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Quit 7 months 3 weeks ago posted 6 months ago
Hello and welcome to the Community Forum!

Whether you’re thinking about quitting, have set a quit date, or have quit and are continuing to experience a tobacco-free life, this Forum is for you. We encourage you to share your own quit story, and support one another through challenges and milestones, in the path to better health.

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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 6 months ago
There's no time like the present to take a chance. It may be the best decision you've ever made and if you value your health and your life well worth it. There is no better feeling than knowing your hard earned dollars are going back into your own pockets and not that of those who continue to poison us with their tobacco products.
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Quit 3 months 4 weeks ago Commented 3 months 4 weeks ago
Thank you Liz and Lucille! Appreciate your encouragement and advice.
I did read Carr’s book and even tried his method a long time ago. And here I am again!
Thanks again!
SheilaT Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 4 months ago Commented 4 weeks 1 day ago
Yes I'm free of that gross habit for over 1 year. I've smoked for over 30 years. It took several tries but I did it.
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Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 4 weeks 1 day ago
Rita I am just seeing your message now … I hope you are still hanging on ❤️ SheilaT congrats 👏🎉👏🎉👏🎉👏. It’s the best feeling to know we made it this long. Here’s to a lifetime of freedom!!! 🌹
Karenlk
Quit 1 week 2 days ago posted 1 hour 49 min ago
It was a busy weekend! Still doing great. I socialized, even had drinks. Of course I thought about smoking but resisted. I found that it was so nice to not have to consume myself with the thought of where I'll be able to find a place to puff. And hardly anyone smokes anymore so that helps. I felt free😁
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 45 min ago
Wow Karen that’s awesome!!! Happy one week and 2 days 🎉🎉🎉🎉 Last Christmas I was godly a couple of months into my quit, and was afraid of drinking because it was completely attached to smoking for me … I switched up my choice from white to red wine (I never drank red) just so I could have a glass … we are not big drinkers so I didn’t go overboard, and the different taste had no association with cigarettes. I’m glad that you weren’t triggered and made it through still smoke free! Keep being amazing Karen … we are all rooting for your success 👏👏👏👏👏👏🌹🌹🌹🌹
Beanie57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 8 months 1 week ago Commented 8 min 13 sec ago
Hi Karen. Congratulations on your 1 week and 2 days!!! I don’t drink anymore but if I did that would be a major trigger for me. So good for you. And your right, it seems smokers are few and far between. The people I hang out with are no smokers and have been for yrs. so that makes it easier for me. And you’re right you’re always trying to think of where you’re going to be able to have a smoke. Good for you for resisting!! I’m impressed that you could have drinks and not smoke. That would have been my downfall. Take care and stay in touch
Beanie57
Quit 8 months 1 week ago posted 22 hours 41 min ago
Good morning. Christmas already! I used to smoke a lot during this time. I guess the extra stressors. Last yr at this time I was still a smoker. I accomplish something and then think oh yeah it’s time for a smoke. Well not this yr. it’ll be a yr for me in March. I have to stay focused on that big milestone. I also stay focused on my month to month milestones. I still can’t believe it’s been 8 months! This Christmas is going to be a particularly stressful time. My immediate family are not close. We live in the same city as a matter of fact I have a twin who lives kitty corner to me. We won’t be exchanging cards or well wishes. Won’t be getting together. So depressing. I think of all the families out there that are getting together and celebrating traditions. I want Christmas to be special for my daughter but I know she wishes we could get together as a family too. I hear people making travel plans to be with family over the holidays and I think how lucky it is that my immediate family is right here one within walking distance. A lot of hurt feelings over the yrs and misunderstandings. Wish mom were still here. It’s my twin that lives kitty corner to me. How I wish we could be sisters and celebrate together. She has anger issues so we can’t even talk. So what I’ve decided is I’m going to pull up my big girl panties and somehow make this a Christmas for my daughter to remember. Not sure how I’m going to do that yet but I will. I also plan on spending some of my Christmas here on this forum with my new family!! I hope you all have wonderful christmases with your loved ones and cherish the moments. Thanks for being my Christmas family
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Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 20 hours 17 min ago
Will be around too at Christmas. Not travelling, kind of glad of that with Covid still raging in some areas and new variants that may be even more threatening than previous ones, vaccinated or not. No real family in this part of the country anyway so will be another quiet affair.
Not so bothered about it now that I'm older. Will still cook a small turkey and stuff it with a great home made dressing. The initial meal is one thing but oh those left overs!!! After a few days, you never want to see another turkey (at lease for a while - lol)
I'll not be thinking about smoking at all this holiday season. Those cravings that come with all the activities of the season are long gone for me. I just don't associate smoking with Christmas celebrations at all in recent years.
The one thing I would ask for Christmas is that all of you here who are in the process of quitting or even just thinking about it will place your quit at the top of your mind no matter what you do over the coming weeks. That's the greatest gift you can give yourself and your loved ones!
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Quit 2 years 1 month ago Commented 19 hours 37 min ago
Christmas used to be a concern because of the eggnog and rum / cigar combo but this year is the third time around since I've quit. Way easier now but still have an eye peeled for the little nicodemon varmint who is always lurking.
Our family is spread out across the province and sprinkled around our fine country. How many of us are putting up a Christmas tree this year? I hear that natural ones are being snapped up quickly so better get out there if you're planning on having one. Love it when people decorate the ones in the woods without cutting them down, so cool (as long as they remove the decorations when the season's over lol). Maybe you will actually be able to smell the sweetness of pine or spruce this time! I love that smell. When we go for walks, those forest smells are so so comforting.
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Quit 8 months 1 week ago Commented 19 hours 3 min ago
Thanks for responding Green Meanie. Sounds like you have your Christmas dinner all planned out! I agree, the leftovers are awesome! I love stuffing sandwiches. Does anybody else out there have family problems like mine? I am so lucky to have my daughter! But I would give anything to show her how important family is. To actually have a family Christmas with hugs and kisses and laughter. I’ve been depressed about it for a couple of weeks now. I know some people have no one and will be completely alone at Christmas. Christmas used to be a very exciting time of year. So this year like I say, the forum, the coaches and my daughter will be my family. It just hurts to think it’s always going to be like this. I have to try and build a new life without my other family. I feel too old to do that but I have to show my daughter it’ll be ok. Thankyou my friends. Green Meanie, your posts always cheer me up. Now you’ve got me thinking about leftovers! Lol
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Quit 8 months 1 week ago Commented 19 hours 1 min ago
Sorry I spelt your name wrong Green Meenie
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Quit 27 years 9 months ago Commented 18 hours 32 min ago
Beanie57, I love how you plan to create a special Christmas for yourself and your daughter. Christmas can be more of a trying season, especially as there might be more triggers, e.g. stress, alcohol, maybe other smokers, to name only a few. There is a group session offered on Dec. 6th at 7 pm PST about dealing with difficult situations for those who are interested. For more information check under Community Information/QuitNow Community and select Group Support Sessions. Beanie57, we are happy to support you and everyone else on the QuitNow forum. Wishing everyone a peaceful Christmas season!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 14 hours 55 min ago
Hi Brenda 🥰. Such a great message to read today!! I’m glad that you are planning a special Christmas with your daughter!!! Your biggest gift to her has been your quit!!! I am looking forward to my son coming home this year. Family at Christmas is my most treasured gift, and he wasn’t here last year because of Covid … I even started baking my cookies today!!! We also do a turkey and the the trimmings and like you, GM, I am done with turkey after a few days of leftovers 😂. I started a tradition of designing and printing up Christmas t-shirts each year and we all wear them for the day. Thankfully I got them done a month ago, so no worries about getting them shipped in time. I do love this time of year and look forward to spending some of it with all of you too! Hope all of our new peeps had an easy weekend saying NOPE and big hugs to all 🤗🌹
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Quit 8 months 1 week ago Commented 11 hours 38 min ago
Hi Liz. Your Christmases sound so special. And what a cool tradition to design Christmas t-shirts. Elke and Greg D Thankyou for your responses as well. The forest trees do smell amazing. I love going for walks with my daughter. I wonder if McDonald’s is open Christmas Day. Lol. The perfect place to walk to.. Lol I guess there’s nothing I can do about my family. I’ve received some pretty horrific texts and had to block my twin. Guess there’s nothing I can do except celebrate my first Christmas as a nonsmoker. I remember opening gifts with my daughter last yr and taking breaks to go out and smoke!! She was very patient. Made supper but couldn’t sit down to eat till I had my before supper smoke! Oh man. I look forward to this Christmas being totally smoke free
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 11 hours 32 min ago
Beanie, you're not alone. My youngest son, my parents, cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles are all gone. I still have a brother in Timmins who I haven't seen for nearly 15 years and a sister in Oliver B.C. who I see very seldom. We still communicate with one another from time to time. My husband's brother and sisters are all overseas and can't afford to travel because of the pandemic etc. So there will only be six of us counting my new grandchildren whom I love dearly. I often hear about our friends who have large families talk about their loved ones, families of ten or more and wish it could have been different for us. I miss those days of having all my loved ones together for the holidays. So there you have it. We make the best of it though and besides Christmas is for children, to see my grandkids smiles when they open their gifts, priceless and we are luckier than most in that we're not struggling like some are. So there you have it. We may not be a large family but we share the love of the holiday and are thankful that we still can and for me being smoke free makes it all worthwhile. So enjoy time with your daughter Beanie and count your lucky stars that you quit when you did so that you may still celebrate this holiday season with her, with many more years to come. We are all family here, we respect one another and celebrate our ups and downs together, and this Christmas will be one that will be remembered as a cherished and smoke free affair. In every aspect we will make it the best ever, with all the trimmings spread from coast to coast even though they are virtual ones. So take comfort knowing that we'll all be near and dear this Christmas season and enjoying each other's company. I'm not going anywhere so if anyone needs help during there quit , I'll still be here to listen and you my dear and me will be sharing heartfelt conversations about our Christmas present. Hugs and much love, Lucille.
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Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 9 hours 20 min ago
Sorry to steal the thread here but .......

"I still have a brother in Timmins"

Small world! My mother's side of the family is from Schumacher (which is really part of Timmins; sort of lol)

I've been there many times in the past because I had POA (power of attorney) for my mom's brother and later was the executor of his will when he passed. He was a Shriner and a championship curler. He curled out of the McIntyre Curling Club and they came in 2nd I believe in the 1949 Brier Curling Tournament,

Tough place to live though - brutal winters!!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 1 hour 1 min ago
Green Meenie, My uncle, and many of my friends curled at the McIntyre arena as well. Timmins may have had brutal winters but it wasn't Christmas without the snow. We also skied, went toboganning on the hills, skated outdoors on the rinks and just made the best of it. Do you happen to remember the Flying Fathers, a hockey team who were made up of the priests one of whom in particular was well known, Father Lou Costello. He had a great sense of humour and made everything fun. Growing up in Timmins was certainly different from B.C. but it had it's good moments and I still have fond memories of my family and friends some of whom are still there. Smoking and drinking were all common traits with the northerners, as they found it a way to stay warm during the long winters. It may have been a hard life, but for me it was home and I loved it. You must have been very proud of your uncle. By the way Schumacher, South Porcupine, McIntyre and Mountjoy are all part of Timmins today. Aren't we lucky to live here now and smoke free to boot. Hugs, Lucille.
Lucille Brown
Quit 5 years 8 months ago posted 1 day 12 hours ago
Help I have too much to do! Here are simple ways to allay anxiety and find time for what matters most.
1-Put you first, give yourself permission. A well intentioned mistake, we often make during the harried holidays, is bumping ourselves off our to do lists. Give yourself permission to rest by reminding yourself that self care is self respect.
2-Stay open to possibilities, when your overwhelmed try a stress melting visualization.
3- Set boundaries, the holidays dial up tension, making it hard to think in the moment. To make it easier to say No, come up with a few scripts ahead of time.
4- Make it easy-prioritize your values. Coming up with what you value makes it easier to make the right decision.
5- Sidestep overwhelm . The best thing to do when you're challenged is take a few minutes to map it out into 10 easy steps. You can start with the third or fourth step if you want, then check it off, even the tiniest bit of momentum instantly shrinks a large task.
This is an excerpt from Dana Gionta Ph.D, Laura Vanderkam (Author) and Julie Morgenstern, an expert in time management. "To me it fits with what most of us will be facing during the holidays and gives us a perspective of what we can do to stay stress and anxious free while maintaining a strong quit." Remember it's worth it.
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Quit 27 years 9 months ago Commented 18 hours 55 min ago
Those are great suggestions for the holiday season and other times we might experience stress Lucille! Taking care of oneself is so important, thank you for reminding us all.
era
Quit 3 months 3 weeks ago posted 1 day 16 hours ago
Hi friends 💗

Oh man, I'm having a rough time in the mornings. I wake up and strongly crave a cigarette. 🥱

I had an interesting conversation today with my optician when I went to pickup my contact lenses. She smoked for 35 years. She said she's gained a lot of weight but is not concerned about it, the priority is being committed to the quit.

I haven't tried out my new treadmill yet...the manual says easy assembly...Haha NOT!

Oh, and you may call me by my first name if you wish. It's Ellen. era are my initials. 👩‍🦳




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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 1 day 14 hours ago
💕Ellen you are at 3 1/2 months and doing such a great job. You are still at a tender time in your quit so maybe the whole quit thing has settled in and now the brain is saying I’m back to bug you!! Can you hire someone to put your treadmill together for you? You have been so excited to get on it and have had to wait! Keep staying focussed on your quit … it will get better I promise 💕🌹
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Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 day 14 hours ago
Yes, any weight issues should be addressed AFTER your quit is secured. If you can quit smoking ..... you can do anything! Eating as healthy as possible and doing whatever exercise you can will help for sure.

Go slow and 1 step at a time with the assembly issue - instructions can be confusing at times. If in doubt, call someone for help, even if you just need support and a second set of hands. As I recall, it was a bit intimidating trying to put one of those together. The company that makes the treadmill should reference a 'help' phone number in the instruction manual somewhere too. Use it as needed.

Good luck with the assembly.

3 Months +2 Weeks = Fabulous!!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 1 day 13 hours ago
Ellen, many a time you'll find yourself wanting to smoke because that's what's expected of you. The nicodemon still needs to be fed and he'll tempt you until you do. However at 3 months and 1/2 why would you want to? You don't owe him anything and you have control over what you do to remain free. As for the weight as I said before, it won't change who you are, natural and beautiful. Don't let him back into your life. He's not worth it. Hugs, Lucille.
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Quit 7 years 6 months ago Commented 1 day 13 hours ago
Hi Ellen,
Yes, as Green Meanie said, weight gain can be dealt after quitting. Focus on one thing at a time so you are not overwhelmed. Going on the treadmill, and getting physically active will help with both the weight gain and keeping you distracted. This way you are making an overall healthy change in your life!
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Quit 2 years 1 month ago Commented 1 day 9 hours ago
Hi Ellen. If not having that morning smoke is giving you trouble, perhaps alter your routine. If you're drinking coffee and that is what you used to do when you were a smoker maybe switch to another beverage. Perhaps a tea or a smoothie or just a plain glass of ice water with a lemon wedge. Maybe jump in the shower as soon as your feet hit the floor in the morning.
Change the 'routine', it doesn't have to be a lot. Throw something new into the mix or take something out. The nicodemon is not letting you go without a fight so give him all you got and shake loose. It will get easier when he gets the message that you aren't caving PERIOD
Beanie57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 8 months 1 week ago Commented 1 day ago
Hi Ellen. Congrats on 3months and 2wks!! I know all about the morning cigarette!! I remember those days very clearly. But once I get up and get involved with something else it passes like putting on a pot of my McDonald’s coffee!! Good luck with your treadmill. How frustrating! Keep us posted
Bradley A Clinton
Quit 4 weeks ago posted 1 day 17 hours ago
Almost hit the 27 day mark. Still want to have a ciggy.
Not giving in. Finding it a bit easier to resist every day.
Gained 5 lbs.
Food tastes great.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 1 day 17 hours ago
🎉👏🎉👏🎉👏 great job holy cow time just passes so quickly once the first couple of weeks are slayed. You are really doing great Bradley. Thanks for keeping us in the loop 🌹
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Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 1 day 14 hours ago
Keep marching day by day Bradley and you will make it to life long freedom. For me, although it was gradually getting easier after a few weeks, it was probably about 6 weeks in when I had my last really strong craving. You know, the kind that threatens your quit? Keep focused on NOPE (Not One Puff Ever). That's the key to quitting permanently!
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Quit 7 years 6 months ago Commented 1 day 13 hours ago
Keep going Bradley. You're right. Each day gets easier and easier to handle the cravings and withdrawals. Keep saying NOPE. You're almost 1 month smoke free now. Keep using the 4Ds and other strategies that you find helpful! Have you thought of ways to reward yourself?
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 1 day 13 hours ago
Bradley, having the courage to say NOPE will lead you to freedom and you'll be grateful that you never gave in to the temptation. You're already beginning to see some of the benefits of your quit and there are so many more to be had. Proud of the way you remain focused and of your determination to reach your destination. I believe that you're going to be successful and a happy camper when all this is over. Hang in there and believe that you're capable of withstanding whatever the nicodemon tempts you with. Kudos on 3 weeks and 5 days. Excellent work. Hug, Lucille.
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Quit 2 years 1 month ago Commented 1 day 9 hours ago
Of course you 'still' want to have a cigg my friend. We are moving forward together as smokers choosing not to smoke EVER again. We will do this thing for our own reasons which we will carry close to our hearts, every minute of every day. You're doing marvelous at almost ONE MONTH! Stay strong, you are a warrior Bradley.
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Quit 8 months 1 week ago Commented 1 day ago
Hi Bradley. Congrats on your 2 wks 6 days!!! I’m at 8 months and still want a figgy at times. It passes tho. Know all about the weight gain. A lot more than 5 lbs. Trying to resist all the chocolate thats out there this time of yr. The wt loss will come. Glad you’re finding it easier to resist. Keep up the great work!!!
Green Meenie
Quit 4 years 10 months ago posted 2 days 17 hours ago
Just a reminder to all1st year quitters that the holiday season is quickly approaching and activities associated with this season will dredge up subconscious cravings to light up a smoke.

Social gatherings, meals with family/friends and even the Christmas shopping routine will bring thoughts of having a smoke because that's what you always did before when going through this season.

Being aware and prepared for that in advance, will help you deal with those Holiday cravings!
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Quit 11 months ago Commented 2 days 10 hours ago
Thanks for the heads up. It is much appreciated. I will try to not eat too much chocolate and keep going with daily exercise 😊
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days ago
Yep. Holidays can be tough when you quit but just remember it's only a few weeks every year and it passes by quickly and it certainly makes stress over the holidays a lot worse not better. Remember if you are at a loss, to do your deep breathing, drink plenty of water and stay away from alcohol, there are many non alcoholic drinks out there. Shirley temples, virgin caesars, fruit punches, soda pop or fruit juices. Stay safe and be vigilant. If someone in your family smokes ask them nicely to step outside and away from the house. The holidays can be fun without smoking. Hugs, Lucille.
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Quit 10 years 7 months ago Commented 2 days ago
Thank you Green Meenie for the heads up. The associations we have built up between smoking and the activities in our lives over the years must be changed, one by one. Navigating the holidays minus the cigarettes is a necessary part of the journey. While this first smoke-free holiday season may feel uncomfortable or downright difficult at times, you are working to develop new habits in place. Keep your focus and meet the challenges that come along with confidence. You can do this and you will thank yourself when the holidays are behind you and your are still smoke- free.

Have a great, smoke-free holiday season!!
Stanley
Quit 7 months ago posted 2 days 19 hours ago
I still keep running everyday. It is treadmill run for 6km per day. Stay active helps me to fight for the craving. This morning I have a pop up crave. It is a sneaky thought to think of it. But I keep telling myself NOT to ACT on it. It last for 15 to 20 mins. Then the thought gone completely.

Cheer everyone up and KEEP NOPE

Stand firm to say NO to nicodemon
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 2 days 18 hours ago
Great job once again!!! I think you really have this hurdle figured out Stanley … I’ve been having a few mental cravings myself recently and I think this gloomy weather is triggering me. I get through them one at a time. Stay strong my friend! 💪🏻
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Quit 11 years 9 months ago Commented 2 days 18 hours ago
Way to go Stanley! Running, what a great way to reward yourself for all your hard work! A great exercise for your body and mind! Running 6km is quite impressive! You must be so proud and you must be enjoying the improvement in your lung capacity since you've quit! Great work shaking off those cravings and reminding yourself that YOU ARE in control and you will NOT act on those sneaky thoughts! Keep up the great work and keep NOPE in mind ☺️
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days ago
Stanley, as you head into the holidays you'll be fit and a non smoker. What a wonderful Christmas gift to give yourself and you'll have a lot to celebrate over the New Year as well. Congratulations on 7 months and remind yourself that you're better than the nicodemon and keep saying NOPE. Hugs, Lucille.
Lucille Brown
Quit 5 years 8 months ago posted 2 days 21 hours ago
Thank you to the Quitnow Administration for getting us back on track. Lucille.
QuitCoach Katerina
Quit 11 years 9 months ago posted 2 days 23 hours ago
Hello fellow QuitNow members we are very sorry about the issues you are encountering on the forum. We have contacted the website administration and they will do their best to get these issues resolved as soon as possible. Please know we appreciated all your dedicated, support and patience during this unfortunate downtown! All the best! ☺️ NOPE!
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Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days 21 hours ago
Thanks Katerina for contacting administration for us. Appreciate everything you do. Lucille.
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Quit 7 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 21 hours ago
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Quit 11 years 9 months ago Commented 2 days 18 hours ago
Thank you Lucille and QuitNow for your kind words and support! We sure do make an excellent Community 💕! All the best!
Liz S
Quit 1 year 1 month ago posted 3 days ago
It also says do you want to download “1561” when I clicked the like on this post. ☺️ I clicked like on Lucille’s post below this one and the number was 1562.
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Quit 7 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 21 hours ago
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Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 2 days 21 hours ago
All good now thank you! 🎉
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Quit 11 months ago Commented 2 days 10 hours ago
Liz
Hi Hope you are doing well!
Sending you a hug over the forum. Happy 1year anniversary you are amazing!
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Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 2 days 2 hours ago
💕💕💕💕💕 happy 11 months 😘. And thanks for the hug … I needed it this morning 🤗
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Quit 11 months ago Commented 1 day 18 hours ago
1563 hugs for you! 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
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Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 1 day 17 hours ago
💕
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Quit 5 years 8 months ago posted 3 days ago
Dear Quitnow, once again we are having problems with the new forum. We've tried to contact you through the form but for some reason it keeps telling us that Java script is enabled. We can't comment or read comments from others. Please let us know when this will be resolved because it's extremely frustrating and annoying. No point in commenting under our posts because we can't read them. Thanks, Lucille.
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Quit 7 months 3 weeks ago Commented 2 days 22 hours ago
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Green Meenie
Quit 4 years 10 months ago posted 3 days 12 hours ago
Buying A Quit

Welcome sir, come right in, how can I help you today?

Umm yes I would like to see about buying a quit.

Well sir you have certainly come into the right store. Let me show you around while I talk to you about some of the quits we have available.

Ok, that would be great, are they expensive? Well lets just have a look and then we can talk price OK?

Now here; this is a wonderful quit, about three years old and fully matured. No cravings any longer with this one. I can see no real problems for you and this quit I think might just fit you well… but you do have to walk it by 7 am, oh; and that’s after a good breakfast!

Umm, I work nights so I’m not up at 7 am.

Well if you want this quit you will have to get a new job. You can only work 9-5 with this quit.

Do you have something else?

Why sure we do, we have the perfect quit right here for you; this is the one. It is only 1 ½ years old but very mature and well behaved so far. However you do have to sit with this quit every day and eat two bags of pop corn while you watch the soap operas.

Oh...hmm, I don’t like pop corn or soap operas so I don’t think this quit is right for me.

Well sir our quits have all been tailored by their previous owners and therefore you must fit to them, not the other way around.

Oh, I see. Well then, I need a quit that works nights, likes to sleep in and play some video games from time to time. One that doesn’t like pop corn and eats about two meals a day. Do you have any quits like that?

Well sir I don’t think you understand. As I said earlier you have to tailor yourself to our quits we don’t tailor them to you.

These quits have been carefully fabricated and tended to over many months and years by their original owners. Each owner had to work very hard to tailor their quits to fit them just right.

But that’s what I want! A quit tailored to fit me! Where do I get one of those?

Oh ha,ha,ha ..... You can’t buy one of those sir, you have to just stop smoking and start fabricating your very own quit ..... and grow with it. You have to nurture it, honour it, and respect it.

OK then; if I could just buy a quit like that, tailored just for me how much would that cost?

Oh my Sir – that’s what I’m trying to tell you! You simply can’t buy a quit like that and even if you could, that quit would be priceless!

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CaroleD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years ago Commented 3 days 12 hours ago
That is "priceless" GM.....Love it!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 3 days 11 hours ago
👏👏 thank you 🤗
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 27 years 9 months ago Commented 3 days 11 hours ago
Green Meenie, thank you for sharing that great story! I love how it underlines that a quit is tailored to every individual, and that each person's contributions and commitment to the quit create a strong and priceless fabric, that increases in value over time if you continue to take care of it.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 2 days 21 hours ago
Once again Green Meenie you hit the nail on the head. Love your narrations.
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months ago Commented 2 days 19 hours ago
The quit is priceless which it is true. Thanks GM
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 1 month ago Commented 2 days 19 hours ago
Thank you for holding this site close to your heart my friend.
sherdon
Quit 1 year ago posted 3 days 21 hours ago
Hi Everyone: Even though it's been one year, the urge to smoke pops up occasionally but there are reminders all around me of why I shouldn't smoke. My brother and I took our Aunt out for supper last night. We haven't seen her in over 6 years. She is now on oxygen because of COPD due to smoking. She is obese and has other health issues from decreased activity because of her breathing issues. She is only 69 years old but looks like she's in her 80s. She quit smoking 6 years ago when she was in the ICU from pneumonia and came home on oxygen. I too have COPD but it is very early stage. I'm glad I made the decision to quit when I found out instead of waiting until I needed oxygen. I can still exercise and do all my daily activities. Sometimes we don't think about how smoking will affect us when we get older.
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Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 3 days 19 hours ago
You're right sherdon! There are signs all around us of the 'rewards' that a life of smoking leaves us with. Unfortunately, those 'rewards' are not one's we want or ever expected.

It's my own opinion that all quitters should speak to their Dr. to arrange for a CT scan of your lungs, once you have quit, so you know the status of your lung health.
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 9 months ago Commented 3 days 19 hours ago
Yay Sherdon! Congratulations on your 1 year smoke-free milestone! 🏆 You must be so proud! We are sorry to hear about your aunt's COPD and are so glad to hear that she too has successfully quit! It is never too late to quit and there are always benefits. At any stage of COPD, quitting smoking can prevent further decline in lung function. 💕 We too are glad that you have successfully quit and have made an amazing decision for your physical and mental health! We appreciate you normalizing that even after being smoke-free long term, cravings still arise! It is indeed a process and we are thrilled to hear that you have succeeded. Have you noticed any changes with your COPD since you have quit? We wish you all the best! Keep up the great work!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days 19 hours ago
sherdon, I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. Is she still quit. Seems such a shame and through no fault of her own. We were all taken in by the tobacco industries and the blame should be put on them and not the poor victims of their stupidity. They are the ones that should be accountable. I'm so glad you decided to quit when you did because you have a really good chance at recovery. 1 year is huge and you should be extremely proud of yourself. Congratulations on this amazing milestone. The urge still pops up for me as well even after 5 years, it's that darn relentless nicodemon tempting me again but you and I both know that he has nothing on us, we're stronger and better than he is and he knows it. Remind yourself everyday sherdon just how lucky you really are and enjoy not being a slave anymore to this addiction. Hugs, Lucille.
CaroleD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years ago Commented 3 days 19 hours ago
Awesome Sherdon! 1 year milestone is a big one. Thanks for the reminder of all of the health risks of smoking. My Dad has been on oxygen 24/7 for years so all of the reminders were there for me as well. Keep up the good work!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 3 days 18 hours ago
Hi Sherdon 👋🏻👋🏻 I’m glad you are sharing this … it is important for all of us to see that we have to stay on our toes with our quits … it’s so sad about your aunt. Lucille is right about us all getting sucked in by the industry, and I am thankful we have all decided to stop! Hugs to you! 🤗🤗
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years 1 month ago Commented 3 days 16 hours ago
Thank you for this important post Sherdon. Congratulations and many pats on the back for a job well done under difficult circumstances! Please always protect your precious quit.
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months ago Commented 3 days 15 hours ago
Thanks Sherdon the head up. Sorry about you aunt's situation. It is good to remind us we quit the smoking but we still need to take care of ourselves good.
Karenlk
Quit 1 week 2 days ago posted 3 days 21 hours ago
Day 3 and still feel very committed . Having cravings today but with the help of you Katrina and all of the people on here I continue. Many good tips and the encouragement helps more than you know. Thanks all🤗
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QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 9 months ago Commented 3 days 19 hours ago
Congratulations Karen on reaching day 3 of your smoke-free journey! 🤗 We are so thankful to be of help and are cheering you on as you progress further into this beneficial journey! We are here for you! We appreciate your kind words and thank you for updating us along the way! Keep up the great work Karen! NOPE! Not.One.Puff.Ever! 💕
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days 19 hours ago
Wow Karen, kudos to you on remainign focused and positive. Keep it up and you'll reach freedom before you know it. Remember however to say NOPE often because the nicodemon will still come around to tempt you. Stay focused and vigilant and you'll do fine. Hugs, Lucille.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 10 months ago Commented 3 days 19 hours ago
Cravings are part of the process and they are strongest in the first week or two normally. Practice your deep breathing when the cravings come calling and busy yourself with something ..... anything, doesn't matter what ii is. An idle mind is the Nicodemons workshop!
Keep marching 1 day at a time!
CaroleD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 years ago Commented 3 days 19 hours ago
Way to go Karen, you sound very positive and that is so important! What helped me the most were the wonderful, encouraging and caring people on this forum. As well as the Quit Coaches! Keep posting and let us know how you're doing!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 1 month ago Commented 3 days 18 hours ago
Yay Karen 🎉🎉🎉🎉 don’t look too far ahead. Staying present with your quit and close to the forum will be your savings grace, trust me . You can do this and we are all so proud of you 🌹