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    I know, right? A rare open-mouthed smile. After I saw how joyful I looked in my finish line photo the other day, I realized I need to stop being so self-conscious about my bottom teeth. They don’t show in pictures anyway. 
This smile is the smile of a happy happy girl who is marking two years cigarette-free today. Never have I made a better decision than that one. Starting out on my run this morning - which I did inhaler-free - I reflected on my lungs, on my gratitude for their healing, on what I am capable of now. So, so wonderful.
Another note on compulsion/addiction: I have gone without junk sugar/bingeing for 7 weeks now. I came in this morning to massive, massive piles of leftover Halloween candy and… I felt nothing. Nothing at all. I guess like anything else, it simply takes some time and then the brain changes. I was totally unfazed. I got my coffee and sat down to eat my banana, as I always do, and savored every bite. It felt great. I feel great.
Happy Friday, everyone, and have a wonderful, safe, relaxing weekend!

    I know, right? A rare open-mouthed smile. After I saw how joyful I looked in my finish line photo the other day, I realized I need to stop being so self-conscious about my bottom teeth. They don’t show in pictures anyway. 

    This smile is the smile of a happy happy girl who is marking two years cigarette-free today. Never have I made a better decision than that one. Starting out on my run this morning - which I did inhaler-free - I reflected on my lungs, on my gratitude for their healing, on what I am capable of now. So, so wonderful.

    Another note on compulsion/addiction: I have gone without junk sugar/bingeing for 7 weeks now. I came in this morning to massive, massive piles of leftover Halloween candy and… I felt nothing. Nothing at all. I guess like anything else, it simply takes some time and then the brain changes. I was totally unfazed. I got my coffee and sat down to eat my banana, as I always do, and savored every bite. It felt great. I feel great.

    Happy Friday, everyone, and have a wonderful, safe, relaxing weekend!

     
    1. abettershay said: Happy anniversary! Beautiful smile!
    2. crowflycrow said: CONGRATS!!! Binge free and smoke free. Awesome job, fabulous smile!
    3. snap-eat-love said: YES! Such a happy wonderful amazing reflections. Big grin!
    4. carolynruns said: Congrats to you, pretty lady. :)
    5. angeldrinkstea said: You’re a goddess!
    6. mar-kicksass said: You have a beautiful smile!
    7. abitofsilliness said: It’s a BEAUTIFUL smile!!!!! And it’s contagious. :)
    8. sainttaco said: That’s a beautiful smile. And those are a couple of beautiful accomplishments! Lots to smile about! :D
    9. alliegets said: For the record, I love your mouth-open smile.
    10. espressoandendorphins said: You are so awesome!!!!!
    11. clevcrew said: Please open mouth smile more often. It’s niiiiice!
    12. breatherunlive said: Congrats on your smoke-free anniversary!! Quitting was one of the hardest things I ever did - harder than running a half. I applaud you. :)
    13. thatlondonfeeling said: Melissa, you have such a beautiful smile! More open-mouth smiles, please : ) And congratulations on such a fantastic achievement. P.S. I absolutely love the purple jumper on you. It’s such a lovely purple as well
    14. desert-child said: love.your.smile. you are a beautiful person!