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17 Years on August 23rd!   One Year and Beyond Milestones

Started Aug-26 by SlySatyr9; 2568 views.

From: SlySatyr9


Thank you Diana.  That is very kind of you and I welcome your "wows" with much appreciation.  I must also gently slap you on the wrist for calling yourself stupid for losing a quit.  We were after all addicts and gaining release from an addiction often requires multiple tries.  I lost a six month quit many years ago and resolved from then on to treat it as my very own flesh and blood baby.  You are well on your way to becoming FREE forever so keep up the good work!

Best Regards,

Saturnine Sly


From: xvaper


When I switched from Vegetarian to Healthy Vegan food, 4 years ago, I lost 10 pounds without trying. Once you eat whole carbs (brown rice, whole wheat, etc) , limit your oil a little bit, and lose the dairy products, the pounds will melt off. 

In order to succeed in this I told myself myself that if I really really want to eat some eggs, or a cream cake, I will, it just is not in my daily diet. I learned to cook yummy recipes with lentils and chickpeas and long grain brown rice, and lots of amazing vegetable recipes, because I am very fussy with my food, and most vegan food out there is either not good for you because its full of unhealthy ingredients ( just being Vegan does not equal healthy), and also because I don't like Tofu so I have to be inventive. I also don't like things that are supposed to taste like something else, mock vegan meat and eggs and cheese. It tastes awful. I didn't eat meet anyways but if I want cheese I will eat it, same with butter and eggs, once in a blue. I also feel much better. I  recommend. 


From: Anne2020


Thank you - that is great advice and I appreciate it.  I love my veggies too.  I am trying to get sugar out of my diet as much as possible as well.  It is rather difficult but I am learning.  It never really watched my diet much as I was always lean.   When I quit smoking, I increased the snacking and, with limited mobility due to pandemic restrictions, I have really piled on the pounds.  

Getting sugar out of my diet has been a real education.  I had no idea so much sugar was in so many foods.  A bit more exercise wouldn't go amiss either.

Thx again for the tips.  Cheers



From: xvaper


Ofcourse! If you can, try to get off dairy for awhile see if it works for you… 

Terry (abquitsmking)

Hello Sly! 

Congratulations on 15 years ( how is that possible?!) of smoke-freedom!  I'm sorry I'm late to the party, but so happy you stopped by to celebrate the occasion.  Quitting is the single most rewarding challenge I've ever taken on, and the rewards continue to this day.  I'm sure you feel similarly! 

I'm sorry for the sweet furbabies you've had to usher over the Rainbow Bridge.  It's such hard duty. Sir Barxalot looks like a fun addition to the family. Good, cuddly company. heart

I'm still in touch w/ Dee and Mic and will let them know you hit this momentous milestone. 

It's so good to hear from you, Sly. :-)

(((hugs))), T.


From: SlySatyr9


Hello Terry (Possum's "Big Tree" and The Lady Who Made All This Possible),

Thank you so much for the congratulations and everything you have done for this forum and for about.com.  It looks like a monumental anniversary is coming up for you too on 10/29 so many congratulations in advance.  I agree with you wholeheartedly about the challenge of quitting smoking and the ever increasing benefits of having done so.  I am incredibly grateful to you, the mods, and the forumily for keeping me on the straight and narrow for all these years.  Who knew the answer was as simple as NOPE?

Yes, please pass on my warmest regards to Dee, Mic and the other mods who have made this forum such a welcoming place.  You all should feel tremendously proud of your accomplishments and the many thousands (or is it hundreds of thousands?) of ex-smokers you have created.  Please never stop!

"With an attitude of gratitude!"

Saturnine Sly


From: ModDee


Hi there Sly,

Terry alerted me that you had checked in to let us share your 17 year anniversary with you.  What a warrior you were Sly, and it was a pleasure sharing this journey with you.

Best wishes as you continue to enjoy the benefits of being smoke-free.



From: SlySatyr9


Hi There Beautiful Lady!

Thank you so much for the congratulations.  You were definitely my rock and anchor during the early stages of my quit so I have much to thank you for.  Without you and the other wise angels of about.com I doubt if the outcome would have been the same.  I still keep in touch with some of the old crew in a private FB group and even an occasional Zoom meeting.  We all appreciate the good work you do and are forever thankful we found the forumily when we did!

Must be off now to "try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud!"

With never ending thanks,

Saturnine Sly

((((Sly)))) as I live and breathe deeply, you’re a sight for sore eyes! 


My apologies for such a delay and I’m so sorry about Heidi. I lost my quit buddy, Lucy the cat, a few years back and I 100% agree that a loved pet can be such a big help with quitting the cigs.  

I have so many fond memories of our time on the forum all those years ago. Very sadly, I lost Mom a little more than 2 years ago, but I know she would have been as thrilled as I am to see this celebratory post from you!!

Thanks for posting this milestone, Sly, and may you celebrate many more in the years to come! 


~    Michelle   ~

Free 01.13.2002



From: SlySatyr9



It is so good to hear from you and thank you for the congratulations.  It also looks like there is a monumental milestone coming up for you on January 13, 2022 so a hearty pre-congratulations to you as well.  It just keeps getting better and better!

I am so sorry to hear about your Mom, Michelle.  I don't believe we ever get over losing our parents.  She must have been so proud of you and everything you have done for the forumily.  I still have pictures of her from the Georgia picnic.

January 13th is now calendared for a great celebration.   Gayle (DW) and I will set off a few fireworks and certainly raise a glass or five!

Best Regards,

Saturnine Sly