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My buddy is a gorgeous American short haired Mackerel tabby cat named Romeo



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......but I didn't smoke.  It had been a long time  -  and there it came, out of the blue. Of course I resisted. How glad I am to be free of that addiction! If you are thinking about it but don't think you can do it, you're wrong. You CAN quit if you want to be free of your dangerous, smelly, slave-like habit.

Regarding the new graphic ads to quit smoking, in my opinion, they will do nothing to inspire people to quit. People continue to smoke WITH cancer all the time. A hospice nurse I know said she has seen dying patients gasping for air, and STILL smoking. Give me a break! That's just too stupid. And it's a grisly way to die.

You gotta want it for yourself. If you can say you're ready to quit, you can do it. But don't break your promise to yourself. If you think you may waver, or you're already thinking about a back-up plan, don't waiste your time. Just keep smoking.

PLEASE join me - you will NEVER regret it. And you can do it - one day at a time, like me. If I can quit after 31 years of smoking, so can you.


Letter to a Loved One

Posted by anacondahead Jan 25, 2012

Sorry to the old timers out there - you've seen this letter many times but I want to put it up again for the newbies. I saw several posts today about smoking family members - what a pain! This letter may help.



I am about to make a huge change in my life for the better. I am going to quit smoking.

 I have a quit plan that I am confident with and I want to let you know what to expect for the next couple of weeks. I also want to give you some ideas on how to help me. Most people do not realize it, but nicotine is one of the hardest drugs to stop, even harder than heroin and alcohol. 

Everyone reacts to the withdrawal symptoms differently and during the first two weeks, don't expect much from me. I will not behave like my normal self. All of my energy will be focused on fighting the physical and mental cravings of smoking. I may cry, I may yell, I may ignore you. Worst of all, I may be hurtful to you, but I want you to know that is the nicotine talking, not my heart. I WILL apologize afterwards, once the poison has left my body and my mind has cleared, but for the moment, please, PLEASE remember that I love you, and do not hold my actions against me. 

My mind will play some very cunning tricks on me to try to convince me to start smoking again. It’s a very nasty addiction. I may rationalize that "now is not a good time to quit". I may talk about feeling a sense of emptiness and loss. My body may develop aches and pains. I may not be able to sleep. I may act like it’s all your fault. If I do, I apologize now because I don’t really mean it. 

I am doing this for me, not for you. In this one important way, I have to be selfish, so that I cannot give the nicotine a reason to put the blame on anyone else. You must not feel responsible for my discomfort or depression in any way. Even if you feel you can't stand to see me this way, whatever you do, do NOT tell me it's okay to smoke just to stop the pain. You need to be strong when I am weak, so please do not agree with any rationalizations I may come up with. I am counting on you.


Here are some things that will help me:

·        Hug me when I need a hug, but don't be hurt if I push you away.

·        If I tell you to leave me alone, give me space, but don't go too far...I need to know     you are near me.

·        Don't try to argue with me when I start to rationalize...silence is a more powerful message.  No matter what I say or do, a safe comment is always,” I’m proud of you.”

·        Avoid the topic of cigarettes (because I'm trying to get them off my mind), unless I bring it up first.

·        Do the best you can to act as if everything is normal. The more normal you act, the faster I will get there.

·        Consciously avoid putting me into situations where I will be in the presence of smokers. This may mean avoiding favorite restaurants or bars, or hanging out with certain friends for a while.

·        If something stressful can be put off for a couple of weeks, please try to do so. If not, please try to cushion me.

·        If I need some kind words, tell me that you are proud of me. Tell me it will get better, that the emptiness and pain will lessen, that you love me, and that quitting is worth the effort. Tell me I am strong. Tell me you will be there no matter what I say or do.

I hope you will find these suggestions helpful because I know that you are behind me 100%. No more second-hand smoke for my loved ones and pet(s). I will be free from the prison that smoking creates for us. I will be free of the smell of stale tobacco. I am looking forward to living my new smoke-free life. I will be around longer for those I love. Not smoking will begin to improve my health immediately.


Thank you for loving me and helping me through this.


Love, _______



I am writing over a prior blog post becasue I cannot figure out how to post a new one. Now we are earning badges? They 'improved' this site to the point you can't even use it anymore. Way stupid.

I took it one minute at a time, then one day at a time, then one week at a time, etc. That was 811 days ago. Please - if you're thinking of quitting, please know that it can be as easy or hard as YOU make it. There are a lot of myths and false information out there. You are in charge of your quit, not a victim of it. See for yourself how you can change your life like we have.

Choose life.


798 Days

Posted by anacondahead Sep 20, 2011

I smoked for 30 + years. Then 798 days ago a 'friend' that I spend time with said she planned on quitting and rudely began shouting at me that she did not want me smoking around here, tempting her. I was angry and decided to show her who has the balls to quit and who doesn't.

Well, that neuotic nut-bag hasn't missed smoking a single cigarette since that day - she puffs away constantly. She actually did me a favor.

Guess who hasn't smoked in 798 days? Me. Guess who will never smoke again? Me.

Living clean and smoke-free is the best revenge.   Please join me.  =)


2 years ago today.....

Posted by anacondahead Jul 14, 2011

.........I smoked my last cigarette and I have never made a better decision for myself. Our message here is that if you still smoke but want to stop, you can do it. We are proof it can be done. Choose life!

Went swimming with my neice yesterday - she lives in college housing. There were several college age people sitting around the pool - smoking. I felt so bad for them. The do not think anything bad will happen to them health-wise in 30 or 40 years because of smoking. Boy - do they have a wake up call coming.

So sad. I hope they wake up.

Today is 700 days for me and I could not have made a better choice for myself.

I can breathe. It's a really great gift to me and one that you take for granted until you can't do itany longer.

Choose life - not disability and death. 

Quit today. 

Let us help.    =)

......that I used to smoke every day. Yuk!

While at a bridal shower on Saturday, just 3 people out of 18 had to sneak out to  smoke. I believe that number dwindles each year. Wouldn't it be great if we could get that number to zero? Imagine a world where no one smokes.

Choose life. =)

...and it is also my 58th birthday. Whew! That sounds so ancient!  But I don't smoke. And I never will again.

Quitting was the best decision I ever made. I may still be old and I may be rickety but I don't smoke.

So went to the local bar on Friday night with the friend who told me I couldn't quit 566 days ago. We're playing pool and she whips out an e-cigarette. She starts smoking it and waving it around. I was surprised and hopeful because I thought she was trying to quit. Alas, no. She smokes real cigs outsisde and e-cigs inside.

How dumb! For the love....quit why don't you? She won't because she's scared. Very sad.

Once you make the decision to quit, focus on one day at a time. It is the only thing to do. You may feel overwhelmed if you think about not smoking the rest of your life. If you quit one day at a time, it is manageable. And the days add up on their own and turn into the rest of your life.

Choose life.

I want to challenge all of you who are thinking about quitting and coming out here and reading everyone's posts but you still smoke because you're not ready to quit yet. We know you really mean you're too SCARED to quit. 

Of all my 539 days smoke-free the toughest part was deciding to quit. I made the decision. I refused to smoke any more and focused on my new , healthier lifestyle. Easy? Hell no, it wasn't easy but I wanted to live more than I wanted to smoke. A positive attitude on my future made it much, much easier to live through the quit. 

Everyone comes to their own conclusion, in their own time and in their own way. It doesn't matter how or why you quit.  Just quit. Do it for you. Choose life.