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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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Hey my fellow newbies, hold your ground!

Soberjulie   Posted April 23, 2014    Sometimes it takes every last bit of you to keep your balance and not do something self destructive. I'm not talking about willpower, I'm talking about something else. I'm not sure how to describe it. It's like the part of you that wants to live, the part of you that is committed to not smoking, is connected by only the most slender of threads to the part of you driving the car, making the

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Filling the Voids

Posted 30 March 2015 - 09:14 AM by hermine (qsmb)   Quitting smoking leaves us with a terrible emptiness that, for a while, we don't know exactly how to handle. And we may even ask ourselves if we will ever be able to fill these voids with anything. What helped me to get over this was eventually understanding that the source of the problem wasn't the absence of cigarettes, but the mere existence of those terrible feelings I was dealing with.    They were there all along, but

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One Year Commitment Completed - and now...

Sirius Quit Date: May 27, 2014   Posted May 23, 2017    ...and now you don't get rid of me that easily.   :rtfm:     When I started my quit I found that time was my enemy.        I fought for each moment to stay nicotine free.   :hunter:   The moments became day-to-day issues.   Then just occasional cravings.  :unsure:   Eventually time becomes your friend again.     More time in the day to do things other then

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Expect, Detect, Reject

MarylandQuitter Quit Date: 10/07/2013   Posted March 14, 2017    When I first quit I found that I could obsess about wanting to smoke, if I let myself.  You'll drive yourself loony if you fixate on this.  I expected to have craves.  Expect, Detect, Reject.  Turn your thoughts to something else and by that I mean do something physical.  I would get up and start doing something because it would force me to focus on what I was doing, instead of what I wasn't (smoking).  I c

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Too Late to Quit

El Bandito Quit Date: 27/01/2014   Posted April 5, 2014     I have smoked for 30 years, Man and Boy.    I started at 13 years old. Usual stuff - I wanted to be cool, grown up.   I quickly got into my stride - comfortably putting away 2, 3 packs a day throughout my twenties and thirties. I had a couple of goes at quitting - the usual stuff - girlfriends nagging, a health scare or two. A couple of times I was quit for months at a time.   Then,

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So you want to stop smoking ..

sherry Quit Date: 2-28-2014   Posted November 28, 2014 · IP    Good for you!   After 9 months smoke free, I can tell you it will be the best decision you ever make - Hands down.   Will I tell you it will be easy? No. Will I tell you it can be easy? Yes. My dad put down his cigs about 20yrs ago and never looked back, for him it was easy, maybe you will be one of those who can just walk away, .... if you're like me, some days will be better than others.

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Stupid things that smokers say

action Quit Date:¬†12 Oct 13 Posted¬†May 6, 2014¬† ¬† I think this would be a useful thread to remind ourselves what we used to be like when we were smokers‚Ķ ¬† There is a person in my office, who is probably mid-twenties and is a smoker.¬† Our cleaning lady (an elderly lady who I believe is an ex-smoker and always says exactly what is on her mind!) was speaking with him about him smoking and asked him (as you do) ‚Äď when are you going to give up smoking?¬† What happens whe

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Take Your Freedom Back! Quit Smoking & Stay Quit

In honor of Quit Train's anniversary the first post written by our founder MarylandQuitter......   MarylandQuitter Administrators Quit Date: 10/07/2013   Posted March 28, 2014  Remove the desire to smoke and you will never smoke again.  Practice on removing the desire to smoke until you firmly believe that you get nothing from it.  Until then, use your smoking addiction to help you quit smoking.  That’s right, you read correctly.  You, me and millions more rati

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The Secret

cpk Quit Date: 02/04/2015     Posted March 21, 2015    What will I do today?   There's a smorgesbord of things ... Because it's officially Spring and I don't have to think about not smoking every minute.   This is real freedom.   (The Secret) I don't have to white-knuckle it. Just apply light attention. Vigilant, but not heavy-handed.   I have earned this freedom.  But this day? ~~~ it's a gift. How many da

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COPD and Smoking

jillar Quit Date: May 29, 2016   Posted May 28   As many of you know I was officially diagnosed with severe emphysema and COPD after I had respiratory failure in January of 2020. Most of you also know that for years I was struggling with breathing issues that I was told was asthma. In the two years leading up to my respiratory failure I went from 110 pounds on a 5'5" frame to just 79 when I was admitted into the ICU. My prognosis at that time was pretty grim, get better

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So, let's have that chat about change of seasons

babs609 Quit Date: 07/13/2012   Posted March 5, 2015    I am so looking forward to Spring...and as much as I complain about winter and wishing I lived in a more Babs friendly climate..I love Spring Fever!  It's a feeling that those who live in milder climates don't experience.  Seeing colors come to life, the birds singing a lovely tune at 6:00 am, the sound of lawnmowers, the smell of rain and fresh cut grass.....oh , i could go on and on!!!    With this chang

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The side effects of quitting smoking

Jenny Quit Date: 05/24/2012   Posted May 24, 2014    There are many side effects of quitting and some can be really uncomfortable.  You may experience some or all of the symptoms below but rest assured it's temporary.  These symptoms won't kill you,  but continuing to smoke most certainly will.   Headaches or a general heaviness. This is a classic smoking withdrawal symptom, often caused by your sinuses clearing out. Shaking, sweating or feeling very cold.

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Quitting cigarettes is like climbing Mt. Everest

REZ   Posted October 19, 2015    A lot of people try but not all of them make it!   When the climbers are in base camp, they are excited, anxious, and ready to start, just like us smokers when were getting ready to quit, we are excited, anxious, and ready to start!   As the climber pack up for the trip, they pack food and supplies, and maps, Us smokers pack our gum, patches, pills, and the Quit Train!   Some climbers practice to get the

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Quit Buddies

Tink Quit Date: 22/11/2013   Posted April 23, 2014    Quit Buddy -   A member you can talk to, share things with, talk to about quitting, share worries and woes someone who is there personally for you   checking in on you   that someone who can really get through to you   listen to you   it can be someone who has the same quit date as you or someone years ahead of you - it matters not    A QUIT BUDDY - Is pricel

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How I Quit Smoking

timothyadam Quit Date: 11/18/2004   Posted January 21, 2016    It was November 17, 2004, the eve of the 28th Great American Smokeout. I was sitting at my desk in my home office around 11:00 PM. I had ten cigarettes left in my second pack of the day. Cigarettes were getting very expensive, and I started asking myself why I smoked and if I could quit. I had been conditioned to believe that I smoked because: It was a "habit", I "enjoyed it", it "calmed my nerves", and it wa

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Removing the Fear of Relapse

Jonny5 Quit Date: 2011-12-21 Posted April 10, 2014    I'm not afraid of relapse one single bit. It ain't ever gonna happen. Some of you are. And there's one huge reason for that.... You have not closed the doors on your smoking past and evolved into a never again smoker, you have a lingering belief that smoking does give you some benefits and are abstaining through many methods.  Abstainance looks like my quit but it is fundamentally different.  There is n

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The Roller Coaster Ride

babs609 Posted February 13, 2015    Quitting smoking is often referred to a roller coaster ride, and with good reason.  While one minute you are feeling confident and strong that you finally "beat" that sucker.  Thinking.."Yes!  I'm doing it..I'm gonna make it"..only to be followed by feelings of doubt, fear, anger, frustration, sadness, lonliness..and these feelings can change within just moments.  This is the part that would beat me down in prior attempts.  I just was tired of t

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Rewarding Yourself For Not Smoking

Colleen Quit Date: 6/2/13   Posted June 16, 2015    How do you reward yourself for not smoking?  It's okay to spend some of that money you saved from not smoking.  In the very beginning of my quit, I rewarded myself quite a bit because it was important to me.  Nothing extravagant really.  When I hit a year quit, I purchased a pair of spin shoes.     Two years quit now, my how time flies.  I have a Jawbone UP and have had to send it back more than once.  They se

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Tending Your Garden

intoxicated yoda  31   Posted yesterday at 07:35 PM    honestly...even tho i've been quit for a few weeks, the cigs are still in control.  I'm still an abstaining smoker.  Most of my thoughts are dominated by the quit but that's okay.  it has to be this way.  my quit is a garden and right now it's full of weeds so it's going to take all my focus and effort to get all the weeds pulled.  then once all the weeds are pulled it's going to take daily monitoring for new sprouts of w

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FREE To All New Members Who Register...

jillar Posted November 30      *A lifetime of freedom from nicotine. *Worldwide support from members in all phases of quitting and who know and can relate to what you may go through at any given time in your quit. *Tons of educational material about our addiction to nicotine. Be it by reading, watching videos or asking other members. We have it all    So what do you have to lose by becoming a member?                                            Lin

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The Promise is Real. Wow!

cpk Quit Date: 02/04/2015   Posted July 1, 2015    I don't know if month 5 is like going around a big bend towards magical month 6, but the promise that "it gets better" is not just empty words. I still have anxiety, but not as much. There are actually some days when I don't think about smoking at all. When I go through rough patches of anxiety or a crummy day I remind myself, "Everything isn't always about quitting smoking."   This is a really exciting journey

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The Power of Detachment

Boo Quit Date: March 9, 2016   Posted December 8, 2019    One of the greatest gifts the process of quitting gave me was the opportunity to practice detachment on a daily basis.  I started thinking about this earlier today after hearing Jocko Willink talk about detachment on a podcast.  In fact, the moment I figured out how to separate myself from whatever emotions and thoughts I was having in the moment was the turning point in my quit.  It was a struggle before I figure

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My Friend Nick

NADA Members   Posted October 25, 2017    When I was thirteen years old this new kid, Nick, moved into my neighborhood.  At first I didn’t like him at all.  In fact, you could even say he made me sick.  But after a few weeks he started to grow on me and before you knew it we were hanging out daily.   Nick seemed like the coolest kid on the planet…so much more mature than my childish peers.  And hanging out with him made me feel cool too.  Before long I found th

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Guard The Quit

El Bandito Posted April 14, 2014   Firstly - my apologies for a massive long post - but I kind of need to get this off my chest. I posted it in my blog - but then thought maybe it might be of use to someone here...   Yesterday, my sister in law and her two sons came to visit. The plan is that the sister in law will stay with us for a couple of weeks - while the boys just came for the day. This is the first time that we have had houseguests since the house was refurbished

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Nothing is more important.

Christian99 Quit Date: 12/11/01   Posted September 6, 2021    It is certainly possible to quit without substantial (or even any) weight gain, but my experience has been that a common characteristic of many successful quitters is the prioritization of quitting over pretty much everything else.  Nothing is more important for your health.  Nothing.  And nothing is more important for your spirt and self-esteem.  Ask yourself what it will take for you to do WHATEVER it takes.

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