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    Name: El Bandito AKA: Stuart Quit Date: 27/01/2014 About Me: Skirt wearing islander, specialising in Rocket Surgery Why I quit: Smoking's crap. Biggest bit of advice: Quitting can be tough. It's almost like they made those things addictive....
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    Non-smokers have anxiety attacks, too. They deal with them without smoking. You should, too. Sarge is just sayin' - you are a non-smoker now. EZPZ
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    Second Chance. Congrats on quitting! Tip? Get a hobby. No offence.? You seem to obsessing on obsessing on anxiously being anxious. You quit. You did it. Celebrate! Reward yourself. Focus on all the positive benefits of your quit. You are naturally anxious about the risk that you might one day put something in your mouth and set fire to it - smile and nod at the power of the addiction and get on with you smoke-free life.
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    NOPE - I don't smoke anymore.
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    Congratulations @Tammy for being smoke free for 8 months. Well done Tammy for being smoke free for 2/3rds of a year. What a wonderful quit you have built for yourself you should feel so proud. Its great to have you sharing your journey with us and always being there to cheer everyone on with their milestones. So rewards are always important, so make sure you do something special today to celebrate your wonderful achievement.
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    Welcome Second Chance here are Ten Ways To Effectively Use This Forum. Check with a med professional if you have concerns, otherwise take one day at a time and Protect Your Quit. Junkie thoughts will tell you ANYTHING just to keep you enslaved to nicotine. Free Your Head. Push smokey thoughts away with vigor and replace them immediately with something of beauty. Stop giving nicotine power. YOU have the power now. Reward yourself ! The Significance of Rewards Here is another thread that may help, Quitting Smoking Blues
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    Tough day Del. Good advice above. Pick yourself up, and dust yourself off. This quitting thing is a process. You can do it and you will do it. Keep on keeping on.
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    Suggestion: write down when, how often and how long you feel like that. The shitty thing about anxiety is that its so overwhelming and energy consuming, that it often seems to last longer than it actually does. Besides, quitting smoking can cause time distortion though im not sure if thats still the case with you after 8 months.. I think you should pay attention to what you are anxious about, instead of focussing on whether or not quitting smoking is the cause. Take care and let us know how you are doing ok?
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    Hello and welcome .!!!!! You have been given really good sound advice ... Its always wise to check with your GP ,if your concerned about your health ...we are not qualified to help with your health problem,s.... We can certainly help with your quit ...and support you a 100 per cent .... What we do know is smoking won't change or help in anyway.....
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    Hi Second Chance and welcome! As I read it, you have some anxiety. You do not wish to start any medication for the anxiety. One question you asked us did anyone else experience this? Yes, I did. I found myself avoiding friends (that smoked), talking on the phone at length with friends/family, going out to bars/pubs to socialize. This self imposed isolation brought on some depression. Seemed like nothing was fun. This went on for several months. I found quit smoking forum to be a great ally and support network. Reading posts & posting my own- playing games here offer a great distraction. My anxiety and depression improved. I started doing low impact exercises- water aerobics, walks. Slowly I re-entered social situations. The one thing I knew for sure was that smoking again would make me feel MORE anxious and MORE depressed. The first months of quitting were very hard for me & I never wanted to do it again. If I smoked- I’d be a smoker until my untimely and early death. Talk about living with anxiety! Doing something you know will harm more than help you. Stick around here. Stay distracted. Don’t smoke.
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    Just do it !!!.....what have you got to lose ....nothing ..... You have everything to gain.... You might surprise yourself .!!!!!.......so why not try .... We are so proud of MLMR.....
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    I lurked for 10 months after I quit and have a great affection for lurkers. There is a lot of scholarly information about nicotine addiction here and our stories are a treasure trove of anecdotal evidence proving that anybody can quit. The support provided here is another asset to a successful quit. Plus, we have some fun. MLMR has one of the best documented quits. Her journey has been a joy for all of us to witness. So, believe her when she says, 'trust the process and all will be fine in the end'. She doesn't lie.
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    This is fabulous news Tammy 8 months smoke free now - wow!! You're 2/3 the way to that Lido Deck. Be sure you celebrate and reward yourself for all that hard work. The pride you feel as you reflect on all you've done these past 8 months is well deserved ?
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    Well done Tammy! Congratulations on your eighth month!
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    "Oh my god mum, this is the best steak you have ever cooked. Tell your imaginary friend he's a legend."
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    My omelettes never look like a pizza. I never serve omelettes open-faced, always folded. If my omelettes were going to look like another food it would be some kind of weird egg taco concoction. The frittatas I make always resemble a pizza. Or pie. Or pizza pie if you will.
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    I'm having a brewski and it tastes good! ?
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    At almost 6 months (i admit... this is also just an excuse to talk about these awesome upcoming 6 months...) my quit is carrying me, instead of the other way 'round. I cling to it like a lifesaver. Last week I had a few really tough days. The joy I experienced afterwards, after NOT lighting up, is so extremely satisfying and self-confidence boosting, daimn. I can honestly say (and this is huge to grasp!!) the 'Ahhh, thank god I didn't light up!!! I am good at this and I am going to make it to the one year mark!!' is 1000000x bigger than the 'Ahhhhh, my receptors are having a nicotine orgasm while I almost vomit and curse myself for giving in'. Do your study, keep telling yourself how great you are for choosing life because you can't expect that from anyone else... and... trust the proces. And all will be fine in the end. Promise.
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    I remembered something the other day that I had forgotten for many years (due to banishing second husband from my mind) but, back in the day, we were on an extended canoe trip in The Quetico and had been towed out through MN's Boundary Waters. We were planning on a few weeks. Compass and Map. Spectacular wilderness, Duluth Packs packed with supplies. At the last minute we decided to forgo cigarettes and the flask of Cognac. After two days, we went berserk from nicotine withdrawal. We were ignorant about addiction, we just went nuts and furiously paddled back miles and miles and miles and miles. We were insane. It was a v. hard paddle for two more days but, we were driven. By Addiction. We finally reached The Boundary Waters and found a Lodge. Bought smokes and got drunk. We were so crazed. Nicotine does that. I am so glad I quit. Everything is better without Nicotine. Everything and as a caveat, camping is better with a flask of Cognac. Snake bite and all that. LOL.
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    I knew that bed would get you, just right for The Smut Sisters, eh ?
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    Aww Thanks Sally for the history .!!!! I was a kid then ...that guy had 16 kids ..O.M.G...I love the guy who is narrating... His voice is boss... Geez I would have loved that bed...reality was a hard mattress and a army coat for a blanket ... Caravans and boats ....not in our house ...life was tough !!!
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    Hey, Stu ! A prodigal son ! Great to see you. Sorry about your pooch and your haz mat stockings. What are you writing ?
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    Oh C, you're a good egg. ?
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    Delighted to see your face here this morning ...missed your cheeky chappy banter.... I was so saddened to hear the terrible news on the CEO....I hope those responsible will be dealt with accordingly.... Wow !!!....living the good life in Cyprus.....lucky you ... Hope you get some relief from the leg pain...yuk !!! Take care buddy ...
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    Del, never smokers will never understand how nicotine addiction works or how hard it is for a lot of us to successfully quit. You will get that support here though. We understand what you're going through. We will lift you up when you're down and celebrate with you on your milestones. I didn't have a lot of support either. Everyone pretty much thought after a month I should be over it. But the forum was there for me. I stayed glued to the board everyday. I found the support I needed and also found that supporting, celebrating and socializing with others really helped keep my mind off my own misery. You can do it, I promise. Oh and don't worry so much about the weight right now. One thing at a time, the weight can come off later.
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    I wish beer made me gain weight ?
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    Bought myself a new piece of Equipment ...been exercising all day !!
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    I could feed my dog the letters from a Scrabble board and he would shit out better content than Bakon.
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    Hey there everyone Name: Martian 5 AKA: M5 Quit Date: January 4th, 2018 About me: Retired and now enjoying it much more due to quitting Why I quit: Medical issues and I was just tired of having smoking control my life My advice: Quitting is the most important thing that you can do no matter your age or how long you smoke -- it is never too late and will make life so much better. It can be done. One of the most enjoyable things that I have done was daily walking -- over a year ago it had become total torture, now I am back to enjoying my morning wall most every morning and back to a mile and a half and getting longer by the week (I cannot wait until spring to really see how far I can go)!!!!! This site has helped me so much -- the help, advice, and friendship has made the journey so memorable.
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    Howdy! I’m Lust4Life AKA: L4L, Lust, Lusty Quit: Sept 26, 2016 making me a member of the awesome 2016 Buttkickers gang. Why? I despised smoking more than I enjoyed it. The importance of living healthier & longer for my child (and myself) outweighed the “importance” of feeding this addiction. I was was a closet smoker to most. Therefore, I had no Pomp and Circumstance when I quit or as my quit grew. I found joining a quit forum gave me the much needed outlet to vent about my quit and get much needed support and advice. The best thing (besides obvious health) is gaining back time and losing the anxiety assoc. with smoking (do I have enough, a lighter, do I stink, when will I be alone so I can smoke?).
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    Quitdate: 22nd of august, 2018. Next week I'll be hiring a trumpet orchestra to bring news of MLMR's Six Months Victory! I had multiple reasons to quit. I want to get rid of anxiety and depression, or at least establish a new understanding with them. I want to run stairs without the feeling of no oxygen. I want to feel my age (35). I want to be happier! And about a 100 reasons more. Ive been rewarded so far with a much calmer mind. It's not always easy going yet, but steady and determined nonetheless and it seems Im scaring Mr. Black Dog Depression away with that determination. My advice would be to push yourself from the early days on to conciously look at the beauty of your quit. Scream and be annoyed when you have to, but purposely return to that point where you can connect with your decision to quit and register how far youve come, whether it's about hours, days or months. Time will ALWAYS pass and it will get easier.
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    Looks perfectly med-rare; Yum!!
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    Excellent video, Sharon, thank you! You know, I never believed that relapse happens suddenly. When people say, "I don't know what happened. I was doing fine and then I was at a party and someone offered me a cigarette and BAM! I was back to smoking before I even realized what happened!" Really, the seeds of relapse are planted days or weeks before the event; we just don't realize it. One of the things I like about this video is that it recognizes that these seeds are planted early and tells you how to recognize it and how to deal with it. One thing I noticed about smoking (and that the video addresses early on) is that when we quit, if we don't do "self care" we are setting ourselves up for relapse. I mean, look at why we smoke. We smoke because we're bored or anxious or lonely. We smoke because we want to celebrate a small victory or because we're up to "here" with screaming kids and just need a 5 minute break. So we step outside or kick back in our chair and smoke for a few minutes. Then we feel calmer and ready to get back to our day. When we quit smoking, what do we do to fill those needs instead of smoking? How you do bleed off stress or anxiety? What do you do when you're up to "here" with the kids? When can you even get a break if you're not smoking? I used to use smoking as a way to sit down and rest and relax for 7 minutes several times a day. When I stopped smoking, I no longer had an excuse to sit and do nothing-- I expected myself to go, go, go all day long without stopping. After all, if I don't need to smoke, why should I stop working? So with no way to bleed off stress, no excuse to step outside or have a seat and clear your mind for a few minutes, of course the desire to smoke is going to build. You don't really miss the nicotine per se, you miss having a ritual or a strategy to care for yourself and give yourself periodic relaxation breaks throughout the day. So the emotional pressure and frustration build up. Remembering the good things you associated with smoking build up. And the next thing you know, you accept an offered cigarette and BAM! you relapse. From "out of the blue" right? Wrong. The relapse had been building for weeks because you weren't paying attention to your inner needs or providing yourself any alternatives to cigarettes.
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