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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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Quitting cigarettes is like climbing Mt. Everest

REZ 聽 Posted聽October 19, 2015聽 聽 A lot of people try but not all of them make it! 聽 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! 聽 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! 聽 Some climbers practice to get the

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Quit Buddies

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

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How I Quit Smoking

timothyadam Quit Date:聽11/18/2004 聽 Posted聽January 21, 2016聽 聽 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:聽2011-12-21 Posted聽April 10, 2014聽 聽 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.聽 Abstainance looks like my quit but it is fundamentally different.聽 There is n

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Rewarding Yourself For Not Smoking

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

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Tending Your Garden

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

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The Promise is Real. Wow!

cpk Quit Date:聽02/04/2015 聽 Posted聽July 1, 2015聽 聽 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." 聽 This is a really exciting journey

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The Power of Detachment

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

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Guard The Quit

El Bandito Posted聽April 14, 2014 聽 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... 聽 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:聽12/11/01 聽 Posted September 6, 2021聽 聽 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.聽 Nothing is more important for your health.聽 Nothing.聽 And nothing is more important for your spirt and self-esteem.聽 Ask yourself what it will take for you to do WHATEVER it takes.

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To Not Smoke is Actually Easier....

Still winning Location:聽Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England Quit Date:聽12th March 2014 Posted聽August 2, 2014聽 聽 Hi Abby, I think if we don't understand it can be too daunting to quit. I, like many others, knew that times when we couldn't smoke were hard (train journey, plane, car etc). We were pretty desperate by the time we could smoke again. 聽That's because after 20 minutes or so, the聽nicotine in a cig starts to come out of your blood stream聽- it creates a lack wh

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Transferable Quit Skills

Sazerac Posted聽July 3, 2019聽 聽 I think that as you gain confidence in your successful quit you will find that the skills used in quitting can be applied to other aspects in your life. 聽 For example, the notion of聽H.A.L.T. are you Hungry, Angry (which can be switched to emotional), Lonesome, Tired. 聽 To this day, I turn to this technique for a variety of reasons and situations. While it may not solve the underlying issue, it certainly alleviates c

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99 Day Learning Curve

cpk Quit Date:聽02/04/2015 聽 Posted聽May 13, 2015聽路聽IP聽 聽 Today I have 99 days not smoking. Ten things I've learned: 聽 1)聽Quitting smoking is a聽process, not an event. 聽聽 Online forums are part of the process, offering education and support. 聽聽 All quit aids are a personal choice. 聽 2) Time and Patience build a strong quit. 聽 3) N.O.P.E. is THE KEY.聽聽Not one puff ever.聽"Slipping up" here and there causes relapses, and allows the addic

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Lies

Nixter Location:聽Nebraska Quit Date:聽6/7/15 聽 Posted聽June 27, 2015聽路聽IP聽 聽 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

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Anxiety Antidote

cpk Quit Date:聽02/04/2015 聽 Posted聽May 17, 2015聽路聽IP聽 聽 It has taken me awhile to figure out that the anxiety I have been experiencing since week 6 of my quit (now in week 15) is not聽directly聽related to quitting. 聽 Not smoking is the peaceful part of my life. 聽 The anxiety was there before I quit. I probably used smoking to try to keep the anxiety in check. I don't recall having "anxiety attacks" when I smoked. 聽 I have opted to use natural

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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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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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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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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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