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Hey there Portland Matt!
Been wondering about you. I did know you’re still quit. Just knew it.
How is everything else?
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!!
Congratulations on your 5th star! I hope you are feeling proud of your accomplishment thus far. I hope this next month, thoughts of smoking will dissipate with each passing day and they won’t take much of your attention to divert. Take care and protect your health and your quit!
Thank you, Susan. 5 months went by pretty quickly, didn't it? The quit actually does seem to be getting easier, but I never want to let my guard down. The stakes are too high.
Every once in awhile now, some event occurs where my first impulse is to have a smoke, but it quickly goes away when I remind myself that smoking is no longer an option. I then take a deep breath, and go on about my day. So much time and money wasted, and for what, so I could destroy my health? One has to question one's sanity.
Thanks for being here for me. I feel like I owe you and others on here big time.
I hope you are doing well and you are happy, healthy and hanging in there.
The weather here has been gorgeous, usually around 75 in the day and around 60 at night. It has been wonderful to sit out in the evenings, with a slight breeze blowing, to just enjoy the smells, like grass, bbq, flowers, etc. and to enjoy the sound of classic songs playing in the background. It would be better if a group of us were chatting, but that is a luxury for a later time.
I’m so happy to be on this journey with you and wishing you a restful month. I hope that the thoughts of smoking have diminished and that you are enjoying a reprieve from the withdrawal. Take care and if you have time, let us know you are well.