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You are welcome to anything I post:)) I had that picture and one other pinned to the wall that leads my basement for the whole first year. That way I had to look at them every day. I still keep the one below on that wall because it helps me to sort thing things out and not be double-minded,
It looks like you have a signature with your quit date. Does that mean you have a paying membership or are you copying and pasting your signature every time you post? You need your star
I needed time before I went back to bed as my dream was really weird and if I go right back to sleep I continue the same dream. and the movie was from 92 so you might be right about it being old movies. I will watch that from now and make note of it. It just seems like everyone in movies is always smoking.
I am glad we all helped. Congrats on reaching your 1st Full Month. I bet it feels great to have hung in there. This is a WICKED ADICTION and we must use every tool and all the help we can plus getting the support from all the like minded people on this forum. This is our Rehab Facility. Here we can complain nonstop, post our tough times and our good times and offer tips since we all know the stress of the quit gets so frustrating at times. It is a long slow process but we all have to relearn everything and do things without a cigarette at every turn. At first it all feels weird to go about our business without smoking but after constant repetition and time it will become automatic. We are all different but many people find their new smoke free lives somewhere after the first year. In the meantime, take this one crave, one day at a time & keep up the great job!
"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013
You literally make me laugh out loud and I crack up the way you put things. You are very clever and creative, that's for sure. I don't want to be the one to fall out the window! LOL!!!
Hope you have a great day!
Glad you made it here. We have the same quit date...don't we? Glad things are settling down for you and you're still on the road to freedom!
One that sticks in my head is watching old "I Love Lucy" episodes where Lucy and Ricky are always smoking (and drinking). Kind of cracks me up how glamorous it all was in the 50's. Now they put pics of throat cancer tumors and other horrendous smoking effects on the packs in the UK. The US needs to start doing stuff like that. How can you smoke with that image staring you in the face? I really started noticing the advertising gimmicks in the US since I've quit. Well, they had me spending my hard earn money slowly killing myself for 35 years. It must work!
Yes, we do have the same quit date!
It has been an interesting and challenging journey that has become who I am....a non smoker and I like that!!
My March Warriors Roommates,
Wow I'm really struggling today! I don't even know why...no specific triggers. I honestly think today has been the hardest day in my 3+ weeks of my quit that I came as close as possible to thinking about smoking. I, of course, smacked myself in the face and said "YOU IDIOT! WTF are you thinking?!?!" But it's still lingering there. It's only 7pm and I'm honestly thinking about just going to bed to put myself out of my misery and hope tomorrow will be better. In my mind I was so past this and confident in my quit (dummy me) and here it sneaks up on me. I honestly feel like I can't even think straight. Like someone said in another post somewhere, I really wish there was "something" that could give us that "satisfied feeling" (the withdrawal release) that we instantly got from smoking. Wouldn't that be great if chocolate could do that? or even ice cream? I feel like that's what I'm missing today...that instant relaxing feeling that smoking gave us from our withdrawal.
I will get through this even if I just have to go to bed. I just needed to vent a bit. I know this is a journey and takes time and everything else....maybe I just need something to keep me busy. I HATE this roller coaster.
Since we're kinda a family now, I'd like to share a little more. I know people are fearful of sharing stuff online so please don't do so if you don't feel comfortable. I need to just type tonight and share some of my thoughts. It will keep me busy if nothing else (please forgive any rambling)....
I'm a MWF (lol) age 52 from Conneaut, Ohio. It's a rural suburb about 1 1/2 hours east of Cleveland and 1 mile west from the Pennsylvania border. I work full-time as a IT professional in a different suburb of Cleveland for a property maintenance company. Prior to that I worked for an international law firm as an IT Manager for 21 years before they did workforce cutbacks. Try finding a six-figure job at 50+ years of age so I was unemployed for 15 months. I started smoking when I was 13 years old (thanks to my cousin). I'm in my 3rd marriage to a retired cop (my dad is retired Cleveland police and my 2nd husband is still a Cleveland police) and I have a 22-year old daughter (who is brilliant) and going to college to be a neuro-biologist (never smoked). She's the one that gets on my case all the time and I don't blame her.
This is my 5 or 6th time trying to quit. I never made it more than 6 months (not even sure what happened). I really want to get to know all of our March family because I feel like I can count on you when I need you.
Sorry this is random. I think I just needed to keep typing to keep me in line tonight.