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Dig Deep

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Oct 23, 2019

There is one thing certain in life, everything must change, nothing remains the same. Life does not stop when we quit smoking/vaping but it may appear to intensify when we quit. The keyword is "appear"  We just have not yet developed the skillsets to deal with raw emotions which were once clouded by nicotine addiction. When circumstances arise, whether good or bad, we have to respond. How we respond depends upon our character and resolve which comes from our inner strength. One thing I can attest to for certainty; quitting smoking can help to develop your inner strength if you tap into it.  If you dig deep enough you will achieve more than you could ever imagine. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from.  Inner strength can be attained to overcome life’s challenges including quitting smoking or vaping.  Quitting smoking can be a catalyst for developing your inner strength. Learn to tap into it to go the distance to remain smokefree. Digging into your inner strength(resilience) is not easy. It has to be forged. Realize that it can be forged through a determined effort of NOPE "NO MATTER WHAT".  Start thinking of quitting as an opportunity to attain an inner strength to meet the challenges of quitting smoking which builds a solid foundation to help in other areas of your life.  A wise elder once told me.

"If you can quit smoking you can do anything".

There are many on this site who daily use their inner strength to achieve their goals, dreams, and to meet challenges by not giving up and going the distance NO MATTER WHAT.  Digging deeper is the resolve to overcome any obstacle to become stronger. It’s simple to understand, difficult to do but it is doable. It becomes easier as we continue to not give up.  How do we do it? First, no one is strong all of the time. Second, sometimes we may not meet that challenge but the idea is to never give up with the resolve to be and do better. There’s only one roadblock to achieving inner strength, and that is complacency.  A wise elder one once told me

to not be too confident.

I was a little taken back but I finally understood but I use the word "complacent" Do not become complacent. Need I explain? If so let me know.

Here are a few things that you can do to tap into your inner strength.

Learn to Relax and Take Care of Yourself. It takes mental and physical work to quit smoking. You have to have energy. Find a way to recharge. Breathing and finding a quiet place worked for me. Staying as calm as possible was an added plus.  Make sure you get plenty of rest. Being tired is a trigger. Recharge by EXercising, meditating, taking a bath, or reading,  Come here read, study blog, research. I did. Prioritize and choose what you will tackle. Do not become overwhelmed. Step back and take the time to recharge, we’re in a much better position to handle whatever comes our way It’s also important to take care of our physical needs. Make a conscious effort to eat healthy food and get an adequate amount of sleep each night.

Spend time with positive people. Negative people have a tendency to complain and make other’s lives more difficult and deplete your energy which can be an unnecessary burden when trying to build inner strength. There is only one certainty in life, and that is change. Grab hold of a mentor here and read their blogs. You may have to change people along with places and things.

Forgive yourself. Let the past be the past. It’s very important that we have the ability to forgive ourselves from any and all past mistakes that we’ve made and move forward. Along with forgiving ourselves. Forgive others.

Build Confidence. Reflect on past accomplishments and what roadblocks you have overcome. Make comparisons of what you are going through with what you have already achieved. This reinforces that obstacles can be overcome despite the difficulty. Remember no one is perfect. It’s often inner strength that is the deciding factor.

Positive affirmations. Affirmations can be an important part of our inner being. When cultivating a stronger self, come up with some daily positive affirming phrases/mantras to state. Tell yourself that you are valuable. Positive Affirmations and Support

Be Accountable Daily Pledge Making EXcuses cannot build inner strength. If there is a situation that we’re responsible for and we fail, we must own it. Take responsibility for our actions. If a mistake is made, admit it, forgive, and move on. I'm included. I am still learning and continuous work in progress.

If I have offended someone forgive me. If you would like we can talk about it.

Set Goals Step by step one day at a time. My first goal- 24 hours. I believed it I could go 24 hours I could do the rest. Here I am. 1732 DOF or more.  Some days I had to do it one day at a time. The next goal was 3 days, then 2 weeks, 30 days then. 60, 90, 120, 365, 2 yrs and now a forever quit.  Sometimes, we want things now. This cannot be so with anything worthwhile, but we can expect to earn inner strength with every step that we take towards the achievement of our goals. Nothing breeds confidence, accomplishment and inner strength like progress. Progress is one of the keys to building stronger versions of ourselves. So embrace the progress and be better for it. Gosh, I love it!

Celebrate your milestones In being stronger expect to earn rewards. When things begin to come to fruition, make sure to savor moments. They are worth celebrating. Celebrating Milestones All of that hard work in developing character has paid off and will continue to do so. Pet yourself on the back. Be your own champion and toot your horn.

Last thing. I love you God bless you all, Never give up, never give in, hang tough, stay close and connected, protect your quit.

A Recipe for a Forever Quit 

JACKIE1-25-15

The Good Stuff

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Sep 13, 2019

 I have a few excerpts of wisdom and information from some articulate masterful bloggers that I would love to share. I believe new and old members can benefit from it. I am hoping that you take the time to review what I have here and/or go through the archives on your own.  There is an abundance of wealth in information, wisdom, inspiration, and encouragement on this site to help on your journey to freedom.  Some of these writers have gotten me through some of my toughest, hardest, emotional, need some love times with words of kindness, encouragement, and direction.  I just want to share a few.  I enjoy reading it and I feel it deserves to be shared. We are blessed.  Just a few...More to come.   

 

I thought it was my best friend - turned out it was a wolf in sheep's clothing! I thought I loved that come hither smell - turned out that it was stinkin thinkin! I thought I loved that ahhhh taste - turned out I was consuming arsenic - literally! I thought I was relaxing and relieving stress - turned out I was stealing life from myself like Dorian Grey!  I thought I was staying in shape by not being overweight - turned out I was killing myself from the inside out with every puff! I thought I was getting high on dopamine - turned out that I wasn't getting high on LIFE! Oh that wonderful fabulous smoky life before I quit! NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thomas3.20.2010  is our own online COPD EXpert.  Go to his content and read his blogs.  They will help 

 

Smoking is not just a bad habit, it’s an addiction. The only way to control “it” is to not feed it until it becomes dormant. The only way for it to stay dormant is to never have another one again to be guaranteed 100% of no relapse.

I call it Adulting 101. Tell yourself “No” or “NOPE” out loud. Don’t give yourself permission for the first one. You know what it will lead to so don’t do it. Quitting again does not necessarily get easier with addictions because its the previous permission(s) you gave yourself that can make it harder to say no to yourself again. It’s up to you to parent yourself. Tell yourself no and mean it.

Ladybug--7-3-12 Infamous Wisdom

 

 Every day, you get up and make the same choice---today, I choose not to smoke.

You need to put down the lights as well as the "full bodied" cigarettes---put them all down

You need to put them down and never pick them up again RIGHT NOW---don't wait for a "no stress" optimal period----it doesn't exist.

No Games---just No Smoking

Sootie,  (11-15-9)  her claim to fame...toughness. No bars holding. lol.  Read her content.

  THE JOURNEY IS THE REWARD 

 

From the files of Christine_Aka_Legend ( A MUST SEE)

 

To view more

Video’s on smoking 

To read more

 Never give up you can do this 

 

So always believe in yourself. Always believe in your ability to win. Never run from your addiction but rather embrace it. Learn it. Know it. Keep it close so it can do you no harm. Never question your ability to succeed in your quest for freedom!

Chuck_Quit_2-20-2011  Takes me to church every time. 

It has to start somewhere . . . 

Nicodemon? 

JACKIE1-25-15

Never Forget

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Sep 11, 2019

On the night before 18 years ago, 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift of saving lives. None of them saw past 10:00 am Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. This morning as you prepare for your day, never forget to kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted.

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JACKIE1-25-15

"The Good Stuff"

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Sep 6, 2019

I am fortunate to have become an EX.  Along with that comes a very wise support system which I had never experienced until coming here.  Now I am honored to be one of them an EXer...elder.  I acknowledge the help, support, friendship, and love that I am given by my peers even when I am not perfect. This has been a magnificent journey of freedom for me.  I love chronicling there words of wisdom that will be with me forever and today would love to share a few excerpts with more to come of the wisdom that has been the foundation of my successful 1685 days of freedom. Their wisdom helped me to develop a solid quit.  Hopefully, you can take some of it that can be helpful to you. 

 Barbara145 (My Mentor)

You are never too old to quit smoking. I love my new life and the new me. If I can quit smoking, you can quit smoking.  I promised myself no matter what I wanted, no matter what I was feeling a cigarette would never again be the solution.  It is tough especially for the first 3 or 4 months and it is a journey.   

Dancingthrulife_6.4.13 -.aka Sheri

 The secret to quitting, I decided, was never to smoke again.  Ever. Close the door on it totally and forever. 

Not just "I hope", but not to open that door ever again.  So all I had to do was not to smoke.  And I decided I could do that.  I didn't try to figure out the rest of my life, I didn't cement my plan into stone, I didn't even announce to anyone I was quitting.  I quietly shut the door and refused to open it ever again.

freeneasy  aka Jim

Logic

"Banish the thoughts of "struggle" and replace them with pride of conquest." When you learn about quitting and nicotine addiction, you'll build confidence. You may even be more afraid of continuing to smoke than quitting." "I like to call them "smoking thoughts" rather than craves." 

Truth Yup,  " I lost my quit" Translation: " I decided to smoke.""Once an addict always an addict. S.I.N.A.O.""A crave won't hurt you,  smoking will.""No luck necessary. You're the boss of your quit"

Humor"Don't fear the snake. It only will bite if you allow it to.  Craves are like snakes..." 

"I didn't smoke today but didn't vacuum either. I don't plan on smoking but plan on vacuuming a couple of times a year whether the place needs it or not."

"Time is like a roll of toilet paper. It goes more quickly towards the end."

froguelady_quit_3-16-11 – RIP

 I will not smoke for today and that is how we become nonsmokers, one day at a time. Take care of you first. NOPE counts for No in some cases

Giulia - "G"

 Each time you do something as a nonsmoker that you have never done before you just get stronger "When nothing is certain - EVERYTHING is possible!"  And depending upon how you view that statement, the possibilities for good things happening are limitless.

jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 aka Dale

 Nothing will do it for you except a decision and your willingness. As we get older it becomes "I can't do that anymore. Keep them away from your face!    
If you have quit smoking and continue to smoke you are doing it wrong.

 smorgy8513 RIP 

I am an addict.   If I smoke even a drag I will open myself up to being back to a pack a day. I must guard my quit.  One way I do this is to come here every day, make my pledge and read blog listen.  This is how I've done it for all these days.....make a promise and KEEP IT!

Youngatheart.7.4.12 Gives the Facts of Life

Isn't it better to be an ex-smoker who thinks of a cigarette every once in awhile than a smoker who thinks about quitting ALL the time?

From our New  Elders

@AnnetteMM  aka "Amazing Annette"

I think that fighting addiction doesn't work long term because it's exhausting. Instead, the acceptance of it, owning it as part of who we are, is key to a forever quit. So when that weirdness descends I can let it in and let it bounce around in my head for a minute until I get to the eventual knowing that it's stupid and self-defeating and I don't do that anymore.

 

Daniela-3-11-2016 aka "Miss Positive"

We love our peers, we are all one, we belong together.

Not as former smokers, but as human beings.

We crave the love dispensed here unconditionally.

And we crave sharing that love.

I do, I am here because I am loved, and I am here because I want to give love, to newbies, to friends I made here, to complete strangers who are willing to take it.

And even if I don't understand  some of the references to past social behaviors, or food, or cars, or kid's games, I still feel I belong.  Because I learn it, I ask questions and someone will answer me.

And I am grateful for being here in this loving environment.

 

Yours truly,

JACKIE1-25-15   

 Education is the key to a successful quit. Never give up, Never give in, Hang tough, Stay close, Protect your quit it is your own. No matter what NOPE, Not One Puff Ever, smoking is not an option SINAO. 

 

 

To learn more about our elders and their infinite wisdom use the tag  @a wise elder once told   to search blogs or go to my content and type a wise elder

The original blog  Voices in My Head

 

 

 

                                                                               ...More to come 

To those who have recently quit or set a quit date. Welcome.  I pray that you do not give up because there is so much more to gain than you could ever imagine that vaping or smoking could/will never give. I promise if you never give up you will gain peace.  It was easier for me to explain in a blog I wrote 149 days into my quit.  It was more vivid then. Time has passed.  I believe I have become accustomed to this wonderful peace.  Others talk about it too.  Use the magnifying glass top right corner and type in the keyword peace.  Read what is to come if you never give up. It will amaze you what being quit can do other than just the health aspect.   Just thinking about it gives me a confident joy that I will never allow smoking to ever take away from me.  

  It may be rough in the beginning but as time passes you become stronger with the ability to maneuver through those rough places no matter what is happening in your life if you never give up.  I constantly told myself that.  Never give up, Never give in. Hang tough, the best is yet to come.  Over and over again, "no matter what" I would say to myself as I would go through. 

No matter how hard it may seem at times, it is worth every crave, every urge, every withdrawal, every emotion whatever it takes to do it.

  Why?  There will be a quiet, calm peace, with more inner love for yourself that smoking took away.   So ride the waves of the storm but know it will not last forever. Quiet after the storm

There is pure true peace in the valley of nonsmoking.  It is filled with so much joy and happiness.  Something a cigarette can never give  Give yourself a chance there are so many other things that are more satisfying than smoking.  I am just so elated that I no longer have to smoke to try and fill a void that could never be filled with a cigarette

 Find the things that you like that will lead to your peace. Is it music, books, exercise, yoga, walking, jogging, movies, travel, family, gardening, crafts, helping others?   Hold on Never give up, Never give in, the best is yet to come.  One of them is Peace. 

JACKIE1-25-15

...because I smoked

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Jul 30, 2019

Yes, I can run marathons, obstacle courses, 5K's, fitness competitions but I still smoked.  Out of 7 kids, I was the only one that was a long term smoker.  Now as we age I wonder, will I be the first to go...because I smoked?   No, they do not run marathons, nor watched their diets, but they did not smoke.  I did.   I sit and ponder why did I do that to myself?

I have a few clues. I can almost cry at the thought of so much wasted... because I smoked.  Now, I wonder, what does the future hold for me ... because I smoked? 

I have not been diagnosed with any smoking-related diseases, but will that day come?  Should I not be concerned?  Life is good and I have crossed the line of addiction with a firm commitment to never turn back  Was it too late?  Will I still have to suffer the consequences....because I smoked?  These thoughts crossed my mind. Will I have to pay more of a price? 

My answer for today:   I can not see in the future.  I  can only live today to the fullest knowing that the use of the drug is behind me. I am blessed to breathe very efficiently and move well for a woman of my age group.  Thank God. So many are not as fortunate. No matter how long I live, I have conquered the use of the drug nicotine for the rest of my life. I am free and the journey continues for I am firmly committed that I will forever protect my quit no matter what and never turn back ever again. Amen.  Some say you can't say that because you do not know.  I can, because I know that I know that I know! 

 If you are questioning whether you should quit or whether you can do this and have a forever quit.  The answer is yes. If you have become a serial quitter, you don't have to be.  Make a firm commitment to NOPE.  NOPE no matter what can set you free.   It is a choice to cross the line from addiction to a new life of freedom. One step at a time in the right direction to freedoms journey.  It is never too late.  Start today to truly live without smoking.  With the help and support of the EX community, you can Have a new life and end the vicious cycle of addiction.   1646DOF  I know!  You can do it too. 

If you are new here, Welcome.  You have come to the right place for support to quit smoking.  As addicts, we are often in denial when we are faced with the truth that we are addicts. Addictive behavior whether, using heroin, cocaine, meth, nicotine or any choice drug comes a specific way of thinking that enables the addict to continue using substances despite the serious consequences.  I can remember many times being drawn by the addiction to mindlessly drive in the middle of the night to buy smokes. I wondered why I could not make myself turn around and not buy those smokes. For some reason, I could not stop myself. The reason why....addiction, the impulsive gratification.  Like any other drug, I had to get my "fix".  As I look back, was I really putting in the effort?  Today I can honestly answer that quickly....No. 

 

I had "hope" but did not put in the "work" required.

 When I came to this site things changed. I learned of the law of addiction and treated my drug choice nicotine as such.   "The Law" was/is vital in my recovery and a better understanding of overcoming the desire to drive mindlessly in the middle of the night, or walk-in deep snow, scrounge my pockets and car seats for change just to get a "fix.  I am thankful for the knowledge.  It is true....knowledge is power    Quoting Thomas3.20.2010

For those who do not know,   The law of addiction states that administration of a drug to an addict will cause reestablishment of the dependence on that substance.  Until I was willing to never take another puff NO MATTER what was happening in my life I would continue on the vicious cycle of not being able to turn around. The only way around this law of addiction is NOPE. No matter what.   That will keep you on the journey to freedom.   Stop convicting yourself by going back to smoking.  With a support system, quitting is doable.   NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!  NOPE A wise elder once said, just don't smoke. Dancingthrulife_6.4.13

 

I made a commitment never to ever touch one, or put to my lips, not in my hand, not on my tongue, not in my lungs, not in my throat.  I will not choke. 

We all know that smoking is deadly.  Make a commitment today that NO MATTER WHAT, you will not smoke and stop playing roulette with your life.   You have to go through to get to freedom.  It is not easy but doable. 

JACKIE1-25-15

Message in a Bottle

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 May 22, 2019

The title of my blog was the theme for EX 7.  I won’t write much right now because I am filled thinking about a wonderful memorable EXperience with my friends here. New and old.  Just making a quick highlight my  keyboard is acting up 

Messages were written and placed in a bottle to read a statement from someone that made an impact on our journey.  Many heartfelt moments of sharing.  It was great. Lots of Kleenex tissue passed lol.    Special thanks for the souvenir gifts, Giulia, flower, Barb102, NOPE buttons (cool) Mark business card Strudel, a message in a bottle,  @        Daniela-3-11-2016    for the cookies, Sorry no pic, they got eaten before I thought about a pic. Mandolinrain gave us a seashell on a rope and soap which is the base.  Kathy’neighbor (God bless her)baked cupcakes. A miniature message bottle on it, so delicious.  Glad I did not bite too hard. More to come, have to go buy a keyboard. Thank you all for your love and friendship.Special shout out o Strudel and Michwoman for making this happen and anyone else for their support and input. Hoping to connect with EXers in the area djmurray_12-31-14 and DonnaMarie       EX 8 here I come wherever it is

Be Blessed, Continued prayers for you all.

 

 

 

Oh gosh I am about to cry. 

JACKIE1-25-15

Happy Resurrection Day

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Apr 21, 2019

At the end Holy Week, as we celebrate Resurrection Sunday, let us remember that Jesus is alive. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He deserves all of our hearts and all of our worship. It is about love. Let’s treat every week like it’s holy.

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That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 


 

 How pOSITIVE ?

Answer: So pOSITIVE  she created her own positive thought game here on EX. A positive thought for the day - game 

How pOSITIVE ?

Answer: Straight to the point positive!

Someone slipped, this was  her response

Just calculate how much money you've saved by December if you stay with us and become an EX  You can do it, we are here to help!  Back on the wagon, you go!

 

 

How pOSITIVE ??  

She will pick up cigarette trash and discard it for a cleaner environment. lol  Don't fall over Pall Mall 

 

 

 

 

She often speaks of  A better world   Oh what pOSITIVE lovely thoughts! 

In response to Dales blog, Smoking built a wall, knock it down, let it fall.  

"If the Berlin wall had not fallen, I would not be here with you today" 

 She is a native of Romania.and  Sometimes I really miss my first home 

 

When things are not well with her health she puts a pOSITIVE spin on it. 

Oh, yes, and I forgot to mention: joints pain (to the point I could not walk anymore, which was my saving grace at the beginning of my quit), and hair loss, a lot of hair loss

...

so happy when I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism dreaming about losing all that water I was retaining in my whole body...it wasn't more than 5-6 pounds

 Please note some quotes have been taken out of context for humor.

Peace and Positivity  

The pOSITIVity.. No shame to her game when she wants us to get along.Let's stay together 

When it's cold outside she's got the month of May Smile and enjoy 

She also has the cure for any bad odor.  Let her know what stinks she will fix it!Aromatherapy helps 

pOSITIVity with ”love” is her motto. Love and Belonging 

 

  She has graphics that will Positively calm you.  Healing thoughts 

Or get you excited and laugh

 

 If her graphics aren't working her meditation will 

3 min meditation 

 

There is so much I could say about this Elder, more than I could ever acknowledge here.

Please take time to read more of her beautifully written blogs. They reflect her sincerity, humor, genuineness, hardworking, dedicated super POSITIVE Elder

Today I give tribute and introduce to the newbies

 Miss Positivity

Elder

Daniela-3-11-2016

 

Daniela-3-11-2016

3 years 1 month 1 week 1 day Free

 

 

 

 

 

Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”– Alphonse Karr

 

No, I was not what we call a "happy quitter"  the numbers here for happy quitters is always very few.  I would call myself "a positive quitter"  (You can read my blogs. lol)  I was pumped up!  For every negative, I would turn it into a positive or just resolved that No Matter What I was not going to smoke. 

I believe for every negative, some good has to come from it.  Being the middle child of seven this has been a part of me for a long time.  I do understand everyone is not like that.  Some people see the positive in a situation, and others see the negative. It is all about the point of view. For one person, something might be pleasant, but for the other, it is annoying.  How do we get from negative thinking to positive thinking that we CAN quit smoking?   It does not happen overnight, it takes, guess what? TIME and PRACTICE ( in my high pitch singing voice).

Here are a few pointers

  •  Visualize how you will feel and what you will have once your goal is completed.”   (Freedom)   What does that look like to you?

  •  It requires a change in your attitude and point of view from within with persistence.  (it may mean letting go of past hurts) If necessary seek professional help. 
  • Being around people that have positive attitudes help.
  • You will be surprised how wearing a smile or a laugh can change things. 

      Even if you have to force one. It will improve how you feel.  Try it.  It Works!Smiley - Wikipedia

  • Speaking about your problems over and over again, eventually, develops the habit of staying negative most of the time. The more you speak about your negative experiences the more negative your mindset becomes.
  • Avoid,  repeating in your mind negative thoughts and narrations about yourself. 
  • Use less often the words like 'cannot', 'impossible', 'difficult' 'struggle" and similar words
  • Engage yourself in some physical activity if you can. Go for a walk, swim, or go to the gym, cook, bake, or go dancing or fix something at home.
  • Don't act like a victim, instead, take charge of the situation.
  •   Live while you are alive and find some enjoyment in each day (Joyce Meyers) just heard this one.  
  • Watching a funny movie diverts your mind from your problems and negative thoughts.
  • Read positive quotes Positive Affirmations and Support
  • Move forward and break the bondage of addiction. 
  • Say YES I Can!

There is power in positive thinking.  Believe that. 

 

ref. https://www.successconsciousness.com/stop-negative-thinking.html

For the last 48 hours, the act of smoking has crossed my mind at least two or three times.  Even though it is a smidgeon of thought, do I shrug it off and say oh well?  Don't know where that came from and keep it moving?  Yes, I do BUT I also know that it is time for me to go into protect quit mode, real quick.  I guess a smidgeon is huge for me because I rarely think about a stinking cigarette or even desire for one.  Breathe.  Don't know where the thought came from.  Right out of the blue.  Wow, I heard it could happen and it has. lol.  Not stressed about anything.  hmmm?  Maybe a few anxious moments Sunday, our church is going through a major change but nothing extraordinary. Change of seasons?  hmm?.  Been through 3 plus season changes.  Hmm? Not absolutely sure.  But I am sure of one thing, Just because the thought of smoking crosses my mind does not mean I have to act on it.  It has been more than 4 years since my quit date.  I know how to suck it up and keep it going and not be fooled by my addiction.  NOPE and  I am in protect quit mode right now. Period. That is why I am here talking about it. What do my EX friends have to say? 

No, I am not going to smoke.  No, I am not going to the store to buy any. NOPE no matter what!   I am just doing what I have always done.  Come to EX first.  I will never quit on my quit. I will never ever forget NEF where I started and what it has taken me to get where I am.   All my energy, all my inner strength, all my prayers, loss of sleep, all the pain of thinking about a cigarette.  Wondering when it would end and what it took to be free. No! I will never give it up or give in no matter what, by any means necessary.  Therefore I am not blowing it off and think that I am above the law.  NOPE.  Yes, I have kicked the demon to the curb and run right over it several times.  I am not looking back but will continue to stomp on its head if I have to. 

Mantra time!  No matter what, who, when, where, how.  I will not put one in my hand.  Not on my lips, not on my tongue, not in my lungs,  Not in my clothes, not up to my nose. Not in my throat, I will not choke. Breathe.  NOPE no matter what has kept me free and will keep me free.  Suprised I have to deal with this today. However, by any means necessary, I will not smoke.  I am being reminded that no matter where I am with my quit I am not above the law of addiction. I could relapse if I did not use my tools.  Wow smh.

The secret to quitting, I decided, was never to smoke again.  Ever. Close the door on it totally and forever.  Not just "I hope", but not to open that door ever again.  So all I had to do was not to smoke.

 

And I decided I could do that.  I didn't try to figure out the rest of my life, I didn't cement my plan into stone, I didn't even announce to anyone I was quitting.  I quietly shut the door and refused to open it ever again.

Dancingthrulife_6.4.13    2/1/19

The Most Effective Way to Quit 

 

 

Close the door to smoking, do not hold on to it as an option.  Be willing to close the door and never open it again.  NOPE. 

Early on my EX journey, I came upon a few EXer’s who had fallen.  Some had been on this journey longer than I.  Why did they fall?  I walked past them not understanding what happened.    I also noticed when one fell another would come along and trip.  I just couldn’t quite” get it”.  I became frightened with thoughts that I was doing all these things to quit smoking and this could happen to me.  I was baffled in the beginning but learned I could trip or fall if I did not read and pay attention to the signs (triggers) on this journey.   The sign that reads, "One Puff  Away To Relapse".

Your journey may be in one those seasons we talk about.  No matter where you are in your quit you have to be vigilant and guard it (read the signs) and do what is necessary to stay smoke-free.  If it means avoiding people, places, and things that may cause us to be vulnerable, do it.  The signs may not be visible in the beginning because we think we have become stronger than the addiction. Don't be so fooled.  We feel we have gotten the addiction under control and we are okay with certain situations. Maybe, but for some, it can be taking your quit for granted.  It may not happen the first time in those situations but over time it can build up and because of the fog, you don’t stop and read the signs.  We have to recognize that we are only one puff away to relapse.  This addiction is as real as crack, heroin, meth, cocaine so you have to protect your quit.

I understand that we live in a world that people smoke but sometimes we have to do whatever is necessary to avoid those people, places and things before it’s too late.  Hindsight is 20/20. If you are breathing second-hand smoke on a regular basis you are not reading the sign to a possible relapse.   We cannot subconsciously test ourselves or we may be smoking before we know it.  So don’t set yourself up for failure because you think you are strong.   Smoking cessation isn’t always about strength. Sometimes it is knowing where you are weak so you can set boundaries to protect your quit no matter what, who, when, where, or how.  In the end, we are responsible for it.

So no matter how many days you are smoke-free, you are still “one puff” away from relapse because the nicotine addiction is real.  Quitting smoking is a continuous work with no stop sign or date.  It is forever. It just gets easier with time. So if you are new or old to EX work your quit and most importantly, protect it. Stay close.  “Don’t quit on your quit. NOPE no matter what.  SINAO.  Smoking is not an option. 

JACKIE1-25-15

Are you still smoking?

Posted by JACKIE1-25-15 Feb 15, 2019

A Wise Elder Once Said...

"If you quit smoking and you are still smoking, you are doing it wrong". 

 

jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 

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