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Sazerac last won the day on October 23 2021

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    Gardens, Painting, Writing, Music, Cocktails and Freedom.
    Belly Laughs, Cooking, Sewing, Carving, Maps, Freedom,
    Weather, The Natural World, Science, Language, Love, Freedom.

  • Quit Date
    October 23, 2013, A Good Day to be Free.

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  1. 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
  2. Hey Leanna ! Congratulations on Nine years of freedom. You showed me that quitting was possible in my lurker days and I am so appreciative. Love to you, S
  3. Hey Linda ! Congratulations on your three years of freedom. I remember your first post and a lot of your struggles. It wasn't easy but you had beautiful and gutsy determination. I always admired that. Love, S
  4. Big D ! My Smut Sister ! Congratulations on your eight years and thank you for all the work you continue to do. Love you to the moon and back again. S
  5. Hey Lusty One ! Congratulations on Five years of Freedom ! Lovely to see this. S
  6. Congratulations, Breath ! and thank you so much for all your contributions through the years. I really appreciate your work. S
  7. Hey man ! Congratulations on your six years ! Thank you for all you do here, NOPE King, The Emperor of NOPE...many more sobriquets... S
  8. Congratulations D2e8b8, Five years is a great accomplishment and I hope you have rewards in mind. S
  9. Hey darlin', Congratulations and thank you for blazing a trail for me to follow. Hope you are well and fine. S
  10. Bakon ! Congratulations, baby. So happy you quit. Hope you get back to NOLA soon, it was great to see your mug and meet the Beloved and Saintly Mrs. S
  11. Legendary Gumbo for YOU !!! Congratulations, Paul and thank you for all your support and friendship through the years. S
  12. Congratulations, C ! Thank you for all your inspiration. You help me immeasurably. S
  13. Congratulations big boss man ! Thank you for the quit, the support and the friggin' TRAIN ! You are a hero. S
  14. 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
  15. In celebration of my Six Years of Freedom, I wrote this little piece, now at seven years I re-visit my commitment to NOPE. Sazerac's Simple Guide To Freedom Desire: You must want to quit more than you want to smoke Decision: Make the decision to live life without Nicotine. Commitment: Commit wholeheartedly to live without Nicotine and intend on standing by your resolve. Choice: Choose to never smoke again, EVER. This choice will empower you in many, many ways. “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Education * Thanks to Joel Spitzer, this site and lurking around the sphere, I am still learning everything I can about Nicotine Addiction. Information is Big Power and I feel sufficiently armed to maintain my quit. Changing Focus. It took some doing but, s l o w l y, when junkie thoughts would drag me down, I began to train myself to look at something beautiful or think of beauty in some way. This retrained my brain and also gave me a bump of endorphins. I use this technique during any moments of distress or discomfort. These are not nicotine related anymore, just moments of life. The concept of H.A.L.T. * (are you Hungry (thirsty), Angry (emotional), Lonesome (bored), Tired) Nine times out of ten, smokey thoughts weren't about nicotine at all, it was my body (poor thing) hollering at me to do something life sustaining for it. Now, the signals are very clear and not related to nicotine in any way. I also want to share the benefits of Breath. Deep, calming breaths of Oxygen. An elixir to sharpen and focus your mind away from the patterns of addiction. Rewards * Not only does rewarding yourself help re-wire your brain receptors, treating yourself well and being as kind to yourself makes life nice. A little spoiling goes a long way, especially during rugged transitions of any kind. ```````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Quitting smoking has taught me much about myself and the human condition. The truth and honesty involved in making and keeping a commitment to myself has been profound. I know myself so much better. I have exchanged an empty bravado for an inner trust and knowledge. I am grateful to everybody here, your stories, your triumphs and your lapses, too. ALL have helped me understand the hideousness of nicotine addiction and the Power of Choice, the Preciousness of Freedom. I am so proud to be part of this community. Y'all are beautiful nicotine free creatures, my friends. S * Joel Spitzer's Quit Smoking Library * Riffing On H.A.L.T. * The Significance of Rewards p.s. To anyone beginning their journey, I would recommend this thread, 10 Ways To Effectively Use This Forum To Stop Using Nicotine

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