Benefit of Blogging #1: Opportunity for Self-Reflection!

Here at Pregnets, we want to make sure we are helping our users – including pregnant women, postpartum mothers, families and support networks, and health care providers – as best as we can. Since we wrapped up the Pregnets blog in July, we took some time to speak with 5 women about their experiences blogging for Pregnets. The following is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting some of the major lessons we learned from our conversations with our bloggers.

Lesson #1: Blogging is a great way to self-reflect! Continue reading

A Letter To My Husband

Hello everyone, Lucy here again, today’s blog is a letter to my husband. A fair warning it might get a little gushy so if lovey dovey stuff is not for you.. well I would say turn away now but honestly, I hope even if its not for you, you still read this letter with hopes of finding the strength to quit smoking.

My dearest husband,

I want to start off by saying I love you very much. You are my rock when I’m not strong enough to get through some things on my own. You have always been there for me for the last five years and I don’t think I could have accomplished so much without you. But alas I have at least one more favour to ask of you. I need your support and love during my quitting smoking, no matter how crabby I may get I need you to be there and be my rock. Continue reading

Quitting & Weight Gain

As of right now, I am just under 14 months smoke free. Let me tell you, I feel amazing! Well, other than the weight I gained. I have gained a total of 35 pounds since I smoked my last cigarette. Please, do not let this discourage you if you are currently reading this and thinking about quitting smoking.

I did not think that I would gain the weight, I was busy. I didn’t even realize the increase in the junk that I was eating, until recently when I looked back at the things that I craved instead of a smoke. Continue reading

I am happier as an ex-smoker.

While reading this article: Compared with Smokers, Former Smokers More Satisfied with Their Health, I was thinking about my life in comparison to what they were writing.

My smoking status: Quit just over one year ago.

My quality of life:
*Health: I believe that although I have struggled with my weight a bit through quitting smoking, I am overall a healthier person since I quit smoking. My lungs feel better, my mind feels better. Mentally I feel stronger than I ever have as well.

*Work: Although right now I do not work, I find that I enjoy going for walks more with my daughter, or to the park. I don’t feel awkward going to the playground and being a parent who has to walk away to have a smoke. Quitting smoking also motivated me to go to back to school and further my education. Continue reading

Dear Ashtray…

Dear Ashtray,

You were first bought for me in 1994 when I was 16 yrs old. A beautiful grey and white circular marble with Japanese writing and the letter “M” engraved on the bottom. You were a gift from my mother. Who, back then, had quit smoking for 16 yrs. She would eventually make it to 20 yrs and then due to all life’s stressors, the sudden death of her brother, a mid-life crisis, a new relationship, and falling ill herself, she took up the terrible habit of smoking again! Continue reading