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just for a moment.  I wanted that hit of dopamine, and the feeling of "all is well" that goes with it.  I am feeling quite miserable today.  I can't do most of what I want or need to do.  I have an infected gum and sinuses, a swollen face, an upset stomach from the antibiotics, the hip on my GOOD leg is throbbing, as is the bad knee. 

But - I know better.  BUT - I understand now how easy that would be to happen.  I actually feel too awful to go to the store - but even if I didn't, I am sure I wouldn't do that.  I understood all too well that "just one" isn't possible.

But - just for a moment, I wished it wasn't so!

Nancy

Youngatheart.7.4.12

Happy Birthday!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Nov 5, 2017

to Marilyn.H.July.14.14. 's Dad!!!!

                                 

(and you all better not smoke until she gets back from celebrating with him!!! - nor after, either!)

Nancy

Drinking alcohol can cloud your thinking and thus your commitment to quit smoking.  It's just a bad idea to chance it.  Many have come to realize this only when it is too late and they find themselves back at Day One (oftentimes many years after "the one cigarette that shouldn't have mattered").

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.

 

Nancy

For two years after you quit smoking (and, I have found, sometimes much longer), you will probably have a smoking memory when the seasons change.  I believe this is because you only experience these four times a year, so you haven't formed  new routines and associations yet.

 

I especially felt this the first time I raked leaves. I was used to taking a break with a bottle of ice water and a smoke. What I had was not really a craving, but more than just a memory! I came up with the idea of a small, ice cold Pepsi over crushed ice as a substitute.  I don't drink soda anymore, so it really is a treat.

 

Your memory might be sitting on the deck with your favorite warm beverage in the crisp fall air, or taking a break from apple picking at the farm, or after doing fall clean up yard work.,or taking a walk through the new fallen, colorful, crunchy leaves. You might want to think about a plan for what you will do differently THIS Fall!

 

Be prepared, not surprised!  Plan!

Nancy

for a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. Had this been a real emergency, a message would be sent to the person thinking about consuming an alcoholic beverage. It would contain a warning that drinking while quitting smoking is a BAAAAAD idea.

 

(You really don't know at what point your affected thinking will convince you that “just one won't hurt” and you believe it to be true)

 

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.

 

Nancy

I had just finished preparing several veggies and putting them on to cook.  I turned on the garbage disposal to the unmistakable sound of crunching glass.  Turned it right off and started with a pair of tongs....Many chunks of glass and vegetable leavings later, I had to use thick rubber gloves.  Little pieces were starting to be ground on the edges, and I had to try to unstick them and get them to the middle to retrieve.    Turns out it was a small antique jar I used as a single blossom vase that fit quite nicely down the disposal pipe!  Over an hour later, I had gotten it all - YES! 

THEN my daughter wanted some catsup with her veggie burger, put it on the counter next to the 'frig and took off the seal.  The d@mn thing EXPLODED all over her, the cabinets, refrigerator, on the 10 ft. tall ceiling, at opposite ends of my 16' kitchen, INSIDE the cabinet above the counter, on the cabinets 8' feet from the point of explosion.  I have NEVER seen anything like it!  An hour later we had de-catsuped my daughter AND the kitchen and sat down to eat...........

 

And through it all, there was never even a thought of a cigarette.

Life is ALWAYS going to happen - it's how you respond that tells the tale.

Mine had a happy ending.  I hope yours always will, too!

Nancy

                                          

                                                       

Any questions?

;-)

Youngatheart.7.4.12

If They Only Gnu

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Oct 20, 2017

                                                   

"I was going through a stressful time and I was drinking with a buddy and bummed a few cigarettes and the next day I bought a pack. I went on smoking for 33 years."

 

It's why I do this blog each Friday about the dangers of drinking early in a quit.  Please don't let this be YOU!

A quit is a terrible thing to lose!

Nancy

Youngatheart.7.4.12

The Die Hards

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Oct 15, 2017

                                           

These folks have no IDEA what's in their future!  And it's WORSE than standing in the freezing cold to get a fix!

If you are thinking about quitting smoking, just DO it and save yourself this experience this winter.

If you are already quit - stay that way!!!

Nancy

                                                            

The beginning of a quit is a risky time to be drinking, and many quits have been lost because of it.

Don't let it be yours!

Nancy

                       

 

As many of you may know, Sharon (shashort) is in surgery today.  They are taking one of her toes to replace the thumb that was lost when she closed her hand in the car door.

I am starting a prayer circle.  Let's surround our friend with good thoughts and prayers (if you are so inclined).

Here is my hand and a prayer for a good result to start.  I offer my hand to the next to join me..

Nancy

Two nuns, a penguin, a man with a parrot on his shoulder, and a giraffe walk into a bar. The bartender says, “What is this? Some kind of joke?”

It's no joke if you drink and smoke!

Please don't chance drinking alcohol when you are quitting smoking. Alcohol can reduce your sense of commitment.   

A quit is a terrible thing to lose!

Nancy

"Once I had a really good quit going.  I had too much wine one night, and I blew that quit by smoking a single butt."

Please don't let me hear this from you!  Alcohol while quitting smoking is a bad idea!

A quit is a terrible thing to lose!

Nancy

He's NOT your pal!

NOPE!

                                     

Buckle down and bear with it!

Nancy