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Good morning to everyone: Your senior forum discussion group is just what I was hoping for: a community of former smokers who have fought the good fight and are prevailing. I cannot thank all of you enough. July 17th is my Quit Date.
Reading the literature on this Website has been hugely helpful for me . It increased my motivation to take the step to determine a Quit Date and then to actually refrain my putting a cigarette in my mouth. Knowing that you senior members have been through the trials and tribulations of quitting smoking and still remaining smoke free is very heartening to me.
I have quit many times over the past fifty years that I have been a smoker. I wish I would have quite permanently but , nonetheless, I am grateful that periodically I have given my lungs a respite. Sometimes I have quite for several years at a time, but mostly three to six months at a time. It’s all good.
Now I am at the age where I definitely feel the deleterious effects of smoking so I need your support to help me make this Quit my FINAL QUIT. That being said, I continue to marvel at many of you who have posted that even after you have relapsed, this community helps you get back into the saddle, so to speak.
My main takeaway right now is the ONE DAY AT A TIME. That is my motto and mantra for the time being. Just one hour, one day at a time.
Thanks to all of you. And , Andrew and Denim, thank you for your encouraging and welcoming messages to me. It makes all the difference in the world. Anthony
My mantra today is "I just don't smoke anymore".
Simple but it works for me.
Good day (one at a time),
I like that mantra: I just don’t smoke anymore. I will use that over the next few days. My brain needs to hear that!!
Welcome Tony. The literature on the site is good, but if you can't find something, just ask.
Paul: Thank you. I will indeed contact you if needs be.
Oh by the way, this section is not just for seniors. I may be 68 but truly I am only 16 in my heart. I never thought I would ever become 68 (or a senior). Having started this habit when I was only 16, I feel that I am only beginning to grow in my decision to quit.... Then, I was a reckless kid never thinking that I would ever become an adult or have to make adult decisions.
How did I continue to be misled into thinking smoking was an OK thing to do? All these years I never considered it to go on this long. I thought I would wake up sooner than later. Fast forward to 2022 and I have remained a slave to this terrible addiction for some 50 years... It's really crazy if you think about it.
I don't mean to be so philosophical but I now value myself more than this stupid habit. How long it took! I'm tired of making bad decisions with this miracle called life.
The way I see it is that life is about change, think of all the things you have done in the past, some truly amazing, others not so. We only have so much time on this earth and I personally want to take advantage of everything I can before I leave.
Food for thought Anthony.
Hope you are well tonight.
Good morning all. Very hot here like just about everywhere. At least not like the south, only 93 here.
A little cooler today. Nights must be warm in the concrete city.
Kitty and I stopped smoking in 2007. We are still very thankful to get out from under feeding the addition.
Our Cocoa dog was born December 2006 and I jogged with her every morning before work or enjoying the
weened days. She's gone now and Brandy after her is gone also. I love them and miss them still. Now we
are gifted with having Chloe and Belle. I walk them at 4:15 AM between one and two miles for their first
year while their bodies develop. They have to learn to avoid traffic. Some day we will go 5 to 10 miles.
For now I put in 3 hours a day on the elliptical with morning and night sessions. I'm not just exercising
in my post smoking war, I'm a diabetic in remission so if I stop exercising I have to take all the meds and
eventually on to insulin, then worse. Diabetes is always progressive so the more I can do now, the longer
before more critical steps. I was jogging for 10 years, starting around 2000, before I was diagnosed with
Diabetes so I just kept going and sometimes further than I was.
I believe Paul just stopped the poison smoke this year, hope I'm right on that.
I did venture out in the heat to get test strips yesterday and wife did a little shopping. Worked on an old
Kenwood audio amp in the basement for a while after that. Most stages in the amplifier are working now
but still not totally working, did a mod on it replacing much of the amp.
Everyone have a great day
Cocoa, front, and Brandy, 2016.
Yes, Ernie. I stopped this year. Had quit for several years some time ago, but that got busted.
I was on the phone with an Oklahoma client yesterday and it was 111 degrees. Can't imagine that.
Have a great day all.
Words of wisdom, for sure, Andrew. I, too, never thought I’d be a smoker in my early seventies. Yet, time flys, and before I knew it, I ‘ve been smoking off and on for 50 years. E gads!!! Fortunately for me, I’ve always been involved in athletics all of my life and even as a smoker I continued to play squash, tennis, bike, kayak, swim and jog, to name a few. I have read that athletics will mitigate the damage from smoking. In my case that appears to be true. And yet I still have dark shadows in my mind, worrying that someday in the future I may get lung cancer as my “reward” for smoking cigarettes. I pray this never happens.
Today, after my early bird swim, I was driving home and on the car phone to my insurance company. I got so angry with the automatic voice on the other end, that I started to yell into the phone. After I hung up, I felt a craving for a cigarette. Then I made the association of anger and smoking. As though a cigarette would “calm me down”. So I said to myself, “Anthony, one day at a time. And remember Andrew’s mantra, “I am not a smoker any more”. By the time I pulled into my driveway the craving was gone. Thank god I did not stop at my local convenience store to purchase a pack of smokes.
I really need to be good to myself the next several weeks while I go through withdrawals. And avoid situations that provoke my anger. Or any other negative emotions for that matter. So today I will show myself some respect and give myself a low stress day. One day at a time.
I liked your philosophical post and I thank you for your sharing.
Have a smoke free day, Andres.