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August 2020 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

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TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Sep-4

Aaahh the wolpertinger, an invasive creature here in Montana. Used to be the jackalope, but the wolpertingers chased them out. In small villages (ok, towns) near forrested areas there are dark woods. Woods that you warn your children to stay away from. But kids are idiots so the go to the edge and peer in anyway. One day a wolpertinger was spotted near the town by children, but the adults didn't believe them. The next thing you know their sauerkraut is missing. Then all their german chocolate cake. Their cabbage and carrots turned white and there were two little holes from the fangs they use to suck the vegetables dry. Yes, these bavarian vermin were on the prowl. Now Montana folk do know how to catch a critter, and so they decided they must lay out a trap. They found their fattest, slowest bunny and they tied a chicken to the top of him. They laid cheese and crackers all around him and a knife because wolpertingers are tidy and like their cheese in good squares for their crackers. For three nights nothing happened. But on the fourth day, there was a wolpertinger in the trap. He was slow and old, but there he was. A wolpertinger. Little did they know that there were more and they had laid their eggs in the grasses and moss of the forrest. Eventually the village folk gave up and started wolpertinger gardens so they could nibble on peace and the children left out cheese and crackers, and napkins, of course. And every Sunday the women of the village would pull out their finest sauerkraut and put a big bowl and forks out for the wolpertingers. Because who really eats with their paws? On special occasions there was even cake! Do be on the lookout for wolpertingers when you travel in Montana. They are brown bunnies with the wings of ptarmigans and tiny antlers. Hide your german items and guard your children as they could be poked by an antler of a surprised critter. You won't see wolpertingers in stores like jackalope. Nay, wolpertingers are our friends and we'd never lay one to rest. Most of what you see online is taxidermied trainwreck. 

JimmyP1973

From: JimmyP1973

Sep-4

Hi Anthony this is overdoz i deleted my account and i guess i cant reactivate the old account since i deleted it. Yeah i have been going a week and then getting so wound up that i smoke and drink as well. Have you thought maybe just praying on it, i couldn't believe i went back to smoking like its gonna be different, i was working a program to stop drinking back in the spring, and as long as i would do meetings it worked really well even for smoking believe it or not. Just as long as i did the meetings daily, they are AA zoom meetings, you probably have some in Australia. At lease we have a lot of quit time under our belt, and have saved a bunch of money right, all is not lost..

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Sep-4

Good to see that we are looking after our  wildlife, good story, They are somewhat civilised in their tastes, we must keep a lookout when next we are in Montana, thanks Tiny.

I am afraid we don't have to many stories like that here, though there are rumors of a black panther in Kangaroo Valley, and we do have the Platypus very shy mammal, swims, has webbed feet, has a beak like a duck and lays eggs to hatch its young, all sorts of weird and wonderful animals here in Australia.

I'm still having trouble with this quit, I have to treat it as a priority No 1

I am on the14 mg patch and using lozenges, perhaps not enough and of course drinking water, I'll have to move more had a rest from my walking the last two days, back into it this morning though.

How are you going?

Kind regards

Anthony

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Sep-4

Keep plugging away Overdoz or should I call you jimmy, I am having trouble sticking with it to the quit that is, I've had three this morning already...I am not going to smoke anymore today... I have my lozenges and patch so that will suffice. I belong to Grow a self help programme based on 12 Steps, it is very good though we only meet once a week, Praying should help if your sincere about your faith, it helps me when I use it...I keep getting tempted to buy alcohol I used to drink quite heavily, but now rarely have a drop.

Concentrating on my quit today, we can do it

Kind regards

Anthony

TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Sep-4

Well, too bad I make up stories about mysterious creatures of the north. You gotta live a little, you know? I'm sorry you're having a hard time, I wish I could help. If.i had a magic wand to sprinkle fairy dust on you, I would. Walking sounds like a good idea. It's really helped me. I've been trying to wean off lozenges and I'm really struggling. I tried to.go without them today and ended up having two and a half. I'm worried i am relying on them. So tomorrow I'm going to give it my all to not have any with my husband's support. I'm thinking there may be some crabbiness and hostility, but I want to get off  nicotine. Do you worry about that? I'm also concerned about eating. The lozenges keep me away from food so I haven't gained any weight. Without them I think I'm going to eat a ton. Do the lozenges help you not eat as much? I'm sending good thoughts your way. Kick this thing in the behind and then punch it in the face. You can do this. 

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Sep-5

I am going well today so far, keeping busy, drinking water keeps your tummy full, I don't know about the lozenges, No I'm not worried about it at the moment coming off nicotine replacement because I'm trying to make a quit stick, but I feel a new determination coming on and in the future I will definitely want to come off. 

I liked your story

Kind regards

Anthony

10 hours, 21 minutes and 13 seconds. 13 cigarettes not smoked, saving $16.68. Life saved: 1 hour, 5 minutes.

TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Sep-5

Well, storytelling isn't really my forte, bit it distracted you for 30 seconds do I'll take that as a victory. I tried not to have any lozenges today, but I've already had two. First thing in the morning and after meals are the worst. Once this one is gone, I'm going to try to make it the rest of the night without one. I was REALLY crabby this morning so I put one in and my husband thought it was a mint. I fessed up on our walk, though. I felt awful about being sneaky. Brings me back to those sneaking a cigarette days and that is no good. You taking photographs today? Out walking in the bush? Do you live in the city or out of town a bit? I've heard that there are tons of poisonous things there. Have you ever been hurt? Hope your day goes well. I'm rooting for you!

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Sep-5

I tried to not have any smokes today but I've already had three, tomorrow I will buy 21 mg patches, these 14's are not cutting the cake...The first one might have been because I had a coffee, synergistic effect. the second one because I was tired from looking for a fellow who wants to buy one of my photos, the third one because I'm tired after my 11,500 steps on my walk today. Anyway I'm on my third lozenge now... and writing to you my quit smoking confidante..thanks for your support...

We live in town, by the river but only 1Km from the town centre, the bush as we call it is to the West of us and is only 15 minutes walk away, yes we have our fair share of poisonous snakes and spiders and scorpions, but the closest I have come to a snake bite is when I was bush walking and a black snake and I were on a collision course, I was on a path and he was cutting across the path heading for water I'd say, anyway at the intersection of our meeting he raised himself up to strike, but thankfully I had caught sight of him in the grass, and it stopped me in my tracks and when he threatened I took a step backwards and he was gone as quick as that he disappeared in the long grass, my heart was racing, the thought came to me if I had been bitten, I was miles from anyone, it could have been fatal...

Thanks again

Take care

Kind regards

Anthony

This mornings sunrise

TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Sep-6

Well you're going to keep peddling down the road. Be of good cheer, you're working hard to achieve your goal! I believe in you. I say keep the poisonous stuff down there where you are. I get worried enough about rattlesnakes here. I'm glad you're close to where you can walk. Im no physician, but I feel like it's helped me. Just getting out in the air helps. They say it releases endorphins that make you feel nice. I don't know about that because I'm usually exhausted at the end but I guess it does. You're walking quite a distance! That's good exercise. I love your photo. I'd be too ashamed to show you mine, but I do love taking photographs, just not much of people. Need on flowers, wrought iron fences up close, that sort of thing. I do so enjoy seeing your work because it's like I can hear your exhale while you were taking it. It seems like I'm included in a private moment and I like that idea. Art is a fine way to engage and I would encourage you to keep at it, even if no one ever buys anything. It's a perk, but not why you do it. I do not get up early enough to see sunrise. Unless I'm camping. You are going a great job, Anthony. You're making art, you're exercising, you're quitting...never underestimate how amazing that is. It's important to remember all the things that make you amazing. Everyone has things that they do that are awe inspiring. You just have to look close with a steady eye to see how impressive people are. Don't quit quitting!

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Sep-8

Thanks tiny, yes people are amazing, I am constantly impressed about how a diversity of personality's take on the world and win.. look at Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King, Ghandi and all the rest, My humble contribution is just a pee in the ocean really, there are many fine photographers out there, but it's more than that It's focusing on what is beautiful in life capture it and treasure it and if it has meaning for you that's great.

I have started on the 21 mg patch this morning and so far all is well, 14 hours, 16 minutes and 13 seconds. 18 cigarettes not smoked, saving $22.99. Life saved: 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Just like to take a moment to commend you for your quit , I don't know how far in you are but well done

I saw my quit smoking counselor yesterday and she remonstrated with me about what I was doing to my body by smoking, so I have taken note and have been meditating on the harmful effects of smoking.

Went for my walk this morning, a swim and did some exercises, thats enough activity for the day, I just raked over the garden and sipped half a glass of nice Shiraz grown in the Claire Valley South Australia.

Already for tea now and an early  night.

Take care Tiny

Kind regards

Anthony

Yesterdays sunrise from Grey's Beach

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