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  1. 7 hours ago, Doreensfree said:

    Congratulations Kate ..

    4 Years …Huge Achievement….Celebrate in style  x

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    Thanks, Doreen. Remember the QSMB days, when I failed miserably, repeatedly?  I was desperately wanting Year One.  And here it is four years. Amazing. Time flies.

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  2. Thanks everyone!  I appreciate the acknowledgement. I can hardly believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!  There were so many failed starts. But, that old Covid threat -- in my mind, I was sure I'd die if I got it and I was still a smoker -- got me to quit and stay quit.  And I finally did get Covid, a couple of months ago, and breezed through it.  No lung issues.  

     

    Because I am saving money by not buying cigarettes, I can afford a 2nd dog to keep dog #1 company while I am at work. Gabriela joined us two months ago from a Humane Society shelter. She is reportedly 8 years old, but I suspect she is a bit younger - 5 or 6. She is so playful and frisky.  She loves her stuffed squirrel (not a real one!)

     

    So much more we can do when we aren't spending our money on poison. 

     

    Thanks, all.

    Gabriela 12-29-2023 Fetch with squirrel.jpg

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  3. For me, what has kept me quit is my "Why?"  Doing it for my kids or my general health wasn't enough. It took Covid's arrival to give me solid resolve.

    But my Why has changed. Covid is no longer the threat it was in the first year.

    Now, I see the positive results of almost fours of being quit, and there is no way I'd go back. 

    The thousands of dollars I've saved is a motivator. I love seeing the dollars mount in my ticker when I post.

    My Why has also become not wanting any more health problems that I already have from smoking. 

     

    "Why?" may change, but there has to be a big one in the beginning.  It is important to remember that who we were - smokers - does not define who we can be now.

     

     

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  4. Hi Linda, how are you doing now?  

     

    I was a serial quitter/relapser, but never quit digging to find the deepest "why should I quit" that I could. For me, it was the spread of Covid across Asia. I knew it was coming here and I felt certain that, if I got it, I'd die because of compromised lungs.  The week following my quit (February something) Covid was discovered in the States about 15 miles north of me, in a retirement home in Kirkland, WA. (It was here sooner; it just hadn't been found until then.)

     

    With a good enough reason, initial crash and burns don't matter. We don't give up.  And then we win.

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