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It was 45 this morning

There's No Excuse For Smoking, Rain Or Shine!


The Ants Had Come To Eat

Hoggie got a lizard and I don't care

Hoggie got a lizard and I don't Care

Hoggie got a lizard and I don't care

I put it in a tree


Went out this morning and saw it there

Went out this morning and saw it there

Went out this morning and saw it there

The ants had come to eat


Fie, fi, fiddly i o
Fie, fi, fiddly i ay

Fie, fi, fiddly i o
The ants had come to eat


(Now, which two old children's songs did I combine?)


Life Keeps Changing

We Don't Know What's Coming

The Highs And Lows Keep Life Interesting

Turn That Crappy, Happy

Smoking Stinks

(Don't Forget Your Colonoscopy)

It takes more effort to frown.

Smiling Releases Dopamine.

I Learned To Laugh Whenever I Thought I Wanted To Smoke.

After One Week, I Had Retrained My Mind To Think Of Laughing.

Smoking Is That Kind Of Friend.

A Good Friend Has Your Back.

Smoking Can Take Your Back, Your Front, And, Everything In Between.

Life Is A Better Choice.

What Does That Mean?

It Means You've Placed Yourself In Control.


Above The Fray


It's Done By Deciding

There's No Other Way.

Stick Your Head In The Freezer And Count Backwards From 20.


Ready ?

Posted by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 Jan 16, 2018

I was ready when I quit.

I wasn't quitting for any existing health reason so,

(there was no pressure to quit )

I was prepared but I never focused on the preparation.

(just told myself to wait a little longer in those 4 weeks before I quit)

I knew I was buying my last pack when I put the money on the counter and not before .

In getting down to five a day without any negative thoughts ever, no counting, no denial

(I had proven I didn't have to smoke just because I thought I did.)

I told the store owner who always pulled out two packs when I'd walk through the door I was done.

His jaw dropped. (his kids weren't going to college because of my habit?  :-)  )


How much more ready could I be?


Quitting doesn't have to be mentally stressful.

It's uncomfortable not doing what you're used to and, not getting the nicotine, but it won't kill you.

We create the fear. We create negative thinking.

Most of the negative things we worry about never happen.


The repetition of smoking Is unlearned by the repetition of not smoking.


It takes time and willingness to let it go


Make yourself ready to allow it to happen.


         When I got off the road, I was in pretty good shape. Playing 45 minutes, 5 times a night kept me there.

         I've always loved to eat, and cook, and eat.

After being off the road for 6 months, I had gained 30 pounds. Searching around, I decided to try accupuncture.

         They place little needles connected and projecting from a circle about 1/8 in diameter into certain nerves in your ear. (I was told there are 300 nerve endings in your ears and the same 300 in your feet and they are all related to different body functions.)

         One was for tension/stress and the other was for appetite. They are covered with a thin tape so they don't fall out and, when you get stressed and hungry, you rub them gently in a circular motion to stimulate the nerve endings. You go in once a week to make sure the placement has not changed.

         After a month, I had lost those 30 pounds, but it would not have happened if I had just thought about rubbing the needles. I actually had to rub them.  :-)


         You will get a lot of different advice here USE IT.  We are here to spark your thought and we hope something we say will turn the switch on for you.


Acupuncture Ear Points for Weight Loss | LIVESTRONG.COM 


Ear Acupuncture Sedates Anxiety Study 

Yes, I kicked the "fi" out of it. I simp-fied it! 


There's something about getting to the point, 

so I will.

Simplifying any problem is the best way to find its solution.

Right From The Start

Quitting smoking is


No Need To Resist.

You build new non smoking memories and, in time,

they overtake the ones connected to smoking.


This applies to the psychological addiction only,

which is why I believe people go back to smoking after they've been quit

and, off nicotine for 6 months or more.


The physical addiction is more of a choice than unlearning.

It is a matter of getting it out of your system while replacing the dopamine with other choices and activities so you don't miss the physical

"mood/mind lift" you got from nicotine.

      Did you ever draw on your cigarettes to taste for freshness before you lit them?

      I did this.  I smoked an off brand, sales of which, were probably slower. The distributor likely had them warehoused in San Bernardino where the heat inside those facilities drew the flavor out of them.


     Being the Macgyver of my own head, the solution was to order them straight from Kentucky, which I did.


               I didn't like to smoke much.  :-)



How did you go out of your way to be a satisfied smoker?

Good Morning!


      The place I lived the longest in Los Angeles area was a house about 3 blocks from where they made Gone With The Wind and The Wizard Of Oz. I lived in this house from September 1991 until March of 2009.

      It had a porch with no roof, just a valley where the roofs met which is really not a smart design when it rains. :-)

      I loved running out under the gnarly tree that though the rain got through slightly, it never hit my cigarette.

      The Picture Above Is From 2015 And The Tree Was Where The Red Circle Is.

      Life seemed good. Sheltered to smoke.

      I had my last cigarette under that tree and never needed it's shelter again.

This was today's sunrise. As You Can See, I Was Still Under A Tree

But I'm Not Smoking

Some people liken

the  frustration

                             of quitting smoking to

common core math. 

Calm Down,

You Are Simply Relearning Life

Without Smoking.

Give It Time!

Time Is The Healer!

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