Why am I still having "urges?"

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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

March 22nd, 2007, 8:51 pm #31

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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:03 am

April 8th, 2007, 2:02 pm #32

Joel,
OUCH!!!! This is so true. I put my rollerblades on, I want a smoke. I'm cleaning the house when the kids are gone, I want a smoke. I will never take another puff. Period. I will find another way to deal with life, but it will not be nicotine!
34 days, and 7 grateful kids later.
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

April 9th, 2007, 6:25 am #33

Joel
That is an awsome way of looking at the situation and so true. I am almost 1 year to the day into this quit (my last quit ever). Lately I have endured maybe 2 30 second "urges" to smoke. Once when I had company from out of town and about half of us were smokers. I actually felt left out for a second. It was only a second after all. When I think about the amount of time I spent wishing I could quit in the first place...it's a no brainer. I can handle 30 seconds of loss, compared to a lifetime!
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Joined: December 18th, 2008, 11:57 pm

October 4th, 2007, 9:08 am #34

Today was an especially hard one for me. I really really really thought I was going to smoke. Still dealing with the peaks and valleys of mood swings. I know from past experience that if I smoke, my mood will improve. But am I going to throw this quit away, like I have all my others? Not on your life. Not on MY life. I've learned too much here to hopefully ever smoke again. Like they say in the 12 Step meetings, "Ain't nuthin' worse than a head full of AA and a belly full of beer." So I breathed deep, thought about getting home to my computer and the boards. And how if I DID smoke, I would not be allowed back here. I would be honest. And I do NOT want to ever NOT be able to come here to this group. No way. Tomorrow will be a better day. Suzi 1M 1W 5D
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October 4th, 2007, 9:51 am #35

It will get better. I never-ever want to go back to smoking nicotine. Its not COOL, its not FUN, its NOT going to feel good, it will make us SICK. Fixating on a cigarette is a good one too. Here's a nice cup of tea for you....., you did good, you took a deep breathe and moved on....way to go girl......
Star- your qs - enjoying 81 days.
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:26 am

October 4th, 2007, 9:57 am #36

Hang in there, Suzi - we both know you can do it!

Hugs,

Anne

Three weeks, three days, 9 hours, 27 minutes and 39 seconds. 609 cigarettes not smoked, saving $274.43. Life saved: 2 days, 2 hours, 45 minutes.
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Joined: January 16th, 2003, 8:00 am

October 4th, 2007, 12:09 pm #37

From: Suzi Sent: 10/3/2007 9:09 PM
Thanx Quit Sistas Star and Anne!!! Gonna hang tough and
KNOCK that thought down and KNOCK that thought away and...!!! Suzi
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Joined: December 19th, 2008, 12:16 am

December 18th, 2007, 12:10 pm #38

I haven't been to this site in a long time but it seems right to visit once in a while. This helped me start a new life over 1 and 1/2 years ago. May 21, 2006 was the exact date. I guess I never will forget that date. It has been a wonderful journey and it does just get better and better. I still have a dream now and then about smoking but that is all. I now go many days without even remembering that I smoked. I smoked for more than 42 years and I am so thankful that I found this site and found freedom. I really do have to say I feel "free". Everywhere I go, I have so much fun and I don't have to keep leaving to get my fix. I can relax and enjoy everyone's company. I was about the last in my entire group of friends and family to remain smoking. I have just two friends now who have not quit, but I am working on them.

This is definately one of the most important sites on the internet.



Thank you Freedom from Tobacco

Dianne
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February 17th, 2008, 1:48 pm #39

Thank you for this, it really put things into perspective for me!
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December 21st, 2008, 11:37 pm #40

Keep focused, whether it is hours into a quit or decades into a quit. It was a good decision to quit, maybe the most important decision you have made in your life as far as quality and length of your life goes. To keep the decision alive and continue to reap the benefit, always remember, Never Take Another Puff!

Joel
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May 29th, 2010, 2:41 pm #41

It's like that post was written just for me to read. I needed that this morning thank you.

Shantastic
5 weeks 1 day and 12 hours quit!
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August 5th, 2011, 6:52 pm #42

As an ex-smoker, there may be times you want a cigarette. As a smoker, there will be times you want to quit. Neither side is perfect, but the ex-smoker side has clear advantages. It will get easier and easier over time getting to the point of smoking becoming a thing of the past. The smoking side leads to a much more ominous road.

Keep focused, whether it is hours into a quit or decades into a quit. It was a good decision to quit, maybe the most important decision you have made in your life as far as quality and length of your life goes. To keep the decision alive and continue to reap the benefit, always remember, Never Take Another Puff!

Joel
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April 20th, 2012, 12:05 pm #43

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Joined: May 16th, 2012, 4:29 am

May 26th, 2012, 3:38 pm #44

This website is great.  I quit before I found this forum, just a day or two before, but I am sure I would still not be smoke free if I did not find this forum.  I had no idea how important reading all this reinforcement information really is to my quit.  The first 72 hours is hard, but it really is the non threatening thoughts of I beat nicotine, so I can have a smoke now that always brought me back. 

The NTAP saying has pulled me through those thoughts quite well so far.

Thanks 

Two weeks, six days, 8 hours, 8 minutes and 16 seconds. 406 cigarettes not smoked, saving $203.39. Life saved: 1 day, 9 hours, 50 minutes.
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Joined: November 13th, 2008, 2:04 pm

May 26th, 2012, 3:55 pm #45

These should help too:
Just one little puff
Just one or two
Never Take Another Puff
The Law of Addiction
Is relapse a natural part of the addiction process?
One puff files


From Good news, our members don't relapse anymore...:


This policy offers up two big advantages. The first is to the group as a whole. Every person coming here is now guaranteed that the board is always going to be focused on people who are successfully off smoking. There will be no need to spend time consoling relapses or trying to help a person rationalize a relapse. Again we had the advantages of that principle already covered in our There is no legitimate reason to relapse thread.







But the primary benefactor of this policy is each and every member himself or herself. We have made it very easy for each and every member to have a clearly defined spelled out battle line. No longer does a person have the luxury of thinking, "Well if I relapse, I'll go to Freedom and quit again." We have in effect destroyed what to some people can be a very persuasive argument supporting a kind of junkie thinking.







Again, for the majority of people here this policy poses no threat and makes the each and every members mission here that much more clearly defined. It was what their intent was the day they first signed up to Freedom. To stay a member of Freedom, and more important, to keep the health and life saving benefits of staying a successful ex-smoker is as simple now as just remembering to stay totally committed to never take another puff!

 
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