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    9/28/2016

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  1. Baseball Coach

    Day 1 Begins

    Hoping you made it through the weekend! If not, start again. We are here for you. Sometimes you have to get through it hour-by-hour, but eventually, it gets easier. Stay with it!
  2. Baseball Coach

    Holy crap

    Awesome. Remember, after almost 6 weeks, you no longer have a physical addition, now it's all mental. There is no nicotine in your body, but your brain wants you to smoke because it thinks you will get the same satisfaction that you used to before you quit. Guess what? You won't. It will suck! All you will have is regret from throwing away the time you have already done and you are magically back at square 0. It's not worth it. Get mad: at the tobacco companies, at your brain, whatever it takes. Just don't do it. Be determined because you will have nothing except regret, regret, regret. You THINK you will get that Ahhhhhhh feeling, but you won't. Ask me how I know. I quit several times, once for 12 years, and went back. Never again.... On Friends, Chandler took a drag of a cigarette and said, "Oh my God." And he was hooked again. Just that easy.... But... it doesn't happen like that. You will say, "Yuk, this doesn't feel like it used to, as a matter of fact, it sucks, and I just blew lots of time and effort because I just re-introduced nicotine into my body." Crap, now I have to fight the physical addition all over again. Keep it going, and it gets easier. After 2 years, there are still times I think about smoking, but they are few and far between, and when I do think about it, I know it will never be the same, so why start?
  3. Baseball Coach

    *hiding won't work* .. help :-/

    Grit your teeth, breathe deep and say "Hell no, I'm not gonna do it." Get mad at the tobacco. Get mad at the tobacco companies. Just say, "I'm not gonna buy any, I'm not gonna borrow any, and I'm just not gonna smoke any... and I sure as hell ain't gonna throw away the time already spent being nicotine free. One day, one hour, one minute at a time, whatever it takes, just get through it, it will pass. Do not let the demon win. Do not let the tobacco companies win. They are strong, but you can be stronger. I guarantee that the relief and pleasure you think you would receive by lighting up will not be worth it. IT NEVER IS! Then you'll try another to continue the search for the relief, and guess what.... you're a smoker again and they win.
  4. Baseball Coach

    Where did 2 years go?

    Thanks all. Having a support group like this is a huge help. Except for my daughter, none of my family smoked, so no one understood what you go through when you try to quit. The key is truly wanting to stop, truly never wanting to smoke again, and in my case, understanding what my body and brain were doing to try to trick me into lighting up again. Sometimes, as I said, during those intense cravings, I just said wait, and the craving will pass. The more you do that, the longer the time period between cravings. Don't quit because your wife told you to, don't quit because your friends told you to, don't quit because your kids told you to. Quit because you want to be free. Free from the expense. Free from the stink. Free from being an outcast. Free from the higher chances of illness and death. It's not just lung cancer. It's cancers of all types: pancreatic, liver, brain, throat, mouth, larynx, etc. Nicotine affects 'em all!. It's also emphysema. It's heart disease. Strike back at the tobacco companies that are robbing you of your money and your life. Don't give them any money. Never again. If anyone wants support, please let me know. Lurking on places like this got me through, and I would like to give back. I'm sure I speak for everyone on this forum.
  5. Baseball Coach

    Where did 2 years go?

    2 years ago today I smoked my last cigarette, and a lot of my success was because of trolling forums and sites like this one. 730 days 3/4 pack per day average (probably a little high, many days were less, some were more.) 10,950 cigarettes 547.5 packs ($8 each) $4380 not spent Do I miss it? Sometimes. Less and less as time proceeds. However, the fact that I know the date and time and where I was should tell you something. Glad I quit? Yes. Was it hard? No. Not this time. Once I understood that nicotine is a chemical that lies to you while making your brain think that cigarettes are your friend and that you need it and deserve it and that is it good for you, it's easy to walk away from your enemy. That knowledge provides the strength to defeat the chemical dependency and that the cravings for the nicotine are the vehicle that the tobacco companies depend upon to take your money out of your wallet. A couple of tough days, sometimes an hour or a minute at a time, and you become free. ("OK, I won't smoke today" is the trick I told my brain). The key is not to ever give in and re-introduce the nicotine back into the body, because the brain recognizes it and instantly, you are a smoker again, even if it's only one drag! That's why cutting down slowly, gum, patches, vaping, e-cigs, pipes, cigars and nicotine-replacement therapy do not work. The goal is NO NICOTINE EVER AGAIN. Have I ever been tempted in these two years? Nope, not even close, because I understand what happens. I'm done. I win. Do I feel better? Not really. Blood pressure is still the same. Gained about 15 pounds. Am I going back? Never.

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