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"Because smoking and drinking are so often done at the same time, researchers have tried to understand how alcohol can impact quit attempts. In a 2013 study of young adult smokers, 80 percent of those that tried to quit reported that drinking alcohol made it harder. In another survey of ex-smokers, 47 percent said that drinking alcohol led them to a slip- up." 

Please don't chance it.  A quit is a terrible thing to lose.


I am so angry I can hardly type this.  Our elvan drove two hours to the hospital on no sleep with  a screaming back, then waited I don't know how long,  THEN they decided they couldn't operate on Mike without an EKG - so they sent them back home - yet another two hour drive.   I have NEVER had any heart trouble, and have NEVER had any kind of procedure without a previous EKG being ordered.


The incompetence of the medical system continues to infuriate me.


She's home now.




Common Sense

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Aug 3, 2018


If you think your commitment might weaken when you drink, it's just common sense not to drink alcohol when you are quitting smoking.

Use it BEFORE you drink and lose your quit.

It's a terrible thing to lose!



Sunday, Pun Day!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Jul 29, 2018

I love plays on words, and puns (with their intended groans) can be amusing, I think.  Let's have some fun with them this morning and maybe find a hit of dopamine in a chuckle?  Here are a couple I found.  Can you add to the list?


1Two antennas met on a roof, fell in love and got married. The ceremony wasn't much, but the reception was excellent. 

2. A jumper cable walks into a bar. The bartender says, 'I'll serve you, but don't start anything.'

3. Two peanuts walk into a bar, and one was a salted. 

4. A dyslexic man walks into a bra. 

5. A man walks into a bar with a slab of asphalt under his arm, and says: 'A beer please, and one for the road.



"For If You Drink

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Jul 27, 2018

You Do Not Think"

(thanks to Marilyn.H.July.14.14)

Please don't drink alcohol as you relax this weekend.

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.


As I am reading here, I notice the newly quit putting themselves down for "ONLY" being quit 24 hours, or 6 days, or two weeks.  They compare themselves to others here who have been quit for months, or even years.


What I want you all to understand is that EVERY ONE of us was exactly where you are at a point in time.  We ALL started with "ONLY"  just one day.  That one day is a HUGE accomplishment!  Deciding to quit and following through is a HUGE accomplishment.  Don't degrade your hours, mornings, days, weeks!  Be proud and shout those numbers from the rooftops.  You have done something a whole bunch of folks wish they could.


Keep at it and those minutes and hours will lead to days, and then to months and then to YEARS.  Those numbers all started with the number one.


You DESERVE to be proud!  BE!





"I still remember the sick feeling of a stupid drunk and the more/most worse feeling in the whole world, realizing I lost my quit."

Please learn from another's mistake and don't drink alcohol when you are quitting smoking.  It clouds your thinking and can make you believe that "just one won't hurt."  It WILL  - trust me on this.

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.  Please don't take the chance!







Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Jul 16, 2018



"So many of us look back on our day and judge it based on how much we accomplished. What if we focused instead of how we showed up in the world—whether we were mindful, aware, loving, kind, supportive, appreciative, and open-minded?"

I believe we create a lot of our OWN stress by the demands we put on ourselves.   Pare it back!  Accept our limitations!  Take time to just BREATHE!  Remember  - smoking does nothing to relieve stress; it causes it.

(brought to you by and ME!)





Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Jul 14, 2018

and you can survive the ups and downs of quitting smoking.

and become MORE awesome!


You CAN enjoy yourself at get togethers, picnics, visiting with friends and neighbors, sitting on your porch or deck......without drinking alcohol....(or just one).

When you go home, you can be proud that you didn't fall into the "just one" trap and  kept your quit your #1 priority.

I will be proud of you, too!  A quit is a terrible thing to lose.



Where's Marilyn?

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Jul 11, 2018


George and I are hoping she is having a stupdendous, splendiferous time away on this Hump Day.  We KNOW she isn't smoking and is hoping you aren't, either!

Miss you, Marilyn.  Hurry back!


Don't smoke and pollute the air your cow breathes.

A bovine is a terrible thing to lose!!!!



Up in Smoke

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Jul 6, 2018

Drinking and smoking go hand in hand recent research suggests: Nicotine dampens feel-good chemicals in the brain, making… 

Perhaps THIS is why so many quits are lost when folks drink alcohol?  This study suggests you will need to drink more to get the same effect if you were a smoker. We know that the more you drink, the more inclined you will become to lose perspective on your quit.  "Just one won't hurt" is a common theme it seems.

My recommendation?  Keep your quit your #1 priority and don't drink alcohol when you are quitting smoking.

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.


but you get to decide how you will respond to it.

First thing this morning I brought my usual travel mug of coffee to my computer.  My crutch fell, somehow knocked the lid off the mug, both went flying, as did coffee EVERYWHERE.  Fast forward to do a little bit of work in a flower garden.  Open the garage to get my shears and do just a bit - but it was 90 degrees by 10 and I was boiling, so I put the shears away, came into the AC, and hit the remote to close the free standing garage.  Nada reaction - zero, zip!  SO - back out in the heat, climbed around my Ex's leftover cars to get to the interior close switch...back through the garage and back out the back door.  THEN I took my screwdriver for the thumbtacks to get down the bunting hung from the front porch ledge - and immediately dropped the screwdriver behind the bushes to the ground.  Came inside, and got another screwdriver.  It started to thunder so I decided to close my newly refurbished and painted 120 year old find out they didn't put the shutters back on the correct windows - and none of the hooks and eyes are lined up, nor do some of the shutters meet in the center of the window.

THEN I broke a window candle bulb, cut my finger - and before I noticed the cut , I had bloody fingerprints all over the curtains.

I have decided I am not going to smoke over any of it.

I also have decided to sit and watch TV for the rest of the day.

Remember - it's a DECISION how you will respond to a lousy, rotten, no good day.  Just make the right one!



It's Summertime

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Jun 29, 2018

Picnics, weddings, sitting on the deck enjoying the dance of the lightning bugs, outdoor dining, pool parties.....................

LOTS of activities that  include drinking alcohol:


"After 6 months smober, I lost it at a party, thinking just one won't hurt, took 15 years to quit again!"


If you are an ex-smoker,  drinking is just not a good idea. You really don't know how much alcohol it will take for you to think "just one can't hurt."   If you must drink, please limit yourself to one.


A quit is a terrible thing to lose!