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Jan 19 10 5:13 AM
Tomorrow will be 31 day's, the beginning of month 2 and I will be green! (Will be away tomorrow so celebrating tonight). Not really having any problems.
Mood has been good and I am very motivated to get on with life. Am doing some spring cleaning around the house, painting and new curtains, got to get rid of
all the old smoke stink! Hope everyone is doing well too!! All the best.
Jan 19 10 5:32 AM
Doc Quit date 14th October 2008
Jan 19 10 2:56 PM
Jan 20 10 12:06 AM
CONGRATULATIONS on Green!!! 23 days myself barreling in on that first month myself!!
Be Strong... Be Smart...
NTAP!! You're an inspiration.
Jan 30 10 11:53 PM
Jan 31 10 8:01 PM
Feb 1 10 8:59 AM
I am very happy that you are feeling good these days.Isn't it funny that sometimes we catch ourselves reaching fora pack of cigarettes that just don't exist anymore, I smile when that happens because that keeps me aware that I am an addict butI am in control. Just like you are in controlNot a puff ever.It really does get easier doesn't it?I will trade you your weather for mine for a few days. Embrace your journeyKim free since Sept 20-09
Mar 20 10 3:30 AM
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Mar 20 10 3:38 AM
Thanks everyone for the words of support. I spent hours reading again last night!
Please bare with me. I had an interesting thought.
I went from the last time I was outside yesterday, though dinner, TV, until I woke up at 7am, had breaky, cleaned house and thenl I went outside at 11 am. I did not have one real craving in all that time, well over 12 hours, just an occasional thought at most.
However, once out side after about 20 min and the intense cravings started. Very strong, one backing into another. I tired to embrace the craving, I would not give up and kept gardening for about 30 mins longer but the cravings did not go away. I suddenly realized I was very hot, was light headed and was about to faint. It is around 94F outside (It is always very hot here and I do have to be careful of heat stroke). I am inside now cooled off the cravings are gone.
Normally (when I smoked) I think I must have started to feel hot and crave a cig all at the same time, I would stop working in the garden, go inside have a smoke and cool off. However, since quitting, I have not stopped working and gone inside. In fact I had not even thought about being hot, I was so focused on trying not to let the carvings win.
So I am wondering when my brain needs to tell me I am too hot, it is now hard wired that when I am hot I should smoke to cool down? Does that make sense? If this is the case, then that would explain why the cravings are so intense and not improving when I am outside gardening, because I am getting hot and my brain knows it is important to cool off, but instead is telling me I am hot, it is screaming smoke you need to cool off.
Could this be the case? If so what should I do? I really should go in to cool off, but will that re-enforce the craving as part of my brain saying I am too hot?
Mar 20 10 4:24 AM
Mar 20 10 9:20 AM
"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."
Mar 20 10 12:31 PM
Now there are people who are long-term quitters who are in fact frequent posters. We really appreciate all of the work and help of these people who do stick around. You can tell from the posts of these people that they are well beyond the point of feeling insecure about their own quits. They know not to get complacent and they do want to help. If a person has the time and desire to be there for others they are great assets to our board. But for people whose time might be limited, we want them to put their time into securing their own quits more than trying to secure others.
There is one thing that makes our goal a little different than many Internet based sites. We don't want people to sacrifice time from other areas of their lives and getting hooked on the board. (See Crutches to Quit Smoking and Freedom - your journey to comfort - a highly focused forum ) In the beginning few days this is common, where new members really do spend an inordinate amount of time reading and learning and trying to strengthen their resolve. This is during the time period when many people do find their lives centered around not smoking. Over time though, life should not need to be centered around not smoking, it should be centered around living your life. Being really successful means that you have developed the ability of being with family, friends, doing your job, and meeting your normal day to day demands without constantly thinking about smoking or about quitting.
Over the long-term not smoking should still be looked at as a big deal and a major accomplishment but you shouldn't have to spend more than a few minutes on any given day reminding yourself of this fact. (see "I am not going to smoke today!"and Take it one day at a time . We don't want new members or people first looking at our site who are just considering quitting to think that quitting smoking is going to be a major time commitment or something that is going to consume the rest of their lives. Quitting smoking is going to buy you lots of time and allow you the ability to live your life to the fullest.
We know not everyone has time to stop by and write everyday. Some people don't have time to write every week or even every month. But do try to find the time to stop by and read every once in a while. Taking a few minutes to read can help to secure your quit. Securing your quit can help to buy you years and maybe even decades of extra time of a healthier and higher quality life. Make a point of stopping by every now and then to to read and strengthen your commitment and resolve to never take another puff!
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Mar 25 10 4:33 PM
Congratulations on your Bronzing. You are doing great.You see, it is true, it really does get easier. If I remember correctly you are from down under mate? So you must be getting into your fall/winter soon.You will have to do some indoor gardening for a bit .Stay strong.Kim-free since Sept 20-09
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Dec 29 10 2:50 PM
I remember when you joined!. Congratulations on GOLD and so good to hear from you.You've joined us on the LIDO deck!!!NTAP forever.Sarah52
Dec 30 10 11:21 AM
Congratulations Gardener on your first 4 seasons of healing!The calm and comfort you now feel will deepen during the next four!Still just one rule to staying here on the free side of the barswhile keeping our chemical dependency arrested on the other ......no nicotine today!Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,John (Gold x11)
Dec 16 11 6:42 AM
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