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5/21/13 6:34 A

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good luck to all of you

If you can, help others; if you can not do that, at least do not harm them. ~ his Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.



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5/15/13 10:28 P

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Hi I'm 22 and have been smoking since age 12 full time until I was 16 then quit till I was 20 and can't seem to shake it this time I don't smoke at my house. But when I'm with my mom or boyfriend I just ask and receive. I want to stop I feel so much lighter when I don't smoke I want to set a good example for my kids. I don't Drink why can't I stop smoking %100...well I can, I know I can, and I'm gonna. Right now.!

"It can always get harder, you can always go farther!" Jillian in 6w6p. My favorite fitness quote.


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5/4/13 9:06 A

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It helps to be mad at cigarettes and proud of yourself. The more you smile the happier you will be. Every time you start to crave nicotine or find yourself getting cranky, replace that thought with proud feelings of how great you are going to feel, etc.

I think going cold turkey really helps too. When you drag out the nicotine replacement you are not really freeing your self of the addiction; only the habit. But every time those cravings come, you have a way to replace it with more drugs. And that process will only lengthen the irritability side effects. If you just decide and go for it, those high emotions should calm down in a couple weeks and be non existent by the end of the month. You two are going to spend the rest of your lives together with ups and downs. One month of forgiveness will be well worth it.

Good luck. We are here for you. Most of us have quit smoking stories on how we did it. I hope you can pull enough pieces from them and create your own. Today is my 200th day Nicotine Free!

"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." Howard Thurman


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5/2/13 6:54 P

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Welcome to the team!

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5/2/13 2:03 P

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Here's a posting I sent to a couple of folks who have very recently quit. The information may be useful to you, too.

And one other thing. By having a group of people to support you, it will give you more strength in working through your addiction regardless of your fiance's progress. We have folks who are quit for years but their spouse did not yet make that commitment.

" Remember that slow, deep breaths will relax your nerves every time you feel uptight. We only breathed deeply when dragging on a cigarette before. We have to learn how to do that kind of breathing on our own. That's why I suggest you "smoke air". It is an initial way to practice those breaths using clean fresh air.

Also, being very gentle with yourselves is mandatory. No matter what comes up, be loving and forgiving. The addiction pushed down a tremendous amount of feelings that need to bubble up to the surface. It does get softer over time. An attitude of gratitude that the lid is off all this suppressed stuff helps. You're getting long delayed relief. The crying happened to me, too. Love yourself tenderly and it will go easier.

As far as a 3 month concern, there are support systems you can put into place that you didn't have in your previous quits. I have found that being a member of Nicotine Anonymous has helped me to grow in many wonderful, amazing ways. Their tools and support are unimaginably powerful. I'm 13 years clean and still go to 2 meetings a week because I'm able to practice its principles in ALL my affairs.

We can do together what we cannot do alone."

Dale

With grace and self esteem, honor the Passionate Tiger in You. Refresh your personal high regard (daily) in order to live happy, joyous and free.

Maryland


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5/2/13 1:55 P

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Welcome. Everything you described were side effects I went through as well when I would quit on my own and white knuckle it through. I have since joined Nicotine Anonymous and have been nic free for 13 1/2 years. I am still a member. Why this program is so very helpful is that it teaches us how to process life on life's terms without reverting to the drug.

When we begin to smoke we arrest our emotional development. In NicA we get to pick up from where we left off and develop further. I can't recommend it enough. The tools and the principals of the program still continue to guide and support me with my life situations as they come up.

You can continue to smoke and still be a member of NicA. There is no pressure or shame to get you to quit. Go online and see where there are live meetings within an hour of where you live. We have gone to any lengths to support our addiction. Now is the opportunity to go to any lengths to support living nicotine free.

Feel free to contact me for further information. You can do this!

nicotine-anonymous.org

Dale

With grace and self esteem, honor the Passionate Tiger in You. Refresh your personal high regard (daily) in order to live happy, joyous and free.

Maryland


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5/2/13 1:19 P

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Hello everyone! I'm 25 years old and I've been smoking since I was 15. I'm getting married in September, and I'm on a "Get healthy before you get married" mission. Add to that that smoking is becoming an increasingly expensive habit, and here I am. I've tried to quit in the past and run into several roadblocks that I'm hoping to avoid. First, I worked at a bar, grilling on the smoking patio. Honestly, I didn't have a chance. And second, my fiance smokes. Trying to quit while your partner is sitting right next to you, puffing away... Not pleasant. Well, I no longer work at the bar, and my fiance has offered to try to quit with me. So I might have a shot this time.

I'm not going to lie, the money is a big factor in our wanting to quit. We figure that we spend around $50 a week in cigarettes between the two of us. That's $200 a month that could be going toward the wedding, or the down payment on our house, and any number of things. I'm hoping to use this as some of my motivation.

My fiance has the oral fixation thing really bad, so he's already planning on getting suckers and hard candies when we go grocery shopping. I don't tend to have that problem. Both of my previous attempts at quitting have failed, but I've gone several weeks without smoking, or with only smoking one or two cigarettes a day (Usually on vacations with my family, because my mother HATES that I smoke). During those times, I honestly didn't miss smoking much. I wouldn't "nic-fit" the way I've heard other people talk about. I honestly didn't even think about it much. And half the time when I finally did have a cigarette, I actually didn't enjoy it. So I'm hoping that this will remain true when I actually try to quit. But, for ever good there is a bad, right? Well, I may not have intense cravings, but I get mean.... Very mean.... I'm snippy and whiny and impatient. Everything irritates me. I bite people's heads off for no reason. I turn into a real witch... And my fiance said that the last time he quit smoking, he was so difficult to work with that one of his coworkers bought him a pack of cigarettes and practically begged him to go smoke. This was before he met me. I'm worried about both of us killing each other before this is over.... I really don't know what I can do to help ease this part of quitting, so I'm hoping someone has some advice.

Ok, that's all for now. Wish me luck!

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