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I was kicking back at my friends today and when I pick up my guitar I kind of go off in a different world.
So sometimes he will just put some other music on for a while so we can visit and I am not yet focused on playing.

Anyway, he moved my guitar away from me so I could not pick it up and play and he started dancing freestyle around the room. (He's in great shape and has great balance and rythym so he's a natural. Anyway, when i couldn't play, the thought crossed my mind. Yes, "That Thought".

After two years.

anyway, i didn't

I realized it for what it was,

just a thought.


Get Over It!



(Any Way You Can)




DFS


dale

Is This How They Make carports Where It Snows?

The Ocean To Dry Up?

So Peaceful

Ain't going to happen soon!
Today is as good a day as any to give up smoking.

Believe It! Jump In!

With Vigor And A Heart To Win

dale
That is what causes the fear and anxiety.

Past failures only stoke the fire and fuel the fear.

Get a handle on the FACT that you control it, It DOES NOT control you.

Make It Happen.

jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007

Honor It

Posted by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 Jan 25, 2009

Listen To Your Body, Get A Hold In Your Mind Just Why You Smoke
Then You Can Win And Do It The Easy Way!

I started smoking when I was 17. I was traveling 100+ miles each way three times a week to rehearse with a famous group in Los Angeles. The competition was very high and it was very stressful rehearsing 14 hours at a time. The rewards were worth it, I did 8 Ed Sullivan Shows, Red Skelton, Johnny Carson, etc. Elvis asked me to sing with him in his show, I could go on and on.. Anyway the "in crowd" of the group were all smokers and would go out on the porch and smoke on our breaks. That's when it started for me.

I traveled and sang and played professionally for many more years, smoking all the time. When I finally stopped 2 years ago, I had smoked for 40 years.

Now the How !

My best friends brother was a heavy smoker. He doesn't smoke nearly as much now and I hope it is partially from my example. Anyway my best friend had quit a year before. He was a closet smoker. Maybe 4 a day.

He said, I think you should quit smoking and that maybe if I quit , his brother would quit. I said I would consider it. So over the next month I just let the concept of stopping roll around in my mind. The final two weeks before I quit, I started considering waiting when I wanted a smoke. I learned I had some control and pretty soon I was down to 2/3 pack a day then 1/2 pack. The friday before I finally quit, the Tuesday, Jan 2,
I went to the corner store and bought a pack and I said, this is my last pack. It was. I saved one cigarette for the morning of my quit.

I smoked it at 7:15am and I decided to go get the patch and try that as a security blanket. So I did.

Yes, I was a little frazzled because I had not yet learned how to get out of the want one syndrome.
The 4th day, I forgot to put on a patch. I could have freaked out and rushed back home to get one but, instead, I just thought, I am going to see what this is all about and not let it get the better of me. To get through that day without the patch made a light come on. I knew I could do it.

The next day, I was jittery and decided to use a patch.
But see, I was listening to my body from day one. Testing the waters. Seeing when I would have normally smoked, I began to smile each time I had a craving because I realized I was gaining control.

I used 10 patches over the first 14 days. The days I didn’t need one, I didn’t put one on.
I gained control in those two weeks. Then, I just stopped using the patch.

So yes, I used an NRT to give myself some control over what I was feeling and as a security blanket those first two weeks. It enabled me to get a handle on the true drive of the smoking addiction, MEMORIES.

We smoke when a child is born, a parent dies, when were happy, when were sad.
There is a feeling behind every cigarette you ever smoked. Its all rolling around up inside our brains. This is what we have to see to quit. Why we keep smoking.

So I was on another quit smoking site for my first year. Met a lot of friends. Watched people come and go. Succeed and fail. I saw it all, everything. I learned, I talked, there was a lot of compassion for one another to kick this beast in the ash.

I heard about the Nicodemon. (This is all a lot of rubbish) your quit is between you and yourself. It’s your decision.

Anyway, the site had stages and feelings during the first 100 days of a quit.
Hell Week
Heck Week
No Mans Land

What I learned for me was that after 16 weeks, I was not thinking of smoking on a daily basis anymore. I knew I was past it, DONE. I would reach for a ghost pack on the front seat but I really didn’t want to smoke, it was just a MEMORY!

I Hope This Helps Some New Quitter Attain Freedom.







(This last one is for ex's who don't live in Southern California)

SO MUCH TIME........NO EXCUSES
It says there is a limit of 100.

Ok , So

The reason I wanted to email all my site friends was because I have been here quite awhile and many of the people who have been my friends the longest are no longer here nor participating.

Does this mean they lost their quits?

Lost their internet access?

Lost their minds?

Stopped wearing loose socks?


WTF?


I want to know
Listen To Your Body, Get A Hold In Your Mind Just Why You Smoke
Then You Can Win And Do It The Easy Way!

I started smoking when I was 17. I was traveling 100+ miles each way three times a week to rehearse with a famous group in Los Angeles. The competition was very high and it was very stressful rehearsing 14 hours at a time. The rewards were worth it, I did 8 Ed Sullivan Shows, Red Skelton, Johnny Carson, etc. Elvis asked me to sing with him in his show, I could go on and on.. Anyway the "in crowd" of the group were all smokers and would go out on the porch and smoke on our breaks. That's when it started for me.

I traveled and sang and played professionally for many more years, smoking all the time. When I finally stopped 2 years ago, I had smoked for 40 years.

Now the How !

My best friends brother was a heavy smoker. He doesn't smoke nearly as much now and I hope it is partially from my example. Anyway my best friend had quit a year before. He was a closet smoker. Maybe 4 a day.

He said, I think you should quit smoking and that maybe if I quit , his brother would quit. I said I would consider it. So over the next month I just let the concept of stopping roll around in my mind. The final two weeks before I quit, I started considering waiting when I wanted a smoke. I learned I had some control and pretty soon I was down to 2/3 pack a day then 1/2 pack. The friday before I finally quit, the Tuesday, Jan 2,
I went to the corner store and bought a pack and I said, this is my last pack. It was. I saved one cigarette for the morning of my quit.

I smoked it at 7:15am and I decided to go get the patch and try that as a security blanket. So I did.

Yes, I was a little frazzled because I had not yet learned how to get out of the want one syndrome.
The 4th day, I forgot to put on a patch. I could have freaked out and rushed back home to get one but, instead, I just thought, I am going to see what this is all about and not let it get the better of me. To get through that day without the patch made a light come on. I knew I could do it.

The next day, I was jittery and decided to use a patch.
But see, I was listening to my body from day one. Testing the waters. Seeing when I would have normally smoked, I began to smile each time I had a craving because I realized I was gaining control.

I used 10 patches over the first 14 days. The days I didn’t need one, I didn’t put one on.
I gained control in those two weeks. Then, I just stopped using the patch.

So yes, I used an NRT to give myself some control over what I was feeling and as a security blanket those first two weeks. It enabled me to get a handle on the true drive of the smoking addiction, MEMORIES.

We smoke when a child is born, a parent dies, when were happy, when were sad.
There is a feeling behind every cigarette you ever smoked. Its all rolling around up inside our brains. This is what we have to see to quit. Why we keep smoking.

So I was on another quit smoking site for my first year. Met a lot of friends. Watched people come and go. Succeed and fail. I saw it all, everything. I learned, I talked, there was a lot of compassion for one another to kick this beast in the ash.

I heard about the Nicodemon. (This is all a lot of rubbish) your quit is between you and yourself. It’s your decision.

Anyway, the site had stages and feelings during the first 100 days of a quit.
Hell Week
Heck Week
No Mans Land

What I learned for me was that after 16 weeks, I was not thinking of smoking on a daily basis anymore. I knew I was past it, DONE. I would reach for a ghost pack on the front seat but I really didn’t want to smoke, it was just a MEMORY!

I Hope This Helps Some New Quitter Attain Freedom.
Take A Bath......


Make a good drink!!!!!


Eat an artichoke...


Stop the smoke

It's A Decision



(((((ALL OF YOU QUITTERS)))))
None of us do.

If we can go those hours without smoking,

What makes you think our waking hours are any different?


Think about it.

We have been brainwashed into thinking it is difficult or impossible to quit, yet,

you quit everynight.

You Can Do This!

Just don't psych yourself out.

dale
week 17 or 18.

By then you are reaching for "ghost packs" and LYAO.


dale
Until you make the decision to quit and stick with it, tobacco will never be done with you. Will you let it play with you another year or two? Ten? Twenty?

Outright kill you with a slow miserable death?




This is YOUR life. Do whatever it takes.


dale
No Slips
No Slop

Just A Decision

Wishing All Of You A Happy New Year

and

Solid

Lasting

Forever

Quits.


dale

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