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I will not smoke today. I am an ex-smoker and recovering nicotine drug addict. If I have a bad day I know it is part of the healing, not a setback. Hi Nigel,Congratulations on another week. Not long now to turn green ...................bronze ...........................silver.....................................gold.
John (JW)If you want to quit, surround yourself with successful quitters. After 1 month, 3 weeks, 5 days, 3 hours, 27 mins without a fix, I have successfully turned my back on 1684 nicotine providers which would have cost me £549.92. In doing so, I have gained an extra 5 days, 20 hours, 20 minutes to feel good about life.
Nov 29 10 8:33 AM
Get up, get dressed. Go downstairs. Make a mug of tea. Grab cigarette & lighter. Go outside. Sip tea and smoke cigarette. Greet the usual people walking by. Finish cigarette. Back indoors. Get ready for work. Pick up tobacco tin, tobacco, filters, lighters, mobile phone and wallet and put into respective pockets. Close window. Leave house. Light cigarette. Start walking to work. Nearly there, light second cigarette. Carry on walking. At work, finish cigarette, go inside. Start computer. Check emails, work... think about a cigarette...Hour goes by. Roll cigarette. Go outside and smoke. Back in. Work... Hour goes by. Roll cigarette. Go outside and smoke. Back in. Work... Hour goes by. Roll cigarette. Look outside. Looks a bit wet. Put coat on, go outside and smoke. Back in. Comment to colleagues that "it's a bit damp out there!" Hang coat up. Work... Hour goes by. Roll cigarette. Look outside. It's stopped raining but looks cold. Put coat on., go outside and smoke. Back in. Comment to colleagues that "it's a bit cold out there!" Hang coat up. Work... Hour goes by. Lunchtime!Roll two cigarettes. Walk to nearby shop to get some lunch. Smoke cigarette on way there. Back to office. Eat lunch, read paper. End of lunch break. Go outside, smoke other cigarette. Back in. Work...Hour goes by. Roll cigarette. Go outside and smoke. Back in. Work... Hour goes by. Roll cigarette. Go outside and smoke. Back in. Work... Hour goes by. Finished!Roll two cigarettes while shutting down computer. Leave office, light cigarette and start walking home. Part way home light second cigarette. Get home. Make a mug of tea. Take out tobacco tin, tobacco, filters, lighters, mobile phone and wallet and put on desk. Get changed from work clothes. Check emails, web etc. Roll a cigarette, open window and smoke it by the window (it's better that way of course). Watch some TV. Advert break! Roll cigarette. Smoke it by the window. Make some food. Eat it. Clear up, wash pots etc. Roll cigarette. Smoke it by the window. Watch some more TV. Between programmes / in advert breaks roll cigarette and smoke it by the window.Time to go out! Roll two cigarettes. Close window. Put coat on. Put tobacco tin, tobacco, filters, lighters, mobile phone and wallet into respective pockets. Leave house. Light cigarette. Walk to pub. Buy drink. Find table. Go outside and smoke other cigarette (used to smoke 2 on the way to the pub, now only one so the second one gets smoked at the pub). Back inside. Finish drink. Get another. Roll cigarette. Go outside and smoke. Back in. Finish drink.Time to go home. Roll two cigarettes. Leave pub and light cigarette. Start walking home. Smoke second cigarette. Arrive home. Get in, take out tobacco tin, tobacco, filters, lighters, mobile phone and wallet and put on desk. Make a drink. Check emails, web etc. Time for bed. Roll four cigarettes (one for now, three for the following morning). Open window. Smoke cigarette by window. Go to bed.
Nov 29 10 8:52 AM
"Boy, do I miss smoking!"
If you say it often enough you really start to believe it. But would life be different if you smoked again? You bet it would. From the moment you awake to the time you go to sleep, life would never again be the same.
Once again you have to smoke as soon as you wake up just to have the strength and energy to drag yourself out of bed. You cough up some of that phlegm in your lungs and get a drink of water for that horribly dry throat. You have a lousy taste in your mouth and a slight headache. But none of this concerns you since you feel this way every morning. Funny though, if you think back to your ex-smoking days, you used to wake up feeling clean, healthy and refreshed.
You start to dress and get ready for work. Fifteen minutes go by so you smoke a cigarette or two. At breakfast the food sure tastes bland. Better add some salt and pepper to those eggs. Coffee sure seems weak today, no smell or taste to it. Better brew it longer next time. When you were an ex-smoker things smelled and tasted so good.
You realize you had better start moving faster since you are already behind schedule. Where does the time go? When you were not smoking you seemed to have so much more time in the morning. Better hurry or you will be late for work again.
The inside windshield sure seems dirty. It is kind of surprising since you just cleaned it three weeks ago. Better try to scrape that brown film off over the weekend. No wonder the kids are always complaining about the smell in the car. Remember when you were an ex-smoker and you cleaned your inside windshield about every six months.
You just hate driving during rush hours. Its forty-five minutes of pure frustration. Three or four cigarettes between home and work. But it sure is better than taking that train where you can't smoke at all. Near the end of these trips you sit with an unlit cigarette hanging out of your mouth, a lighter in your hand. When the train finally stops you push your way out to light the cigarette as fast as you can. When you were an ex-smoker and you drove or took the train you didn't even think of a cigarette.
You are really late now. You run half a block from the parking lot to your office. You start wheezing and coughing. You can't catch your breath and your heart feels like it is going to explode out of your chest. Funny, when you were an ex-smoker a little run like that wouldn't even make you perspire.
At work the phone just doesn't stop ringing. You almost don't have time to smoke. But you know you will make time to smoke at least three an hour. In fact, with that hour-long staff meeting where you are not allowed to smoke coming up, you had better smoke a few extra. You don't want another episode like last week where the boss asked you some difficult questions and all you could think about was when could you get a cigarette. Sure was simpler when you were an ex-smoker.
Rush hour going home is just as bad as going to work. You should stop and get cigarettes, you might not have enough to get through until tomorrow. Another couple of dollars down the drain.
Well, you are finally home. You had better smoke while getting ready for dinner since your kids won't let you smoke at the table. Another half a pack or so before going to bed. You sure are tired. I bet you feel like you smoked too much today. As you doze off your last thought for the day is, "Boy, do I miss not smoking." Consider what life was really like as a smoker. Remember all this and NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
Nov 29 10 10:11 AM
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He controls you totally. When he says jump, you jump.
Sometimes in the middle of a blizzard or storm, he wants you to come to the
store and pick him up. You would give your spouse hell if he or she did that to
you all the time, but you can't argue with your friend. Sometimes, when you are
out at a movie or play he says he wants you to go stand in the lobby with him
and miss important scenes. Since he calls all the shots in your life, you go.
Your friend doesn't like your choice of clothing either.
Instead of politely telling you that you have lousy taste, he burns little
holes in these items so you will want to throw them out. Sometimes, he tires of
the furniture and gets rid of it too. Occasionally, he gets really nasty and
decides the whole house must go.
He gets pretty expensive to support. Not only is his knack
of property destruction costly, but you must pay to keep him with you. In fact,
he will cost you thousands of dollars over your lifetime. And you can count on
one thing, he will never pay you a penny in return.
Often at picnics you watch others playing vigorous
activities and having lots of fun doing them. But your friend won't let you. He
doesn't believe in physical activity. In his opinion, you are too old to have
that kind of fun. So he kind of sits on your chest and makes it difficult for
you to breathe. Now you don't want to go off and play with other people when
you can't breathe, do you?
Your friend does not believe in being healthy. He is really
repulsed by the thought of you living a long and productive life. So every
chance he gets he makes you sick. He helps you catch colds and flu. Not just by
running out in the middle of the lousy weather to pick him up at the store. He
is more creative than that. He carries thousands of poisons with him which he
constantly blows in your face. When you inhale some of them, they wipe out
cilia in your lungs which would have helped you prevent these diseases.
But colds and flu are just his form of child's play. He
especially likes diseases that slowly cripple you - like emphysema. He
considers this disease great. Once he gets you to have this, you will give up
all your other friends, family, career goals, activities - everything. You will
just sit home and caress him, telling him what a great friend he is while you
desperately gasp for air.
But eventually your friend tires of you. He decides he no
longer wishes to have your company. Instead of letting you go your separate
ways, he decides to kill you. He has a wonderful arsenal of weapons behind him.
In fact, he has been plotting your death since the day you met him. He picked
all the top killers in society and did everything in his power to ensure you
would get one of them. He overworked your heart and lungs. He clogged up the
arteries to your heart, brain, and every other part of your body. In case you
were too strong to succumb to this, he constantly exposed you to cancer causing
agents. He knew he would get you sooner or later.
Well, this is the story of your "friend," your
cigarette. No real friend would do all this to you. Cigarettes are the worst
possible enemies you ever had. They are expensive, addictive, socially
unacceptable, and deadly. Consider all this and - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
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