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David_Z's Quit Journal   Quit Stories and Journals

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From: Terry (abquitsmking)

8/26/15

January 23, 2013 3:02 am
Day 27
 
I am feeling confident enough in my quit to tell people at work (other than the smokers) who know that I smoke that I have quit smoking.  
 
Generally, I have found people to not be that supportive.    But that's ok, I am not telling them because I want their support.   I am just sharing what is on my mind and what's real for me in the moment.
 
I got so sleepy this afternoon I had to go to my car and take a 20 min nap.   I am not sure what came over me.   I think I did not sleep well last night and I better wrap this up soon so I can get to bed.   
 
Also, the last couple of days, I have felt a funny feeling in my throat and soft palate, a little bit of a sore feeling that goes away after an hour or two.   I used to get that feeling when I would smoke too much.    Like the soft tissue was burned a little.    Not sure what is causing that.
  
Sometimes when I was smoking I would get a pain in my neck just to the side of my larynx.   It felt like a sore muscle and would often lead to a headache.  I would make the headache stop by pressing against the sore spot on my neck with my finger.   I don't know if that was from coughing or from the hot smoke, but it always stressed me out a bit.   I have not had that feeling since I quit smoking.
 
I wish I would have started a journal before I quit smoking so that I could catalog all the weird and scary aches and pains that I would get.
 
David  
 
 
 
Smoked last cigarette: Dec-26-2012, 1:00AM PST  
 
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From: Terry (abquitsmking)

8/26/15

January 29, 2013 8:24 am
David - well, a brilliant job on your reasons for quitting.  Yes, us smokers are self-absorbed jerks, aren't we?  It's the addict in us...
 
Hope you're doing well!  I haven't caught up on your journal in a few days....
 
Frank

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From: Terry (abquitsmking)

8/26/15

February 6, 2013 11:07 am
Hi David,
 
Yay on day 42.  I remember from my earlier time here that once you leave the weekly milestones and move into the monthly milestones that time does seem to drag a bit.  But time dragging has nothing on the progress, slow and steady that you are racking up. 
 
I have found that exercise is also helping me quite a bit.  I seem to have excess energy that needs to go somewhere, and that helps.  It is also helping me to relax.  As a perpetual antsy person, who is a champion at fidgetting, I just had to do something!!  As I was already doing jazzercise, I have started to add walking the pups and going to the gym to my schedule.  It really helps. 
 
You sound like you are feeling so good!  It is nice to hear. 
Michelle
 
Switched my seat assignment to the non smoking section on January 07, 2013
 
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I want LIFE to take my breath away, not smoking!!
 
And remember, if you can't breathe, then nothing else matters
 
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From: Terry (abquitsmking)

8/26/15

February 13, 2013 3:15 am
Hi Irene,
 
Thanks for your post.   You know, about the work thing, since I had to hide my smoking at home, I liked being at work because I could smoke as much as I wanted or could handle.   And then I would drink coffee all day.   I really think the caffeine and the nicotine were my primary source of job satisfaction.   I think more satisfaction is possible from the job, but drug induced happiness replaced much of my authentic sense of satisfaction.
 
Stay strong!
 
David
 
 
 
December Enders '12
My first post:  105375.251
My reasons for quitting:  105851.1
Smoked last cigarette: Dec-26-2012, 1:00AM PST
 
 
  
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From: Terry (abquitsmking)

8/26/15

February 18, 2013 3:13 am
Day 53 since I last had a cigarette.
 
Day 2 of my cold :(
 
I started coming down with a cold on Friday evening.   The cold has not changed much since Saturday morning.    Its still all in my sinuses.   I hope I will be on the tail end of this cold tomorrow. Luckily, tomorrow (Monday) is a holiday at my work, so I don't have to go into office.   
 
When I was smoking, the cold would move from my sinuses down to my chest and stay there forever.   I hope that because I haven't been smoking the cold will be less severe if it does move to my chest.
 
It was a nice day here in San Jose, CA.   Sunny, 65 degrees.   I helped my daughter and some other girl scouts (they're brownies actually) setup a stand to sell cookies out in front of a retail store today.   I have not had a single craving or thought of smoking a cigarette all day.    Thats nice because, before I quit smoking, selling girl scout cookies for 2 hours plus a half hour drive to get to the location and half hour back, would mean 3 hours without a cigarette and that would have been my primary consideration about the day.
 
Well, I should get to bed and get some rest to help me get over this cold.
 
Thanks for reading.
 
David 
 
December Enders '12
My first post:  105375.251
My reasons for quitting:  105851.1
Things that helped me quit:  106557.7
Smoked last cigarette: Dec-26-2012, 1:00AM PST
 
 
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From: Terry (abquitsmking)

8/26/15

February 25, 2013 7:27 pm
Oh My Irene....I have plenty of GS Cookies if you care to pop on out to Vegas.  LOL 
 
I cannot go anywhere around here and not bump into a Girl Scout, or her mother.  I think I am actually having more trouble with mothers.  ;-)
 
Have fun with the kitties!!
 
Michelle
 
Switched my seat assignment to the non smoking section on January 07, 2013
 
            
  
YOU CAN’T GET YOUR LIFE BACK IF YOU GIVE IT AWAY.
 
If you can't breathe, nothing else matters
 
 
 
 
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From: Terry (abquitsmking)

8/26/15

March 5, 2013 8:11 pm
Hi Michelle,
 
Thanks for the compliment on my picture.   I don't have very many pictures of me and I grabbed that one from our employee directory at work and then found some website that converts the photo to something that looks like an illustration.  I think I look better as an illustration than as a real person. ;)
 
Been away from the forum for a few days... I'll have to stop by your journal and see what's been happening with you.
 
David
 
December Enders '12
My first post:  105375.251
My reasons for quitting:  105851.1
Things that helped me quit:  106557.7
Smoked last cigarette: Dec-26-2012, 1:00AM PST
 
 
  
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From: Terry (abquitsmking)

8/26/15

March 30, 2013 3:58 am
Hi Douglas,
 
Those 8 stars are looking great!   Thanks for the support and encouragement. 
 
I think the hardest thing right now is maintaining my concentration.   I feel like its harder for me to focus as a non-smoker.
 
How is your workout routine and running going?
 
David 
 
December Enders '12
My first post:  105375.251
My reasons for quitting:  105851.1
Things that helped me quit:  106557.7
Smoked last cigarette: Dec-26-2012, 1:00AM PST
 
 
   
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From: Terry (abquitsmking)

8/26/15

April 8, 2013 2:15 pm
Yes, I think you are right. Sometimes I worry, though, because I'm not a great big fan of change for the most part. I just hope I like the "growth" and "development" that befall me.
 
But it sounds like your discoveries have tremendous capabilities to help you to a much better life -- better than you may have even thought possible. I hope so!
 
Pat
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That from the devil doth proceed;
It drains your purse, it burns your clothes,
And makes a chimney of your nose."
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(From Oliver Wendell Holmes [1809-1894], who was vaccinated by Dr. Waterhouse)
Quit date: February 19, 2013 9:00 p.m.; NRT (gum) until 2/26/13 9:00 a.m.
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8/26/15

April 18, 2013 3:19 pm
Hi Linda,
 
Thanks.  I felt much better after venting last night.   I sent an email to the principal last night and she is looking into the issue today.   And a few other parents sent me an email with support and said they are going to email the principal about the bully as well, so hopefully we will be able get the attention of the principal to take some action.
 
And I didn't smoke. 
 
David 
 
December Enders '12
My first post:  105375.251
My reasons for quitting:  105851.1
Things that helped me quit:  106557.7
My Cooking Blog... creating a healthier lifestyle
Smoked last cigarette: Dec-26-2012, 1:00AM PST
 
 
  
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