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A.K.A. The 3 As of AA.

Be aware of your triggers and smoking habits - the people, places, and things that stimulate your cravings. It could be second smoke, a lighter, a 7/11, a breaktime at work, your spouse, parents, sister, "friend," boss.  Just Pay Attention and write it down - X,y,z, started my craving.

Accept that a trigger is never responsible for being a trigger! You are responsible for your quit! So since smoking is 100% not an option, what will you do next time so-and-so or whatever sets you off? Have your answer in hand. The more you do this, the more prepared you'll be for both expected and unexpected triggers.

Action - walk away, change your thought, hum a tune, snap a rubber band on your wrist, pop a mint, get grounded and follow through to the other side of your crave - taking direct action is way easier than trying not to smoke!

Plan before you quit, plan the day of your quit, plan today no matter how many days you have quit and you will soon have your plan so ingrained that taking action is just normal - you new normal as a Smoke FREE Individual - not a slave to addiction!

Thomas3.20.2010

Autumn Beauty

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 16, 2018

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There is a part of me that will forever want to be walking under autumn leaves, carrying a briefcase containing the works of Shakespeare and Yeats and a portable chess set. I will pass an old tree under which once on a summer night I lay on the grass with a fragrant young woman and we quoted e.e. cummings back and forth. Roger Ebert
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Don't let smoking steal the autumn days from your Life! Every single day is precious and worth it! You are worth it!

Never quit on your Quit!

Thomas3.20.2010

Ending my MIA

Posted by Thomas3.20.2010 Oct 3, 2018

I missed every one of you and appreciated every message sent during these past 2 Months. Now I am back and much better! Still smoke free and breathing better than I have in a long time. I changed up all of my meds and changed pulmonologists as well as speech therapy. My vocal cords were burnt with acid reflux. That is just part of a very challenging time in my life going back to July. But I never gave up!

Sometimes you really get challenged and you have to give it your all to get through. Quitting Smoking is one of those times. When you make the unbreakable decision that smoking is not an option things actually become much easier. My perspective changed and the questions in my mind changed from "to smoke or not to smoke" to "since smoking is not an option, what do I do instead?" 

We all have different answers to that question so take what works for you, make it your own, and leave the rest. There are literally dozens of answers to be found in these blogs. Try Best of EX if you don't know where to start. READ READ READ! When some person resonates with you go through their early blogs and watch their Quit grow right before you eyes!

We have lots of answers but only you can make them yours and become an EX and my guess, if you listen to what is said you can become a Happy Quitter! How sweet is that?

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