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  1. No smoking for me tomorrow , nope . On my way to 11 years . One puff takes me back to day 1 . I'll keep what I got thanks .
    6 points
  2. G’day NOPE .....Not One Puff Ever.... (replace Ever with Min,Hour, Day as required)
    5 points
  3. The lurking phase was tougher than the quit itself. I called it preparation. In reality, it was procrastination. Constantly torn between wanting to quit but not wanting to give up my cigarettes. Knowing that the only wise choice was to quit smoking right now, but always finding an excuse to put it off. That lingering feeling of shame and weakness that came with continuing to smoke despite knowing that I needed to quit. After committing to the quit, every challenge was a part of the process. I was honed in. Focused. On target. Like the Blues Brothers, I felt like I was "on a mission from God." Working towards a goal is far more satisfying than looking at moving targets. It all starts with that first step.
    5 points
  4. Nope...no sir, not today!!
    5 points
  5. Well said Boo. Could not agree more. you are so right when you said "the lurking phase was tougher than the quit". I never realized that till I quit. what a waste.
    4 points
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  7. I learned a lot yesterday from yesterday's meetings at the two addiction centres I went to and it just kept me wanting to learn more and to do more . No more talking and a little more action , exactly what it took to quit smoking I am now applying to a passion . No it won't change the world or make smoking a thing of the past but by offering something different in the means of education and support to someone who is taking their quit seriously , that someone could go on to help someone else . Every life matters . Even "just one " more life saved can make a difference in this world we live in . Someone out there who thinks they don't matter , matter to me . Their talents are stuck in a bottle or in a cloud of smoke . Believe in yourself ! Are you smoking and lurking ? One cigarette could be your last either way you want to look at it . How will you stop ? I hope people will choose "doing" over "trying " and "life " over "death " but no matter what , no one should give up or not try at all . Your curiosity brought you here . You are " the train " . Begin the journey and ride it to the end .
    2 points
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  9. I never lurked but I know people do lurk . Not all are procrastinating some just are not into the net and understandable . I get it ! My quit bud of nine years only lurked and posted possibly 3 times in nine years . Not everyone is comfortable posting on line and not everyone is comfortable sharing in person either . The key is to find a method that suits you and your level of comfort . How you get there is your decision as it was mine . If you are lurking and wondering what method or NRT to use perhaps doing a search here or checking the videos here or just asking the question may help you decide. Knowledge is power . Each of us is unique and most methods will work if we do the work . One better than the other . I personally can't answer that with a lot of personal experience . They won't eliminate the craves but some can make the journey a bit easier I've heard . This quit I did cold turkey with a one week trial of Chantix . It was at that point I said I'm done putting more junk , meaning nicotene in any form into my body . I tried the patch which I sabatogued by taking it off when I needed a smoke . It too would have worked , but my heart was more into smoking than not and I was only quitting to please others not myself . I was just trying to quit to really just keep smoking . My failures gave me that reason to continue . I can't then was real to me and the truth in my eyes although in fact it was the biggest lie I ever told myself . Every one of us can quit , you only have to do it ! My first attempt at quitting smoking was a ten week course through the health care system . I never went bk after the second class. I left both times wanting to chain smoke . I had fear of losing control ! You see , I thought when I was smoking cigarettes tha I was in control but truth ..... they were controlling me . That course would have worked but again my heart was still into getting my fix to stop the crave more than to get through it to kick addiction to the curb. I was trying but giving up before I gave myself a chance . The next time I got pretty serious about quitting , I was all on my own , cold turkey , no groups , no support . I had an eight year quit that I'm still proud of , just not proud that I gave that quit away . You see one puff was not enough . You can't be a social smoker and you have to quit smoking and stay quit for the quit to stick . It's the only way through . One puff is what got us started and one puff if you are quit will get you started a second time. Don't entertain it , don't dine with it . It will leave you with a hefty bill to pay every time ! This new venture I'm setting up in the city I live is different again and I hope it will attract many who feel it's something they would like . It won't be for all and that's ok . There is always room for more ways to get support to quit . Gaurenteed , I will be speaking to those attending that online sites such as quit train can be of support as well as reinforcement . Thanks everyone for helping out those who may be watching who are already quit or thinking about it . Lurkers , watchers whatever brought you to this site ... if you were thinking about quitting or already started or for some unknown reason you just happened along the site and you are a smoker congrats on this discovery and your search . No matter where you are from , how much you smoje , whether you are ready to quit or not welcome to quit train . Love to hear from you though . How's your quit going ? What's holding you back from putting the pack under water . Questions ? Just ask . We are not specialists, just ordinary people . As the moderators here said .. quittrain is here twenty four .. seven .
    2 points
  10. @Doreensfree, you make an excellent point. It was my Cardiologist, who put fear in me. He straight up told me that if I kept smoking, my arteries could constrict to the point, where I could have a massive heart attack, and die. That scared the crap out of me, and within 2 weeks of him saying that, I quit. 3 or 4 days later, I found this place, and hopped aboard the train…
    2 points
  11. Fear .... Many smokers are frightened they won't be able to have a life without thier cigerette,s.... For me the Fear of carrying on smoking outweighed the Fear of Quitting ... I read for a day what the old members had to say ....and how easier it was to Quit than they imagined .. Our brains are our worst enemies...... Once I rid myself of the fear ...and knew I was giving up nothing ...it became clearer .... I stay to help those who come after me ....and hopefully show them the way out of the Nicotine Trap .!!!!!
    2 points
  12. I never lurked. I joined several days AFTER I quit. I use this forum to strengthen my resolve, and reinforce my decision to quit. It helps to be around others, who have had similar experiences, around smoking, and now, around quitting. I don’t need to attend group meetings, and would be even more hesitant to do so, now that the COVID Delta variant is running rampant everywhere. This forum is a Godsend, and may be even more than I need to keep my quit. I have come to enjoy it, so much, though, that I check in daily, several times. I enjoy the silly games, and just communicating with other members. It’s a way to stay connected to people. The ability to socialize is a luxury, during this scary time. Just as we thought we were out of the woods, the pandemic is front and center, again. Just yesterday, I heard that several American athletes had to withdraw from the Olympics, because they tested positive for Covid. How devastating for them. If anyone is lurking, join us. You won’t be sorry….
    2 points
  13. Hi, @Abby, Thank you, I'm well. Sorry for the long time to reply--my dog had a medical/surgical emergency and the past two weeks have been about nothing but her. While she was so fragile and still in the hospital, and when it looked as though she would die, I thought about smoking a couple of times. The thoughts passed. Nothing would have been gained, and I'd have lost a year and a half quit. There's never a good reason to resume smoking.
    2 points
  14. Thanks @Gus and @Boo the meetings went great !
    2 points
  15. RULES: Write a three word phrase. The next player will write their phrase using the last letter of the previous players words to start each of their words. EXAMPLE: I write Let’s have fun. Next player chooses three words starting with S, E, and N, respectively. So, here we go: Let’s have fun
    1 point
  16. @Kate18, I'm so sorry your poor pup had to go through all that. She must be super proud of her momma for keeping that awesome quit though
    1 point
  17. @jillar, Exactly right. I also think that the fact that it is an online forum, is freeing, in a lot of ways. There is no pressure to look good, or possible nervousness, related to meeting new people, no worry about contracting Covid, no need to wear masks. There is a certain anonymity to the forum which makes it easier to be oneself. In my case, I chose an actual pic of myself, rather than an avatar, but we don’t even have to reveal what we look like. Therein lies the beauty of any online forum. But, we can still be social, and even make real friends, should we so choose. It’s perfect!
    1 point
  18. I think the beauty of an online forum is that we're here 24/7. You don't have to make an appt. or make a specific time to be available. We're here when you need us
    1 point
  19. Good for you, Kate! Way to stay strong. I know how scary that must have been. Hope your doggie is on the mend!
    1 point
  20. Hope your fur friend makes a speedy recovery Kate ..... Well done for staying strong ....❤
    1 point
  21. G’day NOPE .....Not One Puff Ever.... (replace Ever with Min,Hour, Day as required)
    1 point
  22. Kate good to hear from you ... is your avatar that sweet pup . I'm glad she is feeling better . I have my granddog here and she's kinda under the weather today too but I think she is missing her master. Grandmas are cool but not as cool as being home in their own surroundings and cozy beds . I am so glad you never smoked and glad you are back . You've been missed .
    1 point
  23. I noticed it more after I quit too. Funny though that it was a non issue when I was still smoking. I get surprised to see more current movies where there's smoking. Especially knowing what we know now about smoking.
    1 point
  24. No , I have noticed they are making a come back in movies and sit coms as well. Hmmm ?
    1 point
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