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A weekly blog featuring well written posts from members of our community. Each week I'll pick a post and add it to this blog along with the link to the whole thread for anyone wanting to read more. Hope you like it ūüėä

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Keep the promise you make to yourself

JimHannoonen Quit Date: Feb. 9 2017   Posted June 9, 2017    You've made a choice to not smoke anymore and that's awesome, but remember this. No matter what you do, no matter how many patches you put on your body, how many pills you take or wads of nicotine gum you shove in your mouth, none of these things are going to be a cigarette and none are going to make you feel ok. You're gong to go through some gnarly sh*t over the next few months and you know what? That's

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Keep It Simple

Boo Quit Date: March 9, 2016   Posted May 11, 2017    I was talking to a friend last night.  He's flirting with the idea of quitting, but is currently doing the ol' procrastination two-step.  He calls it "preparation."  He is nervous and has a lot of questions and is getting himself worked up over hypothetical scenarios, most of which will never come to pass.  "How did you quit" he asked.  My reply: "I stopped putting cigarettes in my mouth and setting them on fire."

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The Happy Smoke?

PixelSketch   Posted May 4, 2017    I've been pretty much craving-free since about the third-ish week. I still get a quick smoking thought once in a blue moon, but I laugh at it, and 'poof', it's gone. Just like that. Which, honestly, still shocks me. I never thought I would ever be able to quit. And if by some miracle I did, I was pretty sure I'd be tortured and miserable. I'm thankful every day for this quit, and for this board.   So things are good. But the other

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Traveling as a smoker

Jenny Quit Date: 05/24/2012   Posted May 7, 2017    I went on a trip to Texas recently for work and brought a co-worker with me.  She smokes.  We agreed to meet at a local mall and then drive together to the airport.  When I got there to pick her up she was pacing back and forth outside the vehicle, in the rain, getting those last puffs in.  At the airport she tried to find a time to smoke but things moved too quickly and she was not able to before we boarded.  Everywher

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Who Is In Charge Of This Quit?

Tink Quit Date: 22/11/2013   Posted April 12, 2014    YOU - thats who!   no one else   no situation you find yourself in however difficult    its all down to YOU   sometimes you just have to bring your big bad ass self to the surface and say "I am in charge here" - "This is my quit, my life"   and nothing and no-one is going to bring me down!       (I am not a creative writer, I say it how it is for me

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I forgot to think about smoking! Yay!

PixelSketch Members Quit Date: March 19, 2017   Posted April 10, 2017    OK, this is the first time this has happened since I quit!! Even those moments where I wasn't craving one, it was constantly on my mind in some way, even if it was just "I'm not smoking, I'm not smoking..."   Today, wrapping up a work project into the wee hours of the night, I suddenly realized that I hadn't thought about smoking for ages!  So, there's hope!! It's exhausting to alway

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You Just Don't

Soberjulie   Posted April 7, 2014  some days are harder than others.   but you don't pick up that first cigarette   you just don't.   it's less about willpower than it is about making a decision not to, in advance of the thought or the desire, no matter how scared, angry, jealous, happy, bored, horny, depressed, anxious, elated, insecure, arrogant, lonely or silly you feel.   some days it seems that although yesterday life looked good, today

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The Great Nicotine Free Mental Fog

Sazerac Quit Date: October 23, 2013, A Good Day to be Free.     Posted May 4, 2018              Surviving The Great NicotineFree Fog    Some people experience a mental fog soon after they quit smoking or using nicotine, others don't. It can last from a few hours to a few weeks or longer.  My fog wasn't consistent, showing  up unannounced and somewhat dismaying. Who am I kidding ?  It was disarming and seemed impenetrable. I couldn'

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Temporary Fixes

babs609 Quit Date: 07/13/2012   Posted April 23, 2014    That's what a lot of frustrated quitters feel when they are still young and fresh in their quit......water, deep breaths, walking, distracting, cleaning, exercising, posting, talking to a friend....the list is endless...but each and every one of those things are temporary...and as a new quitter...you get frustrated ya know?  Yes...I tried all those things..and it never lasts...I tried the water 20 minutes ago...hel

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***NO MORE EXCUSES***

babs609 Quit Date: 07/13/2012   Posted April 6, 2014    I'm 16....right now I'm a teen, i'm having fun. I enjoy smoking. I can quit at any time. So, I'll quit when......   I'm 20.. but life is a little stressful right now...I have 2 babies, working full time..saving to buy a house....I'm still young and won't be affected long term by this smoking...no big deal...right? I'll quit definitely by the time...   I'm 25.....still a lot of my family and frien

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Over and over again

Abby Quit Date: June 30 2011   Posted July 2, 2016    Having to push the restart button over and over was so exhausting , so discouraging and so defeating . I felt hopeless that "I" may one day be quit. I learned that to keep a quit I had to make a firm committment to MYSELF that I could not continue to do what I had always done. Some craves can be really tough but everyone we get through has less power the next time. I remember how exhausting it was, battling craves and

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Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

Nancy Quit Date:¬†07/07/2013 ¬† Posted¬†March 25, 2016¬† From the American Cancer Society... ¬† Why is it so hard to quit smoking? Mark Twain said, ‚ÄúQuitting smoking is easy. I‚Äôve done it a thousand times.‚ÄĚ Maybe you‚Äôve tried to quit, too. Why is quitting and staying quit hard for so many people? The answer is mainly nicotine. Nicotine Nicotine is a drug found naturally in tobacco, which is as addictive as heroin or cocaine. Over time, a person becomes phy

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Are you scared to quit smoking?

Colleen Quit Date: 6/2/13   Posted June 13, 2015    I was scared too.  Thought I had this super addictive personality and all those who had successfully quit before me weren't really addicted to smoking.  Shortly after you quit, you are going to figure it out, but I'll let you in on the secret now...it's a bunch of baloney.  Nobody is more addicted to smoking than anyone else.  It's the monster otherwise known as nicotine playing tricks on you, kick his ass to the curb b

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Quitting Changed My Life

c9jane29   Posted May 14  Thank you guys so much!! 5 years already?! I love it!! I look back on the last 5 years with so much joy in my heart... I'm glad I saw my quit as a celebration, it has always felt that way...never negative.  It changed my life, my kids lives. I volunteer as a Girl Scout Troop Leader...before I would have never done anything like that. I had convinced myself I had too much anxiety or too introverted but all of that was my addiction getting me to fall o

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The Comfort Zone

Tink Posted¬†June 6, 2014¬†¬∑¬†IP¬† ¬† The Comfort Zone By Unknown I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn‚Äôt fail. The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail. I longed so much to do the things I‚Äôd never done before, But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor. I said it didn‚Äėt matter that I wasn‚Äôt doing much. I said I didn‚Äôt care for things like commission checks and such. I claimed to be so busy with the things in

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It's your choice

On 8/4/2015 at 10:57 AM, Tiffany said:   Read this. Line by line. Think about it. Feel it.     Picture yourself a second or two after you stub out that quit-breaking cigarette. The one that you just had to have because the craving was so strong you couldn't hold out any longer, when that voice inside you was saying.. "Go on, life sucks, you may as well smoke a cig.. y'know for your nerves.." or the other one.. "you've got this beat now.. you are in control.. you can have

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Are You a Believer?

babs609 Quit Date: 07/13/2012 Posted September 20, 2016 · IP    Life is really so simple...WE are the ones who make it complicated   Because the truth is....if you BELIEVE the cigarette will give you any kind of comfort or joy...then you will suffer a great deal.  Not just in the early part of your quit, but for YEARS after...if you can stay quit that long.   This is where the education part comes in.   If there is something you want that you believe will

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Disabilities and depression associated with smoking

Tink Quit Date: 22/11/2013   Posted November 10, 2015    It's a sad fact that they are related to each other I can only speak from what I see or I know maybe others can relate a story?   My story is my mum she is a heavy smoker and absolutely convinced she will not quit as its her only comfort!! Which is ironic as her discomfort, disability and depression is all born by smoking!!   She has blocked arteries from smoking, this has been medically confirm

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No Matter What, Right?

Ramona Quit Date: 1/29/2017   Posted September 1, 2015    In 4 days I will celebrate my 10 month mark.  I've not had a single puff in these 10 months.  I did not sacrifice a single inhale to death sticks.  Astounding!!!   To quit smoking has been my number one, most important goal.  Nothing has come before it.  I've made it this far because I've made this quit my top priority.  If the choice is between smoking a cigarette OR:   punching myself in the

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I Tried to Climb the Mountain Today

beacon   Posted May 12, 2016    I TRIED TO CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN TODAY.   I tried to climb the mountain today. As I inched my way up the path, I felt overwhelmed, so I had to turn back. I tried to climb the mountain today. On my journey, darkness started to fall, and I was full of fear, so I had to return to a safe place.  I was ready to climb the mountain today. But it was so hot outside, I thought I better stay in my nice air-conditioned house and rest up f

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Lies

Nixter Quit Date: 6/7/15   Posted June 27, 2015    So basically what I'm figuring out is that cigarettes and nicotine are big fat liars. For all those years they kept me at their beck and call by making me afraid. I was afraid to quit because I thought I wouldn't be able to have fun without a cig. LIE. I was afraid to quit because I thought it would be too hard. LIE. I was afraid to quit because I thought every day would be like day 1. LIE. I was afraid to quit because I

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Summer's Here - Have a Plan

reciprocity   Posted June 30, 2017    Over the next week we have Canada Day on July 1st and Independence Day in the U.S., July 4th. That means lots of parties with friends and relatives. Time to celebrate summer and rightly so!   Just have a plan in advance for how you will handle these get together occasions if they are your first since quitting. You deserve to have a good time but you need to think about what the dangers might be to you so you can avoid them. Ther

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10 Steps to Relapse

beacon   Posted June 11, 2014    Saw this some where else, not sure if it has bern posted here or who wrote it...   Ten Steps to Relapse 1. "Try" to quit.   2. Idealize life without smoking.   3. Associate your daily problems and disappointments with the fact that you're not smoking.   4. Begin to buy into the idea that you are more miserable now than before you quit.   5. Start responding to your problems with, "If this

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No Man's Land

Nancy Quit Date: 07/07/2013 Posted March 23, 2018 ·    By tahoehal  on May 13 2008    I seldom start a post, unless it is to honor someone's anniversary. But I feel compelled to share something that I seem to be sharing a lot of lately... and that is my thoughts on 'No Man's Land'. No Man's Land is a dangerous and scary place... and it is a lonely time during a quit. I call No Man's Land that period of time between about 1 month and 3 or 4 months into your quit

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Old Dogs and New Tricks

Boo Quit Date: March 9, 2016   Posted August 26, 2017 ·    "You can't teach an old dog new tricks."  I'm not one to nitpick over semantics, but I've heard that old cliche twice today.  How many phrases do we mindlessly repeat without ever really thinking about them.  Maybe I'm overthinking the phrase.  Or perhaps when you begin making a conscious effort to make positive changes, you're a bit more sensitive to the kind of self-defeating limitations we place on ourselves.

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