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Quit Buddies Musings

Posted by c2q Mar 27, 2017

There is nothing remarkable about today as far as I can see. 

It's Monday. It's sunny. The laundry is done, the kitchen is clean, the bills are paid, my tummy is full, I got a good night's sleep.

 

There is no milestone looming in my quit journey. So why do I miss my old quit buddies this morning?

 

I miss Ex_Nancy. I miss Julia_Amy. bobbymaynard.  marcie_free_since_4-4-11.

 

Maybe because we had a ball learning to be quit together. I look to the left and see each of your smiling faces. Quit Buddies for life. We kicked that nic though, didn't we?

 

Or maybe it is just dreams of summer on a warm Spring day.

 

Summertime ~ Janis Joplin

 

I love all my Quit Buddies, newbies and Elder and everyone inbetween. I just had to shout out to a few of my friends who aren't active here anymore. It really does get better and better, and you guys helped me get here.

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Tying Your Shoes

Posted by c2q Mar 24, 2017

The question to ask yourself when you see this picture is this:

Q: Is he tying his shoe, or trying to tie his shoe?

 

The answer lies here:

 

Is the shoe tied when he is done?

 

"try" as a verb, should be past tense only as far as I'm concerned. "I tried 8 times before I got it." When you're in the present, and quitting smoking can only be done in the present, it's important to think "I am" not "I try."

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Be Happy, Be Quit

Posted by c2q Mar 16, 2017

Being happy is the key to happiness

You can learn to be happy. There's tons of advice on the web about how to find happiness, but it's not exactly a location on Google Maps. It's a matter of changing your thinking really. In my opinion, you are born happy. Sometimes we just lose it along the way. If you want to be happy, let go of what you think you know. Make a plan of your own.

  • Write down specific goals that you can use to measure your success.
  • Tell you friends what you are doing. You might even want to blog about it.
  • Create a strategy to follow  everyday. Keep it simple. Maybe try:
    • smile at yourself every time you see yourself in a mirror
    • Do one thing every day that will make someone else happy
    • think about what brings you joy and be thankful
    • Make having fun part of your plan

 

Quitting is the key to being quit

Let's face it. You want to quit. There's tons of advice, on this site and around the web, about how to quit smoking.  It's a matter of changing your thinking really. If you want to be free from tobacco, the secret is in the first step. Make quitting your own experience. Read everything you can find about quitting, then pick what you think will work for you. Read everything; pick a plan. Tailor it to your own needs as you go.

 

  • Write down specific goals that you can measure your success by.
  • Have a plan. Have a toolbox of things to support you, like distractions, quit buddies, material to read, etc.
  • Tell your friends what you are doing. Be accountable. You could even write a blog about it.
  • Create a strategy for every day. Keep it simple. Remember: believe in the moment; with a plan, I can.
    •  Believe in yourself. Quitting is not complicated. You learned to tie your shoes, didn't you? 
    • Quit for the moment you're in. If you can quit for 3minutes, do it. Commit to what you believe you can do.
    • Stick to the plan. Don't wander around your brain in a panic. In a quit crisis, choose one of your quit tools and use it.
    • Stay out of nicotine's way. If you're not near it, you can't smoke it.

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Coffee / Dark Coffee

Posted by c2q Mar 11, 2017

Have you seen the kermit and his evil self, Constantine, memes? They go like this:

 

I guess these memes are all over twitter. I was out on the sundeck at the EX Cafe and stumbled across them on the web. Coffee/Dark Coffee crept into my mind from there. I had to let them out.

 

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A Smoke Free Day

Posted by c2q Mar 11, 2017

On Florida's gulf coast this morning, it is a beautiful day. 

If you find that you are doubting your quit, these thoughts may help:

 

"Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can." ~ Arthur Ashe

You don't have to know that you can do something, you just have to start. 

 

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

 See that switch in your mind? Turn it on. 

 

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing outside you controls your quit. You decide to smoke or not smoke.

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Hotlinks

Posted by c2q Mar 4, 2017

Think of the internet as a big library. I can find anything in the library if I know where it's located. The same is true of the internet. To find something, I have to know it's location. That's where its URL comes in. Everything on the internet can be identified by its URL - it's Uniform Resource Locator.

 

Now let's say that I find an image on your website that I like. I can copy the URL for the picture onto my website, and people can now see your picture on my site, too. They don't see a copy of your picture; they actually see your picture through a direct link.

 

That's a hotlink.

 

It takes bandwidth to display anything on the internet, including images. When I hotlink to your image, I am using your bandwidth to show your image on my page. It costs you money. It's like plugging my t.v. into your electrical outlet without paying you for it. 

 

Here's where the plot thickens. Let's say I gather up all the images that I find on the web that I like. I make them available for you to use. I have a "free use" site; I don't charge you anything to use the pictures that I collected.You're happy, I'm happy. But Stan is furious. Stan is the guy whose site I got the picture from that you're now using. Because you are using his bandwidth, he has less for his own use. And he is paying for the bandwidth you are using.

 

So I'm making a better effort to avoid hotlinking, and you may want to, too. 

 

When you use just the URL of an image (copy and paste the url), you connect directly to somebody else's server. Instead, copy any image and upload it from your own computer, or use images from an image hosting site that provide a new internet address for the image you post, like this one for the picture below:  http://i63.tinypic.com/14dpymc.jpg

 

A few good examples are Photobucket, Flickr, Imgur, and smugmug. Most of these have a free or low cost membership option. There is also a great little site called tinypic, where you can generate an http address from an existing URL.

 

I hope this is helpful. If you have any questions or if you can help me say it better, please let me know.