I don't know if I have another quit in me.

I don't know if I have another quit in me.

Joel
Joel

March 3rd, 2002, 8:50 pm #1

Its funny, you will hear many people say and feel sentiments like this the first few weeks into a quit. But over time many lose this feeling and start to think that quitting was no big deal. If ever asked how it was to quit they may even say that it was no big deal and begin to think that if they were ever to go back, they would just quit again. This is a form of complacency and complacency has killed many a quits.



An ex-smoker can get to the point that he or she looks back at smoking as being vile, disgusting, expensive, stupid, crazy, and many other derogatory terms. He or she may think that with what he or she knows and understands now that there is absolutely no way he or she could return to such an unwanted lifestyle. The ex-smoker then knows he or she is secure forever from relapsing--and then the final piece of the illogical puzzle falls into place--that if he or she hates smoking so much, and there is no way he or she will return to smoking--well then a puff here and there can't be a big deal because he or she is so resolute to remain smoke free. That is where the story often tragically ends.



For anyone who ever feels that they are not sure that they have another quit in them, they should be aware that they may be absolutely correct, they don't know that they have another quit in them. But for every member of this group today we know for a fact that you have this one going right now and I suspect you are all pretty sure you can make this one last through the rest of the day. This is the one you want to cultivate now for it is likely the one that has the best chance to work and it is definitely the one that has the best chance of avoiding the potentially lethal consequences of smoking.



For if this quit didn't take but maybe a few months from now or a few years from now the next one would, you still don't know that one of the cigarettes you smoked in that intervening time period didn't start up some deadly irreversible process. This factor again is another reason that you should do everything in your power to make this quit stick. To make this quit the quit that sticks and saves your health and your life always remember to never take another puff!



Joel






Updated September 30, 2011 to add related video
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mirigirl (silver)
mirigirl (silver)

March 3rd, 2002, 9:58 pm #2

I really don't know where it came from - but I've seen it quoted a few times here at Freedom, that

"I'd rather be an ex-smoker who has an ocassional thought about smoking than a smoker obsessing about quitting"

That is me to a T. When I was smoking - I don't think there was one cigarette that I lit where I didn't think "God I wish I didn't have to do this, but I'm too terrified to quit" Thank God - those days are over, because today I accept I'm a nicotine addict and I know I Never Have to Take Another Puff!

Grateful to be Free and not facing withdrawal because I really don't think I do have another quit in me!!

yqs mirigirl
another nicotine addict
Two months, 1 hour, 5 minutes and 51 seconds Free
1551 cigarettes not smoked, saving $558.41. Life saved: 5 days, 9 hours, 15 minutes.
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Roger (Gold)
Roger (Gold)

March 4th, 2002, 12:58 am #3

Joel,

This ia an excellent written post and so true. I am not sure where the courage came from for me on this quit. I failed miserably so many times before within hours not days. I did the same on this one the very first day. However, something came over me for just the one 24 hour period I needed. I was granted some strength from someone or someplace and made it through just one day at a time. Perhaps it was the testimonials and education I found when I found this site the first day of a successful quit. I don't know. I do know this, the way I am and my past record of quits I don't have another in me. Something inside of me tells me this is my last opportunity to quit.

I have learned from Freedom how fragile a quit can be and just as fragile to maintain it. Yes, for some odd and unknown reasons this quit hasn't been so bad for me. Possibly I had mentally prepared myself over the years that a quit would be more than torture. My mind was so conditioned to believe that. Regardles I have been quit this time for

2 Months 3 Days 8 Hours 49 Minutes 28 Seconds

This is something 3 months ago I would have never believed I could achieve. Coming here lurking, then daily after I joined a short time ago allows my condidence to soar to new heights.
For that I thank so many kind and caring people @ this website. Each morning I wake up, I read this message I framed and placed on my nite stand.
I do not take my life for granted,
I fullly realize how much I cherish each and every day,
I quit smoking as if my LIFE depended on it.
BECAUSE IT DOES!!!!
This is my first addtitde adjustement each day. I know I would fit right into your post Joel, and I cannot become so complacent to allow this to happen to me.
Roger
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Roger (Gold)
Roger (Gold)

March 16th, 2002, 7:13 am #4

I believe this is a good time to resurect a post like this one. Joel posted it not long ago......wow, did it strike a chord with me. I looked deep in my heart and soul and asked if I had another Quit left in me. I didn't like the answer that popped up.

In my short time at Freedom I have seen many struggles and successes. I have seen relapses and I have seen just a couple returnees from relapses.

WHOEVER MAY BE STRUGGLING OR QUESTIONING THEIR QUIT AT THIS TIME, TAKE JUST A MINUTE OR TWO TO REFLECT ON YOUR QUIT. AND ASK YOURSELF THE FOLLOWING............
DO I HAVE ANOTHER QUIT LEFT IN ME?
yqb
ROGER
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Joel
Joel

March 25th, 2002, 3:38 am #5

I just saw this concept touched upon in a thread about Rachel's father.
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Dida (Gold)
Dida (Gold)

March 26th, 2002, 10:05 am #6

Do I Have Another Quit in Me?
Been asking myself that a lot lately and it's just too much of a risk - because I'm sure I probably don't. I have had a few quits in the past and each one is different but there is one constant in all of them; do I want to have that obsessive thinking torture me every hour of every day? No way. The triggers still happen from time to time and I can cope with them but mostly it's the freedom of going for days without thinking about smoking. It's knowing that I can go for long walks without that burning in the chest feeling and the cough. No, I don't have another quit in me and don't want to take the test either.
Diana
have not smoked for: 8 months, 6 days, 1 hour, 57 minutes and not smoked....4,981 cigarettes! (unbelievable)
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Joel
Joel

April 7th, 2002, 1:56 am #7

For Maggie
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Roger (Gold)
Roger (Gold)

April 8th, 2002, 4:25 am #8

Thanks Joel,

You could bring this up twice a day and I would read it over again.

Roger
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DebD (GOLD)
DebD (GOLD)

April 17th, 2002, 9:52 am #9

Thank you for pulling this up.
I take one day at a time because deep down there is that fear that this is my final quit in me, if I were to take another puff, it would kill me out right, or at least at some point in the future. I don't want to die today or by way of the illnesses that smoking would cause, in the future.

Thank you for being here to educate and support us! Here's to remaining smoke free and enjoying it!

DebD

3WKS,6DAYS,7HRS,56MIN!!!!!!
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wanda435
wanda435

April 17th, 2002, 10:09 am #10

Hi Friends
You know I have always heard when you quit and start back it gets worse and harder
each time and I for sure know I don't have another one in me ...it is two much pain to
keep going through ...But one thing is for sure ...this is a piece of cake compared to
having Cancer or Dieing a horrible death ...so I am going to fight with all I have in me
to STAY NicFREE....Thanks Wanda
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OBob Gold
OBob Gold

May 14th, 2002, 11:23 am #11

For JennyG.
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Joanne Gold
Joanne Gold

May 21st, 2002, 1:57 am #12

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Slycat
Slycat

May 21st, 2002, 2:39 am #13


Hi Joel,
I don't know if I would ever have another quit in me. It took me so long to quit to begin with. I never really tried to quit before this time to be honest. I said I was going to quit and maybe tried for a couple of hours but I didn't really quit at all. This is my first true quit. For as long as I said I would do it (which was years) and I never did, I don't know if I would ever be able to do it again. Then, when I think about the horrible side effects that I encountered, I don't know if I could allow myself to go through that again either. I think once you get yourself to quit finally, you should just stay there.
Well I guess it's easier said than done, but if you are strong, you can do it.

I hope that I never light up again. I know people that quit for 10 years and went back to smoking. Now, I figure by 10 years you would be done with it. I hope one day that I can look back and say how nasty it is and how it smells and think I was crazy for smoking to begin with...
But for now, I will never take another puff...

Judy
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Roger (Gold)
Roger (Gold)

May 26th, 2002, 12:30 pm #14

Some Food For Thought This Weekend
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Joel
Joel

June 6th, 2002, 8:04 pm #15

I have a rather large clinic going this week and have not had a lot of time to cover the board. On the first night when I asked who in the group had past quits that had lasted a year or longer, probably about 20 people had raised their hands. When I started asking what were the lengths of time, we found four people who had quits lasting longer than 10 years. One was a thirteen year quit and one was a 20 year quit--all lost to taking a puff one day. I am not sure what is up with these two women, they were not at last nights meeting. This generally is not a good sign. It is imperative that every ex-smoker remembers to keep a quit going--for no matter how long a person quits for proving that he or she has the ability to quit and stay quit for appreciable period of times, there is no guarantee that if a person loses his or her quit that he or she will ever have the strength or ability to pull it off again. Stay focused on the fact that the only way to guarantee your ability to stay smoke free for a lifetime is always remembering to never take another puff!

Joel
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Rickgoldx5
Rickgoldx5

June 7th, 2002, 1:17 am #16

Hi everyone,
What Joel has posted here is so important that A.A has been using this for years!
So think of it this way, if a drunk can never take another drink what makes you think
a smoker can take puff??


Rick
I have chosen not to smoke for 1 Month 2 Days 6 Hours 44 Minutes 17 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 2096. Money saved: $313.45.
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DubiouslyDos
DubiouslyDos

June 7th, 2002, 9:19 pm #17

Okay!!! That was a great article!!! Instead of focusing my attention on where, how, or why it all got started....take that energy and power up my quit....I never thought about developing a hatred for smoking...against my basic nature to think badly about much of anything....but ya know.....I'm gonna do it....channel all this stuff I'm feeling into a fuel tank to power my quit and keep me moving.... Got my food for the day...and liked it so well I copied it and sent in on to two in my family who are dealing with this too...

Dos
Peddling as fast as I can to keep the quit goin....Philip Morris quit making money on me...
1 Week, 2 days, 10 hours
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Joel
Joel

June 21st, 2002, 3:40 am #18

For Colleen: I thought you would appreciate this one.
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misha (Gold )
misha (Gold )

June 21st, 2002, 2:52 pm #19

To be honest, I don't think that I do have another quit in me. This one was a long time coming. The pain of it is too fresh, and I plan on keeping it that way. The memory of coughing fits, the chest pains, the smell of it, the taste of it, I just cannot put myself through that again.
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Joel
Joel

June 28th, 2002, 6:31 pm #20

Marty requested this one
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Juanjuanjuanjuanjuan200
Juanjuanjuanjuanjuan200

June 30th, 2002, 7:29 am #21

I stop smoking 10 years ago, then 7 years ago took another puff. It took me 8 years, to reach my modest 2 w5d21h.Hope will never take another puff. Its so hard to get a quit.

Juan
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Roger (Gold)
Roger (Gold)

July 28th, 2002, 8:51 am #22

You Can If You Beleive You Can
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John (Gold)
John (Gold)

August 12th, 2002, 8:58 am #23

I have nothing left to prove!
I know that nicotine is stronger than I am.
I thank God that it can't think!
The next few minutes are doable!
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Pelican1(Bronze)
Pelican1(Bronze)

October 30th, 2002, 8:23 am #24

Joel,
That is exactly what I have said to myself, and because of that fear, I believe it is what has gotten me to this determination to stay quit, I want to experience life as a non-smoker , yup fear has gotten me this far,,,is that wrong?
Thank you for all of the education you are providing , it is what I read every day and always find that it fits so perfectly, and then I apply it to the next day

Pelican

2 weeks 5 days 22 hours
one day at a time
never take another puff
smellin' sweet
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Rickgoldx5
Rickgoldx5

October 30th, 2002, 11:59 pm #25

Rick
Five months, three weeks, five days, 3 hours, 59 minutes and 36 seconds. 14691 cigarettes not smoked, saving $2,196.40. Life saved: 7 weeks, 2 days, 15 minutes.
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