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Holding My Breath

Posted by c2q Apr 6, 2017

If you still smoke, I wish for you that you quit. I wish for the kid driving by who sees you on the street and copies you that you quit. You breath in over 4000 chemicals when you smoke. When you exhale, you breathe some of those chemicals out, into my air. So I wish for me that you quit.


But I'm not holding my breath. You will quit for your own reasons, or you won't. I will be here to support and cheer you on if you do, but the decision to quit is yours alone.


While you make your decision, think about the act of holding your breath. Some researchers say that how long you can hold your breath is a measure of how well your lungs are working to draw in the oxygen you need in exchange for the carbon dioxide you don't need. In a research test a few years ago, the average adult smoker could hold their breath for 28 seconds. The average adult non-smoker could hold their breath for 47 seconds. That almost 70% longer. 


Like any research, not everyone agrees. Some researchers say that how long you can hold your breath is really a measure of how well you deal with stress. This doesn't change the fact that on the average, non-smokers can hold their breath almost 70% longer than people who smoke.


Hopefully, it took you at least 3 minutes to read this blog. That means whatever you believe about holding your breath, I have written enough to distract you from at least one cigarette.


I can hold my breath for 49 seconds. How about you?



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.


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."


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.


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.



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.



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:


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.



The Ex Cafe

Posted by c2q Jan 31, 2017

Repost from my blog, April 13, 2012    EX Cafe: Grand Opening 

I just got off Jackie's Freedom Train,  Freedom Train 01/31/017 and I am Thinking Backward. I am remembering when quitting was a ball. A journey, a goal, shared with my crazy friends at EX. I think the most fun I ever had was at the Ex Cafe. Here is the first post about it. I am going to reopen it soon.


Welcome to the grand opening of the EX Café

The EX Café offers an extensive assortment of menu items to delight the Ex in you. From the whiner’s corner table to the EXecutive private lounge, the EX Café is here to help you keep your quit.

Our grand opening dinner is dedicated to all of my friends here whose companionship, kick-in-the-butt-ship, and support strengthened my quit. It is also dedicated to all of you still working to make this quit stick. Relax. Enjoy life. You can do it!

I’m happy to present our debut menu celebrating year one of my homecoming to my smoke-free self. Menu item descriptions follow the picture.



The orange cat

Any orange cat you see can turn into Picasso at any time

you decide your reality

are you an Ex?



First breath soup

Quitting smoking is like a baby’s first breath –

scary as hell, but many people have done it before.

Take a breath, grab a quit buddy or distraction,

and quit.



Fresh pledge

Sweet yet savory, a pledge a day

is one of the best recipes for a solid quit.

With a pledge, words do make it so.

I hope you try it.



Chicken exhorter duxelle

Got urges that just stay under your skin no matter what?

Use your imagination to make them go away.

I stuffed mine into this dish and ate it.



C2q cake

A quit is hardest in the beginning, or not.

Your success depends on your ability to commit.

You just have to do it, but you also have to just do it.

Commit to the quit.


2100 days

Posted by c2q Jan 29, 2017

I have been quit for 2100 days.

In 2100 days, I could have grown a cherry tree.

I could have walked around the world 1.2 times.

I could have built the louvre pyramid.

What did I do instead? I moved twice. I traveled to India.

I visited Canada. I met my sister's new grandson, who lives 1450 miles away. I buried a sister. I retired. I took up watercolor. I buried a friend. I started collecting and creating memes.


And I did not smoke.


c2q Archived Profile

Posted by c2q Jan 23, 2017



we can who think we can. 


think it. see it. do it. be it. Become your quit. All in. commit to the quit. c2q.

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

Brief Description

This is me on fresh air after 36 years as a smoker. c2q. commit to the quit.




on the sunny side of the street


to embrace the unknown


a trigger is just a trigger, it's not the gun. you are the gun.


Playing is a distraction

Posted by c2q Jan 21, 2017

There is a small art gallery on a nearby college campus that my husband and I decided to check out yesterday. They were having a visiting exhibit of tessellations by Escher. I've never really been all that intrigued by tessellations, but what the hey. This is one of Escher's more well know ones:

Usually I paint with in watercolor using very oversized brushes, but lately I've been doing a series of small pen and ink drawings. I also really enjoy image editing in GIMP on the computer. So this morning I decided to try a tessellation in GIMP.

The moral of my little tale? Take what you like and make a distraction out of it. When you're quit, your brain literally frees itself up for more of other things. Like playing!


Who's the quittest of them all?

Posted by c2q Jan 16, 2017

If you want a fun project for the day, check out this site that bills e-cigarettes as the way to quit smoking and consider posting a comment there. I tried, but it is currently "under moderation."   The site is

Quit Smoking Community website

It advocates quitting smoking by taking up e-cigarettes. The only information about the "team" behind the site is that they are Nathan and Karen. I wonder what compensation they recieve for their e-cig reviews, and who they really are?

This site encourages people to switch from smoking to vaping. It also bills itself as the #1 quit smoking site on the web. I beg to differ.


stubborn quitter

Posted by c2q Jan 11, 2017

Stronger than a mountain goat, more stubborn than a mule. That is me, protecting my quit. I will climb the steepest slope to get away from a trigger situation.

I will accept the discomfort of unlearning old habits and finding new ones.

I am quit.



Posted by c2q Jan 10, 2017

Don't let this be the one that got away. Protect your quit.


Don't trap yourself

Posted by c2q Jan 8, 2017

Don't trap yourself in self-doubt.

Get up. Be quit. Do the things that quit people do.

Smoking won't save you or comfort you or tuck you in tonight. You used to think that it did, but that was just your junkie brain getting pleasure from nicotine's deadly chemical reaction in your brain and in your body.

You're going to have cravings, so be prepared to say hello. But call them out for the liars they are. Escort them to the door. Wash them down the drain. Write them down and throw them in the trash. Stick them in the freezer. Take them to the mall and leave them there. Mail them to Marlboro. 

Letting go of all the lies feels really really good when you're done.