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Everything posted by johnny5

  1. A support forum like this one. It really gave me a sense of accountability in my quit and wound up making quitting a much more enjoyable experience (something I didn't think possible). I also read Allen Carr's The Easy Way to Quit Smoking. Some people don't like that book but it really helped me realize that smoking did nothing positive for you at all and that quitting is one of the best things you can do. I still wouldn't call it an "easy way" but that book helped me and many others. I smoked for 20 years. The first 10 years, it was a very sociable experience. The longer I smoked, though, the more of my smoking friends either quit or I lost track of. I eventually grew to think of smoking as living under a dark cloud (literally and figuratively) of negativity, isolation and poison. I wanted out of that. When quitting, I really tried to focus on the positive. In time, you will see that smoking does absolutely nothing positive for you whatsoever. There is no negative in quitting. It can be tough but it is worth it.
  2. Congratulations on 2 months smoke free, freeatlast!
  3. Congratulations dizzy! 4 months is great!
  4. Congratulations Kdad! 10 months smoke free is great!
  5. That is awesome, Diane. Great job. What you are going through is normal with new quitters. Most of us have gone through this. The first days are the toughest but it does get much better with time. And, as long as you commit to never taking another puff, you will not have to go through those first few days again. You are doing a great thing by putting smoking behind you.
  6. Welcome aboard, Eight-Toe Joe. That is a great name, by the way. What you are going through is normal for many quitters but the long term benefits of quitting smoking definitely outweigh the short-term issues like brain fog. You've already been given a lot of great advice but you can get a lot of advice and support here. Stick around. We all want you to put smoking behind you for good. You will be glad you did.
  7. I cast my vote for the Ben E. King version of Stand by Me. I always liked that song and I really like the movie of the same name that came out in the mid '80's. I voted for the Chili Peppers version of Under the Bridge. I can't believe you never heard this song, @Martian5. Like Boo, this song was huge when I was in high school and I also owned the required CD or cassette tape of that time, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. However, they still play that song nonstop here and I've gotten to the point where I just really can't stand it anymore. Still, I had to vote for the original, just because.
  8. I'm sorry that you relapsed but I'm glad you didn't disappear. Quitting smoking can be tough but I'm sure you can do it. It is definitely worth the struggles and since you keep trying, I think you know that life is better as a non-smoker. Stick around and stay focused. You can do this.
  9. Congratulations on 3 months smoke free, Warbelian!
  10. Congratulations on 4 years smoke free, Koder!

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