Slaying temptation at four months

Slaying temptation at four months

Joined: January 7th, 2009, 8:09 pm

May 25th, 2004, 12:05 am #1

Temptation rears it's ugly head...


This past Saturday I was with my Father-in-Law, doing some side work for extra cash and found myself in an interesting predicament. Sitting in the workshop between jobs he chain-smoked and drank coffee while I just drank coffee. Getting up he told me that he had to use the restroom and would be right back. No problem.

He left his cigarettes and lighter laying there on the desk.

I knew that no one was watching and I could steal a smoke with out him knowing (or caring - I used to bum off him all the time). Nobody else would know. It was a perfect opportunity.

I just stood there looking at the open pack.

I've been smoke free for over four months. Did I want a cigarette? Well, no. Was I craving? Nope. I envisioned the dizzy sick headache that was waiting for me after the first puff. I remembered what I read here and used some common sense. I DO NOT wish to start smoking again and that is exactly what will happen if I do this. That first cigarette will NOT taste like I remember - I've had nicotine out of my system for too long. It will only make me dizzy and nauseous.

...and I will have to live with myself knowing that I cheated. (Relapsed)

Nah. Not worth it.

It was good to know that presented with the opportunity I was able to think it through and make the intelligent decision.

I don't know about anybody else...but that was a HUGE step in my recovery.

Saturday was a good day.

- Chuck
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:06 am

May 25th, 2004, 1:26 am #2

Awesome Chuck. Never go back.
StewartG1952-136 days
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Joined: January 7th, 2009, 8:10 pm

May 25th, 2004, 2:35 am #3

Way to not give in to the temptation, Chuck! It's great because I feel the same way as you described, I can find myself with the perfect opportunity to have that "just one", but when I think about it I really don't even want it!! I didn't think I would ever actually get to that point, but it really happens!
Congrats again on not giving up!

Bill
140 days of such sweet FREEDOM!
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:33 am

May 25th, 2004, 3:54 am #4

Hi Chuck,

i hear what your saying, i had that day a few weeks ago! Glad were still bronze!

keep going strong
your quit sister
lynda
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:33 am

May 25th, 2004, 3:55 am #5

Ps - it was nice to hear from you again!!!
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:02 am

May 25th, 2004, 4:16 am #6

HI CHUCK,

EVERY DAY NICOTINE FREE IS A HUGE STEP TOWARDS
OUR RECOVERY. YOU HANDLED THAT TEMPTATION
VERY WELL. BE PROUD AND NTAP.

TOM, 5 MONTHS FREE
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:03 am

May 25th, 2004, 5:15 am #7

Chuck.
Nice defeat of a "too easy to do temptation". I know what its like to gain a hugh step in recovery. Well done. (I would imagine that without the education received from WhyQuit it would have been real easy to smoke just one ...and we all know how that would end up!)

Richard
3 months, 3 weeks
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:58 pm

May 25th, 2004, 6:14 am #8

You did great Chuck, never look back, as we continue on this road to freedom, one day at a time, and NTAP Way to go.

Dina - Free and Healing for Two Months, Six Days, 16 Hours and 43 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 5 Days and 21 Hours, by avoiding the use of 1692 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $610.97.
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:58 pm

May 25th, 2004, 7:24 am #9

Way to go, Chuck, you're walkin' tall.

No nicotine today.

Big Al
44 days
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Joined: January 16th, 2003, 8:00 am

May 25th, 2004, 7:37 am #10

Way to go, Chuck!

You will not be a story for The one puff files !

Keep up the great quit.

Never take another puff.

Sal
One year, four months, one week, five days
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:01 am

May 25th, 2004, 9:34 am #11

Thanks for sharing that experience, Chuck. I am sure that it will be remembered and will help someone (like me!) get through a similar situation at one time or another.
Way to go! Congrats and thanks!


Tina - Free and Healing for Two Months, Twenty Six Days, 23 Hours and 30 Minutes
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Joined: January 7th, 2009, 8:02 pm

May 30th, 2004, 9:10 am #12

Wow, Chuck!

I have been in the exact spot where you were lately. Isn't it just wonderful to know that we faced that temptation and turned away. That is so empowering!

Junkie thoughts won't leave us alone for a period of time (it's different for everyone, I guess), so it's nice to realize that we can eliminate those thoughts from our minds and carry on.

The oldies have reached comfort and I totally believe what they say. There are times when I would like to have them face-to-face (and my hands around their necks -- naw, just joking)!

Truthfully, if I hadn't found this website, there was no way that I could have ever envisioned myself quitting smoking, much less making it 74 days. That is so cool!

We can do this, Chuck. Hang in there and NTAP....

Naydeen

Free and healing for 74 days.
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