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It's Been Proven!

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Aug 31, 2018

It's Labor Day Weekend.  Time for picnics and parties and sitting on the deck enjoying a summer evening with friends.

But - please be careful with the alcohol.  There is a reason that you will probably crave a cigarette more when you drink: How Alcohol Increases the Effects of Cigarettes 

Please don't drink if you are quitting smoking.  If you absolutely must,  limit yourself to just one.  Sparkling cider or seltzer and cranberry juice are good, too!  Or - how about some apple cider?

A quit is a terrible thing to lose!



RIP John McCain

Posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Aug 26, 2018

No matter your politics, I hope you will take note and say a prayer for this honorable man.  I understand he could be stubborn, but how else to explain his decision to forego release when a POW?


Both of my daughters worked as political operatives right out of college, and they both landed paying jobs on his campaign. They worked on other campaigns at different times and, except for Joe Lieberman, none of them garnered the respect and admiration that McCain was afforded by them. Many don't know that he was offered release when a POW because of the high ranking military ranks of both his father and grandfather, and he refused. Because of the untreated shoulder injuries from his plane crash, he could never put on his own jacket, nor could he lift his arms above his head. He must have lived a life of unrelenting pain – yet no one could have seen it. He was truly a hero then, and honorable in his work in the Senate.


Ernest Hemingway, “For Whom the Bell Tolls: “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.”


I hate that Senator McCain has left it.



 "Been there, done beer was all it took, I bummed a cigarette and then another and another and before I knew it, I was back to smoking after a good start on a quit.  Alcohol is the enemy of a quit."


Take the advice of one of our community members.  Don't let this be you.  Quitting needs to remain your #1 priority.


A quit is a terrible thing to lose!



This came across my Twitter feed and I just HAD to share!

(be sure to turn the sound on!) 


Gma_Bernie is in a really, really rough spot. See her response to Rage .  She needs our thoughts and prayers.

I am sending knee mail in her name and in the name of Lvyles.

Let's gather them both in our loving arms.


In my 6+years on this site, I have read many a sad tale of lost quits due to alcohol.

At the beginning and for some, longer, your quit has to remain your #1 priority, and drinking puts it at risk.  Please just don't.

A quit is a terrible thing to lose. 


"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!