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Well, too bad I make up stories about mysterious creatures of the north. You gotta live a little, you know? I'm sorry you're having a hard time, I wish I could help. If.i had a magic wand to sprinkle fairy dust on you, I would. Walking sounds like a good idea. It's really helped me. I've been trying to wean off lozenges and I'm really struggling. I tried to.go without them today and ended up having two and a half. I'm worried i am relying on them. So tomorrow I'm going to give it my all to not have any with my husband's support. I'm thinking there may be some crabbiness and hostility, but I want to get off nicotine. Do you worry about that? I'm also concerned about eating. The lozenges keep me away from food so I haven't gained any weight. Without them I think I'm going to eat a ton. Do the lozenges help you not eat as much? I'm sending good thoughts your way. Kick this thing in the behind and then punch it in the face. You can do this.
I am going well today so far, keeping busy, drinking water keeps your tummy full, I don't know about the lozenges, No I'm not worried about it at the moment coming off nicotine replacement because I'm trying to make a quit stick, but I feel a new determination coming on and in the future I will definitely want to come off.
I liked your story
10 hours, 21 minutes and 13 seconds. 13 cigarettes not smoked, saving $16.68. Life saved: 1 hour, 5 minutes.
Well, storytelling isn't really my forte, bit it distracted you for 30 seconds do I'll take that as a victory. I tried not to have any lozenges today, but I've already had two. First thing in the morning and after meals are the worst. Once this one is gone, I'm going to try to make it the rest of the night without one. I was REALLY crabby this morning so I put one in and my husband thought it was a mint. I fessed up on our walk, though. I felt awful about being sneaky. Brings me back to those sneaking a cigarette days and that is no good. You taking photographs today? Out walking in the bush? Do you live in the city or out of town a bit? I've heard that there are tons of poisonous things there. Have you ever been hurt? Hope your day goes well. I'm rooting for you!
I tried to not have any smokes today but I've already had three, tomorrow I will buy 21 mg patches, these 14's are not cutting the cake...The first one might have been because I had a coffee, synergistic effect. the second one because I was tired from looking for a fellow who wants to buy one of my photos, the third one because I'm tired after my 11,500 steps on my walk today. Anyway I'm on my third lozenge now... and writing to you my quit smoking confidante..thanks for your support...
We live in town, by the river but only 1Km from the town centre, the bush as we call it is to the West of us and is only 15 minutes walk away, yes we have our fair share of poisonous snakes and spiders and scorpions, but the closest I have come to a snake bite is when I was bush walking and a black snake and I were on a collision course, I was on a path and he was cutting across the path heading for water I'd say, anyway at the intersection of our meeting he raised himself up to strike, but thankfully I had caught sight of him in the grass, and it stopped me in my tracks and when he threatened I took a step backwards and he was gone as quick as that he disappeared in the long grass, my heart was racing, the thought came to me if I had been bitten, I was miles from anyone, it could have been fatal...
This mornings sunrise
Well you're going to keep peddling down the road. Be of good cheer, you're working hard to achieve your goal! I believe in you. I say keep the poisonous stuff down there where you are. I get worried enough about rattlesnakes here. I'm glad you're close to where you can walk. Im no physician, but I feel like it's helped me. Just getting out in the air helps. They say it releases endorphins that make you feel nice. I don't know about that because I'm usually exhausted at the end but I guess it does. You're walking quite a distance! That's good exercise. I love your photo. I'd be too ashamed to show you mine, but I do love taking photographs, just not much of people. Need on flowers, wrought iron fences up close, that sort of thing. I do so enjoy seeing your work because it's like I can hear your exhale while you were taking it. It seems like I'm included in a private moment and I like that idea. Art is a fine way to engage and I would encourage you to keep at it, even if no one ever buys anything. It's a perk, but not why you do it. I do not get up early enough to see sunrise. Unless I'm camping. You are going a great job, Anthony. You're making art, you're exercising, you're quitting...never underestimate how amazing that is. It's important to remember all the things that make you amazing. Everyone has things that they do that are awe inspiring. You just have to look close with a steady eye to see how impressive people are. Don't quit quitting!
Thanks tiny, yes people are amazing, I am constantly impressed about how a diversity of personality's take on the world and win.. look at Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King, Ghandi and all the rest, My humble contribution is just a pee in the ocean really, there are many fine photographers out there, but it's more than that It's focusing on what is beautiful in life capture it and treasure it and if it has meaning for you that's great.
I have started on the 21 mg patch this morning and so far all is well, 14 hours, 16 minutes and 13 seconds. 18 cigarettes not smoked, saving $22.99. Life saved: 1 hour, 30 minutes.
Just like to take a moment to commend you for your quit , I don't know how far in you are but well done
I saw my quit smoking counselor yesterday and she remonstrated with me about what I was doing to my body by smoking, so I have taken note and have been meditating on the harmful effects of smoking.
Went for my walk this morning, a swim and did some exercises, thats enough activity for the day, I just raked over the garden and sipped half a glass of nice Shiraz grown in the Claire Valley South Australia.
Already for tea now and an early night.
Take care Tiny
Yesterdays sunrise from Grey's Beach
I don't think your contribution is pee in the ocean. I think we all make a monumental difference in the world, we just don't know it. You may have made changes that you don't even know about. The world is mysterious and confusing, but in the end, things unfold just as they should. I'm glad you're back on the biggest patch because I think it's the most helpful one, especially because of your wife still smoking. That has got to be incredibly hard. Everyone always preaches about lung cancer but smoking does a whole lot more. It's pretty scary when you start reading about it. I didn't know there were counselors for quitting smoking. Man, that would've helped me out a long time ago. Use the crap out of them. Heck, use anything you can to get off this stuff. It's a dangerous addiction. I hope you enjoyed your tea and had a nice rest because today is a new day, filled with potential! You've got this, mister, just keep trying. I'm NEVER giving up on you, because I know you won't give up on yourself either. Nice photo, I love the suns reflection on the water. Keep going, my friend. Keep strong!
Hi Tiny, sorry for the delay in getting back to you, never mind, life has been a bit hectic the last few days, and I have continued to smoke , cut down from 5 to 3 now just had one try and make it my last. I have just read Dee's story in September forum, More courage to face the demon is what I need, the demon being the evil weed, O my Lord what is to come of me, I know I will become a corpse sooner than later if I keep on smoking.
Thank you for your uplifting post, I will try to justify your faith in me and put the brakes on smoking
A grey dawn yesterday
Don't feel discouraged. Everybody struggles. You've cut back, and that is great! Keep reading because you're going to get more courage. You're right, this is a demon weed and it takes a toll on your health. Maybe reflect on when you have slipped and see what factors were involved. Is it your proximity to your wife smoking? First thing in the morning? You could then come up a list of what you will do instead of smoking. Like when I wake up in the morning and want to smoke, I will...after a meal when I want to smoke, I will... Is your wife supportive of you even though she isn't ready? She could be a big help to you. I have been sucking on sugar free Werther's candy and while it isn't great it's not terrible and it's getting me through. Does mouth stimulation help? Like straws and such? Man, I can eat myself silly when I quit but I'm trying hard not to. I had a whole pint of Ben and Jerry's the other night. More calories than you are supposed to have in a day right there. But I'm trying and I'm giving myself some leeway to be crabby or hungry or feel weak. You should give yourself permission, too. It sounds like you are harder on yourself than we are! Everyone here knows the struggle is real. You can do whatever you want to do, whenever you want. Give yourself permission to succeed and struggle and maybe even slip. You are human and so are we so promise not to get too discouraged. It's ok, it will be ok. Just keep trying and learning and growing. We've got your back.
I can't believe it now but I smoked four this morning, I went out for the dawn photo shoot, came back and smoked my fourth for the morning, I got real angry with myself and went for my walk to cool off, Anyway I have not smoked since, I am convinced it takes courage to quit, how else do those cold turkey quitters do it? Anyway I got back from my walk and went down to the pool with a mate and splashed around for a bit, I am going to work on distraction and diversion to combat the urges plus the lozenge. I am counting my calories as well as exercising. I am at risk of Diabetes, because of my medication I was also at risk of metabolic syndrome but my quit smoking counselor rang me on Wednesday and said that my BMI was now under 30 and that I was no longer at risk, Yahoo! I needed some good news. Another health coach said in relation to my goals if one goal is failing, or to put it in his words if you get a puncture in one tyre you don't go around and slash the the other three tyres referring to a three week spells where I abandoned all my goals. Good advice I remember that.
Congratulations on going without the lozenges, great does that mean your off all meds now?
When I got home from swimming my wife was smoking so I put the jug on and made myself a peanut butter sandwich thats how I got through that trigger, my main trigger points are in the early morning and late at night, so I have to weather those situations.
Any way thats enough from me I hope you have had a good day free of cravings and that you remain smoke free Tiny