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I could not agree more. So far I’ve been able to socialize even around smokers without smoking, though the opportunities to socialize have been really limited. My slips were all on just me by myself. But yes...real people is always better. I’ve been fortunate in that I have not been off work all this time so actually get sick of being with people at times. Don’t mean that as harsh as it sounds, but, hopefully you know what I mean...I’ve never had a social media experience other than here. One of the things bothering me most with our new way of life is the disconnected feeling I get out and about because of masks. It just seems to add to an already declining social structure in ways. I get it, and support it, but still...really miss seeing smiles in passing... I had this conversation with someone who told me they thought I struggle with it more because I’m not used to dealing with people in a removed way such as FB, etc. I don’t know, but I do know I’m struggling with it! Hence, all the natter I write! Lol!
Glad to see you hanging on!
hanging on by an atom.. I take it a day at a time, very thankful when i dont smoke for extended periods, but then again i dont beat myself up when i do if that makes sense.
Are you quit? Or are you smoking?
I’m quit but slipped twice since February 23rd. Once early March with just part of one. The second time was early June, the 8th or 9th, and smoked 8!! Actually said I was gonna smoke the whole pack, but didn’t. So, yeah...just keep doing it and those extended periods still count as smoke free days. I really believe the most important thing is just don’t stop quitting. One of these days, that addict will shatter and you will be sick and tired of being sick and tired of it and just won’t anymore. You are also letting go of alcohol too, right? So, just keep doing it and count your successes as they all have value. You still running?
Mmmm. Just got back. The moon is just incredible tonight. It is a calm and sweet night all around.
So...there you have it friend. A new day on its way to you. Hope it is full of peace and calmness.
I cannot believe that Agave....Still.
Hey Peggy and Lor,
I usually don’t wear jewelry either, but do like rings. Wear 2, one in an Irish Claddagh ring, and the other is now my non smoking ring. Oh and a watch. But I do like your tattoo idea? Maybe save up your cigarette money and use for a tattoo!
I only have one tattoo, and got that one in my early 30s , may have to ponder that one!
Ugh I think those weird/angry dreams may put us in our “funks”! When you said you dreamt about your mom, I remembered I had dream about mine too, maybe that’s why I was in my blah day. Didn’t even remember til you said it! Will have to remember next time to ponder WHY I’m in my funk.
So did you go to the Party? Or your friend just told you loud?
Lol on the RedNeck ice cubes!
Everyday that we stay smoke free even during our “funk” days is a win......and people say we will be happier!
Good morning Saint Eve!
I don’t know...I think some days are just funk days. Maybe dreams are involved and have something to do with it when I wake up, but they are most always buried somewhere deep in my brain and I don’t often recall them. That is probably good. Can’t imagine they would be too worthwhile nowadays.
I love those Claddagh rings. I’ve never had one, but always thought them interesting and pretty. Did you get yours when you were in Ireland? Were you smoking when you took that trip? Not sure why I was just thinking about that. Maybe thinking about flying. That is gonna be a huge trigger for me when the time comes, which, by the looks of things with all this COVID19 stuff, it isn’t going to be anytime soon! Oh well. Got nothing but time. So hopefully will be over the big hump and be able to fly without smoking first. I am hoping to go next year later Spring, so we’ll see.
Right now I feel like I’m coming to terms with some aspects of human nature that aren’t too appealing. Addiction is one for sure, and I’m pretty happy I never got into other stuff in addition to tobacco. But, addicts are funny no matter their vice. Cigarette addicts are not much exception in the way they congregate to take part, and congregate to unhook. It’s funny too how some relate it to other aspects of their life. I have a friend who “gave up smoking for Lent” this year. I had a real hard time wrapping my mind around that one. Can’t say I can expound on why without coming off sounding judgmental so will leave it. Suffice it to say it felt really disingenuous to use one’s religion in that way. But, whatever. She went right back smoking on Good Friday! Anyway...it just seemed a very selfish use of things and a weak rationale. I guess it is easier for some to use their loose affiliation to assuage their quit. Anyway. I just got an email from her so it made me think about it and made my mind wander, which usually doesn’t take much. She thought it odd that even though I wasn’t smoking I still referred to myself as an addict.
Me, I guess I’d rather just own it full on and take my own responsibility for it. It sucks, yes, but in the end I’d rather not have the guilt of doing it for anything other than my own reasons.
Yeah...another funk day so far, but looking up soon as I’m going to meet my friend and Tattooist. This is gonna be a day where I don’t bother trying to find a reason to be in a funk and just roll with it. It passes usually pretty quickly.
Hope your day is great!
Forgot to add...yes, Eve...time for you to get another one! Lol!
Hi Lor the Magnificent!
I hope these “funk” days get fewer and far between! I think dreams have a lot to do with our moods......last night I dreamt about work, and feel I should get paid over time or at least a day off! Lol.....oh well, probably not.
We are definitely addicts or we could give this up and no big deal. I think I personally have a weird addictive personality, I tend to focus sometimes on something for a while (days or weeks) then my A.D.D. kicks in and I see a squirrel and brain shifts.....again lol.
No I have always worn a Claddagh ring since about my 20s, it’s been changed out a couple times , for more expensive and durable ones. Wearing jewelry for my job is tough so it really has to withstand some jolting.
Getting thru these “funk” days is really tough, especially if you live alone. Peanut gets a lot of sleep and loving those days. But we have read the people in front of us post, and not 1person said they regret being a non smoker, so we just have persevere and know we can get through this TOGETHER!
What kind of tattoo are you getting and where? I have only the one, it’s Gossamer from Bugs Bunny. I’m a huge Looney tunes collector. So I already know what I would get, Marvin the Martian wearing an Eagles Jersey With his gun, and the flag popped out with LLII on it. Which is the Super Bowl we won. Yes I have put some thought into it, I just need to draw it.
I hope you have a fantastic day! Some days you just need to stop and smell the air, and say I’m going to be happy today!
Good morning Eve,
Yeah...seems like I’m having more funk days than in the dreaded 3rd month. I suspect it has to do with more than quitting though, so don’t want that to be a deterrent to anyone. Actually...more than suspect, I know it does. Keeping an eye on it and know it will pass, so...
You are the second person here to associate my user name with “magnificent”. So, here is the story...as I’m not magnificent at all.
My father was 110% German and I grew up in a very small German Midwest town. Actually went to a church where the entire service was in German and I didn’t understand much of it all! He was of the generation and belief that his kids needed to learn English. Period. English was his second language and he struggled as a kid with it and did not want us to have those problems. Yes, he was an immigrant back before that was a dirty word. He was brought here with his family as a young boy in the early 1920s.
My name at birth was Heidi. It was given to me by the doctor who delivered me as he felt entitled to do that with me being the 9th one of us he delivered. Well...my dad hated that name! He was angry. So he said I would be named Rebecca. Well, the doctor then said if I were named that I “wouldn’t darken his door ever again”. So...the fight went on for 4 days, and then my wise and loving Mother stepped in and said “Enough. Her name is Lorelei”. She was not German but liked the name. And it was pronounced Lo-ra-lie. 3 syllables. My mother and sibs always called me “Lore” which rhymes with store, or Lorelei when I was in trouble. I liked that enough.
Well, in the 70s, I hated it! STYX had come out with that song “Lorelei” and I just hated it. So I started to call myself “Lori”. That stuck and when I was older I changed it legally to “Lori”. I felt it was more “professional “. My Mom was a bit bummed, but rolled with it.
Then...when my Stepson was about 10, he and some friends of mine were talking and decided that “Loreficent” was a good nickname for me. Mostly they had the idea because “Maleficent” was the Fairy that was so protective and yes, formidable, when it came to protecting the Moors and all the creatures that lived there. So they took Lore and combined it. I liked it cause it was one, odd, and two, had the root “Lore” which since my Mother had passed, I felt paid some homage to her. So, it is a nickname given me by my wonderful Stepson who is now 26, and some friends. They had seen me as formidable in dealing with Stepson’s dad, who was...difficult, and know how I am with creatures; very protective.
So when I joined here, I thought, “yeah...I want to be formidable with quitting smoking”, meaning intense and capable. So I joined here with my nickname, Loreficent. But I also am liking being called “Lore” again, as it seems my Mom was wise after all.
Now...on to another smoke free day! Yippee!
Realized I didn’t answer your question or comment on some of the most supportive things you said, Eve.
Well, that tattoo idea of yours sound fun and you should draw it out! I can’t seem to draw worth beans, so leave it all to my Tattoist. Who is fabulous and we have maintained a friendship since she last worked on me about 5 years ago. She is one of those who could smoke a cigarette then not have one for a few months till she saw me again. Was good to see her yesterday and not smoke. We killed a whole 64 ounces of some really good Kombucha and ate a whole bag of chips! Lol! So fun. Her schedule is over a year out as she is known around Portland and Seattle for being so good. She fits me in though as I can come on very short notice if someone cancels usually. We added it up once and I’ve got about 32 hours of her work on me. Spread out over about 15 months initially. Then a few more here and there. Got my first one about 14 years ago now. This one will be top of right shoulder/ upper arm and blend into what is below.
Yeah...the blah days will fizzle out. I’m not terribly worried about them. Some days all I do is sleep and walk, sleep and walk...figure as long as I’m not sleep walking I’m ok! Lol.
I agree too that sometimes one just has to step outside their head, take a breath and say “I’m gonna be happy today”. So...I’ll do that tomorrow! Ha!
So glad to see you doing so well. I also agree that your job needs to pay you for the time you dream about it! So does mine, though thankfully I don’t think I’ve ever dreamt about my work.
Hugs to you Eve!
Ok I loved your LONG answer on How you got your name...lol, but I still have no idea where it’s from, a movie? A tv show? I called you Lor the Magnificent because you call me Saint Eve. Which I am absolutely not!
Not terribly worried about the blah/funk days but they get annoying. Maybe just need to jump in the car and just drive for a while.
Glad you were able to hang out with tattooist without smoking. Very cool, did u even get a trigger/cravings?
Today at work.....random thought....time for a smoke break! What where did that come from? Just shook it off and continued with my day. So it really does get easier. Fantastic!
I’m so glad that you seem in a better mood. Yes the world is crazy right now, but remember your sanity comes first! So if we need to NOT WATCH news for a while, then do it! We really need to still focus on our quit so we don’t fall back to the obvious triggers.
I’m going to wait awhile to get that tattoo, because not really sure if want another one.
Hope your day was productive and Pleasant!