Fixating on a cigarette.

Retraining the conscious mind
John (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

13 Mar 2004, 03:06 #31

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How many of the 800 million air sacs that we each started life with would be destroyed by that first puff of relapse and the 4,000+ chemicals that are collecticvely referred to as tar? How many healthy air sacs do each of us have remaining, 700 million, 600 million, 500 million? Do we have enough left to comfortably complete this amazing journey called life?
As the ALA is fond of saying, "when you can't breathe nothing else matters." Do you want to see what advanced emphysema is like? Try breathing through a straw for a minute or two. Imagine that being your entire day. Imagine the exertion of walking from the bed to the bathroom being almost too much to handle. Imagine the straw getting thinner and thinner and thinner.
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ButterfliesareSilver
Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 18:59

30 Mar 2004, 00:20 #32

Thank you

Butterflies 2 months and a bit.
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John (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

08 Jun 2004, 21:28 #34

Flavor, pleasure, friend, boredom, stress, love,
extra pounds, I can't, what's the use now ...

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Conscious Fixation - an opportunity to set the record straight
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

02 Aug 2004, 18:59 #35

I was reading through the board this morning to see issues that I would like to address. I think I read one member's post who was saying he or she was wondering what it would be like if he or she would smoke a cigarette now after being off for a period of time. I was going to attach a number of links to that post, this being one of them. If I run across it again I will attach these links and a few others.
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Lynn Andrews BRONZE
Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:22

01 Nov 2004, 22:07 #36

Sadly, I've found myself doing this for about 3 days straight and it's been such a struggle - at 10 months quit, how insane is that? It doesn't take much to get those junkie thoughts going sometimes...a stressful test at school, teenagers at home, a Halloween party in unusually mild weather sitting outside surrounded by active addicts...
You get to thinking of the "just one", which of COURSE doesn't exist. I came here this morning knowing I had to find this thread to knock some sense back into my head.
Thanks Joel, again, for having the words we need, right when we need them.
Lynn, STILL free and healing for 9 Months, 3 Weeks, 1 Day, 8 hours and 7 minutes (296 days), by not smoking 7,408 cigarettes. This has saved me $1,481.69 and helped me regain 1 Month, 5 Days and 16 minutes of my life!
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Joel
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

24 Nov 2004, 12:40 #37

The Fantasy
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ShutterJulieG
Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:40

23 Dec 2004, 23:05 #38

Thanks Joel....you put into perspective for me (although I have read it a million times already, this time it HIT) that the choice is not "just one cigarette": the choice is "being a smoker again." "Just one cigarette" is a lie and an illusion. Going to add that to my daily "self-talk."
Julie
One week, two days,
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John (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

06 Jan 2005, 19:53 #39


Through physical symptoms and detox, to subconscious trigger reconditioning, to conscious fixation, you may not notice but your focus is likely changing as you continue with this most amazing temporary journey of readjustment. Recognize the change in landscape for the true healing it reflects.

Whether you use each conscious fixation encounter as an opportunity to put years of rationalizations under honest light or not, with each passing day the time spent fixating will slowly begin to decline, such encounters when gradually grow further and further apart, and they generally grow less intense.

Whether hard or easy, if you'll only remain patient and allow yourself to go the distance, the day is coming where you'll awake to a re-newed expectation of going your entire day without once wanting to smoke nicotine. Such encounters will happen from time to time but they'll become the exception not the rule. When they do they may even bring a smile to your face as they'll be one of your few reminders of the amazing journey you once made.

John (Gold x5)
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John (Gold)
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

11 Jan 2006, 05:40 #40

The fantasy
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The reality
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