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I completed day 17 without cigarettes.  I learned on this forum to drink a lot of water, and that advice made my cravings easier to handle.  This is the place to find lots of help. I'm getting some "surprise perks" from quitting.  I was always the slowest person in the house, and my family had to wait around while I functioned in slow motion.  But now that I've quit, I get things done even faster than my husband.  And he's stunned!  I think smoking slowed down my entire life.  And it's tremendous fun to suddenly be faster, without even trying.   But apart from the perks, I don't have smoking as a way to numb my feelings anymore.  We moved about 7 months ago, and although it was a practical choice, it was against my wishes.  I used to live in a very sunny place, and now I live with a lot of rain and snow.  Lots of gray skies, mud, slush, ice and bare trees.  A symphony of gray and brown.  No, not a symphony..it's the Mamas and the Papas.   You know the song..."all the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey, I've been for a walk, on a winters day, if I didn't tell her, I could leave today....California dreamin, on such a winters day..."   Yeah, I hear that song in my head all the time, because that's how it looks outside.  It's so gray, I can't believe it.  And I really wish I could go home.  But smoking is separate from this.  Smoking won't bring back my sunny porch, or the hummingbirds I used to feed, or the lizards, or the funny desert trees.  It'll just poison me and kill me.  Smoking shouldn't have anything to do with the fact that I moved, or that I'm crushed with homesickness.  I'm so proud of myself for quitting, but I wish I didn't crave cigarettes when I'm upset.  I'm working on being constructive when I'm upset, but I don't think it will happen over night.  But still, it feels so great to have quit.  There are no words for it...I am thrilled to be free!!!! 

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More unexpected benefits will be forthcoming !

and after a bleak Winter, the first buds

will appear and burst into the fresh new Greens of Spring.

The lushness will delight you and it is something you don't really appreciate unless you slog through a Winter.


Here in NOLA, it is a green jungle most of the year, unless we get a freeze and then it is devastating.


So happy you are with us and finding benefits with your quit.

Reward yourself, especially in the dark days of Winter.



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Congrats on your 17 days of freedom from cigs ICH :) You should feel proud. That's a great start and you are already realizing just how crazy smoking was and just how negatively it affected your whole life. That's a huge step forward in the educational process which is key to a permanent quit. That automatic leaning toward having a smoke when you get stressed or unhappy or experiencing any emotion will fade with time. It does for everyone.


Can't help you with the winter issue other than suggest that one way to deal with a change like that is to take up a new hobby or activity suitable to your new environment?  



Or; maybe not?

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Ha ha!!  I grew up in Boulder,  did the whole skiing thing as a kid.  Yeah, I had an experience vaguely similar to your little video, except I wasn't airborne like that.  Yeah, my binding broke off after a crash and I was stranded at the top of a stupid mountain, and my only options were riding down in a rescue sled or riding down on the ski lift.  But we don't need to talk about that.   Freaking Colorado...I can't believe I live here again.  But thanks to you, at least I'm laughing!!  

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Something to warm your soul :) This trip paid for from saving on buying cigs :) The benefits keep on comin"!!



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Now we're talkin!!!  Did you have a wonderful time?  I bet you did!!!  By the way, your pig is so lovely and adorable.

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Yeah, it's shocking to see all the money when cigarettes are no longer being purchased.  Your vacation picture actually improved my mood!  

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You're doing great icanhike, and I'm sure come spring when the snow melts you will be in awe of the beauty surrounding you in Colorado. 

Talking about all the money saved, you ought to think about making yourself a ticker for your signature so you too can watch all the time, money and cigs not smoked add up. :)

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