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First 10 days review   General Chit-Chat

Started 5/6/20 by Musivore; 104199 views.
oxanquits

From: oxanquits

Apr-19

Loreficent said:

our fragile mortality. May we live and love with it always in our face Peggy. That is my wish for us. There is no better way than to embrace it fully every moment.

Lore, you’re inspiring as always, I like the way you see things, are you a bit of a writer ? ;) 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Apr-19

Hi Oxana,

Good to see you here. Thank you, no, not a writer in any official way. I’ve called my ramblings here the “nattering of an addict” many times. Still true. I do think there are seasonal adjustments with this recovery. My favorite time of year is upon us and I’m into this quit almost 14 months. Still, I have these moments crop up where I think I’d really enjoy a smoke. I know on a very conscious level I do not want to be a smoker though, so, I don’t. The thoughts pass at times very quickly and before I know it I am realizing the thought was several hours ago. Other times, they pass more the like the coming of evening, where the bright and sun filled day slowly fades and gives way to a darkened sky. This time of year it gets dark quite slowly here! joy No matter. There is always that first star to be found and I always feel better. I’m hunkered down into this quit now and the thoughts don’t threaten me anymore. I do at times find them annoying...similar to, say, a mosquito? You know where there is that incessant dim buzzing and you can’t seem to find it so you can smack it out of existence in this World and send its little bit of energy elsewhere in the Universe. If it gets like that, the smoking thoughts, I generally realize I am actually restless overall and there are often other reasons for that restlessness accompanying or underlying the smoking thought. That’s when a walk or some sort of physical movement is what it takes to shift my mind back to equilibrium in my recovery. Again, I’m at peace with that too. Sometimes you just have to wear out time. 
 

You are doing very well! I’m very happy for you! You must be noticing some positive things with it, right? You exercise too, right? It makes a world of difference for sure. 
Oh, and thank you for saying that very nice thing that you find my thoughts inspiring. You are quite the uplifting person yourself!blush

blackbird912

From: blackbird912

Apr-26

This is just so cool that you got to witness these tiny miracles up close!!!   Truly a good sign.

Chris

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Apr-29

There is something in every single day that is worthy of notice, if only we don’t allow ourselves to get so stuck in our heads with our needs and desires that we don’t notice them. I was completely enthralled with those babies. Now my mind wanders with them on their flights and journeys beyond their little nest as they have moved on. Life is too worth living to be stuck in just my little mind! Eff those chains of addiction Chris. There is a lot more to notice when the veil is lifted. There really truly is. 
Had to come back and add after a lovely walk, I was thinking while walking that most of the things we think we need are fabricated and not true needs. Superficial desires. Knee jerk wants. Like craves, they pass. We get to choose what has meaning and what defines health for us. Staying smoke free may not be the knee jerk desire in some given moments for me still, but it has become the underlying current of desire and I know I have to ride those crave moments out. We all have that power, it isn’t magic. Don’t get caught in your head, step out and watch the thoughts roll by. I have another article somewhere on time distortion for you I will find later tonight after work. Silly me picked up an evening shift and I so don’t want to go in now! 

Eve1973

From: Eve1973

Apr-30

Superficial desires.......Absolutely CORRECT!

So my one friend had a shopping/spending addiction. She would always say to me, how do you do it, I said to her sure the “impulse “ buy is strong......but I say do I really need it? Then I say, well if I REALLY want it, I will finish what I am shopping for, and come back for it. 99% of the time, I forget and leave the store!

So distraction is key! So I remember my craves, I would say, I will wash these dishes.....if I still have the desire to smoke then I will. I didn’t though. Because I knew I would never get to where I am again.....plus I had the support of this forum and DID NOT want to let my new friends down. But normally I would just forget about the crave.

Addiction is Not Picky, you can be wealthy, middle class or poor......doesn’t discriminate! Therefore recognize “your triggers,” avoid them for the time being till you have more time under your belt.

Chris, yes this is tough......Lore and I have been around for awhile now. We don’t have our “peace” yet, at least I don’t, but it is getting better and OMG I am ecstatic that I am QUIT !

So today I rambled......enjoy the weekend!

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Apr-30

Nope...in the NOPE sense and nope to peace. You know what they say Eve...”no rest for the wicked “ joyjoysweat_smile

But wait you are St. Eve. You should have peace!innocent

Eve1973

From: Eve1973

Apr-30

Lore, but I go by EVIL-Lynn! ??????
euknight

From: euknight

May-3

Thank you my precious Eve.  Really lagging behind here but was so happy to see the congrats and all the little cheerful emojis.  You are so talented.

Ex BF helped flip the deck boards for me and I will try my hand on the stain Wed.  I think.  Good to hear you are feeling better!!

Do you feel like the smoking has damaged your breathing?  Lore, how bout you?  I know I have gained weight but not like a ton...cannot seem to get my breath sometimes esp in a mask.  Like at work last week.  I had to stand to talk or lift mask away from face to talk.  Hmmmmmmm

Love yall

Peggy

5-8-20

euknight

From: euknight

May-3

Yep, my sista, life is fragile and FAST.  Your hummingbird pics...babies all lined up on the wire.....a picture of HOPE.

This year more than ever before I have felt the essential place of HOPE.  My dear quitting friends....such HOPE you have given me....Wise words about developing to a partial acceptance of death and humor being the emotional life line or death escape at times.  The escape capacity of nicotine....just to park beneath the veil for awhile.  It is a most powerful drug.  I would rather rip thru the emotions of loss I think instead of smoking now.  I still think about it...not a lot, but the pull is Definately still there luring so many to their deaths.  I feel in some ways that surreal shock that when someone has died you loved is like that veil without nicotine. A built in protective mechanism that surrounds you in a fog.

Sad news about the dancing.  I injured my foot and never went.  That person is gone now.  I was intrigued about your mask however?.?  Now that sounds super cool.  Incognito, one of my favorite “looks”.  Lol

The world did appear to be powering up again for a while there.  Now seems commonplace.  All the things that should not be focused on that bring division, are in the forefront.   Our backwards world.  I prefer the invisible forces of good that are everywhere right now Parallel to the seen world.  Only way I can sleep.

How is John?  Any trips to Hawaii planned??  You go girl!!  Hugs to you.

Peggy

5-8-20sunflower

Eve1973

From: Eve1973

May-5

Hey Peggy, 

I am not sure about you, but I smoked for over 30 years, so my breathing in the masks depends on mask (thickness) , weather (hot), and how much i walked that day at work. So yes at times my breathing is labored. But I also have been back to work longer. Today I was fixing a closet and asked the guy in the apartment to go to another room because I was sweating and the mask made it so much harder to work. I removed mask. 
 

I lost the 10 pounds I gained, but the I got the VID, and all came back. So working on it again......lol. 
 

3 MORE DAYS........YAY YAY

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