real thoughts about smoking. Tough to think back the 2+ years and remember those obsessions/compulsions to smoke, especially in stressful "why-me" moments. I would not have thought that the addiction would be this absent in the 3rd year. I could probably use psych help from a dozen bartenders, but no need for smoking help right now. The promises definitely did come true.
Other than this new injury, all else is going as well as expected during these times. I sure hope all are adjusting and doing well. Please stay safe, patient with all and above all stay strong for yourself and others.