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    G’day NOPE starts my day C
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    I'm not sure if there are others out there who believe that smoking and lying go hand-in-hand, but I found myself lying to people throughout my life about whether I smoked, how much I smoked, and if it was effecting my health. This is a post I wrote a few years ago. Most of us smokers began our years or decades of addiction back when we were teens. We learned to lie about smoking right from the very beginning. Usually it started with our parents asking why we smelled like a rancid ashtray. “Oh, I was at Johnny Picklefork’s house and his mom smokes like a chimney” I nervously responded. “That Bertha Picklefork really needs to cut back” my mom would chuckle. A few months later my mother met me at the door with a pack of reds in her hand as I returned from school. “Young man, what was this doing in your sock drawer?” I let out a small sigh of relief knowing that it was only the cigarettes that she found. “Um, Tammy Tamblanadana’s brother was grounded for smoking so Tammy asked if I could hold on to them for a few days”. Sometime later my dad drove by me holding a cigarette in my hand while hanging out with the neighborhood kids. When asked about this at dinner, I effortlessly told him, “I was just holding it for Jin Dong while she tied her shoe”. Once it was second nature to lie to my parents about smoking, it became just as easy to lie to myself about it. I can quit any time I want. I just do it to calm myself down. It relaxes me. It’s just a habit. The list could go on forever. It kept me in the cycle of addiction for decades until one day I called it out for what it was: Pure Bulls&@t! Not only are the health benefits endless when you quit, but it’s incredibly liberating to stop lying to yourself and others. P.S. The names in this story have been changed to protect the innocent.
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    I won't smoke tomorrow, Thursday. One day at a time.
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    NOPE - I don't smoke anymore. Happy Friday, everybody!
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    Nope! Batman is going to lose.
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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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    G’day NOPE starts my day C
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    I was raised in a very strict upbringing. I would have never gone against my parents. I graduated high school on a Friday and started my first secretarial job the following Monday. I felt so free and like an adult. I remember my first pack. I sat and smoked it at lunch break thinking I was so cool looking and finally a free adult. That was at age 18. It did not take long for the rosy glow to fade. I married at 21 and had my first child at 22. I could not stop. I smoked through both my pregnancies and had low birth weights and two miscarriages. I was so ashamed, I would only smoke at home and not in public. I lied to everyone. I would even lie to my doctor, who probably knew. My friends would often say I smelled like smoke but I would say they are crazy. I think one of the reasons we feel so empowered after quitting is because we can finally be true to ourselves and everyone else.
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    I WILL learn to knit...... Just not today... NOPE.....
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    I am feeling very proud that I've started the new year as a non-smoker. This is my longest quit ever and I look forward to the additional days, weeks, months and eventual years of success. Even though I get a craving now and then, I am able to hold strong in my determination to have Not One Puff Ever (NOPE). Thank you to Quit Train and all the other quitters who help me get off to a strong, successful quit. Happy, successful New Year to us all! Deanna
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    Good for you getting through day 3 C12! Remember, focus just on today and for today alone you won't smoke Don't take on too much in the early days of your quit. Remember, rewards are important for getting through the day as a non-smoker. If that happen's to be snacking, so be it. It you gain a little weight, you can address that later once your quit is secure. For the coffee - yeah, try to replace that with something else if you can. Maybe a decaf coffee or, fruit juice would be a great substitute too. Keep going Christine
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    Great post BKP... I was 11 years old ...I lied for years ...to my parents....it was that long ago now ...I carnt remember them...I smoked then for 52 years ... At that age you dont expect to be a smoker all your adult life ...if someone had told me that at 11 ,I would have thought they were barmy.... Like you my friend the biggest lie was telling myself ,it was my reward ....I enjoyed it ...I could stop when ever I wanted ... All Lies...killing myself slowly ,is not a reward ....I didn't enjoy it ...I was hooked ...a addict... I can quit anytime I want .....I prooved that lie,with my million attempts to quit and fail...
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    In one hour, it will be three days of this quit. Trying to make this one forever. I slept a bit better last night. need to cut down on coffee and snacks
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    No smoking for me today . Nope .
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    Christine, it depends on what you think normal is. Life is full of abnormal days. Even finally succeeding in the quit, I don't feel normal. I do feel, now that I can trudge through my abnormal life and not have to rely on smoking. I am 5 mos. quit and I do still crave but I feel more in control and really empowered to see my quit through. You are in the tough week. I promise you will feel better as time goes on.
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    Thank you all so much! Your support is greatly appreciated! I will stick around and keep reading and posting when I need a little boost!
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    You're doing great so far Christine, I agree with reci don't worry about the snacking or coffee right now. Focus on one thing at a time
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    Can only agree with all the above posts.... It doesn't really matter how long....its just about getting there....our brains can sometimes be our worst enemies... Your a non smoker now...it's all about staying that way....this is done by taking it one day at a time....feel proud ....
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    Thank you, Made it through the morning Drive traffic was such I really didn't have much time to think about smoking, first part of the morning at work is managable, enough coffee, Ricola's and busy work to navigate my self away from the PATIO. The next four days xhould be a really good deal, Taking the Wife up to my Wildlife refuge Friday Saturday and Sunday. I never smoked around her when it was just us and had no problem doing so. Isn't that wierd, I could go Hunting for 4 or 5 days without smokes, I could be with my wife kids or grand kids and not smoke, but now that in my head I have said this is it, aint going to smoke no more, the mind, the adict mind is fighting back. Well all I can say is I have started this Ball rolling a several good notes, the Holidays were good to me. started out with My usual bah humbug and the crap that comes with that atitude, the things that go wrong and the when will this end sinario, then the Day before Christmas The axis changed in my universe, things I couldn't make work finally did ! found super deals on stuff I mean it just became
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    G’day A crave in week 1 of quiting is like stuffing a rat in a coffee can. You hold the lid down. As the oxygen level runs down that little rat/crave is in the fight for its life. Youve got hold of the lid. Are you letting go....No away are you letting that little sh1t out...... all in all it’s pretty draining. Your fighting for you life too. A craving at year one is like a wasp flying into you drink bottle. “ where the hell did that come from?” You’re not that stupid to think you can just release it. You know how dangerous that would be. Without another thought you screw the lid down and chuck it in the bin. Problem? What problem! it’s solved C
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