Thursday, September 13, 2007

I have good news coming out of my ass

GN #1: Blue Streak gets AWESOME gas mileage. He was just over half full when I got him--and now, almost a week later, he's just UNDER half full. A whole week of driving! I know! (And yes, they didn't give him to me with a full tank of gas. The guy drove it down to the station to put in 8 gallons or so but come on--it's KIA, not Mercedes.) ;)

GN #2: I'm off today and tomorrow for Rosh Hashana. A 4-day weekend--sweet. I love Jewish people.

GN #3: I'm down another 3 pounds, for a total of 5 so far. I'm now at a weight (146) I haven't been in over a year that wasn't flu- or heartbreak-induced. 6 more pounds, baby! If this keeps up I should be there by my 31st, easily.

GN #4: Yesterday was a pretty big day. It was the official one-month mark since I quit this last time. I haven't made it a month in....well, a while. And I'm still going strong. I needed the gum pretty heavily that first couple of weeks, but it hit me the other day that I haven't needed it in a while. I still carry it around with me, though. Just in case.

There's a funny story with this, though. Yesterday after work, I went out with 2 guy teachers, M. and C. When M. asked how the quitting was going, I realized that that day was my 1-month, and I told them so. "And I've only slipped a couple times in the whole month!" I proudly told them.

They looked at each other. "So you HAVE smoked in the last month?" M. asked with an evil glint in his eye. I could tell that these boys, aka The Brothers I Never Wanted, were about to bust my balls.

"Well, yeah," I said. "But I only had, like, 2 cigarettes. In a MONTH. Normally, I would have smoked 500 in that time."

"So you haven't QUIT," said C. "You're just smoking LESS."

"Oh, please!" I defended myself. "2 cigarettes does not a smoker make. From 500 to 2?? I'm doing AWESOME. Plus, my online support group says that it's okay, even normal, to have a slip. That doesn't count."

They looked at each other. "So..." said C. "I could cheat on my wife"--note: C. is single-- "and I could say, 'But it was just one time! It doesn't count! And baby, I'm doing it a lot less than I was! Isn't that great??' "

The boys are both snickering now.

"AND," added M., "even if you DID, you could just go online to your support group and they'd say, 'Hey! Don't beat yourself up! It was just a slip!' "

By this point, of course, the guys were laughing their asses off. They thought they were hysterical. I just crossed my arms and silently stared at them--it was the "teacher stare" that I've mastered this last month.

M. caught my eye and suddenly stopped laughing. "Sorry, Jen," he mumbled. "You're right. Congratulations."

Ha! The teacher stare even works on OTHER TEACHERS!

(It WAS funny, though.)

And finally, GN #5: When you put #3 and #4 together, I have actually lost 5 pounds WHILE quitting smoking! (Soon to be 10 pounds!) Whoo hoo!!!


Nik said...

I have to agree with the boys in the smoking discussion. They did bring up a very valid opint, if you think about it.

But, anyways, congrats to ya on the smoking and weight loss. You Can Do IT!!!!

Jen said...


Jen said...

GN #6: I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by switching to Geico!

(No, seriously.)

keesh said...

I say screw those boys. they haven't known you long enough to know how much of a "crutch" smoking can be for you and you are doing an amazing job!! 2 cigarettes isn't bad and any less is better than nothing so really, you are doing WONDERFUL!! Be proud, very proud! Glad to hear the good news!! You have had enough bad shit happen that you deserve this more than anyone!

anna said...

And I think to myself - What a Wonderful World!
(Sing it now, people!)

Jen said...

I love that song.

I used to think I'd want that at my wedding for my dance with Dad. Now, I suspect, it'll be me dancing with my 20 cats in my large flowered moo-moo.

(Did I spell that wrong? LOL)

keesh said...

That song. oh that song. First of all it is my brother's all time favorite song and they played it at my wedding while people were being seated and I could hear it in the room I was in, so I cried...yup, tears welled up on me. Then my step sister asked me last year if it would be ok if she danced with my Dad at her reception, I said of course and she chose that song. Tears tears is an amazing song!

Anonymous said...

How come when I say that I get accused of not being supportive??

Anonymous said...

But I AM still proud of you.

Keep it up!! (the not smoking, not the smoking.) :-)

and please DC.

Jen said... come when you say WHAT, crazy lady?