The Nail Biting Finish

Quite literally if I can say.

I have been an acute nail-biter for as long as I can remember. I was, perhaps, born with this vice. I cant remember when it was that I started chewing my nails first. My mother, whenever asked, would say the same. It is a habit that I have not been particularly proud of, yet never been able to shirk off completely.

And it is something I have always been associated with. My family has resorted to all possible means in hope of getting me rid of this habit. I have been scolded umpteen times( I still do), got flicked by my parents on numerous occasions of chewing my nails like a mouse, ridiculed by my school mates to the point that every day as I enter my class there would be a small piece of nail placed on my desk, just so I could see it and feel disgusted enough to quit the habit. But all in vain.

I remember quite vividly how as a mere 7 or 8 year old or maybe a year here and there, I had once very earnestly attempted to chew my toe nails after chewing off all of my hand nails!

Now, of course the toe nails don’t attract me much, but my hand nails…..

I have still not been able to get rid of the vice. It’s not that I have not tried. The last I tried hard was some 13 years back, around my wedding. I was successful in keeping my nails away from my mouth for a month or so, only to switch back to my old chewy self!

Today again, I am driven to get rid of this nasty habit of mine, all thanks to this wonderful group I am a part of on Facebook.

Indiblogeshwaris, a page created by fellow blogger Vinita who blogs by the name of BlogwatiG, is a thriving group comprising of only women bloggers. As the tagline says, it is a group for

women of tough stance

, where everything and anything under the sun is discussed, without any prejudices, or hang-ups or fleeting judgments. It is a group where women are let be. The only rule, per se, here is not to plug in our own blog posts.

And today, the group is turning one.

As a part of celebration a fun challenge, aptly themed, The Elusive One, was thrown at us exactly one month back where we were to pick that one thing we had always wanted to do or get rid of, and actually make it happen. And of course share about it all on the anniversary day.

I thought of this as a good opportunity to get rid of my nail biting habit, mainly because I noticed, to my horror that Namnam had begun to chew her nails too lately. So to make her stop it was important that I stopped first.

So here I am, all sober for the last one month…and trying to maintain it further πŸ™‚

I’ll admit that it has not been easy to keep away from it completely, in fact I did occasionally end up chewing only to withdraw immediately when I remembered the challenge I had taken up.

Nonetheless it feels nice to realize that I could stay true to the resolution I had taken for myself.

I am not sure how far I can fight the urge to bite again, but I know for sure that I feel really good about curbing it for my daughter’s sake, for my own sake. And I hope I am able to maintain it from now on.

To give you an idea how my nails looked at the start of the month..


And how it looks now..

I can hear you laugh! Yep thats how tiny my nails are :(
I can hear you laugh!!

Indiblogeshwaris, thank you so much for driving me towards taking this step! If not for this challenge I wouldn’t have even thought of testing my resistance level! πŸ™‚

Now c’mon lets have another challenge to help me keep this zest alive and keep me from biting my nails ever! πŸ˜€

On a serious note, heres wishing each and every member of this group a very Happy First! Vinita, to thank you especially for creating such a lovely haven for us women!

Here’s to you, here’s to us, here’s to Indiblogeshwaris! πŸ™‚

55 thoughts on “The Nail Biting Finish

  1. A friend used to keep cutting his nails with a nailcutter so that there would be left tochew..

    Well, here’s hoping to many more months of sobriety


    1. The nail cutters had given up on me, Hrishikesh! 😦

      Although, now, they are a happy lot, since I have started using them to trim the nails πŸ˜€


  2. Well Done girl…………………….so proud of you! Take a bow! And now post this on the group page too while I think of challenge no 2 πŸ˜€


  3. Haha! Lots of improvement, I have to say!

    The first pic of your hand reminded me of the hand of another nail-chewing friend whom I haven’t met for years now– the same teeny-weeny cute little nails! Sometime in college, she got inspired enough to quit chewing and began to sport long, well-shaped, neighbours-envy-owners-pride nails which totally amazed us.

    Hey, Indiblogeshwaris sounds like a fun group to be in!


    1. It IS a fun group, SH! In fact I have been meaning to ask you if I can add you to this group, have a feeling that you’ll being there. The kind of discussions and interactions that happen there, you’re bound to enjoy them I feel πŸ™‚

      Let me mail you in a bit πŸ™‚


  4. Good for you. Keep it up and let the nails be, the poor things πŸ˜‰
    But… but… you really tried to chew your toe nails? OMG! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


    1. Swar, now check the link, you might be able to view the page. Earlier the page was set as a secret group, hence accessible to non-members πŸ™‚


  5. I must say two things here.

    1. I simply LOVE your blog layout. It has a dreamy, cloudy and misty feel to it. One wants to curl up with it with a fragrant cuppa to hand and let the world go by.

    2. I don’t know if I really ought to say this, but I will. I am really proud you got the better of this habit. It couldn’t have been easy at all. Your nail look lovely now. Here’s wishing you stay on the wagon for life. I am sure you’ll be able to maintain your beautiful nails.



    1. Thank you so very much for such encouraging and warm words, Dagny! Welcome to my blog πŸ™‚ I’m glad that you liked being here πŸ™‚

      And you know what, you’re really really good for my ego! I’m so driven already, to stick by my resolution to keep away from biting my nails ever again :).

      Thanks again for being here πŸ™‚


  6. Ah now that is one habit that is better gotten rid of. And proud of you for doing it. Just don’t go back to it now, okay :). And yes, IB is fun!


  7. I have seen a girl in my ex-office face the same issue as you. She was unable to stop chewing at her nails! She hardly had any! Well done, you! Thanks to that ex-colleague, I know how difficult it is to stop chewing, especially since what you want to chew is right on your fingertips. (Pun intended).

    That sounds like a lovely FB group! Let me look it up. Thanks for writing about it.


    1. Hahaha!

      It is a lovely group, TGND! You were not able to locate it because it was privacy enabled as a secret group. Now the admin has changed the setting, you can view it now πŸ™‚


  8. K eats nails, finishes the 10 of his hand, goes to his toes if he at home, at work, he eats the skin around the nails et al. he does not have a thumb nail (if that is what it is called πŸ™‚ )
    have been blackmailing him to quit for the sake of the lil one πŸ˜›
    keep up the good work

    nails are dirrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrtyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy Deeps…


  9. Well, I was a nail biter once. But, I really do not remember how I quit. Kudos to you. Next, we should see your manicured long nails with nail paint…ready to maul someone with your bare hands πŸ˜‰ Keep it up.


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