Jude Hardin

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Blue Chip Day

52 weeks ago today, at approximately 6:30pm, I smoked my last cigarette. I had quit many times before, but this time I tried something different: poker chips.

After going one week without cigarettes, I gave myself a white chip. On the fourth week, I traded three whites for one red. And so on. Today, I traded all my red chips in for one blue chip.

52 weeks.

After a thirty-year love affair with tobacco, it was the hardest thing I've ever done. I still dream about cigarettes. That's how strong the addiction is.

If you don't smoke, don't start. It's one of the worst things you can do to your body. If you do smoke, give poker chips a try. It worked for me.


Blogger Stephen Parrish said...

Congratulations! I did it with poker chips too and can vouch for the method. I would carry the most recently earned chip around in my pocket as a reminder of what I had accomplished so far; that made all the difference.

30 for me too. By September 2008 I hadn't had one in seven years. Keep that blue chip; it has a long shelf life. Each time you're tempted you'll feel it in your pocket and say, "What? And lose the chip I worked so hard to earn? No way!"

1:38 AM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Hi Steve:

Congratulations to you as well!

If addiction is a prison, I feel I'm at least on parole now. Guarding that blue chip one day at a time.

9:28 AM  
Blogger Davin C. Goodwin said...


Congrats -- I am happy for you.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Thanks, Dave!

9:41 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

Congratulations. It's one vice I've avoided. Which is good, because given my compulsive personality, I'd never be able to quit.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Thanks, Mark!

I tell you, it was a bitch to give them up.

10:39 AM  
Blogger lainey bancroft said...

Happy anniversary, Jude!

4:48 PM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Thanks, Lainey!

Enjoy your cruise!!!

5:20 PM  
Blogger spyscribbler said...

Wow, happy anniversary! I avoided it precisely because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to give it up. Which was a good thing, because I've been trying to give up dairy for five or ten years now.

I slip all the time, even though it gives me asthma attacks. Which is really ridiculous, if you think about it. But I'm told you get addicted to the shot of adrenalin from the allergic reaction. I dunno. Time to get out the poker chips.

7:19 PM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Hi Natasha:


I think we would all be better off without dairy, but it's hard to resist sometimes.

10:14 PM  
Blogger LurkerMonkey said...

Congratulations, Jude!

Quitting sucks. I gave it up about five years ago after almost 20 years. I'd tried untold times (I even made it 18 months one time). Around the same time I quit, I did the whole lifestyle thing. I started working out and overhauled my eating. I lost 17 pounds of fat, then put back on 25 pounds of muscle, and I can honestly say I'm in better shape now than I was at 20 or 22.

Up next: sugar.

May your future include many poker chips.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

Thanks, Jon!

After quitting smoking I feel like almost anything is possible. Even getting a book published. :)

3:20 PM  

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