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6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
100 Days smoke free

Hey Bekkie,
 You've reached triple digits, and a big reward is due.  Congratulations on your progress.  
 
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Poetry Corner

Hey Penitent,
 I don't mean to step on your toes, but I found a nice poem on the net that I'd like to share with the users.
 
This is a poem by Shane P. Ward.
 
 After 28 years I kicked 'the habit'. Having survived non smoking for a whole week, I thought I would share the benefit of my idiocy with others.


At last I quit the coffin nails, those dreaded cancer sticks.
I yield to them no longer. I shall not require 'a fix'.
My master is not cigarettes. From now on it is me.
Tis I who rule my life and I will live in it smoke free.

Why did I start? It does not matter. Reasons count but one.
There's no good way to justify decisions clearly dumb.
But it was my decision. I admit that to my peers.
And so I smoked the dreaded weed for twenty eight long years!

Did I enjoy a cigarette? Yes there were quite a few.
Especially after food or if I had a drink or two.
But there were many, many more not nice or sweet sublime,
when Mr Nicotine required attention all the time.

In all the years I smoked I was supported by 
those who
Because they smoked, like me, enjoyed reciprocation too.
Collusion fed collective myths of social interaction.
The club required participants of 'ciggy satisfaction'.

We had one thing in common (Not withstanding coughs and choking).
The group was barred from many a place by these two words, 'No Smoking'.
I s'pose for those who did not smoke there had to be a club
excluding those whose lives were ruled by smoke and filtered stub.

The smokers often scorned those who did not lay out the cash
to buy some fags, then burn it, turning money into ash.
How could 'non-smokes' appreciate indifference to wealth?
Or understand our cavalier disdain towards our health?

I know. I was that smoker and embraced that dreadful role.
Until it hit me suddenly that I had no control.
My life was run by cigarettes, so firm was my conviction
that something had to change. I had to cast out my addiction.

With patches at the ready and my will power on top.
I picked a day to quit the stick and then I'd simply stop.
And that I did, one Sunday morning, filled with self belief,
which crumbled two hours later as the habit caused me grief.

Was it hard to stop? You betchya! Every single day.
Some minutes seemed like hours till the craving went away.
I conjured up so many good excuses to give in.
But I was so determined that tobacco would not win.

The war raged on inside my head. Withdrawal was no fun.
But I could stop it all with just one cigarette. Just one.
So tempting was the subtle, slimy, wheedling, nagging voice.
And yet I knew that 'just one more' would leave me with no choice.

I had to shut my ears and eyes and mind to that foul creature.
I had to be the student and I had to be the teacher.
I had to practice what I preached. I had to be a bore.
I had to do whatever it would take to smoke no more.

The first day was the worst until the second day became.
The third day was the worst and then the fourth was much the same.
The fifth day? That was not so bad but bad enough to bear
But then I felt the sixth day I had got it beat. So there!

And now a week has passed and I am finally smoke free.
The fog has lifted from my life. T'was worth the agony.
Of course the cravings come and go - and will do for a time
But I'm no longer listening. To start again? A crime!

Already, in a single week, (and smokers you may scoff)
In health and wealth, in self esteem, I find I'm better off.
My life belongs to me again. I must have been so thick
to be a slave to nicotine - that smelly cancer stick!

Of course there's nought that irritates like new reformed non-smokers
They bore you with self righteous statements. Verbal red hot pokers.
I count myself amongst them so my smoker friends beware.
I'll tell you I can smell your smoke in rooms and clothes and hair.

Telling you to stop is not what I would like to do.
The reason that I quit was choice. The same is up to you.
To quit is hard, I don't deny it. Really it's no joke.
But if you can withstand the strain, you'll not return to smoke.

And finally a warning - and I say this in good heart.
If you have never ever smoked - then never ever start.
If you think that it's cool to smoke then just try stopping it.
You'll find it's easier not to start, than smoking is to quit.

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Away but Still Quit

Hey Rete,
 A big congratulations on 30 days smoke free!!!   Good luck on your eye surgery on Monday. You didn't mention anything about the root canal, so I take it that's on hold for now. Great to hear about the BP returning to normal too.  I hope the ice cream was good too.  Hang in there non-smoker, and we look forward to hearing from you when ever you can get back on the computer.
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One Month Anniversary for Whisper

Hi Whisper,
 Sorry I didn't notice your one month anniversary of being a non-smoker two days ago.  A big congratulations to you!  Was it as hard as you thought it was going to be? Is it getting any easier for you? Have you rewarded yourself, you really deserve it you know? 
Once again...way to go!
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Myth or Fact?

Hi Josie,
 It is a fact, and Penitent and Roses reply's about says it all.
A can do attitude wins the fight!
 
N.O.P.E.
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Smoking Spouse

Hi Hockeymom,
 Seventy six days without a smoke is awesome! A big thumbs up to you.  Now about your better half, have you actually sat down with him and told him how hard is on you when he smokes around you? If not, maybe you just need to mention it to him. If you have I don't really know what to say then. I don't want to strain a marriage or anything. How about bribing him with some nicotine gum and/or a box of nicotine patches? You never know. 
Good luck and hang in there... 
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Stopped Smoking on 9th Febuary, 2014

Hey Tipu,
 If you can not avoid the situation, and sometimes there's no way of avoiding it, you can take a few steps back. If they question what you are doing, tell them you are trying to get some smoke free air, that it's hurting your lungs and that they KNOW you are trying to quit smoking. It's okay to be rude if you are among inconsiderate people, they probably won't know it anyhow.  
 I really don't know what else to say other than hang it there....
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Smoking Spouse

Hey Hockeymon,
 It sounds like your determination  to stay quit is getting stronger as time goes by. 
Stay strong and remember, N.O.P.E.!
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Not good

LMAO! 
Who said it would be easy quitting? Just think how you'd feel if you were still lighting up, not to mention all of the extra coughing you'd be doing. 
Hang in there....