i am in Blaine, MN waiting for the end of our first session today. we flew in on saturday and set up on sunday. after set up we all went to the bar to watch the Lions take down the Buccaneers. the food there was fantastic. i ordered a Pot Roast Sandwich that was awesome. had pot roast, onion, carrot, onion strings and horseradish mayo on a toasted hoagie. mm... the juices were soaked up in the hoagie and it was delish. this was a difficult test for me though. not eating, because i assure you that i do not need any testing for that! :) but after the meal and because we were enjoying some drinks it was difficult to turn down the offer of a smoke. it is simply because of the habit of smoking after meals or during drinks and NOT because i have an addiction to it. i had no problem saying no however i DID step outside for the conversation while my co workers partook of their smokey treats. it has been 10days since my last cig and i feel pretty good. Sept. 1 was my goal to stop, however it ended up being the 3rd. BUT THAT'S OKAY! it still happened. with the increase of tobacco tax and the 'amazing health benefits' of smoking i decided to finally put it out. i also just got tired of waking up congested and feeling like crap. having to hack my way through the morning and blow my nose every minute.... ugh. i feel much better. also i am planning on getting into a regular routine of running. so obviously the smoking needed to stop. it's all part of working towards a healthier me.
small, steady steps and sticking to it wins the race. i'll see you at the finish line.