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with lots of picnics, parties, swimming, fishing and family gatherings.  There will probably be alcohol served.  You promised yourself you would not smoke another cigarette NO MATTER WHAT.  Drinking alcohol can loosen your resolve and might cause you to think "just one would be okay."    PLEASE don't end your weekend with this:

                               

 

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.

Nancy

Youngatheart.7.4.12

BAM!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Champion May 23, 2017

The addict within keeps trying to pull me back - even after almost FIVE years quit!

                                                          

I got to Virginia Beach after a loooong drive (thanks to SkyGirl for the chauffeuring), and limped/dragged/limped/dragged on my crutches and pulled and pulled to open the balcony slider to see and hear the ocean.  And, even after almost five years 

the thought hit me, "gee, but a cigarette would be nice right now!!!"

WTH?  It was only a brief thought ----- but it was THERE!  Easy to dismiss - but there nonetheless. Easy to explain -  I had not been to the beach enough times yet to relearn that part of my addictive association.

Stay vigilant!  Be careful out there!  A quit would be a terrible thing to lose!!!

Nancy

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BEACH!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Champion May 19, 2017

View from my balcony!  Everybody here is on the beach ---- I'm not going to try it.

P.S.  Don't drink while I'm gone!  A quit is a terrible thing to lose!

 

Nancy

Don't put yourself n a precarious position!

                                           

Drinking alcohol while quitting smoking might.  Please don't chance it.!

A quit is a terrible thing to lose!

 

  Nancy

Youngatheart.7.4.12

Hump Daaaaaaaay!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Champion May 10, 2017

Marilyn.H.July.14.14. named the Hump Day camel "George," and we're stopping by to wish everyone a stupendous, smoke free, ginormous Wednesday, because life is grand without a cigarette in hand, and we can enjoy this day without taking breaks to suck on those disgusting yakkies!

                                                     

Keep the quit.  Marilyn would be SO disappointed if you didn't!

 

Nancy

Youngatheart.7.4.12

Acceptance

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Champion May 7, 2017

I went to my PT yesterday for crutch lessons.  When I told him the ortho wanted "non-weight bearing only," he told me that meant keeping the broken leg off the floor - for EIGHT weeks (and even that doesn't guarantee healing).   My arms are not strong enough to do that consistently, so I am doing toe touches with the bad leg.  This has caused my formerly sprained ankle on the OTHER leg to wake up and start screaming at me. 

 

I can't weed or mulch my flower gardens or add annuals, or vacuum or dust or clean the bathrooms, or clean off my front porch and summer furniture,  or go to the Farmer's Market for spring veggies and plants to make my many hanging baskets (I won't be able to keep them watered) or cut perennials that are blooming to bring inside.  My daughter will help with the necessities (what SHE determines is "necessary").  You all might understand how devastating all this is to someone who basically never sits still, who loves to work in her yard, and loves a clean house.  And, I am not ill enough to not care!!!!!  And I haven't even mentioned my love of walks along the river and swimming laps.

 

But - and this is where the process for quitting smoking comes in ---- I can fight this, and be depressed about it, or I can understand it's temporary, accept what is, and be as comfortable with it as I can. There, hopefully, is a light at the end of this tunnel.   I am working to see it!!!.  Right now I am in mourning for what I want but cannot do.    I guess this will be a journey, just like quitting smoking, and, perhaps, like quitting smoking, it will also get easier over time.

 

I won't smoke over it - because I know that would not help, but hurt , the healing process.  But - I won't guarantee I won't eat a TON of chocolate (and perhaps a bit of ice cream, too!)

 

Nancy

Just got back from doctor #3 - Bing!  Bing!  Bing!  We have a winner!  FINALLY found somebody who seems to know what he's talking about.  The MRI showed the meniscus tear, but also a hairline fracture in the weight bearing edge of the femur (the femur makes a kind of saddle at the knee--with the kneecap in the middle) and THAT is what was causing the excruciating pain – I guess a fracture will do that!   I started using crutches yesterday after I saw the MRI conclusions  - I told doc he was the third and the only one with what I thought was the right answer.  He asked who told me to use the crutches and I said, "ME!"  He laughed. I started on the crutches yesterday, started my day with no pain - and only so far have taken one Aleve ---- so I kinda' knew he was on track.  End result?  I am on non-weight bearing status for 8 weeks - crutches and crutches ONLY.  ALL the time - everywhere!  I am also getting one of those huge hinged braces to keep it immobilized. 

I guess it's better than surgery.......maybe!

Youngatheart.7.4.12

YOGI BEER

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Champion May 5, 2017

says, "Don't Mess Up Your Quit, Boo-Boo!"

A quit is a terrible thing to lose!

Nancy

"This evening let's say yay for another Day WON!"

I am posting this oldie but goodie in your honor,  Marilyn.H.July.14.14

"Life is full of ups and downs, good times and bad times and life is going to happen whether we smoke or not and I always figured that I just couldn't quit and I wasn't even sure if I really wanted to but when I finally wised up and figured out that I wasn't invincible that I could actually die a slow painful death that's most likely caused by smoking, I think when I found out that I have mild copd that a light bulb came on in my head and thankfully I brightened up and found this site and read everything I could to strengthen my resolve. Quitting smoking is definitely difficult but with the right mindset it's absolutely Doable but you must want it and you need to believe in yourself and be willing, determined and totally committed to succeed and you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time, is it easy? HELL NO!!! is it worth it? HELL YES!!!   It's within your grasp so grab on and hold on tight and don't let go until you are through the roller coaster ups and downs then you can start reaping the benefits of an Ex Smoker. I always push vigilance because once we have the Freedom we don't want to - N.E.F  - Never Ever Forget  - the early days and wks of our quits because once we're Free we know that Life is Grand Without A Cigarette In Hand and another Day ONE would really suck big time but but Another Day WON is totally awesome! "

 

(she let us know she was in the States overnight  and not to expect her this morning)

Open Your Front and Back Door
Let Your Smoking Thoughts Pass Through
Don't Offer Them Tea.                            

Youngatheart.7.4.12

BAD NEWS BEERS

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Champion Apr 28, 2017

WAIT - You thought this was going to be about bears, didn't you???!!

Welp, it's the first night of the weekend, and it's me, so of course it's about BEERS!

 

 

If you are quitting smoking, drinking is just not a good idea.  You really don't know the point at which your addled mind will tell you that "just one will be OK' and you believe it.

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

Nancy

"Reps. Tom Cole, R-Okla., and Stanford Bishop, D-Ga., introduced a proposal that exempts thousands of vaping devices currently on the market from FDA approval. According to Reuters, the plan is to attach the proposal as a rider to a spending package to keep the government open. 

All of this comes as Congress gets ready to confirm President Trump's nominee Dr. Scott Gottlieb to head the FDA. But there’s controversy there as well.

From March 2015 to May 2016, Gottlieb was a director at Kure Corp, a North Carolina-based firm that distributes vaping pens and e-juices in vaporiums – a coffee house-type setting for vaping. As of March 2017, he still had a financial interest in the company though he promised to sell his stake if confirmed."

From Fox News 4/27/17

 

 

Any questions?

Youngatheart.7.4.12

Are we THERE yet?

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Champion Apr 25, 2017

                      

You repeated the actions and received that hit of dopamine many, many times every day, in a multitude of situations.  You hid from bad moments, celebrated good ones.  You smoked when you were happy or hungry, or angry, or bored or lonely or tired or stressed, or mellow.   Think about all the times you smoked - and you will understand that only time can give you the distance necessary to overcome this addiction.

You WILL get there,  and trust me, it's SO worth it!

If you blink

When you drink.

You might forget NOPE

and feel like a dope.

(yeah, I know, no poet, I)

How Do I Stop Smoking When Drinking Alcohol? 

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

Nancy