Archive for October, 2008
Being a Brit, I have been fascinated over the past 12 months with the election fever happening in the US. It just seems so much more interesting than the staid and incredibly dull (apart from the Swing-o-meter of course) elections that we have here in the UK.
Popbitch today ran a small note about an Esquire piece stating that three out of four white supremacists prefer Obama over McCain! Some of the quotes ore legendary;
“He’s a scary, scary person — more dangerous than Bush. Obama, according to his book, Dreams Of My Father, is a racist and I have no problem with black racists.”, Tom Metzger, Director, White Aryan Resistance.
“Perhaps the best thing for the white race is to have a black president. My only problem with Obama is perhaps he’s not black enough.”, Erich Gliebe, Chairman, National Alliance
“White people are faced with either a negro or a total nutter who happens to have a pale face. Personally I’d prefer the negro.”, Rocky Suhayda, Chairman, American Nazi Party
You can see the full article here.
I can’t remember the last time I saw snow in October, but it was there today in Portleven as I drove through. Anyway, who cares about that, I just wanted to post that it is now 72 hours without a cigarette for me
So when do you become an ex-smoker statistically? I’m now considering myself an ex-smoker having not had one for over 40 hours (yes, I’m still counting the hours rather than the days!).
Have to say that the Champix are working from me. I’m still feeling slightly nauseous after taking them every so often, but I can cope with that if it continues to stop me smoking!
Hmmm, I’m an ex-smoker – that actually sounds good. Apparently my body is nearly clear of carbon monoxide and nicotine – wonder if I will get my sense of smell and taste back?
so, I have now been on the Champix for close to three week – I was meant to give up during week two …. but I didn’t.
However, I am smoking only 5 a day and I don’t have that previous feeling of failure I used to get when I failed to pack them in. Even though I haven’t stopped completely, I still feel some satisfaction at going from 15-20 a day down to 5 which I feel is great even if others don’t.
I did get some strange side-effects when I moved onto the full dose of 2mg per day. I spent 3/4 nights of total sleeplessness. Even when I did get asleep I woke within an hour. That was pretty annoying!! Another side-effect which I still suffer sporadically is horrible nausea about 10 minutes after taking the morning pill. However the sleeplessness has stopped now, and the nausea is quite rare so I continuing with the meds.
Strangely enough, I don’t actually want to smoke at the moment. I find myself smoking when I am bored or looking for something to do. I have no cravings and it seems to be the psychological associations that are keeping me smoking now, so these are the issues I am trying to address. I have already broken the ‘first cig of the day whilst driving to work’ association and not by smoking when I get up from my bed Today, I didn’t have my first cig until around 11:15 and I haven’t had a cig on the drive to the office for well over a week now.
I still have some associations to break, but I really do feel that I will be a non-smoker in the immediate future, and this is why I feel no depression or guilt about having not stopped during the second week.
I will need another vice to replace my smoking though – any suggestions always appreciated!
I’m just back from a week away up north not far from Dornoch. Those that know me will know I keep harping on about how beautifully relaxing the countryside is up there – wonderful beaches and amazing landscapes. Anyway, a week of doing nothing seems to have recharged the batteries, however I did make a decision (followed by an action) whilst away that will hopefully change the future direction of my life.
Now lets run the clock back to 1986. I’m not sure about yourselves, but I was a young and stupid teenager looking for every opportunity to look cool and be noticed by the fairer sex. To help me in this endeavour, I started smoking. It never got me anywhere with those that we don’t understand, but it did put me on the path of over 20 years of being a smoker.
It has never really bothered me that much being a smoker. I smoked. Simple. I never felt guilty and I never worried about how much it was costing me (I smoke roll-ups costing me about £30 every 6 weeks). I realised that my sense of smell had disappeared and my sense of taste was reduced, but I carried on anyway. I saw my mum stop smoking over 10 years ago and still carried on. However recently my 10 year old daughter has been hassling like crazy for her mum and myself to pack them in.
I have tried a few times before, but with nothing spurring me on, I always failed. I eventually spoke to my GP a few weeks ago who decided to put me on Champix. Now these pills apparently affect the receptors in my brain meaning I neither crave a cig, nor do I enjoy it. I am meant to continued smoking whilst on the starter pack and will stop smoking of my own accord somewhere down the 12 week course.
So the outcome of this ramble is that I am now on Champix and attempting to stop smoking. I haven’t managed it yet but I have managed to cut down from approximately 15 a day to around 5.