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Doc Quit date 14th October 2008
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Wow Christy... you sound really great in your quit.
Keep going, you won't be disappointed. Our associations with nicotine sometimes linger for a while. (Laundry = nicotine).
But with all things, todays reality will fill the void of yesterdays nicotine <<- means you will stop thinking about cigarettes, just keep moving on.
One step at a time - - great advice.
Shane. 7 years
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I don't feel that this can be said enough, that each and every individual here is responsible for his or her own quit. We have a disclaimer up in a few places that we refuse to take the blame if any person relapses. A person relapses because he or she took a puff. In all fairness then, we cannot take the credit for all of our successful quitters either. Each and every individual who makes an entire year smoke free did so because he or she stuck to his or her initial commitment to himself or herself to never take another puff! We don't have the ability to enforce that a person stays quit. All we have is the ability to disseminate the information a person needs to understand what he or she must do to stay off of smoking.
As I said many times above, one year milestones are great, as are any milestones, but what is better than making a month, or three months or a year or even a decade is making it through today! Stay focused on today for today is always going to be the most important day of your quit, no matter if it is your first day, 30th day, 90th day, 365th day or thousandth day.
No matter how long a quit has lasted, each day it is essential that you make it through that day to stay smoke free. I have known many people who had years and even decades under their belts smoke free, let their guard down once, and now have years and decades of smoking under their belts again. Those years that were smoke free are now distant memories and are viewed as really quite meaningless to them now.
One puff can take years of hard work and thousands of victories and negate the whole effort. Don't waste this effort, for losing the quit is paramount to losing your Freedom, your health and over time, likely losing your life. To keep all of the perks and benefits that go along with being smoke free requires always remembering that no matter how long you are off--to stay off still requires remembering to never take another puff!
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There is an important underlying message in many of the posts put up by our members and managers when we are asked to help a person in distress. That message is for the member to read, read, read. We have provided a great wealth of information here at Freedom and at WhyQuit.com about the addiction and a lot of posts from all of our members with real life examples of how a smoke free life is a real possibility for any person wanting to stay quit. I get letters daily from members and non-members thanking us for providing these materials and who say that they have spent hour upon hour reading all of the materials in the Quit Library and on the board. They make it clear that many things they read over and over again to secure their quits. You can tell that these people are spending a lot of time working at securing their quits. Its interesting because I never got an email from a disgruntled ex-smoker who has said that he or she was really mad because of all of the time that he or she has wasted reading these materials over and over again.
There are times though where I will get a letter from a person who has relapsed who will say with great regret that he or she wished that he or she had done more to secure his or her quits. Sometimes these are from people who were once long-term ex-smokers and now have been smoking years or decades because they didn't put enough of a priority on staying quit.
Again this comes down to the issue of what can Freedom do for you in securing your quit. We can do what we are doing--providing you information on the dangers of smoking, enhancing your knowledge on the process of quitting and the importance of keeping your guard up and your ammunition reinforced of why you want to stay smoke free. How we do this is by having this site and WhyQuit.com up and going 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, as long as MSN and our webhost servers stay up and going. It is crucial to note though that your quit is not going to stay easy by us just doing our part. The fact is that each and every member and reader is going to have to do his or her own part if this quit is going to stay on track. Your part is to read and learn as much as you can, on bad days and occasionally on good ones too. In fact, the more good days you spend a little time reading here at Freedom, the less bad days you are likely ever to experience. Read and learn as much as you can here. The more you read the stronger your quit will stay and the more resolute you will always be in the commitment you made when you joined up at Freedom to never take another puff!
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