by engben
25 Apr 2014, 16:11
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Ben's Journal
Replies: 81
Views: 4.9K

<t>Hey Guys....nope still here and still, and will remain, smoke free! I don't count days anymore. I don't even think about when a year is for me. It will come and it will go and I will still be an ex-smoker. I hope all of you do the same. I know it sounds hypocritical but when I get around a smoker...
by engben
21 Jan 2014, 13:59
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Journal to the other side, how I finally decided to stop collecting ashtrays and start collecting moments
Replies: 96
Views: 4.0K

<t>Congratulations Liza on living a smoke free life. I don't post as much as I used to either. Like you I owe quite a bit to my recovery to this site and the people on it. I just can't keep up with all the posts, so I think the best thing for me to do is post when I can, and try to stay current with...
by engben
10 Jan 2014, 11:45
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Bill's Journal/First Post
Replies: 173
Views: 11.2K

<t>Hi Bill congratulations on 1 year of no smoking. A full year of not having to figure out how to smoke and ride, awesome! All the best for another year of no smoking. For me it's gettig easier. Somtimes I don't even think about it, then it hits me and I wonder wow am I taking this new life for gra...
by engben
09 Jan 2014, 16:33
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: A New Era For Me
Replies: 361
Views: 16.4K

Congratulations Jeff on 3 years without! It's people like you that help the newbies like me make it through the early stages of the quit. All the best for an eternity witout answering the call to nicotine, regardless of how faint or infrequent the call may be.

Ben
by engben
09 Jan 2014, 16:27
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Frank's Quit Journal
Replies: 109
Views: 9.0K

<r>Hi Frank...I know what you are saying about going on a vacation and facing all those triggers. For me it was like quitting all over again. I think it makes us stronger going down the road. At least I hope it does <E>:)</E>! Soon you'll you be bronze, and that is awesome. But in reality we know we...
by engben
30 Dec 2013, 15:38
Forum: Dependency
Topic: Are you a nicotine junkie?
Replies: 2
Views: 4.4K

<t>Absolutely no one held a loaded gun to my head a said smoke that cigarette, and oh by the way do it for 35 years or I pull the triger. I did it to myself. You can call it what you want, it doesn't change a thing. To me smoking is an addiction, nicotine is a drug, and prolonged smoking only increa...
by engben
20 Dec 2013, 20:40
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Ben's Journal
Replies: 81
Views: 4.9K

<t>Hi Everybody<br/> <br/> I just got back from my last home leave for 2013. It was a lot easier this time around, that is the triggers were expected and dealt with accordingly. It gets easier, but honestly at times I still get the overwhelming desire to somke one. I guess that will be a constant fo...
by engben
08 Dec 2013, 14:27
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Frank's Quit Journal
Replies: 109
Views: 9.0K

<t>Frank,<br/> <br/> Nicely put. Words I live by! Congratulations on seven weeks and keep up the good work.<br/> <br/> I now understand that I AM AN ADDICT<br/> I now understand the LAW OF ADDICTION<br/> I now understand that for me COLD TURKEY is the only way to give up and stay quit<br/> I now und...
by engben
25 Nov 2013, 10:56
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: New on this forum
Replies: 21
Views: 1.5K

<t>Hi Antonett,<br/> <br/> Welcome to freedom. Sorry you learned to law of addcition the hard way, but learn it you did. It is best to never forget it. It seems like most of here learned it the hard way. If you went seven months without then you can do seven years without. I hope you do seven years ...
by engben
18 Nov 2013, 21:11
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: My 3rd...but final quit!!
Replies: 152
Views: 9.0K

Nice post Mary. I can relate to a lot of the things you write about. Congratulations on 10 months of freedom. Hoping for you it turns into 10 years plus a lot more. Nicotine still calls. I guess it always will. We have to option of not picking up the phone.

Ben
by engben
14 Nov 2013, 20:38
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Ben's Journal
Replies: 81
Views: 4.9K

<t>Jeff...thanks for the words of encouragement. I am getting it done, day by day, week by week. When I smoked I used to go outside with my boss from time to time and **** down the nicotine. I don't do that anymore. Now when he comes back inside, wow, he stinks of smoke. I never smelled it on me bef...
by engben
08 Nov 2013, 21:47
Forum: Rationalizations
Topic: My Cigarette, My Friend?
Replies: 150
Views: 45.8K

<t>Joel,<br/> <br/> This site is serious business. Some of the stories on this post are difficult to read. I think I'm as healthy as a horse. I never knew that years after quitting you're still in a "risk zone" of getting cancer. Education is king, ignorance is bliss, and sometimes the truth just sc...
by engben
07 Nov 2013, 15:10
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Sheila's Journal to Freedom
Replies: 35
Views: 2.1K

Congratulation on green Sheila. Continued success in your quit. One day at a time to gold and beyond. You can do it if you just keep nicotine out of your body.
by engben
07 Nov 2013, 12:27
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Ben's Journal
Replies: 81
Views: 4.9K

<r>I  went bronze yesterday.  I've never gone 90 days without a smoke for the 35 years I was a smoker.  Below is a list of some of the things that helped me get this far: <LIST><s>[list]</s><LI><s>[*]</s>Determination - you have to never want to smoke again.  Accept the fact that you can never smoke...
by engben
04 Nov 2013, 15:50
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Europa's journal, first post
Replies: 29
Views: 1.4K

<t>Hi Europa...contratulations on quitting, again. Twenty years of no smoke and then back at it. Wow goes to show you/us how powerful nicotine is. I'm sure you have read the law of addiction by now. If you haven't go to whyquit.com and read it. You can't miss it. Print it out, stick in your purse, p...
by engben
01 Nov 2013, 20:18
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Bill's Journal/First Post
Replies: 173
Views: 11.2K

A year of no smokes that really awesome Bill, congratulations! Here's to many more trips around the sun smoke free, on a motorcycle of course!!

Ben
by engben
01 Nov 2013, 20:00
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Journal to the other side, how I finally decided to stop collecting ashtrays and start collecting moments
Replies: 96
Views: 4.0K

Congratulation on silver Liza. That's an awesome accomplishment! Hopefully your ashtrays have some other use now that they have been ash free for 6 months.

Ben
by engben
29 Oct 2013, 23:11
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Linda's journey
Replies: 134
Views: 7.3K

An ex smoker for a year now. That is truly an awesome accomplishment Linda, congratulations. The dragon is dormant and will remain so as long as you NTAP, but you know that and a whole lot more since you came to Freedom. Next up gold 2x. That looks pretty good don't it?

Ben
by engben
28 Oct 2013, 22:27
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Sheila's Journal to Freedom
Replies: 35
Views: 2.1K

Hi Sheila welcome to Freedom and congratulations on quitting smoking.  Keep reading and stay firm in your commitment to NTAP.  You're already on your way to years of freedom, one day at a time.

Ben
by engben
28 Oct 2013, 22:09
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Ben's Journal
Replies: 81
Views: 4.9K

<r>I just got back from my home leave.  It was nice to be home for a couple of weeks.  The triggers were pretty regular at first but seemed to tail off during the second week. The last couple of days at home were pretty easy.  Thanks for the advice/support.  It really does help! <IMG height="19" src...
by engben
22 Oct 2013, 23:30
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Ben's Journal
Replies: 81
Views: 4.9K

<t>Note to Journal:<br/> <br/> I'm a little disappointed in the frequency and intensity of my cravings for nicotine.  I knew coming home as an ex-smoker for the first time would be difficult, but I had no idea it would be like this.  It seems like everything I do here has a trigger attached to it., ...
by engben
09 Oct 2013, 16:50
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Closet Smoker's Last Quit
Replies: 23
Views: 1.5K

Thanks Joe J free for turning me on to becoming an ex smoker. A most awesome thread!!!! It will be in my read rotation for a while.

Ben
by engben
09 Oct 2013, 14:34
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Pete's Journal
Replies: 81
Views: 5.1K

Six months of no nicotine is an awesome accomplishment. Life as an ex smoker is never ending as long as we remember to NTAP!
Congratulations to you Pete! Here's to another six months.

Ben
by engben
09 Oct 2013, 10:48
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Closet Smoker's Last Quit
Replies: 23
Views: 1.5K

Congratulations on going green Brad. Soon you'll be counting by way of months instead of days! Yes it is good to be free from the ball and chain that is smoking cigarattes. All the best, see you at bronze.

Ben
by engben
08 Oct 2013, 20:52
Forum: The Message Board
Topic: Ben's Journal
Replies: 81
Views: 4.9K

<t>Thanks Blast5 and Mary for taking time out and giving some support!  I'm going to face those triggers head on.  I have no choice.  What else can I do, hide under the covers for my entire home leave?  I'm going to take them on one by one.  I think it's the ones that are bound to come around when I...