Hello all. Good hearing from you as well, Mc, as well as everyone else! Thanks ladybugg, your numbers are looking quite well, too! It's great to see so many success stories! ;)
Mc - never been to Georgia before, but it sounds interesting! Especially with 15 girl scouts to keep track of. Here's wishing you the best on your trip. Hope you have a great time even though your itinerary is packed. I know what you mean about the heat and humidity - it really takes some getting used to. We visited Florida a few years back and that was one of the big things I remember having to adjust to.
Thank you for the compliment, Josie! :) I must say, it just feels GREAT being tobacco free. I haven't had to run to the store to buy a can for myself in over a year. Hard to believe. In response to the things that helped me personally in giving up the dip, this is basically what I did: the first thing I remember doing was making a conscious effort to reduce the frequency and size of dips that I took during the day. I did this for a short period of time before my actual quit attempt. I failed a time or two before making the extended run that I'm on now. Actually, before this quit attempt, I had failed several times before that. After I made the decision to quit dipping, I used NRT gum. I started out following package directions, and ultimately got to the point where I was able to cut one piece of the nic. gum in half, and then quarters, and then give it up all together. This seemed to help me. After this, for some reason there was still the "oral fixation" where you're so used to having a wad of tobacco in between cheek and gum, that it just feels like something is missing. I solved this problem with herbal (nicotine and tobacco free) snuff, sunflower seeds and regular chewing gum, which basically helped serve as a pacifier until I no longer felt the need. I still like to munch on sunflower seeds now and then, but I rarely use the herbal snuff anymore. Other than those aids, I leaned on the support here at the SSC, and kept a strong desire to succeed and not give in to temptation. Everyone knows the first two weeks seem to be the most difficult, and that's most assuredly true, but I think it took me a good 3 months before I really started to feel better.