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About Sirius

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    May 27, 2014

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  1. Sgt. Barney, I gather from the fecal matter present in your posts that you have nothing but contempt for verbalized commitments. I did quit and I did, on occasion, pledge. It can help us conceptualize what we want (or don't want) and help to renew our commitment by making it a daily, verbalized, focus of attention. By making the pledge in public we magnify the commitment as we incur social expectations and well wishes ...or disappointment. A pledge is just another tool in our arsenal. I confess that I am morbidly curious how you might value the concept of prayer in terms of its usefulness in defeating addiction as, while very similar, a prayer is an externalized plea wherein a pledge tends to be more of a internalized affirmation.
  2. Redemption 3, You say that you want to restart smoking, but I'd like you to look a bit deeper. You want to quit smoking. If you didn't, you would never had quit to begin with. It's actually the addiction that wants you to restart. The longer you abstain from smoking the more removed the addiction will be from your person. Never think for a moment that you want to smoke.
  3. Sirius

    Post a Song you Like

    While I don't recommend this practice to stop smoking (Bakon, go ahead). It worked for me.
  4. Sirius

    Day 1 again.

    blur, To break a habit you must create a new habit. Paving over the old with the new. First thing in the morning you stare into the mirror and tell yourself NOT...ONE...PUFF...EVER. At night, as you wait for sleep to claim you, tell yourself you can do this. That it's all just a repeat. Yes, the cravings can be tough but remind yourself that nobody dies from a craving. They don't last more then a few minutes so keep the goal firmly pictured in your mind. Carry gum, cinnamon sticks, mint toothpicks; whatever. Smoking will pick your pocket and rob you of your dreams. Get on the train and post often. We're all rooting for you but we want to hear some success. Give us a day without smoking and how your going for day two! When I go into a sundry store I see all the packs of cigarettes behind the counter and it means... it means nothing to me. No reaction at all. You can have that as well. A freedom from addiction.
  5. I'd like to add that helping others who are struggling is a great way to maintain your quit. Doubly true if your quit is new. The new quitters feel the pain while the older quitsters can only remember it.
  6. Sirius

    What's Your Quit Song?

    The patron saint of addicts and addiction.
  7. Sirius

    Where does it come from?

    When it comes to breaking an addiction like smoking, the shortest path is through the mud. You're gonna be a mess before you're through, but when you're through you'll be pristine.
  8. Sirius

    One Week

    A week not smoking (based on a pack-a-day habit): A day of your life saved. Saving 35 USD or 27 GBD or 2 troy ounces of triple 9 fine silver (that's 10 pounds of pure silver yearly!). Approximately 16 hours doing something else besides smoking. Oh, the possibilities....
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    Post a Song you Like

    Sister blue bird, flying high above! https://youtu.be/Yu9ykgGUm1w
  10. I'm going to guess they took the song to heart.
  11. Actually if you "really" want some amusement take your birth-date back 9 months and see what song you were conceived to. Mine was... wait for it... "Where did our Love go?" By the Supremes.
  12. Sirius

    Alright this is getting old.

    Sometimes I think we have to quit each association separately. You probably got it worked out that you don't smoke while driving or eating or working and everything is just fine until you, say, enroll in a college class and are walking on campus and that craving hits because you always smoked while in college and...your now in college. Spend enough time on the campus NOT smoking and the cravings will go away right up until you are studying late at night and you always smoked when you study late at night so.... Anyhow, we have to work through these associations by dissociating smoking with what we previously did smoking. That or do completely different things as non smokers. Its a pain but we get well practiced ignoring cravings. The occasional momentary discomfort beats being on a ventilator.
  13. Sirius

    Executive Assistant

    I'd like to relate a little story about what happened to me a few years after my quit. Was a hectic time in the office and had less then a half hour before the next blood-on-the-floor meeting was to take place so I ducked out, went down stairs and out the front of the building to the smoking area to have a smoke. Got all the way to lobby on the first floor before I realize I'd forgotten my cigs. Back upstairs and walking into my cubicle (ugh!) and reaching for my bag when the realization struck...I don't smoke. Hi stress, fast paced, rush hour autopilot and I'm operating in a yester-year's mode without a conscious thought. I'd triggered and hadn't even realized it.
  14. I got 87% but I take issue with a few of the statistics....😎

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