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Mar 29 10 11:04 PM
Hiya MikeI have really enjoyed following you on your journey of discovery, sometimes when I am thinking about my quit I go back and read my journal, I cringe at some of my entries, but I am glad that I recorded it, I celebrated everything, I still do, I cannot believe that after 35 years I just up and quit, its amazing what a little bit of education can do, plus the support of some good cyber friends.So congratulations on Bronze it really is an awesome milestone.Suzie - Free and Healing for Three Years, Six Months, Four Days, 16 Hours and 52 Minutes, avoiding the use of 20507 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $10,380.66.
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Krissy - Free and Healing for One Month, Two Days, 17 Hours and 19 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy by avoiding the use of 614 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $184.56.
Apr 4 10 11:14 PM
Something wonderful since BRONZE. The whole concept of not smoking... of being a non-smoking person has really settled in. Noticed on this last business trip that as I saw people smoking I had no connection with that. I felt sincerely removed from it. Truly feel that I am in control of my life and the active addiction is not part of that life [at present or future].Have also been looking at other aspects of my life that I was thought were impossible. This is turning out to be a real growth experience in terms of who I am and what I want to do with my life.I will turn 45 this week. 45 and not smoking!!! Perhaps the failing of the english language is that I cannot find the words to describe how happy I am about that. THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING WHO YOU ARE!! YOU ALL ROCK!Be Smart... Be Strong... BE FREE!!!NTAP,mike
Apr 5 10 2:51 AM
Mike wrote : Noticed on this last business trip that as I saw people smoking I had no connection with that. I felt sincerely removed from it. Truly feel that I am in control of my life and the active addiction is not part of that life [at present or future]."Hey Mike .... Sounds to me that your feeling a little bit of COMFORT my friend, thats great news! There is so much more COMFORT to come you'll see!Keep it up !.... See you at Silver!.I have been quit for 11 Months, 3 Days, 21 hours, 50 minutes and 17 seconds (338 days). I have saved $4,639.67 by not smoking 10,167 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 4 Days, 7 hours and 15 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 "
Apr 5 10 1:25 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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Apr 6 10 1:37 PM
O.k. FREETOBEME; Looks like someone got use out of their thesaurus!!! That was good! I'll pick all of the happy words... they all apply.
As I've been reading [studying] the threads of early quits. Change in general is a big part of this. Addiction aside, change can certainly be difficult and is more difficult for some than for others. Embracing the change is huge! When trying to implement a new diet, getting up at a new time or taking a new route to work... it's all change and it is uncomfortable at times. It is uncomfortable in times of fatigue or stress. It is easier to go back to the old way of doing things, requires less thought and less effort. Change is work and change takes a good deal of effort. Once the new way of doing things becomes routine... it requires less effort and is more comfortable. I really believe that is what I am experiencing recently [others have written about as well]. Those new ways of doing things are becoming routine. Day to day the QUIT requires less thought and effort. It is more comfortable. My brain signals my body to the new behavior. For instance after eating I feel an impulse to brush my teeth. A stick of minty fresh gum will substitute when brushing isn't an option. I no longer have that strong "crave" following meals. In early quits I hear the fear of change. It is change and it is going to feel odd for a period of time. How long it lasts and how severe it is will vary person to person. Each of us is an individual. This addiction affects each of us differently as well. We all must accept that there is not a "one size fits all" quit. The one constant for each of us is that we are experiencing change. We are changing our reaction to things in the world around us. For years or decades we reacted to life's events by taking in nicotine [regardless of the delivery method]. That was our routine answer for particular happenings. Over time these happenings became triggers. So even with nicotine out of the body there remains this "knee-jerk" reaction [reflex] to common events. Embrace the change. NTAP helps us to get there. There remain a whole lot of things that we can do in reaction to life's events [triggers]. The one thing we cannot do [to be successful in our fight] is to take even one puff. One puff is game over. It is the Law of Addiction and it is truth. You can try again... whatever... but it ends the quit. Embrace the change. NTAP tells us what we must not do. We each must embrace that... fighting that impulse in and of itself is change. We can choose how we view change. We can say "this sucks". Or we can accept it for what it is and say "this too will pass". The new NRT commercials are driving me insane with there "Quitting Sucks" campaign. Quitting doesn't suck, NRT's suck!! Smoking Sucks, Dipping Sucks... addiction sucks! Having been through 3 months of quitting. I'll say I'd rather go through 3 months of quitting than 3 months of active addiction! Knowing what I know now... I'm feeling way better at the end of 90 days! I'd do it again... BUT... I don't have to so long as I enforce NTAP! And that's the easiest, smartest and most simple solution at this point! In order to find comfort while staying QUIT at some point we all must embrace that change. We must accept change as the new "normal". In new quits I hear that cry of "this isn't comfortable, I want to go back". Going back would be just plain silly. That is like swimming half-way across the english channel and then saying, "I'm tired, I'm turning around and swimming back". You may experience some momentary psycological relief. But once the physical addiction, regret and guilt come creeping into the picture it's a long swim back! And that won't be comfortable either. In quitting there is a period of time that we are out there drifting between two shores. It's unfamiliar and it isn't comfortable. We don't know where we are and we're not sure where we're going [or that we'll get there]. Today I feel like I am walking in out of the surf toward the sandy beach. It's been a heck of a swim! There are some things in this new life that are becoming more familiar to me and they feel comfortable. I'm not sure about every challenge that the future might hold. But I have been back there, I know what is there... I'm not going back. Here is a little uncertain, but here is good. I can breathe here and I have a future here! So embrace the changes everyone. At some moment in time each of us made a consious decision to embark on this journey. We wanted to change. Hang onto that motive, hang onto that change! Hang onto why you wanted to QUIT and hang onto NTAP. With those two tools in hand we'll get to where we're going.Be Smart... Be Strong... BE FREENTAP,mike
Apr 6 10 1:48 PM
EXTREMELY well said, Mike. Looks like that one may be placed in the website "Topics" training guide!!
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I am 45 and nicotine and tabacco free! That makes me feel: delighted, ecstatic, elated, exultant, jubilant, thrilled, ebullient, effervescent, exhilarated, exalted, resurrected, bubbling, irrepressible, sprightly, dashing, joyous, jubilant, overjoyed, reveling, triumphant, wowed, electrified, serene, beholden … how about "exultantly triumphant"? Thank You FreeToBeMe! For any newbies... the previous "floating in the ocean, lost between two shores" analogy is fairly accurate. You're out there and you know where you've been. There is some comfort in that at least that place is familiar. You reach a place where you've never been before. Most of us have ventured out before... but you'll reach a point where you haven't been. Not so much in time, but in the QUIT itself. It's frightening. You say to yourself, "I don't know where here is". You need to have a plan for those moments. I believe that most everyone experiences those moments. That is where a voice says, "go back". First your gonna NTAP,... then what? Know that it's coming and have a plan. In time you'll see land on the horizon. You'll see that it is nicer than the place you left. As you get nearer you'll get to liking the idea of being there. The place you left fades and the new becomes more comfortable with each passing day. You just have to keep going and don't go back. You left there and you left with strength and determination. At some point "back there" was uncomfortable. If it would have been that great no one would be here. Right? Hang onto that!Plain and simple at times you just have to bear down, grit your teeth and plow through it. Know that there will be those times, guaranteed. Have a plan. There's a better place coming over the horizon. You turn around and go back... well, you've been there. You know what that place is all about. It hasn't changed! If you go back you'll be standing on the same shore looking out wishin' that you'd have just kept on going. That's Addiction! I feel great about this journey. I want as many others as possible to feel great too. I'm not a jump around, dancin' happy sort of guy. Although at times my writing may reflect that. But I am as happy as I've been in a long time. There are challenges in my life certainly. But winning this battle has been powerful for me. I'm seeing a good many possibilities. Thank You so much to all of the QUIT buddies. The stories and support here is so important to me! Feeling good and wanting to share it!NTAP,mike
Apr 17 10 10:53 AM
It's early spring on the northern prairie. 70 degree days feel nice! I have experienced a few faint triggers with spending more time in the yard. Nothing major [just impulses really] and nothing even close to making me want to ingest tabacco smoke and nicotine. My "live-in" girlfriend has a carton on top of the fridge. Only thing I want to do with them is throw them out! I really feel that I am done quitting. I've QUIT! I want absolutely nothing to do with that addiction or the habit ever again. As the song goes, "Won't get fooled Again"! There is nothing positive that draws me back to that behavior. I fell for it once and that lasted 23 years. I have worked hard to take my life back and am working to get my health back. I am angry at the addiction for wasting so much of my time, health and money. I am angry at myself for starting [I knew it was a bad idea] and for taking so long to quit. At this point it is really quite simple for me... not ever again will nicotine enter my body. I just will not allow it to happen! No question in my mind at this moment. I wish everyone a great weekend.Be Smart... Be Strong... BE FREE!NTAP,mike
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Apr 20 10 5:37 PM
Caught a head cold... YUK! Noticed sort of weird anxiety surrounding the cold. When having colds I always struggled to keep my doses of nicotine up. Smoking was horribly uncomfortable, but I did it to get my fix. Curious to see if the cold subsides any quicker than usual w/o smoking. I'm a terrible sick person. I hate being sick. All my quit sisters can chime in here and call me a typical male. I am what I am! Fortunately I am in off of the road. Catching up on paperwork, scheduling, phone calls and email. Looking outside it's a bright sunshine filled day. Better get out there and take in some of the sun. Be Smart... Be Strong... BE FREE!NTAP,mike
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Apr 21 10 12:30 AM
I think I would rather have a broken arm than a head cold, I used to switch to methol cigarettes, I believed I was doing myself good - Oh! how misguided the smoker is...........But then the
Prescribed www.whyquit.com education is the tool. Enjoy the sun, enjoy being nicotine free, hope the head cold gets betterSuzie25th September 2006
Apr 21 10 3:30 AM
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