calvin-hobbes-new-years-resolutionsI’m not one for the whole New Year’s Resolution-thing.  The start of the year has no other meaning than Julius Caesar decided the date worked for him for religious and political reasons. Since then both the religion and the Roman Empire has ceased to exist.  (Click here, for a rather interesting read about why the year starts on Jan 1st as opposed to any other date of the year)

I am also not a fan of the whole resolutions thing since they always get broken. You’re good for a week, then it goes downhill from there and you can add yet another failure to your list of accomplishments. I realize that the only thing that has changed since last year, is (drumroll please) THE YEAR!


The new routine I am trying to implement into my life is in no way, shape or form related to the new year. No, Sir! It is rather, a direct result of a decision I made 10 weeks ago, when I decided to quit smoking.  As many ex-smokers before me have learned, there is an obvious inversely proportional correlation between how much poison you no longer inhale into your lungs and the circumference of your waist. For those of you that have never quit smoking, this is what happens: For every cigarette you do not fire up and inhale, your waist grows! I KNOW! IT’S SICK!

fb_img_1451149176464Then add all the fat and sugary foods us Northerners stuff our faces with during Christmas. Of course, by tradition there must be 7 different kinds of festive bakes. There are several traditional dinners we must go through, and I can assure you – not one of them is particularly healthy! Not even the cod, as it is served with a delicious sauce, consisting of cream and butter. There is chocolate, marzipan, desserts and puddings, there is beer and aquavit, there is soda and there is wine – and it is all flowing in liberal quantities. Of course, quitting smoking under such circumstances may seem foolish if gaining weight is a concern. Yes, I’ll give you that. But then there is never a good time to quit smoking in that respect, there will always be a celebration or an event where one may be tempted to stuff sugar cookies in one’s mouth.

michelingThe thing is – there is a significant difference between quitting smoking and quitting life. I want to keep my social life even though I choose not to smoke. I do want to go about my life in the exact same way as before – just without the smokes! I do want to celebrate X-mas, without the smokes. I want Easter-vacation as well (I do not celebrate Easter religiously, but it is bank holidays and time off), and I do want my marzipan eggs and the sweets and the seasonal foods. I am unwilling to change all of that just because I quit smoking! The result is that 10 kilos places themselves around my waist, and I am down to two pairs of jeans that I am able to zip up, and then the top half of my stomach spills over the waistband making me look as if I got stuck halfway through a motorcycle tire. If I keep this up, I will look just like the Michelin man! And that is the reason I took up jogging!

6fihrI must say that quitting smoking this time is going way better than before. I haven’t really exploded on anyone, and the urge to kill people for being annoying has not been very prominent. Now, that fact alone should qualify for a shiny #weeklysmile!

(If you want to hear all about my first week of jogging, stay tuned for a very, very, very whiney post.)

I am joining the #WeeklySmile bunch, as I wholeheartedly agree with the host, Trent, that we need some positive posts in between all the serious stuff in the news and on the web. Give someone a smile today, and see what happens!

Care to join us at the #WeeklySmile ? Then go to Trent’s World  and join the LINK UP!

Older entries in the #WeeklySmile:

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29 thoughts on “I haven’t killed anyone!

  1. My husband quit smoking about two years ago. He started by using e-cigs and then just weaned himself off of those. I’ve never smoked, so I have no advice. But I understand it can be very difficult. I’m rooting for you!

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  2. Congratulations on making the decision to quit and still be doing it after ten weeks. That’s an achievement in itself. The only NY resolution I ever made and stuck to was the one to wear perfume every day instead of leaving it sit in the cupboard! I’m not sure though that you can connect your urge to deal harshly with annoying people to your lack of a cigarette. I get the impression you don’t like fools! Seriously though, well done and happy jogging.

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    1. hehehehehehehe, I do have a temper, yes 🙂 You are absolutely correct there 🙂

      New Year’s Resolution: To tolerate fools more gladly, provided this does not encourage them to take up more of my time.
      – James Agate


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    1. Thanks. I am not safe yet, I have quit for longer than this and started back up… But this time is the easiest one of all my attempts to quit. I guess (and hope) I am motivated enough this time to never ever light up the next sig 🙂 And the jogging, thats just to get into shape, I may well switch into something alot more enjoyable after a while.

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  3. Congratulations on making it so long without killing anyone! I quite smoking years ago and and can understand why there might be a high body count associated with it. Good luck with your jogging. I do run so won’t be as sympathetic with your whiny post on your first week as I was with this one 😉 But I am looking forward to it.

    I hope that 10 weeks turns into, well, forever. Thanks for joining this week’s smile.


  4. Congratulations on quitting! I quit when I found out I was pregnant with my little girl. She turns 5 in May. I did try to go back to smoking when I was around friends who smoked but I didn’t like it anymore. I hope you get to that point when it actually doesn’t taste nice for you then you know you’re free forever. And I do think cold turkey is better.
    On the putting on the extra inches and kilos… it’s unfortunate… it’s a misfortune we have to accept. I was blaming the pregnancy until I saw my photos 2 years ago and had to admit that I was thinner 2 years after giving birth than 4 years after. It’s the absence of cigarettes.. trade off, you know.
    You’ll be fine! 72 days is awesome! And life is meant to be enjoyed. Food is to be enjoyed. We can jog. 🙂


  5. I’m completely with you, after quitting smoking 4 years ago my waist just gets bigger each winter and never quite as small again each summer! 🙂 but at least I’m not smoking

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  6. Well done on the quitting smoking! I whole-heartedly agree with you regarding new year’s resolutions, but great to hear that you’re continuing on with your November ones. I also think that January in general tends to be a month of bad moods after the excess (and bills!) of December, so you can blame some of the non-smoking anger on that… 😉

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    1. Thank you for your comment. My mood has not been as bad this time around than all my previous attempts at quitting, so I do take that as a positive sign. And I don’t really miss it or think about it. Maybe I managed to quit for good this time?


  7. Hi Olive Ole, thanks for following my blog! As a former smoker, I wish you all the best as you struggle through these early days. They say substituting a healthy habit for the cigarette is a great way to get past the craving. Like chewing celery or sitting in meditation, or a brisk, brief walk. Keep us posted!

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    1. Thank you so much for your encouraging post! I don’t really miss the smoking, so that part is going really good. But I’m getting fat though… (hence the running)


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