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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 馃槉

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SHE WAS 16 AND BEAUTIFUL

Crist贸bal Quit Date:聽14 October 2012 聽 聽 Posted on QSMB Jul 25 2010 by JWG. 聽 She was 17 and thought it was cool She was 18 knew she was in control She was 19 living in the fast lane She was 20 and would quit before hitting 21 She was 21 and thought new years eve was better She was 22 the new job was to much stress right now She was 23 and her fianc茅e smoked anyways She was 24 the baby would be fine, what鈥檚 a little nicotine She was 25 what else is t

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The best things about not smoking

larklibby Quit Date:聽8th March 2015 聽 Posted聽April 18, 2015聽路聽IP聽 聽 For me, the best things about not smoking, becoming a non smoker, are the small things. I have never been driven by 'how bad' smoking is for your health, of course, clearly, smoking is terrible for your well being. Somehow, my brain had learned to navigate around that fact, because of the nicotine, the drug; It was dismissed - 'it won't happen to me' attitude. So finding a driving factor for my聽quit has

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Mental Balloons

gonfishn21 Quit Date:聽11.15.15 聽 Posted聽March 1, 2018聽 聽 For Nancy 聽 Mental Balloons Posted by gonfishn21 on 16 January 2015 - 06:17 PM 聽 As I'm now chasing the tweenie label, and have been thinking a lot about the concerns I have had regading No Man's Land, its got me thinking again. As most of you know, that means I'm going to ramble. Although I am not one that needs a lot of kudos, it seems that it is a necessary part of this process fo

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Who's in Charge?

cpk Quit Date:聽02/04/2015 聽 Posted聽March 28, 2015聽路聽IP聽 When you were a smoker trying to quit did you sometimes wish you could buy "just one"? 聽 In my town a few stores used to sell single cigarettes. The singles they sold were stinky and stale and expensive, and it was like the tobacco industry was laughing in your face like "gotcha!" you will even buy a stale cigarette. What's next?, picking butts up out of the gutter? 聽 Sure, you can bum one. But then w

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KNOCK KNOCK

Crist贸bal Quit Date:聽14 October 2012 聽 聽 Posted on QSMB Dec 17 2013 by JWG 聽 When my son was young he would walk to the end of the drive to wait for the school bus. I would stand at the bay window off the side nook of our home where I could look down the drive and watch until he safely got on board. 聽Sounding like a good father this may be. But in actuality I found I enjoyed the heat off the glass and watching the life outdoors from the birds to the ever changing le

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Constant Mindgames?

ssharonsif Posted聽August 25, 2014聽路聽IP聽 聽 I read way back and thoughts it might be useful to those who end up in a relapse, or in fear of giving quitting another crack. 聽 Bear in mind Dr Steve Peters calls the limbic part the 'chimp' and the 'human' is the frontal. Hope this helps in understand why it's not about will power. 聽 All information goes to the chimp first. The process is always the same as you go about your daily routines: in every situation and acti

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YOUR QUIT & YOUR LIFE - THE PROPER SEQUENCE

Crist贸bal Quit Date:聽14 October 2012 聽 Posted聽May 19, 2016聽路聽 聽 When our quits are young, we must learn and then practice in a conscious manner, to disconnect and keep separate our quits from all life events. 聽 We learn to always keep our quits sacred, protected, and never influenced by any life event that may happen. 聽 This dynamic we may call The Proper Sequence, and it is powered by your commitment to Never.Take.Another.Puff. (NTAP). It does not matter

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nicotine replacement therapy

babs609 Quit Date:聽07/13/2012 聽 Posted聽March 2, 2015聽路聽IP聽 It's not what you think...at least not in this post. 聽 Many people who "attempt" to quit smoking hope and pray for it.聽 They just crush their last few cigarettes when they are sick of themselves...of course, they just put out a cigarette when they do this so they feel all brave.聽 (20 min later--digging through the trash to find those cigarettes--I admit-I did that) 聽 Then you have those that do qui

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A tale of two husbands...which will you be?

Nancy Quit Date:聽07/07/2013 聽 Posted聽December 30, 2015聽路聽IP聽 聽 Doreen and I were talking, and realized our husbands are the same age, 66. 聽That is about the only thing they have in common. 聽I am going to tell you first about my husband, Dennis, and then Doreen will be along to tell you about Tony. Hopefully there are smokers who will read this who still have the opportunity to choose which husband and father they would like to be. 聽 Dennis is a never smoker. 聽A

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Are you a Slave to the Nicotine?

JackiMac 聽 Posted聽March 17, 2015聽路聽IP聽 聽 Nicotine is a monster that comes along and takes you captive, it entices you in with promises of a sweeter life, it promises to give you stress free moments, make you a more sociable likeable person, you want to be slim and look cool, nicotine says it can do that for you, you can be an it girl a man of the moment because you smoke. 聽 聽 Errrm hang on a moment 聽let reality have a second to speak to you, nicotine is a chain that

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The Guadalupe River

This post was written by a member of another forum by the name of jwg and brought over to preserve it. And although I never knew him his ability to write about his addiction and his approach to dying spoke to me. RIP jwg..... 聽 聽 A lazy Texas river spanning form Kerr county Texas to the San Antonio bay on the Gulf of Mexico. 聽If you ever need to find a place to relax enjoy the sunshine while refreshing from the hot Texas sun, nothing beats a lazy day tubing down the slow winding o

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The Dark Room

Nancy Quit Date:聽07/07/2013 聽 Posted聽April 7, 2014聽路聽IP聽 Bonnie, I looked and it did not originate there, so here it is... 聽 THE SMALL DARK ROOM; an analogy of a quit (Reposted from Laurap414 from The QuitNet ) Once, my existence was confined to a small, dark room. In the room was a button. When I pressed the button the room was filled with light. It was a warm, sunny light, which filled every crevice of the room with its brilliance. The light made me happy

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Give it a try

SueBeDoo Quit Date:聽29th september 2013 聽 聽 Posted聽October 24, 2014聽路聽IP聽 I was one of those people that quit smoking more times than i care to remember and i always gave in at the first sign of a crave.聽 But this time when i quit, i got through each crave and do you know what, i felt euphoric for making it, it is the best feeling ever, you have the strongest urge to smoke but you hang tight and do not give in and the high you feel is just amazing. Cant beat a free

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Irrational Behaviors of Smokers...What were yours?

Colleen Ginger Quit Date:聽6/2/13 聽 Posted聽January 2, 2015聽路聽IP聽 聽 We all have a moment or two (sometimes more) after quitting and see our former self in a smoker. 聽We see a smoker doing something unbelievably ridiculous. 聽Something that we as smokers, did or easily could have done. 聽As a smoker, it would have have been impossible to realize or if we did realize, we just didn't care...the addiction was that powerful. 聽I have lots of habits I buried with my smoker sel

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The First "No Thank You"

Rooster Quit Date:聽1/1/2014 聽 Posted聽January 9, 2015聽路聽IP聽 Hi everyone, in preparation for a night around some smokers I wanted to write down an accomplishment from yesterday which I will be repeating as many times as necessary this evening. My first no thank you. Since I stopped smoking, I was pretty surprised at how easy it has been relative to my expectations. I had prepared for the worse, but I have realized over the last few weeks that I really hadn't been buying many an

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Mind games

babs609 Quit Date:聽07/13/2012 聽 Posted聽December 9, 2014聽路聽IP聽 wrote this a while ago and just came across it.聽 Thought I would share it.聽 聽 聽 As I was driving to work a couple of weeks ago, a song from my past came on the radio. 聽Instantly put me in a good mood. 聽I was singing along, bopping in my seat happily as i drove to work. 聽The song triggered a memory for me...a happy memory. 聽I was in a good mood all day because of it. 聽 Fast forward 2 weeks l

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Intentions

babs609 Posted聽April 2, 2014聽 聽 Each month-I participate in running a brain injury/stroke support group. It's very fulfilling and I get such a level of satisfaction by helping these folks get together once a month to support each other, much like we do here. To some of them-this is their only social outing and they look forward to it. I learn so much from them; it's a very humbling experience. Anyway....the point of this post is--tonight we have a guest speaker. A Neurologist

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Feel the fear - and do it anyway!!

Still winning Posted聽September 29, 2014聽路聽IP聽 聽 I have spent a lot of my time over the last 6 months watching quit videos, reading stories, blogs, googling. I have read about nicotine addiction and health implications and self worth. 聽I would like to think I am a reformed addict. So rewind..... 聽 I want to quit smoking but 聽 -I'm told it's so hard -I will feel lousy for months -I can't see a world where I can't smoke again -Forever is too big

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Keep It - Your Quit, Your Shield

Bassman Posted聽September 17, 2014聽路聽IP聽 聽 Some people cannot go through something without having to put something on it or tag something to it. 聽That makes it justified for what is going on. 聽 聽 聽 聽 When I started smoking there was no one week, 2 week, monthly celebration for the start, no woopie I have been smoking for 6 months......But during many yearly anniversaries from the start of my smoking, I 聽wished I had never started....But there is no name for that

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The story of a mountain girl...

Ladybug Posted聽August 22, 2014聽路聽IP聽 聽 I am a聽"mountain girl"聽and I know a thing or two about hiking. I was born in a small village in the Alps, directly on the boarder between Italy and Austria, hiking was mandatory -not optional. There was an old joke going around about babies being born with hiking boots, skies and a backpack and I assume its still being told until this day.聽Not so far off the truth, I have been told I could ski before I actually walked.聽 聽 聽 Som

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Mindset Really Is Everything

babs609 Quit Date:聽07/13/2012 聽 聽 Posted聽August 23, 2014聽路聽IP聽 There have been discussions recently about NOPE and how it doesn't resonate well with some.聽 I understand that feeling.聽 When I was fresh in my quit the first few months, I wanted to believe those that have quit before me.聽 I wanted their sense of peacefulness and satisfaction with life without the cigarette.聽 I just couldn't imagine it and the daily restlessness that was occurring made it even more difficult

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Filling the Pages...repost from Eric

Nancy Posted聽August 22, 2018聽路聽IP聽 聽 FILLING THE PAGES by Eric A common topic a quitter might talk about since they quit smoking, is the fact that there seems to be void in their life now. Now that they're not smoking it feels as if the days have grown longer and they are unsure of how to fill this time. Sometimes this can actually put stress the new quitter, because this is so unfamiliar to them. Cigarettes have been so deeply intertwined in their life for so long, that

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Executive Assistant

El Bandito Posted聽April 20, 2014聽路聽IP聽 聽 The below is a repost of a repost of a repost... 聽 It is a post that I have found invaluable. I posted it somewhere else today - and LB suggested it have a thread of its own.... 聽 Triggers: Reminders From Your Executive Assistant聽 Original post : Kattatonic Gold/ Freedom member.聽 "It's all in your head" has developed a really bad rap in our culture. What's up with聽that? The power of the brain is remarkabl

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The Rear View Mirror And Years Quit

Markus Quit Date:聽02-19-2008 Posted聽October 28, 2018聽路聽IP聽聽(edited) 聽 聽 I haven't been聽around that much but I was here yesterday and was glad to see all of the long quits. I haven't written in a few years but would like to post a few thoughts about the quit process. 聽 Looking at the new and young quits, and the never-ending fight to gain a foothold on the sticky quit, I just wanted to let the newer quits I see on the QT know, that you'll get there too, by stick

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It's All Relative

babs609 Posted聽June 27, 2014聽路聽 聽 Coming close to the 2 year mark for me and as i look back at my quit smoking journey I recongnize the transformation that has occurred in my life since that lucky Friday the 13th back in 2012. 聽 聽 The transition was slow....of course in the beginning...it was all about quitting smoking. 聽That had to take priority. 聽It was the fight of my life and I was in the ring (like Rocky fighting against the big Russian dude) 聽It was all about the q

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