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Quit 2,526 days ago
Strength. I had my sister squeeze my hand. Ouch! This was a very good sign for her. Strength and stamina is what I want more than a puff on a stick of tobacco. This quit was triggered by the realization that some of the things that I feared about smoking was starting to happen. "Who ME?" My heart? My breath? My stamina? I had some warning before. The hills felt like they got a bit steeper. Each decade there is a natural loss but smoking speed up that process. A hospital stay can take a significant percentage of your strength away. Put that and smoking together and there will be trouble. I saw that happen to my mom. A major hospital stay in her early sixties and she was never the same after that. Smokers really pay the price then. The strange thing is that we are all shocked when it happens to us. This surgery that my sister had went very well and it made us all realize how close she came to not making it the first time. Had she still been a two pack a day smoker she would not be here to take me out in a arm wrestle today.
Last reply: 3 h ago
Quit 2,656 days ago
Saturday’s Pledge! Mornin all! Trip to dump will hi lite my day. Possibly a walk as well. Quad muscle coming around. Should be good by next week. What will also be good is another quit day on my journey!!
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Quit 5,617 days ago
Friday Pledge
Good morning all
Happy Friday!!!!!
TGIF - I am running late today so here to pledge and run. No way I will be smoking no matter what life brings my way. I worked hard to get here and addiction will never again remove my hard work. Freedom Road is the place to be and there I will stay. I offer my hand to the next winning quitter joining me in kicking ash to the curb today.
Have a great day - see you Sunday!
3Y 2M
Life Saved
Money Saved
Last reply: Yesterday @ 2:04 pm
Quit 5,617 days ago
Repost: The #1 cause of relapse is due to......
Never doubt the value of your decision to quit. It is a gift you are giving both yourself and those who love you. Quitting is a serious challenge, but it is doable. There is not a person in the world who cannot quit - stop doubting your decision to quit.
The #1 cause of relapse is due to ...
From june82012 on 7/11/2012 3:07:51 PM
The #1 cause of relapse is due to doubting your decision to stop smoking! So, NEVER doubt your decision, no matter what, and you will never ever have to go through Day 1 again!! Make a vow to yourself and mean it.
When you decide to quit smoking, it really and truly needs to be your final and unwavering decision. No ifs, ands, or "butts". In making your decision to quit smoking, you need to take smoking entirely off the table. Tell yourself daily, hourly, however often that you need to, that smoking is just not an option any longer - no matter what. NO MATTER WHAT. You need to own your quit and protect it like a mamma bear protecting her cubs.
Do not tell yourself you are "trying" or "attempting" to quit. You make the decision to stop smoking and you stick with it. The mentality of "trying" to quit simply leaves a hole in your decision. Then, sooner or later that hole will be ripped wide open by your cravings and/or triggers and your quit will go down the drain.
Know that you will have good days and bad days. So do people who have never smoked; everyone does. Keep in mind that smoking will not improve your bad days but will ruin your good days. Smoking does not solve or even lessen our problems. Heck, smoking IS our MAIN problem! We are addicted to nicotine.
The mental aspect of the addiction is what we need to deal with if we want to stop and stay stopped. We really, really, really have to want to quit more than we want to smoke. WANT power, not WILL power.
Once we decide to quit, war has been declared in our brain. Side A makes an informed and determined decision to stop smoking, while Side B uses oh so many cunning tricks to either keep you smoking or drag you back into it. So, we need to armor up the side that wants to quit in order to defeat the side that wants to stay addicted.
There is only one winner ... we must defeat or be defeated.
With no armor, one can never win the war. The main piece of arsenal is your decision. Think positively about your quit as much as you can, even when it's hard to. Don't give Side B of your brain any ammunition to use against you.
Make the best decision of your entire life and once and for all firmly decide to stop smoking! Keep close to the Q by reading threads and journals, and by posting when you're feeling confident and most definitely when you're not feeling confident (your addict side will try to pull you away from here and from your support lines!), join a club that interests you, pledge at least once a day, find a quit buddy or two, read and learn all you can about the addiction, tell everyone you know that you have made this absolutely wonderful, life altering decision... but most importantly, no matter what...
never doubt your decision to stop smoking!
Not One Puff...EVER!
No matter what!
Attitude determines altitude!
33 days and 22 minutes smoke free.
660 cigarettes not smoked.
$186.78 and 5 days, 1 hour of my life saved.
Quit date: 6/8/2012 1:45 PM
Last reply: Yesterday @ 2:32 pm
Quit 541 days ago
Sizzling hot summer has returned 🙃.  I'm a little more moderate in my preferences.  We had plans to go to Nordegg on the weekend, but too toasty to be hiking around!  So nice to have those ever expanding lungs though!
Being cool is hot; smoking is not➰.  Pass it on....
Last reply: July 29 @ 1:09 pm
Quit 5,617 days ago
Repost: It sure was a struggle to get here!
This post is so true. I know for me I seemed to fight and struggle for the longest time and suddenly it just stopped being a constant battle. I found the battles still came up, but less frequently and they were easier to win. Today, they are almost non existent.
Keep your eye on the prize - freedom. Quitting is doable. Smoking is not an option in life.
It sure was a struggle to get here...
From lighthousekeep on 2/10/2011 12:03:20 PM
and I cannot tell you exactly when I *arrived*.
Perhaps it was when I started to notice the crave waves of mine were all but dead.
Or perhaps a year or two back when I noticed some folks scurrying around to find a place to smoke at a busy airport after just getting in.
Or the poor sods who stand out in 25 below zero weather having to have that smoke and I stand inside with hot cup of coffee gazing out the warm window.
All I know is that it dawned on me at some point along the Way that since I Quit Smoking, I come and go as I please, where I please, as I please; freed of all those chains , shackles and fetters from that Filthy Dungeon of Addiction I rotted in for 40 too long years.
These are just some of the Fruits of a Quit, my friends~~
Relish them Daily!!!
1762 days, 19 hours, 22 minutes and 28 seconds smoke free. 70512 cigarettes not smoked. $17,101.10 and 17 months, 28 days, 15 hours of my life saved! My quit date: 4/14/2006 3:30:00 PM
Last reply: July 29 @ 8:52 am
Quit 2,526 days ago
"The Rocks in his head don't match the holes in your head." That is what a counselor told my sister when she went through her divorce. Now she is in the hospital literally with a hole in her head. They were able to get 70% of the tumor removed. Not cancer but she will need to go for radiation to try and stop it from growing again. She has said that she has learned that you have to face your demons head on. The stress of her divorce caused her to increase her tobacco consumption to two packs a day. The nicotine was being burnt off faster in her brain then she could consume it. The nicotine molecule (rock) fits into the receptors (hole) in the brain. In her stressed out state it did not take long before she was in a state of withdrawal. Most of us read that as a sign that having a smoke helped us when we are stressed. It becomes a trigger. Triggers are the result of us having learned a behavior that we then associate with a stimulus. Stressed out, upset, angry, hurt or in pain, and in a state of drug withdrawal. It is a bad deal. End the relationship with tobacco. Kick it to the curb.
Last reply: July 29 @ 8:31 am
Quit 5,617 days ago
Hump Day Pledge
Good morning all
Happy Hump Day!!!!!
Up and going for the day today - not fast but going. Another busy day at the office today - that time of the year for me. Smoking will not have any part in my day - no time no interest in smoking. Those days are behind me and I will never again give away my power to my addiction. Smoking causes smoking - never forget that. I am saying NO to smoking and YES to life on the Freedom Road. I hold my hand out to the next winner joining me in kicking ash to the curb today.
Have a good one
3Y 2M
Life Saved
Money Saved
Last reply: July 28 @ 10:36 am
Quit 5,617 days ago
Repost: Take Steps to Prevent Relapse
While it is true that many people take more then try to quit (myself included), relapse does NOT have to be part of your quitting story.
Take smoking off the table as an option in your life. I got here by refusing to smoke and asking for help lots.
Quitting is doable.
Take action today to prevent a relapse
From Keep Quit by Terry Rustin
Recovering smokers are most vulnerable to relapse in the first week after quitting. At that point, their nicotine level has dropped to zero and they are beginning to feel the symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms - irritability, difficulty concentrating, mood swings, insomnia, and craving for a cigarette - build in intensity. Research shows that 25% of people who quit smoking relapse within the first 2 days; an additional 25% relapse during the next week. By the end of the first year, 88% have relapsed. Each year thereafter, a certain percent return to smoking - even 20 years after quitting.
Did you think about smoking again in the first 2 days after you quit? In the first week? Now that you have not smoked for several weeks, you have made it past the most critical period. That's the good news. The bad news is that you are still at risk for relapse - and always will be. Therefore, you must do something positive every day to stay clean and free.
Take action today to prevent a relapse. When did you have the time and the opportunity today to do work on your recovery, but chose to do something else? Are you willing to make a commitment to yourself and to your future to take every opportunity to make progress during this next week?
Last reply: July 28 @ 10:35 am
Quit 5,617 days ago
Repost: "Just One", Nicodemon's Dealer
How true is this. You would think that having tossed a 12+ year quit thanks to the help of "Just One", I would know better. But alas I hung about serial quitting thanks to my justifying a smoke and the continued belief in the words of "Just One".
When I stopped listening to "Just One", stopped making excuses to smoke and just bucked down and got to quitting - I succeeded.
Quitting is doable.
There is never an excuse to smoke period.
"JustOne", Nicodemon's dealer
From adagnabit on 6/11/2010 4:11:17 PM
If the Nicodemon is our addiction to nicotine, then "JustOne" (formerly known as Just One") is the dealer! Has anyone else run into JustOne?
JustOne is a friendly character. Always smiling and nice. Never tells you smoking stinks. And always offers you just one cigarette.
JustOne is known for telling lies, making false promises, and bringing those that have quit to their knees!
Have just one, you know you want to prove to yourself that it'll taste horrible, then you'll stub it right out. Its ok, prove it to yourself, justify your quit. (We all knew they tasted horrible when we were smoking them, one of the reasons we quit was because they just didn't taste good any more.)
Have just one, you know you'll probably choke on it because you haven't smoked in so long, you'll stub it right out. Its ok, you need to prove to yourself that your lungs are healing, and that you really don't want that smoke, just take a couple drags. (You KNOW your lungs are healing! You may have coughed up all that "junk" or you are coughing it up, or you can actually SMELL stuff now . . . c'mon, JustOne's lying to you!)
Have just one, nobody needs to know, your clothes won't smell like smoke from only one cigarette. Its ok, trust me. (And what did you get from this scum the last time you believed? You got your addiction back!)
If you find yourself in the company of JustOne, do not try to apprehend the dealer yourself. Call for backup! JustOne is armed and dangerous. Again, do NOT attempt to handle JustOne yourself! Instead, leave the area immediately and call for backup!
Please do whatever it takes to avoid "JustOne".
(This has been a public service announcement, we now return you to our regularly scheduled programs.)
Time Smoke-Free: 15 days, 15 hours, 44 minutes and 12 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked: 157
Lifetime Saved: 1 day, 4 hours
Money Saved: $33.75
Last reply: July 28 @ 7:50 am
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