Parker GOLD
Parker GOLD

1:45 AM - Aug 24, 2004 #21

For Jeff...who has worked hard to maintain his beautiful quit.
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johnny
johnny

4:21 AM - Aug 25, 2004 #22

WHAT A BLAST FROM THE PAST! THANKS PARKER. I NEEDED THAT! johnny-free&healing
I have stopped nicotine for 3 months, 25 days, 18 hours, 21 minutes and 24 seconds (116 days).
I've not smoked 2919 death sticks, and saved $439.98.
I've saved 10 days, 3 hours and 15 minutes of my life.
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kwhtlw
kwhtlw

5:24 AM - Aug 25, 2004 #23

What he said!
Thanks Parker!!

Kevin, NicFree & Luv'n It for 68 days. I quit chewing tobacco on 6/17/04, and have save $341.49 while expecting to be on earth 2 Days, 8 hours and 50 minutes longer.
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

2:45 AM - Dec 04, 2004 #24

The nicotine industry wants us back as we each represent thousands of dollars in lost income .... if we lived that long. They're spending billions and billions in marketing each year to lure us into relapse by trying to convince us that we're missing out on pleasure, adventure, flavor and taste.
Don't let the facade and maze of marketing at the gas station, grocery store or pharmacy convince you that one chemical is worth 14 years of life. That's absolutely crazy. But that's what chemical addiciton is all about, a craziness willing to exchange freedom, health and life itself for an unearned flood of dopamine.
Baby steps, just one day at a time and it won't be long before the primary discouragement you feel isn't about quitting nicotine but of watching other smokers you care for or love be deprived of their own natural beauty hidden beneath de-sensitized neuronal pathways, scores of conditioned feeding cues and a small mountain of dependency rationalizations. Millions of words in Freedom's 250 thousand member posts but only one rule ... no nicotine today! John (Gold x5)
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Parker GOLD
Parker GOLD

9:19 PM - Dec 18, 2004 #25

From: Jeanne-Gold
"Do I ever have an undefeated trigger slap me in the face?
Rarely, it happens, but it doesn't last very long.
Do I ever find myself wanting to smoke?
Rarely, it happens, but it doesn't last very long.
Do I allow these rare and fleeting thoughts to consume me and make me romanticize the drug that was ruining my life and trying to kill me?
HECK NO, I DON'T! I just acknowledge the trigger, remind myself that I no longer smoke.... I also acknowledge that it would only take one puff to make me not care about the stench anymore, not care about my kids anymore, not care that my life is calm now, even when things get crazy, I am still calm because today I have the ability to choose whether or not I'm going to smoke. When I was smoking, I never had that choice. All my choices were made for me."

~Jeanne
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VoluntaryDebraSilver
VoluntaryDebraSilver

8:49 AM - Jan 09, 2005 #26

I came looking for inspiration for the over a year quitter, sure it wouldn't be here because of all the New Year Newbies, and it took only 2 clicks of the mouse. I don't come here for weeks at a time but when I do someone is ready to speak to my heart. Thanks so much.
Debra...about 409 days
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Starshinegrl Gold
Starshinegrl Gold

2:32 AM - Mar 09, 2005 #27

for Mark

please make sure you hit the First button!

Thank you, Parker!

Gitte
102 days and a bit
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

6:01 AM - Mar 09, 2005 #28

Parker, the entire theme of this essay truly will make a difference in the thought process of every member of Freedom who is lucky enough to catch this as it passes atop the board again. I also now realize that it is not unheard of nor all that unusual to have a request for assitance from even a well established Freedomite. We are all indeed just one puff away. I will remember to suggest this essay in reply if I ever again am on the board when a request for assistance is posted. THANKS.

This excerpt is the core of your message for me -
"There is no denying that those recent posts are scary . They remind us of the deadly power of this addiction. We don't just quit and then lah-di-dah our way through the rest of our lives. Initially, we need to work hard at our quits. Then comes a time when we realize the work is not as hard. We are able to ease up, we think less about it. But, we never get to forget that we are addicts in recovery.
Nobody graduates from addiction."


I, for one, am not discouraged by the fact that I'll always be an addict. I am empowered by this fact. I was reborn in that wonderful moment of realization and acknowledgement of my addiction to nicotine.
Knowledge of my addiction is not a millstone that I'll have to lug around the rest of my natural-born days (really like that phrase now). I carry the knowledge of my addiction and how I keep it disconnected with me at all times by recalling how I inscribed NTAP in red ink on my inner left wrist daily for the first three weeks of this journey to freedom. I look down even now and can still 'see it'. It is my own personal Freedom Key that unlocked the door to my freedom to live Nicotine FREE. Knowledge of my addiction is not a burden, it is a cherished gift.
Maybe I will get that NTAP! tattoo done.
World class quitters all and so many world class writers in the archives here at Freedom I may never post again. NOT!


joejFree for 57 Days and have now reclaimed an extra 4 Days and 23 Hours. NTAP!
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tumnisbb
tumnisbb

10:32 PM - Mar 09, 2005 #29

Great post ! i hadnt seen this before , thats why i stopped in today to care for my quit and give others who are just quit encouragement , reading the post from those who have just quit helps me to keep it perpective .. becca I have been quit for 10 Months, 5 Days, 12 hours, 47 minutes and 8 seconds (309 days). I have saved $1,315.50 by not smoking 7,738 cigarettes. I have saved 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 20 hours and 50 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 5/3/2004
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TeraGold
TeraGold

3:07 AM - Mar 11, 2005 #30

Wow, yeah, exactly.

"We need to remember how desperate we felt to quit. We need to remember how awful withdrawal might have been. We need to remember how we began to gradually feel better and could concentrate on something besides not smoking. We need to remember how we began to understand that years of smoking had stunted our emotional responses. We need to remember cutting ourselves off from other people in order to smoke. We need to remember that we quit smoking because we valued our lives and ourselves enough to take a frightening step into the unknown territory of recovery."
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JamieIsGoldNow
JamieIsGoldNow

12:26 AM - Mar 23, 2005 #31

I'm really glad I saw this. I have the daily digests coming to my email, but I rarely look too closely. Lately, I've been having urges for a cigarette, and I really thought I'd be over them by now. I just want to point out to the folks that are still new in their quit that the urges may not stop coming, but mine, at least, barely last long enough for me to give voice to it. In fact, it's more like any other wicked thought that runs through my head - I just have to let it keep running. So there's the hope - the urges might still be there, but nothing at all like the CRAVINGS used to be.

Jamie

I have been quit for 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 4 Days, 22 hours, 20 minutes and 16 seconds (352 days). I have saved $3,088.13 by not smoking 17,646 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Months, 6 hours and 30 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 4/3/2004
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

2:04 AM - Jun 07, 2005 #32

Parker has penned a classic.
Thanks Gitte for again reintroducing us.

Don't get discouraged!

This is hard work, but it does get easier. All you have to do is keep reading here and you see that. Post after post after post reinforces the message that this is doable and desirable. There is real comfort on this journey and it is yours for the taking as long as you never take another puff.
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

12:12 AM - Oct 10, 2005 #33

For Billie.

This is hard work, but it does get easier. All you have to do is keep reading here and you see that. Post after post after post reinforces the message that this is doable and desirable. There is real comfort on this journey and it is yours for the taking as long as you never take another puff. - Parker
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FreeBillie61
FreeBillie61

12:31 AM - Oct 10, 2005 #34

Thanks Parker.

Billie
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Mike851
Mike851

6:44 PM - Mar 31, 2006 #35

Parker,

Bravo!!! Thank You, Sir!!

All the points you made went for me.

Kind regards,
Mike W...no nicotine since 13th Feb 2006
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Joined: 8:00 AM - Jan 16, 2003

8:55 PM - Apr 06, 2006 #36

From above:
The thoughts would only have power if I latched onto them.
If I grabbed that thought as it was flying by and captured it and began to stroke it and worry about it and magnify it and reproduce it and clutch it to me….then it would cease to be powerless.
It would grow in size and strength and take up more and more space in my brain.
I might begin to feel less grateful for my freedom and more like I was deprived of something. Then perhaps some feelings of resentment might arise. Maybe I might even begin to entertain the thought that this one puff leads to relapse business is a bunch of malarkey.
I imagine that more than one of you is nodding your head in recognition as you read this. We've all been there---this is junkie thinking. This is one of the long-term results of drug addiction.
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

10:16 PM - Jun 06, 2006 #37

Parker's post seems doubly (quadruplely ? ) appropriate today.

The freedom and comfort that eventually come by living nicotine free, as we were meant to be, is worth any amount of struggle we go through to get to the other side.
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

4:03 AM - Jul 07, 2006 #38

from above ..........
Perhaps some people think that you quit smoking and now it's over. End of story. Close the book. File this away as an unfortunate incident of the past. You don't need to think about it anymore. Well, we do need to think about it - not obsessively, not continually - but it needs our attention. We need to remember how desperate we felt to quit. We need to remember how awful withdrawal might have been. We need to remember how we began to gradually feel better and could concentrate on something besides not smoking. We need to remember how we began to understand that years of smoking had stunted our emotional responses. We need to remember cutting ourselves off from other people in order to smoke. We need to remember that we quit smoking because we valued our lives and ourselves enough to take a frightening step into the unknown territory of recovery.

It's fine by me to get a little scared once in a while. Keeps me grateful for my quit. Reminds me of what a precious gift I am giving myself every day.

So, don't lose heart!

Don't get discouraged!

This is hard work, but it does get easier. All you have to do is keep reading here and you see that. Post after post after post reinforces the message that this is doable and desirable. There is real comfort on this journey and it is yours for the taking as long as you never take another puff.

(There I go stealing Joel's lines again!)

Parker (who is now over 4 years removed from active addiction)

and (as we all are) one puff away from many a day.

To add another wonderful Parker line -

"We are never cured of our addiction."
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SandraJ0 Gold1
SandraJ0 Gold1

4:15 AM - Sep 02, 2006 #39

Seems no matter what I need I find it here.. This was perfect for today.
Sandy Freedom math 1 = all ..and.. none = freedom ..and..216 days free = 7 Months, 4 Days, 6 hours and 15 minutes which = $1,081.29 more dollars in my pocket and 4,325 cancer delivery sticks not smoked.and 2 Weeks, 1 Day and 25 minutes extra time to enjoy life. whoo hoo freedom feels great.
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

1:08 AM - Oct 03, 2006 #40

 For Jeanine. Don't get discouraged. Quitting isn't a problem it is a solution. Withdrawal anxiety and being uncomfortable making the necessary Adjustments: Dealing With Life Without the Drug (Parade) will not shorten your life and make living it less worthwhile - continuing to smoke tobacco will surely do so.

This is hard work, but it does get easier. All you have to do is keep reading here and you see that. Post after post after post reinforces the message that this is doable and desirable. There is real comfort on this journey and it is yours for the taking as long as you never take another puff. - Parker
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dogmomgreenplus
dogmomgreenplus

3:08 AM - Oct 04, 2006 #41

Thanks, Joe. My quit is SAFE - I am committed. Discouragement is just one of my obstacles - I'll ride it through. What's nice is having a place like this where I can vent to others who understand. I really have no one else with whom I can share the ups and downs of this ride.

Thanks for caring ....
Jeanine
(12 days)
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DebRDance
DebRDance

11:03 AM - Oct 04, 2006 #42

I just read this post and I thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much. I have up days and down days and think what's wrong with me? When do I get to sit at the computer and not have a thought (fleeting or otherwise) about smoking? When do I get to be okay with my coffee at home? When do I get to think in terms of months or forevers in reference to not smoking instead of days or hours? I thank you for this post because you spoke volumes to me and I appreciate the fact that you are honest about it all...Thanks I needed that!

Debbie - Free and Healing for One Month, Twenty Days, 15 Hours and 42 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 3 Days and 12 Hours, by avoiding the use of 1013 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $228.42.
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JoeJFree Gold
JoeJFree Gold

7:35 AM - Oct 18, 2006 #43

(from above ..........)

...Perhaps some people think that you quit smoking and now it's over. End of story. Close the book. File this away as an unfortunate incident of the past. You don't need to think about it anymore. Well, we do need to think about it - not obsessively, not continually - but it needs our attention. We need to remember how desperate we felt to quit. We need to remember how awful withdrawal might have been. We need to remember how we began to gradually feel better and could concentrate on something besides not smoking. We need to remember how we began to understand that years of smoking had stunted our emotional responses. We need to remember cutting ourselves off from other people in order to smoke. We need to remember that we quit smoking because we valued our lives and ourselves enough to take a frightening step into the unknown territory of recovery.

It's fine by me to get a little scared once in a while. Keeps me grateful for my quit. Reminds me of what a precious gift I am giving myself every day.

So, don't lose heart!

Don't get discouraged!

This is hard work, but it does get easier. All you have to do is keep reading here and you see that. Post after post after post reinforces the message that this is doable and desirable. There is real comfort on this journey and it is yours for the taking as long as you never take another puff.

(There I go stealing Joel's lines again!)

Parker - GOLD!
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megsfolly
megsfolly

2:16 AM - Nov 06, 2006 #44

Well today was a really bad day for the wanting!! After posting on my diary and being sent some reading - which I read, re read and then read again just in ncase I missed something!! I went for a brisk walk, I had a long bubbly bath and nothing helped.

I came accross this thread and it seems to have helped - I no longer feel that I am the only one having these thoughts. I will not get discouraged - I will never take another puff. I may be an addict but I'm in control!!

Thank you

Megan - Free and Healing for One Month, Three Days, 19 Hours and 15 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 4 Days and 20 Hours, by avoiding the use of 1392 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me £383.38.
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Julia Rose1
Julia Rose1

7:58 PM - Dec 06, 2006 #45

This was just what I needed to read today, thanks.
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