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Jul 19 10 2:10 PM
Sorry I am so very late for your 6 month party. I have been reading your journal and I have to say there were a few tears when I read the entry about almost missing Father's day with your son.You have come so very far and you should be majorly proud of yourself. I am sure your son is incredibly happy his dad isn't weazing and coughing anymore.Your recent entry for the newbies, well, all I can say is wow, what a piece. I actually want to print that out so I can read it again. You speak the truth, every word. I hope many newbies get to read that. Not just newbies but everyone. Well said.I really believe this site has saved so many lives through educating us, and now we have the tools to succeed. Keep up the great entries, Kim
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Jul 24 10 11:19 AM
Thank you one and all for your comments and encouragement. I am forever grateful to this forum and each of you. I needed this in order to be successful in my quit.
Just got back in off of the road. Denver, Omaha and Duluth on this trek. My quit remains strong and in great shape. I've been getting my workouts in consistently as well. Have lost 20 lbs and two pants sizes since the beginning of he quit. Feels so good to get that part of my life back. To be able to breath, stretch and work-out again is so liberating. Pre-quit I didn't realize how much I missed it. Mason has a ball tournament today. He hit a double on Tuesday in practice, then another in a game Thursday night. He struggled with his batting early in the year, so nice to see the season close on a high note for him. He's worked hard for it. Perhaps get some fishing in tomorrow. My long term relationship [10 years] with my live in girlfriend has ended. Looking like she's moving out come September. I suppose that quitting smoking has played some roll in that. She still smokes and declares proudly that she always will. I haven't been able to get near her in months as the smell drives me nuts. It's more than just on the clothes. Smokers stink. There are many other issues as well. She's been fighting illness' for 8 years yet continues to smoke. I am saddened that the relationship is over, but am excited to have the last reminents of smoking out of my life. She thinks the fact I quit and have taken up working out is idiodic... I think the fact she is sick and continues to smoke is stupid. So, yes, I think us heading in different directions is a good plan! Need to get some mowing done and finish painting on the house. Looks to be a nice weekend for it.I FEEL GOOD!
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"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."
Jul 28 10 7:23 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone. I like the puppet photo... nice image of the analogy. Thanks Joel.
Sarah and Bou, it really is so much easier living with the peace and serenity that comes with the long term quit. It really does come down to that moment when "the quitter" realizes that s/he hasn't given up anything, but has gained something bigger that imagined. That seems to have been the end of the "uphill battle" in my quit anyway. My life has improved so much in the months since I walked away from being an active addict. Wish I could bottle that feeling and give it to those starting their quits. mike
Jul 30 10 9:23 AM
dakotafunk wrote:It really does come down to that moment when "the quitter" realizes that s/he hasn't given up anything, but has gained something bigger that imagined. That seems to have been the end of the "uphill battle" in my quit anyway.
Aug 1 10 2:51 PM
Thank You Nancy for your kind words.Today I am just plain happy that I no longer am a participant in active nicotine addiction. I have been reading through early quits and thinking back to that time in my own quit. A time when I was intimidated by the prospect of a lifetime "without". Could I do it? Could I live a lifetime without nicotine? It was a daunting proposition. Today I feel like I am a million light years from those thougths. Yes! Of course I can live without nicotine... I can live very well and very comfortably. I can walk and run without gasping and wheezing. I can travel about the country without a thought of my next fix. I can do many things that I could not or did not do while I was an active addict.
Walking away from active addiction also taught me something I did not anticipate. I achieved a goal that I really doubted that I could accomplish. Pre-quit I was very doubtful and very concerned. I imagined that once I quit I would spend each day of the rest of my life saying no to cravings all day long. When I pondered the future I thought I would surely go crazy. Thirty, forty or more cravings every day for the rest of my life. Surely I would go absolutely, "off the deep end" mad! It doesn't help that people I know [who have quit] would confirm that to be the case. I know today that is not the case. I know today that I never had so many cravings as I did when I was an active nicotine addict. Today I look back and have to laugh at myself. I was quite dramatic and had myself quite stressed out over the matter. Looking back, it was tough at times... but not so bad. Without question well worth the effort. I wish I'd stuck with previous quit attempts that I made years ago. Oh well, today is today and my life is what it is. 7 months in I feel better than I did 7 months ago. 2010 will be my first [complete] nicotine free year since 1985. I look forward to that achievement. Achievement is such a big part of this. If conquering active addiction to nicotine is possible, what else might be possible? What else have I believed would not be possible for me? Pre-quit I was 44, smoked nearly two packs daily and had poor eating habits. I was 30 lbs overweight and was becoming more and more inactive. I filled out an online thing that said my "real age" was 54! Anytime anything involving physical stamina came up I would have to consider "my health". Others in their 40's and beyond are rock climbing, hiking and biking. I'm worried that if I "push -it" too hard playing a game of basketball with my son I may have a heart attack. Today I am 45 and 7/12 of the way to Gold. More importantly I am on a nicotine free journey through the rest of my life. I have lost 20 lbs and welcome physical activity. The dark bags under my eyes are gone and some of the "crows feet" are beginning to fade. A physical transformation is taking place. Without question, I look and feel better than I did a year ago! Today I look and feel like I'm 45. That has done something for me mentally and emotionally.Today is a good day. Everyday outside of the reach of active addiction is a good day. For me it is real simple at this point and actually fairly easy. NTAP. Never again will nicotine be present in my body. Best wishes and strength to all of you who choose to walk down this road. I thank you all for your encouragement along the way. I cannot even begin to thank the founders and managers of this website for what they've done and continue to do. Your efforts are worthy of respect and the highest accolades. This is a fantastic forum and so beneficial to so many. The fact that you've discovered something that works so well and are willing to share it [at no cost] is unheard of today. It's refreshing and inspiring to say the least. Anyway... It's Aug. 1, 2010 and I feel good!
Be Smart... Be Strong... BE FREE!!
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Jennifer;I really attribute the weight loss to quitting smoking. It was really with this rediscovered "I can do it" attitude.I am not really dieting but I am eating healthier and more aware of what I eat. The other side of the equation is exercise. Just a healthier lifestyle. Always consult with a doctor before embarking on any diet or exercise program!! The very same dedication and committment that you are applying to quitting nicotine could be applied to diet and exercise.
I am glad that you enjoy my posts... I benefit from writing them and enjoy doing so.The most important thing today... NTAP!!!
Aug 19 10 11:21 PM
Talked about it with another non-smoker from this site. Those with a new quit need to understand that thought. In giving up active addiction you are not depriving yourself of anything. In fact you are giving yourself something that you've have wanted for quite some time now! The other thing is the LAW OF ADDICTION!!! Learn it, know it...I was very guilty of focusing on the QUIT. At this point I am much more focused on the START... the start of something quite nice. I'm finding the new me. It's so much more than I expected.2/3 of a year is just around the bend. No doubt in my mind that nicotine will not enter my body again. Several things in my life that I cannot control... this I can control. NTAP Everyone,mike
Aug 19 10 11:51 PM
Hi Mike, Great going ,yes i agree ,........Mike says.... " I'm finding the new me. It's so much more than I expected." . Mike isn't this journey so amazing, this same feeling touched me too!Mike you are doing great, your positive out look and commitment in this quit is outstanding you are a wonderful insperation for the ones that are following behind you, Well Done.This journey keeps getting better and better with time Mike .......I'm so happy for you! " Never take another puff "
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 "
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