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Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Champion Sep 23, 2017

I do a manic housecleaning each Fall, and as part of that I take down all my curtains, hang them outside, and, of course, iron them.  I don't iron much else - so this setting up of the ironing board is pretty much only an annual event.

I put up my ironing board the other day -------- and BAM - I had a craving for a cigarette!  FIVE+ YEARS and I had a craving for a cigarette.......not a passing thought and easy to dismiss........but a "get in the car and go buy a pack" CRAVE!

This addiction NEVER lets go, I don't think.  I realized I had not relearned this association since I repeat it so infrequently ---- so it became a trigger.  WOW!  I knew what to do, so I turned on the TV, made an iced Pepsi and got out a bag of whole grain honey twists on which to munch.  The crave seemed to last a long time, but it eventually let go.

Always have your tools handy!

Be vigilant, my friends!



My Friendly Weekend Reminder!

You really don't know how much alcohol may cause you to think "just one won't hurt," and you believe it!  If you are quitting smoking, drinking alcohol is really a bad idea.

A quit is a terrible thing to lose!



The Journey

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Champion Sep 21, 2017

Quitting smoking is a journey.  Some days will feel downhill...

Some days will feel like this:

but make it to the end, and you WILL feel like THIS!

                                       I PROMISE!

Hang in there!



The F Word

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Champion Sep 19, 2017


No - not THAT one:


If you are just starting your quit, or have years in, you might spend a minute thinking about what freedom from addiction means to you!  To me, it means:

-traveling by air without the added discomfort of needing a cigarette when I am already stressed out.  I remember hearing of people stuck on the tarmac for hours, and wondering what I would do----I would probably have had to get OFF that plane! I flew to Europe last fall, so had the three hours in the airport, then ELEVEN on the plane, then through the airport in Germany.  I was LESS stressed during the entire process because I wasn't worried about smoking and having those receptors firing all the time.

-not worrying about my supply of smokes when the weather forecast was bad.

-not being mortified in a crowded space knowing how awful I smelled.

What does it mean to YOU?





Do you really believe you can make good decisions in this condition?  PLEASE don't drink while you are quitting smoking.  Your ability to reason is greatly reduced, and you might just believe that little voice that may tell you, "just one won't hurt."


A quit is a terrible thing to lose!



It's the weekend.  Just a reminder that drinking and quitting smoking are not a good mix.  A lot of quits have been lost because of alcohol.  Please don't let yours be one of them!



You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello and too old to REALLY understand computers to fully appreciate this. For those of us who sometimes get flustered by our computers, please read on...

If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, 'Who's on First?' might have turned out something like this:

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.
COSTELLO: No, the name's Lou.
ABBOTT: Your computer?
COSTELLO: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.
COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou.
ABBOTT: What about Windows?
COSTELLO: Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT: Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO: I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?
ABBOTT: Wallpaper.
COSTELLO: Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT: Software for Windows?
COSTELLO: No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals,track expenses and run my business. What do you have?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT: I just did.
COSTELLO: You just did what?
ABBOTT: Recommend something.
COSTELLO: You recommended something?
COSTELLO: For my office?
COSTELLO: OK, what did you recommend for my office?
ABBOTT: Office.
COSTELLO: Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT: I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO: I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
COSTELLO: What word?
ABBOTT: Word in Office.
COSTELLO: The only word in office is office.
ABBOTT: The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO: Which word in office for windows?
ABBOTT: The Word you get when you click the blue 'W'.
COSTELLO: I'm going to click your blue 'W' if you don't start with some straight answers.
What about financial bookkeeping? Do you have anything I can & nbsp;track my money with?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: That's right. What do you have?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT: It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO: What's bundled with my computer?
ABBOTT: Money.
COSTELLO: Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT: Yes. At no extra charge.
COSTELLO: I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT: One copy.
COSTELLO: Isn't it illegal to copy money?
ABBOTT: Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO: They can give you a license to copy money?
(A few days later)
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT: Click on 'START'…….

I turned my heat on yesterday just to get the chill off and it worked - but made quite a racket!  Now I have to call yet another repairman ---- I've had the plumber and the electrician in over the past month - but I'm not smoking over it!

I am expecting that the rain we are getting today (remnants from Harvey) will at least melt the iceberg in my outdoor pool ---- but I'm not smoking over it, either.

I charged my Fitbit that I had drowned and it WORKED when I went to bed --- but out of charge this morning, so I guess it isn't actually reborn ---- but I'm not smoking over it, either.

Lots of things happen in life out of our control.

Smoking is not one of them. THAT is a choice! Choose wisely!




on alcohol this long weekend if you are quitting smoking.  Drinking early in your quit can kill it - pure and simple.

Please don't chance it.

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.


Mark and Giulia


I am helping Mark test the moderation filter.




Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Champion Aug 28, 2017




This is a test of the Emergency Broadcast System (aka Moderation Filter).






Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Champion Aug 28, 2017



You might act like Billy (the goat)


Don't be a dilly!

If you are quitting smoking, it is a bad idea to drink alcohol.

You might smoke; you might not.  Why take the chance?  A quit is a terrible thing to lose.


I was thinking about the terrible, horrible no good rotten day I blogged about here, (I Would Rather Be Moderated! )  and thought I would share my “AHA” moment about it.


Had I simply stopped and thought before acting, I could have avoided ALL of it. Reminds me of one of my favorite sayings, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”


At the gas station, had I stopped and used my BRAIN, I would have spent a moment and realized there was ANOTHER pump handle (albeit hidden on the side of the pump) or realized that the reason the nozzle didn't fit into the fill hole was because that nozzle WAS for diesel and that is the reason that one kept lighting up.


At Sears, if I had stopped and THOUGHT about it when I first couldn't locate my truck, I would have retraced my entry route, realized there were TWO entrances with cement columns, and that it was possible both of them led to the appliance department.


At the spa, I might have sat in my car a moment and asked myself if I had all I needed BEFORE limp/dragging my way there.....


Just like making that decision to light a cigarette after you have quit. Take a moment FIRST, think it through. Think about WHY you are giving up and what you can do about it. Are you Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired (HALT)? If so – take care of THAT first. What else can you do? Come here and blog “HELP?” Go for a walk? Call a friend?


THINK before you act. Only you can prevent bad days (or lost quits!!!)



Someone was "shocked" at this and called me down on it.

"I don't think anybody here is gaming the system ---- except maybe Pops!  I didn't even know we could mark our own blogs/comments - and not sure anybody else would have thought to do that, either.

Most (if not all) of us just want to help people quit smoking, and, at least for me, the points are just another thing with which to have some fun!"

I was kidding, and hope everyone knew it.  That blog was all in fun at that point, at least I thought it was.