Archive for July, 2008

Treadmill to beat the smoking?

Posted by Darrin Maidlow on July 30 2008 Add Comments

Yes, this is actually working.  I have the treadmill set up just outside my office.  When the phone rings, I walk over to the treadmill put it on a low speed and I walk while I talk.  It helps me feel like I’m pacing, I don’t think about smoking, and best part is I’m moving [...]

Sleeping with the Nicorette patch on is bad news

Posted by Darrin Maidlow on July 30 2008 Add Comments

I’ve found that sleeping with the patch on is bad news.  I didn’t sleep well.  I had weird and sometimes bad dreams.  Usually I never dream. The patch releases nicotine in a time controlled manner – but you don’t smoke when you’re sleeping.  I’ve been told that keeping it on all night helps those that [...]

I feel like my head is going to explode…

Posted by Darrin Maidlow on July 29 2008 Add Comments

Ugh.  I guess the patch is working.  I only feel mildly homicidal.  My lungs physically ache – like they’re begging for smoke.  Why does addiction suck so much?  I wonder if any of this is from the lack of caffeine? “They” say quitting smoking is worse than quitting heroine.  I guess the looming threat of [...]

My phone rang…

Posted by Darrin Maidlow on July 28 2008 Add Comments

It’s really weird sitting in my chair talking on the phone.  I usually pace and chain smoke. Not happy…where’s that gum…

First day at work – No Smoking!

Posted by Darrin Maidlow on July 28 2008 Add Comments

Up this morning.  Put on my patch first thing.  Went downstairs for a nice bowl of Special K and an apple.  Mmmm breakfast.  Good thing my wife is not here. I really want some coffee. Have the gum ready just in case. I hope my phone doesn’t ring..

Move your butt dude

Posted by Darrin Maidlow on July 27 2008 Add Comments

I need to get active.  Need to move my butt.  Somehow this is the part of this entire thing that scares me the most.  Exercise is just – uncomfortable, and messy =) I’m fortunate that I’m self employed.  I have a feeling this would be a lot harder to do if I worked for someone, [...]

You are what you eat

Posted by Darrin Maidlow on July 26 2008 Add Comments

Ewww.  Not good for me if that’s true.  I think one of my KEY problems is this – the single giant meal.  I get up in the morning, fire up the coffee maker.  Check the email.  Once the coffee is brewed I check the news, then I head out for a smoke and get ready [...]

Kicking the Habit

Posted by Darrin Maidlow on July 25 2008 Add Comments

I’ve smoked for about 15 years.  I remember my parents warning me,  they said "Don’t do it, it’s really hard to quit and you will regret it".  Those were the years where I didn’t listen to my parents very much.  Add that to the ‘fact’ that I was indestructible, and I had iron will power.  [...]

“You’re borderline diabetic, and your cholesterol puts you at risk for a heart attack”

Posted by Darrin Maidlow on July 23 2008 one Commented

My doctor told me that recently.  I’ll be turning 30 in a few weeks.  I’m 5’6”, I weigh like 250+ lbs.  I smoke a pack or more a day.  I sit in front of a computer 12 to 18 hours a day.  I drink way too much coffee.  I have terrible eating habits. Its time [...]