Triggers: Reminders From Your Executive Assistant

Subconscious use cue extinguishment
LizMuse
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:21

27 Aug 2007, 19:50 #31

That memo, I mean note, is a brilliant, fantastic explanation of what goes on once the 72 hours passes. What a great tool to throw in the mix - Thanks!
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I have been quit for 1 Week, 5 Days, 23 hours, 43 minutes and 49 seconds (12 days). I have saved $49.76 by not smoking 207 cigarettes. I have saved 17 hours and 15 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 8/14/2007 5:11 AM
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Suzi
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

29 Aug 2007, 08:17 #32

Image HA HA HA KATTATONIC!!! LOVE THE EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT BIT!!! Cheers, Suzi Image

I have been quit for 1 Week, 21 hours, 16 minutes and 42 seconds (7 days). I have saved $31.54 by not smoking 157 cigarettes. I have saved 13 hours and 5 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 8/20/2007 10:00 PM
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MemeReed329
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:26

16 Oct 2007, 05:48 #33

wow, awesome and right on the money. this is so accurate!

One week, six days, 18 hours, 16 minutes and 56 seconds. 275 cigarettes not smoked, saving $72.93. Life saved: 22 hours, 55 minutes.
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kysbrlady
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

07 Nov 2007, 07:26 #34

Here's a great read for some of our newcomers. It was (and still is) one of my favorites regarding triggers.

Kathy - I have been quit for 1 Year, 7 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 11 hours, 27 minutes and 12 seconds (588 days). I have saved $2,765.83 by not smoking 23,539 cigarettes. I have saved 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 17 hours and 35 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 03/28/2006 6:00 AM
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AbOlivigail
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:19

13 Nov 2007, 13:27 #35

It never fails that I find just what I need here every time I log on! My EA has been sneaking up on me at really strange times, and has actually been hanging around this weekend.

I have discussed the new policy with him, and he says, "Very good, Miss. Would you like a chocolate instead?"

Jenny - Free and Healing for Seventeen Days, 8 Hours and 56 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 1 Day and 4 Hours, by avoiding the use of 347 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $104.31.
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annies1
Joined: 18 Dec 2008, 23:57

16 Dec 2007, 18:41 #36

This is an excellent post and I only wish I had found it earlier to show to my Friend, I have NTAP since the 30th December last year. A friend of mine figured that if I could give up a 40-50 a day habit then so could she - a 20 a day habit (her words not mine)and so she "quit" 3weeks after me.

We used to go out together for drinks around once every 2months and we haven't done that at all this year- she just always made an excuse, she stopped going out with work colleagues as well and would only go out with her husband.

We went out on Friday - and she smoked!!! I was absolutely stunned, it seems that when she has a drink her Executive Assistant reminds her that she needs to smoke and she didn't want any one to know, she tried to convince me that she has still quit!

Looking back I think that on her part she looked at how many I smoked and how many she did and thought perhaps that she didn't need to try so hard with her quit, I felt lied to when I found out, which is what sent me back to this site, to re-confirm my quit, so many other things fit into place now and I don't think its only when she has a drink that she smokes. However I have since figured that it is not for me to feel betrayed - its only herself she is lying to.

My EA actually appeared yesterday for the first time in a long time - I was putting my Christmas tree up, glass of wine, check. Mince pie, check, Christmas decorations, check. Ciggarettes, woops, no check! I think he has learned though and as his pay has been stopped I hope he will quit before the year is out!

I have been quit for 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 5 hours, 36 minutes and 45 seconds (351 days). I have saved £3,406.95 by not smoking 14,049 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 18 hours and 45 minutes of my life. My Quit Date: 30/12/2006 05:00
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Sal GOLD.ffn
Joined: 16 Jan 2003, 08:00

15 Jan 2008, 07:46 #37

From Restoring volume control:
Quitting Smoking
So what do you do, if you are addicted to smoking cigarettes and you want to stop? When use of an addictive drug like nicotine is stopped, the level of signaling along the many affected pathways will change to levels far from normal. If the drug is not reintroduced, the altered level of signalling will eventually induce the nerve cells to once again make compensatory changes that restore an appropriate balance of activities within the brain. Over time, receptor numbers, their sensitivity, and patterns of release of neurotransmitters all revert to normal, once again producing normal levels of signalling along the pathways. There is no way to avoid the down side. The pleasure pathways will not function at normal levels until the number of receptors on the affected nerve cells have time to readjust.

Many people attempting to quit smoking use patches containing nicotine to help them, the idea being that providing nicotine removes the craving for cigarettes. This is true, it does -- so long as you keep using the patch. Actually, using such patches simply substitutes one (admittedly less dangerous) nicotine source for another. If you are going to quit smoking, there is no way to avoid the necessity of eliminating the drug to which you are addicted, nicotine. Hard as it is to hear the bad news, there is no easy way out. The only way to quit is to quit.
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Carneadese.ffn
Joined: 07 Jan 2009, 19:36

24 Feb 2008, 04:10 #38

That post really hits me as well. I have been doing pretty well in holding off the triggers and cravings. I've even been outside while others smoke and did not feel a desire, I even ventured back into the store where I bought most of my smokes from and didn't get a craving, but on Friday at work they had a company provided lunch of hot chicken wings from a local bar that uses an owl in their advertising. The second I smelled those wings until I went to bed last night I was really wanting a smoke.
It's passed now, I didn't take one but it was a really powerful craving that I hadn't really felt since the day after I quit.
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Robyn
Joined: 19 Dec 2008, 00:05

27 Jun 2008, 11:41 #39

I want to thank you for your E.A. post. Today is day 29 and I've been bombarded by triggers today after a fairly peaceful week and half. I realized the stressors that popped up today would have had me soking like a chimney and my brain was definetly reminding me of the past associations. Reading your post helped me see the connection and not feel as overwhelmed with thoughts and triggers appearing "out of the blue"Robyn - Free and Healing for Twenty Nine Days, 10 Hours and 5 Minutes, while extending my life expectancy 3 Days and 1 Hour, by avoiding the use of 883 nicotine delivery devices that would have cost me $254.06.
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Sal GOLD.ffn
Joined: 16 Jan 2003, 08:00

10 Aug 2008, 09:17 #40

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