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11 years ago 0 peteg 80 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
had a crave today

Hey Everybody -- New to this (well, new this time around -- I was here for a long time, a long time ago), and am enjoying everyone's posts.  I have a good feeling about this step in the "quitting process."
peteg

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 2
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 100
Amount Saved: $22.50
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 11 Mins: 11 Seconds: 23

11 years ago 0 peteg 80 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I have no money

When I started smoking, cigarettes we 35 cents a pack; then they went up to 40, then 45.  I said when they hit 50 cents a pack, I would quit; it was insane to spend so much money.
A few days ago, I spent 4.80 for one pack (in Virginia) and finally came to my senses.
peteg

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 2
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 100
Amount Saved: $22.50
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 11 Mins: 12 Seconds: 23

11 years ago 0 peteg 80 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Just say HOPE..oooop.... I mean NOPE! Our new president is trying to quit

I don't know... I'm not sure I'd want his hand on the button while he's trying to quit.
I about kicked my dog from here to China for no good reason this morning; no telling who I might nuke on a bad day.
peteg

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 2
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 100
Amount Saved: $22.50
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 11 Mins: 13 Seconds: 58

11 years ago 0 peteg 80 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
had a crave today

Thanks, Karen! 
 
I love how this site is so non-judgmental and affirms the fact that quitting is a process, and that it can take some people up to 7 tries.  I'm on serious try 3.  In 3 days, I've had plenty of motive (God, have I had motive!!), and plenty of opportunity.  But this time I'm doing it for myself and myself alone.  No trying to please anyone around me --- it's just me and the addiction.
pete

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 2
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 100
Amount Saved: $22.50
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 12 Mins: 27 Seconds: 13

11 years ago 0 peteg 80 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
now I am beginning to understand addiction

Dude, that is about the coolest thing I ever heard: temporary inconvenience, permanent improvement.  I've been to Columbus many times and the roads around the airport are ALWAYS torn up!  Have been for years!  It's a LONG haul to that permanent improvement; my last big quit was 9 months, and my patience ran out.  The cool thing about your metaphor is that in Columbus, you don't have a choice:  you HAVE to wait it out and deal with it day to day.  Would that I lived in Columbus.  In the past, when I got impatient, I just caved.  No caving in Columbus:  you'll never get there if you do.
That so totally works for me!!
Thanks
pete

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 2
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 100
Amount Saved: $22.50
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 12 Mins: 28 Seconds: 17

11 years ago 0 peteg 80 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
New quitters! Read this, tips for you :)

Good and timeless advice, CT.  Thanks.
peteg

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 2
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 100
Amount Saved: $22.50
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 12 Mins: 33 Seconds: 11

11 years ago 0 peteg 80 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
had a crave today

Dude!  It's so crazy I saw this message first.
SO close to caving, I'm loggin on, and here you are.
Thanks.  Gonna make it this time.
peteg

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 3
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 150
Amount Saved: $33.75
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 17 Mins: 20 Seconds: 34

11 years ago 0 peteg 80 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Reasons I am....

Dear Friends -- in something of panic mode, so I'm flying from one thread to the next, but this one stopped me:  so close to one year.  While the world will indeed stop turning on its orbit when you hit that milestone, and the choirs of angels in heaven will write brand new Hallelujah Choruses for you, and all things will be made new, one thing will not change.
You will crave when you least expect it.
You will kill for a cigarette at the very moment you declared victory over the demon we know as nic.
You will think, however subconsciously, YAY for me, I DID it.  Now I deserve a reward!  I can prove that I can do one Marlboro.
 
I so don't mean to be a wet blanket, but I was here, some years ago, in the same place you are now.  If this place is important to you, you will learn from my stupid mistakes.  I had come so far and was so proud, and now return to you as a newbie, what Fire Departments call a Probationary Officer, a "Proby," who has to prove himself/herself by cleaning toilets and mopping floors and polishing fire trucks.  Doing whatever the vets tell him/her to do just because he/she is a Proby, untested, untried, unreliable in an emergency when the stakes are high.
 
I am that person because I failed at Month 9 or Month 10 or Month 12, when the stakes were high, and I didn't recognize it. I can go to any stop-smoking site in the world, and I will be the new guy, the untested guy, the proby, because, quite frankly, I choked that the last big test.
 
So I am where I should be -- where I belong.  I am here to keep you from joining me:
Be Careful.  Be Very, Very, Careful.
Let nothing, nothing, nothing, get in the way of your glorious quit!!
Use NOPE, HALT, whatever.
And I will be here for you as one who came so close....
 
peteg

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 3
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 150
Amount Saved: $33.75
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 17 Mins: 23 Seconds: 19

11 years ago 0 peteg 80 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Myth Or Fact?

That is SO the case with me, and it's taken me three major quits to figure it out.  When I smoke after a long period of not smoking, I can literally feel my blood pressure rise; it's the creepiest feeling in the world!  I can also feel myself go from a pretty decent human being to a reptile in less than 2 minutes.  I can also literally feel the nasty stuff from cigarettes coating my throat and making me nauseous. 
 
It is the most stressful thing I can imagine, and yet whatever is left of the addiction in our brains continues to try and convince us that it's what we need.
 
I don't hate myself any more for slipping, but I sure hate the results of those slips.  The worst!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 8
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 400
Amount Saved: $90.00
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 15 Mins: 7 Seconds: 26

11 years ago 0 peteg 80 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Myth Or Fact?

Me too.  Thank God mine grew up okay, too.
But we honestly didn't know (at least I didn't) back in the 60s and 70s, when I started.  By the time we heard about second-hand smoke, I am ashamed to admit, I thought they were all a bunch of melodramatic, alarmist whiners.
And then look at what happened to that wonderful wife of Christopher Reeve -- never smoked a day in her life, but died of lung cancer because she was once a cabaret singer in a smoky bar.
 
My state (Virginia) is finally getting serious about a public smoking ban, which I support 100%.  I feel so horrible about the people who didn't smoke but worked in bars and restaurants I frequented because they allowed smoking.  It's not like we have that many choices about where we can work any more!  A job is a job!  I really hope they make every public establishment smoke-free, and I will ride my representatives' rear ends until they do it.
pete

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 2/10/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 8
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 400
Amount Saved: $90.00
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 15 Mins: 8 Seconds: 43