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Message 1187204 - Posted: 21 Jan 2012, 18:42:30 UTC

So its not only your bad habits that have to be changed.


Keep going Mark there's a whole lot of us out here who are backing you up.
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Message 1187221 - Posted: 21 Jan 2012, 19:23:22 UTC - in response to Message 1187204.


Keep going Mark there's a whole lot of us out here who are backing you up.

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Message 1187223 - Posted: 21 Jan 2012, 19:28:53 UTC - in response to Message 1187221.

Welcome back Mark!

Has your sense of taste come back yet? Noticed new tastes/smells?
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Message 1187351 - Posted: 22 Jan 2012, 4:22:18 UTC - in response to Message 1187204.

So its not only your bad habits that have to be changed.


Keep going Mark there's a whole lot of us out here who are backing you up.

Indeed it is not just the bad habits.

This:
Relax on the couch after a nice meal........shaZaaaaaam.......have a few beers.......shaZaaaaaaam.......whap, whop, who's your daddy?

Tells you that it is the normal everyday habits that trigger the craving. They are the things that give the other dragon strength. Breaking ALL your habits at once involves 'No couch after a nice meal; No 'few beers'. Those are the triggers. The bell that makes the dog salivate.

Why give the dragon attacks of opportunity? The water routine does more than the flushing and scrubbing away of nicotine. It also replaces many of the habits with a new routine, which helps attack both Dragons at once.

All the best of luck Mark. I really am rooting for you. ... and anyone else your lead inspires to follow suit.

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Message 1187353 - Posted: 22 Jan 2012, 4:46:59 UTC

here is a little definition of one word that everybody thinks they know what it means and we use it frequently .... that word is the word

DECIDE: comes from the two Latin words

DE = "put to"

CIDE = "DEATH" hint insectiCIDE, herbiCIDE

we often use the word decide and choice liberally and believe they are one and the same ... the difference is one comes from the head and one from the heart. Purpose in your heart my friend and it will be permanent! Good Luck!
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Message 1187366 - Posted: 22 Jan 2012, 6:22:51 UTC - in response to Message 1187223.

Welcome back Mark!

Has your sense of taste come back yet? Noticed new tastes/smells?

Have not really noticed any change in taste yet, but I do seem to be getting a bit more sense of smell lately.
And it's nice coming home from work and not having the house smell so much of stale smoke.
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Message 1187666 - Posted: 23 Jan 2012, 13:54:53 UTC
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So, i´m at about a week to lost (?) U$ 100,00??? Crap...better go back to work and make some then.
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Message 1187686 - Posted: 23 Jan 2012, 16:09:00 UTC

Don't worry about noticing a change in your sense of taste, or smell. Let me explain:
When I my brother quit smoking a few years back it took him a long time to realise that things were tasting "different". The change was slow and steady, not a sudden switch being thrown. He said he realised when chomping his way through one of Gran's scones (or more likely knowing us, a dozen of them!), it tasted "fresher", but he knew it had just come out of the oven long enough to cool to "eating temperature"....



(In earlier years we both suffered burns to our tongues due to being in too much of a hurry to translate the HOT scones from the cooling tray to our stomachs)
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Message 1187701 - Posted: 23 Jan 2012, 17:51:57 UTC - in response to Message 1187366.

Welcome back Mark!

Has your sense of taste come back yet? Noticed new tastes/smells?

Have not really noticed any change in taste yet, but I do seem to be getting a bit more sense of smell lately.
And it's nice coming home from work and not having the house smell so much of stale smoke.

Indeed, welcome back. It was a little strange without you here.

You seem to be doing better with your nonsmoking than I am with my weight loss.

On the taste thing, that makes me think. I have a friend who smokes, and he also puts a ton of salt on his food "to make it taste better." He even salts pizza, which to me is one of the saltiest things there is. He mixes salt and pepper into his ketchup before dipping his fries in it, while I brush most of the salt off my fries (if I eat them at all). I wonder if he would find he needs less salt if he quit smoking. He recently went on a med for his blood pressure, but he hasn't cut down on the salt (or the smoking) even though it affects BP.

Stale smoke smell: if I spend a couple hours at my friend's house in the evening, I can't stand myself the next morning until I wash my hair, and I really hate it if I have to wear the same pants the next day.

Anyway, it sounds like you're going to force me to make that donation I keep threatening. Now, what's the current balance on my credit card...?

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Message 1188905 - Posted: 27 Jan 2012, 18:13:21 UTC - in response to Message 1187701.

Anyway, it sounds like you're going to force me to make that donation I keep threatening. Now, what's the current balance on my credit card...?

As noted in the GPUUG thread, $25 this morning to the upload/download server drive. If you fail now, you owe it $50 more.

(Don't fail.)

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Message 1189494 - Posted: 28 Jan 2012, 19:37:49 UTC - in response to Message 1187351.

So its not only your bad habits that have to be changed.


Keep going Mark there's a whole lot of us out here who are backing you up.

Indeed it is not just the bad habits.

This:
Relax on the couch after a nice meal........shaZaaaaaam.......have a few beers.......shaZaaaaaaam.......whap, whop, who's your daddy?

Tells you that it is the normal everyday habits that trigger the craving. They are the things that give the other dragon strength. Breaking ALL your habits at once involves 'No couch after a nice meal; No 'few beers'. Those are the triggers. The bell that makes the dog salivate.

Why give the dragon attacks of opportunity? The water routine does more than the flushing and scrubbing away of nicotine. It also replaces many of the habits with a new routine, which helps attack both Dragons at once.

All the best of luck Mark. I really am rooting for you. ... and anyone else your lead inspires to follow suit.

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Len is absolutely right. The smoking habit becomes integrated with other daily activities, particularly those around food and drink.

Long after I no longer craved cigarettes, I would get a pang every time I had a cup of coffee. I had trained my brain to associate smoking with coffee. It took a very, very long time to break this. For many people, it's going to a bar. They've trained themselves that "having fun" means drinking, being with friends AND smoking.

Keep it up! This C-note is burning a hole in my pocket!!!



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Message 1189783 - Posted: 29 Jan 2012, 18:24:15 UTC

As a probably long forgotten soul here seeing this thread today I felt compelled to congratulate you on your victory! I know how hard you have tried so many times in the past and hope over the next few days (the month isn't over yet :P) you maintain the strength to see it through to the end. I KNOW YOU CAN!
Hopefully some day soon I will be able to afford a donation to the cause.

I do want to make a couple of suggestions though, one you continue with this as far as you have made it might as well just stop altogether and not pick that bad habit back up in a few days. Two, take the money you would have spent on the cancer stix for this past month and donate it for all these good people that helped you in your cause. I realize that wasn't the bet but $200 donation is better than $1000 or even $0 and now its barely enough to buy a good hard drive :D

After this month take the money weekly set it aside or in a savings account for a special fund either a new computer (like you really need another) or a vacation. Just something you can use at the end of the year to appreciate all the money your not burning up without anything but health issues to show for it. Again Congrats my friend and may the next few days go by fast for you.

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Message 1189808 - Posted: 29 Jan 2012, 18:59:11 UTC

Well, after suffering through this, and already seeing the money saved, I don't intend to restart.
Thanks again to all who have offered words of support.

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Message 1189836 - Posted: 29 Jan 2012, 20:00:03 UTC - in response to Message 1189808.

Well, after suffering through this, and already seeing the money saved, I don't intend to restart.
Thanks again to all who have offered words of support.

Meow!

Congratulations on becoming a non-smoker!

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Message 1190090 - Posted: 30 Jan 2012, 15:38:22 UTC

Nearly time to add a proud "Ex-Smoker" tag to your sig. Mark. 8)

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Message 1190104 - Posted: 30 Jan 2012, 16:17:39 UTC - in response to Message 1190090.

Well, once the cravings are more under control and it's not so much of a fight all the time, I think a better term might be 'relieved' ex-smoker.
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Message 1190610 - Posted: 1 Feb 2012, 6:48:13 UTC - in response to Message 1190104.

Soooo, how'd we do this February 1, 2012?

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Message 1190612 - Posted: 1 Feb 2012, 6:54:50 UTC - in response to Message 1190610.

Soooo, how'd we do this February 1, 2012?

Still on the path. Still making me ornery, still hard to shake the cravings.
But still sticking with the program...kitties are happy, I think.
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Message 1190615 - Posted: 1 Feb 2012, 6:59:00 UTC - in response to Message 1190612.

Soooo, how'd we do this February 1, 2012?

Still on the path. Still making me ornery, still hard to shake the cravings.
But still sticking with the program...kitties are happy, I think.


If the kitties are happy, then everyone ought to be happy.

Keep fighting the good fight! I've got faith.

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Message 1190617 - Posted: 1 Feb 2012, 7:02:31 UTC - in response to Message 1190615.

Soooo, how'd we do this February 1, 2012?

Still on the path. Still making me ornery, still hard to shake the cravings.
But still sticking with the program...kitties are happy, I think.


If the kitties are happy, then everyone ought to be happy.

Keep fighting the good fight! I've got faith.

Thank you and everybody else who joined in. It has helped having all of your support.

Meow meow meow!
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