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6/14/13 9:35 A

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KMP to be,
How's it going? What's happening?

LOVIN,
It was my father whose stubbornness motivated me to quit. Only it occurred after he died from all the complications one can have at 67. His skin was sleet grey for a year because he barely had any oxygen left in his bloodstream. Your mother is darn lucky she's not dead or breathing with an oxygen mask. Thank goodness we decided that we could break free. They believe that they cannot.

I mourned the loss of my best friend and lover, the cigarette, quite thoroughly as I was preparing to live a new way of life. What a relief and joy it is not to live in bondage anymore.

Congrats on making such a loving commitment for yourself. You're WORTH IT.
Dale

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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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6/13/13 8:14 P

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I had a hard time trying to imagine my morning coffee without my smokes as well! That was over a year ago, now I cannot imagine smoking ever again. Since I stopped smoking I only have one to two cups of coffee a day, I used to be a coffee addict when I was a smoker. I could drink over a pot of coffee per day as well as my Starbucks drink on my lunch break. This morning when I woke up the first thing on my mind was my workout for the morning. Hang in there your life is going to get so much better. I quit cold turkey, it worked well for me. I have tried to taper off in the past and that did not work out for me. Try not to worry to much about gaining weight, make a plan to track your calories and stick with your workouts. Congratulations for making a healthy decision to improve your health. My mother is almost 80 years old and still smokes, she is in bad health but refuses to give them up. Her stubbornness was my inspiration to quit!! Good luck, please feel free to add me as a buddy!!

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5/31/13 5:20 P

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Welcome! This will be a rough road, but you will thank yourself later for it.

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5/31/13 5:13 P

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Welcome to the team.

I hear ya. All I can tell you is what worked for me and thousands of other nicotine addicts.

I joined a 12 step fellowship called nicotine anonymous (NicA for short). I kept smoking as I regularly attended meetings week after week after week. I read the literature, got to know the people in the groups, let the process that I was learning sink in. I allowed myself the TIME to come to new understandings and shift my desperate love affair with my cigarettes.

The truth about weight gain is that there may be a 5-7 pound adjustment your body might make. Anything more is just transferring addictions onto your food. I was told by doctors to get rid of the smokes first, then take care of the weight. I didn't like to hear it but I proceeded. I really wanted to learn how to unchain myself.

I am now 13 1/2 years clean. I still belong to NicA and attend meetings and do service work for the fellowship. I found out that: We can do together what we cannot do alone.

If you are interested, search for live meetings within an hour from you. They are the best. If you have none in your state, there are online meetings called Voices Of Recovery (VONR) that are very strong. A third choice are the more loosely run daily phone meetings.

Best wishes to you! Write back if you want to ask any questions.

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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5/31/13 2:43 P

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I have smoked 40 years. I initially joined spark to loose weight. I am rapidly finding out that smoking and exercise do not go together. Especially in hot weather! My body has a lot of healing to do. Most of my friends are skinny non or former smokers, so I am here to buddy up and get support. I love my cigs, but they are bad bad for me, have ruined me and cost me. I am so afraid I am going to gain weight if I quit, I am already 50 lbs overweight, and slowly loosing.I have quit before and gained really quick. I am also being treated for high cholesterol which is hereditary not dietary. (yes, I'm in that group too!) I have followed my low cholesterol diet. My dad died of heart attack at 43. People in my life say "just stop smoking". I feel like saying "just stop breathing" to them. I have an addictive nature as it is. There are so many "why's" on my spark page to live smoke free. I cannot even imagine my morning coffee without a cig. I want to quit. Do I need to reach rock bottom with this, like end up on a respirator? Or carry an O2 tank around? Yeeks I struggle. I am NOT one of those people who can taper off. How does one BEGIN quitting????


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