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Go suck on a straw

Posted by JAA13 May 19, 2018

so, it sounds like a nice way to “tell someone off” right?  Well, it’s a way to tell to convince yourself this is a silly habit we have gotten ourselves into. I have cut a straw I got from a fast food restaurant into the length of a cigarette and stuffed the very end of it with a tightly rolled cotton ball. 

 

Now, when I feel the urge for a smoke, I go outside just like I used to and “puff” on my fake cigarette. I suck, inhale deeply, kind of hold my breath a second, then exhale. Just as if I were really smoking. But it’s delicious!!!! It’s pure beautiful clean air!

 

Then, I take a few more “drags” and think to myself, “well, isn’t this silly?! I am standing in the rain, puffing on a plastic straw!”  So, I put the straw back into my pocket. Then, I go back in the house grossed out for even the thought of sucking on a cigarette that would directly fill my lungs with pollution. 

 

“Fresh air is much better,” I think to myself. Then, I read my list of reasons I wanted to quit that I have posted everywhere. I am happy I just won another round on day one. I WON! 

 

But really, deep breathing is relaxing, it’s calming, it’s healthy and not polluting the air and my body. I know this is only day one, but I am doing it! I am an EX!!!! I am going to keep doing this, even in public, after eating out, every day and every time I have an urge. Then eventually, I will think it is just too silly to suck on straws, take a few deep breaths and put down the straw for good. 

Chuck_Quit_2-20-2011

Success

Posted by Chuck_Quit_2-20-2011 May 19, 2018

Good day Exer’s,

 

Sorry I haven’t updated for a while. I’ve been kind of recovering from all of the stress of the past. I never knew that having a person go missing can be so incredibly draining. But now, that’s in the past. And there’s a very important item for me that I thought I’d mention. I’m still smoke free!

 

Yep, that’s right. I now believe that there’s no way I’m going to smoke again, ever! And to think that all those years ago I was working on an entirely different mindset. One that was destructive, rather than productive. One that was slavery, rather than freedom. One that knew with every waking moment that so long as I continued feeding my addiction, the world would be fine. I would be calm and safe.

 

Back then in those days of slavery that I thought I was enjoying, there wouldn’t have been enough cigarettes to get me through the trying times. You see, I really couldn’t smoke any more than I was already smoking because there simply wasn’t a time in my day that I wasn’t smoking, and believing that it would make everything just fine. In short, I was hopelessly addicted.

 

I mention this because so often when people are considering quitting, they think that they’re more addicted than anybody else. I felt much the same. And when we tell ourselves that, it helps to convince us that there’s no way out, no matter how hard we try.

 

When I first decided to quit, I was terrified! Both of losing my comfort and of failure. As I smoked and thought about quitting, it seemed like an impossible task to complete. And yet, here I am well over seven years smoke free.

 

How I got here is what’s important, I think. You see, I didn’t just decide one day to put out my last cigarette and simply walk away from it because having tried that before and failing, I knew it was simply a waste of time. I knew that I had no idea as to how to quit. I’d reached the point where I seriously wanted to quit, and that in itself was no small feat.

 

Taking the time to learn what addiction is and how to deal with it is key to success! We must completely understand ourselves and how we interact with our addiction. That’s what’s important. With understanding comes confidence and with confidence comes belief. And with belief comes the ability to lose the fear of quitting.

 

On the day that I actually put out my last cigarette, I felt no fear. Instead I felt a kind of excitement for you see, I believed that I would succeed. I knew that I’d done all that I could to make that success happen and now I can tell you that I am completely free forever! If I was ever going to smoke again, it would have been a couple of weeks ago. But the thought never even entered my mind.

 

In fact, I was ten times more effective because I had no distractions, nor did I have the desire to take one of those phony breaks that I used to take when I smoked.

 

Take the time to learn and your chances for success skyrocket! Never give up and never give in to yourself and you too will be sitting on the other side of addiction. You too will be free and at peace. It’s all right there waiting for you. Go for it!!

 

ONWARD TO FREEDOM!!!

 

Chuck

Eyes65

Day 48

Posted by Eyes65 May 19, 2018

Today made 48 days smoke free... I am so excited.  It has been difficult at times but with God’s help I have made it this far.  I have more energy and I can breathe better.  I can tell the difference.  I can smell everything good and bad.  I have taken a number of test and the results have not been as bad as they could have... to be honest they were truly better than I expected.  I have now realized I am suppose to share this experience and help others. My next major tests are in 6 months.  Being free of cigarettes is a great feeling and I will never ever take another puff!!!!!!  

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