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MikeFWT210's Smoking Cessation Thread: Day 100! (Start: 1 January 2014)

Related:
Three Years Without A Cigarette! by Mr. Nystrom
For those considering quitting smoking by Mr. Nystrom
Smoking and Individual Liberty at The American Thinker
Quit Smoking Message Boards -- Joined, 31 Jan 14
A timeline of what to expect from your body, while quitting at WhyQuit.com
So quitting is getting easier? Don't EVER let your guard down! by QSMB member "Craig"

Have you quit recently or in the past? Please feel free to comment and share your experiences below!


^^^This thing is shorting me 2 days!^^^

April 10, 2014

100 DAYS!!! Can't believe I'm finally in the triple digits! Perhaps I'll celebrate with a cigarette today. I think I've earned it!

Kidding by the way!!! :) I'm still having subtle cravings here and there, but at this point, I would hate to start the ticker at day 1 again. I made it 100 days, why mess that up??

Thanks DP, for giving me a platform to track my progress. It's much appreciated!

March 29, 2014

Well I haven't updated this in a couple weeks. I went to my bookmarks earlier today to post last week's #Alt18 and noticed this was bumped yesterday. Thanks DFarrell for checking up, I'm still trucking along! I must admit that I too have been having some intense cravings lately. I think it's as Michael Nystrom mentioned in a comment below... I'm becoming more lax in my quit since so much time has passed. It's really wierd because a few weeks into my quit, cigarettes started to smell NASTY. 88 days in, and they are starting to smell good again!!!! I haven't given in to the cravings though. My girlfriend hasn't attempted quitting yet, and I'm still not putting the pressure on her to either, although she is getting closer mentally to trying. Granted she isn't smoking while we drive anymore, since I got the new car, lol.

Take care DP. I'll check in again soon!

March 11, 2014

It's day 70. I had a few paragraphs written here. Somehow my browser decided to go "Back" and I lost it all. Now I have no motivation to rewrite what I wrote. Perhaps I will later...

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March 4, 2014

Day 63. Here we go! Month 3!

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February 25, 2014

I had a craving a couple of days ago. I was at Walgreens picking up a couple things. When I got to the register, the cashier had to go ask his manager a question, leaving me for about 2-3 minutes to just stare at the vast wall o' cigarettes. I eyes fell on those neat little rows of "Camel Menthol Silvers" and I got a craving...

The cashier returned and rang me up and I quickly paid and moved on to my next objective... the ATM (which is right next to the register). Then, like some cruel joke from the Universe, the customer behind me orders 3 packs of "Camel Menthol Silvers" and my craving literally TRIPLED. I had to get out of there... I finished my business and left a trail of dust in the parking lot.

Today is day 56, cigarette-free. I was sure that I had moved beyond cravings, but I guess I was wrong. Once a junkie always a junkie, I suppose... I now realize that even though I'm almost 2 months without a cigarette, the monkey on my back can still rear it's ugly head and whisper in my ear. I'm proud to say that I didn't give in, and I'm still driving on.

Thanks DP and QSMB!

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February 19, 2014

50 days!!!! Halfway to 100...

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February 18, 2014

49 days. 7 weeks. Almost 2 months complete. I'm chubbier, but breathing better, hahahaha. Guess I'll just have to continue working out and eating better! Granted... I've been stuffing my face the last week or 2... Not good, but I've been hungry, lol! Why must I cook so damn good!?

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February 14, 2014

So I guess it's true? You quit smoking, you gain weight. I've been eating better and working out more, but I have still managed to gain weight these last 45 days. I had height and weight taken at drill this past weekend, and I guess I am officially over 200 pounds. Haven't weighed that much since about 2010.

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February 11, 2014

1 month, 11 Days. 42 total days. I had drill this past weekend.

January 11, 2014

Today turned out to be a tough day. I knew this weekend was going to be a challenge because for me, military duty and smoking go hand-in-hand. There's so much time to kill that I would smoke all the time during drill weekends.

I craved initially during the 1+ drive to Denver. Then craved all day while on duty. The worst, was the drive home! I could TOTALLY go for a cigarette, like right NOW, too. Glad to say I got through it though.

Here's something interesting. Yesterday, day 10, someone walked by me to put a cig in the butt can. I got a whiff of how we REALLY smelled. That kind of surprised me.

In 30 minutes 11 COMPLETE days will have finished, and the 12th shall begin.

Tomorrow is another drill day...

This time, drill was about 95% effortless. I say 95%, because there was a couple moments of me playing Squad Leader where I would have liked to get away for ANYTHING, cigarette included. I didn't let it get me down though. I've come too far to give up, so now I've endured a second drill weekend, smoke-free.

42 Days.... Can you believe it's been SIX WEEKS already!?

Thanks for checking in mdefarge :)

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February 5, 2014

Day 36. This thread will still be "open", but I will be making less frequent updates than I did in January. The reason for this is that I am not having ANY difficulties anymore. I rarely have a craving and I highly doubt that I will pick up the habit again. It's only day 36 and I won't get ahead of myself, but I'm pretty confident. I may change the title of this thread daily to account for my time, but I may make posts (such as what you are reading now) like this on a weekly basis, and self-bumps won't be applied except for on a monthly basis. By all means, feel free to continue checking in on me, if it's been a while since I've updated.

Thanks for all the support I've been given so far these first 36 days, DP!

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February 4, 2014

Day 35

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January 31, 2014

Day 31. Found a forum frequented by other "quitters" at http://www.quitsmokingmessageboard.com/ and signed-up.

It's been a whole damn month and I am feeling great! I'm not really experiencing food tasting better yet (food always tastes good!), but I do notice that I'm using less salt. Cigarette smoke smells pretty awful. I'm breathing easier, and I'm not waking up in the morning hacking up a lung anymore.

Changing one aspect of my life has led me to change others as well. I'm working out again and eating MUCH better! I'm more active while at work, by not taking elevators etc. I haven't eradicated GMOs from my diet completely yet, but let's take one step at a time! I'm also considering dropping the wheat.

For the hell of it... I weighed myself a couple days ago at 196. Hopefully we'll be seeing that number go down, while my avoided cigarettes, saved money, and workout days go up!

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January 30, 2014

Only a couple more days until January is an official smoke-free month!

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January 29, 2014

Day 29 for me.

Have you quit smoking this year or in the past? Share your experiences and comment below!

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January 28, 2014

Day 28. It's been four whole weeks since I've stopped smoking and I'm still going strong. I've even started working out again... although today will be only day 4 of the that, lol. I'm totally breathing a whole lot better now. I used to wake up every morning hacking up something for the first 10 minutes. I wake up now and my lungs are clear. Of course, it will take a long while before they completely clear out, if they ever do.

3 more days in January and I'll have been a month-long non-smoker. Feels pretty good! :)

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January 25, 2014

25 days into my smoking cessation and I feel like I can do anything. I've been wanting to start working out again for the longest time. Either I forget, or I just feel lazy so I put it off for "tomorrow". I finally got my butt up and onto the treadmill yesterday, for what I'm hoping is Day 1 of a new routine; working out after work.

Another thing I'd like to change is my HORRIBLE HABIT of nail-biting. It's a little embarrassing to talk about, but I really have a problem with my fingers being in my mouth. I've been chewing on my fingers since I was a child... in fact, I was probably gumming my fingers as a baby. As a young child I saw my dad bite his nails, and the action imprinted in my psyche.

The hardest aspect of stopping the nail-biting, compared to smoking, is that this habit is subconscious. At least with smoking, I had to make a conscious effort not to put a cigarette in my mouth. I bite my nails without even realizing it. I've tried the "no-bite" polishes before, but they don't work.

Well... this one is going to be a little tougher, but I shall try...

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January 24, 2014

Still going strong! Just haven't really updated this much, because there isn't much new going on.

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January 21, 2014

3 weeks. 21 days. ~492 consecutive smoke-free hours.

Only one week to go until it's been ONE MONTH!!!!

Nothing really new to add to my situation other than I got drunk the other night (accidently, lol). Alcohol and drinking was a trigger, and I hardly even thought about smoking.

I still get cravings from time to time, but I really don't think about it much anymore. It's getting waaaay too easy now. Smokers stink to me now (although I'll make an exception for the beautiful girl I've been spending my time with lately. She's a smoker, but I don't hold that against her. She's waaaaay too awesome, cool, fun, funNY, and sexy for cigarettes to be a deal-breaker. Nothing official yet, but things are going good).

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January 18, 2014

Ok, so I was moving boxes from my apartment to my car last night. My neighbors were outside smoking and I had to walk through them as I went back and forth...

Oh my god... If going back to ZERO days isn't motivation enough for me to stay away from cigarettes, the SMELL certainly IS.

It's Day 18.

Had I boughten packs on the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, 15th, and 17th

= 9 packs of cigarettes

X ~5 FRNs/pack

=~45 FRNs saved, since I quit smoking. Silver Spot Price: 20.28

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January 17, 2014

I may have to stop making daily updates to this thread. I'm running out of things to say.

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January 16, 2014

So I guess I had a few things on my mind yesterday, but I'm feeling much better. I probably could have gone for a burn session, but I kept up the FORWARD™ progress. Today marks Day 16 of my cessation, 100% smoke-free.

Halfway through the month. Another half to go!

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January 15, 2014

Day 15. Not much to say today.

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January 14, 2014

Day 14. In 12 hours, I will have made it EXACTLY TWO WEEKS smoke-free!

So far, thanks to all who've stopped by and cheered me on. You all have definitely helped pushed me along this journey. I'm nowhere close to being DONE yet, but the progress I've made is outstanding.

I know I mentioned drill weekends in earlier posts, but I honestly didn't think that I could have made it those 2 days. I found myself counting the SECONDS this weekend.

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January 13, 2014

It's day 13. I made it both days of drill without smoking a cigarette. If I can make it through drill, I can make it through anything. It's gotta be all downhill from here!

I am still starting to actually smell smokers. It's really surprising how much I didn't realize I stunk, lol.

Might update this later. Gonna start moving today.

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January 11, 2014

Today turned out to be a tough day. I knew this weekend was going to be a challenge because for me, military duty and smoking go hand-in-hand. There's so much time to kill that I would smoke all the time during drill weekends.

I craved initially during the 1+ drive to Denver. Then craved all day while on duty. The worst, was the drive home! I could TOTALLY go for a cigarette, like right NOW, too. Glad to say I got through it though.

Here's something interesting. Yesterday, day 10, someone walked by me to put a cig in the butt can. I got a whiff of how we REALLY smelled. That kind of surprised me.

In 30 minutes 11 COMPLETE days will have finished, and the 12th shall begin.

Tomorrow is another drill day...

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January 10, 2014

Day 10, ~228 hours.

The first few days I would have these thoughts to myself, "You can smoke one, who would know!?"

I would know, and I won't let that happen.

I don't think that thought crossed my mind at all yesterday. Improvement? We'll see :)

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January 9, 2014

It's a little past 1000am here in Colorado. I'm a little late to update this, this morning, because I can't think of what to say...

I'm still having cravings. I'm still enduring 100% smoke-free. It's still hard, but I guess it's getting somewhat easier as time goes on.

It's Day 9. 7am this morning was ~204 hours.

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January 8, 2014

Yesterday I went looking for a car up in Denver. The dealer ended up being a moron, because he spent way too much on 2 cars that were both listed by KBB as 5500. He wouldn't go below 8000.

Anyways, that kinda pissed me off yesterday. I had gotten my hopes up that one of those cars would have been mine. When it fell through, the jonesing I felt was INTENSE.

But I endured, and now we are on Day 8 (~180 hours), 100% smoke-free.

I made it about 2 or 3 weeks off cigarettes last year, before getting back onto the wagon. Although technically, I was still smoking probably 1 cig a day in that time-frame.

This time around, I've surpassed my previous smoke-free record from last year. I may have made it 2 or 3 weeks last year, but I wasn't 100% smoke/nicotine-free during that time.

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January 7, 2014

At approximately 7pm tonight, I will have gone a complete WEEK 100% smoke-free. That will be 168 hours without a cigarette. Cold Turkey.

From July 2013, 1 week, 2 days in to quitting:
"I don't join them when they smoke, but I HAVE joined them a couple times. I'd say my "join a friend for a smoke" batting average is about .900 or better. Meaning, about 90% of the time my friends smoke, I don't. When I DO burn one, it's not because I'm craving. It's mostly because I'm bored."

This time around, on Day 7, my "not-smoking batting-average" is 1.000.

Let's have some fun...

I was averaging a pack every other day. If I were to have boughten packs on the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th; At an average of 5 FRNs a pack, I have already saved 20 FRNs in the first week.

Current spot price for an ounce of silver bullion is: 19.94 FRNs.

I have saved up enough money, by quitting cigs, to afford a silver coin at Hallenbeck's.

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January 4, 2014

As of last night around 7pm, I've reached the 72-hour milestone. Currently we're at about 84 hours smoke-free. If you're wondering, I'm not really tracking my progress by the hour, they're just estimates, lol. Today is day 4, and I think the next milestone to reach for is the 1 week mark.

The most difficult times for me, cravings-wise, is driving and post-meal times. Those were always my favorite cigs. Hanging in there though. Check back in later.

Reading over my past experience around this time, this is the time that I broke down and rewarded myself with... a cigarette. After 3 days of quitting last year, this is the time that I started to ease myself BACK ONTO THE WAGON. That won't happen this time. I'm 100% smoke-free for 86 hours now.

Just went on a break. I go upstairs to the smoking area and a friend of mine is out there. Let's call him Sgt. Turner. I mention how I quit, and he mentions how he got an e-cigarette and hasn't smoked real cig since. He offered me a taste. I said, "No, I'm trying to kick nicotine altogether. If I do that my progress would be shot." He asks, how long I've been without, to which I reply that I'm on day 4, approx. 88 hours. He pushes, "Nicotine is out after 72, you'll be alright." I said no. Even if it IS an e-cig, I didn't want to put myself through the "enjoyment" of a hit of nicotine.

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January 3, 2014

Today is Day 3! As of 1103 MST, I'm at about 64 hours smoke-free. The cat is out of the bag here at work. In fact, co-workers are now betting on my failure. There's a little bit of douchebaggery going on here, HAHAHA, but it's all in good fun. They don't understand why I keep going out to the smoking area even while I'm quitting. They simply don't understand the whole "ride the wave, be aware of your cravings, what resists-persists" mindset that I am currently in.

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January 2, 2014

Had some difficult moments yesterday! The drive home from work and post-dinner time had me jonesing like crazy. I didn't fight the feeling though. As MN has suggested, "ride it like a wave." No heavy cravings so far this morning.

As of 0745 MST, I've made it 36 hours, smoke-free.

So, I guess I may have been "showing" at work today. My boss said I seemed "on edge". Haha, I suppose I was a little at the time, but the feeling passed when I took a break and went outside. I think my uneasiness at the time was more indicative of being in a windowless office in a basement with more people in it than usual... I'm a bit of an introvert type. Of course, nicotine withdrawal probably contributed too.

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January 1, 2014

Happy New Year's everyone! I smoked my last cig last night around 7pm, after dinner. Starting today, I AM A NON-SMOKER. This isn't a resolution either... I usually make resolutions for the new year like: lose weight, stop smoking, spend more time with people. They usually end in failure, which is why I have been telling myself for the last 2-3 weeks that my smoking cessation is NOT A RESOLUTION. It is simply the DATE that I shall become a NON-SMOKER.

My mornings are pretty routine; Wake up (smoke), Drive to work (smoke), 8/10/12 o'clock breaks (smoke), Drive home (smoke), etc etc.

So far I've missed my "good morning Camels" smoke, the drive to work smoke, and the 8 o'clock smoke break.

I'm going cold turkey. I'm not too stressed or worried or "jonesing" for a cig. The advice below has helped a bit, "Convince yourself that you are no longer a smoker." - davyC

It's a little after 1PM here in Colorado. We can add the 10 and 12 o'clock smoke breaks to the cigarettes I've missed today. I HAVE been going to the smoking area for my breaks, but I HAVE NOT BEEN partaking. Being around a smoker may be a bad idea at this time, but I stood strong and didn't bum one. I was out there as a NON-SMOKER, hanging with the smokers. It felt kinda good.

Right now, I am jonesing a little bit. It'll pass.

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December 30, 2013

Smoked my last Am. Spirit. I won't be buying another pack to close out the year. I don't want to have any left over when the 1st arrives. Since it's technically not the 1st yet, I have decided to get an early start on my cessation. That being said, I will allow myself to bum a smoke off someone if I REALLY need it, but only until midnight 1/1/14.

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December 28, 2013

Usually smoke "Camel Menthol Silvers". In preparation of my coming cessation, I bought a pack of "American Spirit Menthols". I doubt they actually ARE 100% additive free (still "FSC"), but I needed to break away from the Camels.

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December 13, 2013

Congratulations to Michael Nystrom on his three years, and thanks for your recent thread: For those considering quitting smoking...

I had made it pretty close to the end of July 2013 before I got back onto the wagon. Some things went down with my former roommate/best friend that put a lot of stress on me. At this point, it's just an excuse, but I'm not done with my cessation. My new quit date is 1/1/2014 and I won't fail this time.

----Failed Attempt----

Anyone want to quit with me?

I think I enjoy smoking cigarettes ... or maybe it's the addiction that makes me "think" that I do. In either case, I feel like the time has come to call it quits. I've tried many times, but almost my entire circle of friends are smokers and I come from a smoking family. It's harder when you're around it all the time. I quit when I tried Chantix, but started back up after a few months. I've also quit for a couple of months by using the gum and another time cold-turkey. I'm going to try hypnosis this time. I just applied for a free screening, so it's still to be determined. I'm open to hypnosis so we'll see.

Anyways, this post isn't really for the DP, but more for myself to have a public record that will hold me accountable. My goal is the keep this updated with progress, which will hopefully motivate me to continue the effort.

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June 4th, 2013

Decided it's time to quit. Applied for Hypnosis Pre-Screen.

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Mid-June

Things fell through with the hypnotist. He's all like, "I can get you taken care of in a session and a half! I'll even give you 50% off per session!" Then he told me that sessions before discounts are 800 FRNs per. Sorry Mr. Hypnotist, I'd rather keep my money and quit on my own!

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July 2, 2013

Decided that the pack that I had in my possession, will be "THE LAST PACK". Current smoking speed at 1 pack per 1.5 days or 1 cigarette every 1-2 hours. Roommate also decides on her last pack, but buys one more pack for "emergencies (lol)" and she wanted to try the new Newport Lights.

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July 3, 2013

Smoked the last cigarette of "The Last Pack" around 0730 in the morning. Smoke-free until 7pm. After dinner I had one, then had another on the way to work at 9pm from the "community pack" of Newport Lights.

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July 4, 2013

(I'm an Overnight Worker) Been smoke-free since 9pm last night. Not really craving, but I have one cig on me, just in case. My typical work night is from 930p-530a, with AT LEAST 3 smoke breaks around 1130, 0130, and 0330. Currently it's 0136 and I'm not worrying about it. I'm feeling just fine.

Smoked at 4am after eating a snack here at work. Smoked again at 7am when I got home from work. Slept, woke up at 1, and smoked at 230pm. Been smoke-free since then (about 8 hours ago). Brought ZERO cigarettes to work tonight.

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July 5, 2013

The night is just getting started. Haven't had a cigarette since 230pm (10 hours ago), yesterday, but I'm feeling fine right now.

Going to bed soon. Smoke-free for 17 hours. Think about it every once in a while, but it's not bothering me. Feeling just fine.

Good morning world. Smoke-free for 25 hours.

Time for work. Smoke-free for 31 Hours.

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July 6, 2013

Halfway through the work-shift. 35 hours down. Supervisor called in tonight, so I am filling in. Lots of stuff happening tonight (more than usual) and it's kind of stressing me out. Ugh.... I'll be fine...

36 Hours down. All discrepancies are taken care of now and the stress is gone. Cravings have subsided. Told you I'd be fine, lol :)

40 Hours. Drive home was a little difficult because the co-worker I carpool with was smoking in the car. You people who think cigarettes stink are crazy, because I think that crap smells delicious, lol. No big deal though. Got through it and it's all good. Time for bed soon.

Back to work. Luckily it's my "Friday". 56 hours down. I admit to having a little bit of a craving right now.

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July 7, 2013

A little over half-way through the shift. 60 hours down. I figure I'll stop tracking hours once I get to 72... 12 more hours to go.

Good morning world. It's 230pm on Sunday. Officially 72 hours smoke-free. 3 days down.

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July 9, 2013

My weekend is over, and I'm back to work. Today marks day 5 of my smoking cessation. My roommate couldn't hang with me, so she is back to smoking. I won't lie, I had a couple of cigs over the weekend, but for the most part, I'm still smoke-free. No one is perfect :-P. It's about 10 minutes to midnight, July 10, 2013.

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July 10, 2013

Midnight at work. Today will be day 6. Cravings are gone for the most part. I would say that the physical addiction is gone. All that remains is the mental addiction, which will be harder to break. Gettin it done.

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July 13, 2013

1 week and 2 days down. Not smoking is getting easier as the days pass. Beeman is right. The real test comes when you're around other smokers. I carpool with a smoker, who burns one during the drive, to and from work. My roommate is also a smoker, who burns about 1 cig every hour or two. Honesty is my policy here. I don't join them when they smoke, but I HAVE joined them a couple times. I'd say my "join a friend for a smoke" batting average is about .900 or better. Meaning, about 90% of the time my friends smoke, I don't. When I DO burn one, it's not because I'm craving. It's mostly because I'm bored. I do need to break the bored/smoking connection. Overall, my progress is coming along good, and I'm happy with it so far. My breathing is getting better and I'm feeling great.




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21 Days

Nothing really new to add to my situation.

3 week, smoke-free bump

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

Smoking and Individual Liberty

Interesting read...

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What is discussed here illustrates the classical divide between conservatism and libertarianism, and it is a disagreement that obviously applies to many more issues than just smoking. But I would like to close on an area where the beliefs of libertarians and conservatives have considerable overlap. Outlawing tobacco is probably a bridge too far for society to cross. But can't we at the very least agree to eliminate all of the numerous agriculture subsidies that the tobacco industry enjoys and perhaps some of tobacco's legal protection from lawsuits, too?

Read More at American Thinker...

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

Tobacco co's should not receive subsidies. On the other hand,

restaurants or clubs that wish to permit smoking should be able to vs. laws prohibiting a private establishment to set its own policy - the laws that put so many businesses out of business. Non-smokers could patronize the smoke-free places, for which there is a great demand. Smokers could patronize those that permit smoking, for which there is also great demand. It should apply to all businesses, at least those that don't receive public funds.

Hey, nice going, Mike! But let me ask, did you quit music, too? Haven't seen you at the jam session lately. :)

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Thanks for your concern!

But no I didn't quit music too, lol, just been a bit busy. My Saturday countdown post was delayed because of my drill weekend. Been meaning to post it up all week, but haven't had the time, even at work.

Actually, it's funny that you ask, because I JUST posted it the jam session, just PRIOR to checking out your comment :)

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

Guess you read my mind. :)

I'll have to check out your song. Drill weekend, you say? You're in the Reserves? Someone in my family recently completed his monthly drill commitment.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Reserves

Yea it made for a pretty tough weekend, because when I put the uniform on, I turn into a chimney (used to anyways).

I was counting the SECONDS last weekend til I was done with drill. It was a super jonesing weekend.

EVERY MOMENT is downhill from here, if I can make through a reserve weekend without a cigarette :)

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

Congrats. It gets easier and

Congrats. It gets easier and easier.

I try not to self-bump this thread too much...

But how bout a shameless 2-week self-bump?

Day 14.

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

Quitting cold turkey is rough...

http://youtu.be/7m-e7HuOjww?t=2m

Potential Annualized National Debt Allowance - a look at 40 years of PANDA next Pandaline - weekdays central time

Jan 11/Day 11

A song in honor of your 11th day free of smoking. Btw, this is not the only song I know w/the number "11" in the lyrics. For reasons I can't go into, I thought the other would be more appropriate some time down the road. In a week or so. One week & four days to be exact. :)

Anyway, in your log up there, you asked if your not having a particular thought was an improvement. Yes! In case you're not familiar with the term "kaizen," it's a Japanese term that basically means "continual small improvements." (It actually arrived in Japan via post-WWII American business help - a great story I know from Tony Robbins' Awaken The Giant Within.) Here's a brief explanation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Continual_improvement_process

Okay, the song: Led Zeppelin - Since I've Been Loving You
"Working from seven to eleven every night..."
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QuGiMAEqE8

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Thanks mdefarge :)

I really needed the lift-up today. It's been a rough one!

My Political Awakening: I Wanted to Change the World...
I am NOT Anti-America. America is Anti-Me - Lowkey
How to Handle POLICE STATE Encounters

I just noticed jrd3820's note

and realized this was you. Good job & good luck! I don't know if I should say this or not, but a while back I went "cold turk." That's not cold turkey, as in pick a date, no more, period, the end. Rather, about half a year ago I determined to start smoking less. I guess, for me, I needed to wean myself off - and perhaps in a weird way always consider that quitting was "voluntary," with no one (not even me!) telling me what I could or couldn't do. lol. It's not yet where I realize it's been months, or even weeks, w/o smoking, but often I'll go for days. A pack just keeps lasting longer & longer, now easily over two weeks. An added incentive, cigarettes have also begun to taste different to me, not in a good way. Maybe that's in part because at the same time I began to eat less meat and more fruits and vegetables? (Esp. Jeff Primack's superfoods, fyi http://www.youtube.com/user/SSQC23/videos?shelf_id=1&view=0&... )
Well, let us all have a happy, prosperous, and HEALTHY NEW YEAR! Keep up the good work - with your new life and at the jam session!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Haha

I would always get so irritated when people would tell me (or suggest) that I quit smoking. My response would always be, "Don't you have some changes in your own life to make, before you start changing mine?"

Good job weaning from cigs and cutting back as much as you have. I'm completely impressed that a pack can last you over 2 weeks now. I don't even think I can keep a lighter for 2 weeks without losing it.

Thanks for stopping by and "informing" me of my mention in the jam session. Thanks jrd for that!

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jrd is the greatest :)

Btw, the song I posted earlier at the jam session was actually inspired by my comment above, a longer version. To make a long story short, as coffee was a trigger, I stopped drinking it at home. The "rule" that somehow evolved was that I could only have a cigarette when I had coffee out, such as at a Dunkin' Donuts. (From then on, I left my cigarettes in the car.) Always, at a bare minimum, I'd buy coffee in the morning and after dinner - easy enough, as there are many fast-food drive-thru places close by. In fact, too close! At first I couldn't wait to get my hands on that coffee and would take a longer route than necessary in order to chain smoke enough to get my nicotine fix (too). You don't know how many times I thought of this: http://www.dailypaul.com/270001/time-for-my-nightly-jam-sess... Hey, ever see Jim Jarmusch's film, Coffee & Cigarettes, with the different vignettes? imho the funniest are Iggy Pop & Tom Waits, Alfred Molina & Steve Coogan, White Stripes, and Wu Tang Clan & Bill Murray. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49tTzEifY6M

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Triggers...

It's been advised to me to know my triggers and avoid them.

My triggers are waking up, coffee, driving, eating, boredom, other smokers, alcohol...

Can't avoid waking up. Gotta have my java. Gotta drive to pay to bills. Man's gotta eat. I'm always bored (at work/ when stuck at home). Everyone I hang out with is a smoker... including that girl I'm talking to. Well, I don't really drink so I'm not too sure why that's up there, lol.

Anyways... my whole day was a trigger, so I've decided that I'm not changing a single thing in my life other than smoking. I still go outside to the smoking area at work, on my breaks.

People will probably tell you that I'm making it too hard on myself. I would probably agree with them. I think what it comes down to for me, is control. I'm in control of my life. Not chemical-laden tobacco.

I crave all the time. I'm driven to continue my progress because of people like you, jrd, and Mr. Nystrom cheering me on. I'm driven even more by my desire to take control, and to do better than the last 67 times I quit smoking.

I've never seen Coffee and Cigarettes, but I will definitely check it out. http://youtu.be/eEv18HZYBaQ

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"My whole day was a trigger."

LOL! I hear you man. I wish there was something I could do, besides offer you my encouragement, and let you know that it does get easier.

Just keep it going. One day at a time. One hour at a time. Keep it up. You probably don't realize it, but what you're doing is an inspiration to others, because lots of people want to change, but change is hard. For some it is to hard to even attempt.

Not only have you made the choice to attempt it, but each moment you succeed in transforming yourself by sheer will. Against inertia, you are moving in the direction of your choice. That is awesome, and it is inspiring.

We all have things we need to change, including me.

And this is how, by changing yourself, you change the world. You've inspired me to get off my ass and do some things that I've been putting off because they're hard.

Thanks Mike! Keep it up.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

You said something really important there.

It has to do with a transformation that is taking place. Yes, for each moment we succeed at something we've resolved to do, we are helping to develop the will. Who knows how MikeFWT210's strengthened will might be called upon to serve him for something in the future!

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

Get an E Cig.

Get an E Cig.

Im sure it helps

But I'm kicking nicotine altogether :)

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Keep up the good work

Way to hang in there!

Slow News Saturday....

86 or so hours, smoke-free.

Shameless self-bump for day 4

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:)

Thinking of you here Mike. Keep it up.

Thanks jrd!

Today is Day 7.

So far I've saved about 20 bucks by quitting.

Spot price for an ounce of silver: 19.95.

Thanks for checking in, and your words of encouragment.

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16 years as an ex-smoker

You can do it. Put up lots of physical obstacles between you and cigarettes, and remember, if you go back to smoking, all that hard work and cravings were for nothing. The craving prove you're winning. They will cease, and it will get easier.

I accidentally stopped

I accidentally stopped smoking about a year ago. My GF bought me a PV (personal vaporizer.) That was the last day I smoked a cigarette.

http://www.fasttech.com/products/0/10006893/1549205-st-10-31...

I just passed 3 years. I had

I just passed 3 years. I had a little help from an e- cig for the first couple months. I'm officially over them and actually despise them now. I will NEVER go back. This may help you, it did for me. Think about how much money you'll save, those hours you don't have to waste at a job you (might) hate, think about how much less you'll stink, I can smell a smoker a mile away now, YUCK!!!!!!!!, think about how much better you'll feel, food tastes much better after you quit, think about how much warmer you'll be. If you really care about your future, watch what someone with cancer has to go through. My dad was murdered by cancer and it a horror show to see someone go through that. I'll do my best to make sure I'm not on that path. I'm sure of that. There are MANY good reasons to quit, just keep thinking about them every time you have the urge. Good luck.

Well....

Here goes!

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Good luck Mike!

Many people have done it... You can too.

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

once you convince

yourself that you are no longer a smoker, the rest is easy, after all you didn't come into this world with a cigarette in your mouth.

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Bump for Mike -

How are things going?

I'm coming up on three years, in a couple of days, on the 13th.

Hope everything has gone according to plan!

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.