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Hi Andrew, my apologies, I'm on vacation and haven't been checking my emails regularly.
12 weeks, what a feat!!! especially for one who believed he will be doomed forever. The Pouches are definitely better than smoking. Well done my friend. I believe that eventually you will give those up too. Your your trust in your own abilities, for what you have archived and able to maintain, will lead to confidence in your ability to going completely clean.
I am well, can't believe its has been 13 months. I am in Paris right now, where I always smoked and where cigarettes are everywhere yet I have no desire to smaoke and have no had any urges whatsoever. FREEDOM!!!
Andrew your post makes me so happy! For you, for me, for all of us breaking free of an incredibly powerful and damaging addiction. I also love how there is no judging one another -- We're all just here to support fellow travelers on this quit journey. At my young age of 63, I do believe I'm finally done with smoking. My first cigarette was with my friend Mary. We were 12. Good grief. Anyway, your positive energy is a blessing! Woot!
I have been hoping you would post up on Delphi sometime. We miss you. How are you doing my friend? Here is previous post I sent to you. Don't know if you got it so I am pasting it for your review.
Candrew here. I don't think I have seen you on Delphi for a while. Just wondering how you are doing.
Things are good here. Going on month 4 without a hitch. Been keeping busy and staying out of trouble. Crave once in a while but nothing overwhelming. It has been extremely hot here in Central Florida, I think 95 today. I walk 3-4 miles with my walker each morning, then off to water aerobics for 45 minutes, water walking (if I feel like it) for 1/2 hour. Physical activity is new to me, I used to be a dedicated couch potato. I called it the "sit and smoke syndrome". No longer, activity is important to my program of staying smoke-free.
Had a drink last week. Nothing serious, but of course it is playing with fire. I know what can happen if I become complacent. God knows, I don't want to go there. I get a little bored in the later evening after my wife goes to bed. Usually go to the pool (open until 11) and sit in the hot tube which relaxes me and minimizes any drink crave that I may have. Still not interested in having a Cigarette, really, I'm done with that routine.,.
How about you? Still sober I trust. How long? I had 5 years on 4/9/22 but as far as I am concerned, I am no longer a compulsive drinker. You know how AA'ers are about relapse. They want you to start it all over again. I disagree.
Sitting here listening to Contemporary Jazz, drinking Perrier water and generally chilling out. Feel good about myself and the progress that I have made about smoking. It's great being free of the addiction to nicotine.
Hope this post finds you well. I'm up on the site daily. Love to hear from you sometime.
I hope you respond, love to talk to you sometime.
Just checking in. I trust everything is good with you.
I have been craving a lot these days. I know in my heart that I will not surrender to my addiction. I am very strong today and feel that I am in a protected state which will not allow me to waiver my decision.
How about you? I'll never forget you saying that I must eliminate all forms of nicotine to really claim I am smoke free. My sister says the same thing. I guess I need to start listening to you'all. Still sucking on those damn patches, compulsively. They are a security blanket that I carry around at all times.
Hot and humid here in Central Florida. Can't wait for fall.
Dancin' with the Miricle of Life
Hi Andrew! I am doing well, on vacation. Your are doing so well! That you can stop yourself from smoking despite cravings is a big achievement. Perhaps you need more time to get off the patches. Maybe not stress too much now about it, if it distracts you from the process of smoking cessation. I’m almost 13 months nicotine free, and my last craving was in March of this year. It came out of nowhere after months of not having cravings at all, and it was quite strong. I now view it as the last jerk of my addicted brain. I no longer have any cravings. It’s not that the thought doesn’t sometime cross my mind but it’s sort of a surreal thought. I can’t imagine myself actually inhaling this smelly choking junk into my lungs. I see people smoke and I actually feel sorry for them, especially young people.The are caught in a trap and some of them don’t even know it, they don’t view it as addictive. Anyways keep at it!
Hope you're having a better day today. Sorry I didn't respond sooner but have a bunch of things (not all good) going on in my life right now. But I'm hoping things will get better soon.
Just like xvaper says, it can really hit you out of the blue and happen at any time. I really think I was about 14 months in when my last BIG crave hit. I still get them from time to time but nothing like that first 14 months. And again, just like at one month, you have to push through it.
I hope you can wean off those pouches soon. It's tough I know, but trading one addiction for another is not the way to go. You can do it though...we are all here for you!
Thanks for the reply. it's nice knowing that there are people out there keeping an eye on me.
Yea, the pouch consumption is a little compulsive. Between them and my caffeine intake I am sailing through the days, getting lots done in a hyperactive manner. That will be short lived because as X said I am not totally free until I get rid of the pouches. I hope to eliminate them soon.
Coffee is another story. I drink it all day every day until I go to bed. I take a med that puts me down within 20 minutes and I stay asleep for the entire night. Go to the hot tub to relax at about 10p, up until midnight or 1. Up at 6 raring to go.
My sister thinks that I am on another manic episode. Not true sis. I love having this energy and recognize the insane behavior that manic brings. I am quite sane. My neighbors think I am crazy when I do my morning walks dancing down the street.
Oh well. Otherwise doing well. I trust this post finds you well and happy.
Oh wow, I love it - dancing in the street - DAVID BOWIE MICK JAGGER style. Good for you Andrew. You have much to dance for so keep on.
David Boie and Mick Jagger are not really my style. I am almost 70 and more relaxed than they are. I listen to contemporary jazz. It energizes my soul. I dance to music that is just as powerful but at a slower pace.
Good hearing from you Anne. I have always enjoyed your inciteful posts.
Cheers Andrew, keep on dancin!!