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Feb 20 10 11:50 PM
Feb 24 10 10:34 PM
Very happy to report that 2 months is right around the corner. To this point I've run into all aspects of my life that used to revolve around smoking. Still I remain free of the nicotine chains and shackles. I love breathing, working out... long walks. Energy is certainly improved. Life is better than it was. And it wasn't nearly as impossible or difficult as I thought it would be. Very doable!NTAP!!!!mikeG
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Doc Quit date 14th October 2008
Mar 3 10 11:44 AM
Thanks everyone!!! 2 months smoke-free feels wonderful. I am mentally, emotionally and physically better now than I was 2 months ago.I work more productively. I work-out more and am eating healthier. I am playing guitar more often, reading more and writing more. The only time I really think of cigarettes is when I see or smell them. I feel disgust towards them. Between the money I've saved, the health I've gained and the pride my son has for his non-smokin' dad. There is no way I'd go back now. Would defy common sense to go back to that now. I fully understand that for me there is no such thing as one cigarette. The question is: "Do I want to smoke another quarter of a million cancer sticks?" My answer is NO! The savings in dollars is nearing $450. 9+ days of life saved. Nope, there is just nothing about my life as a smoker that I miss!
And there's something else, now. The friends I have made here. Doc, Sarah, Lori, Mark and Kimmie... you guys are AWESOME. I wouldn't trade any of you for a puff, never, no-way! It's nice to be able to come here to hang with winners. Here's to another smoke-free month. I'll be celebrating silver in San Antonio! Working, but should be able to sneak in a moment for a hip, hip hooray!mike
Mar 3 10 2:58 PM
"You don't have the
option of one, and if you try to test the theory, you are going to find yourself
a smoker again."
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Mar 8 10 2:34 AM
Love your last post Mike!Your positive can do attitude , Knowledge and support here will be your savior in this quit!Congrats on your ...."DOUBLE GREEN STATUS"Well DoneI have been quit for 10 Months, 6 Days, 21 hours, 34 minutes and 1 second (310 days). I have saved $4,256.19 by not smoking 9,326 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 1 Day, 9 hours and 10 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 1/05/2009 5:00 PM
I'M A PROUD"SIX YEARS FREE"FREEDOMWHYQUITQUITTER! "QUIT NICOTINE USE ON THE 1st of MAY 2009 " Best Wishes Dan . LOVE YOUR MIND , BODY AND SOUL ...... " NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF "
Mar 8 10 2:42 PM
Vangeli E, Stapleton J, West R.
Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre, Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, UK.
OBJECTIVE: To examine the situation preceding "late" smoking relapse, particularly the availability of tobacco, mood and intentions at first lapse. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent to 1439 adults identified as abstinent after treatment with a National Health Service stop-smoking clinic over the previous 3 years. Relapsers were asked where they had obtained their first cigarette, their mood and intentions immediately before first lapse. RESULTS: 40% (n=556) responded, of whom 35.8% (n=199) had relapsed. At the time of first lapse, only 27.1% had made a decision to return to smoking while 48.9% intended to smoke only one or two cigarettes before stopping again. In 45.7% of cases, respondents bought cigarettes to smoke again. Prior to lapse the majority (53.8%) reported "really needing a cigarette". Similarly 53.8% reported being miserable at the time, while only 16% were happy. CONCLUSION: The most common pattern of late lapse appears to be intending to suspend the quit attempt temporarily in circumstances of needing to smoke and of negative emotional state, and in many cases cigarettes are actually sought out. PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS: Promoting strong 'not a puff' rules, a non-smoker identity and identifying negative mood as a potential vulnerability are important components of relapse prevention intervention. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
PMID: 20189745 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Mar 10 10 9:26 PM
Ran into a former co-worker who was a long time smoke-break buddy. First words from her mouth were "did you really quit"! To which I replied, "yes I did". She went on to tell me that she had been thinking a great deal about quitting of late. I recited one of my favorites from co-founder Joanne, "I'd rather be an ex-smoker with the occasional desire to smoke, than a smoker with the constant desire to quit". She remarked that the quote made a lot of sense.I went on to tell her all about the site and my quit. I told her that, up to this point, it hasn't been as impossible as I thought it would be on my quit date. She decided that she is just not ready for a quit righ now. But, she did say that she would check out the WhyQuit website. I sincerely hope to see her here one day. I told her about all the great people here that would cheer her on. Quitting has been such a remarkably positive thing in my life. I am reading again and playing guitar more. When I do play I don't have to stop for the occasional drag or puff. Getting back into physical fitness has been a highlight for me. I have lost a full pants size since my quit began. In general I feel that my attitude is improved and that I am more productive. It is the little things that I used to put off that I've noticed of late. Personal grooming matters like foot care and dental health. Household matters like cleaning areas that tend to clutter. It is fair to say that I was ready to quit. I had reached a point in time when I was finished with nicotine and the smoking delivery device. Turns out a quarter of a million of them were enough for me. I do not want another quarter of a million of them in my life... I do not want another single cigarette in my life. I am presently back on the road. As I prepared to depart I was cleaning out my vehicle and came across a cigarette under the seat. I smiled, picked it up smiled broke it in two and threw it in the garbage bag. It took awhile for the smirk to fade from my face. Without question I am a nicotine addict. When nicotine courses through my veins I have no control of my use nicotine delivery devices. Without nicotine in my system I am free to choose to use or not. Continued success over addiction is incumbent on preventing the introduction of nicotine into my body. That is a clear mission for me for the rest of my life. I have now managed to do that for 2 months/ 2 weeks. I believe I can do this for the rest of my life. One moment at a time, one simple rule: No nicotine ever. Never Take Another Puff! I do not view this as denying myself of something I want or need. I view this in the same light I do personal disease prevention. I make effort to avoid infectious disease. With that same intent I must make effort to avoid nicotine. Nicotine equals disease for me. I was sick with that disease for 23 years! Today I breathe better than I did on Dec. 26th, 2009. Tomorrow will be even better. I can't remember the last craving I had. Cigarette thoughts enter my mind from time to time. I expect those will pop up for many years to come, but I believe the old timers are correct when they say that they grow much less frequent. It has not always been easy, but it has always been as simple as... NTAP! I am smarter than any cigarette ever made... I am stronger than the next thought regarding nicotine use.
BE SMART... BE STRONG...
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Jack;My sympathies to you and yours. That is a solemn reminder of how serious all of this is. CONGRATULATIONS on Double Green!Like FREE's post says... this isn't a dress rehearsal. This is it!Right back at you,
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Mar 14 10 10:23 PM
Maintaining my quit really comes down to one question. Do you want to be a smoker or an ex-smoker? Before quitting I didn't believe that I had that choice... until nicotine was purged and deprived from the system. After the first 72hrs I slowly but surely felt control coming back. It was during that next few weeks that it became more clear. With everything that I experienced, each crave, each thought... it all came down to "Do I want to be a smoker or an ex-smoker"? At this moment in time I am an ex-smoker. To change that takes but a split second. Far more difficult to come back the other way. I know it... I've done it several times!Once that question was answered, I needed to ramp up my resolve and put as much effort into being an ex-smoker as I did into being a smoker. This quit has not been without effort. Developing new routines, new schedules, hobbies, interests... this takes effort. I never tell anyone that quitting is easy... it is extremely simple. NTAP! The question we then work on is what do we do with those times? So much in the short run comes down to what do you do with those moments when you smoked. For me I began to realize that I smoked in reaction to a lot of things. Today I feel good and feel strong about my quit. I still want to be an ex-smoker! I'll continue to do what I need to do to maintain NTAP. I accept the fact that there is not ever just one cigarette or one puff for me. Smoker or EX? That's the truth of the matter. Kudos out to the site founders and those working with the site for such a wonderful tool! All the great quitters here too. The difference in this quit, for me, is the knowledge and the give and take of this site. Couldn't be more proud to be part of such a strong and intelligent bunch of people.mike
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