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Welcome New Ex-Smokers
Congratulations on taking that all important first step with cessation - stubbing out the last cigarette and getting started.
Chances are you don't feel 'ready' to quit, and are experiencing a mixture of difficult emotions about it.
Try to relax. You've found the best place for help.
Getting Started with Cessation
Park yourself in front of your computer and read everything you can on this forum board. We encourage you to take the initiative to introduce yourself and post often. Sharing your journey with your new quit buddies and offering support to each other really helps.
This thread will serve as the meeting place for those of you who are quitting now, and when the month ends, we will move your 'home base' thread over to the Quit Buddies Unite folder, where you can continue to support each other.
You can also return to the Introductions folder where you'll find the new Monthly Ex-Smoker thread for those coming along behind you. Share the tips and encouragement that helped you during month one. Not only will this help others, it will strengthen your resolve as well.
Start your reading here: Homework for New Ex-Smokers
Additionally, the folder headings in gray on the left of the page under DISCUSSIONS house different topics. Click on the gray heading to view the conversations held within. When you finish with a folder, click on the drop down menu under DISCUSSIONS and select ALL to see all of the folders again.
A good place to start with numerous threads from new ex-smokers.
This is where you will find the daily NOPE thread. NOPE stands for Not One Puff Ever, and members pledge NOPE on a daily basis. Give it a try - you will probably find it helpful and empowering.
This is a good place to post for help when you need it ASAP.
Dots(Weeks) and Stars (Months) Milestones and One Year and Beyond Milestones
Read the accounts of people who are winning with cessation in these folders.
Quit Buddies Unite
This folder is the home base for the groups who quit together. This thread will move to that folder at the end of the first month.
Quit Smoking Library
Here you'll find member stories and links to important articles that will inform you about what to expect from smoking cessation.
The next 4 posts will give you additional info on how to navigate/post here. Please read them and let us know if you have any questions.An Educated Quit is a Success
Forum Navigation Basics
1. Take a look to the left at the DISCUSSIONS section to the left of this page
Unread to me (messages to you waiting to be read).
2. Click on the drop down menu on your profile picture/avatar at the top right of the page. Review the content of each one.
3. Please familiarize your self with the Help button contents
This is where you can browse Delphi FAQs for general information, or post a question in one of the Support Forums, where Delphi staff, volunteers, and knowledgeable members are happy to lend a hand. You will also find "How To" guides that are fully illustrated tutorials that show you exactly how things work on Delphi forums
4. When you click on a folder heading like "Quit Buddies Unite' to read or post, the gray drop down menu under the DISCUSSIONS section changes to "Single folder". Once you've finish what you're doing in that folder to see all the folder headings again, click on the gray drop down menu under DISCUSSIONS and click on ALL which will bring up all the folder titles.
5. Education about our addiction and the cessation process is a major component of a successful permanent quit. Take a look at the articles in the link below they were written especially for new ex-smokers.
Homework For New Ex-Smokers
As you move through the forum, you'll notice that a lot of people carry a variety of images in their personal signatures.
There are 3 levels of membership at Delphi forums - DelphiBasic (free), DelphiExtra ($19.95 per year) and DelphiPlus ($4.95 per month). Only the two paid tiers (DelphiExtra and DelphiPlus) allow you to carry a signature field that you can customize with graphics. The two paid subscriptions also allow you to browse forums ad-free.
You can take a look at a comparison chart of the plans here:
Graphics and photos can be added to the body of your messages in the DelphiBasic plan. Follow the instructions below.
Please feel free ask any question and to join in any discussion on the forum that interests you.
How to Post a Message:
There are two ways to post messages: Replying to a message in an existing discussion or starting a new discussion.
Replying to a Message
You can reply to a message someone else has posted by clicking the reply button on the post you are reading. It contains a white left facing arrow and the word Reply located at the bottom right of the post. You can also reply using all or selected text from the post. To do this:
Addressing Your Reply:
Your message will automatically be addressed to the person who wrote the post you're replying to. If you want your message to go to someone else instead, or to ALL members in the thread, click in the field next to the "TO" at the top left of your edit screen. You can choose ALL or a member from the drop down list by typing in the member's ID. Their name should pop up on the list.
Starting a New Discussion:
You can start a new thread by:
How to Send a SOS Request for HELP!
If you at anytime need cessation support you can start a new discussion in either the "Introductions/Newcomers Nook" or "Quit Support" folders. See instructions above for Starting a Discussion.
Note: You can find the new topic area from any place on the forum by scrolling all the way to the top of the page.
How to Bookmark a Thread
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Hey everyone... First off, I want to give a Way to Go for sticking with your quit resolutions! I haven't posted in a while, but I have checked in and read your posts. Great work by Jenny, Lisa, Erika, 2BContent and anyone else I might have missed. Sadly, I have not moved on from 6 lozenges a day to a gradual quit. I have lost some of the passion I had to do so! But I am hoping someone here, if time and energy permits remind me of why I should still strive to make quitting a priority. The encouragement and help is appreciated!!
Jerthie!! Hey there! I’ve been missing seeing you around the February thread/string/section, whatever it’s called. Good to move things over here from there to March.
It’s good you haven’t increased from 6 a day, right? I hope you find some motivation and encouragement to get rid of those final weights that are holding you down.
I’m just starting my day (no judgment, right?), so I’ll check in better later. It’s so great to see you here!
Awee thank you Jenny. It's good to be back. No I have not increased my 6 a day, save for the odd day I might have lol. Everyone here is so supportive. I appreciate the unconditional support and encouragement. Thanks so much for welcoming me back with open arms! You are doing amazing, lady. Good for you and way to go!!!! I am at work, as per usual lol, but will check in later. Just wanted to give you an immediate response.
Hey Jenny... I think you are doing really well, and you encourage me TO find the motivation and the guts and courage to remove, as you said, the final weights. I was pretty good today. I had 4 lozenges and the ones I missed, I substituted with gum. I think I can do this, but it is more a matter for me, of WANTING to do this. Idk what is holding me back. Thanks again for responding, lady!
I hope you can find what’s holding you back and smash the facade. It would certainly go a long way to helping you want to let go. I know you have some ideas of what’s holding you back so maybe it’s the smashing that’s harder?
My brain seems to be on the fritz and I’m rewriting everything. I better write more another time, lol.