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Tammy (AlbertaQuits)
Hello Everyone! 
I’m thrilled to be part of such a positive, supportive and vibrant group! It’s amazing to see the support you give each other.  I’m Tammy and I will be the forum’s new moderator.  You’ll notice some of my colleagues joining us from time to time as well.  We’re here to support you and answer your questions along your journey, so please don’t hesitate to reach out. 
Have a wonderful day! 
Last reply: December 8 @ 6:35 am
Shan054
Quit 298 days ago
Thank you all!! She is at rest!!!!
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m.m.
Quit 1,931 days ago
No to smoking. Thankfully. I pledge to stay free. I hold out my hand to wealthier and healthier. Doable. Happy Saturday.
Last reply: 5 h ago
Shan054
Quit 298 days ago
Nanas celebration of life today. Dedicating my nonsmoking day to her. Pledging and welcoming everyone else! NOPE 
Last reply: 3 h ago
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m.m.
Quit 1,931 days ago
I do not want to end up like my parents. That is what my young hair dresser  said to me yesterday. She told me that she has been quit five years this last September. Her mother is on oxygen and her dad lost his legs. Both smoking related. She smoked in high school and quit in her mid twenties. Tobacco takes so much and gives so little.
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84phil84
Quit 4 days ago
So after a rough couple of days (and two half-cigarette slips), I was thinking that I was a miserable failure and beating myself up. Even with the lozenges, I wasn't able to resist the cravings or beat back the withdrawal. After talking to the pharmacist, I realized that the lozenges weren't working for me the way they were intended to, so we switched to the gum (and they even let me return the partially used lozenges! Go Shoppers!). It has made a WORLD of difference, even in just a few hours. This morning I was anxious, fidgety, and pretty damn miserable. Since this afternoon and 2 pieces of gum, I am feeling so much more like myself. It immediately stops the cravings, and my withdrawal symptoms are non-existent. I guess the moral of this is that if something isn't working for you, it doesn't mean you're a failure, it means you just need to try something else. But KEEP TRYING!
Last reply: 3 h ago
Terry1963
Quit 547 days ago
I will start us off this Friday, and pledge for a smoke free day. I'm out of town today, and then I pick up my sweet granddaughter for a sleepover. That's always fun. Enjoy your day Folks.
Last reply: Yesterday @ 2:59 pm
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m.m.
Quit 1,931 days ago
We were not crazy. Our action and behaviors were completely predictable. We had a need. A dependency. A relationship with tobacco. Actually it was the nicotine. All relationships exist because on some level they meet a need. My choices as a smoker were completely rational. I smoked to prevent withdrawal. My DH hates going to a movie or a concert if it means two hours without tobacco/nicotine. I found a way to cope at work and meet my dependency needs by using the nicotine patch. The cost did not matter. Time, money, bodily harm. Irrelevant. I was addicted. I even felt sorry for my brother when he quit. Financial  responsibility ended it for him. He needed a relationship with a car payment.  Not one puff ever is the mantra. No relationship with tobacco or nicotine. Now it will never again make me crazy.
Last reply: Yesterday @ 10:50 am
Carolyn
Quit 5,022 days ago
Thursday Pledge
Good morning all
Happy Thursday!!!!!!
Up and moving for the day today - not moving fast but moving.  I am on the road today meeting in the north east and then down to the south to deal with staff and finish the day with a meeting.  Should be an OK day.  I am unsure if I will make it in tomorrow as I have to head to Red Deer, but not all meetings are confirmed so I am waiting to see what happens with the confirmation.  I am off to Banff again on Saturday morning so be back on Sunday.  Smoking - big HELL NO to that one.  I will continue to live the dream here on the Freedom Road.  Life may not be perfect, but it is sure better than illness and death via smoking.  My hand is offered to the next winner joining me in kicking ash to the curb today.
Have a good one
Cara
D5020
2Y 10MLife Saved
$74,547Money Saved
135,540Unsmoked
Last reply: Yesterday @ 3:00 pm
Carolyn
Quit 5,022 days ago
Repost: Slipped? Leave the City of Regret!
Excellent repost! Slipping is not required (lets not even use the word slip – call it what it is a relapse - you can quit and keep it (not that I did, but I wish I had). Learn from your mistakes, pick up and move on and get it done.
KTQ
Cara
D5020
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 ************Leaving the City of Regret**************
 ***********Author: AngelLady on 2/10/2001 4:52:20 PM************
 I had not really planned on taking a trip this time of year, and yet I found myself packing rather hurriedly. This trip was going to be unpleasant and I knew in advance that no real good would come of it. I'm talking about my annual "Guilt Trip."
 I got tickets to fly there on Wish I Had airlines. It was an extremely short flight. I got my baggage, which I could not check. I chose to carry it myself all the way. It was weighted down with a thousand memories of what might have been. No one greeted me as I entered the terminal to the Regret City International Airport. I say international because people from all over the world come to this dismal town.
 As I checked into the Last Resort Hotel, I noticed that they would be hosting the year's most important event, the Annual Pity Party. I wasn't going to miss that great social occasion. Many of the towns leading citizens would be there.
 First, there would be the Done family, you know, Should Have, Would Have and Could Have. Then came the I Had family. You probably know ol' Wish and his clan. Of course, the Opportunities would be present, Missed and Lost. The biggest family would be the Yesterday's. There are far too many of them to count, but each one would have a very sad story to share.
 Then Shattered Dreams would surely make an appearance. And It's Their Fault would regale us with stories (excuses) about how things had failed in his life, and each story would be loudly applauded by Don't Blame Me and I Couldn't Help It.
 Well, to make a long story short, I went to this depressing party knowing that there would be no real benefit in doing so. And, as usual, I became very depressed. But as I thought about all of the stories of failures brought back from the past, it occurred to me that all of this trip and subsequent "pity party" could be canceled by ME! I started to truly realize that I did not have to be there. I didn't have to be depressed.
 One thing kept going through my mind, I CAN'T CHANGE YESTERDAY, BUT I DO HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE TODAY A WONDERFUL DAY. I can be happy, joyous, fulfilled, encouraged, as well as encouraging. Knowing this, I left the City of Regret immediately and left no forwarding address. Am I sorry for mistakes I've made in the past? YES! But there is no physical way to undo them.
 So, if you're planning a trip back to the City of Regret, please cancel all your reservations now. Instead, take a trip to a place called, Starting Again. I liked it so much that I have now taken up permanent residence there. My neighbors, the I Forgive Myself and the New Starts are so very helpful. By the way, you don't have to carry around heavy baggage, because the load is lifted from your shoulders upon arrival. GOD BLESS you in finding this great place. If you can find it -- it's in your own heart -- please look me up. I live on I Can Do It Street.
Last reply: December 12 @ 10:00 am