I Have Set My Date!!!!

eagle66
eagle66

11:29 AM - Sep 24, 2000 #1

Tonight is my last night of smoking and tomorrow (Sept. 24) will be the beginning of the "rest of my life". I feel scared, anxious, exhilirated, and more determined than I have ever been before. I have spent the last week reading and re-reading articles I printed and took with me and have been catching up with others and their progress while I was gone. Watching other people make it through one day at a time gives me faith that I can do it too. I may be "screaming" for help very soon. Thanks for listening!

Eagle66
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fitz p
fitz p

11:33 AM - Sep 24, 2000 #2

WE'LL BE RIGHT HEAR FOR YA, THAT'S WHAT WE DO....KEEP READING AND POSTING, I THINK THAT'S THE KEY. IF YOU LOG IN AS OFTEN AS I DID IN THE BEGINNING, YOU'LL END UP WITH BETTER COMPUTER SKILLS. DOWNLOAD A QUITMETER AND BE PROUD AS IT CHARTS YOUR PROGRESSS. JOIN OUR GROWING FAMILY, THERE'S ALWAYS ROOM FOR MORE!!

FITZ

One month, two weeks, five days, 23 hours, 47 minutes and 25 seconds. 764 cigarettes not smoked, saving $114.73. Life saved: 2 days, 15 hours, 40 minutes.
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Geo (Gold)
Geo (Gold)

12:03 PM - Sep 24, 2000 #3

Tonight was also my last night of smoking, and I know the feelings your talking about. Hang in there and keep in touch. Geo
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eagle66
eagle66

12:06 PM - Sep 24, 2000 #4

I found the file you mentioned and I hope I did it correctly. I guess time will tell. Thanks.
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Joel
Joel

6:11 PM - Sep 24, 2000 #5

Hello Eagle66:

All your feelings are normal. I can't remember anyone coming in their first day at Freedom saying, "I am done smoking now. Feel great, will never smoke again. Boy am I calm now." At least people coming in before they quit that is.

Almost everyone comes in scared; nervous of what quitting holds in store for them, apprehensive if they can really do it, and petrified of what their life will be like if the actually do quit. Don't let these fears get in the way of the quit. They will all be resolved by quitting and seeing what life is really like as an ex-smoker. Not a smoker trying to quit, that is a short term proposition. Life as an ex-smoker is more what it is like over the long haul. One of the major advantages of quitting is you will have a lot more time experiencing the life of an ex-smoker than you ever will have living, or maybe more accurately, slowly dying the life of a smoker. Keep focused that you are fighting for your life here. Here is a letter to get you started.

Good luck in your first day.

Joel
Joel's Reinforcement Library






"Quitting Smoking"
A Fate Worse than Death?




People sitting in at smoking clinics are amazed at how resistant smokers are to giving up cigarettes. Even smokers will sit and listen to horror stories of other participants in sheer disbelief. Some smokers have had multiple heart attacks, circulatory conditions resulting in amputations, cancers, emphysema and a host of other disabling and deadly diseases. How in the world could these people have continued smoking after all that? Some of these smokers are fully aware that smoking is crippling and killing them, but continue to smoke anyway. A legitimate question asked by any sane smoker or nonsmoker is, "why?"

The answer to such a complex issue is really quite simple. The smoker often has cigarettes so tied into his lifestyle that he feels when he gives up smoking he will give up all activities associated with cigarettes. Considering these activities include almost everything he does from the time he awakes to the time he goes to sleep, life seems like it will not be worth living as an ex-smoker. The smoker is also afraid he will experience the painful withdrawal symptoms from not smoking as long as he deprives himself of cigarettes. Considering all this, quitting smoking creates a greater fear than dying from smoking.

If the smoker were correct in all his assumptions of what life as an ex-smoker were like, then maybe it would not be worth it to quit. But all these assumptions are wrong. There is life after smoking, and withdrawal does not last forever. Trying to convince the smoker of this, though, is quite an uphill battle. These beliefs are deeply ingrained and are conditioned from the false positive effects experienced from cigarettes.

The smoker often feels that he needs a cigarette in order to get out of bed in the morning. Typically, when he awakes he feels a slight headache, tired, irritable, depressed and disoriented. He is under the belief that all people awake feeling this way. He is fortunate though, because he has a way to stop these horrible feelings. He smokes a cigarette or two. Then he begins waking up and feels human again. Once he is awake, he feels he needs cigarettes to give him energy to make it through the day. When he is under stress and nervous, the cigarettes calm him down. Giving up this wonder drug seems ludicrous to him.

But if he quits smoking he will be pleasantly surprised to find out that he will feel better and be able to cope with life more efficiently than when he was a smoker. When he wakes up in the morning, he will feel tremendously better than when he awoke as a smoker. No longer will he drag out of bed feeling horrible. Now he will wake up feeling well rested and refreshed. In general, he will be calmer than when he smoked. Even when under stress, he normally will not experience the panic reactions he used to feel whenever his nicotine level fell below acceptable levels. The belief that cigarettes were needed for energy is one of the most deceptive of all. Almost any ex-smoker will attest that he has more strength, endurance, and energy than he ever did as a smoker. And the fear of prolonged withdrawal also had no merit, for withdrawal symptoms would peak within three days, and totally subside within two weeks.

If any smoker just gives himself the chance to really feel how nice not smoking is, he will no longer have the irrational fears which keeps him maintaining his deadly addiction. He will find life will become simpler, happier, cleaner, and most importantly healthier, than when he was a smoker. His only fear will now be in relapsing to smoking and all he has to do to prevent this is - NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!
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Joel
Joel

9:41 PM - Sep 24, 2000 #6

Started by: eagle66
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eagle66
eagle66

12:54 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #7

You are right -- deep breaths do help. I have walked around the yard, drinking water, cleaned the fish tank (you can't smoke with wet hands!). I just chatted with my oldest daughter, she wanted to know if I had strangled anybody yet. So far, I've got a clean record (with no guarantees). I hope it is alright to joke, because otherwise, I couldn't get through this!!!!
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delandersen (bronze)
delandersen (bronze)

1:07 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #8

Hi Eagle66,

Glad to see that you've joined us. My boyfriend smokes, and I know that I can't make him quit, but I intend to stick with my own decision, and I won't take another puff. I take it one day, sometimes one hour at a time if I have to, but it's worth it. Life is slowly becoming more fulfilling. It takes

time to recover, but just stick with it. Just stay close to this site-it's great!

debbie

Two weeks, six days, 10 hours, 11 minutes and 11 seconds. 408 cigarettes not smoked, saving $79.04. Life saved: 1 day, 10 hours, 0 minutes.
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Nora (Gold)
Nora (Gold)

1:15 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #9

Hello Eagle66...Welcome to FREEDOM.

This is a caring group of people here. There always seem to be someone around.

Just keep reading and posting. You will amaze yourself. Just take it 1 step at a time. Lots of luck to you.

Nora
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GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)
GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)

1:27 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #10

My husband always says.....with a sense of humor...anything is possible.....keep on joking and just remember to NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF!......

Also remember....baby steps....one minute, one hour....one day at a time....be good to yourself this week....and don't overdo anything. If you find yourself in trouble and having a hard time....get to this board and post....immediately!

hugs.....Linda....

After smoking for 41 years...I have been smokefree for 8 months, 3 weeks!
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Roswitha
Roswitha

3:34 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #11

Hi Eagle Welcome to Freedom,

I know today is your first day to freedom,so I just wanted you to know where all here for you ,where all know what you are going truh today,where have been there,so I wanted to wish you good luck on your quit,and tell us when you need help,whe be here for you .

your quit sis Roswitha

One month, two days, 14 hours, 35 minutes and 6 seconds. 1344 cigarettes not smoked, saving $235.25. Life saved: 4 days, 16 hours, 0 minutes.
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WWW
WWW

4:00 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #12

Welcome Eagle 66 - the best part of your life is ahead of you.

You are soaring now - just be glad it's wind and not smoke beneath your wings and PUFF NOT!

wendy

One month, one week, 15 hours, 1 minute and 54 seconds. 1545 cigarettes not smoked, saving $193.13. Life saved: 5 days, 8 hours, 45 minutes.
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eagle66
eagle66

6:50 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #13

I want to thank you all for your notes of support, the truly helpful advice and articles. There have been a couple of times today, when I had to really take some baby steps until the craving past for the time being. You are a great bunch of people and I thank you! By the way, what does cranberry juice do for the body? Eagle

16 hours, 50 minutes and 10 seconds. 14 cigarettes not smoked, saving $1.93. Life saved: 1 hour, 10 minutes.
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GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)
GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)

7:13 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #14

Hi Eagle......

The cranberry juice is extremely acidic and it does a couple of things....when the nicotine leaves the body....your blood sugar levels will drop....the juice helps to ofset these levels and should make you feel better. The acidity does something else to your body and helps to offset the nicotine loss.....but (between you and me....I cannot remember....hehehe...this old mind is thinking of lots of other things today...will find out.) in the meantime.....JUST DRINK IT.....unless you don't like it, or it upsets your stomach....you can also go for another acidic juice...but cranberry is the best...After the first week, you don't need it....

Joel......pleeezzeeee help me....

hugs....Linda
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GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)
GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)

7:26 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #15

Yoohoo.....eagle.......

It's me again, sweetheart....with more words of wisdom....the juice....it also helps to flush the nicotine from your body....

remember....when you go to bed tonight....look in a mirror....pat yourself on the back....give a big smile and be very proud......one whole day withoug a cigarette! tomorrow, when you wake up....tell yourself you did it one day....you can do it again.....and you will!

have a great evening......and.....drink your juice!

hugs, again,

Linda
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eagle66
eagle66

8:00 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #16

Would anyone like to chat. I am having a little trouble at the moment!! Eagle
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GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)
GrumpyOMrsS (Gold)

8:20 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #17

Eagle....it is me again....I cannot chat....doing a zillion things....but...start a new post about chat....title it chat anyone....you should get some takers.....they will never see this here!

Take deep breaths...go for a walk...ride it out.drink water....the old cranberry juice...anything...but do not smoke.....ya hear me.....
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Joel
Joel

8:23 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #18

Hello Eagle:

I have been trying to get into chat area for last few mintues and can't seem to. Not sure if the problem is at my side or MSN. Sorry. I will keep trying . Talk to you soon.

Joel
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Joel
Joel

8:36 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #19

Just got in and nobody was there. Sorry I missed you Eagle. Hang in there. Post if you have any questions. We will get back to you.

Joel
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eagle66
eagle66

9:14 AM - Sep 25, 2000 #20

Hi. I'm back. Went for a walk, drank, and decided to jump in the shower. (No smoking in there! ha.) I was just feeling real anxious for a little bit and was running out of options on what to do. Thought maybe talking would do the trick. Thanks. Eagle.

19 hours, 15 minutes and 14 seconds. 16 cigarettes not smoked, saving $2.21. Life saved: 1 hour, 20 minutes.
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Joel
Joel

6:08 AM - Sep 26, 2000 #21

I am bringing this string up again for Chewing Gum.
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