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My Partner in Crime! You did it! I’m so so proud of you!
Sending confetti to you!
You have inspired and truly kept people grounded including myself ! You wrote long long ......squirrel stories! Lol and kept everyone entertained. Georgie was my favorite by far!
Now that you have achieved this very high goal of yours, where or how are you going to celebrate?
I truly want to thank you and Susan for being there when needed, I know DARN WELL if you hadn’t been here, I would’ve failed. So from the bottom of my heart I THANK YOU BOTH!
Peggy without your pms to keep me sane I know I would have relapsed so you are definitely a big part too! We will in be celebrating you in 2 1/2 months because you are a strong Woman!
Lore, Yay yay yay drinks on you!
Thank you Anne!
You’re so helpful to folks here, and I appreciate the support!
St. Eve!!! Yay!!! I’m one with you today, woohooo!!!
Well, this is definitely a two way street and I would not be here without you either! Good to be going the right way, yes? For once anyways, !
What to celebrate you ask?? Well...a TWO HOUR massage for me! Yipppeee!!! Expecting some sun today, or at least not rain, so likely a nice long walk later. First I’m going for a run! Haha! You know why??? Because I CAN! Yup. Will celebrate by doing something I could not do a year ago. Also, I got my tax return so I will be looking at my Ireland trip for late Summer. First I gotta find out what I can with restrictions. I’ve been told plane tickets are more open these days so I’m gonna go ahead and buy it as long as I can change the dates if needed. Then...I think I am going to have me a Tequila Sunrise delivered this evening, but with Sloe Gin instead of Grenadine as that’s how I like it (haven’t had one in like 25 years ) and am gonna bundle up and go on out for a nice long walk this evening and dance with John. I think I’ll check on my run this morning and make sure he is still up to dance with. I’d hate to have drink in hand and walk down there and find him gone off to other worlds. Then... I will come back and write you another long novella squirrel story! Yes!
But first, I gotta ask why do you wanna pour drinks on me??
To all of my Forumamily! Stay the course, stay strong...be tenacious!
And someone please tell me how I moved all this writing to the right side and why the bold won’t turn off!!! Ack! You’d think after a year and ALL the writing I do...I’d know how to work this darn thing! LMAO at myself!
One yearto precious Lore!!! Soooo happy, so proud,so blessed to know you!!!
What an amazing milestone for a true ly amazing woman! Thanks seems sooooo not enough for all the encouragement and friendship you have given to me over the last several months. I have tears of happiness!! Loud whistles!! Shouting hurray into the wind to be carried off to you!!
This journey has been incredible. A miracle, really!! Your presence has lifted up so many but for me personally there are just not words to describe my deep appreciation and love for who you are and what you share to keep me smober. Oh sista....such a beautiful day here.....all in your honor!!
Yay about that massage. I may do the same come my year. All the best to you. You ROCK!!!!!
So the day has passed and you are now a day and 1 year old of your new life. I’m so happy that you are running! Sometimes you just need that to get out of your head.
Ireland....fantastic! Where are you going? If you have some questions or hints needed, I went in 2019 so I have some really good tips. Lmk if interested.
Today I am looking forward to my new smokeless life! Yes I know it’s been a year, but I can now say it doesn’t consume my constant thoughts, so therefore I can focus on other stuff! Like getting me healthier......which starts REAL soon!
Gotta run.......talk later
Yeah, that is the foremost reason I run; to get outta my head. I’ve got quite a few hours since a year ago and I still can’t escape myself at times! I still walk a lot too, but this time of year they are not the hours long ones I do Spring through Fall and I dearly miss those. I missed a lot of my Fall stuff this past year due to the fires as they were the areas I usually go in Fall. A lot of the East of me was closed off for stuff for several weeks. It all seemed to start with Georgie’s visit actually when I missed my cabin time during peak wildflower season.
Anyway...running. When I quit smoking it was a goal of mine to run for an hour in 3 months. I made it a couple of weeks early. I’m not fast and have no competitive desire other than competing with myself. I’m what I call an LSD runner. Not the drug but Long Slow Distance. Georgie is a THC runner but that’s a different conversation! So I found it helpful when quitting to set my sights on doing things that I couldn’t or wasn’t doing as a smoker. It helped a ton really. I’m pretty lucky with my schedule I think. My shifts are long and grueling for sure, but I also only work 2 days a week really unless I pick up extra. I try to get one extra every two weeks but that still leaves me only 5 work days out of 14. And my schedule is compressed so if I don’t pick up extra I actually only work every other week. That trade off right there is exactly what gets me through my work week. I wouldn’t and couldn’t trade my schedule for a 4-5 day a week 8 hour day job. I can’t fathom how that’s done anymore and it would likely kill me. Not physically, but spiritually and emotionally. I can’t be around people like that day after day after day. Soon, my weeks off will be filled with salt air and wooded hikes and solitude. This sounds terrible I’m sure to some, that I don’t desire human companionship much. But truth is, when I’m on, I’m on and pour my heart and soul into it. Am very gregarious and giving and generous and kind with folks normally when I’m on and it drains me. It was a big part of my smoking actually. My escape and alone time, my veil to hide behind. Now...I run and walk. And watch bad shows and crochet and listen to tons of music. My hands are itching to get into my garden and dirt and my soul is crying for the ocean. Soon.
Ireland! Yes!!! Has been my deep desire and dream for so so long now. On my own. Just me. Gonna drive the Wild Atlantic Way on my own. I want to take a month off and need to see if that can happen this year. This year is still so dicey that I hate to schedule it and then need to cancel so am wondering if I should just put in now for next April. I also have some other irons in the fire for there and New Zealand. So, yeah, whatever tips you want to send....send them on!!
Oh...by the way...getting you healthier started over a year ago! You have already taken on the biggest hurdle and jumped it Eve. Not only jumped it, but cleared it. Unlike me who nicked it a few times going over, hahaha! Nearly tripped me up but I’m carrying on. So, forward we go!
Absolutely correct......your right....I did start over a year ago, but want to do more! So I’m going to do more research and jump both feet in!
Ireland, is your plan to just drive around? That’s what we did. We kinda had a plan mapped out, but added some when there. We basically stayed at B and Bs throughout our travels. Was there like 12 days. My only concern for you if you go this year are the “Covid rules”. Many different rules and changes. Then of course if you go Northern Ireland.....still under British rule, so do they have different “rules”? You would really need to do your research.
One tip.......no wash clothes provided! I’m really not sure what Irish people use to wash. Maybe that fluffy thing.
Are you a Star Wars fan? We visited a couple places where the newer movies were shot. Couldn’t do one thing which was the monk houses, it was a rainy day! But would like to go back and hike up the mountain. We also went to a game of thrones, winterfell. That was very cool. My lord was it beautiful!
If you have any questions about a certain area, because we went from Dublin down the coast, back up the Atlantic side, drove north to Belfast and back to Dublin, I can let you know if we were there.
Belly hungry.....food needed talk later
You make that funny little sideways emoji with shoes like Joel used to. Where do you get that?
Im a first 3 Starwars fan, but that’s it. I think Game of Thrones is too violent for me maybe. So I’ve been told. I do think I might wait till 2022 cause of COVID, but that could change. I might go just for a week or two early Fall then a longer trip in the Spring. I’m gonna spend some more time this evening looking at things there. What do you mean “that fluffy thing”? Sheep?? I do want to do some camping there too.
Gonna send you PM!
Thanks for your words of encouragement. During this whole weather fiasco I only had one BIG urge. Very unexpected, sudden, and powerful. Walking through the garage after days of no water and elec.....just BAM..........I will admit it had been awhile and that is the GOOD NEWS plus not smoking of course. No, sorry to say, Eve, that peace has not arrived yet........
I guess when my power went out and water followed I toughed it out for 3 days, then went to neighbors generator run house. Like a luxury hotel really. She insisted I bring the dogs which still makes me cry cos she is a total cat person but it was so kind. She knows they are my family. The rest of the area started rolling blackouts....one hour of power and one off. Not enough time to warm house with space heaters. I do not remember us ever being below zero.
I did get several hikes in with the dogs in powdery deep snow which was amazing. Then when my heater guy came back to hook up propane that had been out for 4 days, a pipe burst in my garage so he took another several hours to fix that while I raced around sweeping water out of the garage that was turning to ice fast.
They came back and finished it and put a heat coil on my well so by Fri or Sat I had water and no more pipes burst. Sun a friend of a friend did my drywall. So exactly a week from the storm I was fixed. It is all a miracle. So many people so worse off all around the state. I have angels around me.
Anyway so excited to see you guys in the year milestone place. Now planning trips overseas!! You go girls!! Man Eve how COOL you went in 2019.......wow....that was the year to go!! We need to keep our plans rolling, girls! This too shall pass!!
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers!
Hugs to u
Good morning Peggy Love,
Sorry for the delayed reply. Wow. What a couple of weeks you’ve had! And to hear you got through it with just one big urge. I’m so so happy for you and proud of you. You are one strong woman for sure. I’d like to say I’d have gotten through the storms you did unscathed but that is easy to think from here. Truthfully, I’m not sure I would have. But YOU did and now you’re coming through the other side even more powerful and strong! I have this vision of you and Tab and Jackson trudging through the snow on your hikes, on one hand delighted and and playful and excited with the joy those moments of peace the snow brings, and on the other hand your heart breaking at the destruction and strife and loss it brought as well.
I’m grateful for your friends that were there and how you all got each other through it. Those stories of uniting and helping and holding each other up through hardship restores my hope and faith in humanity. That faith and hope has never, thankfully, been entirely lost, but surely has been tested and tried in the last year. One can hope that our lovely Planet has some strength and hope in us to learn and grow from these experiences, and that we can work together to turn things around some for Her so these crazy storms and fires and floods become a thing of a past while she does some healing and sparing us from the wrath of destruction we have so far brought Her. Yeah...I’m feeling the turning of days, the growing moments of light of early Spring and the renewed hope it always brings, so don’t mind me while my thoughts turn more toward the opening of the cave rather than the dark, shielded back walls where I’ve been safely tucked in and somewhat secluded and sequestered. Am I ready? To come out of the cave and move into Spring and the new adventures of the coming season? Not sure yet! I do know if I don’t get out of the city soon and over to the Ocean I may need to be locked away for good. Soon, the Gray Whales will be making their Northward migration and that is always a marker of change and time for me. A sign that there is still strength to carry on and move forward.
You my friend, are made of so much. So very much. I’m very happy and relieved that you are ok and that soon we will be celebrating a huge milestone with you.
Still sending big big hugs and lots of love and kisses East.