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: 13.1K

<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: 13.1K

<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: 13.1K

<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: 13.1K

<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: 13.1K

<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: 13.1K

<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...
by hwc
24 Mar 2015, 03:39
Forum: Navigating Withdrawal
Topic: The One Puff Files
Replies: 96
Views: 20.9K

It's great insurance against the odd moment when you might be tempted think about one puff. Visualizing what one puff really means (for me, smoking all day, every day, 7300 cigarettes a year until it kills me) is just being honest instead of thinking about some fantasy puff.
by hwc
23 Mar 2015, 05:11
Forum: Navigating Withdrawal
Topic: The One Puff Files
Replies: 96
Views: 20.9K

Made me sad to see that this thread had not been bumped to the top in almost two years. I had to bump it. Must read for anyone working on making a quit permanent by reinforcing a commitment to never take another puff!
by hwc
22 Mar 2015, 16:25
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: A New Beginning
Replies: 164
Views: 13.1K

<r>Oh, boy. I remember my first (might have been only?) smoking dream. I woke up in terror, thinking I'd actually smoked. Then I watched Joel's Dreams of Smoking video and felt better knowing that it was perfectly normal and didn't mean that I had failed! <E>:)</E><br/> <br/> It's a perfect example ...
by hwc
21 Mar 2015, 16:19
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: What just happened? I didn't mean to quit smoking....
Replies: 172
Views: 10.3K

<t>Thanks, Kathy.<br/> <br/> What helped me was to stay focused on the here and now of quitting. At first, it was taking it hour by hour. Then, day by day. Then, week by week. If I had thought about a year without nicotine (or seven years) at that stage, I think it would have seemed overwhelming. Li...
by hwc
21 Mar 2015, 05:13
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: A New Beginning
Replies: 164
Views: 13.1K

<t>Congratulations on 14 days! That's a pretty significant milestone. The insidious nature of nicotine addiction is that it hijacks a specific set of brain receptors responsible for feelings of "reward" or "satisfaction". As a result of being hijacked, the brain receptors become desensitized. Now, t...
by hwc
21 Mar 2015, 04:04
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: What just happened? I didn't mean to quit smoking....
Replies: 172
Views: 10.3K

<t>And, from the humor department, I actually did experience a "smoking trigger" one time in the last year. You know...those things that you always did as a smoker that pop up for the first time as an ex-smoker. Raking leaves in the fall. Cooking Thanksgiving dinner. After years as an ex-smoker, I d...
by hwc
21 Mar 2015, 02:03
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: What just happened? I didn't mean to quit smoking....
Replies: 172
Views: 10.3K

<t>Oh, and I really should give a special thanks to Joel Spitzer and his videos. One thing I do remember vividly from the first days of my quit: staying up til dawn watching his quitting videos. Those little "chats" with Joel about the things I was experiencing during the nicotine drug withdrawal an...
by hwc
21 Mar 2015, 01:45
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: What just happened? I didn't mean to quit smoking....
Replies: 172
Views: 10.3K

<t>Hi Everyone:<br/> <br/> Thought I would check in. I missed remembering another one-year anniversary back in February. Seven years nicotine free on Feb 11th. I just don't think about smoking at all any more. The memories of life as a nicotine junkie, living for the drug, all day, every day, grew d...
by hwc
12 Dec 2013, 08:39
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Ex-smoker, 5 days in...
Replies: 27
Views: 2.2K

<r>Eight weeks is a pretty big milestone in my book! Congratulations. <br/> <br/> The exciting thing about 8 weeks is that you are at least a month past the lingering brain chemistry issues with nicotine withdrawal. The physical addiction stuff is in the rearview mirror. This means that you are comp...
by hwc
08 Dec 2013, 08:04
Forum: Planning
Topic: Why Do I Smoke
Replies: 7
Views: 3.8K

<t>Judy: <br/> I agree. Embracing the drug addiction made it obviously clear what I had to do to break free from the trap. Diving into the support material here got me through those early days and weeks when it really is all about just finding a way to get through an hour, then a day, then a week so...
by hwc
08 Dec 2013, 07:53
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Frank's Quit Journal
Replies: 109
Views: 9.0K

<t>Frank: <br/> Congratulations on the 7 weeks. That is a serious accomplishment! As long as you make a commitment, each day, to never take a puff, there's no reason you can't make this quit permanent now. You are past the physical drug addiction/withdrawal phase and now it's just a matter of workin...
by hwc
06 Dec 2013, 06:35
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Sean's Journal
Replies: 25
Views: 1.2K

<t>Stress at work will come and go. What is forever is the choice: <br/> <br/> a) never take another puff and enjoy the freedom from nicotine addiction for the rest of your life. You've already done the hardest part (the first 11 days). If you just keep using the tricks you've used to get this far, ...
by hwc
02 Dec 2013, 06:52
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Lia's Diary
Replies: 22
Views: 1.4K

<t>And, it's nice to go to concert and be happy when the band plays an encore! There are so many things in life that are so much more enjoyable without having to worry about rushing to get a nicotine fix to blunt the drug withdrawal. It's only in hindsight that you can see how the addiction controll...
by hwc
01 Dec 2013, 02:21
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Lia's Diary
Replies: 22
Views: 1.4K

<r><QUOTE><s>[quote]</s><B><s>[b]</s>Lia wrote:<e>[/b]</e></B><HR>[hr]</HR>Yes I did it! 60 days and I am very proud and happy!<br/>  <e>[/quote]</e></QUOTE> Awesome! 60 days is a huge milestone and you should be proud and happy. The great thing about 60 days is that you have proven to yourself that...
by hwc
30 Nov 2013, 08:25
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Sean's Journal
Replies: 25
Views: 1.2K

<t>Sean...<br/> <br/> Way to keep your quit going. Good work...<br/> <br/> I started exercising two years after I quit smoking and have kept at it ever since. I now look back and can clearly see how smoking steadily robbed me of being fit and enjoying exercise, slowly at first, but relentlessly, yea...