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swimboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-05-05 07:49 AM
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It's mighty quiet in here. I have a confession.
After two months without smoking, I had one (okay, two) at a party Saturday night. I'm not proud of it but I'm not undone either. I haven't gone back to it, but it has revived the urges to some degree. That should serve as a warning to me. It really is easier not to smoke at all than to bargain with myself about what I might or might not do in any given context.

I hope you previous posters are doing well with your efforts. Whether or not, please check in if you care to.
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redwitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-28-05 09:59 PM
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1. Occasionally smoking will put you right back where you were before.
I have fallen for that, hang in there, resist!
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Langis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-29-05 03:19 PM
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2. That's what got me smoking again
a couple months ago. Although I have quit again, and now I make sure when I'm out drinking I NEVER have a smoke. You are right, it is much easier to just say no, then to talk yourself into having that one or two smokes.
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MO_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-29-05 06:36 PM
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3. My first post in this forum
I have not had a cigarette this month. I've been a pack-a-dayer for 35 years. About 10 years ago, I quit for 6 weeks, then had that "one won't hurt me now" urge, and the rest is history. I'm not gonna fall for that old deceptive thinking again. Every time I think of smoking "just one", I remind myself that I don't want to go through this again.

I've gone cold turkey both times. Drinking lots of water, peppermint Lifesavers, apples, pickles, walking, and DEEP breathing are my helpers.

I have $75 in my imaginary savings account now.

I wish us all success! :grouphug:
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-30-05 09:00 AM
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4. Hoooray for you!
One month is a great milestone. I am at 53 days.

It is good to see someone posting in this forum again. I need the support from time to time. Holler if you need support, too.
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MO_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-30-05 10:27 AM
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7. Thanks!
I've been lurking here for a couple of weeks, but I didn't want to "toot my horn" until I was pretty sure that I could keep my determination. It does help to hear from people who are further along. Remember the song (paraphrased) "We'll get by with a little help from our friends"!
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-30-05 09:07 AM
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5. I've been under crazy stress lately from.....
my business, taking gigs I really don't want etc., etc. It's been about three months for me without a cigarette after cold turkey 36 years.
Well I went out and bought a loose pack of tobacco (I used to roll my own for a short period of time and still have the roller and papers) and rolled myself a smoke. I went outside, tried to take one puff and couldn't do it. I really tried but it hurt like hell as if I was trying to stuff a basketball into my lungs. Couldn't do it. Put out the smoke and that was the end of it. Mentally I feel like I'm really over it and that I would have to train myself to smoke all over again and that would be crazy to do.
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MO_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-30-05 10:21 AM
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6. You have my total admiration!
Quitting while under stress has to take real determination. I can't begin to imagine how you did it! Congratulations! Be very, very proud of yourself! You give me added hope and determination that I can beat this habit, too.



:hug:



:yourock:
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murielm99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-30-05 11:40 AM
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8. I envy you.
It is great that you tried it and discovered that you can't smoke any more. I am looking forward to getting where you are.

But I would never be able to try a puff. I would be smoking again in a heartbeat. And I feel like taking better care than that of my heart.
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Bonhomme Richard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-30-05 12:49 PM
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9. I've tried stopping before but never for this long....
Usually I lasted a month and when I went for that first smoke it only made me a little dizzy. This time it was painful so I'm kind of excited but in a weird way kind of like I lost a friend. Oh, well. A new life.
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MO_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-30-05 11:06 PM
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10. I know exactly what you mean about
feeling like you've lost a friend. I feel that way too, sometimes. Cigarettes have been my faithful(?) companion through thick and thin for a long, long time. In fact, I really can't remember much of my life without cigarettes, since I started sneaking around smoking when I was about 15 years old. My defense against that feeling is this: they say that abused kids really do love their abusive parents and suffer emotionally when they are removed from the abusive situation. I try to think of cigarettes as an abusive "friend" that actually wants to kill me, and it is really true!

I want to live long enough to see this bunch of lying, hypocrite republicans sink to the irrelvance they deserve.

Hey, I got it! I think this will work! Let's declare that cigarettes are neo-con REPUBLICANS and that we never want to see another one. :evilgrin:
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