by hwc
05 May 2015, 04:31
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Mike's Journal
Replies: 13
Views: 923

<t>One thing that really helped me (in addition to Joel's videos) was to look at each crave as a necessary (and positive) step towards escaping the ball and chain of nicotine addiction. Instead of always trying to distract myself or think of something else, I embraced the craves as just something th...
by hwc
05 May 2015, 00:09
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: A New Beginning
Replies: 164
Views: 13.0K

<t>Oh, and about your friend. People relapsing make me mad. It's not that they are weak. It's just that, especially after months of not smoking, it's so pointless and unnecessary. All any non-smoker has to do is refuse to think about just one puff and visualize one cigarette as a decision to become ...
by hwc
05 May 2015, 00:04
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: A New Beginning
Replies: 164
Views: 13.0K

<t>The fear of quitting, the fear of "giving up" smoking is a powerful thing, especially powerful because of the brainwashing to convince us of the junkie lie that we actually got some benefit from smoking other than the relief from drug withdrawal caused by the previous cigarette.<br/> <br/> I thin...
by hwc
07 Apr 2015, 03:42
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: my journey to freedom
Replies: 123
Views: 7.7K

<r><QUOTE><s>[quote]</s><B><s>[b]</s>cavewoman wrote:<e>[/b]</e></B><HR>[hr]</HR>Very funny in the anger video, about telling people off in your first week of quit.  I guess I wasted that opportunity!  (ha.) <e>[/quote]</e></QUOTE> Oh, you'll probably get another chance! <E>:)</E> <br/> <br/> My "an...
by hwc
07 Apr 2015, 02:05
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: A New Beginning
Replies: 164
Views: 13.0K

<t>Kathy:<br/> <br/> I was looking at my quit journal today and noticed that my forum post announcing the 1 month milestone was posted at 8 am. I'm pretty sure that meant that I had probably been up all night watching Joel videos or something else. I always took solace from Joel's videos that many h...
by hwc
06 Apr 2015, 16:03
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: A New Beginning
Replies: 164
Views: 13.0K

<t>Kathy:<br/> <br/> It's not a bad idea to stop for a moment and reflect on what the first day or first week was like. It's easy to lose perspective on the triggers and urges we have to fend off later on compared to what you've already successfully conquered on the road to freedom. I'm pretty sure ...
by hwc
06 Apr 2015, 15:53
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: A New Beginning
Replies: 164
Views: 13.0K

<t>KathyKoyn:<br/> <br/> I found the end of the first month to be a challenging time. Not challenging in the sense that I was ever tempted to smoke (I never was from the moment I made the decision), but challenging because it was tiring. The adrenaline and excitement that fuels the first week is spe...
by hwc
05 Apr 2015, 22:50
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: A New Beginning
Replies: 164
Views: 13.0K

<t>Holiday triggers can hit you for sure.<br/> <br/> One month is still early. Progress isn't completely linear. You'll have a bunch of better days and then have to reach into your toolbag to deal with a bad day. Just part of the journey.<br/> <br/> <br/> At one month, the desensitized brain recepto...
by hwc
31 Mar 2015, 06:48
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: TammyP's Quit Journal
Replies: 6
Views: 702

<r>I was really worried that I would struggle with coffee triggering smoking urges. Much to my pleasant surprise, it was easily overcome and I was quickly able to enjoy coffee without smoking. And, an added bonus was the coffee tasted great as my taste buds recovered from years of abuse from smoke.<...
by hwc
29 Mar 2015, 02:11
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Gold X 9!
Replies: 11
Views: 1.1K

<t>Awesome!<br/> <br/> It's amazing how one hour turns into one day which turns into one week which turns into one month which turns into one year which turns into NINE years!<br/> <br/> I think one of the keys early on is to stay focused on the short term. Worry about the hour or the day an let the...