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Today is your Very Special day and I hope you are busy cruizing your New Camry down to the beach to CELEBRATE! I'm so Proud of You and so glad that we are quit buddies! For those who don't know Aunt Dee is our CoLeader in our Emphysema Support Group and I don't know what I would do without her! She's always ready to lend a compassionate ear, even when she doesn't feel well! God Bless YOU, Doris! Have a blast today!
Thomas3.20.2010

Beginnings

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 29, 2011
Will TODAY be the day that you finally say, I'm tired of "trying to quit"? TODAY I am quitting for LIFE! Will you finally stop pretending that you've given it your best shot when all it really takes is keeping those sickarettes away from your face? It really is that simple ( I didn't say easy!) and it is doable - you are no different from any of us who have begun our quit journey! In fact, more than 46 Million Americans have successfully quit smoking! On the other hand, Within the last 60 Seconds the following Smoke related Deaths occurred: All Causes: 107 Tuberculosis: 3 Respiratory Infection: 7 Trachea, Bronchus, and Lung Cancer: 2 COPD: 5 Believe me, there is no "reason" you can come up with for not quitting or for not maintaining your quit that we haven't heard! So come here and give us your best case as to why you haven't quit, yet! Challenge us to help you find a way to be SUCCESSFUL! If you want to be one of the 46 Million and not one of the 107 then give us a chance to show you that we KNOW SUCCESS and can help you to have it too! Have Courage and make the leap of trust - in Yourself! LIFE is precious and YOU ARE WORTH IT! If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. David Viscott My name is Thomas and I have 496 Smoke FREE Days! I have saved over $1116 by not smoking 4960 sickarettes! There's no telling how much I have prolonged my life because I have Stage II COPD/Emphysema and will probably sooner or later die from it! I'd rather make it later! http://whyquit.com/joel/dayzero.htm

There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from  facing head-on the hard
truths and saying, "We will never give up. We will  never
capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way  to
prevail."          Jim  Collins, from his book, Good to Great

 

Good Morning! I just wish to remind you new folks to put the past behind you! All the past "attempts" have nothing to do with this THE QUIT! Why is this one different? Because you are going to educate yourself about Nicotine Addiction at:

 

http://www.whyquit.com
http://quitsmokingonline.com/ and Allen Carr's book - "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking" - free download - http://joga.365.lt/Allen-Carr_Easy-Way-To-Stop-Smoking_Download-free-PDF-EBook

 

 

 

You are going to change your perspective and KNOW that you are giving up absolutely nothing of importance. You are going to keep your focus on FREEDOM - the FREEDOM of living ADDICTION FREE! You are going to have the determination to earn your quit one day at a time. You are going to use the N.O.P.E. Pledge:


I, Thomas, decide to live without so much as one single puff ever again under any circumstance, for any reason, NO MATTER WHAT! I will respect myself enough to honor that decision for the next 24 hours! Just one single day! Tomorrow I can decide again! 


You are embarking on a Fabulous Quit Journey full of FUN, Companionship and Adventure and what you will discover is Yourself - The REAL YOU who no longer hides behind a smoke cloud! 


That's why those other times have nothing whatsoever to do with this! So let go of the past, let go of your fears, and hop on board the FREEDOM TRAIN with us!

Thomas3.20.2010

TODAY

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 25, 2011


"We inhabit ourselves without valuing ourselves, unable to see that here,
now, this very moment is sacred; but once it's gone its value is
incontestable."  --Joyce Carol Oates

Today I am not going to think about what I wish I had done differently, what I wish I had said, where I wish I had gone, which choices I wish I had made. Dwelling on the past does me no good at all! 

Today I am not going to fret about what the future holds, whether I'll have money, fame or even food, clothes and shelter, or HEALTH! That's not for me to worry about! Matt 6:25ff

Today I choose to think about TODAY! Just for TODAY, I Thomas, choose to live LIFE Smoke FREE Abundantly! I will not smoke even one single puff under any circumstances, for any reason NO MATTER WHAT! I will make the most of my FREEDOM from ADDICTION to protect my Health and ENJOY my Happiness! When I work, I will work for my betterment, when I rest I will rest for my relaxation and renewal, when I go amongst my fellow man I will remember that they too have their story! 

I can't change the past and the future is just a series of NOWS! One moment at a time! 

 

A new survey has found nearly one-third of smokers believe the health effects of smoking are exaggerated.

And fewer than four out of 10 smokers are able to identify emphysema as a health effect of smoking.

The Cancer Council, Victoria survey of 861 smokers found:

*32 per cent of smokers believe the health effects of smoking have been exaggerated;

*37.5 per cent of smokers name emphysema or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) as being a health effect of smoking.

Quit Executive Director Fiona Sharkie said on Sunday smokers are kidding themselves if they think they can get away with smoking because the health effects have been exaggerated.

"Almost all smokers will get emphysema, while a quarter of all deaths from smoking are from emphysema," she said.

"If smoking doesn't kill you, it will likely affect you in some other way - often in ways that can change you and your family's lives forever."

     
      

The FDA has updated the label for varenicline (Chantix) to include additional information about the safety and efficacy of the smoking cessation drug in patients with cardiovascular disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

      

The label update follows an FDA statement last month noting that it was reviewing reports that use of the drug was associated with an increase of recurrent myocardial infarction or new onset peripheral arterial disease.

      

FDA said that a randomized trial of 700 smokers with stable cardiovascular disease found that participants who received varenicline were twice as likely to quit smoking and to stay smoke-free for a year versus participants in the placebo arm. The varenicline dose was 1 mg twice daily for 12 weeks.

      

The FDA said that information was added to the drug label, but also noted that the same study "demonstrated that Chantix may be associated with a small, increased risk of certain cardiovascular adverse events in these patients." The agency said the absolute risk of cardiovascular events with the drug was small in relation to its efficacy.

      

The new label also contains information about the utility of varenicline in COPD patients. This information reflects an FDA analysis of findings from a clinical trial of varenicline in 460 patients with mild to moderate COPD. Patients were randomized to varenicline (1 mg bid) or placebo for 12 weeks and then followed for 40 weeks.

      

The FDA said results from that trial showed that varenicline "was more effective in helping COPD patients quit smoking, and remain abstinent from smoking, for as long as one year compared to placebo. Adverse events in this clinical trial were similar to those seen in studies that were conducted for Chantix's initial approval in 2006, and no new safety concerns were identified."

      

Finally, the FDA updated the varenicline label to provide alternative directions for patients "who select a quit smoking date after they have already started taking Chantix."

      

For those patients, the FDA said the new label stipulates that they should start taking varenicline seven days before their quit date or, alternatively, begin the drug and then quit smoking between day eight and day 35 of treatment.

     
 
Thomas3.20.2010

Never Quit the Quit!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 23, 2011

"Let no feeling of discouragement prey
upon you, and in the end you 
are sure to succeed."
- Abraham Lincoln 

I personally am not an advocate of the idea that slips and relapses are inevitable. I sincerely believe that by making such a statement we are simply giving our addictive selves a "reason" to get their fix, which, of course, is not the goal. That's why I have been a big supporter of N.O.P.E.  You see, I've "quit" many times and for long periods of time but without the N.O.P.E. philosophy until I found this website in March of 2010. You see, I knew that I had to switch things up, to make some fundamental changes in my ATTITUDE about smoking because this time, there was absolutely NO WAY that I could go back to smoking! I have Emphysema and smoking would mean a very quick disintegration of my health! So no smoking for me NO MATTER WHAT! 

That said, there have been times when I wanted to quit but was continually tempted by my environment and felt frustrated and angry with myself for not getting it done. I know the slippery slope of slip into relapse which can be very quick or even take weeks but often if not always a slip can lead into relapse. I think the difference for me when I did manage to get a quit to stick was to  become disciplined about putting limits on my environment such as staying away from my favorite smoking places, my favorite purchacing places, and even some smoking pals altogether! 

Obviously something got me back into relapse or I wouldn't be talking about multiple "quits" and that's because I never stopped romancing the cigarette even when I was in the midst of a long "quit"! I became complacent after several Months. I lost my focus and became discouraged about having given up my "best friend"! I told mysel how brave I was for giving up this bad "habit", what a "sacrifice" I was making for my family, my career (I'm a teacher), even for my Doctor. I let these and other very subtle nico-lies creap into my thoughts and toyed with them for a long time, feeling cheated and "courageous"! Writing this, it seems so silly actually! But I never appreciated my new self! I longed for the me that I used to be! I became discouraged about the whole thing and it didn't take much to give into temptation with an ATTITUDE like that! 

So that had to change or I wouldn't get this done. By coming here, I've learned that quitting isn't just an event that happened on March 20, 2010 - it is a process that happens every single day for 490 days and counting..... It's not about a thing - it's about ME, the ADDICT and how I choose to live. Do I wish to live the junkie life feeding my ADDICTION until it kills me? OR Do I want to live the EXcellent LIFE of Smoke FREE Abundance? OH WOW! Let me think about that! Not a hard choice to make when you put it in that perspective, now is it? Thank God I'm Smoke FREE and N.O.P.E. for LIFE!

Thomas3.20.2010

I can't remember....

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 22, 2011

..one of the Blogs I read today and I can't remember which talked about "Would we have smoked if we knew it would cut off our legs?" It reminded me of Brandon's Story! 

http://smokinggotme.com/story.html

If you have young family or friends who are still smoking - then share this one! Something to think about! We've all heard the Cancer stories before - this is different!

Thomas3.20.2010

Fear

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 22, 2011

Many of our FEARs are:

False

Evidence

Appearing

Real

but as Seneca said:


"Our fears are  more numerous than our dangers,
and we suffer more in our imagination than  in reality."

 

Now, let's take a look at fear of quitting: 

Where does your fear come from? Is it the addict in you who is sending you messages about loneliness, deprivation, misery, sacrifice? Then visit the FREEDOM TRAIN and see if you think those p[eople are any of those things! 

Is your fear that you might fail again? Then find out about addiction by reading:

 

http://www.whyquit.com
http://quitsmokingonline.com/ and Allen Carr's book - "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking" - free download - http://joga.365.lt/Allen-Carr_Easy-Way-To-Stop-Smoking_Download-free-PDF-EBook

 

 


Is your fear that you will change? Well. I guarantee you that if you QUIT SMOKING you will change! - for the BETTER! If you seriously don't like the changes you have gone through, you are always a puff away from a pack a day! ALWAYS! 

 

Give yourself the gift of LIFE! You make the DECISION! You live with the Fabulous results! 

 

TODAY is a Great Day to LIVE Smoke FREE!

 

 

 


Thomas3.20.2010

Just because....

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 22, 2011

I want to share! Have a Great Weekend!

When we do the best we can, we never know what  miracle is wrought in
our life, or in the life of another.Helen Keller  (1880-1968) American
Writer

Yesterday is a dream, tomorrow but a  vision.
But today well lived makes every yesterday a
dream of  happiness and every tomorrow a vision of hope. Look well,
therefore to this  day


Do not spoil what you have, by desiring what  you have not; but remember
that what you now have was once among the things  you only hoped for.

Worrying is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to  do, but it
gets you nowhere. - Glenn Turner


The first and worst of all frauds is to cheat oneself. -

The  nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and
does not  accentuate the bad. The inferior does the  reverse.
Confucius  

What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are  tiny matters compared to
what lies within us. - William Morow

A friend is one who sees through you and still enjoys the  view.  W
Askinas


I think  laughter may be a form of courage. As humans we sometimes
stand tall and  look into the sun and laugh, and I think we are never
more brave than when  we do that. Linda Ellerbee (1944-   )Journalist

Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate  pleasures for
long-term values. Joshua L.  Liebman

You've got to get up every morning with  determination
if you're going to go to bed with satisfaction."G H  Lorimer~

 

My name is Thomas and I have 488 Smoke FREE Days! That's 4881 cigs I have not smoked and $1098.43 I haven't spent killing myself one puff at a time!

Thomas3.20.2010

Whatever It Takes!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 21, 2011

An issue that has been heatedly discussed is how to best support others in their quit! I'm a teacher and part of our training is behavior modification. That's just a lot of big words to suggest how best to support our students in prizing their learning! I have compared these skills with what we do here to find out if there is anything to offer, Here's what I found:

In order to replace any kind of addiction, the addict must find another, more positive activity! Sounds familiar!

Emotional issues are learned just as behaviors are learned and can be replaced with positive affirmations. The addict eventually substitutes faulty beliefs that support their addictive behavior. Again, Right on! I believe Connie posted some examples of this just recently!

An addict must take 3 steps;

(1) Test addictive beliefs to see if they are valid.

(2) Introduce new beliefs that will help you change old patterns of addiction.

(3) Practice your new behavior

The following b mod strategies are recommended;

(1) Positive Reinforcement

(2) Manage Environmental Influences

(3) Goal Setting

and Yes:

(4) Negative Reinforcement

Now, remember that these are Strategies! Some combinations of these strategies work for some addicts and others work for others! Also, proportions of each are based on individual differences!

Conclusion: I see this site using all of these strategies in their support of our members. Surely, the mix of strategies offered is dependent on the personal experience of the person in the supporting role and that's O.K.! The main thing is we are not overlooking any of these strategies - they're all there for the person needing support! So take what works for you and leave the rest - just be aware, the other fella might need a different combination and that's perfectly natural! So I see no reason to criticise either those in the supporting role or those looking for support! Let's all remember that we all have one goal: Quit Smoking to Save Lives - especially mine! 

May we all be more accepting of our neighbor and address each other with respect and brotherly LOVE! Have a Fantastic Smoke FREE Day! There's nothing quite so Wonderful as living ADDICTION FREE!

Confidence on the outside begins by living with  integrity on  the
inside.          Brian  Tracy

Just in case you're new here today and haven't heard, we are JUNKIES! I am and YOU ARE, Too! Here's the difference between us and those guys jonesing for a fix! When you have QUIT SMOKING you break the cycle of dishonesty that says anything to "justify"  my next hit! You know, "Oh I don't smoke much, everybody deserves a vice!", or "just one won't hurt!", or (I love this one!)" I can quit any time I want!" (and here's the other half!) "I can't quit - I've tried a dozen times!" There are an infinite number of LIES that we tell ourselves in order to give in to that next craving and keep the Monster happy!

 Now, once you stay quit for a good while,that smoke cloud rises and you are left standing there in all your natural beauty! The REAL YOU! The Rose with thorns! You have to learn to live with yourself just as God intends for you to be! You have to become INTEGRATED! You can't run for a cig and hide behind the smoke any more! This is YOU! And it's a Great Opportunity to look at yourself - really take a good look! - and say "I like what I see!" There's a person with so much courage (s)he kicked the addiction for LIFE! There's a person who had FOCUS, who had DETERMINATION, who RESPECTS themself, who HONORS their DECISIONS! That's a darm AWESOME PERSON! You set a Goal and made it happen even though you were afraid, anxious, upset, disoriented! You made it happen! YOU DID THAT! WOW! If you could do that you can do all kinds of things! You have EXcellent reason to be CONFIDENT because you have INTEGRITY! Now, seriously, folks, how many people do you know who can say that? Feel PROUD of YOURSELF! 

 

Thomas3.20.2010

OWNERSHIP!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 19, 2011

No price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself  Nietzsche

 

Do you own yourself or does your addiction own you? The Number One Benefit I get from living Addiction FREE is MYSELF!

 

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Thomas is not available right now, and if you leave a message he won't get back to you!!!!

I'm too busy counting my Blessings because I'm an EXer!!!

Fill your mind with Positive Thoughts and there won't be time to listen to those lying whispers!

If I can do it you can too!

It isn't a bit harder for you than it is for any one of us, we just changed our perspective!!!


I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love  and
abundance. Then, whenever doubt, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep
getting a busy signal and soon they'll forget my number. - Edith Armstrong

Thomas3.20.2010

Time to Get Started!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 18, 2011

You can't cross a sea by merely

staring into the water."

- Rabindranath Tagore

 

TODAY is the day that you can DECIDE to live Smoke FREE!

 

I, Thomas, pledge to myself today that I will not smoke even one little puff under any circumstances, for any reason! I will RESPECT myself enough to HONOR this promise NO MATTER WHAT!

 

Today is my 485th Smoke FREE Day! I have not smoked 4849 cigarettes in that time, saving $1091 and adding untold quantity and quality to my LIFE!

 

If I can do it, YOU CAN,too! Make the Leap! It's time to stop thinking about quitting and JUST DO IT!

"Do not let what you cannot do interfere 
with what you can do."
- John Wooden

Some folks smoke because they are home bound by another disability and are coping with isolation and mobility problems. A good example is MS. However, smoking actually increases your chances of getting MS considerably and for those who have MS it makes the deterioration a lot faster! That's just one example but no matter what your disability, if you are homebound, young or old, you should know that you're risk of getting COPD is increased and the consequences are more severe due to your inabiliy to exercise in a way that will benefit your lungs! So again, it's very important that if you have a disability to not smoke or if you are smoking, to quit smoking TODAY! The risk you are taking with Quality and Quantity of LIFE is cut short by your addiction! This is one thing that YOU CAN do for yourself! Quit Smoking TODAY! We're here to help!

Have you counted your Blessings Today?

Thomas3.20.2010

Step One!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 15, 2011

WELCOME all ypou great new quitters! Let's get started:

 

So you really want to quit smoking? First and Foremost you need to learn about Nicotine Addiction. Knowledge is POWER! Here are some websites that will give you an understanding of addiction and smoking cessation! If you're serious then you will take the time to READ!

http://www.whyquit.com
http://quitsmokingonline.com/ and Allen Carr's book - "The Easy Way To Stop Smoking" - free download - http://joga.365.lt/Allen-Carr_Easy-Way-To-Stop-Smoking_Download-free-PDF-EBook

 

It's all right here! So get busy and find out! Then come back here and Face your FEARS! The reality is not nearly as bad as your Fear! We supply the encouragement - You CAN do this! If you're looking for SUCCESS why not listen to those of us who ARE Successful?

Thomas3.20.2010

When You Need HELP!!!!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 15, 2011

Delay acting on the urge to smoke. After five minutes the urge to smoke weakens and your resolve to quit will come back.
Deep breathe. Take a long slow breath in and slowly release it out again. Repeat three times.
Drink water slowly holding it in your mouth a little longer to savour the taste.
Do something else to take your mind off smoking. Doing some exercise is a good alternative.

Come here FIRST! Ask for HELP! There's generally somebody here 24/7 to offer support and advice!

Thomas3.20.2010

SUPPORT!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 15, 2011

"When life's problems seem 
overwhelming, look around and see 
what other people are coping with. 
You may consider yourself fortunate." 
- Ann Landers

One of the best ways that I've learned to protect my quit since I first joined this site is supporting others! If you are just getting started then may I suggest that you get involved and Blog not just about what you're going through but giving strength and encouragement to your fellow quitter? Comment on somebody's Blog and/or page... Cheer on your quit buddies and lift up those who are struggling! You'd be surprised at how much these activities will teach you about your own quit journey and fortify your determination while focusing on the true goal - FREEDOM, letting go of romancing the cigarette! We often can promote healthy decisions in others that we can't see for ourselves! This is a Great way to get around that ADDICT mind and see the good that you are doing for yourself! Plus you have the added benefit that when you lift people up, they're there for you! It makes you think and really count your blessings and share HOPE with the next guy! While you're at it, don't forget that most of us started out in the Forums, completely lost and stumbling around this site with no guidance! Reach back into the Forums and grap a newbie into the Blogs! You'll feel GREAT! Most important you will never know whose LIFE you saved!

Thomas3.20.2010

Reframe the Question!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 15, 2011

When you have an overwhelming desire to go back to your sickerettes, think for just a second! The question in your mind shouldn't be to smoke or not to smoke! The relavant question is:

"What do I do instead?

Here's some suggestions:

 

1. Read a book.

2. Wash the car.

3. Wash the dog.

4. Go for a walk.

5. Knit a scarf.

6. Do a crossword puzzle.

7. Take a nap.

8. Call a friend.

9. Post a comment on my page

10. Play with the cat.

11. Turn the bathroom into a spa and do all those beauty treatments.

12. Listen to a relaxation tape or some favorite music.

13. Go to a store and get a free make-up session.

14.Give yourself a manicure and pedicure.

15. Try out a new hair-do

16. CHEW SOME CLOVES!

17. Go to the movies.

18. Hang out at a mall.

19. Do a jigsaw puzzle online at Jigzone.com

20. Breathe deeply!

21. Swig down some ice water.

22. Jump on a treadmill or go to a gym.

23. Give someone you love a huge hug.

24. Plant some flowers.

25. Do some exercise - swimming, aerobics, yoga, etc. Great for releasing endorphins (feel good factor) and relieving stress (physical and mental).

26. Work out how to post a picture in the forum!

27. Take up a new hobby/interest - channel your thoughts into something constructive and interesting.

28. Work in the garden.

29. Retail therapy with the cash you saved from not smoking.

30. Suck on a piece of TART candy (Jolly Rancher is my personal favorite).

31. Slather on a rich, creamy hand lotion and rub, rub, rub! It keeps fingers busy, and reminds you how nice it is not to have tobacco stink on them.

32. Eat a popscicle.

33. Floss and brush your teeth.

34. Make-out with your special someone! Hubby hated kissing me when I smoked, but now he LOVES it. Soooo, when the urge strikes and he's within kissing distance, I plant a big one on him!

35. Chew gum.

36. Chew a toothpick (shiny teeth).

37. Spend time with a kid.

38. Give yourself a treat every day of your quit - not matter how small.

39. Spend an hour filling the paddling pool in the garden on a gorgeous sunny day, only to find that the kids would rather play on the computer.

40. Play several games of Internet Scrabble, and hopefully win one!

41. Walk in an old graveyard with the man you love.

42. Get your jammies on early, and park yourself in front of your computer for the night.

43. Build a REAL closet

44. Hang the sheetrock on said closet.

45. Do the mudding, taping and sanding on that closet.

46. Paint the closet.

47. Add the doors to the closet.

48. And last...when the real closet is finished, create THE CHOCOLATE CLOSET on this site.

49. Hang on dearly to a caramel apple sucker.

50. Sing loudly.

51. Practice smiling in the mirror (releases endorphins)!

52. Make lists of pros and cons of smoking.

53. Find gross smoking disease pictures.

54. Play with Silly Putty.

55. Whistle "Don't Worry - Be Happy."

56. Get a camera, and take some pictures.

57. Write a letter (you know...on paper).

58. Clean OUT the closets.

59. Crank up the radio and sing at the top of your lungs (works great for driving craves).

60. Crank up the radio and dance like no one is watching.

61. Make a puzzle.

62. Organize your boxes of pictures.

63. Alphabetize your CD rack.

64. Come here and read and post.

65. Go to miniclip.com and PLAY GAMES.

66. Do your nails. Hard to smoke with wet nails. I've tried.

67. Take a shower.

68. Take a candle-lit bath.

69. Clean out a messy drawer.

70. Take a day trip.

71. Try making home-made candles or soap.

72. Run in place.

73. Do some jumping jacks.

74. Start a reward fund - put away the amount you spend on smokes every day and use it to treat yourself once in awhile.

75. Write a poem.

76. Go antique shopping.

77. Go plant a flower for every negative thought.

78. Go to church/talk to God.

79. Let your husband cook supper for you.80. Call your Grandmother!

Thomas3.20.2010

Self-Respect!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 14, 2011

Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows
with  the ability to say no to  oneself.               Abraham Joshua
Heschel 1907-1972

 

If you had asked me if I respect myself back in those days when I was smoking, I would have said "Sure! I am a self-confident positive fellow!" Yet, at the same time, I continued to light up those death sticks several times a day! Committing the little suicide! Thinking in some screwball junkie thinking that by "being a rebel" that I was "standing up for myself - for my "right to choose' - for my individuality"! What a bunch of Balogna!!! But I believed it! That's what ADDICTION can do to your thinking! It can turn it into a pretzel! Anything to get my next FIX! Junkie Thinking is incredibly insidious because it's a part of me! It knows me like nobody else on the planet and it uses that knowledge against the God-given part of me that wished every single day to break out of the addiction and find my TRUE SELF! ADDICTION! It changes not just your brain, it changes your whole body and how it works, and by doing so it can completely take over your thought processes and make the most logical, rational person on the planet twist their self esteem and self-respect into this sick individual who craves with all their body and mind that next FIX! Here's the good part! Our Creator, who truly LOVES us even when we don't know how to love and respect ourselves will use any means possible to urge us to come back to our TRUE GOD GIVEN SELVES! He nudges us constantly! He swarms our conscience and if that doesn't work, He allows our bodies to react to the poison we've been feeding our Temples so that we finally come to KNOW that we have NO OPTION! Smoking is not an OPTION any more UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES!!! Then He brings people like YOU into our lives that lift us up and support us as we struggle to throw off the junkie twisted thinking and see the LIGHT OF TRUTH! TRUTH is right here each and every day for any of us, even the most hard-core junkie to feed on! TRUTH WILL SET US FREE! All we have to do is to say YES! I will at least listen to the TRUTH! I will give myself a chance to see beyond my ADDICTIVE THINKING and find out what's beyond! I really DO respect myself, LOVE myself, wish to affirm LIFE and LIVE ABUNDANTLY as My Creator intends! YES TO LIFE! YES TO FREEDOM! YES TO MY TRUE SELF! God bless each and every one of YOU and ME, too! We were all lost in the sea of ADDICTION and He is calling us back to OURSELVES! ALLELUJAH! Thank God I'm FREE at Last!

Thomas3.20.2010

Make the Leap TODAY!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 9, 2011

If you're never scared or embarrassed or hurt, it means you never

take any chances. Julia Sorel 1926-

 

I. Thomas, pledge that I will not smoke even one little puff under any circumstances whatever it takes! I will respect myself enough to honor this promise NO MATTER WHAT!

 

Why am I still taking this pledge a year and 3 months after I decided to quit? Because I am an addict - just like you and I will always be an addict! It is my obligation to myself and to my Creator to remain vigilant and to pay forward to others what was given to me - the support it takes to bring a smoker out of the smoke cloud of addiction and learn to live smoke FREE! Even today, I am a puff away from a pack a day! I can choose any time to throw away my hard earned FREEDOM! But I won't! I RESPECT myself! I RESPECT my LIFE! I choose to live Addiction FREE! I was scared, embarrassed, and very hurt when I was diagnosed with a DEADLY smoke-related illness! I actually had friends who avoided me as if my illness might be contagious, I still have people look at me with pity! YUCK![b] But I will not let them who do not live in my skin effect me! I affirm the Quality of my life every single day! I live life to the fullest! I laugh with JOY because I choose to live smoke FREE! I work full time even though the "experts" tell me to quit and go on disability! I give it my ALL! And that means I come here every day to extend my hand to YOU because if I can live FREE and HAPPY Addiction FREE then you can too! It has nothing to do with this patch or that pill - it's what's inside that counts! LOVE YOURSELF enough to live one single day smoke FREE! ONE DAY! TODAY! Don't pay attention to the folks who say stupid things! Don't pay attention to the stress that comes up that day! How stressful do you suppose it is to have a chronic, terminal illness? Just live as best you can for YOU Smoke FREE for one single day! Find the YOU that's hiding under that Smoke Cloud of ADDICTION! It will change your life - profoundly - ALL for the better!

Thomas3.20.2010

Beating the Odds!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 7, 2011
"What's wrong with the occasional cigarette as long as your lungs don't look like down town L.A.? After all, a cigarette once in a while can't be all bad - it may be a vice but it's a legal vice and it doesn't hurt anybody - at least not like alcohol or drugs! besides nobody's perfect! Look, I just smoke a pack a week! Yea, I know about Cancer and such, but surely that's people who smoked 2 or 3 packs for 40 or 50 years not me! Heck, I was over 30 when I started smoking and I've quit now and then just to give my body a break, so I'll be O.K. Everything in moderation ain't all that bad! " That was me talking 2 years ago, completely confident that I had successfully dodged the silver bullet by carefully playing the odds! I would be the last person on Earth to get sick from smoking-related illness! But guess what? I was wrong! Boy, was I ever wrong! Holy Smokes!!! ( pun intended) When I woke up that beautiful Spring morning with a fever of 102 there is absolutely no way I would have predicted the path that my life was about to take! That trip to the Emergency Room (it would have to be on a Sunday!) changed my life forever! I, Thomas, was diagnosed not just with a lung infection but with Emphysema!!! The guy who was so careful to beat the odds just lost the game of poker and there's no going back! Emphysema is chronic, permanent, and progressive! Most likely, although only Our Creator knows for sure, it will be my cause of Death! How does a young (relatively) healthy (usually) active fella like me get Emphysema, for crying out loud? What I didn't know was way more than what I did know about Emphysema and COPD!!! Oh, I'd seen the pictures of the happy retired folks puttering around in their gardens or playing with their grandkids because they were smart enough to take Advair or Spiriva! That's about it! My Grandma who lived in another State died of Emphysema when she was in her nineties but we all have to die of something, don't we? Eventually! But heck, I was 52 and had never really been sick much at all my entire adult life! I worked 60 to 80 hours a week and never thought anything of it - hard physical labor, not a desk job! Here are some facts that I have since learned about COPD: it is an auto-immune illness. it doesn't care if you are 20 or 80 years old! It doesn't care if you smoke 2 or 3 cigs a day or 2 or 3 packs! Just one cigarette will trigger your body's defense mechanism and there you have it! About half of the folks who have COPD don't even know it! Meanwhile the damage that they are doing to their lungs can NEVER be repaired! Your body creates all kinds of mucus in your lungs and bronchials that is a perfect breeding ground for any kind of bacteria or virus you cross paths with like pneumonia! Every time you get a lung infection a bit more irreparable damage will have been done and your condition deteriorates. Because your lungs don't work so well you can inhale fairly well, but you can't exhale so well at all. What people exhale is Carbon Dioxide - you know, poison! That CO2 stays in your system and makes your whole body in a constant state of being poisoned! Because your body wants Oxygen and not CO2 your heart overworks itself trying to get enough Oxygen to where it's needed. Eventually, the heart deforms itself from working overtime! Then you have Congestive Heart Failure! Don't forget, you're still getting those lung infections from time to time! The toxins make your limbs feel like wet spaghetti so that such things as getting dressed or washing dishes become monumental tasks! When you cross a room you huff and puff like the Big Bad Wolf! And know you can't even blow out a candle - let alone blow down a house! This is my reality! Oh you remember that part about not hurting anybody but myself? What do you suppose my Family and Loved Ones are feeling knowing that I did this to myself? Now, do you still want that occasional cigarette? You still think it won't happen to you? Do you know that people die of smoke related illnesses in their TEENS? Check out Brian's Story at www.whyquit.com! Do you know that one single cigarette can not only trigger COPD it can cause a life-altering Stroke? Do you know that one single cigarette can change your DNA permanently setting you up for Cancer? ONE CIGARETTE! Do you believe it? I am testimonial that in this business you can't beat the Odds - the Odds can beat YOU - down! Forever! Get Smart! Be honest, at least with yourself! Smoking KILLS! Every time you light a cig you are committing the little suicide! You are spitting on the Gift of LIFE that your Creator bestowed on you! Enough is enough! Stop playing the Odds! TODAY is the Right Day to become Smoke FREE for LIFE!
Thomas3.20.2010

Just Curious?

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 6, 2011
What would Grampa think if he heard that the President said: "Tweet me on Twitter?" Boy, times sure have changed! When we were young we had no idea what these sickerettes were doing to us, but now we DO know and there's really no excuse to keep killing yourself! Today is a Great Day to live Smoke FREE! We have been where you are right now and can show you the way out! SUCCESS with the REAL EXperts!!!!
1. Read a book. 2. Wash the car. 3. Wash the dog. 4. Go for a walk. 5. Knit a scarf. 6. Do a crossword puzzle. 7. Take a nap. 8. Call a friend. 9. Post a comment on my page 10. Play with the cat. 11. Turn the bathroom into a spa and do all those beauty treatments. 12. Listen to a relaxation tape or some favorite music. 13. Go to a store and get a free make-up session. 14.Give yourself a manicure and pedicure. 15. Try out a new hair-do 16. CHEW SOME CLOVES! 17. Go to the movies. 18. Hang out at a mall. 19. Do a jigsaw puzzle online at Jigzone.com 20. Breathe deeply! 21. Swig down some ice water. 22. Jump on a treadmill or go to a gym. 23. Give someone you love a huge hug. 24. Plant some flowers. 25. Do some exercise - swimming, aerobics, yoga, etc. Great for releasing endorphins (feel good factor) and relieving stress (physical and mental). 26. Work out how to post a picture in the forum! 27. Take up a new hobby/interest - channel your thoughts into something constructive and interesting. 28. Work in the garden. 29. Retail therapy with the cash you saved from not smoking. 30. Suck on a piece of TART candy (Jolly Rancher is my personal favorite). 31. Slather on a rich, creamy hand lotion and rub, rub, rub! It keeps fingers busy, and reminds you how nice it is not to have tobacco stink on them. 32. Eat a popscicle. 33. Floss and brush your teeth. 34. Make-out with your special someone! Hubby hated kissing me when I smoked, but now he LOVES it. Soooo, when the urge strikes and he's within kissing distance, I plant a big one on him! 35. Chew gum. 36. Chew a toothpick (shiny teeth). 37. Spend time with a kid. 38. Give yourself a treat every day of your quit - not matter how small. 39. Spend an hour filling the paddling pool in the garden on a gorgeous sunny day, only to find that the kids would rather play on the computer. 40. Play several games of Internet Scrabble, and hopefully win one! 41. Walk in an old graveyard with the man you love. 42. Get your jammies on early, and park yourself in front of your computer for the night. 43. Build a REAL closet 44. Hang the sheetrock on said closet. 45. Do the mudding, taping and sanding on that closet. 46. Paint the closet. 47. Add the doors to the closet. 48. And last...when the real closet is finished, create THE CHOCOLATE CLOSET on this site. 49. Hang on dearly to a caramel apple sucker. 50. Sing loudly. 51. Practice smiling in the mirror (releases endorphins)! 52. Make lists of pros and cons of smoking. 53. Find gross smoking disease pictures. 54. Play with Silly Putty. 55. Whistle "Don't Worry - Be Happy." 56. Get a camera, and take some pictures. 57. Write a letter (you know...on paper). 58. Clean OUT the closets. 59. Crank up the radio and sing at the top of your lungs (works great for driving craves). 60. Crank up the radio and dance like no one is watching. 61. Make a puzzle. 62. Organize your boxes of pictures. 63. Alphabetize your CD rack. 64. Come here and read and post. 65. Go to miniclip.com and PLAY GAMES. 66. Do your nails. Hard to smoke with wet nails. I've tried. 67. Take a shower. 68. Take a candle-lit bath. 69. Clean out a messy drawer. 70. Take a day trip. 71. Try making home-made candles or soap. 72. Run in place. 73. Do some jumping jacks. 74. Start a reward fund - put away the amount you spend on smokes every day and use it to treat yourself once in awhile. 75. Write a poem. 76. Go antique shopping. 77. Go plant a flower for every negative thought. 78. Go to church/talk to God. 79. Let your husband cook supper for you. 80. Call your Grandmother! 81. Paint a room. 82. Eat a hot fudge sundae. 83. Go play mini-golf. 84. Clean the basement or garage. 85. Wax the car. 86. Make love with your significant other. 87. Scrub the floor. 88. Treat yourself to a massage. 89. Chop up some veggies for a stir-fry - keep your hands busy! 90. Clean out the litter box. 91. Check your car's tire pressure. 92. Call a radio show and request a song. 93. Go ride a few rollercoasters. 94. Take a walk in nature. 95. Watch the sun set. 96. Write a goodbye letter to cigarettes 97. Donate blood. 98. Color your hair. 99. Make a greeting card. 100. Write a list of things you are grateful for!
Everyone who got to where they are had to begin where they were." - Richard Paul Evans There is nothing different about me! I didn't find quitting any easier than you are experiencing it! I simply made a decision to change my perspective! I don't ask myself whether to smoke or not to smoke - I ask "What can I do instead?" and I commit to my Quit each and every day one day at a time for 473 days in a row! You can too!
Thomas3.20.2010

INDEPENDENCE!

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Jul 4, 2011
N.O.P.E. one day at a time! TODAY on Independence Day I. Thomas, claim my independence from Nicotine Addiction! I will not smoke even one puff under any circumstances! I will respect MYSELF enough to honor that DECISION no matter what! Not One Puff Ever!!! ALLELUJAH!!!! FREEDOM!!!!!
We're Celebrating the Nation's Freedom from tyranny and I, for one, will be Celebrating my Freedom from the tyranny of Addiction! The only thing I'll be lighting is fireworks and the only thing I'll be smoking is BBQ! Living LIFE Addiction FREE is Living LIFE Abundantly! May you and your Families enjoy a Fabulous Smoke FREE Weekend Holiday!

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