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Another attempt   General Chit-Chat

Started Jul-18 by Bobcatsmkfr; 1335 views.
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From: tonypfan


HAPPY ONE MONTH BIRTHDAY TO MYSELF!!!  And many thanks to all the members of the Delphi Forum.  I cannot believe that one month has gone by.  My Quit date is July 17th.  I am Impressed with how good I feel.  So much more relaxed than ever I thought I could feel without cigarettes.  I see now that smoking actually made me more nervous and tense.  I no longer frequently think about my next cigarette:  when and where.  Will I smell afterwards?  Will people close to me find out that I am a secret smoker?  Unbelievable but true.  

In all ways I am getting better and better.  I take nothing for granted.  I must continue to guard my thoughts.  No more romancing a cigarette.  Never again.  When I feel a craving come one, it is time to read forum posts.  Then I feel fortified and back in the saddle.  As my patron saint, Saint Anthony of the Desert used to say 1700 years ago:  EVERYDAY I SAY TO MYSELF, TODAY I WILL BEGIN.    This is awesome advice.  


From: Anne2020


WELL DONE - you are on the road to a non smoking lifestyle which I think you will absolutely love.  I smoked for year and years thinking I could never quit and here I am, 2 years 8 months.  Keep building your path one cobble at a time and enjoy your walk through to life.  Don't let anything every take you backwards. Whenever you get a crave wave, No matter what, remember there is always something else you can do besides smoke and, a couple of minutes the wave will pass you by and you will have crafted another cobble to add to your path.

You will never regret not smoking!     


From: Loreficent


Yesss!!! Happy One Month Birthday Anthony! 
Im sorry I missed it yesterday. I think I’m officially on “Island Time”, lol.

Its so nice to read the things you are noticing already! It’s amazing right? That awareness of how much more nervous, tense, and anxious we were as smokers is incredible. It’s hard to believe before you take that final step and actually stop that the reward will be being more relaxed. We spend so much time wanting to quit and being afraid to quit, it’s so ridiculous. I remember writing something about time when I first quit. Something about being in a race with Father Time. I’ll have to see if I can find some of the things I wrote on here back then and read them again. Will be interesting to read from this perspective maybe. 

I think you are in Seattle now…? How was the Opera? Oh, and I read somewhere that PDX may get glimpses of the Aurora Borealis this week. I wonder if Seattle might to? Of course one has to get out of the city to be able to. They were commonly seen where I grew up and I have some incredible images etched upon my heart of them. I do want to get up to Alaska someday for them. 
Let’s see…I’ve seen sea turtles and some lovely fish here. Oh and these little lizards that are hilarious. Not Geckos. These are called Brown Anole. Very funny little creatures! 

Let me know Seattle is doing, and of course how you are as well!




From: Rassister


Congratulations on one month smoke free!  YES YOU DID IT AND WILL DO IT AGAIN.  I have not met you before but it sounds like I used the forum much like you to quit smoking after forty years and several attempts.  The forum and my buddies were my new addiction.  Instead of looking for a cigarette, I sat down at my computer and found articles, friends, posts, puzzles, announcements etc until it is was time for me to go to work or go to bed.  I did this for the first six or seven months.  By then I knew how to schedule may days so that I did not come in contact with any smokers.  The first time that I walked through a cloud of smoke (people smoking in a doorway etc) I gagged and my nostrils were on fire from the smell.  That was a huge clue that I was not going back no matter what.  Its has been 4.5 years this month being a non-smoker and it is absolutely the best taste of freedom in the world.  Carry on! You've got this and you will always find a distraction if you stay connected to this forum.  


March Warriors 2018


From: tonypfan


Marilyn:  How excellent for you that you have 4.5 years already.  What an awesome accomplishment.  Yes, for me it’s personal posts like yours and others on this forum that keep me smoke free.  I wish I could say I am doing it on my own but the truth is I NEED this forum to maintain my motivation to quit.  Every post I read reinforces my reasons to quit.

I quit because the whole smoking trap was not only interfering with my life style but it was truly suffocating the life out of me.  I lived to smoke, it seems.  Can you believe that?  I am free now and I relish my freedom from nicotine slavery more than anything.  For me to go back to smoking would be a certain slow death.  I love how I feel.  And I am determined to remain smoke free one day at a time.  Thanks again for your good wishes.  Anthony


From: tonypfan


Thank you, Anne:  I like how you wrote “one cobble at a time”, for that’s the way I look at it.  Each time I resist the crave I am adding and other cobblestone on my yellow brick road to freedom and good health.  You are absolutely correct in writing we will never regret not smoking.  Anthony


From: tonypfan


Good morning, Lore:  Your posts are always so full of wisdom.  I look forward to reading each of your posts.  They mean a lot to me.  Sooooooo glad I remain smoke free.  It’s interesting that yesterday evening I started to romance once again having a smoke.  I wan’t even aware of it until I became aware of it.  And once I became aware of it I realize how insidious this addictive drug nicotine is.  I immediately got off that delusional romancing track and switched over to my “authentic “ track which knows for a fact that cigarettes are my undoing on every level.  And the thought of smoking just one was enough to jolt me back into reality.  One is too many and a pack is never enough.  

Back home from Seattle.  The opera, the Elixir of Love by Donizetti was fabulous.  Seattle does such a first class job on each and every opera it produces.  It was really amusing, funny and upbeat.  Just what the audience needed after coming down from those two stressful years of covid.  

We ate at some good restaurants.  Greek food one evening and Thai food the next night.  We walked around the town quite a bit, especially in the Queen Anne neighborhood where our hotel was located.  Great location as we could just walk to the opera.  

I hope you are still enjoying Hawaii.  And that you are getting some rigorous swimming.  

Good to hear from you, as always.


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From: tonypfan


Good morning, friends:  Yes, quitting smoking is a huge accomplishment.  Huge.  Gigantic.  Life changing.  Almost a miracle because previously I was soooooo afraid that I would never quit.  And so afraid my life would be totally dreadful without cigarettes.  WHAT WAS I THINKING?  Definitely those thoughts were the result of years of brainwashing about the glamor of smoking.  Talk about straw dogs.  

What is different this time?  The Delphi forum.  Instead of smoking when I wake up, I can go this forum and get my daily nourishment.  Even though I do not post daily I get an enormous amount of sustenance reading these posts.  Each post increases my resolve to go through one more day smoke free.  And every time I do post the very act of writing my post reinforces my desire to quit.  I draw strength from the honesty of many of these posts.  And the spirit in which they are written reflect my own spirit.  We are in this all together, aren’t we?  

Truth be known, quitting by myself was a very lonely endeavor.  Most especially when I would be hit by a massive crave.  Then it was all over.  Back to opening up a fresh pack of Marlboro Reds to alleviate the terrible urge.  And , of course, it would be ages before new attempts at quitting were undertaken.  But this time my very contact with Delphi tends to dampen my cravings; to deflate them before they grow out of control.  And when I feel my craves are rising too rapidly, I go to this forum for protection and I ALWAYS receive the grace I am looking for and need to quiet those addictive urges.  

This time my Quit is truly on the right path.  In every way.  Once again thanks to all of you.  I trust you will stay on your proper path of remaining smoke free.  And just remember that all of us are here for you and that we are sending you our good vibrations to further your success.  Anthony


From: Anne2020


Well said Tonypfan, well said.  


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From: tonypfan


Good morning, Forum members:  Just checking in today.  All is well here.  My QUIT date is July 17th, 2022.  I remain smoke free and am impressed with how “easy” it has been to stop smoking.  Oh,sure, I’ve had some fairly intense cravings, but not so powerful that I ran out to buy a pack of Marlboro Reds, 100’s.  The reason is that this Forum and its posts have given me a powerful weapon to defend myself against them.  And it works 100%.  But I still do not take my QUIT for granted.  I remain diligently in my resolve and I am learning to guard my thoughts.  No more romancing a cigarette.  UGH, why would I want to do that anymore?  Smoking sucks!!!!

 I am a much different  person without cigarettes:  more calm, more peaceful, and more energy to do constructive things with my life instead of poisoning myself.  What a Godsend.  I am free.  FREE.  The best of my life is yet to come.  I salute all of you reading this post.  I send you heartfelt wishes to remain strong in your intention to stop this nefarious addiction.  And thank you for all of your posts.  Anthony