Feeling Proud? You Should Be!

Subconscious use cue extinguishment

Feeling Proud? You Should Be!

Joined: March 31st, 2006, 8:00 am

June 12th, 2006, 8:07 am #1

Everytime you post a success or milestone you should feel proud of your accomplishment. I for one feel a rush whenever I achieve the next whatever it is and I want to have this feeling again and again. I do not only feel good about my own little victories, I find my mind has pleasurable thoughts every time I read of your successes.

These achievements make me feel good about myself and when your feeling good you want to continue doing what you are doing. There really is little time for negative thinking because you recogonize it is just a waste of time. This business of putting nicotine, on the shelf in your life, is serious indeed. It will however be as hard or as easy as you choose to make it.

I have choosen the easy way , I acknowledge the drug nicotine had a good run in my life but now I have choosen to keep it simple. NTAP

I do not believe for a minute that I have defeated my addiction to nicotine and will live happily ever after. I understand that this drug has rewired my brain, Nicotine addiction 101 , and that I must put it on lifetime probation. In fact it is clear from reading in, from what I consider the best resource here, the Freedom forum, that whether we have been free of nicotine for 72 hours or untold years, thoughts appear, the defense
is the same, no nicotine today.

If for some reason you are having a pleasurable thought about smoking or some other form of nicotine ingestion, please read the following posts.

The Law of Addiction
The one puff files
If you keep making those faces ... 
The monster under the bed
For some inspiration try this one.
This Is A Lot Easier Than It Looks
If you have reached the point where you have decided to stop fighting this effort every day.
Turning the corner - acceptance
And the one that keeps it all in perspective for me.
Three years vs. three days
Last I will drop in a couple of thoughts I have injected into recent parades.

If you think it will be hard it will probably be hard, however if you think it will be simple it will almost certainly be simple, no matter what it is you are doing.

WhyQuit is the quintessential place in all the world to gather and learn how to QUIT destroying ourselves with nicotine.

Freedomites you should all be proud of yourselves for your victories no matter how large or how small. One Simple rule: No Nicotine Today!

For those of us who have not yet reached the golden ranks, onwards we climb, yes of course to the Lido deck you know, one minute, one hour, one day at a time.

Attitude is everything, keep it positive, move forward and live life to its fullest. NTAP

Denny B - After 38 years - Free and Healing for Two Months, Seventeen Days and 8 Hours, while extending my life expectancy 9 Days and 12 Hours, by avoiding the use of 2742 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $687.63.
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Joined: April 4th, 2005, 7:00 am

June 12th, 2006, 9:00 am #2

Very good post Denny, all focused on recovery, all very positive.


Joseph
20 months
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

June 12th, 2006, 9:32 am #3

Thanks DennyB!!

It's so true what you say about the successes of our fellow members making me feel really, really good (almost as good as my own successes)  Somewhere in all of the Freedom files there is a post from John describing how the physical pleasure of a hug releases dopamine into the system, creating a "natural" high rather than the one achieved by nicotine. To me, it feels the same when I read about someone achieving a milestone, or overcoming a challenge, or having a great tobacco-free day. I feel like I just got, and gave, a hug.  I automatically smile, which must be releasing some of that good old dopamine... one of the best things about participating in the Freedom forum.

And to celebrate a milestone of my own, today I have been nicotine free for six weeks... and that makes me smile lots!

Bonnie
Happily nicotine free for One month, one week, five days, 7 hours, 1 minute and 54 seconds. A grand total of 972 nicotine sticks not ingested, saving $330.73 of my hard-earned money. Life saved: 3 days, 9 hours, 0 minutes.
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

June 12th, 2006, 3:09 pm #4

Denny B - I enjoy reading the messages from people who are suddenly amazed to find that they haven't smoked for a few days and tell us how much pride they feel in themselves and their acheivement. It's a bit like re-living those moments all over again!

Bonnie - you wrote ''John describing how the physical pleasure of a hug releases dopamine into the system'' Perhaps we should have a big cyber 'Hug In' ?!!
 
A Welsh hug from me!

Sally
~ 97 days free after 40+ years not.
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:58 pm

June 13th, 2006, 8:42 am #5

Great post, Denny!

You have clearly taken advantage of the first-rate education here. I found that understanding my addiction was key to me staying focused and committed. And celebrating my success and everyone else's kept the healing process positive for the most part. It's hard to feel sorry for yourself when you are busy encouraging other people!

You have a beautiful quit growing there. Keep nurturing it....

Parker - 4 years
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Joined: March 31st, 2006, 8:00 am

November 29th, 2006, 11:49 am #6

Proud to say that at 8 plus months, kept it simple, NTAP and the Freedom from nicotine I experience is immeasurable. Hang on newbies it does not take long and it is worth the effort beyond your wildest dreams.

Attitude is everything, keep it positive, move forward and live life to its fullest. NTAP

Denny B - After 38 years - Free and Healing for Eight Months, Three Days, 10 Hours and 35 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 30 Days and 4 Hours, by avoiding the use of 8695 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $2,196.21.
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February 2nd, 2008, 10:59 pm #7

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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:16 am

February 17th, 2008, 2:06 pm #8

--- Thank you!
3w 3d 14:06 smoke-free, 742 cigs not smoked, $139.13 saved, 2d 13:50 life saved
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Joined: January 16th, 2003, 8:00 am

May 11th, 2008, 8:55 am #9

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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:02 am

May 20th, 2008, 7:29 am #10

Thank you for the encouragement, Denny. I have a few victories to celebrate - I hurdled over several obstacles this weekend. First, I flew on a plane (which makes me incredibly nervous) to Las Vegas to see my brother. I went with my mom (who smokes). A lot of firsts without nicotine I overcame. I flew, I drank, I gambled on the slots (and won :-) ) and hung out with my mother who is a smoker. When I was in the casino, the smoke actually was burning my eyes and I was annoyed by it. Whenever my mom went outside to smoke and came back inside, the smell really bothered me. However, I still have tough moments - but I know one day at a time nicotine free!! I'm doing it!! This Friday I will be celebrating GREEN!! Thank you all for the awesome support on this site!

Amy - Free and Healing for Twenty Three Days, 22 Hours and 28 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 1 Day and 1 Hour, by avoiding the use of 311 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $77.87.
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October 3rd, 2008, 11:48 am #11

Everyone here should feel proud of their accomplishments.

Never forget you can do EVERYTHING as an ex-smoker/active nicotine user that you did when you were smoking or using nicotine via all other methods now available. EVERYTHING!!!!

You simply do it one minute, one hour, one day at a time no matter what life brings your way good or bad and no matter how long it has been since you last administered this awful drug.

The improving quality of your own life will likely manifest itself in ways you can not yet imagine.

No Nicotine Today I am an addict! Hooray!  Remember this always.

Denny B - After 38 years - Free and Healing for Two Years, Six Months, Eight Days, 112 Days of my life Freed to do as I choose, by avoiding the use of 32283 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $8,384.43

Attitude is everything, keep it positive, move forward and live life to its fullest. NTAP!
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

October 4th, 2008, 3:03 am #12

Denny,

I know just what you're talking about when you talk about that "rush" associated with early quit milestones. I used to have them all the time.

I used to be so tickled at the end of the day as I lay down to sleep that I had made it another day without smoking, that I thought I would need plastic surgery to get the smile off my face.

Every trigger recondition brought with it a feeling of accomplishment. Seeing someone still in bondage (smoking) only reinforced within me that I had made the right decision in quitting and trigger that rush.

With time, though, that rush fades. As you move out of what I call the "quitter" phase (where there are so many "new" (done without a cigarette) experiences) and into the "non-smoker" phase of the rest of your life, the uniqueness of quitting fades. Sometimes you will go days without even thinking about it. Evey now and then, a "few-and-far-between" trigger will pop up and you get to experience the thrill of trigger reconditioning, but it's nothing like that first year.

You lose the rush, but you get something for it: COMFORT. Smoking is simply not a part of my life anymore. I am FREE!! I have no problem at all contemplating the rest of my life nicotine free. I have an appreciation for life now that could only be had by someone who has stared into the abyss and stepped back.

I am also aware that I am still, and always will be, a nicotine addict. It's just that right now, my addiction is dormant, comatose, if you will. It still lives within me and can be awakened anytime with a single puff from a cigarette. All I have to do is not smoke. Simple. NO NICOTINE TODAY. NTAP.

Jah Bless-

Beavis

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Joined: January 16th, 2003, 8:00 am

January 3rd, 2009, 2:24 am #13

Excerpt from message #28 in "I am not going to smoke today!"

Quitting is a big deal, every day, every hour, every minute and every second for the rest of your life. You won't think about it all of the time, not even most of the time, but whenever a smoking thought pops into your head if you remember what you have accomplished it should always bring a sense of satisfaction that you cared enough about yourself and did yourself a great favor by sticking to your commitment to never take another puff!

Joel
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