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6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I want to start the MONDAY PARADE!

It's Monday and I'll start the march on the last Monday in March.
N.O.P.E. 
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Quick hello

Hey LT,
 Glad to see that you're still hanging in there.  Now that you look back, those 5 months seemed to have went by pretty quick didn't they? I'm coming up on my 5 months this Saturday and I can't believe how fast it's been. Life sure is better being smoke free!!!
Stay committed to your quit... 
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I want to , but I won?t...

You don't REALLY want to do you?  Its that nasty old Nico-demon playing games again isn't it? 
Hang tough Working On It... you, we can do this! 
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Poetry Corner

Panic Attack

Panic is a feeling that we all know very well
Anxiety and uneasiness are others I could tell
Although they serve a purpose, we avoid them at all cost
When they appear within us we'd like to tell them to get lost

But if we discover in the dead of night 
Our house has flames shining oh so bright
It's panic that makes us run for our life
We know if we stayed we'd be in big strife

Panic is a quick, instantaneous reaction 
We need to respond quickly to feel satisfaction
But sometimes it needs to be overridden
Not always should we answer to its bidding

The fear of low nicotine in the blood
Is one infamous example of such a dud
You feel the panic start to rise
"Light up a smoke" a voice within you cries

We can let panic grow faster and faster
Or we can let ourselves become its master
Remember that panic will not last forever
We can overcome it if we are very clever

If we ride it through calmly knowing it won't last
Realise it may return but know it'll be outclassed
Eventually it will accept defeat most graciously
And we can live our lives ever so much more vivaciously



Alessandra Liverani
Sydney, Australia
Copyright © 2003 Alessandra Liverani
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
New. Starting to quit again need support.

Hi Paul,
 Yes anger is one of the many stages in quitting.  It is normal to feel angry. You're losing one of your best friends that's been close to you for many years, that nasty cigarette. Are you going cold turkey, or using NRT, nicotine replacement therapy? Many people on here went cold turkey, I used the patch. To each their own. Just do whatever it takes! 
 The website has been running slow for the last couple of days. There's a lot to read on here, and if you use the search function for anger, a number of threads should pop up. 
 Hang in there Paul, it's a bumpy ride, but trust me, it will get easier as time goes by.  
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
So THIS is what an emotion feels like...

Bump for PM.
 
Hang in there Paul. 
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Phases of Quitting! A must Read!

Bump up for PM.
 
Paul, go back to the start of this thread to the post from Lainey. Hope it helps! 
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I am new.

Hi Sammeyr,
 Congratulations on deciding to quit smoking. It still sounds like you are a little hesitant on giving up cigarettes though. For your quit to work, you need to have a positive attitude, a "can do" attitude. Yes it will probably be hard, but if you really want to, you CAN do this. There is a lot to read on this great website, learn all you can and it will help make your quit easier for you. The website is having technical problems right now and is running slow, but don't let that stop you from reading in the forums. There are a lot of great people on here that have and/or are going through what you are going to attempt, and we do understand what you are feeling. I wish you the best on your journey, and hang in there!
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
PM here. (This is hard)

Hi Paul,
 Jim has some good suggestions about delaying that first one and changing your routine. I know this may sound kind of silly, but  sucking on a straw like it is a cigarette helped me the first few days. Deep breathing through the nose and out the mouth works too. A little hard candy, carrots, raisins or what ever you like, can help delay that first smoke. There are a lot of good suggestions in these forums. Like Jim said, read, read, read. The more you know the easier it will be for you. Have you considered nicotine replacement therapy? 
 Quitting is 10% physical and 90% mental. The physical part will be over in a few days of your quit and then journey really begins. Get your positive attitude working  and remember that you CAN do this. You have to WANT this quit in order for it to work. 
Hang in there buddy... 
  
6 years ago 0 Timbo637 740 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Tomorrow is 5 Years!!

Hey PB,
 Congratulations on your FIVE year quit!  And you're right, ANY day without smoking is reason to celebrate! 
I've never heard of a new hip as a reward, but it sounds like you're looking forward to it. That's a great CAN DO attitude!
Good luck with your surgery and physical therapy. If you can quit smoking, I'm sure it will be a breeze for you.