Today Is A Good Day (It's Just Too Much Trouble)

Hillbilly(Gold)
Hillbilly(Gold)

11:24 PM - Aug 15, 2002 #1

I'm a little bored today and that's a dangerous thing for me, cause it gets me thinking. Never was much good at that and it shows. Things are a little slow on the board today, no big emergencies, no one about to lose a quit, (I hope) and it comes to mind that we really don't share our boring days here like we should.

There are other threads that encourage sharing of the good days as well as the bad, but most of us just don't do it. Well, I'm having a good day, at least as far as my addiction goes. It bothers me not one little bit to sit here and think about cigarettes and nicotine and my addiction. It's a non-event, I can think about it, talk about it, write about it and have absolutely no desire to light one.

I remember when I was smoking and wanting to quit, but it just seemed like a lot of trouble. I knew I needed to, I wanted to, but I put it off because it seemed like a lot of trouble to quit. Maybe tomorrow, maybe next week, maybe on my daughter's birthday, maybe, maybe, maybe. Inertia always kept me smoking. I was afraid to quit, afraid of the unknown. I wish I'd never started, but I don't want to quit--that type thinking.

Now it's the reverse, well, kinda. On the rare occasions when I do encounter a trigger it flashes across my mind to just give it up, go smoke, get it over with, etc. Be aware that's just a random thought, very fleeting and something I can't help. Nothing to worry about. Point is, when that happens, I'll go thru the usual drill. "Sure, you want ONE, but do you want twenty," etc. My answer to all that now is, "Nah, it's just too much trouble. One might be okay, but the rest of them--just too much trouble." Inertia has begun to take over and it's just easier NOT to smoke.

I await the days that the gold members talk about where the whole issue is a non-event and I don't even think of my addiction at all, but I wait patiently. Until then, I am quite comfortable being too lazy to lose a quit. It's just too much trouble.

Like I said at the beginning, it's a slow day, but a good day. For those of you in Day One or Week One when every minute is a challenge, hear me--I'm only four months into a quit. Relief is not that far away.

And today is a good day.

Dave

I don't smoke and I don't chew and I don't go with the girls that do. 3 Months 4 Weeks 11 Hours 49 Minutes 39 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 4182. Money saved: $575.06.

PS: I couldn't decide between titles, so I just used both of them. Too lazy to choose.
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CdnpheonixGold
CdnpheonixGold

11:50 PM - Aug 15, 2002 #2

Well said Hillbilly!

I've been having a few good days, and it seems strange. I expected it to be much harder. It's almost disappointing. There's kind of . . . lack of excitement. I'm not terribly good at encouraging people in their quits, I don't feel qualified still being a newbie, but still I try because it seems the thing to do. Yesterday I moved up a bunch I posts I found useful on my bad days because I was having a good day and I was looking for something to DO.

The post about embracing your crave is very popular. I guess I just need to relax and embrace my non-crave too.

Thanks for sharing your good day.

Love, Peace, and Freedom!
YQS
C
3W 1D 13h 16m 46s (-676 cigarettes)
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improud (golder)
improud (golder)

11:56 PM - Aug 15, 2002 #3

As a Gold Member for 7 1/2 months now I'm here to tell you Hillbilly that I don't have the tug of war going on in my mind any more and haven't for way over a year now It feels great trust me you will too Just keep up the good work and NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF or you will be puffing on way more that 20 Cathy FREE and a member of good standing in the GOLD CLUB
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Puh(BRONZE)
Puh(BRONZE)

12:40 AM - Aug 16, 2002 #4

Dear Hillbilly

Today is pretty good, especially since I did not sleep a wink last
night after going to the dentist I received a prescription for painkillers and I was itching like crazy all night long.
I also wanted to get up in the middle of the night and run across the street to get smokes and not smoke just one but about 10 or so.
I did not smoke.
Today I had no desires until 1119 AM when I got a crave.
I am not going to smoke today however.
Apparently I have been spared from all the damage smoking causes to your teeth and I am glad for that.

I will not smoke. No, No, No!!!

Ulrike
I have chosen not to smoke for 1 Week 6 Days 18 Hours 9 Minutes 39 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 275. Money saved: $55.03.
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Lilac (Bronze)
Lilac (Bronze)

12:41 AM - Aug 16, 2002 #5

Oh, thou iconoclastic Hillbilly,

A positively, poetic, post ( alliteratively speaking) as yours so often are.. It certainly fit my Thursday morning non smoking mood.. Boredom is my enemy. Inertia will become my friend??? By it's very nature it can't be asked to hurry. In the meantime I'm gettin' by.
Your friend, Lilac
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relagoldalicious
relagoldalicious

5:06 AM - Aug 16, 2002 #6

Oh Hillbilly,
I tried to keep you challenged with my 'going away' problem but i guess you handle every problem now with ease, agility, grace and now boredom considering that you don't think you need a cigarette. You are FREE of that burden huh? Your my idol (even tho your bored)- Ariella One week, two days, 12 hours, 38 minutes and 22 seconds. 190 cigarettes not smoked, saving $66.68. Life saved: 15 hours, 50 minutes.
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OBob Gold
OBob Gold

5:37 AM - Aug 16, 2002 #7

Inertia has begun to take over and it's just easier NOT to smoke.

I love that line. Well put.

I'm having a good day too. In terms of nicotine addiction, my days have been consistantly good for a long time now. Few challenging moments in early July, but even those were good days with a few challenging moments. Before that, heck, in terms of bad DAYS? Maybe around the month mark. Challenging MOMENTS of steadily decreasing frequency from there until maybe 3 months, after which the moments have been fewer and further between separated by days; not hours. But DAYS? In terms of nicotine, it's been good days for a long time (not that I don't have bad days outside the context of smoking... everyone does... I mean, I'm doing my taxes right now, and that's made for a crappy day). As far as smoking goes, today is an excellent day, 'cause I don't, and I don't want to.

Well played Dave. Great post. Dwell on the positive. I like it. There's plenty of it to dwell on.

Bob (7..............months)
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Hillbilly(Gold)
Hillbilly(Gold)

7:40 AM - Aug 16, 2002 #8

Rela, I wasn't going to say anything but, like Richard, I've seen your picture, too. Your problems could never bore me. :-) Now, if I could just convince my wife we need to go to New York.....

Dave
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RIVERDOGgold
RIVERDOGgold

9:41 AM - Aug 16, 2002 #9

Yo Hillbilly.....I Hear Ya !!

Although I am not where you are ( and cannot fully enjoy your perspective or point of view ).....I have stumbled upon a vantage point and can see a bit down the road ahead.

I think it ends up boiling down to "the path of least resistance" or simply maximizing the 'effort to payoff' ratio". For better or worse I do think we addicts are some of the best pleasure seekers on the planet.

In the begining of a quit it takes every fiber of effort you can muster. Quitting is NOT easy and does not come naturally. You are essentially going down a path of HUGE resistance. It takes ALL your effort and yields zero pleasure or payoff. In fact all you will reap is that terrible withdrawl. No addict in his or her right mind would choose that path.

Now fast forward several months and the story is quite different. The paths are the same but the view is different. What we see lying ahead down each of them is very different and so will be the choices we make.

At 3 months the non-smoking path (which initially held nothing but withdrawl) yields a bounty of pleasure from the sensory to the emotional. And.....from where you're sittin these rewards are very real.....no longer just a promise in the future. At this point you have tasted these pleasures for yourself - everyday in fact for weeks now. You have seen this path benefit your relationships, your health, your entire sense of well-being..........your sex life (can I say that : ) .........uuuhh.......sure looks good , but how about a quick glance at that other path....

Remember?......the smokers path (remember 90 days ago it was your choice hands down - the path of least resistance). Funny how these days all you see is STINK, SICKNESS, LOST MONEY, DEADLY ADDICTION, MAYBE A GLIMPSE OF THE DEVIL HIMSELF !!

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........ huh??........what about the rest of my story???.........

GOTTA GO : )

You know what path you'll find me down ! ......That smokin path IS JUST TOO MUCH TROUBLE !!

Thanks Hillbilly for a glimpse of the road ahead!

Mike, 34 days, 1020 smokes
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SammymnGOLD
SammymnGOLD

5:22 AM - Sep 06, 2002 #10

Love this one.
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Joined: 8:00 AM - Jan 16, 2003

9:06 AM - Sep 19, 2003 #11

Me too!
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OBob Gold
OBob Gold

8:04 AM - Jan 08, 2004 #12

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Pryde65 GOLD
Pryde65 GOLD

11:16 AM - Oct 14, 2004 #13

Hillbilly, I know you are still hangin' around these boards, and I just had to say...dude...you rock. I love the positive posts like these you put out there...I found a few tonight (I love searching out the positives) and this one just made me feel calm and secure and I got that little relaxed lop sided smile-a-goin'.

Thanks for this 2 year old + post!

Gotta love you, man.

Sue - Free and Healing for ONE MONTH and ONE DAY, while extending my life expectancy 3 Days and 10 Hours, by avoiding the use of 993 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $211.34.
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Hillbilly(Gold)
Hillbilly(Gold)

6:43 PM - Oct 14, 2004 #14

Hi Sue, and thanks. That's a good-looking quit you've got going there. And isn't it a great feeling when you catch yourself with that "lopsided smile" for no (apparent) reason?

Hang onto that quit, it just keeps getting better.

Dave

I don't smoke and I don't chew and I don't go with the girls that do. 2 Years 5 Months 3 Weeks 5 Days 9 Hours 42 Minutes 30 Seconds, with $3,983.02 more in my pocket. Somewhere there are an extra 31864 smokes.
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Pryde65 GOLD
Pryde65 GOLD

8:58 PM - Oct 14, 2004 #15

Dave, I do believe you are right...I am a believer now. First hand knowledge. NO hearsay...AND...I am still grinnin'.

Thanks again!

Sue
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Ann
Ann

10:52 PM - Oct 14, 2004 #16

I love this thread! It's a great reminder. And yes, Hillbilly, I think you're right that starting again is simply TOO much trouble. I'm only a newbie, brand-new greenie and am very aware of the need not to get complacent--but when I encounter triggers now it's not so hard. Not as hard as it would be to tell students, friends, and family I started again. Not as hard as it would be to quit again--if, indeed, I ever quit. Not as hard as it would be to go through the sickness, disease, cost, and isolation of being a smoker.

Thanks for the reminder, dude.

It's not worth it.

Ann (almost 32 days)
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Joel
Joel

8:45 PM - Dec 16, 2004 #17

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Just Gie Gold
Just Gie Gold

2:27 PM - Dec 18, 2004 #18

Wow. This is the first time I've seen this post but it sure sounds like my way of thinking. I'm so busy running all over the place, I can't figure out how I ever had time to smoke. The odd time I think about it, it's more like...nah....I'd have to get outta bed, get dressed, drive in the cold to the gas station, find a lighter (which I haven't had one in months now) smoke it, probably won't be great anyway, drive home, get undressed, go back to bed, spend rest of night feeling miserable and gross.Way to much trouble to bother.

Angie - 11 Months 4 Days 7 Hours 7 Minutes 16 Seconds. Cigarettes not smoked: 2714. Money saved: C$1,085.75 I've reclaimed 2 Wks 4 Days 20 Hrs 23 Mins 44 Secs of my life.
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GoldenDivamom1972
GoldenDivamom1972

11:59 AM - Jan 19, 2005 #19

I'm so glad I ran across this thread tonight! That's the attitude I'm trying to develop. For crying out loud, I'm halfway to green! No sense in screwing that up now!

"I could stop at that gas station and get smokes, but then I would be coughing, choking, stinking, AND have to explain it to *everyone* I know....Nah, sounds like too much trouble to me." Lol, sounds like a winning attitude to me. :)

KTQ!
Amy
Free and Healing for Fifteen Days, 16 Hours and 58 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 1 Day and 15 Hours, by avoiding the use of 471 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $23.58.
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GoldenDivamom1972
GoldenDivamom1972

11:40 PM - Mar 27, 2005 #20

And we thought quitting smoking was too much trouble!

Amy
83 days and counting
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Joel
Joel

8:26 PM - Jun 05, 2005 #21

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Starshinegrl Gold
Starshinegrl Gold

3:18 PM - Jul 19, 2005 #22

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Joanne Gold
Joanne Gold

10:18 AM - Aug 21, 2005 #23

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johnnynonic
johnnynonic

1:11 AM - Feb 05, 2006 #24

Every day nicotine free is a good day :-)
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Em B 12106
Em B 12106

7:05 AM - Feb 17, 2006 #25

This is so right on... exactly how I've been feeling just days away from green! It's just too much trouble: I'd have to get dressed, walk across the street in the cold, wet weather, find something to light the thing with, find an ashtray or some sort of substitute, smoke outside in the cold and wet so that my house doesn't get stinky again (all the time and energy it took to clean the walls down the tubes - no way!) and then probably feel nauseus and ashamed and just keep on going right on through the whole pack... outside each time until it got to be too much of a pain and then stinking my house up all over again... all the great strides I've made since stopping smoking with my circulation/pain issues down the tubes... more money spent the rest of the week supplying myself... trying to hide it from everyone who knows I've quit, going outside when the baby's around... then the aggravation of quitting again. Definitely, most assuredly, without a doubt TOO MUCH TROUBLE! I may be going through a stressful time right now with triggers upon triggers piling up around me but ain't no way I'm going to add the trouble of smoking again to my little mess and make it a big mess... Again; just too much trouble.

Em
Three weeks, four days, 19 hours, 57 minutes and 12 seconds. 387 cigarettes not smoked, saving $82.14. Life saved: 1 day, 8 hours, 15 minutes.
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