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Thanks Marge. Yeah it sure was. Hopefully today will be better. I have every one of the "flu" symptoms listed in that article...LOL. Figures. Except insomnia...I could sleep all the time now.
Thanks for the words of encouragement.
Where is everyone??? Hope I didn't scare anyone away. Marilyn, Marge, Tom, Mike, Becka, Claire, Denim? Having a rough couple days and just need to see posts from you guys seeing how you're doing.
You didn't scare anyone away. We all know quitting is hard so stay here and post. Also feel free to post in the different threads.
Tell yourself, “I can do it. Smoking is not an option.”
Think of the reasons you wanted to quit, make a list to review during times of stress.
Think of how much progress you have made so far.
Tell yourself that smoking will not solve the problem.
Think about what smoking does to your health.
Thanks Marge. I have not smoked. It's not even that I want to...but I want to do "something". I don't even know what that "something" is. Maybe is the HALT thing and I'm lonely and need something to do/someone to talk to. I just have this urge for something and I don't know what it is. I worked from home today so maybe tomorrow will be better because I'm going to be busy the next 2 days.
Oh and tomorrow is 4 weeks! I almost forgot! What the heck..I'm losing sight of important things.
great to see you again. Yes, we are all doing great conquering this miserable beast one day at a time. Some days are better than others but all are so much better than day 1! I will never forget that day and I cannot imagine ever having to start all over again. Keep in touch Denim. I think I am about 6 days ahead of you. We are doing this. Very determined this time. Looking forward to another smoke free day.
Wishing you the best.
Yes Marge I do have a paid subscription. I really wish I understood how to do the graphics. I know how to attach files but I don’t really know where everyone is getting all the great graphics from. If I hit the “attach” button it goes right to my camera. I’m not trying to post one of my pictures on my camera. Anyway, I plan on being here for a long while to conquer this addiction. It may just take me a longer time than others to grasp this concept. Can you tell I am a Special Education teacher? Love technology!
i hope that you survived your bad awful day and that you are feeling better. Can totally relate to how you felt. It’s amazing that we can still have some really crappy days. So many doctors told me just “stop and you will feel so much better in three days after the nicotine is out of your system”. Totally not true! Anyway, now that we are officially March Warriors I think it is a great idea to share some of our personal stories! I am 59 years old and have been married for 35 years. My two sons are in their 30’s and both married. One has 2 children (boy and girl) and the other has fur babies. They both seem happy with their lives but don’t share a lot of time together. That makes me sad as a mom. I am a retired Special Education teacher but work part time as a tutor now. I started smoking when I was 14 years old. Smoked with friends behind the church after Sunday services. I was hooked from then on. Both of my parents smoked as did two older brothers and sister. I was the youngest of six and had a sister with Down’s Syndrome who was three years older than me. She and I were very close but she passed away 12 years ago. I lost both my parents in 1980 (died one month apart). I was an orphan at the age of 20! Overall, I have had a good life with the exception of my battles with depression and anxiety. I loved my jobs in the Special Education field and enjoy working with kids. These days, I am most happy when I spend time with friends and family. I hope to add more fun things to “do” in the near future since I am not smoking anymore. It seems that my need for having a smoke has put a big dent in my “fun things to do” category. Looking forward to freedom, peace and good health in my senior years.
Ok Marge, I don’t know what happened here. I was typing a reply to you, then I left for a moment to get something to drink, when I came back the message was gone and I was logged out. I looked to see if what I had written so far was somehow posted but I didn’t see it. I haven’t had this happen before. I logged in again and I’m going to try to retype it. If the first attempt shows up unfinished and this one too, idk...awkward but, at least you’ll know what happened. I’m still wondering why that happened though.
I was trying to say thanks and that I copied that picture too. It’s so true especially when it comes to cigarettes. I remember a long time ago I tried to cut back on my cigarettes, and said I was ‘trying to quit’. It didn’t and doesn’t work. I’ve tried several times to quit over the years. The last time I quit, which was great, I made the mistake of thinking ‘I quit, it’s just one, I can handle it.’ Wrong. I was right back to smoking. That was in 2016. Now here I am two years later. Anyway, your sign is a good reminder that there is no middle ground when it comes to cigarette addiction. I think I’ll put this one up too, and I’ve already put it on my phone since it’s with me wherever I go. I keep telling myself I can do this.
On a completely different note, I’ve recently been told that sometimes lately I’ve came across on occasion sounding a bit short or grumpy. I apologized. I certainly don’t mean to sound that way with anyone. Actually I didn’t realize I was being that way. If I sounded that way I think it may be because of nerves during this quit, but I’m trying to watch my tone more now. Any ideas about this? Thanks.
Thank you. It does feel great. I still have my moments but, thanks to you all, I’m handling them a little better. I’m so determined, still I’m trying not to get too far ahead of myself though, like you said, one crave at a time. There is something I’d like to talk about. A friend of the family said they were coming for a visit. This person smokes. I said we’d like that, but that I needed to let them know that they couldn’t smoke in the house now, since my better half has heart issues and doesn’t need to be around the smoke and I had quit. I said they were more than welcome to smoke outside though, just not in the house, and that we were really looking forward to seeing them again. Long story short, they’re not coming. That’s disappointing. I guess it also reminds us of how much value we place on cigarettes when we smoke.