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December 2019 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 1/28/19 by Terry (abquitsmking); 41856 views.
cherbearquit

From: cherbearquit

May-6

Congrats on 4 months Debra! This internet is driving me crazy lately. I keep getting spotty service. Each month gets a little easier for me. I haven’t really had any real cravings this past month. More like a feeling like I am missing something here and there. But, nothing I couldn’t handle. I make it a habit to remember HALT whenever I feel like I am missing something (am I hungry, angry, lonely/bored or tired). It is usually one of those issues, which I then take care of. I still keep my sugar free mints handy, drink lots of water and try to go on daily walks if the weather cooperates. Hang in there and stay strong! You are doing great!

Matt1961

From: Matt1961

May-6

CONGRATULATIONS Cherbear.  5 months - can you believe it?  I am still right on your heels.  We really are doing this.  I have to pinch myself sometimes.  Deciding to quit was the best decision I have made in a long, long time.

According to my app, your risk of heart attack at 15 years quit is the same as someone who has never smoked.  You only have 14 years and 7 months to go!!  I will be with you when we cross that line too, staying right behind you.

cherbearquit

From: cherbearquit

May-6

Thanks Matt! So good to hear from you! Yes, we are doing this! I totally agree with you and am grateful every day that I quit. I am so glad to be done with that nasty habit and feel so much better! Stay strong and healthy!

DebraAnne60

From: DebraAnne60

May-6

Way to go Matt - Keep on keepin on.

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Loreficent

From: Loreficent

May-7

Hey there Portland Matt!

Been wondering about you. I did know you’re still quit. Just knew it.

How is everything else? 

Matt1961

From: Matt1961

May-7

Hi Lore and DebraAnne,  I am still here.  I just lurk when I don't feel like I have anything useful to add to the discussion.

Yesterday I had my first in-person meeting since the pandemic began.  My former habit as a smoker was at the conclusion of a meeting when everyone left, I would step outside and have a smoke while I considered the meeting and planned next steps.  Here I am, almost 5 months quit, and at the conclusion of the meeting yesterday, my first impulse was to grab a smoke and head outside.  I had to remind myself that  oh yeah - I don't do that any more and I have no smokes to grab.  I guess it will take a lot of time to break all the former associations I had with smoking.

Judging by your posts, I trust your quits are both going well?  Lets all make that continue for the rest of our lives, which will no doubt be longer now that we are smoke free!

DebraAnne60

From: DebraAnne60

May-7

Quit is going strong.   I too have that odd feeling sometimes and I realize I used to smoke at this point or that.  Now its just an odd feeling of something is missing.  Lasts for two seconds - which is how long it takes for me to smile while I realize - I DON'T SMOKE ANYMORE, and off I go doing something else.  

Ah feels good, have to say, it really feels good.

CHeers!

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

May-7

Yes, so far so good! Glad you got through that after thought. I’m really curious how long that will go on. Only way to find out is stay quit and see, right?

Been enjoying the PDX weather for sure. Finally able to have morning coffee on my deck without driving myself nuts.

Glad you’re doing well! 

cherbearquit

From: cherbearquit

May-13

Congrats on 5 months Matt! I’m so sorry I am late, but I haven’t been online as much lately. I hope you did something extra special for yourself to celebrate! I saw your post about the “thought” you had after your meeting. Yep, I still get those thoughts occasionally as well, but they are not intense and I just do something to divert my attention. We are stronger than these “thoughts” that pop up from time to time. I am so happy that my “quit buddy” is still with me! Stay strong and stay healthy!

Quit 12/6/19

Matt1961

From: Matt1961

May-13

Thank you, Cherbear.  I am not online as much anymore either, but I am still in this fight, and will be for the rest of my life.  I am looking forward to congratulating you on your 10 year, 20 year, etc. quit anniversary!!

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