04JUL11... Independence Day...

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Blog entry by Richard posted 07-07-2011 04:58 PM 5048 reads 0 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On 03JUL11 2118hrs… put out the last cigarette.
“Independence Day” has been given a whole new meaning…
Any of you that can offer some support would be GREATLY appreciated.
On a scale of 0-10, my patience level is at -18!
Oh… did I mention that the temperature is setting at 86 an it is only 0955hrs AND my freakin’ air conditioner cratered, last night!
Where the hell is that REPAIRMAN!!! He was supposed to be here twenty-eight minutes ago!
(sigh… gonna go smack myself in the forehead… or just sand something…)
Later, gators…

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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View Bertha's profile


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#1 posted 07-07-2011 04:59 PM

Hang tough, Wiggy. It only gets better.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 07-07-2011 05:06 PM

Thanks, Ms. Bertha…
Eveyone saying each day the urge will get less and less… just waiting for that feeling to kick in.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#3 posted 07-07-2011 06:12 PM

congrats. and more power to ya!

my suggestion – everytime the craving kicks in – just think of all the negativity that it entails and really start focusing and overthinking it – 1. it’ll might change your perspective and wants at that moment, and 2. it’ll give you something else to focus on than the fact that you want something… try it for free today!

and keep it up.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 07-07-2011 06:14 PM

Hang in there. I quit 15 years ago and I’m so glad I did. My sense of smell and my sinuses were the first thing that came back and cleared up. I’m not as prone to get sick either or at least I don’t think so. I don’t smell bad, well, I mean I don’t wreak of smoke, and I can enjoy our new baby without my wife getting all bent out of shape. I used the patches to quit and half the time had it duct taped to my arm. Eventually I just got sick of it coming off and gave up with the patches all together. I moved on to Jolly Ranchers and Ice Breakers gum, sorry to put in the plug for them, but the oral fixation is something you have to work on…maybe a tooth pick or something. As my dad would say “AHHH this too shall pass”

Good luck!

-- He who dies with the most tools wins!.....Just wait, I'm going to win!..ERR my wife will at least.

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#5 posted 07-07-2011 06:15 PM

Keep it up, I did. Now it is 2 years Oct 4. You just need a reason, mine was financial, a lower insurance rate by half. Also I save $10 a day (Chicago prices).
I would be lying if I said every now and then I think about smoking, the thought just evaporates.
You can and will do it.
Besides smoke in your eyes while you are at your table saw is no fun.

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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#6 posted 07-07-2011 06:33 PM

The airconditioner guy just got here.
That’s a huge plus.
Have been out in my “shop”.
Making some dust instead of ash.
Thank you all. Success stories sure help.
I can do this.
I can do this.
I can do this.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#7 posted 07-07-2011 06:40 PM

When the craving hits think… am I willing to loose the (fill in the blank) days I have invested in this effort?

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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#8 posted 07-07-2011 06:42 PM

19 years, 3 months for me—best thing I ever did for me. I was only able to wear the patches for three weeks because of an allergy to them. But, that was long enough to get over the hump. It took about 6 months to get over the “reaching” in my purse for my pack and lighter. After 6 months it was all good. I chewed a peppermint sugar-free gum for many years afterwards, but that passed, too. Chewing gum is more socially acceptable than cigarettes.

If I didn’t pick up cigarettes when I was surplussed from my job 5 months later, and if I didn’t pick up cigarettes when my mother passed away, then I do consider myself a certified non-smoker.

You can do this. And, for the record, it took 3 tries that spring before I was able to quit. I was definitely determined to do it for me.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#9 posted 07-07-2011 07:04 PM

You can do this, One day at a time. YOU CAN DO THIS!

-- StevieP ~ Micheal Tompkins - you were not here on earth long but left a giant mark on us. RIP Brother

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Ken Masco

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#10 posted 07-07-2011 07:13 PM

When quitting smoking there are two different problems you are dealing with, one is the habit and the other is the chemical addiction. They must be treated separately or your chances of success are limited. The habit can be addressed by changing your personal habits e.g. when you finish a meal you used to light up. Now you must select a new behavior. Perhaps a long walk? All routine light up time behaviors should be replaced with a different behavior, healthy behaviors are best (work out, walk etc.) the new habits will help you feel better and make the withdrawal process easier. The chemical addiction can be addressed by flushing your system out thoroughly. Drink way more water than you ever did in your life. Eat lots of fresh fruit. The fruit helps in two ways, it flushes your system and provides B vitamins that help with your jangled nerves. Caffeine and nicotine are cousins, when you consume caffeine your body craves nicotine even more, it’s like a teaser. Don’t drink coffee for ten days. The worst of the chemical problem will pass in 7-10 days. Hang in there, you can put up with almost anything for that long. Finally there is no such thing as only one smoke. Don’t be tempted, it will derail the process. Good luck. It’s a smart thing you are doing.

-- Ken

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#11 posted 07-07-2011 07:37 PM

Good for you! Every day will get easier. Hang in there!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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Don Niermann

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#12 posted 07-07-2011 08:31 PM

Been 6 years 5 months since the last one. Its hard but its worth it. Keep it up.

-- WOOD/DON ( has the right to ones opinion but not the right to ones own facts...)

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#13 posted 07-08-2011 02:01 AM

push ups. every time you even think of a smoke DROP AND GIVE ME TEN. not only will your lungs benefit, but you may end up yoked.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#14 posted 07-08-2011 12:53 PM

Y’all have no idea how helpful it is to have someone to share this time in my life.
I don’t smoke in my truck, at work, in my house, in public places.

I have tons of reasons… health, $$ for smokes and insurance, the stench, danger to my ‘buhl-dawgies’ and projects… yep, cigarette burns are tough to sand out… set a plastic bucket of chips and dust to smoldering, once.

I am sooooo screwed… (sigh…)

My universal gym, upstairs, is getting even more use than ever.
At 6’4” and 204lbs… being yoked would be sweet!
That ‘drop and give me ten’... hey, four years in the Air Force… been there, done that… have the scars to prove it.

Builder Bob, Don Niermann, steviep
The “just one puff…” syndrome is vicious… freakin’ vicious.
Instead of how many days I have behind me, I have set goals (O.C.D. is not, always, a bad thing.)
24 hours… check.
48 hours… check.
1 week… (tick, tick, tick…)
Before I know it, I will be able to say it has been one year.

I talk to myself more than ever… and that is saying a LOT!
Hardest time? When I am making dust…
Yesterday, I stuck a pencil in my mouth to free up my hands… when I took it out, I ‘thumped’ it.
Habits, habits, habits.

Nice Pic! Thanks for being there.

Yes, I can do it. When my cholestorel hit 379 (I’m a Southern boy, remember?) I took on a total vegan diet (no animal product at all) for 2.5 years. Last time I had it checked, it was 165. I still eat more of a vegaterian type diet… little or no sugar except what shows up in the odd Guinness, Stout or Black Butte.

I’m rambling… time to go.
Honest thanks to all my fellow ‘chip-monks’ for all the support._

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#15 posted 07-08-2011 01:31 PM

Congrats, Every time you don’t light up you have decreased your tax bill and increased your quality of life.
Smoking was a way of life for me from an early age. Took many tries but I made it. I haven’t had one in seven years. Quitting is the best thing an ex-smoker can do for them self and their family. Good for you.

-- Mel,

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