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Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Jan 15, 2018

Giulia just posted something I thought important to highlight. To Ralph ( ralphaguilar16) on achieving two weeks of freedom she said, " You are the envy of all who are on day one!"

It's why it's important for ALL on this journey to keep blogging, and sharing.  EVERYONE is someone's hero!  You may admire those with years under their belts, while someone else is admiring YOU for your days of freedom.

Keep blogging, sharing and encouraging.  It's what makes this place work!



Please celebrate with me!

Quit smoking!  Stay quit!  Live FREELY!

It's the BEST!


(and everybody else, for that matter!)

Ask someone here you've connected with for their personal, off-site e-mail - to be used in an emergency like last nigh/this morning if the site is unavailable and you need support.  I was worried somebody would be in crisis while the site was down and we might lose them!!!


"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"


Well, maybe not FAMOUS -but noteworthy, nonetheless.  Please learn from another's mistake.  Drinking and quitting smoking are not good companions.  You really don't know how much you need to drink before "just one" sounds like a good idea!


A quit is a terrible thing to lose.  Please don't let it be yours.







And drinking alcohol when you are quitting smoking is a WORSE idea!

It can cause you to think that just one won't hurt - and we KNOW better!

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


I copied this in the early days of my quit and thought it might be helpful to the newbies on the site.  The document was noted as written by Nancy Smith.

Nicotine's chemical properties are addictive. If you take that nicotine away from your body, it will miss it and you will experience physical and mental withdrawal symptoms.

These symptoms surface after three-five days of quitting smoking and linger for approximately two weeks. We list out some of these symptoms to help you prepare for these side-effects to smoking cessation. Rest assured that these symptoms, while some are unpleasant, will only be transitory and once you're rid of them, will leave you feeling much better after quitting smoking.

Emotional withdrawal
Depression: You may feel low, sad and hopeless. Hence,  it is important to surround yourself with people, preferably non smokers and friends who support your decision to quit smoking.
Anger: Emotional upheaval can make you angry. Others may not be aware of it, but you know what's happening to your body. The age-old remedy of counting to10 isn't such a bad idea. Stop, think, regain your calm and composure before losing your cool.
Boredom: You may have noticed that when you were bored, tired or depressed you tend to smoke. Now that you are on your way to a smoke free life replace these voids with hobbies or get involved with people around you. Pay more attention to your loved ones.
Loneliness: Withdrawal of smoking can make you feel lonely, impatient and irritable. If your friends are busy, take up a dance class or cooking class. It is important to expect these feelings of loneliness, so stay prepared.
Mood swing: Tempers will flare and tantrums will increase. These are not exactly PMS symptoms. Nicotine was once your evil friend but now you have to bear with the loss of the addiction. This will throw your emotional reactions to daily happenings into a tizzy. Most quitters will need help with these mood swings. Replace the smoking placebo with something else. Invest in some great music and strong coffee, maybe?

Physical withdrawal
Nicotine obstructs the flow of oxygen and nutrients to various parts of the body. Now that you have quit smoking, your body has to hit the reverse button to detox.
Bowel discomfort: It's time to change your diet and fitness once you quit smoking. Quitting smoking can cause cramps nausea, flatulence and constipation, therefore it is important to increase roughage and exercise your body.
Nasal and throat problems: When you stop smoking, your nose and throat will try to clear the mucous that has accumulated over the years. You may experience coughing, dry throat and mouth. Fluids are the key to clearing this process.
Increase in appetite: Craving for cigarettes can be confused with hunger cravings. The best way to stay healthy is to consume fluids and low calorie snacks.

Headaches: Lack of nicotine can lead to headaches, the way out of it is with massages, plenty of water and rest. Gently massage your temple, drink water, take a hot shower and take a deep breath.

Lack of sleep: You may experience insomnia after you quit smoking. Take a hot shower before you hit the sack, do breathing exercises too and most importantly avoid caffeine close to bed-time

Restlessness/lack of concentration: You feel like there is energy bursting in you; transfer this energy into something constructive. In these situations smokes would calm your nerves, but now switch off that thought and cultivate a new habit. You may feel you can't concentrate too; try listening to music or take a break from your routine life.
Weight gain: Increase in craving can lead to weight gain, especially if you indulge in unhealthy food. But don't be dejected, you can cut it out with exercise and the right diet.

Sweating and shaky hands and feet: You will feel that your hands and feet tremble. It is a passing phase that will stop. If you experience these withdrawals you know your body is simply shedding an addiction and leading you to a much healthier life.
Skin trouble: While quitting smoking is associated with healthier skin, the period of withdrawal will cause some skin trouble. Some people with sensitive skin might break out into a fresh acne case or suffer from some ulcers in the inner-cheeks, tongue and mouth. The reason is simply that your body is letting go of the toxins and leveling up.

Instead of losing motivation after reading these withdrawal symptoms, the one thought any quitter must focus on is this: The fact that your body is changing so much when quitting, simply showcases how much it is continuously changed and affected while you still smoke. Avoid poor health and dangerous diseases - stay quit!


If you are just starting out and have made yet ANOTHER resolution to quit smoking this year, let us help you make it your LAST!    I can attest to the fact that it is wonderful not to make that same, tired resolution yet again.

Freedom is worth all it takes to get there -  I promise!

Quitting never killed anyone!  That's more than can be said about smoking.



A Haiku for YOU!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Dec 29, 2017

Here's to the New Year

No taking chances with quit

Not drinking this Eve


It's easy to lose your focus on quitting if you drink alcohol.  Please celebrate the new you with a mocktail, or sparkling cider, or gingerale and orange sherbet!

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.


As I reflect back on 2,000 days of being smoke free, I can't help but remember how difficult those first days were. I KNEW that I would never be able to make myself go through them again, so I knew from Day One that this was going to be my first, only, and forever quit. I did not find this site, the educational materials, the planning and preparation tools, and support until four days into my quit. I think it might have been easier with it.......but I went it alone in the beginning. I had decided that I would handle craves and associations by substituting a frozen Hershey Kiss. Well, about 4:00 on my quit day, I was sick from all the chocolate, and just didn't know WHAT I was going to do. Luckily, my daughter was visiting, and she knew, somehow, what I needed, She brought her iPad and Angry Birds to me, and I played that game nonstop for the first week or so. I found this site, and all the good information, blogs of the elders, and I was on my way! I had some rough spots, but I knew my support system was always here. When I needed help the most (around Day 106), I blogged “HELP” and received it.


I cannot begin to describe how wonderful this freedom from addiction is....and it's why I have hung around these many days. I want EVERYONE who seeks it to experience this freedom. If you are new at this, hang around, read, read, and read some more, ask questions – listen and use the advice that you feel will work for you.


I smoked for over 40 years and never believed I could quit. I DID – and you can, too!



A LOT of quits have been lost because of foggy thinking after drinking.  You really don't know how much it takes for you to think "just one won't hurt!" and believe it.

Please don't chance it.  You CAN have as much fun with a mocktail!

A quit is a terrible thing to lose.


You better not cry

You better not drink

I'm telling you why....

You might smoke!

(OK - no poet am I - but you get the idea!!!)



Up to 150 meteors an HOUR expected!  Starts at sunset!

Hope your viewing weather is clear!


ANOTHER great distraction!

"One of the best meteor showers of the year will peak on Wednesday night, dazzling onlookers with up to 120 meteors an hour.

From the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 13, into the morning of Thursday, Dec. 14, onlookers will see an abundance of meteors streak across the sky, as long as the weather cooperates.

“The Geminids are expected to be the most active meteor shower of 2017 and often are bright and intensely colored,” AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.

This year will be a particularly good year since the peak of the shower falls just days before the new moon, meaning there will be little natural light pollution. When a meteor shower occurs during a full moon, such as the Geminids did in 2016, the light from the moon washes out many of the dimmer meteors.

Geminid viewing sun eve

The best viewing conditions on Wednesday night will be across the southern and western U.S. where cloud-free conditions are expected to greet onlookers. The exception will be across the Rocky Mountains and interior Northwest where areas of clouds may obscure the shower.

Meanwhile, an Alberta Clipper storm will spread clouds and some snow across the Midwest and northern Plains, resulting in poor viewing conditions.

Breaks in clouds should allow stargazers in the Northeast to glimpse some meteors. However, bundling up in layers will be a must due to frigid conditions.

Arctic air entrenched over the region paired with a biting wind will keep AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures in the single digits for much of the region on Wednesday night.

How to view the shower

As long as the sky is clear, folks should start to see meteors streak across the sky once it becomes dark on Wednesday evening.

“This shower is one of the few meteor showers that produces high levels of activity through the evening hours, in addition to the overnight timeframe,” Samuhel said.

This makes the Geminids a great meteor shower to watch with younger kids as they should be able to see some shooting stars without having to stay awake late into the night."




Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Dec 10, 2017

Watching Sunday Night Football is a great distraction!

Beat 'dem Steelers!

That interception is NOT the way!