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    Congratulations @Sslip for being 1 year Smoke Free!!!! Well do Lord Sslip for reaching the one year mark and officially joining the ranks of the old phartes. It has been our honour to share you journey. Thank you for all the support you offer to your fellow travellers on the smoking and social boards a like. There are many here who have you to thanks. So you have any special plans to celebrate your full year, I mean how are you going to top a Grand Canyon trek that was also a charity fundraiser? We've kept a seat ready just for you, so please sir down, relax, have a bevvy with your pinkie out and enjoy the roast, um I mean toasts.? FINALLY!!!
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    Thank you all. I have so many thoughts and emotions whizzing around in my head right now. First of all, sorry I'm not around as much these days, life is stunningly busy at the moment in a good way. The decision I made last year was one of the best things I ever did for myself. To life live with a conscience clear of all the crap that comes with smoking is amazing. It was the beginning of so much more for me though. A change that is so very hard to believe looking back on where I was a year ago. The other thing that it has done for me is to introduce me to friends around the world. You amazing guys and girls who look out for everyone here. I love you people and thank you for everything you have done and continue to do for me. I can't name check everyone, but you are honestly the best of the best.
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    G’day NOPE starts my day C
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    Nope, indeed. Thought I'd pop my head round the corner, today of all days!
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    Nope Do whatever it takes Kate, your quit is too precious to throw away. You can do this.
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    I WILL learn to knit...... Just not today... NOPE.....
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    Good morning NOPErs and welcome to Peculiar People Day.... it is your chance to let your freak flag fly. Don’t let anyone else tell you what is appropriate and normal, get out there and shake up the world with your amazing and unique personality. Remember, it’s always the peculiar ones who change the world, in ways subtle to overarching, so get out there on Peculiar People Day and let them see your inner oddball! NOPE ... cos nothing controls me but me.
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    Greetings NOPErs... todays, 9th September see's us take the special event from the American Calendar of Special Days and is a bit of a shout out to @bakon ... and any others on here who are, are married to or the family of that special breed of individuals, no not village idiots, law enforcement. 9 January 2019 is Law Enforcement Appreciation day... a time to pause and say thank you to those special (some more than others ? ) who choose one of the hardest careers around, for pretty shitty pay that is a benefit to society and basically put their lives on the line to keep us and ours safe. So how the hell do ya thank a cop? Send a thank you card to your local station, wear blue clothing today to show your support, tell a positive experience story on social media to spreed the good word about cops... because lets face it the media only cares about the negative stories not the good news stories... or even better yet, to foster support and appreciation of the cops from the next generation get your tin lids to write them a letter or draw a picture to say thanks... so I am going for option 3... a good news story... nearly a decade ago I took the kid to some fireworks on the local footy oval which is sort of in a dark dead end of town and you have to walk through a park with no lights to get there... they had temporary lights in the park... I parked at the supermarket, popped her in the pusher (stroller) and headed to the fireworks, with her most favourite teddy in the world "Grandad Michael"... so off we go to the fireworks..... they were fireworks, she didn't cry.... we walked back to the car (now she was a month or two past 2, so little)....the super long way because I was kind of praying she would fall asleep.... get to the car, load the kid, load the pram, the kid starts screamin like a banshee... Grandad Michael is gone... pull the pram out the boot, search the thing... FRUCK it really is gone (think security blanket... our world was coming to an end)... anyway... load her back in the pram head back to the park following the rediculously long alternate route I took so we can backtrack.., the temporary lights are now off... it is pitch black... she is hysterical... 2 coppers are walking towards us as we head back to the park (I may be kind of jogging, because this is a major issue) ... so the kid who already likes cops cos she is going to grow up and be a peaceman-lady-dog... spots the cops and starts scream "Help... Help...Help Me Peace-mans"... so the cops stop one bends down to chat with her (P1) one trys to talk to me (P2)... next second... P1: Um, Ms does your father have a mobile phone? Me: No (thinking what has that got to do with the price of tea in china) P1: Does he have Alzheimers? Me: Who? P1: Your father, Grandad Michael, he's lost isn't he? Me: Huh?... Oh sorry, no Grandad Michael is a teddy bear. P1 & P2: What? Me: She calls the teddy bear Grandad Michael... its the teddy bear.... P2: Well that's really important.....lets help you see if we can find him....what's your daughter's name... The Kid: Mine Bib-bee... P2: (opening his little book and pulling a pen) What does Grandad Michael look like.... The Kid: Hims boo. Lots of boo like peacemans... and him is dis big (holds her hands wide apart, which is a bit of a fisherman's exaggeration) So we walk all the way back to the park, they use their torches to help us navigate and search the area and there's the frickin teddy bear up a frickin tree... and P1 gets him down, growls at him for running away and gives him back to the very relieved teddy and escort us back to the part of the street with lights. So regardless of the few bad eggs, Cops are good... and every day they face hard decisions that I'm not prepared to make to ensure my welfare and safety... so to all the Law Enforcement Ladies and Gents (and horses and dogs)..... thank you for your service.... NOPE... I don't need assistance, I've got this! Oh and happy 365th NOPE day to @Sslipidy Doo Dah
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    Hi Kim. You found the right place for support. We are all ready to circle around you and help you on your journey to quit. You quit during your pregnancies to save your children's lives, well their mommy is just as important. They need you to be their for all their important moments in life. You can do this. You already showed that you can. I look forward to seeing you on the forum and helping you reach that freedom you want.
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    Welcome aboard slippy!!! One whole year!!! I hope you are feeling AMAZING!! It's a wonderful achievement and I hope you do something really special to celebrate.
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    Toughed it through a rocky -- whatever today is. I think my today is your tomorrow. Won't smoke tomorrow,, either. Strong craving. Oat chocolate cookie didn't dent the craving. Taking last resort action--going to sleep.
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    Hello all, I'm new to these boards but not to quitting. I began smoking at 15 and continued throughout college, marriage, babies (although I quit for both pregnancies), to now where I'm 42, still married, and my babies are now 9 and 12. I have spent probably the past 12-13 years trying to quit. I thought after the first pregnancy I'd quit for good. I would research and study everything that I could about addiction and smoking. Then, I thought that the second pregnancy I'd quit for good. Same thing, over the years I've watched Joel's videos, read Allen Carr's book, tried hypnosis-twice, patches, gum, Wellbutrin, e-cigs, running, crossfit, etc. I started studying yoga and breathing techniques and meditation...I even took a yoga teacher training hoping that it would help in my quest to quit smoking. I went from smoking a pack/day in college to 1-2 cigarettes/day now, unless I have alcohol. Although I learned a lot about nicotine addiction, I couldn't get my mind right. My husband does not smoke, but likes to drink and likes for me to drink with him. Well, in order for me to be able to successfully quit smoking, I know that I cannot drink for a while and he does not like that, so, he hasn't been that supportive in my attempts to quit in the past. This has been a major factor in my quitting and, sometimes I feel like if I could go away for a few months, I could quit easily...I have all the tools, I just need the support! Which leads me here today...I'm 2 days nicotine free b/c I refuse to spend anymore money on patches! I'm not the best with social media, and can't get on during the day due to work, but I need to remind myself to get on here as often as I can b/c this will probably be the only support that I get, especially when it gets closer to the weekend! Thank you all for listening!
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    To be honest, christine, this is a journey of self-discovery, a boost of self-confidence and learning how to be a smoke free person. The physical withdrawals can last for months to include the great smoke free fog, the rest is un learning and understanding the pattern of addiction. Each receptor in your brain needs to be re-booted. Give it a year, give it the rest of your life. It won't be as crazy as it is now, you are in the thick of it and it gets better with each crave you beat. Each moment, day, each week, each month, each year brings more and more benefits for you to enjoy. Hang on to your resolve and educate yourself, read till your eyes bleed. You are doing the best work on the planet, putting your addiction to sleep ! Congratulations on you second day of Freedom. Tomorrow, a whole lot of nicotine will have left your body and you are growing new cilia in your lungs as we speak.
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    Hi Kim and welcome. So I am 42, like you I quit when pregnant and have a 12yo (almost 34... I mean 13)... unlike you I had a very long term quit that I threw away. I think the knowledge thing is a big one. So everyone is going to give you some wonderful advice on all things quiting (1 day at a time, just focus on 1 day... you know you can not smoke for a day, you have done it for 2 days in a row now.. and drink lots of water and juice... 2 biggest tips I have) but on the drinking front, I don't drink anymore, at all, this is a choice thing and a health thing.. but all my friends and most of my relos drink, a lot, and socialise with alcohol... so I took to drinking tonic water with a splash of bitters or drinking non-alcoholic wine... and you know what, it may not be top shelf wine but the psychological image of you pouring your drink from a wine bottle or having a GnT (even if its just the T) makes my friends relax a bit more when I'm not drinking and they are... although I have to say they do enjoy the fact I can always be designated driver.... maybe take the hard line with hubby... would you prefer I have a drink with you now or would you prefer to take me to chemo treatments later? Lay it out that bluntly.
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    So great to be able to welcome you to the Lido Deck today Sslip! You've not only done a fabulous job on your own quit but you have helped so many others with theirs at the same time. Those are both accomplishments to be proud of so now, it's time to party! Celebrate your 1 Year Anniversary. It's really special
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    Well Hi Opah. I guess you have been down this road before. I too tried quitting many times but was finally able to succeed with the help of the members on the forum. I hope this will finally be your final attempt because life without the addiction is awesome. We are here to support you.
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    Hello Canadian Proud, Welcome to the Train. The first few weeks can be hard, and I also felt low and very tired. I went to bed early and napped as much as possible. I found listening to sleep relaxation music helped me to de stress and go with the flow. Watching Joel Spitzer Videos also helped me a lot. Pamper yourself, treat yourself, and allow yourself to eat what you want in the first few weeks, dont worry about weight gain, you can tackle that later when you are stronger. It will be the best thing you can do for yourself and your babies. All the best and take care
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    Welcome Canadianproud, quitting smoking is an emotional roller-coaster the first few weeks/months. Some cry, some get angry. It's all normal and something we have to go through when we quit. First thing you must do though is throw out the cigarettes. If you don't have any than there are none to find right? Next you need to continue to take your breaks, just do something else instead of smoking. Or if worse comes to worse, smoke an air cigarette. I used mine for months. It's simply pretending you're holding a cigarette and then going through the motions of "smoking" it. Some have used cut straws, pens etc. It works great at tricking your mind into thinking it's getting the real thing. I loved smoking too until my lungs got so damaged that I decided liked breathing more. Congratulations on your twins, I'm a twin, and just think of how cool it will be that they will never know their mom was a smoker as long as you quit now. You can do it. Stick close to the board. I was glued to it my whole first year. Lot's to do to keep you occupied and educated on this addiction
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    It sounds like your experience at Christmas was pretty scary and you need to keep that in mind as motivation to quit for good. Education about this addiction is key so please read all you can here and watch some of the Joel video's that may address some of your questions and concerns. The support you will receive here is amazing and comes fro others who are in the process or have already quit successfully so .... we get it! We understand what you are going through. The mental process of quitting is what takes the most effort and time and that's why you feel lost or like you're missing something right now. You need time to retrain your brain to be comfortable as a non smoker again. It takes time. No short cuts unfortunately. Others will be along to give you some tips and advice too. It's a great place to keep in touch with if you are serious about quitting Welcome aboard CanadianProud
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    G’day Not One Puff Ever..... ( replace “Ever” with 10 mins, 1 hr, 1 day as required!) NOPE C
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    Still Nope-ing. Working on month 4.
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    Yay Shane! Congratulations on one year quit you old pharte I hope you know how special you are to so many the world. Your kindness is global! I've loved being a part or your journey and watching you get stronger by the month and all the while rallying the troops when someone needed extra support. You are truly one of a kind and I'm so glad to call you my friend. Have a great day Shane xoxo
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    Don't wait until you have a smoking related illness....COPD .....your hubby will have something massive to worry about ,beside whether you drink together.... Trust me on this .... Smokers think ,it will never happen to me .....guess what ...it does ..... The lovely ladies above me have given you sound advice ....you have to want Freedom....then grab it with everything you have ..
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    Awesome. What do you have planned for a reward. Hard work at beginning and although easier now you earned it.
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    Welcome aboard Kim... Joining the Quit Train might be just the support you need to succeed... I'm sorry your hubby doesn't show much ....but you will get enough of it here... Yes !!!!Alcohol....it's ruined many a good quit ...so I agree best to stay clear ...for a while anyways ,till you feel stronger ... Don't let anyone make you feel bad ,for not joining in ,on what they are doing .... This is your quit ...and yours alone ...you have to do what's best for you.... Take Smoking off the Table .....this is one of the sentences ..my junkie brain understood.... You can do it !!!
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    My dearest friend @Sslip I am truly amazed at what you have done for so many on this forum, yours truly included. You've been a pillar of strength and resilience, kept your quit for a whole bloody year, and helped countless others keep theirs. So you've crossed over to the Old Phartes side now (but you will always remain my comrade regardless) Congratulations mate, I really hope you celebrate one year in a grand way...grander than your Grand Canyon trip. Really glad I came on here and connected with you. Enjoy being on the deck, I'm sure the view is quite nice. I know I'll be having a celebratory drink for you tonight...Cheers!!!
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    Welcome CP... So emotionally I didn't handle things too well on previous quits...partly it was not knowing about quitting affecting your blood sugar levels .. partly it's because smoking for me was very linked to my emotions. I knew that going in this time so I knew form me the important thing was to break the habit/ritual first. I needed to reprogram how I took breaks and rewarded myself and coped with stress...I had to reprogram all that stuff before dealing with the physical... I used NRT gum... Gave myself up to 6 months on it and i needed much less... Doesn't mean I still wasn't emotional..but it took the edge off to let me work on the harder part for me. Now Christmas I hear you... So down under in the wonderful land of Aus we do Christmas in July....basically because Chrissy time here is summer we miss out (or don't enjoy as much) tradition hot Christmas stuff. So Chrissy day is usually in the 30s Celsius...so in July we do Christmas dinner like you Noryhies and wear our jumpers... You could have a Christmas in July...and do Aussie Christmas foods...cold seafood platters, salads, cold game off the bone...cold roast chook..trifle..pavlova...jelly cups and fairy bread.....backyard cricket or would it be lacrosse for you lot or baseball.. Just so you have something to look forward to before next Chrissy...for 1 week you get to play the Chrissy carols and they don't send you mental...trust me 36c and songs about let it snow have wierd psychological effects.
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    Hi Canadian proud, welcome and love the name btw ? I used the patches early in my quit. Looks like you had a decent quit on them....could you maybe go back on them? Might be just what you need to get through the difficult first few weeks. I'd get down to the pharmacy asap!! You've come to the right place for help and support. You have brilliant reason to quit - being healthy and living long for your twins. You don't want to be a stinky mum, missing out on so much because of smoking! I quit as a young mum I know under 40 got diagnosed with lung cancer and she subsequently died. Quit now!!! That is the harsh reality but when you stop ignoring that...quitting is much easier.
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