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Oct 11 11 10:38 AM
Oct 11 11 10:53 AM
Yesterday may have been a hard day but it wasn't a bad day, at least not in the grand scheme of things:
From the string Repost of "Bad Days"
Originally written for Penny when she had said she had just gotten through bad day. But it applies to anyone who posts that they have had a bad day.
I think it is important for everyone to know that as life goes on, people have bad days. Smokers have bad days, ex-smokers have bad days, people who never smoked a cigarette in their life have bad days. If the bad day is happening the week you quit smoking, blame it on quitting smoking. It is probably the reason. But as time marches on, you need to be a little more discriminating. For later in a quit, not smoking may be playing only a minor role, and possibly not any at all. What you said today was of pivotal importance though, even during your bad day yesterday, you didn't smoke, hey in your case, you didn't even consider smoking.
People in the early days of a quit sometimes hear long term ex-smokers say how it is now easy, how everything is going great. They often think to themselves, "well if it were going like that for me, sure I could stay off, but I am different now, it's still hard." They sometimes can't relate to ex-smokers. By acknowledging your bad day, or more accurately, an emotionally off day for one reason or another, and being able to awake the next day still smoke free with a new perspective on things gives a valuable lessons to new people here. Sure there are some tough times, but they pass and at the end of the day, you can still be smoke free. That is why I didn't call yesterday a bad day for you Penny, you made it through a touch day without a cigarette. You are still smoke free. In the greater scheme of things, it was a good day.
Watch people on the board who are off for months and have a relapse. Listen to their words and here you will see a bad day. Followed sometimes by an immediate quit which means a bad week. Sometimes though, some don't come back and you can probably accurately predict they are smoking again. They are having bad weeks, months and years. In America, with over 400,000 people dying annually every year from smoking, this translates to over 1,000 people dying prematurely every day. They then had a bad day. There surviving family and friends are also then having a bad day. Some go on having lives a little worse off every day because of the loss of their significant other. Smoking leads to this kind of chain reaction of bad days.
Summing up, it's OK to share tough times, but balance the message, with how you feel by the end of the day that you are still smoke free. It will reinforce your resolve, it will reinforce everyone who reads it too. To stay free from nicotine, be honest and never take another puff!
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"Had a very busy evening so far and I would normally plan my breaks outside but I just kept busy and finished the task at hand. "
"My husband is so proud of me.....he's read some of the website and has a better understanding on what I'm going thru. I appreciate the fact he took the time to understand."
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Oct 14 11 5:38 AM
Welcome DAY 12 !!!!! What a difference a week makes. I am getting use to my new routine. I sat downstairs last night and I didn't have any craves. Yes I thought about it but in a different way. My mind has gotten quieter which is amazing to me. I really didn't know how much chatter was going on in there before....LOL Earlier in my journal I mentioned that in past quits I wouldn't feel happy if I didn't smoke. Well I haven't had a nicotine fix in 12 days and let me tell you I am anything but unhappy....Never Take Another Puff....it really is that simpleKarenDay 12
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