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Hi Annie,

Welcome to 20 months free from smoking.   Look at all those stars.  Remember this one? 

Congratulations!

      

AnnieXS

From: AnnieXS

Jan-8

Hi Marge:

Thank you for remembering.  I just shed tears of joy.  What a reminder.  Those stars were the most important thing in the world to us.  Each one, a hard fought badge of honor for making it through another month.  

I can't believe how far we've come.  We're doing this my friend! :) :) :)

Gersheps

From: Gersheps

Jan-9

Hi, Annie,

What a great Milestone! at 20 months, you're not far from that much-sought-after 80% Clubhouse.  When you get there you'll find a lot of Freedom Marchers (along with many other non-smokers) waiting to welcome you.  Just keep doing what you're doing.

Steve

AnnieXS

From: AnnieXS

Jan-9

Hi Steve!

Thanks so much.  Not too far off now.  You are less than two months away!  The Freedom Marchers are definitely the example to follow.  There are a lot of you who have kept your quits.

It sure took a long time but I don't think about it much anymore.  Still that void here and there and once in a while when I'm super stressed but even that is starting to fade.  Not to say I don't fantasize about an alcoholic beverage and a smoke every now and then.  I'll have a drink again some day... without the smoke.  It comes more easily to some than others.  I think I would categorize myself as the latter. ;)

I hope you're well.  I'm guessing that you have a lot of snow right now.

Gersheps

From: Gersheps

Jan-9

Hi, Annie,

We have over 2' on the ground, from a storm that hit us December 29-30.  We got 27", the worst of all the areas hit by it.  Right now, the temp is -6°, and the wind chills could reach -15 tonight.  Wednesday thru Friday are supposed to be in the 40s, with rain, which means some of this snow will melt.  We need it to go into the ground, to build up the groundwater in the aquifers.  We've been in a drought since last spring, and this is the most snow we've had since 2014.

You mentioned that you don't think much about it any more.  You're in a good place, IMO.  I'm at the point where it is neutral to me, the way it was before I ever started smoking.  I sometimes notice people doing it, and I smell cigarette smoke when I'm near a smoker, but my reaction is neutral, as it's something I just don't do.  My emphasis now is on losing the weight I put on when I quit.  That may be a challenge.

Hang in there, and in 4 short months you'll be in the 80% Clubhouse.

Steve

AnnieXS

From: AnnieXS

Jan-9

Hi Steve:

Holy SH$%.  That is a lot of snow!  So snow melting is a good thing for your drought.  That said, I hope it doesn't freeze again and turn into a sheet of ice.  Have I said I don't miss that lately?  Okay, I won't rub it in. ;)

My goal this year is to get into shape.  I need to work out consistently.  I don't need to lose weight but I feel like a blob.  The old gut is feeling quite uncomfortable so I need to redistribute, if that is still possible at this age.  It will be a challenge but it can't be more challenging than what we've already accomplished. 

So good to talk to you.

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