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Smoke Free Warriors 2018   Quit Buddies Unite

Started 7/31/18 by slowblumer; 308931 views.
Denim50

From: Denim50

7/30/21

 

Gloria, 

Huge congratulations on your third smoke free year! I hope you have fun celebrating and that your day is as awesome as you are. Happy quit-versary!   

 


 

Hi Lori,

SO wonderful to hear from you and see your msgs here. Happy Happy 3 yr Quitaversary!! Glad you made it thru and still a Quitter. So Sorry to hear you & Hubby had covid in Nov and even though you were very sick, you did not have to be hospitalized. One of my friends got it last year and was hospitalized for 4 days--she said it was the sickest she ever been in her life.

And we made it thru the pandemic thus far without smoking!! Glad you still bike riding and your hubby is smoke-free as well.

Let's keep kicking cig butt. Working on our wings...

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflowersunflowersunflower

Hey JR,

Thanks Bud for the celebratory message. Made it to 3 years smoke-free--I am still JOYFUL and THANKFUL to be a non-smoker. We made it thru!! Thank you for your lovely card and condolence msg about my Dad. That was SO thoughtful and considerate. I am doing ok, still emotional and grieving. My baby bro who is the youngest and always ADORED and felt like the sun rose and set on Dad is completely devastated and having difficulty coping with Dad's death. I hardly hear from my siblings now. I feel totally alone and socially isolated now. A new chapter in my life. I have to find something to do with the rest of my life now. Never thought about smoking one time with the worst stressor I could have (Dad's death). I am thankful to not be a smoker. 

I am trying/hoping to find some SC or GA peaches to make my peach ice cream this year. Gonna make some for my family reunion on Aug 14. (Will use VA peaches if don't find any other by then...just have to use more sugar).

Hard to get my thoughts together today to say what I wanna say about this 3 yr Quit journey. I am emotional, Happy, Joyful, and Proud of maintaining my quit. I am still a Warrior on the battlefield...just don't have to fight as hard now. I still have an occasional thought about a cig when I have coffee. My brain has not let that connection go yet. I have a biscuit with coffee for breakfast now and I noticed if I eat the biscuit first, then have my coffee, my brain pings CIG. No craving but it just remembers that I would drink coffee and light up each morning for 40 yrs. It does not ping if I take drink the coffee and eat biscuit together. After meals and coffee were my biggest triggers when I quit. 

My mantra remains: I will never smoke another cigarette in my life...I LOVE being a non-smoker too much. Thanks for being one of my best buds and supporters on this difficult journey. We made it...Let's keep going. Working on our wings...

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflowersunflowersunflower

Thanks Denim. Yes 3 yrs...and no going back. I kicked nicodemon's butt and refused to lose. What a roller coaster ride it was but we made it. I am emotional, Joyful & Thankful today. This forum was my lifeline from Aug 2018 - Oct 2019...till everything went quiet. We forgot about cigs and life goes on. I have gone back to read Smoke Free Warriors 2018 thread a few times to see what we were going thru at that time. I was addicted to and needed this forum EVERYDAY then. The support was phenomenal...helped me make it thru.

I LOVE being a non-smoker. I will NEVER  go back to smoking: I enjoy being a non-smoker too much. I do not miss cigs in my life and do not feel like my life is missing something. Smoking would not have helped me at all when I lost my Dad 3 months ago. Glad I have REAL coping skills now.

Thanks for all of your support on this journey. I would be on here more if my buddies posted more. I tried to keep this thread going. I am online more now since sitting home alone everyday. Like to say hello to all my buddies. Sent you a PM.

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflowersunflowersunflower

JR, 

Sorry about your breathing and energy issues. Hope you get straightened out soon. And I envy your Dolly Parton plates. Wish I could get for my car. I will let you know when I make my peach ice cream.

Hang in there.

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflowersunflowersunflower

Hey Molly,

Waiting on you to arrive for our mutual celebration & to get our party started. Come on gurl!!dancersraised_hands

Let's keep kicking Cig Butt!!

Gloria

Freedom, Peace & Joy since 30 July 2018....How Sweet it is!!sunflowersunflowersunflower

Molly010

From: Molly010

7/31/21

Hi Gloria,

So so sorry to hear about your dad passing.  I know taking care of him was a big part of your life.  Because of covid, things have changed so much.  I believe you said you were working a while back at a school.  Were you able to continue with that during Covid?

Broken bones take forever to heal!  I sprained my ankle about 15 years ago and it took a good two years for it to feel somewhat normal and another significant amount of time for it not to give out on me.  

The last couple of months have been much better.  I still miss my sweet doggie, but adopted a new one.  My other dog Captain seemed very depressed after she passed.  I adopted a new dog from a local shelter here.  I named her Evie.  She was underweight and had lots of skin issues that are clearing up.  Had to get her some shots at the vet for allergies.  She is young so she has lots of energy but she gets along well with Captain and is adorable.  I will have to post a picture later.  She has really big ears like a gremlin.  LOL  

My sister is coming out to visit in August with my niece so I am looking forward to that.  Still working and I worked throughout the pandemic.  Want to plan a trip with my boyfriend to go somewhere but still trying to figure out a place.  I have never taken a nice tropical vacation.  Thinking about Hawaii or cancun or some place like that.  

Anyway, congratulations on three years!!!   So nice not to think about smoking as I remember how difficult those first few months were.  Glad we are all keeping in touch too.  Hope you are having a great summer!  

Molly010

From: Molly010

7/31/21

Hi Denim,

Thank you for the condolences.  Sorry to hear about your friend passing.  Seems there has been a lot of loss over this past year.  People I know who have passed from Covid as well as people who are passing away for other reasons.  

It is wonderful that we are all celebrating 3 years this year!  I remember reading posts from your group when I first quit and thought how it seemed you were so much further along and wondered how you all made it so far.   After about 5 months, I was the only one left in the August group so the Smoke Free Warriors sort of adopted me.  :)  So grateful for all of you on this forum.  It really was a great form of support.  

What types of projects are you working on?   I will be hiking this morning with a new dog I adopted from a nearby shelter a couple of months ago.  My other dog Captain is doing better, thank God!  So is my boyfriend.  

Hope you are having a great summer!

Molly010

From: Molly010

7/31/21

Hello Lori and JR!

So happy to read your messages and congratulations on 3 years!!!  

Sorry to hear about your Covid illness Lori.  My coworkers husband passed away from it early on in the pandemic last year.  He was a smoker and was on a ventilator for almost 3 months before he passed away.  Very sad because his family could not really visit with him.  They were allowed to see him right before he passed away, but mostly, they could only see him through video messages.  Another friend of mine ended up in the hospital for about 5 days after getting Covid.  She was just on oxygen though.  She quit smoking 5 years ago and truly believes she could have died if she had not quit.  

After reading your message about the friend who lights up while you are riding your bikes, I often feel the same way.  There are times I want to tell people I know my quit story, but I also don't want to sound preachy.  It is more wanting to share how wonderful it is to be free from it!  

Hey JR, Sorry for the loss of your aunt.  How are you feeling now that it has been a couple of days?  Imagine how much worse you would be feeling if you were still smoking.  Whenever I start to feel a bit sick, I always know it would be worse if I were still smoking.

I am loving your sun ovens!  I didn't even know they existed. 

Hope you two are having a great summer!  So glad to hear from you.  :)

Molly010

From: Molly010

7/31/21

Hello Gloria!

I am here and ready to party!  Woo hoo!  Three years!  Seems like a life time ago that I was stressing about cigs and do I have enough for the night and where can I find a place to smoke so I don't bother anyone.  Saving money, saving our lives, (literally), and just feeling free.  

I am going to hike with my dog Evie this morning, then I am meeting with some friends from law school for lunch.  My official day is not until tomorrow, but at this point, it doesn't matter.  Could not have made it through without your support and the help of this forum.  So glad we are continuing on with this journey.  Hope you have some plans to celebrate today.  Will talk to you soon! 

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