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"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!


He's NOT your pal!



Buckle down and bear with it!




Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 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 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 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.