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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: March 23 @ 8:55 am
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omegaman
Quit 366 days ago
Its been 1 year today. that I quit smoking and I am not looking back
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m.m.
Quit 2,044 days ago
Safe Sunday. Keeping my quit protects my respiratory system. I am protecting it from both the visible and invisible threat. Any quit can be the forever quit. I hold out my virtual hand and count my blessings. Healthier and wealthier for it. No smoking.
Last reply: 8 h ago
Carolyn
Quit 5,135 days ago
Repost: Smoking prevents living
This is soooo true. I am so upset at how long I listened to addictions lies. I do not know how I ever managed to get stuff done when I smoked cause I smoked at least a pack a day - mornings I was up before 5 and had at least 6 or 7 smokes before I left to work. You figure 25 smokes in a pack around 11minutes to smoke one ( that is a guesstimate - I no longer remember), that is 275 minutes a day - lots of time I now use more wisely.
Quitting is not always easy but it is doable.
KTQ
Cara
D5135
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SMOKING PREVENTS LIVING
From acgreen on 4/4/2011 8:57:59 PM
Smoking will shorten your life span, and very likely cause a lot of pain and discomfort along the way. But that's not what I mean when I say that smoking prevents living.
Are there places you can't go because you have to smoke?
Are there people you can't see because you have to smoke?
Are there things you can't do because you have to smoke?
You are given this one precious life to live so why would you want to spend it doing something that prevents really fully living?
I smoked for 33 years, up to 2 packs per day. I have been quit for 8 years. Quit is better. Much better. My life has changed in ways that I could not have even imagined.
Even if the world was coming to an end, they came out with a safe cigarette, and they were free... I would not light up. Why bother?
Be patient. It is going to take some time to be over it. But it is so worth it. I promise.
Andrea
Last reply: 8 h ago
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m.m.
Quit 2,044 days ago
Are you a winner in your head?  I am now. The movie last night the coach asked that question. It is a good question. I defined myself as a smoker and as a failure. I was too weak to quit. I had evidence of many failed quits. This quit I had to prove it to myself one tiny step at a time. One crave at a time. In some ways I could say that it took forty years to quit. My first attempt being the one right out of high school. We see it posted all the time here. "I failed". Nice to know I am not alone. So this quit I used everything I had learned from every other attempt. I thought about the times I had really wanted something and pushed for it. I envisioned a person who had encouraged me to keep trying. (My Uncle) I thought about the times that I embraced a challenge instead of putting up resistance.  The movie was about Jesse Owens.
Last reply: 8 h ago
Tess
Quit 59 days ago
Good morning!  I was trying to not be the leader this morning but it seems everyone is sleeping in with this horrid weather:)  The sun is shining though & all is good!  
Smoke-free is on the agenda today along with the never-ending Spring Cleaning...keeps me busy though:)  Wishing all a super Saturday and extending my hand with proper distance to the next in line with friendship & support....
Last reply: Yesterday @ 12:42 pm
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m.m.
Quit 2,044 days ago
Stress relief. These are stressful times and a cigarette was my go to after any stressful event. I applaud all the new people who are stepping up. This is a smart time to do it. Withdrawal and stress feel very similar. May as well kill two birds with one stone.
Jode
Quit 4 days ago
Today is day 4, and I’ve had a few slips, but I’m still excited to keep going and finally quit this horrible habit. Can someone give me some hope that this mental struggle will get easier soon? I feel like ALL I can think about is smoking, even when I’m distracting myself. Love &Light to all warriors here💙
Last reply: Yesterday @ 1:17 pm
Tess
Quit 59 days ago
"Normal"  A very relative, subjective word if there ever was one!  When do things get back to 'normal'?  (m.m. you always give me food for thought!)  Everything is decidedly abnormal these days in every respect for all of us with no certain end date.  It is perfect segue to when you quit smoking.  I'm not doing it this time, but know that my last (and first) quit that was all I wanted to know:  when does the desire stop?  when do I feel better?  when do I feel "normal" again??
The answer is that smoker's associate 'normal' with smoking.  It is familiar and it is just what you do & what your day revolves around every single day.  In truth, by quitting smoking you are returning your body & your mind to it's normal self.  Normal is not addiction.  Normal is not needing chemicals to feel OK.  'Normal' is natural, like breath, like oxygen - LIFE!  
Every single one of us had to train ourselves to smoke.  Those first cigarettes sent me into coughing fits, but I kept practicing at it to be able to be with the 'in' crowd at school.  My body was screaming NO, but my repeated exposure changed that to dependence in short order and those cigarettes now spelled AHHH!   Of course that feels better than being in withdrawal, but the bigger picture is not once of normalcy.
It takes a while to see what is right in front of you sometimes.  I remember seeing something last quit: 'smoking leads to smoking'.  It creates the very addiction cycle that feeds on itself.  As terrifying as N.O.P.E. is in the beginning, 'never' being a scary prospect, it is absolutely necessary to break the chain.  Quitting is a process, not an event, and as long as you are putting one foot in front of the other each day not smoking, you are winning.  Even on those days when you feel like something the cat drug in, if you aren't smoking, you are winning!  All passes in it's own time! 
Last reply: Yesterday @ 12:24 pm
Jode
Quit 4 days ago
I’m on day 3 and I’ve already failed. The morning cigarette is my hardest. I don’t want to give up but I already feel like a failure 
Last reply: Yesterday @ 8:24 am