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I don’t know if you’ll see this or not but I wanted to congratulate you on five months smoke free. Hope you had a good day. I also hope that you, Mike, and your family are staying safe and healthy. Please stop by sometime and let us hear from you. Sending a big hug and best wishes. Thinking of you.
Just shouting out to folks in the group. I hope all is well in the non-smoking world. I know it is tough for us all to stay in regular touch, but at least we have no resentments or regrets with each other when we go dark for awhile. I still hold this group in a special place and always look out for posts.
It has been an interesting year. Just as I retired and was rehabbing from rotator-cuff surgery (that was delayed 4 months due to the virus situation), I completely tore my achilles tendon playing pickle ball on the tennis court. When it rains it pores. I had surgery last Friday to reattach the tendon and am stuck on the couch for 10 days until I can get a boot on and get around some. What a drag, I was just getting back to some activity as my shoulder improved and could do some one-handed cooking, etc. this comes along. I guess with all that is going on, I should not cry the why-mes, but I am running out of new mini series to entertain me. I certainly was not expecting to have 3 surgeries this year, but thank god I am breathing deep and often, just have to do it from the couch for another rehab period.
Fortunately, through all this, I have not had any real thoughts about smoking. Tough to think back the 2+ years and remember those obsessions/compulsions to smoke, especially in stressful "why-me" moments. I would not have thought that the addiction would be this absent in the 3rd year. I could probably use psych help from a dozen bartenders, but no need for smoking help right now. The promises definitely did come true.
Other than this new injury, all else is going as well as expected during these times. I sure hope all are adjusting and doing well. Please stay safe, patient with all and above all stay strong for yourself and others.
Sorry Cindi, I see that I got the wrong screen name on the above post. Been awhile and I hope all is well with you in these crazy times. Be well.
(and all the other non smokers on this forum that helped me stay with the program and never look back (Like you Brian I have fond memories of our times together and how we stuck together and did not give up. Eating is definitely my go to now but I believe it is boredom from this virus. Brian, I remember from the beginning that you could not wait to retire. Ii can’t imagine you having three surges after you have waited so long to quit somehow that just stinks. I hope that you recover from all these injuries by three time this mess is over though it might be a very long time. I do not see many smoking these days but I do see a tremendous amount of vaping This scares me greatly Unfortunately I’m afraid that people could not survive the virus . On another note, I must be honest that I left my husband last year shortly after we moved to VA I am not happy and the only reason I can tell you is that the anger got the best of me and I coukd not do it anymore I’m still in VA and he is 30 miles from me. No screaming and yelling No trash talk. I’m not getting any younger but thendeprg I was taking to keep from spinning righnoff my head. I am hoping the virus will disappear I did not end up on the psych ward . Trying to focus on the future and to ding happiness please get better soon so great to hear from you
all ny best to all of you, Cindy, denim,Michelle Mollie and Kushno and suzie and Caz
Hey Brian and Marilyn,
Sorry to hear about your injuries. Yeah that really sucks so heal up quickly. I've been working from home since March and have to admit, I never want to go back into the office. Other than that, I'm glad to be living in the country and not the city. Nothing else is really new. Hoping to visit my parents sometime soon...maybe October. Saw my kid around Memorial Day...still the same crap with her. My work is laying off people left and right...I'm one of the few left. Problem is banks aren't foreclosing and evicting so we have no business. The minute that changes, all hell is going to break loose. I haven't checked in here for a while and do miss you guys. I still think about smoking now and then but only because hubby still smokes. He tried a patch 2 days last week but kept smoking anyway. I told him to give it up. Either he wants to quit or not. Other than that I'm really happy that I don't smoke anymore. Good to hear from both of your and like Brian said, I hold a special place in my heart for this forum. I may try and check in more. Hugs to everyone....
Thanks for the reply and well wishes. I feel for you and you wanting so much for your husband to find a reason/spark to quit. As we know, we had to keep trying - it only took one time- until we found the lasting purpose. You should be so proud of yourself for staying quit and being an example for him and us. I hope all goes well with work. It was a good time for me to retire, since the bank I worked for was not getting much in the way of new equipment finance requests given that most companies are pulling in the strings. I would only have been working on the increasing portfolio of existing problem loans. Yuck. This injury was just so benign. I was playing an easy game of pickle ball with my older neighbors, no big exertion or competition and I was so surprised when my achilles snapped on such a small move. I am not a physical stud, but believe I am in reasonable shape and had been walking/hiking a lot while my shoulder was healing. I was just getting back to some semblance of normal activity, now I am flat on my back for a week, then on crutches for 6 weeks and unable to drive for 2+ months - just shoot me.
Anyway, you can tell that I am relegated to my laptop, so I do not want to go long-winded on you. I am glad that you can hang out in the country and feel that you cannot see family. I did have a socially distanced dinner with my younger boy last month, but have not seen my older soon since January. He lives in downtown Portland - he's not involved with the protests and lives away from that area. Bloody drag. Oh well, this too shall pass. Think about, when we could look back on that first year of quitting, how fast it seemed to go, although each day felt like 30+ hours sometimes. Sure glad I don't have to manage a smoking addiction along with this virus life, I can't image it.
Take care Cindi and we will talk again soon.
Thanks Marilyn for your reply. Crazy times. I hope your new freedom provides for more happiness opportunities, even among this new virus normal. Do you have folks and family to hang out with? Tough to see your new granddaughter these days. We haven't seen our one son who lives up in Portland since January. He lives downtown, but not close to where the protests are. The protesters are only around one small block of downtown, so its not like the whole area is on fire.
I remember Virginia as being a beautiful state when I traveled from Manasas down the Shenandoah, thru Fredricksburg to Williamsburg. Are you able to hike or check out the state? I cannot remember if you are a walker/hiker. Do you have dog(s)? What are you hobbies? Will you be returning to the class room? I recall that the students you worked with require hands-on teaching - would remote learning work for them.
I was just getting to hike here as the state parks opened back up, then the betraying achilles happened. I feel so bad for our neighbor. He was baiting and begging me to play with them and needed a stand-in. I couldn't believe it failed, what a hassle and I cannot drive or walk for 2 months now. I plan to get one of those scooters that I can rest my knee on to move about. The crutches are a pain.
Well, seems like we are all on "hold" as we either develop better habits for a new normal or are blessed with a viable vaccine. I am lucky that golf is an acceptable activity, but I sure want to get back to the family and friend outings and get togethers again. My wife is loving working from home - she has only had to wear about 2 different outfits over the last 5 months. I hang out in the recliner downstairs and she is on the phone all day upstairs. At least they are an essential business and she kept her job.
I hope you are getting along through these times and please feel free to give me a shout. Stay strong, enjoy that we no longer smoke.
Congratulations on six months smoke free and making it to the halfway house Majesty. I hope you have a great day celebrating at the halfway house, complete with indoor heated pool and strawberry cheesecake (low fat and low carb) with drink. You deserve a wonderful celebration. To think, tomorrow you’ll be beyond halfway to your first smoke free year celebration and moving closer to the Clubhouse. I’m so happy for you Caz! Hugs.
Thank you so much. I just love the pool. All the pools are closed here because of Covid and I miss swimming. And a LOW FAT cheese cake. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate and spend my day. I am definitely going to have to bestow some kind of Royal Title on you ...... well as soon as I get my Crown back!
Ot feels so good to be 6 months free of the terrible addiction. Keeping firmly focused on the Royal Palace\club house because I am sure that was where I left my crown a few years back
Thanks for being my personal cheer squad
Glad you got your bike back. I hope the massage helped your shoulder as you hoped. Hard to believe it’s almost two and half years but I’m so grateful for them. Thank you! I’m so happy the Champix helped. It helped Cindi a lot too when she quit. However you did it, you’re doing amazing. Six months! YAY CAZ. That’s wonderful! You’re doing great. I hope that Suzy is still doing good with her quit also. I haven’t heard from her for a while. It’s good to see Anthony still posting. I wish him the best as he continues on too. How are doing otherwise? Still staying busy? We’re supposed to have storms here tomorrow, at least that what they’re predicting and, of course, I have to go out tomorrow. How did they know? Lol. On another note, I’ve lost a lot of weight throughout these months. That’s good with the except that I don’t have any idea what sizes of clothes I actually wear these days, lol. Makes it difficult to buy more when I don’t know what size I need! Nonetheless, I’m glad I lost the weight that I initially put on, plus some extra. How’s the garden? Are you still doing the virtual walk? I’m sorry I didn’t get to get back here sooner to answer the post from you and others. I’ll continue to try though as much as I can and as often. Hopefully more so soon. Continuing to cross my fingers. Anyway, I want to get this posted so hopefully you’ll see it and we’ll talk more soon. Hope you have the terrific and fun day you deserve. Hugs.