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Anybody else finding a bit of irony and sadness in this 4th?
As I sit on my back deck listening to the flares and booming and pops and bangs... The smell of black powder wafting on the slight breeze, I am asking myself if this is enough to celebrate this year; freedom from smoking?
Yes, for me it is enough...and a lot.
Happy Freedom From Smoking Day All! Even if all else seems up for dispute, we do have that to hang onto and celebrate.
I had another blah day! Wish I was awake to read your post, because It definitely would have changed my attitude!
The world was setting off fireworks for me! I have quit smoking! That was so nice of them! Lol.
Somewhere I read on here to wear a piece of jewelry to remind yourself that you have quit smoking. Well I chose a costume ring. I liked it. Well I broke it, it was cheap. On Friday we went to the farmers market and I found another ring! Very durable too! I love it! Since we were on shut down on my birthday and no present, he bought me that and a really big coffee mug.....has Marvin the Martian on it!
So just writing this Lor has brightened my mood! Thank you and hugs. Remember life is a roller coaster, sometimes we are stuck at the top waiting for it to drop, and other times just enjoyable! Smooth and crisp!
Love the jewelry idea!! Have not heard that one! Glad you got to pick out something new!! I don’t wear jewelry really. Love buying it and looking at it and have this great standing mirror jewelry box....Guess I am too lazy to put it on. Truth is I don’t go anywhere enough. I end up wearing the same pearl studs all the time. If I change them out it is silver hoops. Maybe a tattoo? Rather a rock monument in the woods for me probably....You go girl on the ring!!
Yea, Lore this did feel a bit strange this 4th. Our beautiful country experiencing some hard times is sad. What a fabulous thought that WE....our quits....are being celebrated with each spattering of lights in the sky!! Kind of makes me cry!
Don’t mind me ladies, just having a weird day. It was sooooooo loud here this year. My neighbor that had the party I usually am at, said it was way louder than usual. I found it unsettling INside and didn’t even want to go outside. ( We can see several firework displays from our vantage points). Then I had a dream that my mom bought this house for us in this noisy neighborhood and I was so upset there was so much traffic sound. I felt trapped.
It is so still and humid. I froze bleach bottles I filled with water that are in the deep freeze. This is going to be an attempt to cool down the pool water. RED NECK ICE CUBES. Will let you know how it goes....
Thanks for being here my girls,
Yeah, the 4th was a drag for me this year so I tried to turn it into something meaningful for myself, and it worked a bit. Whatever floats our boats and keeps our eyes on the prize is valid, yes?
So the jewelry thing is helpful for me too. I have a few rings, trade them out. They are good figits. I’m glad you got a new one Eve! And I loved Marvin! Haven’t seen him in years. “I wish I was an Alien, at home behind the sun...” That is only loosely related...is from one my FAVORITE songs by Pearl Jam called “Wishlist”. Man...I love Vedder’s guitar and Ament’s steady bass in that song. Just has a great and grounding rhythm and the lyrics are just beautiful. I can turn that on and completely forget about smoking.... and lots of other stuff too. Just wish it went on for a few hours. Give it a go...it might help the blah day!! Grunge has a special place in my heart since living in Seattle in the late 80s through 90s.
Peggy, I have to say...I love the “redneck ice cubes”! That is very clever and so funny. I wouldn’t have thought about it. Wouldn’t have thought either about the pool maybe getting too warm, but it makes sense! I also found the noise way louder last night. Must be because all public displays were cancelled. Some folks around here must have spent a fortune on fireworks! Had all the huge stuff going on that I for sure would have been scared to light. My poor critters too. . Now we are on to mid summer heat and that beautiful Buck Moon tonight! Woo hoo! Hope you are gonna go out and soak it up and renew from the funky day. Read about the headaches...bummer. I take Feverfew for them and it works good.
Just got home from work and have work to finish then I am going on a huge and rejuvenating walk. My soul is aching and needs some time to wander.
One of you mentioned tattoos...well, I am going for a meet up tomorrow with my Tat Artist that I haven’t seen in over a year. We are gonna sit in the park at a respectable 6 feet, drink some lovely Kombucha and talk about an idea I have. I’m pretty excited about it. Back a few months ago some of us were talking about what we were going to do with our “saved” cigarette money and I am going to have her add something on for me and use that unspent money for it. Yay! I haven’t had any work done in about 5 years or so and don’t have much arm room left but this is gonna be good. Will also be the first time having her work on me without taking smoke breaks too!
Ok...work to do, an Agave to go see, a moon to blow kisses to...such a full and glorious night awaits!
Stay well Ladies. Things are getting rough out there... not an end in sight either, so keep doing what helps which is not smoke!
P.S. Forgot to say...Peggy...wear that jewelry for YOU! You don’t have to go anywhere at all!
Hi there, im a serial quitter i always keep trying. I know i kinda enjoy those days when i smoke like 6-8 cigs w friends but then its just so hard to quit again.
I think that socializing even if it involves a a cig, is way better than being on the internet all day, there have been many studies on it, so taking a break from these social media sites may help as well, we need to connect with real people.
I didnt smoke all day and got a lot done today, which im grateful for.
I hope everyone is having a good day.
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!