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Jun 11 10 3:21 PM
Jun 11 10 4:59 PM
Congratulations LEX!!!You are doing great! Keep that great positive attitude and you will find that the journey gets easier and easier.Nancy4 months free
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Jun 12 10 1:05 PM
In the illustration above you can see on the left how a non-smokers reacts to stress. Without it they are happy and comfortable, when encountering stress they lose this comfort and depending on its severity they can get either mildly annoyed or really upset. The resolution of the stress will normally bring the non-smoker back to the original state of comfort, after a little time of cooling down of course.
Smokers are much more complex. Stress has an affect on all people--it makes the urine acidic. Both smokers and non-smokers experience this phenomena. In non-smoker smokers, the urine acidity has no real visible or perceivable effects--smokers are much more complicated. After the initial stress a smoker will feel like a non-smoker encountering stress, for a few seconds. But then the delineation occurs, the smoker's nicotine level depletes because of the urine acidity induced by the stress, and the smoker is kicked into a drug withdrawal state. The smoker has four ways to deal with the situation now.
First, the smoker can just smoke a cigarette. Well low and behold if the smoker does this he or she will feel "better." He or she will not feel good; he or she just won't be feeling withdrawal for the moment but still be feeling the initial stress. In essence, he or she will feel like a non-smoker under stress, not great, but not in withdrawal either.
The second way a smoker can handle the stress is to solve it and also smoke a cigarette. This results in one happy smoker. No stress now and no withdrawal, life is good at the moment. The feeling of bliss is basically the same feeling a non-smoker has who resolves his or her stress.
But then there are the other two scenarios. The smoker can solve the problem but not smoke. Here is the kicker here, the problem is resolved but the smoker is still in withdrawal, the nicotine level has dropped and problem resolution has no way to stop the nicotine depletion, only a cigarette can do that.
The worst of all situations is the smoker who cannot solve the problem and also cannot smoke a cigarette. This is a miserable situation to ever be in. You normally don't want to be around a smoker in this situation let alone being one yourself. Many smokers find themselves facing this dilemma daily since many jobs and social settings do not allow smoking yet constantly force the smoker to face stresses.
When you quit smoking these last four reactions to stress become a thing of the past. You still face stress, but you no longer have to face drug withdrawals induced by it. In essence you deal with stress in a totally different way when you don't have chronic drug withdrawals exaggerating it.
To stay in the position of being able to handle stresses with greater clarity and minimal discomfort always know that no matter what the stress, to avoid it having any long lasting and life threatening complications always remember to never take another puff!
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Jul 3 10 11:48 AM
You have an inspiring story Alexis. CONGRATS on GREEN!!Before you know it you'll hit you will double up on that at DOUBLE GREEN!Best Wishes for continued strength and knowledge.
Be Smart... Be Strong... BE FREE!!
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Jul 10 10 8:33 AM
Lex -Congratulations on Double Green -One day at a time and before you know ityou'll be bronze.Nancy
Jul 11 10 8:47 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."
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Aug 18 10 9:55 PM
3 MONTHS I'M BRONZE :) Actually a couple days ago (the 10th) but wow 3 months, I feel pretty proud. I go to the doc tomorrow for a check, I'm scared but I know I have elimated the one thing that helped me get to the obstacle in life.....100 days ago I made the decesion to stop killing myself I'm flade I made the choice before I made things worse. I still have to deal with the weight gain but I'd rather be a little fatter with life then struggling for it.
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