Hello out there!

Well, the first question that is on your mind is, "Is Barbara still smoking? Did she sneak a puff or two?"

Let's answer that right away. No! The last cigarette I had was February 20, 2007. I was using the patch and I have since stopped. I do have a "magic pill" from my family doctor and so far so good. Mostly I have decided in my mind, and when you believe strongly about something, I'm sure it will happen. I'm done smoking for good.

I have followed Phase 1 of this program perfectly. But I don't give myself that much credit, because it is so easy! Because I am eating regular meals, I don't have as many of the little hunger urges that I used to. Now, do I ever get hungry? Of course I do. Especially late at night when I get home from work. But I try to drink water and occupy myself doing something else before I go to sleep. Last night I dreamed of eating little candy bars and they were so good. Thank goodness dreaming doesn't add calories!

I have a confession to make. I did weigh myself yesterday morning. I'm not going to say what the scale said, but it was absolutely true to form from what Bob said to expect. Forget the scale, I'm going to gauge my progress by how my clothes fit me. They are just a bit looser than before. Not a whole lot, but I am definitely not bloated like I was before. Joe was trying to give me a compliment and said, "Wow Barbara, your stomach is not nearly as big as it was before." He was trying to be nice, but argh!

One of the other challengers, Bill, wrote me an e-mail. He said to remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. But every single day that I wake up, I have to psyche myself up to get through the day. One day at a time.

Before you know it, I'll be modeling bikinis with Kirstie Alley.

God bless you all,

As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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