Marram Gold
Marram Gold

February 10th, 2003, 11:19 am #11

I choose to smoke none, because:

  • I was extremely tired of making excuses
  • I was weary from defending myself when I knew I was wrong
  • I was tired of telling people I was going outside (usually in a restaurant, after dinner) to make a phone call so I wouldn't bother them. Yeah, right.
  • I was loathing going outside in BELOW ZERO weather for a cigarette, but still I did it! (forget California, Bob!)
  • I felt such guilt and remorse when my children begged me, for years, to "please quit, Mom".
  • I was tired of nearly missing planes to get past security so I could run outside for a cigarette.
  • I was humiliated when my children gave me a baggie and made me go outside to pick up cigarette butts.
  • I was fearful for my life when I coughed non-stop every day and every night, for years.
  • I was terrified when I went to the Dr for a lump in my throat and he said, "It's caused by a combination of reflux and smoking. If you quit smoking it should go away". IT DID.
  • I was ashamed of myself when my daughters asked me not to wear their coats anywhere so they wouldn't come back smelling like gross smoke.
  • I have empowered myself to live a healthier life.
  • I have had at least 10 people tell me they have never seen me look younger or healthier!! WOW!
  • I am very happy and comfortable with myself and my progress.
  • I smell better-fresher.
  • I am getting to know myself better and liking myself more!
  • I have saved 150 not buying cigarettes, and probably twice that for peripheral goods, i.e. lighters, mints, gum, spray, breath fresheners and such.
  • Not only have I added days and hours to my life, I am not wasting the 2-3 hours I used to waste smoking.
  • I would lose my Freedom privileges; the very reason I am strong and embracing this Quit as none ever before.
  • I get a real high from saying "Non-smoking please", then I give a slight glance of displeasure towards the smoking section. I know the look well. I received them for years.
  • My children are ever so proud of me.

This is a list that never ends; I could go on and on my friends! - But now, it's someone else's turn!

As Dave ( Hillbilly) said last week, "It's easier than it looks".

And as simple as Never Taking Another Puff!

I'm never goinng to make it up till 11pm, but wanted to share this:

at 11 I will be 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day and 1000 cigarettes Not Smoked.

Feel like I am # 1!

Thanks Bob, this was a great Sunday "outting"!


More than a Month

Marram Gold
Marram Gold

February 10th, 2003, 11:27 am #12

Sorry about the above post. I spent an hour making a very thoughtful list, and then, in a flash, gone....

So I rewrote it in Word, so I could save, cut and pasted to hotmail, and it came out in greek - or some other foreign language yet to be idenified, so then I deleted it and re-wrote, but it still came out with all these strange o's and p's and < > ?

Sorry all, I know it is a hard read... Now, want to know something really scary? I run a whole Company!! (At least we have computer techs there).


More than a Month

kate fantastic
kate fantastic

February 10th, 2003, 11:29 am #13

I can smoke none or I can smoke all of them. I choose to smoke none because...

I wanted to see what I could do if I were not held back by anything.

So far pretty exciting, I have to say!!!

FREE for 1 Month 1 Day 6 Hours 26 Minutes 30 Seconds. That's 645 cigarettes NOT smoked and $145.21 saved.


PS Parker, I'm going to print out your list and carry it with me! Thank you!


February 10th, 2003, 11:29 am #14

After having smoked for 3/4 of my life I have chosen not to light up for nearly 3 years.

I can smoke none or I can smoke all of them. I choose to smoke none because I now know that believing that I will somehow escape the bad effects of smoking is a self-contrived lie. I have had to admit that I am not any better than anyone I have ever known that got very sick and died from smoking. I know that taking one puff will send me right back into denial. In quitting I hope to be able to take one long final last breath. And maybe I will have an extra day or two before I have to go. And maybe even a dance:)

Big hugs, Joy

~Two years, eight months, six days, 1 hour, 31 minutes and 20 seconds. 19621 cigarettes not smoked, saving $3,139.54. Life saved: 9 weeks, 5 days, 3 hours, 5 minutes~


February 10th, 2003, 12:52 pm #15's all or none... I choose none because...

1. I really don't want to kill myself with nicotine.

2. I am so sick and tired of being sick and tired.

3. Now I know I'm an addict and not just someone with really weak character - I can't use that as one of my millions of excuses any more.

4. I hate what smoking does to my appearance (my vanity-based reason).

5. I have been a vegetarian for more than 10 years. I don't drink any more. I don't do drugs. I study martial arts and yoga... Hello! Smoking DOES NOT FIT MY LIFESTYLE!!

6. I live with a bunch of dogs (and a cat) that I rescued from squalor and certain demise. And my smoking filled the house with deadly second-hand smoke... that simply was not fair to them.

7. It isn't fair to my husband either. He never smoked. Yeah, whatever. (Like we're supposed to understand each other right now...)

8. It is great to go to the museum/theatre/gallery/boutique/etc for hours without HAVING to step outside for a fix.

9. This is a big one - I don't cough when I laugh any more! (Oh yeah, that was attractive!)

10. I can use the money I save in just one year to fly to Holland and Ireland to visit my friends and family!


6 days 45 minutes - WOW!!


February 10th, 2003, 12:55 pm #16

I can smoke none or I can smoke all of them. I choose to smoke none because...
  • I don't want to waste all that time smoking alone in the garage while my daughter waited for my attention;
  • I'm afraid she might try smoking one day if I keep it up;
  • I don't want to become sick and/or die from a smoking-related illness that I could have avoided had I not smoked;
  • I love not being controlled by my nicotine addiction!

6 months, 1 week


February 10th, 2003, 10:30 pm #17

You made my day Thank You. LOL on your clarifying post.

I choose none.... to smoke because with one I would be smoking 2.5 packs by the end of the day. Wondering when will I QUIT again. Starting the whole cycle of addiction all over again and undoubtably dying from NICOTINE is not the route I want to choose. It is fatal to me after what I have educated myself with here at FREEDOM.
With none.... my breathing is better, my cough is gone, I don't stink, I feel much better, I do more things than I have ever done. I'm saving tons of money, the reasons can go on and on.
When I was smoking or using Nicotine I would have never though of all the benifits I could get from not using. It was always the bad so depressing eckkkkkk.
I'm Free

John 11 wks

MusicalMe (GOLD )
MusicalMe (GOLD )

February 10th, 2003, 10:52 pm #18

All or none...I choose none because

1. I'm diabetic which makes me more susceptible to heart disease.
2. My father died of heart disease at age 53, and I would like to out-live him.
3. I married the love of my life this summer and want to have many, many, many
years with him.
4. I love being able to breathe. I'm a singer...breathing is definitely a plus!
5. I'm tired of trying to have a cigarette without anyone seeing me (it's no fun
being a closet smoker).
6. Have you checked the price of cigarettes lately?!? I've got better things to
waste money on!
7. I hate the smell.
8. I couldn't bear another winter of standing outside in sub-zero
temperatures (I live in MN) for the sole purpose of doing something that,
in the end, would kill me.

Great parade, Obob!

Ruth (13 fabulous months smoke-free)

improud (golder)
improud (golder)

February 11th, 2003, 1:10 am #19

I choose NONE for all of the above reasons Why because I can Cathy Golder
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February 11th, 2003, 2:54 am #20

I chose none almost ten months ago because I was sick and tired of being sick and tired all the time. I don't ever want to go back there, so I'm continuing to choose none.


February 11th, 2003, 3:19 am #21

I choose none because I still remember how I felt smoking all of them. I keep my quitting list very close at hand. I haven't needed it lately. I don't want to wheeze, gag, or smell. It really is getting that easy to never take another puff.
Birky 11wks+


February 11th, 2003, 5:59 am #22

I can smoke all or I can smoke none.
I choose to smoke none because now I see that I was'nt fully living my life. An addiction like that won't let you. A still smokeing addict would'nt understand what I'm saying, but I know that you all do. Without nicotine I feel more alive, more aware and more confident,
just more here and living in the moment. Not from fix to fix to fix to fix....etc.

Gena (bronze) 5 months and 6 days free

marty (gold)
marty (gold)

February 11th, 2003, 6:10 am #23

I choose none because ...

... I have discovered a truly wonderful new world, full of joys that I never knew existed, and I never want to give that up again

... I have discovered a new me, different and better than I was before, and I never want to go back to being the old me.

I choose none because ...

... the choice is so obvious, so easy.


NOT A PUFF for two years, two months, one week, four days : 14439 cigarettes not smoked saving £4,692.73 : 7 weeks, 1 day added to my life

Blade Gold
Blade Gold

February 11th, 2003, 6:18 am #24

I know this is really long, but this list is part of the one that I originally wrote down on the day I quit. I think it applies to this parade.

The reasons why I quit are very simple: I'm selfish and very scared. I started thinking about all of the little things that we take for granted everyday and I just couldn't bear to contribute the absence of those things any longer. Think of all that you would miss by dying or by being so physically crippled that you couldn't enjoy anything. Sometimes I labor for breath now and think to myself, what's it going to be like in 20 years? I dearly hope that I haven't caused too much permanent damage to myself but I know what's done is done. All I can do is enjoy my life one breath at a time and remember that we only get to do this once so try to love every minute of it. Following are just some of the things that I tell myself I'm giving up if I keep smoking.

Late night walks with my wife and dogs (usually cussing at the dogs)
The hugs that I wish would go on forever
The lost games of kings and the foot rub that follows

The hysterical licking that I get every day when I walk in the door

Movie day

Curling up by the fire with my wife and drinking hot chocolate

Reading books in the bathtub until I look like a living prune

Laughing so hard that my stomach hurts the next day

Sharing a private joke with my wife in a group of people

Looking at any situation and knowing that my wife is probably thinking the same thing as me

People watching

Rubbing my cat until he claws the **** out of me

Chasing my wife like a madman around the house

Las Vegas


Cold mornings snuggled up in bed with my wife

Calling in to work to stay at home with my wife

Window shopping

The feel of a dog sleeping next to you

Being able to run

Knowing that there is a slight chance of becoming buff one day

Butterfly kisses

Finger writing on my back

Head rubs

My wife's corny jokes


Renaissance festivals

Magic tricks

Working with my wife out in the garage

Playing poker

Going to the theatre to see a good movie

Staying in hotel rooms with my wife

Hearing my wife giggle uncontrollably when she's really tired

Hearing a really good piece of gossip

Rolling in soft grass on a warm spring day

Being amazed by a squirrel running on my fence

Going to the zoo with the only woman that appreciates it as much as me

Getting new gadgets

As seen on TV stuff

Starbucks coffee

Ice cream and milk

Peanut butter cookies

My wife babying me when I'm sick

Afternoon naps on a cold day

Hearing my wife sing to our pets

The chance of winning the lottery

Lighting storms

The sound of thunder

Spending all day with my wife walking around and making fun of people

Devlin (120lbs german shepard) rolling on his back like a little puppy

Kuma (my dog) running laps

Home cooked meals

Room service

Swords and knives

Christmas morning

Birthday week


New cars and trucks

Hot tubs


The chance of being on Modern Masters one day

Meeting an alien

Actually seeing bigfoot


Cold wet dog noses waking you up

Seeing the slight grin on my wife's face when someone calls a cougar a cheetah at the zoo

Hearing a baby laugh

Getting excited over TV shows

Chinese rice

My wife

Being able to enjoy retirement


Taking a really hot shower on a real cold morning

Tai Chi outfits

Falling asleep on the couch

Waking up at 5am and realizing that it's Sunday and not Monday


Living in Oregon some day


Playing monopoly for hours

And the list grows every day…


February 11th, 2003, 6:31 am #25

Great Parade OBob. I choose none simply because I no longer wish to be a slave to nicotine. Sheila
Two months, two weeks, four days, 21 hours, 33 minutes and 20 seconds. 1118 cigarettes not smoked, saving $195.75. Life saved: 3 days, 21 hours, 10 minutes.

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

February 11th, 2003, 7:03 am #26

I choose to smoke none because smoking all is like killing myself.
Four weeks, one day, 16 hours, 5 minutes and 37 seconds.
593 cigarettes not smoked, saving $103.85.
Life saved: 2 days, 1 hour, 25 minutes.


February 11th, 2003, 7:24 am #27

I choose NONE! And have since January 1st this year because I realized that despite all my excuses for smoking, cigarettes were killing me, and I had let the demon have control for a very long time....and I finally decided I was stronger than the stupid tobacco and chemicals that I was sucking down my throat hundreds of times a day.
I have been Quit for: 1 Month 1 Week 2 Days (that's 40 days!!!) 16 Hours 12 Minutes. I have NOT smoked 1627 cigarettes so far.

A Golden Snip
A Golden Snip

February 11th, 2003, 7:55 am #28

I can smoke none or I can smoke all of them. I choose to smoke none because I feel and smell so good, clean and alot healthier, thanks Freedom.

Three months, one week, three days, 19 hours, 55 minutes and 30 seconds. 2159 cigarettes not smoked, saving $884.29. Life saved: 1 week, 11 hours, 55 minutes.


February 11th, 2003, 8:48 am #29

I choose to smoke none because there's nothing like this life, this time, this earth. And I only have this once. I don't want to live a shortened life, enslaved.

That's what I was--a slave to nicotine. By choosing none, I'm free.



Free for one month & one week.

Toast (GOLD )
Toast (GOLD )

February 11th, 2003, 8:57 am #30

Now that's what I call a List, Blade! I bet your wife is as happy to be married to you as you are to her.

All or None, you ask OBob?
That's easy! NONE!

I can smoke none or I can smoke all of them.
I choose to smoke none because... I discovered I could choose!

I've already had all I wanted, then all I thought I had to have, then all that falling nicotine levels mandated I take until I decided to decide for myself. And I've decided no more, none, nada.

1 Year 8 Months 2 Weeks 4 Days Free
12577 Less

OBob Gold
OBob Gold

April 1st, 2003, 6:11 pm #31

I can smoke none or I can smoke all of them. I choose to smoke none because... I never want to go back to being a slave to a poisonous substance.

Time not smoked: 1 Year 2 Months 3 Weeks 5 Days 21 Hours 11 Minutes 10 Seconds
Smokes not toked: 5410
Cash not spent: $1,352.65
Life, self-esteem, smell, taste, health, happiness saved: Priceless


April 1st, 2003, 6:47 pm #32

I,m singing a song from the late 60,s or early 70,s called All or nothing.
Cheers obob
Rickdabler 3 weeks 2 days 7 hrs 40mins.happily nicotine free.


April 1st, 2003, 7:40 pm #33

I definitely choose NONE because.......I never want to put my body through the trials of nicotine withdrawal again, not for 1 day, not for 1 hour, not for 1 second, and that can only be accomplished by......never taking another puff (did you think that was a trick question??).

I have chosen not to smoke for 2 Weeks 3 Days 6 Hours 9 Minutes 32 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 345. Money saved: $69.03.

SOC Silver
SOC Silver

April 2nd, 2003, 9:26 am #34

I choose none because it wasn't easy to find the man of my dreams.
And I don't want to be the reason that our happiness ends.

~ Sandy Celebrating 2 weeks, 1 days, 17 hrs of Freedom!
267 not smoked, $53.48 not spent. Saving 22 hrs, 15 mins of my life!


April 2nd, 2003, 9:32 am #35

i chose a life of freedom ....Two months, two weeks, five days, 7 hours, 25 minutes and 21 seconds. 2349 cigarettes not smoked, saving $469.85. Life saved: 1 week, 1 day, 3 hours, 45 minutes.