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Just One Hour at a Time!
If elephant were the best tasting meat in the world and we told you that you had to eat an entire two ton
elephant, you'd say "impossible!" Eating four thousand pounds of elephant is a far greater challenge than the 72 hours it takes for your body
to become nicotine free and feel withdrawal peak, but not impossible. How do you eat a 4,000 pound elephant? One bite at a time! How do you make a 72 hour
climb to the top of withdrawal's mountain? One step at a time.
We smokers and oral nicotine users are impatient people. We want results now! But it isn't our fault. Our
minds have been conditioned by our addiction to expect immediate relief from the anxiety of early withdrawal, which for smokers always arrives within 10
seconds of sucking new nicotine into our lungs. Within 20 to 30 minutes our blood nicotine level would again fall to the point that minor discomfort or urges
would arrive and again we'd obtain almost immediate relief as new nicotine laden smoke was sucked into crying lungs.
A pack a day smoker repeats this cycle of obtaining immediate relief about 7,300 times a year. Yes, users are
impatient when it comes to bringing an abrupt halt to the symptoms of withdrawal but we've got reason to be. Our chemical addiction red powerful feeding
patterns and recovery doesn't happen overnight.
Successful ex-users are those who learn to control their impatience by ignoring the size of the elephant or
the height of the mountain, as they continue taking just one bite and one step at a time. There are many tasks in life that require baby steps in order to
finish what we've started. We can't build a beautiful wall with just one brick, receive a new baby after one month of pregnancy, obtain a college
degree with just one class or cook a delicious holiday dinner in a few short minutes. Imagine getting half the meal cooked and then leaving the kitchen or
building half a wall and walking away. Going the distance in life is normal. Swimming half way across the pool and stopping is not.
Quit for one hour. Keep your eye on the path and try not to look ahead. Embrace the hour don't dread it.
It doesn't have to be difficult. It could be flat and level or it might be a bit bumpy but either way it's just one hour and reflects one of the most
intense hours of chemical purging your body will ever know. The 72 hours needed to reach the top of withdrawal's mountain are each wonderful hours of
glorious healing. With the passing of each your body grows cleaner as 25% of all remaining nicotine is removed from your blood (nicotine's human
half-life is about two hours).
You know that all crave episodes will peak within three minutes (keep a clock handy). You know that no hour
lasts for more than 60 minutes. You know that the next few minutes are entirely doable. You know that no matter what challenge circumstances life throws your
way withdrawal and recovery are your temporary stepping stones to ending a cycle of need that destroys a bit more of your body with each passing year. You
know that soon the hour will be over and you can celebrate another hour of healing!
72 hours and 72 opportunities to celebrate a new nicotine free beginning! Enjoy each of them! Be proud of
yourself for standing tall! Just one step at a time! If we do this right then we'll only need to do it once!
It's a nice feeling to never have to quit again.
You deserve to see the view from the top, to feel withdrawal peak in intensity! You're paying your dues.
Is's your birthright to be free. Yes, why not trade places with our chemical dependency and put it under arrest. We've earned the right to
experience nicotine-free life! Remember, there are hundreds of millions of former ex-users alive on earth today and not were stronger than you! It was never
really about strength anyway but understanding, about learning why there's no need to be afraid of coming home. Patience! Give yourself a chance to
meet the real unaddicted you! Stay clean for just one hour and then celebrate! Remember, your crave is going to end whether you feed it or not. Why not
bring them to a permanent end! The next few minutes are doable!
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long, John : )
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Joel's Reinforcement Library
"Take it ONE DAY AT A TIME"
This concept is taught by almost all programs which are devoted to dealing with substance abuse or emotional conflict of any
kind. The reason that it is so often quoted is that it is universally applicable to almost any traumatic situation.
Dealing with quitting smoking is no exception. Along with NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!, ONE DAY AT A TIME is the key technique
which gives the smoker the strength to successfully quit smoking and stay free from the powerful grip of nicotine dependence.
When first quitting, the concept of ONE DAY AT A TIME is clearly superior to the smoker thinking that he will never smoke again
for the rest of his life. For when the smoker is first giving up smoking, he does not know whether or not he wants to go the rest of his life without
smoking. Most of the time the smoker envisions life as a non-smoker as more stressful, painful, and less fun.
It is not until he quits smoking that he realizes his prior thoughts of what life is like as a non-smoker were wrong. Once he
quits he realizes that there is life after smoking. It is a cleaner, calmer, fuller and, most important, healthier life. Now the thought of returning to
smoking becomes a repulsive concept. Even though the fears have reversed, the ONE DAY AT A TIME technique should still be maintained.
Now, as an ex-smoker, he still has bad moments every now and then. Sometimes due to stress at home or work, or pleasant social
situations, or to some other undefinable trigger situation, the desire for a cigarette surfaces. All he needs to do is say to himself, I won't smoke
for the rest of today; tomorrow I will worry about tomorrow. The urge will be over in seconds, and the next day he probably won't even think of a
But ONE DAY AT A TIME should not only be practiced when an urge is present. It should be practiced daily. Sometimes an
ex-smoker thinks it is no longer important to think in these terms. He goes on with the idea he will not smoke again for the rest of his life. Assuming
he is correct, when does he pat himself on the back for achieving his goal. When he is lying on his death bed he can enthusiastically proclaim, "I
never smoked again." What a great time for positive reinforcement.
Every day the ex-smoker should wake up thinking that he is not going to smoke that day. And every night before he goes to sleep
he should congratulate himself for sticking to his goal. Because pride is important in staying free from cigarettes. Not only is it important, but it is
well deserved. For anyone who has quit smoking has broken free from a very powerful addiction. For the first time in years, he has gained control over
his life, rather than being controlled by his cigarette. For this, he should be proud.
So tonight, when you go to sleep, pat yourself on the back and say, "Another day without smoking, I feel great." And
tomorrow when you wake up, say, "I am going to try for another day. Tomorrow I will deal with tomorrow." To successfully stay free from
smoking, TAKE IT ONE DAY AT A TIME and - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
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Did you know that nicotine somehow doubles the rate by which the human body eliminates caffeine from the bloodstream? It's true!
Research has found that when caffeine users (caffeine is found in coffee, cola, tea and chocolate) quit smoking without reducing their caffeine intake
that their blood caffeine levels double to 203% of their normal pre-quitting baseline, when measured at three weeks.
Although most who stop using nicotine can handle a doubling of the amount of caffeine in their bloodstream without experiencing additional anxiety and
jitters some can't. For big daily caffeine users anxiety levels can skyrocket as the caffeine in their blood reaches almost toxic levels.
None of us need give up our coffee, cola, tea or chocolate but if you feel like you're climbing the walls, anxious or you're
having trouble sleeping, you may need to reduce your intake a bit. For those who think that their coffee won't taste as good without a smoke, with
healed tastebuds and a hightened sense of smell it will taste more accurate than ever!
Breathe deep, hug hard, live long,
John - The Gold Club
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"There are no loopholes in the law of addiction. The law of
addiction simply states that administration of a drug to an addict will cause reestablishment of the dependence on the addictive substance. The day that
you tossed your "last" cigarette away, you were placed "on probation" for the rest of your life. While it may seem harsh and unfair,
to many, smoking is a crime punishable by death. Don't try to cheat the system just - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
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