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Old 12-22-2006, 10:49 AM   #61
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Over 5 weeks now !!
What a way to end the year !!
What a way to start the new year !!
I didn't realize that this year was the 30th anniversary
of "The Great American Smoke Out" !!
That means that they had been trying to get me to quit
pretty much as soon as I started !!
I like being part of history !!
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Old 12-23-2006, 03:13 AM   #62
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Way to go Lisa...as an ex smoker I know how hard this has been for you. I quit 19 months ago and think it was the hardest thing I have ever done. Have to admit the thought of a cigarette still passes through my mind ocassionally, but I don't want it bad enough to start over in my non smoking count. I feel so much better and when I get that urge I just say a little prayer for strength. Keep goin girl...so proud of you!!!
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Old 12-23-2006, 08:08 PM   #63
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Congratulations Lisa. You have given yourself and your family the best present anyone could give or receive. Few of us realize how very difficult this process can be. So it is an awesome feat that you have accomplished. One that you and your loved ones will treasure forever!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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Old 12-31-2006, 12:49 AM   #64
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To all those who would like to stop smoking, let me say this. First there is the chemical addiction, then there is the habital addiction or learned response. If you want to stop smoking, you must WANT to stop. I smoked for almost 30 years and was at a level that some days I'd go through 4 packs, and that was not just watching them burn in the ash tray. The chemical addiction is hardest the first 10-12 days and gets easier with time but will remain with you for several years. There will be times when you could just eat a pack, there will be times when you dream about them and finally there will come a time when the smell of cigarette smoke will be revoiting. I am not around many people who smoke these days, but I have a brother who still does and though I love my brother it is tough being around him and if we visit there we have to wash any unworn clothing that is hung in their house because of the smell. The habit of smoking is a learned response and it has to be un-learned. There are many things you can do to help that. Carry cigarettes in a different place than normal as you go through the quitting process, do things that make you AWARE that you are taking a cigarette, keep a small note pad in your pocket and make note each time you smoke, change brands to a lower tar content cigarette, finally one day you can just put them down and it will be you proudest moment in memory. After a year or so everything will smell better, even yourself, and then the day will come and you will ask yourself, why did I ever smoke in the first place. Lastly, here in texas, the tax on cigarettes will jump by $1.00 per pack on Jan 1st making a pack of premium cigarettes cost about $4.50 and I don't think I would want to burn fifteen or twenty dollars a day.To all of you who wish to stop smoking, try to get in a support group of some kind be it small or big, but get in one. Best of luck to you all, and HAPPY NEW YEAR to all. By the way, my last cigarette was in 1981.
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Old 01-05-2007, 07:01 AM   #65
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Okay, I have to make a confession to make.
I had a cigarette in my mouth on New Year's Eve.

But I did NOT light it !!
Whew! It was close.
I called my Mom & she talked me out of it!

Have had a few moments of wanting one here last few days,
but the thought of telling you guys that I smoked one keeps me from it.
That and my mission this year of being as healthy as I can be would be ruined.

It used to be a celebration of sorts I guess.
We've been real busy at our store since opening back up,
and every time a rush gets over with, I feel the need to reward myself with something.
It used to be a cigarette. Now, I just make myself do paperwork or like now, get on the computer!

Thanks for listening & caring.
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:02 AM   #66
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You go girl! We are all proud of you. It's sooooo hard, but you are doing great! Your body is going to thank you for it...
Stay strong,
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:12 AM   #67
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Thanks Tara, It's really nice to take a deep breath and not choke! Actually, it's nice to be able to TAKE a deep breath ! LOL I've made it 2 months now. Wow, this is cool !

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Old 01-05-2007, 01:14 PM   #68
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I have been smoke free for 10 years and believe me your doing the right thing!! When you get the urge for one try getting your mind on something else or maybe even a walk. Good Luck and keep us updated on your progress....YOU CAN DO IT!!!
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Old 01-05-2007, 03:02 PM   #69
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You go girl!

We are former smokers too and quit long ago. You won't regret it.
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Old 01-19-2007, 04:51 AM   #70
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Well, it's been 9 weeks and I should have saved at least $300 by now.
But, I've been shopping ! It's nice to have some extra extra !
I did take 3 drags off of a cigarette about a week or so ago .
It was not bad, I did not choke, but really enforced the fact
that it is SO a drug, because I got a buzz.
Guess I felt like I had to do it.
But I passed my test.
I will never do it again.
I'm totally over this thing.
I know it. It's done.
I AM a non-smoker.
I finally did it.
Wish my Dad was around to be able to tell him.
Maybe somehow he knows.
I couldn't have mentally done this without my Moc family.
One last time - Thank you for all your encouragement.
I have printed off this entire thread, so that maybe someday
I can share it with someone else who needs to know that
they're not alone when it comes to this important decision in their life.
God Bless You All
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:17 AM   #71
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Lisa ... congratulations! I was just thinking about you the other day and wondering how you were doing ... glad to hear how well it's going. I have a girlfriend who also quit about the same time you did and she too is doing well. In fact, she's treating herself to a Caribbean cruise this week! She's tried so many times before, I think this time she's going to be totally successful.

Treat yourself to something special ... you've certainly earned it!
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Old 01-19-2007, 05:19 AM   #72
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Wonderful news, Lisa. And it's great to hear that you've reconfirmed your important decision. We are so PROUD of you!
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Old 01-19-2007, 10:24 AM   #73
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Proud of you, Lisa, and you are going to feel so good when you can say, "Oh, I quit several years ago - was hard, but I did it, but wouldn't touch one now if you paid me!"

Smokeless since May 1, 1985
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Old 01-19-2007, 10:46 AM   #74
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Way to go Lisa!!! You can DO this, just the people on this site alone is an outstanding support group...:-) I smoked for 38 years...quit on 11-11-01. Just over 5 years now. I am now the reformed smoker from hell...LOL One thing that's interesting is when you walk past people, you automatically know if they're a smoker or not, and sometimes even how long ago they last smoked...LOL I used the patch, but the main thing for me was praying. When that overwhelming urge would hit me...I would look up, say a prayer, and the urge would go away. Just remember....never quit quitting!!! Good luck...

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