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Posted on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 21:05

Wouldn't you know it?!!? Now¿that¿I've quit smoking,¿but I'm still thinking about cigarettes once every couple of minutes, and still struggling with urges to go bum a smoke from someone/anyone--or light up a short length of rope and smoke that...sometimes I even wonder how a very, very, very tightly rolled up¿Kleenex would taste.....or whether or not you can light the end of a pretzel stick and smoke IT?....And the worst:¿¿Seeing¿someone who makes it a rule not to smoke in their car come out of our deli, light¿a cig, take two drags, and then stick it in the "sandbox" by the deli door.¿ I wonder if I could go down there and pluck it out and smoke IT....I could, afterall, swab the filter with alcohol first to kill germs¿and let¿then let it dry.....

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Oh, yeah.¿ Now that I'm still struggling with these kinds of pathetic urges and¿depraved fantasies, and¿I'm just starting to be able to shove them back out of mind without wanting to put my fist through a wall--Now that I'm starting to see the smoke-free light at the end of the tunnel of addiction--Now is when¿I'm getting in my inbox and in my junk mail folder, heaps of messages with the subject line:¿ DISCOUNT CIGARETTES.¿ BUY HERE.¿ ALL BRANDS...

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Lousy, rotten, no-good spammers.¿ Don't they know¿how badly they're tormenting me????¿¿

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Of course not. Lucky for me my delete button works very well.

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Just thought some of you might get a chuckle out of this.

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Pat

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Posted on Mon, Dec 07, 2009 10:33

NIVEA:  Thanks for your thoughts.  And good luck to you!!!  Keep on chewing that gum.

 

Pat



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Posted on Mon, Dec 07, 2009 10:29

TINK:  Yeah, you bet.  One of those "smokin'" hot young men.....   LOL

 

Thanks for the encouragement.  Everybody's cheering me on really does help me to stick to quitting.

 

Pat

 



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Posted on Mon, Dec 07, 2009 00:18

Pat, be strong and stick with it. Smoking is so bad for you i know you have made the right decision. LOL what you need is a hot young man to keep your mind off the ciggies!!



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Posted on Sat, Dec 05, 2009 01:17

well i admire your courage! i am trying to quit smoking myself, and it is harder then you'd think. i have this thing where i have to do it cause im not allowed. like sometimes i can go a day without a sig, but if i tell myself im not gonna have any, i go nuts n have to have one immedtiately. what i find helpfull is sugarfree gum. without nicotine. cus its not the nicotine your body is craving, its your mind craving the habbit. like when you have just eaten, and you are full and ready for that cigarette. its a habbit, not a crave. so what i find helpful, do something to get your mind of it and chew some gum.


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Posted on Tue, Dec 01, 2009 13:44

Quoting attaboy127:

Pat,

You can do it.¿¿ I did it in 1972 by putting life savers in my pocket where the cigeretts were kept.¿¿ When I had the urge, I reached for a life saver.¿¿ They really were.¿¿

Yeras later, I was still reaching for them but have not for a long time now.¿¿ However, once in a while when I am near someone smoking, it nearly kills me to not have one.¿¿ It is an addition that is very, very difficult to overcome.¿¿¿¿ Just hang in there and do your very best.

John



Hi, John.

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Thanks for the encouragement.¿ And congratulations to you for 37 smoke-free years!!

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What I'm finding this time around is that feeding my face with anything at all as a substitute doesn't work very well.¿ What is working is this:¿ Every time the urge gets very strong, I stop what I'm doing long enough to figure out exactly what triggered the urge.¿ Once I get that pinned down, I can talk myself out of the urge pretty quickly.¿ For example, I got home an hour ago with a load of groceries.¿ As I was putting them away, I found myself anticipating the cigarette I usually light up after everything is put away.¿ I reminded myself that I was not going to have that cigarette, and started to think about what I needed to do instead.¿ That pretty much got me over that hurdle.¿

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Also, interesting about how being around smokers can nearly kill you.¿ I find that the smoke of most brands doesn't make me want one.¿ But the smoke of the brand I used to smoke some 20 years ago is one that makes me want one so badly I have to get away from the smoker.¿¿Weird...

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One day at a time, one hour at a time...sometimes one minute at a time.¿ Whatever, I'll make it.

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Pat¿¿¿



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Posted on Tue, Dec 01, 2009 07:15

Pat,

You can do it.¿¿ I did it in 1972 by putting life savers in my pocket where the cigeretts were kept.¿¿ When I had the urge, I reached for a life saver.¿¿ They really were.¿¿

Yeras later, I was still reaching for them but have not for a long time now.¿¿ However, once in a while when I am near someone smoking, it nearly kills me to not have one.¿¿ It is an addition that is very, very difficult to overcome.¿¿¿¿ Just hang in there and do your very best.

John



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Posted on Tue, Dec 01, 2009 07:14

Quoting peggysue1962:

Hang in there Pat. People who really care about you won't mind an occasional or even frequent screw up. If they do then they probably never smoked. You are doing well. How many days, hours, minutes, seconds has it been lol.


Thanks, Peggysue.¿ As for how long...I'm trying really hard NOT to keep counting....

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Pat

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Posted on Tue, Dec 01, 2009 07:07

Quoting boldnsexy:

I don't know anyone who said they were going to quit smoking and stuck to it, please be the first.¿ Have the willpower and stick it out, my stepfather and stepbrother both died from lung cancer and it breaks my heart to see so many struggling to quit and not be able to.

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I wish you the best of luck and pray that you will see this thing through, you are the only one who can.



Hello, BNS,

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Thank you so much.¿ I surely need all the luck--and Divine help--I can get.¿ Fortunately, I know quite a few people who've quit smoking and stuck to it.¿ And I seem to meet yet another successful quitter every day.¿ So that helps a lot.¿ So does having a bunch of virtual friends rooting for me!!!¿ Thanks again.

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Pat¿



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Posted on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 21:54

Quoting Arizona53:

Maybe you should think about some Nicorettes or a Patch, just until you get over the "I wanna gnaw the leg off the table and smoke it" phase!...LOL¿

I used hypnosis, and I recommend it because it calmed me down completely and does not involve sticking more nicotine into your body either by inhaling, chewing or absorption.¿



Hi, Arizona.

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I've done the patch--can't tolerate it.¿ Even the weakest one after 3 days caused me to almost black out completely.¿ Nicorette....made me sick to my stomach, and didn't work well for me for other reasons, too.

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Hypnosis, as I think I mentioned a while back, just doesn't seem to work on me.¿ I tried it quite a few years ago.¿ Walked out of the session, 3 minutes to get into my car--2 seconds to light up a cigarette without even realizing I was doing it.¿

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So, no, I'm pretty well stuck with "gnawing the legs off tables to smoke 'em" phase¿sans anything but my sense of humor to get me through it.¿ That, and friends¿who keep encouraging me to keep moving forward.¿ I'll make it...I've come this far.¿ I WILL make it...

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Thanks, Arizona...I appreciate all your commentary and good wishes so much.

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Pat¿



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Posted on Mon, Nov 30, 2009 21:26

Maybe you should think about some Nicorettes or a Patch, just until you get over the "I wanna gnaw the leg off the table and smoke it" phase!...LOL¿

I used hypnosis, and I recommend it because it calmed me down completely and does not involve sticking more nicotine into your body either by inhaling, chewing or absorption.¿



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