Friday, 21 November 2014
a smoothie addicted non-smoker
It's Friday again and today I've been here in Australia for exactly one month! My Oz anniversary so to say. This also attends the fact that I've completed my first whole month as a non-smoker. Crazy right?
Before I came here I didn't shout from the rooftops that I was planning to quit smoking because I was really anxious I wouldn't succeed. So I rather kept quiet about it to keep the people's expectations low.
However when I arrived here it was the absolute opposite of what I had expected. I didn't have any problems at all, it was so crazy! No munchies, no wrecked nerves, no gain in weight, no cravings for nicotine, no need to put a replacement in my mouth. Nothing, nichts, nada.
I was so nervous because of all the horror stories I had heard about quitting and how some people had been trying forever without success, aargh... But it seems a good preparation is half the battle.
Everybody is different and there is no universal recipe for success, but in my case it helped that I had a certain deadline. I knew October the 23rd would be my last day as a smoker and I kept telling myself that I was forced to quit after that day which is true because here in Australia cigarettes are too expensive and would've killed my budget in no time. In the final weeks before my deadline I enjoyed my cigarettes more than ever and smoked a lot to exploit the situation. And after that, well, it sounds stupid but I simply stopped.
In a rush I had one last cigarette before we went to the airport, thinking I'd still be able to have an official last cigarette there. Well, I didn't. Also the farewell was tearing me up so I was distracted. What followed was a 21 hour flight on which I was not able to smoke at all anyways.
And that's the end of the story. It's crazy, I still can't believe it myself but I'm happy it was so easy after all.
What is even better: not only did I not gain weight, no, I lost weight. Yup, I know that's even crazier.
It's because I've become a sucker for homemade smoothies lately! For some reason I never owned a blender in the past three years.
Now that I live with Jarryd I can use his blender and have somehow developed this obsession for trying out lots of different smoothie and shake recipes. Over the past weeks I always had a minimum of two glasses homemade fruit and veggie smoothie per day. It's just so yummy and gives your body so many good nutrients. If you're a fan of this liquid fruit goodness too you might want to check out my Smoothies and Shakes Board on Pinterest.
We don't have a scale in the house so I can't be 100 % sure but when I look at my body in the mirror I would say I've lost 2-3 kilos in one months. I'm not consciously cutting down on sweets or something, I just love my smoothies so much that I rather drink them instead of snacking on cookies or chocolate. A very positive development if you ask me, I'm really happy about the outcome.
Okay, now let's talk fashion for a second! The dress in the pictures is one of my first Australian purchases. I have to be careful with spending money as long as I'm still unemployed but the other day I explored the city centre and all of its shops a bit. One of my new favourite stores is Dottie where I bought this lovely boho floral print number in the sale for only 10 $.
It was the last one of its kind so it was meant to be! It fits like a glove and is perfect for the recent Western Australian spring weather with a pair of black tights. I already wore it out to a lovely street festival last weekend and to meet Jarryd's family for dinner (where I got a compliment for my outfit, ha!).
How have you guys been? Do you have any cool plans for the weekend?
How do you like the dress?
Leave me a comment. :)