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  1. G’day NOPE .....Not One Puff Ever.... (replace Ever with Min,Hour, Day as required Red algae
    7 points
  2. Hello you beautiful nicotine free creatures ! Thank you for the celebratory thread. It means a lot, that's for true. I love y'all ! This was the first year I nearly forgot the date. Probably because I haven't been looking in on QTrain. Smoking ? I haven't considered it seriously for these Eight years. The first year was a slog but, I never doubted my commitment to myself, I Quit Smoking. I will never smoke again. I say this with vigilant confidence and an understanding of the nature of addiction. I end and greet each day, grateful for being nicotine free. Every day, twice a day. This is one way my vigilance manifests. Darling Newbies, Educate yourselves ! Don't be lazy about this. Research how nicotine affects the brain to comprehend what you are experiencing. Sure, the feel-good touchy-feelie stuff support is great but without grounded information about nicotine addiction it won't help you fully understand your addiction. And you should understand your addiction. It is Who You Are. Watch Joel Spitzer's videos. Joel's library is comprehensive and accessible. Use this gift ! Check out my Topics and Blogs. There are some gems hidden therein. I spent a lot of years here and love seeing the information travel to new eyes. Love to everybody. Thank y'all for your work. Sazerac's all around, and a bowl of Legendary Gumbo. It is almost getting cool enough to start on my stocks. S
    6 points
  3. I've been deep in the celebrations and remembered so many great people. All you newbies (under a year) take heart. You will have years of freedom before you know it. S
    5 points
  4. still nope,, since 5/17/2015..................................I have been gone, but am still great,,, Peace/love/Donny Osmond,,,,lol
    5 points
  5. Congratulations @Sazerac on 8 years smoke free. You have helped and inspired many in their quits during your time here. I hope all is well and that you stop by to let us know how you are doing. Celebrate big today!
    3 points
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  7. Hi my name is Ace and i'm an addict Not smoking will always be a choice I will be forced to make for the rest of my life, and i'll always be one puff away from being a smoker.
    3 points
  8. Congratulations on 8 years @Sazerac!
    3 points
  9. Sazerac is a Legendary Quitter! Congratulations on eight years! She is also the maker of a Legendary Gumbo. Her recipe is 8 pages long and takes 3 days to make. Here is some of her instructions: Cut up and bone duck, refrigerate. Liver, sauteed with garlic in duck fat, pssst spit of cognac for Chef. Giblets chopped, neck cracked and roasted. I hope she makes some gumbo to celebrate. Here's some music for the party: California Honeydrops "When It Was Wrong" 2011 - YouTube
    3 points
  10. I got my booster moderns vaccine yesterday! Feel like a pin cushion lately. Lol Covid,flu and shingles
    2 points
  11. So here I am, educated, self assured, and ready to do the work necessary to Keep my quit, and Damn it I will continue to succeed. Your light bulb moment Opah !!!! I love to see that magic moment when it all clicks together .... I still remember mine .... I always thought I was a lady who enjoyed a treat after doing ...well anything really ... Me ..a addict ...no way .....then reality landed ....I was a Nicotine Addict ... Pure and Simple ...
    2 points
  12. Parson lectures another crazy elder Elder
    2 points
  13. Congratulations Sazerac on this incredible quit. Seeing others with an incredible quit like yours is truly inspirational. KTQ
    2 points
  14. @Opah, I'm thrilled for you! I've been watching you for 3 years here and another at qsmb. I really think that accepting that we're addicts is why you have finally gotten your forever quit
    2 points
  15. For some the admittance of weakness or vulnerability is a tough one. I worked hard at what ever it was I was doing, I strived to be the best or at least better than most. not sure where I got that but it was ingrained in me and I was proud of it. To be called addicted, addict or defective was totally against all that I believed in myself. I am sure Jill or Doreen could tell you stories about me arguing with them about being cured and not being addicted any more. Sure enough I would test it and throw a 7, 6 month quit down the toilet. Now I believe I am strong enough to admit my weakness, and the fact that my addiction to nicotine will never go away, I will get to be manageable, but feed it and it will jump right back up and take control all over again. So here I am, educated, self assured, and ready to do the work necessary to Keep my quit, and Damn it I will continue to succeed.
    2 points
  16. One week from today ! This was the reason I was able to let go of the $1500.00 for My BBAR and sight and ammo, Yes for me it is that big a deal. Not sure how many years it has been 2 maybe 3, I am sure their are more than a couple here that know for sure. That one year smoke free anniversary has eluded me, yes it was me no excuses there, a jack ass in side that believe he had all the answers and control, that would not speak the word addiction or addict. After all I am not sticking a needle in my arm now am I? Years it has taken me to except that Nicotine had a grip on me even after 10 or 11 months of abstinence. See the word abstinence triggers the thought process of NO SEX, Not no Nicotine or no smoking. Ugly words they are and my self image would not apply such Ugliness to my image of my self. Well I have now, not to me now but to me the smoker, I can close mt eye invasion me smoking and what I see is ugly, no more romantic mountain man in the cloud covered mountains, Tranquil and soft puffing on a smoke. I see a yellow smile, smelly, coughing some thing people avoided. It took me finally being able to apply those ugly words to my self. For me this is not seven steps, it is a life long process constantly changing with my ability to love and care for myself, to see the ugly and the handsome sides of me. Be able to tell the truth and not lie to myself.
    2 points
  17. Happy anniversary saz! Hope you're doing well and we get a check in from you
    2 points
  18. Congratulations Sister. .... Hope you treat yourself on this wonderful 8 years Anny .... Cheers
    2 points
  19. I just spent 15 min typing about the cravings I've been having today because it is such a nice cool, breezy day which is the type of day I would really enjoy hiking and a smoke. Deleted it all because it was rambling and I got through the craving anyway. Point is, if you are having a difficult time, get on here and type. Whether you keep what you type or delete it, just the act of typing can be enough to get you through a craving.
    1 point
  20. G’day NOPE .....Not One Puff Ever.... (replace Ever with Min,Hour, Day as required low tide
    1 point
  21. 2. wad it up and stick it in yer pocket
    1 point
  22. I got the covishield vaccine (astrazeneca) and i am very happy I am still not smoking and i don't even have any cravings to smoke
    1 point
  23. @Linda Is that an additional third dose ? In india we haven't started any booster doses yet . Maybe in the future they will make it mandatory
    1 point
  24. I don't know about Beverly Hillbillies, but the Partridge Family was filmed right down the street.
    1 point
  25. Huge congratulations on 8 years, Saz! Stop by and say hi and share some cheer!
    1 point
  26. Some truckers arrived in nightgowns sleep
    1 point
  27. Thanks Steven, I now have your in Burbank in my mind, not Chicago. Now I think of you, don't laugh, that you live where the Beverly Hillbillies was filmed, is that correct? I do not know why but now that just pops up in my head as like the closing at the end of the episode. My husband was a fan of shows in that time period and this was one of them. K
    1 point
  28. Hey Tara! I’m 7 months into my one and only quit. I absolutely know without a doubt that I would not survive another quit. It’s the reason I will never smoke again. I just can’t. Keep your quit. At all costs. It truly will be worth it if you do. It gets so much easier, in time. I promise you that it does!
    1 point
  29. I, too, am a member of the QSMB... class of 2017 SmokeBusters! That online support group is the main reason I was able to power through my quit. I was devastated when it imploded and was so lucky to find my way here so I could climb aboard the Quit Train and here I am all these years later!
    1 point
  30. Thank you, everyone, for helping me celebrate being smoke free, for 5 full months. I have had some cravings, but nothing I couldn’t handle.
    1 point
  31. I gave myself frequent rewards like a dinner at a nice restaurant or new sneakers. After some time and significant savings I'd go for bigger stuff like a new sofa or new truck. But, by far, the best reward came from my body itself. I went from a tired couch potato to an extremely active hiker and backpacker. Here's a picture of the reward I'm giving myself very soon. Two weeks of backpacking the John Muir Trail.
    1 point
  32. I listen to BUTT KICKING music so when I'm thinking about those horrible smokes!!! BAM BAM BAM head banging for sure ….. Kick that craving right in the throat!!!! Ohhhhh wait, we're talking about REWARDS. LOLOLO yeaaahhhh Um I just go by something small lipstick, magazine, nothing of any importance just because I can!!! LOVE IT It's the mood I'm in......I'm allowed LOL
    1 point
  33. Bump for our fabulous Newbies, I am so happy y'all quit smoking. Stay strong and breathe deep glorious breaths of Freedom and Reward yourselves ! S
    1 point
  34. The picture of our receptors being pirated by nicotine. These are the receptors of our reward responses that thankfully return to normal when we quit but, can be encouraged and hastened during the change by actively rewarding yourself. Edited to find the photo and can't but, this may be helpful
    1 point
  35. I am bumping this to remind us to retrain our addicted brains, otherwise we are highly susceptible to relapse. Taking those few deep clean conscious breaths works wonders.
    1 point
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