Christmas & Confession – 5 for Friday #4

Happy Friday! I am linking up with the DC Trifecta Friday Five again today.


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Today’s 5 for Friday is all about Christmas and a Confession.

1 – Much to Little’s delight our tree is up. It was really tough for me to get in the spirit this year without the Big’s. Knowing they won’t be here for Christmas Day is making me a Sad Mama … even if they eat all the cereal, leave the dishes on the counter and spend the day sitting around in their underpants … I miss those big goofs.

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2 – Henry the Elf has been quite busy during the night when everyone in the house is asleep. Tuesday morning we woke up to learn Henry has a creative side to him that we did not know of.


This morning we woke up to a helpful Henry. He and his reindeer companion wanted to surprise us with their tree decorating talents.

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Hey Henry, if you want to help out there is a large pile of laundry that needs to be washed, dried and folded.

– FACT (Not a Confession) – I have a weakness for Starbucks Peppermint Mocha and might have had a couple 4 5 6 Venti’s last week. What’s not to love? Coffee, chocolate and peppermint (sorry Jan, I think you’re wrong). During this festive season I have taken my cocoa to a new level at home and replaced the peppermint syrup with Peppermint Schnapps during the evening. I know what Santa will be drinking on Christmas Eve. Yummo!

– During last nights tree decorating extravaganza I couldn’t find Little. He disappeared and would not answer when I called for him. Standing very still and listening I heard scrapping and soft giggles coming from the tree box. I played it up … voicing my concern that we had misplaced Little and how much it would cost us to buy a new kid. The giggles became louder and out popped our boy.

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– I listen to Q on CBC during the week and follow along on  Twitter. This week Jian Ghomeshi (my radio boyfriend, he just doesn’t know it … call me Jian!) had Ray Zahab on to talk about Ray’s journey to becoming an ultra-marathoner. Ray was a pack-a-day smoker who became an endurance athlete after the age of 30. Listen to the Podcast HERE. Ray’s Documentary trailer HERE. The interview struck a chord with me and prompted me to show you my truth.

Confession – I am a smoker. <insert collective gasps here> There, I said it and the world didn’t come to an end like I thought it might. I have quit and started up again more times then I can count. I started again in January (when most people attempt to quit. ironic.) A runner can be a smoker; a smoker can be a runner. We try not to do both at the same time because it’s difficult to coördinate. Quitting has been the hardest thing I have done in my life, it’s a bitch to kick the nicotine. If I had waited to quit smoking before taking up running I never would have signed up for my first 5k race in May. Would I be a more efficient runner without cigarettes? Absolutely! Would I be faster? Possibly. Do I want to be faster and more efficient? Hell Yes! Running has given me the strength I need to quit again, hopefully for good this time.

Quit date – One week from today.



I have shown you my truth … dare to share yours?

What unhealthy habits do you hide from others because you fear being judged? Feel free to leave your comment under an alias, I promise not to judge!

Meet Anita

I am a wife to a retired Army Captain and present day shepherd, a mother to two Big's (20 & 19) and one Little (6) and new to running at the age of 42. I am hopelessly addicted to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha's. My family thinks I am crazy. The voices in my head say they may be right.

16 Thoughts on “Christmas & Confession – 5 for Friday #4

  1. I eat chicken wings far too often!

  2. I’m addicted to pizza. I will NEVER give it up. Also red wine. Not an addiction but I’ll NEVER give that up either :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE your tree pictures. So cute. And props to you for deciding to rid yourself of the smoking habit. I have full faith that you can do it. We got your back here, girl! :) Have a great weekend, Anita!
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    • Thanks Courtney, I have a red wine weakness too but it’s suppose to be full of anti oxidants so it can’t be all that bad for us right?

  3. Best of luck giving up the smoking – addictions are so hard! I bite my nails and cannot stop. I’m 40 and have tried everything. Don’t suggest that bad tasting polish – I’ve tried it. Oh and I love the underwear on the tree – maybe our Elf should do something silly like that, he doesn’t do funny scenes but I like that one. My 4yo would LOVE.IT.
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  4. OMG! I had a Peppermint Mocha for the first time last week and oh my yum! I am in holiday drink heaven… I’ve refrained this far from having more but will not make it through the weekend without one (or two) 😉
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  5. I just finished drinking a peppermint mocha about 5 minutes ago. They are SO GOOD. :)
    Your Little is absolutely adorable. Good luck with the quitting! I was a smoker for 13 years and giving it up so hard, but one of the best things I could have done for myself. :)

    Hmmmmm let’s see an unhealthy habit. I drink a lot of wine? Probably more than I should sometimes.
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    • 13 years! That is awesome! It’s a tough habit alright, Mister quit 15 years ago and says he still gets the occasional craving.

  6. Yes!! I am sooo very proud of you Anita, kick the nasty habit. You will have a healthier life for sure and it will aid in your runs, oh yeah! We will need an update on how your life and endurance have improved.

  7. Well done on coming out an confessing it!! I used to be completely addicted to diet soft drinks and would have multiple bottles of it a day and I found it a hard habit to kick for sure. I am so glad you have not let smoking stop you from running or exercising. One of my good friends is a smoker and ran the full london marathon not once but twice so it shows you that it definitely doesn’t hold you back.

    I know quitting can be really hard. I was never a smoker but my best friend was for about 15 years, one of the things that helped her was Alan Carr’s book How to Quit Smoking, but again different things work for different people.

    Have a great weekend.
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    • A had a friend who used Alan Carrs book for support too, she found it extremely helpful. I’ll be using Champix again, it worked really well the last time but I stopped it too soon and after an extremely stressful week at work I started again. I have been kicking my ass ever since.

  8. Oh my goodness, seeing his pic of him jumping out of the box put the biggest smile on my face!! So cute! The tree is awesome. You can totally quit for good this time, we are here to support you!
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