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8/26/14 4:06 A

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Welcome to the group Teresa. I sympathize with weight gain. Smoking lowers metabolism and thyroid function. Plus cigs contain sugar. The reason you lost some is probably due to your metabolism starting to work and consuming less sugar. Concentrate on the breathing easier, celebrate any loss and you will succeed.

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8/25/14 4:16 P

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Welcome, Teresa..... glad to have we with the Team. Those of us who are managing our quits have been through the weight gain. We would be more than happy to help you keep that quit and melt away that unwanted weight. Let us know just how we can be of assistance to you.

Join us when you can in the Cafe` or Chat Room as some members call it. There you can let the team know just how and what you need to maintain your journey to maintain that Smoke-free lifestyle.

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8/25/14 10:23 A

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hello :) my name is teresa... quit smoking 7/25/09, started back up 8/1/11, and i've quit again 8/18/14...

i'm honestly scared of the weight gain, even when i started smoking again i STILL kept gaining...

i already have put on 50 since i quit the 1st time (was @ 130 n got up to 180.. i've lost a little but now that i've quit i'm freaking out)

anywayz that is a bit about me... looking forward to getting to know u all

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Thanks Michele. I can not find Cafe and trying again today.

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Glad to see you back with the Team. You do have some hurdles to get out of your way and we are all here to lend that Support. Join us when you can in the Cafe` and let us know just what the Team can help you with.

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I have recently returned to Spark and wanted to replying to Gypsygoth Sept inquiry. My health has been going downhill for two years, and came to head on Xmas day. It took a few more months to talk my doctor into ordering proper tests. I was diagnosed with Addison's Disease in March. Addison means my body does not produce cortisol, or hold onto sodium, potassium, calcium, etc. Our body needs cortisol and electrolytes to survive. Lack of cortisol, etc causes fatigue, passing out, nausea, muscle spasms, organ failure, etc. I need to take medication the rest of my life, which makes me susceptible to infection. I realized after much contemplation that I smoke to increase my energy, keep me from passing out, etc. I caught something in Jan, which I can't seem to shake and decided to quit today. Not smoking put me into a coma state until I managed to take enough medication to keep me awake so I could go to physical therapy. On the way home from pt, I stopped at drug store and bought a pack of cigs. I felt better after smoking three, but disgusted that I could not make it one day without a cig. I went to Addison patients boards for advice so I can try again tomorrow. I read smoking can cause this disease and hope quitting helps.

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6/6/14 10:23 P

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Only you can decide what method is best for you. Chantix and cutting back did not work for me. I ended up smoking the same amount as I always did when I cut back. I read a person cut out smoking in certain places for a week. So, I gave up smoking in the car. That led to me wanting to get home fast so I could smoke. Cold turkey with patch and gum worked the best for me. I took up knitting scarves for abused women the month before going cold turkey and found myself smoking less which made going cold turkey easier.

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Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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5/2/14 8:27 P

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Each of us that have quit and stilled with the Team have used various ways of quitting. Myself I subtracted one cig. from a pack each week. I was used to smoking a pack a day, so the first week I had only 19 cigs to work with, the next week I had 18 to deal with an so on. It took me longer but it allowed my body to adjust to the gradual drop in Nicotine. After 4 weeks, I began to feel much more energetic and began to taste food differently

Using the patch, gum, lozenges, or even the e-cig, you are getting the very thing you want to get away from and thats Nicotine. You have to find the way of quitting that's comfortable for you. Once you have found it, stick with it and go forward to your final quit. Slip ups will happen, they are a part of quitting. As with dropping the weight, the slower you go the eit is. Only a few can handle a " Cold Turkey" final quit.

The Team is here for you, so pick our brains,as how we accomplished our quits. There is no such thing as a stupid or simple question. Just ask an we will help!

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5/2/14 7:02 P

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Hello,

I am not yet quit. For the first time in my life I actually want to! :) I was looking for a few bits of advice. First, I recently had some fillings done and my jaw is all goofed up. This makes it difficult to do things in place of smoking like chew gum or sunflower seeds. Would it set me up for failure to go ahead and quit or better to wait a week? Second, I was going to go cold turkey but perhaps I would be better set up for success with the gum. What do ya all think?

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Nicotine leaving the body depends on how much you smoked a day and how long that nicotine has had a chance to build in the system. Drinking those eight glasses of water will help in flushing the nicotine out of your system. Try and find an alternative to that cig. i.e. Pretzel stick, lollipop, chewing gum, hard candy. breath mints etc. Something that would use the same muscles that smoking would use. The first and possibly the second week are the hardest for some people, after that the cravings diminish on their own time. Stay strong and keep bushing.
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Ok planed my quit day for tomorrow since I have the weekend off figure by Monday when I go back to work the nicotine will be out of my body I was told one time that it takes 72 hours for nicotine to leave the body. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Welcome Denise emoticon , Nice to have with join us. Each of us has been just were you presently are in your time of Life. Wanting a Healthy Life-style. Let us know just how we can be of assistance to you. You can find us in the Cafe`, which is a Chat-Room where we gather, vent, encourage and just get to know each other. Someone can be reached by sparkmail if you prefer going that way. Looking forward to chatting with you!

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Hi my name is Denise and I need support to help quit smoking. The boyfriend says that he will not quit so it is kinda tough but I did go to the doctor today and got some info on a quitline thru my state and I'm going to give them a call tomorrow and advice is appreciated

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Hey All!
My name's Rebecca and I joined the 'Classy Quitters' last week. I quit smoking on the 14th of January and I am doing my best to stay strong through the slip ups and hard spots.

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Hi! On again off again quitter... hoping to make it stick! Day 14...

I'm Desiree!

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emoticon My name is Jayne. Yesterday was emoticon emoticon

I decided this time to try Chantix. I'm in my fourth week and find that the enjoyment factor is NOT there anymore. Thankfully, I'm past the nausea stage from the meds. That was pretty awful! Now to get past the triggers...

I do seem to have more nervous energy. You'd think that would help me get up to work out...



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9/8/13 8:41 A

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Tee, any update on your test? hope all is OK.

WildLady, to me those aren't "cravings" exactly, but triggers. more of a "i usually have a cigarette now" but not so much " i want one." i definitely get them at all of the "usual" times... but they pass :)

the Mad Russian is a biofeedback specialist (who does what some would call hypnotism but he says is not).

he claims to erase cravings and bad habits... and i am pretty darn sure it worked! i am cold turkey for 17 days today, the longest i've been without nicotine in... god, i don't know how long. possibly since my pregnancy 17 years ago? o_O

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9/8/13 8:00 A

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The cravings are sneaky. I get in the car and start looking for 1.

Each day is a new begining.

Make time count. Don't count time.

I am not perfect, but I am forgiven.

Depression comes from living in the past. Anxiety comes from living in the future.


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Congratulations. Every second can be sneaky. Craving only lasts short time. Don't blow 3 month quit on craving. I hope staying sharp and setting example for your hubby and daughter leads to them quitting again.

Tee

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Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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Great that you were able to remain smoke free for 4 months. I hope you are doing well with quitting this time. Reading Alan Carr's book about Easy Way to Stop Smoking may help. I belonged to Nic Ann Group and members said brain tried fooling them into smoking again. One man smoked several packs daily and in shower and quit cold turkey 5 years ago. Not caving into "I can have one and not start smoking again" is difficult. Good luck!

Tee

Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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Good for you. Congratulations! Do not smoke while wearing patch since it can cause heart problems. I found lozenges helpful in addition to patch. My neighbors cut back to three cigs daily (outdoors) a year ago and still has not quit. A friend with racing heart, liver failure, etc had to quit smoking for 3 months when she was in hospital and rehab facility. I thought she would remain non smoker, but she stopped at store on way home , bought pack and started smoking again.

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Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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9/7/13 9:02 P

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Hi Tanya,

I hope and pray you kept your quit date and doing good. Smoking adversely affects hormones and metabolism, which probably lead to you gaining weight. Don't worry about weight. You can lose weight, but not cancer.

Tee

Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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Congratulations! What is Mad Russian? I keep baby carrots, celery, straws cut the size of cig, water, gum, etc close for easy grabbing when I get craving for cig or food. Nutritionist told me I can eat a lot of carrots and celery and not gain weight.

Tee

Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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Welcome to all new members of group. Quitting is best thing you can do for yourself. I quit a few times, buckled and started up again. A few weeks ago, tests showed I have something on my pancreas...praying it is not cancer since my mother died from it. Pancreatic cancer linked to smoking. I have to undergo tests that require I quit smoking and not use patch, etc for a week. I have been putting off test due to quitting until doctor examined my mouth yesterday and said it showed damage from smoking. This is my smoke free day. I hope I learned enough from past experience to stick with it.

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Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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hi, i'm desiree. i'm about to be 35 (on sunday).

i'm working on day 5 nicotine-free after i went to the "Mad Russian" to have my cravings "erased." it worked.

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i still "miss" smoking and think about it occasionally, but i don't "need" it anymore.
would love to have some buddies on this journey so feel free to add me!

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I am Tanya. I am 43 and have been smoking since I was 20. Crazy thing is I started to help loose weight. Now I'm obese and smoking. Bad health combination. I have set September 1, 2013 as my quit date.

Each day is a new begining.

Make time count. Don't count time.

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Hello!
I am 54 and have smoked since I was 15--with a few quits, Maybe 5 years worth of quits. I put the patch on last night---They work for me when I am motivated to quit. A good friend had a quad-bypass last week, and he is talking about starting to smoke as soon as he is out of the hospital. His wife, my best friend, smokes also and has for longer than I have. I am in hopes that if they see that quitting can happen--maybe it will inspire them.
Small goal #1--I only smoke in the computer room in my house and have made it through one coffee and 30 minutes on the computer-ok, i am hoping small goals will add up to years!

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Hi Everyone.
Today is going to be my first day of quitting, well actually I'm just going to seriously cut down for a couple days and then quit. I'm not good at cold turkey. I've been smoking for almost 30 years. Minus the few times I've stopped in there. I had stopped when I joined SP a year ago did great for about 4 months then they started sneaking back in. Now I'm back where I was when I stopped last year. So here I go

One day at a time.

I'm not trying to lose weight. "I have no intention of finding it again"

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
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Hi everyone :)

I am coming up on my 3 month quit. My husband and daughter quit but they both buckled. I'm keeping at it, I want to stay strong for my family...I think they are both ready to try again. I know 3 months can be sneaky sneaky so I'm trying to be extra sharp not to buckle too....So far I totally like how I'm changing. I smoked from 15 to 48 years old. I'm most likely truly meeting myself for the first time and wow, I am floored by how much gumption it robbed from me. If anybody needs a buddy I am here.

Put your hands over your head and step away from the Snicker!!!


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Welcome Jennifer, to Classy Quitters! Glad to have you with the Classy Qs. Stop by the Cafe an Chat, let us know just what we can do to make your quit a journey of smooth sailing. Looking forward to meeting you as you journey to a "smoke-free" Lifestyle.

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Hello everyone, I'm Jennifer, new to Spark, losing weight, and gearing up to quit smoking. I don't have any health problems from smoking and/or obesity, but I plan not to push my luck and wait until that happens. I recently called 1-800-quit-now, and am in a "mini-quit" phase, waiting for some free cessation products they are sending me in the mail, and building strategies and so forth for my big quit. I don't have much support here at home, so I'm hoping to make like-minded buddies here.


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Welcome Cheryl ...glad to have you with the team. We have many stages of quits going on here and have plenty of the help you will be needing on your quit. When you feel a crave coming on - if possible join us on the threads or jot down just what you were doing when the crave hit. That way you have an idea of what your triggers are and can plan just how to avoid them. Don't be a stranger, support is important on a quit and there is plenty here.

See you soon!

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Hi Jeanie, I am spending my second day of smoking only 5cigs, that's 1 every 4hours, omg...it is hard, yesterday was obv easier. I am supposed to quit officially on st paddys day, that's a week Sunday. My fear is ....I don't want to suffer and feel deprived, the same problem I have with dieting. I like your humor, let's check on each other everyday, and encourage and help pass the food and nicotine empty hours.

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HI Im Heather...Its a long story...but I posted this earlier on another board and I feel this sums everythignup! I am seekign a good friend for daily talks and for mutual support! I need help..I am emotionally strained..I was told I had to give up smoking and lose 80 pound immediately. I have a great support program here for diet and a great program for quitting smoking with my states quit program. they even supplied me with lozenges since I am uninsured, I QUIT TOMORROW...again for the 5th time in 20 years :( Im a full time student in a class of jerks who upset me all the time. I have just learned my fiance lost his job, I was denied disability because I lost my insurance and I no longer have a doctor. I have a really messed up back and I cant even go walk, Im not allowed to do a lot of things.. I have nerve damage so even seated stuff is usually bad.( I know I have made the mistake of trying and ended up unable to move because I hurt my spine or damaged nerves) I have a 2 year old who is going through the terrible twos.I lost my grandparents and a roomate with in 7 moths..all died spontaneously.. We had to sell our only car to keep our power on because in our city they are allowed to shut you off in the winter ( I even called the US Dep of health but it is infact legal) and social services told us thier emergency funds were depleted. I am at my max for stress.. If he cannot find a job soon we might become homless or with out power..since Im an online student I cant do my school work with out power (or a place to live) Im about to go make a big batch of brownies and pop corn and binge..I dont even have access to a therapist right now..or family that can afford to help us, not even a couh to sleep on since most of them all have a house full already.. But after learning I almost had a stroke I HAVE to change what I can..my blood pressure was 190/110 when i landed in the ER..I was told to get rid of 80 pounds and quit smoking (which we obviously cant afford any way so thats a given) I need a friend :( ANd no you cannot make this crap up! lol.. I am a praying woman..so hopefullyGod is listning!

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Hello Miss Camille, welcome to the classy quitters. emoticon
Sounds like you've traveled a rough road to get here ma'am.
Emotional/mental support is very helpful. Are you comfortable with talking? When one of your que's comes up, are you able to recognize it? Do you have someone to talk to? Perhaps journal?
Tis not going to be easy.
I am still having a hard time myself. I do well during the day, usually because I am too busy.
The evenings are when it hits me hard. When I am sitting still or on the phone.
I'm doing good to keep it at 5 cigars or less. The doctors tell me one cigar equals 3 cigarettes.
Best of luck to you ma'am. emoticon

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Camille so glad you decided to join us. Here you will find that support, encouragement, and motivation you will need to make that Quit happen. The Team has members in various stages of their quit, as well as those who have from 6 months to a year of being "smoke-free".

Join us when you can in the Cafe and on the Pledge Your Daily N.O.P.E. Thread and let us help you get that Quit in motion. It seems that you had a few days of cutting back, then had a slip. That is common, until you find the best way for you to quit. The important thing to remember is NEVER QUIT A QUIT. The entire Team is with you on your Quit!

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Hey everyone. My name is Camille. I have been a smoker for 5 years. I have tried to quit several times. The longest I ever lasted was 2 weeks. I told myself, "Just one won't hurt." Hahaha. Boy, was I wrong! I need to quit now. My cough has gotten much worse, I'm breathing harder and my shortness of breath has gotten worse. I can't even go up one flight of stairs without being out of breath for a good 5 minutes. Over the past few days I have tried to cut back on how many cigarettes I have everyday. I'm not quite sure what happened, but, I'm back on my one full pack a day. I feel emotional support would be key to my success.

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I'll stop by for a chat!!

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Hi Bonnie and Welcome!

Great to have you with us, and hope we can give you that extra nudge that you may need.
Like to invite you to join us in the Cafe, there you can chat, vent, ask questions and just let us know how you are doing. Pop in when ever you can, meet us and give us a change to meet and get to know you.

Looking forward to meeting you!

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Hi I'm Bonnie. I just found this forum yesterday and am happy to have found it.

I quit over the Thanksgiving weekend using Chantix. It has been a wonder drug for me as I found it so easy it was shocking. Sure, I have an urge now and then but find that it passes quicker and quicker. Took my first road trip this past weekend and what a freeing feeling to not have to pull over for a smoke, try to get a quickie in out in public with my family, so on an so on.

I'm 52 and smoked since I was in my late 20's. My DH still smokes and I'm finding the smell disgusting. To think I used to smell that way-gross.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone.

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Welcome Tanya, glad to have you with the Classy Quitters. Be assured the team is here to help you succeed with your Quit. Think you will find that we have a lot to offer in the way of support, encouragement and motivation. We have many types of quits going on an in various stages of quits. There are some members that have over or close to 4months of their quits.
One thing you need to do with a quit is to drink at least 8 glasses of water during the day. Water helps the body to flush the nicotine from the body. Water does help with the cravings that usually develops during that first week. One of other leaders has posted 2 articles on smoking that I think may be of help. The articles are posted in the Cafe, the teams place to get together. Join us there when ever you need questions answered or you just want to chat

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I am Tanya in Clarksville TN. I have been smoking for about 22 years. I have been sneaking and hiding it from my husband and 9 son for years. I am tired of the lying. I recently been feeling the effects on my body. I've had some shortness of breath going up stairs, the occasional cough, and trouble getting over cold and allergy symptoms. I have not smoked since Thursday 12/27/12. 6 days!! best I have done in a long time. I have been on vacation from work for a week. I am a little nervous about going back to work tomorrow.

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Nice to see the both of you.
Have a great week and good luck!

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Thank you for the welcome. So far so good, o might float away today.

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thank you and yes I already have the water under way :)

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Welcome Tara glad to have you with the Team. We are here to help you complete that journey for a smoke free lifestyle. There is someone around the threads and Forums just about 24/7 for any help you made need. May I suggest getting at least 8 glasses of water in a day. Drinking water helps flush the nicotine out of the body, this also helps with the cravings you maybe having. Pop in the Cafe when you can. Suzie has posted two articles on quitting that I think may give you an edge. If you find yourself with a problem, just pop in and we will lend a suggestion, plenty of support, encouragement and plenty of motivation.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.
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Hello my name is Tara. This is probably the 123rd time I have vowed to and tried to quit... granted some of those tries lasted only a few hours. I made a promise to myself last night that today would be the day. I got up, went through my morning routine and put on the nicotine patch. I need to do this not only for my health, but to be a good role model for my 14 year old daughter whom I caught with a cigarrette about a month ago. I don't want her falling into the same trap that I did and spend the next 20 years wishing that she had never started.

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Join us at least 2 -3 times a week on the threads just to get the hang of it and post an emoticon or just a few words like Hi! or I', OK. Pledge a daily N.O.P.E. with us on that thread with an emoticon ( emoticon ) to reward yourself for a smoke free day. Once you'r use to Mingling on those few threads add one more and so on.

How to manage a quit, is up to you as it is your quit! There was an article posted within the past several days in the Cafe Thread, on reasons and rewards of quitting. Give that a read, that may help enforce Quitting. Reply to it if you wish. Progress with your quit with a method that is comfortable for you. The Team has many members with various styles of Quitting. You will find a method that you will be comfortable with all in good time, just remember Never quit a quit, you will have slip ups and be discouraged, that's what we are here for. Let us know when help is needed or when those slip ups happen. We are not judgmental, as we have all been there and slipped many times.

Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to help flush the nicotine out of your system, this does help curb those cravings. the hardest are the first 2-3 days but keep that water coming.

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Going to tackle a couple of things with this post... Hello, my name is Jeania (Gina, my mother wanted unique). I have a fear of the message boards, so anything that requires more than an emoticon scares me. I have been smoke free 13 hours, okay was asleep 5 of those. However I have made it through morning coffee time. 2013 is the year to add smoke free to my lifestyle changes. Any words of advise, encouragement and such is welcomed.

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Congratulations Toni. Chromium supplement decreases appetite. I take in morning especially during winter when we tend to eat more. Watch Oz show in Jan if you get chance. Topic is weight loss all month.

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Congrats on your 80 days free from smoking Toni & a warm welcome to our team! I know that it really helps to make small changes in your eating habits & the 2 best ones are to increase your water intake & to also increase your fruit & veggie intake. The more veggies you take in, the less hungry you feel. Not to mention they are low in calories & fat as well. These are the 2 steps I'm working on now. Join us on the other threads as well - again

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I'm Toni. I quit 80plus days ago.I found a stop smoking buddy who is dedicated and emoticon encourages me. I am a night nurse and sit most of my shift in home care. I have to be quiet so the child I take care of won't wake up.I am engaged & gained 20 pounds going out to eat and watching movies. I want to get married next year in March, April or May. Any suggestions are welcome.

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emoticon GYPSYJEWEL, quitting is not an easy task, but the end result is well worth the effort. Stay with us you have all the help you need to hold on, an continue smoke free.
Join us when you can in the Cafe for Some chatting an shared advice.

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Congratulations on your successful quit GYPSYJEWEL! Welcome to the team, you truly are a JEWEL!!!

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Congratulations on quitting Gypsy. Keep doing what you are doing since it works.

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hey everyone I'm Annie I smoked for 18 years started at 13 quit Sept 6th I told myself like so many times before that I was not going buy anymore cigarettes and now here's the weird part I got up the next morning couldn't have coffee since I had no cigarettes and I didn't smoke it was the easiest thing I have ever done it was the 4th or 5th time this year ive tried to quit I had called the 1800-quit-now hotline the day before I quit and talked to a counseler I think that helped me tremendously and my aunt told me she prayed for me to have the willpower to quit my daughter had started smoking and my mother had just passed away in June from copd she was very ill from smoking all her life whatever it was something clicked and it finally worked for me I still want to smoke especially when I smell a cigarette I had to quit drinking coffee for about three weeks to get that habit broken I would love to try to help anyone that is wanting to quit it can be done it really does take practice to become a nonsmoker emoticon

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emoticon and emoticon to group Dennis and Kayla. Take time to smell the emoticon and keep up the good work

Tee

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Welcom to the team Kayla! Stop in at the "Cafe" to give your 3 days a shout out - it's well earned. I found quiting was the 2nd hardest thing I ever had to do (the 1st was losing a loved one) but it is so worth it.

I have several places that I visit to seek support but this sight is my main one because no will pass judgement if you slip up - everyone aims to stay positive. You get a response from the team mates so quickly.

There have been so many benefits to quitting - I definitely smell better! I'm on day 231 & still have a few times that I think about a smoke but not really a craving like what you are going through. I kept thinking if I don't quit now, I will have to go through my 1st days, weeks, & months all over again - now that's a FRIGHTENING prospect!

Again, welcome & don't forget to yell for help when needed!

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hi im michaela aka kayla! i quit smoking 3 days ago,its hard.

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Hello to you Denise and good morning.

Nice to have you with the family of Classy Quitters. We are always happy to help in Quitting that nasty habit. That help is plentiful with us. We meet daily in the Café to share tips on quitting an to just chat. Someone is always there to chat with and the best thing is we are not judgemental around here. We are in various stages of a Quit an are very much aware that we can easily fall of that quit. So join us in the Café an get to know us, an in turn we can meet with you for the same reason. Looking forward to meeting with you.

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Hello all,

My name is Denise and I am getting ready to stop smoking. I make a pledge to myself that I would start working to be smoke free when I lost 25 lbs...and I only have 1 more lbs to go to get to that goal...so here we go!



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emoticon and emoticon to the group Dawn. Congratulations on quitting on the 18th. Everyone has oops moments. To recall a saying I read...we can lose weight, but not cancer. Keep trying until you are able to remain smoke free. Since you did b4, you can do again. Hard quitting when someone in house smokes. I am rooting for you to have smoke free day tomorrow.



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Hello! My name is Dawn. I started smoking when I was 13 years old. I did quit once before, when I was 29, and I stayed off the cigarettes for 2 and a half years. But, I got a high stress job in a place that sold cigarettes, and it only took a couple months before I was right back to smoking again. I've decided to quit again.....I quit on the 18th of this month. But I've been cheating here and there. I've been smoking the last few drags off of my husbands butts once or twice a day, and 2 or 3 times I've sneaked a whole cig out and smoked half of it or so.

Last time I quit smoking I gained a lot of weight. I'm really don't want to do that again. My health can't afford for me to do that again. I'm morbidly obese, and I need to quit smoking so I can breath when I do workouts. So the two do go hand in hand. Although, honestly, the main reason for me quitting this time is money.....

Anyway.....tomorrow is the day I stop letting myself cheat. Hopefully, we'll all be able to help each other out here!!!!

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emoticon and emoticon to the group. I agree with everything Melissa wrote. If I waited until I lost weight, I never would have quit. Someone said you can always lose weight, but you can't lose cancer....so true...give yell if you need someone to hold your hand....help, etc. we are here for you....take one second, minute, hour, day at time. Drinking orange juice decreases cravings.....

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Welcome to Classy Quitters! I am so glad you came to our team. Today is the first step to a life free from the chains of smoking! Each day you will learn something new about yourself & your tolerances which may be quite different from others on this team but chances are someone here has had a reaction similar to yours. Stop in the "Cafe" & chat, give a shout out when it gets rough, & don't forget to check out what other team mates have done or are doing by checking out their pages & their posts here. Early in my quit, I spent a lot of time on many different quit smoking sites. This really helped get me through some bad times. I'm feeling pretty good at 5 1/2 months free now & believe it's the best thing I've done in MANY years!

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Hello my name is Kerry and this is my first day of quitting. It was suggested to me in one of the comments to my blog need help! that this is one of the quitting teams that is very helpful. I was anxious about quitting because I wanted to lose the weight first but I have many health challenges and my liver will not use the medication added to my system appropriately if I am smoking neither smokers good transplant candidates. Thank you for your support.

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I actually just bought Allen Carr's book on Amazon, it should be here by Friday! I've heard great things about it.

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Welcome Erin and good luck. Have you read or listened to Allan Carr's book the Easy Way to Quit Smoking? Helpful material that helped a lot of ppl quit.

Tee

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Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

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emoticon Erin, You have come to the right place for that support, encouragement and motivation. The team is made up of various degrees or stages of members Quitting as well as those who have already made that Quit. Join us as often as you can in the Café` for what you are needing or just to vent. the Café` is open 24/7, with the time zones of the members someone is always around. By you popping in the team can get to know you an you will find them a sincere group of people. If you get the change check-out the Sit: QuitNet or QitNet.com. on that site you can answer their questions an learn various different stats such as just how much money you have spent this year on Cigarettes. You would be surprised.

Pop in on the Thread an Pledge a daily N.O.P.E. with us!......No judgement is ever given, as we have or are now trying to stop that Life-style an make a New One.
Keep in touch! ...........Michele

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Hi! emoticon My name is Erin. I'm a special education teacher in south TX. I joined this team to give me support and motivational tips to stop smoking. I've tried to quit several times, but just keep going back whenever the stress gets to be too much. I really want to quit now because it's affecting my ability to exercise properly. I breathe much harder than I used to and sometimes end up wheezing and have to stop. I hope this team can give me some good advice! Thanks! emoticon emoticon

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Hi Beth and emoticon to Classy Q's! When you started doesn't matter, all of us fell prey to the icksticks at some time or another. Quitting is what we are all about and we will help you every step of the way!!! The most important thing now is that you want to quit and for that I applaud you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Do you have a plan, cold turkey, patch, the gum, the e-cig or maybe chantix, etc.???? Please write a list of all the reasons you want to quit and write a list of all the things you will do once you quit when a crave hits you! This team is great, it is a very small, intimate group where you can say what's on your mind, there is always someone around to talk to and we all care very much that you succeed!!! Michele was right in recommending Qitnet.com and stopping in The Café'! Can't wait to get to know you!!! BTW......quitting smoking is the MOST important thing you can do for yourself in the getting healthy category! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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Good afternoon and Welcome to the classy Quitters Family. We have and give the Support, Encouragement, Motivation and answers to all kinds of Questions. Join us in the Café` daily an ask away. the Café` is the chat home away from home for us. the Café` is open 24/7 an many of us are Night Owls, So post anytime you wish. The quitters have many degrees of quitting in progress, so information is abundant, as well as Suggestions.

Sandi, our wise leader suggests checking into QuitNet.com. that siteis well worth the look.
I found out from the site, the moneys spent on those emoticon would have allowed me to buy a mansion ( as if I needed one ).

Again welcome, hope to see you in the Café` and also join us on the threads anytime.

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Hi I'm Deb. I have decided to take the plunge and give up the ick sticks and I need to motivation to continue. I started seriously dieting and exercising 3 months ago and I would like to start running - problem of course is being winded too quickly.
I have lost 20 lbs and like how my body is starting to feel, but I don't think I can continue to increase my cardio unless I can increase my lung capacity - I get winded and light headed - and of course my BP goes up.

I am commited to being FIT and better health.....why is is so hard to quick smoking???
I should say that I have only smoked for 12 years - did not start until I was in my 40's - stupid right?
Any words of wisdom?? Thanks........

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emoticon to Classy Quitter's Lori, you AND I sound a lot alike. I came from a family of smokers as well! Heck my dad died of cancer and I still smoked after that! I'm a nurse to boot! I believe cold turkey is one of the best ways to quit as then you have NO nicotine in your body! I also would give up the quit many times over the wieght issues! Guess what, a little weight gained is ok, you can lose it. emoticon on quitting and coming to the team for support! You CAN do this Lori and we will help. Jump into the threads and chat in The Cafe'! There is nothing more satisfying than quitting, winning the battle and breathing free!! If you haven't done it yet, join QUITNET.COM and enter your data and you will get daily stats on how much life you have gained, how much money you have saved and how many sickerettes you haven't smoked! It is amazing toi watch it!!! Good luck Lori and please stick around no matter what cause it is when members fail that they run away and that is when they need us the most! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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Hi! Lori and emoticon to Classy Quitters. Yep, surrounded by that many smokers you really have your work cut out for you. Determination we help you get through this Quit an so will the Classy Quitters. The CQers are in various stages of quitting, this does make it easier to offer suggestions on how they got to day (?). Worried about gaining weight, round up some veggies, suckers, gum, or anything that can be snacked on. Drink plenty of water, as water will help flush that nicotine out of the body. Your choice of Quitting is up to you, we have all found what is right for us as individuals.

Join us in the Café` an on the Threads in the various Forums. Post often so we can get to know you an you Us. We have the support, encouragement, motivation and friendship that you will need to get to the end of your journey. Don't be a stranger stop by 24/7 in the Café or threads and get to know us. Stay strong and let us help you through this Journey.

Michele............. emoticon

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My name is Lori. I've been a smoker since I was 16 yrs old and at 45...well poke me with a fork cause I'm done! I have wanted to quit for what seems like forever. My dad used to say,
"I can quit anytime. I've done it a thousand times." I come from a family of smokers. Mom, dad, sisters, aunts, uncles, etc. Seems that even as I got older, I surrounded myself with smokers. Guess we're like wolves. We like to go out in packs. I even married a smoker who's whole family smoked too. So you can imagine when I have tried to quit how difficult it can be. It's not like you can remove yourself from the situation because they are all family and friends. They are the ones that are your support group yet they are the ones that make it harder to stop.

So, I ended up quiting cold turkey on Weds. I finally got my big butt up off the couch to get some exercise. I thought I would take a stab at playing a little tennis. I used to play years ago. So,I bought some rackets and some balls and took my teenage daughter to a court. Within the first 5 minutes I could hardly breath. I didn't want to alarm my daughter so I kept coughing and gasping and finally worked through it. Ever since then, I have not had a smoke. I've wanted one...longed for one...but I am holding strong. Mainly because I want to quit and also because that scared the beJesus out of me! I literally felt like I was suffocating.

I have tried different ways of quitting but I have come to the realization that I'm an all or nothing kind of gal. I'm either all in or all out. So, I'm either on day 2 (if you look at 24hrs as being a day) or day 3 (if you count the hours that I "would" have been smoking.) I dont know when exactly my last smoke was. Probably around 3:30pm on Weds. but that was the last one that I had. I "was" a 1-2 pack a day smoker. Mostly in the evening unless it was a weekend...that's when the 2nd pack came into play.

The thing that scares me the most is trading one bad habit for another. (Not that my eating habits have been all that great and like I said, my exercise habits have been pretty much non-existant.) I worry that by not smoking, it will increase my eating, especially since I am doing this cold turkey. I will really need to keep myself in check and not be discouraged if I find that I gain a little at first. (That's usually what throws me back into smoking. I keep telling myself that "once I lose the weight, THEN I'll quit smoking.") As you can see, I haven't lost the weight and I haven't quit. So this time...I'm just DOING IT!

So, this is my new beginning. I can do this! Thank for listening and thanks for the spark team!

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Hi Ladies and emoticon to Classy Q's!! As Michele so nicely said, we are here for you every step of the way. We are committed to helping each other stay quit, helping those that are close to that quit anbd helping people make that decision to be finally smoke free. We will be at your side no matter what stage you are in. If you fall we will will be here to catch you! emoticon

Please jump into the threads and stop by The Cafe', our daily chat room. We can't wait to get to know you! emoticon on making the decision to quit!!!
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Good morning! Great to have you both with the Team. Quitting is not an easy task. You have joined a group of committed quitters. Support is just one thing this group has to share with others. Alone with that we have lots of encouragement and motivation available. Meet with us in the Cafe` and share with us your plans for quitting, your problems or accomplishments or just to vent. There is no judgement given here as we have all had our slips and discouraging moments.

Again, glad to have you both in our Family. Hope to see you soon.

Michele - from Kentucky

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Hi...I have tried to stop smoking for years. I have quit during pregnancys but I always go back. I need support to quit. Thanks for having this group!

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Aloha all, my name is Marni and I live on the west coast of Oahu in the state of Hawaii. I quit smoking on August 25, 2011. I have smoked off and on, mostly on, since I was 14. The longest I have been smoke free was from late July of 1988 until about June of 1990, during my first pregnancy and through my son's first year. Stress was my trigger, and all it took was my boy flushing a toy and not realizing what had happened until I stepped in a puddle....in the living room. I managed to quit again during my second pregnancy, but went back to work just shy of 6 weeks after giving birth. My son refused to nurse when he was about 12 weeks old, so it was easy to start up again. I really want to stay smoke free. I am with SP to get healthy, and sucking in coffin nails doesn't make sense.

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emoticon Sherry and Sylvan, I apologize for being so late in responding but for some reason I did not recieve notification from this forum! Please jump into the threads and visit The Cafe' where there is daily conversation! We are here to encourage, motivate and assist you in meeting your goal and finally having your forever quit!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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emoticon to the group Sherri. Congratulations on your weight loss and quitting on your hubby's birthday.

Tee

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You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

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emoticon Sylvan. Everyone has to do what is best for them. Baby steps seems to work for you. So stick with it. Congratulations on your accomplishments and deciding to quit.

Tee

Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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hello everyone!my name is sherry.i told myself if i reached 135 lbs i would quit smoking...i have been at 134.6 for awhile now.i decided to make 4/10/12 my quit date.(also my husbands birthday!)wish me luck!i have my water and gummy worms ready to go...

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Hi everyone! My name is Sylvan. I'm a 57 yr old female who joined SparkPeople quite some ti me ago and then promptly went on to other things, overlooking what could possible the best thing for me at this time in my life--until recently. Focus is a particular challenge for me. Having realized that, I decided to narrow down my involvements so that I could finally "get somewhere" and I decided SparkPeople had exactly what I needed. I knew I needed to take uber baby steps, so my first goal was simply to log in to the site daily. Then, to track my food daily, without making any changes. Then, I bought the book, and added reading daily, including the bonus materials as I finished each chapter. Next, I added drinking water daily, and that one is just so hard that I've dropped and added it so many times...Then, I added walking my dog daily, and I've actually been accomplishing that for about a week. So, today I added the water again. And, I've joined this group. While I am not added quitting smoking as a formal goal YET, I'm here to soak in the inspiration and experience, so that I can get my slow gears in motion, and work up to doing this in the near future. I am feeling more capable with just these few small goals that I have been able to meet on a daily basis, and there is nothing that can stop my crawling now. It is such a blessing to slowly get rid of the self-recrimination about "where I am" and instead relish the fact that "where I am" is better than where I was!
I have quit smoking in the past, several times, the last time lasting 6 years. And I've often heard that smokers usually make many quits before they leave it for good. And that is what I truly want to do. The difference this time is that I have guidance in setting and achieveing goals, support, and what resulted in being SUPER important for me--the right motivation. You see, in the past my motivation was things/experiences that were not truly meaningful for me, and so my efforts never lasted. I could not sustain effort for something that did not feed my soul. This time, I believe I've got it, and I couldn't be happier.
So, I joyfully join all of you angels, creating better lives, sharing and growing every day. We ARE making the world better because we are here!

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emoticon emoticon . congratulations on emoticon

Tee

Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

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Hi Jennifer, and welcome to the team!
This really is the BEST spark team on here emoticon for encouragement and support!

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I feel I have 'recovered' now and it's time to move on!


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Hi Jennifer and emoticon to the team!! You ahve come to the right place if you are looking for supportive people, a small intimate group, encouragement and motivation, and soem fun inbetween!! emoticon on your decision to quit. It is not easy but it can be done! May I suggest you put a list together oif the things you will do when a crave hits. I wrotw a list and it helped so much! Also have lots of ice water and cinammon candy on hand. They cinammon helps chemically reduce the craves, not sure if it works or not but I kept the candy on hand. Please jump into the threads and visti the Cafe', there ARE wonderful people on the team that will help!!! Can't wait to get to know you! emoticon
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emoticon to our team. The more here the merry. Our support , encouragement, and motivation is just waiting for your need. Join us in the Café and get to know us and we can get to know you. Looking forward to meeting you there and on the Threads or the Huddle Wall.

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