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#1 JimHannoonen

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:45 PM

...I kinda will anyway. ;)

 

Seriously though, since I stopped smoking, I have not once even considered going to the store to buy smokes.

 

Sure, I've had a few crappy days here and there and have definitely craved a cigarette, but have never been anywhere near thinking I was going to give in and cave and go back to where I was.

 

I have too much invested and I can't do that to myself. I can't do it to my girlfriend.

 

I can't and I won't.

 

I think the mindset I had going into this was the most important thing and is what makes this quit so much different than any other. Sure, there's a physical aspect to it, but honestly, you have to think about it the right way.

 

As has been said 100's of times over in this forum. There is no try or hope or want or wish. These all leave room for failure. Wish in one hand, spit in the other and see which fills up first.

 

There is no luck. You tell me good luck, I tell you "Luck is for Chuck and Chuck is a duck, so why would a duck need good luck?"

 

For me, smoking isn't an option and that's that. I don't try to not smoke anymore. I just don't smoke. Just like I don't poop my pants anymore. Sure, I could, if I really wanted, but why on earth would I?

 

Try this. Next time you get an irresistible urge to smoke, tell yourself the only way you can have one is if you poop your pants. Once you do that, it's OK to smoke.*

 

 

*If you see someone posting as Captain Poopypants, that means I caved and am smoking again.


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#2 Dianecz

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:56 PM

Jim you are so wonderful, inspirational with a sense of humour, just what we all need! Thank You x


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:56 PM

Luckily I am 100% confident I will never see you posting as Captain Poopypants Jim!   I am sure your girlfriend is equally pleased about that too (!), but I'm sure she is uber, uber proud of you and your commitment to your quit and your new life.  No need to say you are doing brilliantly and you are leading with strength and great humour here too.  Congrats! 


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 06:59 PM

Not such great advise for some of us older folks. :wink:

 

Jennet, you got this, right?


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#5 BlueBell

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:03 PM

Beautiful Post! thanks for the mid-afternoon laugh :grin:



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:07 PM

Glad you decided to brag about it anyway :D

 

I totally agree with you that it's the right mindset that really makes or breaks such life-changing choices (i.e. quitting smoking). I no longer see smoking as an option, I see not smoking as a long term commitment that I have made in order to have a better, healthier, longer life! :)


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#7 Jillar

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:10 PM

Wait, chuck IS A DUCK???!!!! :laughbounce: 

 

Seriously though another great post Jim and I'm thrilled you are having such an easy go of it compared to some of us (pointing to myself).... :)


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#8 Nancy.

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:54 PM

So happy for you, and so glad you are here!!


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#9 Kazza

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 07:59 PM

I just love your posts Jim.
Let's HOPE that our LUCK holds and you keep us laughing.
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:43 PM

You crack me up! Great post, attitude is everything! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:54 PM

:laughbounce: :laughbounce: Thanks for that Jim, made me smile, and so glad to hear your quit is going so well.

Don't forget if you do cave, you got to come on here and admit to the said pooping of pants :blush:


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 08:54 PM

Love it!
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Posted 20 March 2017 - 09:22 PM

haha you a funny dude. man! that might be the key...pooping your pants before you cave...haha...hahahahaha.



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Posted 20 March 2017 - 10:48 PM

Well done, Jim. You have a great quit going.




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