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I'm so glad you made it through. I have high hopes for you because you seem very committed and proactive about smoking triggers. Your reactions are also great because you seem to know what to do to get through it. I am definitely going to seek out this oatley stuff. I didn't figure the yogurt was doing much. I work for a hospital in a smaller community so I work with doctors during the day. We only have a couple gastros and I admit I'm a little shy about seeing them because I know them. I have to take my dog out of town to the dermatologist on the 5th of October, so maybe I'll see if I can get in at the neighboring city on that date. Don't worry, my husband will be there do Osiris won't be left in a car. Ive always had a temperamental digestive system, but it really went haywire after I got my gallbladder out in November. It really changed the way I eat. It's kind of been a blessing, but it sure sucks for eating out and travelling. I have about 30 minutes after I eat something disagreeable before my cup runneth over, if you catch my drift. I made the mistake of chicken strips once and only once. I have had to give up cruciferous vegetables, most dairy, anything breaded or fried, red meat, rice except wild, some breads, almost all baked goods, sweetened drinks, just to name a few. I do sneak a nip of something "bad" from time to time but I make sure I'm at home near a bathroom. Restaurants are terrible for me, so we don't eat out often, even before covid-19. I thought it was just me but one of the ladies at work has a similar problem. My surgeon says for some people it wears off with time and some people have to drastically change their diets permanently. I take chloestyramine often to settle things down. Gosh, isn't talking about poop fun? Hahaha
Ha! Yea I think you should see someone, you. never know perhaps there are other things you can do to improve it. On the plus side, it looks like your diet became much healthier..
I probably should. Man, I miss grilled cheese sandwiches. I dream about them...
So I'm very worried. I've been using the 2 mg lozenges and my gums have been sore in the area where I park it. I was reading the instructions and by this time I'm supposed to be having one every 8 hours or so. I'm having three to four a day. Not so good. I had only one yesterday morning and did ok. I thought I'd go without it today but was so uncomfortable that I popped one like a weakling. I'm going to do my best to not have any more today, just use my Lifesavers.
So...I view that as popped one like a strong quitter. You made a choice that was better than smoking and that is not weak. Just depends on how to look at things I guess.
I will say that I probably have lozenges left as they seemed to bother my mouth too. I found the gum to be not so irritating where it was parked. So every 8 hours would be 3 a day still so I don’t think you are too overboard. Trying to be supportive and encouraging here...You got this Tiny.
Is X on her trip? Can’t remember when she was going.
Have a good strong afternoon Tiny. Soon you will be off work and you can cuddle your pups and let it all go.
Oh, I bet x is on her trip! Totally forgot about that. I hated the gum. The lozenges aren't great, but they are ok. Working a lifesaver now and praying for the best. I haven't had pop in forever and I got a hankerin for one so I got a mtn dew in the cafeteria. Needless to say it's now down the drain. That stuff is potent! And I'm so bloated and full. Sheesh. I appreciate yyour support because I felt like I was doing well and now I feel sad that I'm still on the lozenges. I want off them, I really do. I just get scared. I don't want to loose and progress here and go back to square one. I know everyone here says take as long as you need but in this case I'm ready, well, sort of. I just need to save some of them for emergencies and jump in to the water and see that it's going to be ok. I need a mantra for this scared feeling. Got a mantra for me?
So I wonder if that scared feeling is still remnants of the addict? It is definitely much weaker right now than when you started but not gone. So when fear plays in my mind I do find deep breaths help. I also picture a strong core in there, something like a big old Oak tree out in the middle of the field, and I set my sights on it, take a big slow deep breath, and walk head on...put a bead on it Tiny. You know what that means right? Yeah...lower that gaze...focus...set your sights...put a bead on that fear right dead nuts center. It’s you or it. You are going in and not a damn thing is gonna stop you. You reach down and rub that Lily on your leg and know, just know, what you are made of. That fear is only one small part of you and you will not let it be in charge. You got an Oak in there. Climb it.
I am crying right now. For reals.
Ohhh...well, tears are better out than in. And when you’re done you’ll soar! Mmmhmmm. Sure enough.
And yes...it’s gonna be OK. I promise. Climb, jump in, soar...do it all. Life is short friend. Life is too short.
I do agree with that. Life is short. Too short. I admit it was a rough day having only 1 lozenge. I was pretty testy around dinner time. I made it but my husband is irritated by me, I can tell. He's being nice, of course. I felt like the lozenges weren't doing that much for me but now I'm realizing that they did. Even if it was in my head, they were doing something for me. Weird. Anyhoo, I went on a walk tonight with the dogs and saw how much the shadows are changing. The days are slowly getting shorter and soon everything will be pumpkin spice flavored. I think the winter will be easier to stay smober through. It gets cold here and dark too. Better to stay in and drink cocoa. The holidays will be rough though. My husband and I are both "orphans" and don't really have any family. It's ok, no pity required. His family ditched him and I ditched mine. Lots of therapy involved but we are ok. Sometimes it's better in life for you to not be around people who can't respect your boundaries or can't treat you like an adult. Thanksgiving is usually good, we get a barksgiving dinner for the dogs from the dog bakery. They make the best stuff. Christmas, though. Man, Christmas, my nemesis. Every time I have relapsed it has been within a few days of or on Christmas. It's a stressful time for me. Last year I gave it all up and stopped making Christmas cookies for everyone and their dogs I know and sending Christmas cards, among other things and it was wonderful. Very liberating. I'm going to have to do some holiday battle planning asap so that I go into this prepared and at the ready. At least covid has put the damper on holiday parties, potlucks and the like. I don't like those things, and there are smokers there, or it makes me want to smoke because it's stressful for me. Any tips for getting through the holidays? I know you haven't hit a year yet, but I imagine you have some insight.