by David20060214
01 Mar 2006, 10:00
Forum: 1st Post - Diary
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 313

First message

<t>Now I have reached Day 15! Actually, I have been thinking less about smoking and not smoking over the past 3 or 4 days, partly because I have been busier than usual, but partly also because I have not really had any strong craves recently. <br/> <br/> I have noticed some other things though: <br/...
by David20060214
25 Feb 2006, 14:46
Forum: General
Topic: The Last Straw that made me quit smoking parade!
Replies: 43
Views: 523

The Last Straw that made me quit smoking parade!

<t>Second-to-last straw: I suddenly realized that I was rushing through my dinner to reach my after-dinner nicotine fix. <br/> <br/> Last straw: Smoking my after-dinner nicotine fix, I realized I didn't get any "ahhh" feeling, and the only reason I could stand the taste was the coffee that I mixed i...
by David20060214
25 Feb 2006, 14:29
Forum: 1st Post - Diary
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 313

First message

<t>Day 11: <br/> <br/> No cravings today. This is a busy day, so haven't really thought about smoking or not smoking until now. <br/> <br/> I don't have access to a computer tomorrow, so my next diary entry will be on Monday. <br/> <br/> EX-smoker David (free for one week, three + days)</t>
by David20060214
25 Feb 2006, 14:29
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 145

First message

<t>Day 11: <br/> <br/> No cravings today. This is a busy day, so haven't really thought about smoking or not smoking until now. <br/> <br/> I don't have access to a computer tomorrow, so my next diary entry will be on Monday. <br/> <br/> EX-smoker David (free for one week, three + days)</t>
by David20060214
24 Feb 2006, 12:04
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 145

First message

<t>ASM: Thanks and you keep on too. <br/> <br/> Speaking of rehab, isn't it amazing how important education is? That's another thing that Whyquit and Freedom have taught me! If you really understand something, that something becomes much less dangerous than before. <br/> <br/> Just a random thought....
by David20060214
24 Feb 2006, 11:36
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 145

First message

<r><LEFT><s>[left]</s> <B><s>[b]</s>JoeJ's "patience" link is so helpful that I want to post most of it here again (it's not easy to find). I think one of the reasons I (we?) was attracted to smoking was the need to always have something to do.......an inability to simply relax and wait. This also r...
by David20060214
24 Feb 2006, 08:48
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 145

First message

<r>This is Day 10 for me, and below are some observations about how I'm feeling at this point: <br/> <LIST><s>[list]</s> <LI><s>[*]</s>My productivity is improving, but still falls short of my pre-quit level. This is mainly because I'm thinking too much about smoking, or rather, not smoking. My conc...
by David20060214
23 Feb 2006, 08:48
Forum: 1st Post - Diary
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 313

First message

<t>Good morning Leonie, Bill, Kat etc. (I'm at GMT+8, so I wake up after most of you have had dinner). <br/> <br/> This is day 9, and I feel better than ever right now...watched a couple of movies last night, and I didn't think about smoking even once (that's 4 hours!). I got up this morning, had my...
by David20060214
23 Feb 2006, 08:48
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 145

First message

<t>Good morning Leonie, Bill, Kat etc. (I'm at GMT+8, so I wake up after most of you have had dinner). <br/> <br/> This is day 9, and I feel better than ever right now...watched a couple of movies last night, and I didn't think about smoking even once (that's 4 hours!). I got up this morning, had my...
by David20060214
22 Feb 2006, 10:18
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 145

First message

<t>JoeJ, thanks for your post. <br/> <br/> I have now been nicotine-free for 1 week and about 12 hours! I hope and believe that this coming week will be less challenging and more comfortable. <br/> <br/> Last night I overcame a challenge that I had set myself. As an active addict, one of my favorite...
by David20060214
21 Feb 2006, 14:37
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 145

First message

<t>JoeJ, Linda and Leonie: <br/> <br/> Thanks for your support and lots of good links. Under "before&after", there was an especially important post about how your concentration eventually improves, after 6 weeks (I think it was) of "low productivity." This reminded me of my main rationalization ...
by David20060214
21 Feb 2006, 11:46
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 145

First message

<t>Just when I thought I was finally normal again, I got a reminder that I still have a long way to go. I had to explain something I was sayimg, and it just made me go through the roof. It was like: "I can't stand this, having to explain the same thing over again, and then a big crave hit..and it wa...
by David20060214
21 Feb 2006, 11:46
Forum: 1st Post - Diary
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 313

First message

<t>Just when I thought I was finally normal again, I got a reminder that I still have a long way to go. I had to explain something I was sayimg, and it just made me go through the roof. It was like: "I can't stand this, having to explain the same thing over again, and then a big crave hit..and it wa...
by David20060214
21 Feb 2006, 10:49
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Gina's First Post
Replies: 23
Views: 89

Gina's First Post

<t>Gina: <br/> <br/> It does get better. I'm on day 7 and it's immeasureably better than day 3! <br/> I was sleepy and listless and constantly hungry on day 3, while now I feel almost normal. Btw, I smoked from age 19 to 40, which is just is about the same as you. <br/> <br/> keep your quit, <br/> D...
by David20060214
21 Feb 2006, 10:49
Forum: 1st Post - Diary
Topic: Gina's First Post
Replies: 23
Views: 89

Gina's First Post

<t>Gina: <br/> <br/> It does get better. I'm on day 7 and it's immeasureably better than day 3! <br/> I was sleepy and listless and constantly hungry on day 3, while now I feel almost normal. Btw, I smoked from age 19 to 40, which is just is about the same as you. <br/> <br/> keep your quit, <br/> D...
by David20060214
21 Feb 2006, 09:25
Forum: 1st Post - Diary
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 313

First message

<t>Now I have reached Day 7, and I will have been nicotine-free for one week in about 12 hours! Yesterday was the best day so far: I was feeling "normal" most of the time, with only two cravings in the entire day. I still went to bed earlier than usual, though (9 pm instead of midnight). A great cha...
by David20060214
20 Feb 2006, 11:24
Forum:
Topic: Appendix to "Recognizing Needs"
Replies: 15
Views: 0

Appendix to "Recognizing Needs"

<t>"Smoking was, like, my FAVORITE part of relaxing." <br/> <br/> This is something I realize now. Just before I quit: <br/> <br/> 1 I always had breakfast, lunch, and dinner as quickly as possible because I wanted to smoke asap <br/> <br/> 2 I preferred beer to wine and coffee to tea because..........
by David20060214
20 Feb 2006, 11:24
Forum:
Topic: Appendix to "Recognizing Needs"
Replies: 16
Views: 0

Appendix to "Recognizing Needs"

<t>"Smoking was, like, my FAVORITE part of relaxing." <br/> <br/> This is something I realize now. Just before I quit: <br/> <br/> 1 I always had breakfast, lunch, and dinner as quickly as possible because I wanted to smoke asap <br/> <br/> 2 I preferred beer to wine and coffee to tea because..........
by David20060214
20 Feb 2006, 11:24
Forum:
Topic: Appendix to "Recognizing Needs"
Replies: 15
Views: 0

Appendix to "Recognizing Needs"

<t>"Smoking was, like, my FAVORITE part of relaxing." <br/> <br/> This is something I realize now. Just before I quit: <br/> <br/> 1 I always had breakfast, lunch, and dinner as quickly as possible because I wanted to smoke asap <br/> <br/> 2 I preferred beer to wine and coffee to tea because..........
by David20060214
20 Feb 2006, 11:24
Forum: Encouragement/Support
Topic: Appendix to "Recognizing Needs"
Replies: 15
Views: 2.5K

Appendix to "Recognizing Needs"

<t>"Smoking was, like, my FAVORITE part of relaxing." <br/> <br/> This is something I realize now. Just before I quit: <br/> <br/> 1 I always had breakfast, lunch, and dinner as quickly as possible because I wanted to smoke asap <br/> <br/> 2 I preferred beer to wine and coffee to tea because..........
by David20060214
20 Feb 2006, 11:24
Forum: General
Topic: Appendix to "Recognizing Needs"
Replies: 16
Views: 104

Appendix to "Recognizing Needs"

<t>"Smoking was, like, my FAVORITE part of relaxing." <br/> <br/> This is something I realize now. Just before I quit: <br/> <br/> 1 I always had breakfast, lunch, and dinner as quickly as possible because I wanted to smoke asap <br/> <br/> 2 I preferred beer to wine and coffee to tea because..........
by David20060214
20 Feb 2006, 11:24
Forum:
Topic: Appendix to "Recognizing Needs"
Replies: 16
Views: 0

Appendix to "Recognizing Needs"

<t>"Smoking was, like, my FAVORITE part of relaxing." <br/> <br/> This is something I realize now. Just before I quit: <br/> <br/> 1 I always had breakfast, lunch, and dinner as quickly as possible because I wanted to smoke asap <br/> <br/> 2 I preferred beer to wine and coffee to tea because..........
by David20060214
20 Feb 2006, 10:41
Forum: 1st Post - Diary
Topic: First post - Day 5
Replies: 2
Views: 10

First post - Day 5

<t>Congratulations This Time! <br/> <br/> I think my quit is just one day older than yours (I quit on Valentine's day). My experience may be similar. I "quit" 3 times in the past (once cold turkey and twice with NRT), but this is the first time that I've decided to quit forever, no matter what happe...
by David20060214
20 Feb 2006, 10:29
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 145

First message

<t>Thanks BillW and Judy, <br/> <br/> Great links. I recognize my own behavior as a smoker there. Whenever I got angry as a smoker my reaction was always to either reach for a cigarette or - in my workplace - to go outside for the nicotine fix. <br/> <br/> David (5+ days)</t>
by David20060214
20 Feb 2006, 09:39
Forum: 1st Post - Diary
Topic: First message
Replies: 41
Views: 313

First message

<t>I'm back at my computer again, so first of all: Thank You to Joel and all the others for sending me some great advice! <br/> <br/> Notes on Day 6: <br/> <br/> The good news first: <br/> <br/> 1 The fog has cleared to some extent at least. I had several hours yesterday when I felt "normal". And I ...