Gaining momentum #smokefree

Day 18. Wow!

This smoke-free initiative is really gaining momentum. In the past week, I have been contacted by various Geelong organisations and our very own Deakin staff and students to share what we are doing. Turns out smoke-free spaces are becoming (or will be very soon) the norm in our community. And can we work together when we are on to something good – you bet we can. Victoria is implementing some serious smoke-free bans from April 1, 2014 – and no, these are no April Fools!

Interestingly, all of these events have been instrumental in my continued success as a smoke-free person. The support and encouragement I receive in being Deakin University’s Smoke Free Ambassador has surprised me – I thought this would be extra pressure and not in a good way. Not to mention continued love from Lucinda and Georgia! I am very, very blessed!

But I know I haven’t dodged the bullet just yet. I am still actively working on saying no to a smoke. And it is not easy!

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Quotes of the week #smokefree

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“Smoking kills. If you’re killed, you’ve lost a very important part of your life.”
Brooke Shields

“Smoking I find the most ridiculous of all the varieties of human behavior and practically the only one that is entirely against nature. Can you imagine a cow or any animal taking a mouthful of smoldering straw then breathing in the smoke and blowing it out through its nostrils?”
Ian Fleming, Goldfinger

Exercise time – *caution* contains mild nudity!

Exercise and I have had an on-again off-again relationship for many years. For the past couple of months – it has been off. But we are together once again! After eleven days off the ciggs, and a more rounded figure thanks to my taste buds working properly, we had our make up date this morning.

Motivational thanks goes to my friend and colleague – who shall remain nameless due to the personal nature of this photograph. She sent me a calendar invitation to 6:15 am Body Pump class, with the Subject ‘I will cry for a long time if you don’t make it to pump class’ and the caption to the image ‘You too could look like this‘. I could not resist. 🙂

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Quotes of the week #smokefree

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“smoking had come to be an important punctuation mark in the long sentence of a day on the road.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Are you still doing that crap?” I ask.
“You can’t even do it properly,” Eileen says.
“Just a matter of practice,” Simone says.
“Wow! Practicing how to poison yourself and make your breath reek like the fart of a seagull!” Eileen cries.”
Randa Abdel-Fattah, Does My Head Look Big In This?