Back from Vacation...and I QUIT SMOKING!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Had a marvelous time but by the same token it is super good to be home too. Back to my own bed, my own shower, my house (dusty though it was after two weeks!), my clingy poor CAT! She had visitors three times a day but you'd think we were brutalizing her. Silly thing.

As I had decided (with a little wobble in decision just before vacation) I ate anything I wanted. I do mean ANYTHING. Any food, any frosty beverage, anything. As you can imagine the scale shows it. But it was my choice or a once in a lifetime trip. Now it's time to be back on program.

In other news, I have a surprise. I did not talk about it prior, but I also quit smoking. I thought two weeks was a great period of time to be out of my normal habit, away from all the triggers. So as we headed out I stubbed out my last cigarette.

Of course, as we hiked through Europe I realized how much more smoking is prevalent there. Rick and I joked with each other "who's bright idea was it to quit smoking in EUROPE?" over and over. But I didn't waver. I came home cigarette free and on a good path.

I have so much news. I don't want to slam it all into one book-sized blog. So maybe I'll stretch it out in bits and pieces over the next month or so. Who knows. I am of the firm belief we should all write for ourselves, and if others enjoy it and come along for the ride that's great. If not, that's ok too!

Our flight was delayed half a day out of JFK. Thank goodness I created a day of buffer before the ship just for this situation. Also thank goodness I chose to be frugal on the hotel in Copenhagen, because frankly we spent more time on the flight than sleeping in that hotel! Couldn't resist a photo to show how tiny the room was. You could barely get past the end of the bed, but it was clean and comfortable and they honored my request for a quiet corner. I'd honestly stay there again (Hotel Opera). My overbite is really showing in this photo and I am fresh out of the shower with soaking wet hair. Very attractive Dawn (said in my mother's voice).

We were still up early (after going to bed at 2:30 AM local time) for some sightseeing before boarding the ship. Gorgeous. Just gorgeous. You'd think I was a postcard photographer. The photos took themselves!

Nyhavn, Copenhagen.

And my husband's obligatory one photo a day on vacation. See, he really detests photos. But on vacation he agrees to let me take ONE photo of him a day. Needless to say I search for all kinds of ways to wiggle more photos in. I'm not above asking fellow travelers to snap photos of us on the sly. Rick knows very well what I'm doing, but it's our little game and it works for us.

It didn't happen till the END of vacation (because we returned to Copenhagen and took in the city that day as well) but I'd be remiss if I did not include the Little Mermaid statue. I got some great shots, but this is the one I was SO disappointed in, but then made me laugh. May we all have grace and dignity with...a bird on our heads.

I'm back! I'm launching back into program! I have ZERO regrets about my choices and promise not to whine. That choice was then...I'm ready to make my choices now. *claps hands eagerly* Who's with me???

(What on earth happened to very super shy sparker from July? Where did she go??? I like this me better!)

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    Thanks for sharing your vacation with us! That is a once in a life time trip. Congrats too on quitting smoking. Makes sense to apply these same goal setting strategies to that too, as well as weight loss. See you're already successful in turning things around now you are home again. emoticon
    2089 days ago
  • STORMY96
    Glad you had a wonderful time on your vaca. Awesome pics.

    About smoking, I've been smoke free for 13 yes now. Girl that was the best thing you could have done for yourself and your family. Congrats.

    Again welcome back!!!
    2089 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon I quit 5 years ago so I know what you are going through. Love the pictures, keep them coming!
    2089 days ago
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    Thanks for sharing bits of your vacation. Looks like you had a fabulous time. Love the pictures. The picture of Copenhagen is gorgeous. That selfie is too cute, the room view I couldn't help but laugh and the mermaid statue that's funny. emoticon quitting smoking emoticon
    2089 days ago
    Looks like you had amazing time! Your body is definitely going to thank you for giving up smoking! Woohoo!
    2089 days ago
    Woohoo...what a great holiday...
    AND...quitting smoking....woohoo...go you ...proud of you
    2089 days ago
    Congrats on quitting smoking! emoticon
    Sounds like you had a fabulous vacation ... looking forward to hearing more & seeing all the pics you share.
    Love the Little Mermaid one ... and especially your quote! emoticon
    2089 days ago
    Sounds like you had a great time! Congrats on quitting smoking!!!
    2090 days ago
    May we all have grace and dignity with...a bird on our heads. (Love this line!!)

    emoticon on quitting smoking!! So proud of you!!

    Can't wait to hear more about this trip!!

    2090 days ago
    how wonderful and thank you for sharing ... stay smoke free in your life and home ... I have 6 years behind me and thank every day for not smoking ... my DH has over 3 years now himself... we sure have missed you ... roc
    2090 days ago
    Wow! How awesome a vacation is that! And congratulations to you on the hard work and dedication it's taking to no longer smoke!
    2090 days ago
  • ELP14586
    Good for you! Congratulations!
    2090 days ago
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