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#1 Kathleen0515

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 09:56 PM

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It's no big deal to be an Old Pharte. Sure, it's nice to achieve that milestone and receive all the accolades, but it's not hard anymore to not smoke. By one year, you are far into your new life as a nonsmoker and you don't have to struggle to stay that way. By one year, the benefits of your quit have improved your life and your lifestyle. You are reminded every single day how great it is to be a nonsmoker. Your bank account is bigger and your health is better. And for many of us, there is a whole new way of life outside of just getting rid of the cigarettes. We have discovered new activities we love, we eat better, we have a new found confidence, we're proud of ourselves. What's so hard about all this? You know who are MY heroes? That person who has been lurking here and has finally made the choice to quit. And those who just got past that magic 72 hour mark, or hit their one month milestone. My heroes are the people who have blind faith and believe us when we tell them it will get better. It's those who get up every morning and log onto the QSMB to make the daily pledge because they know that's the only thing that will keep them from smoking that day. It's the person who is out the door to buy cigarettes but instead turns around and posts that SOS. Newbies, you are why this board is here. You are the ones that are the big deal here! So, cheers to all those brave souls who one day will join us on the lido deck. You're in the trenches now, but keep on climbing and if you need help reach out and we'll grab your hand. Because you are why we do what we do. 


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Posted 12 April 2014 - 10:01 PM

Awh thats lovely, you have a great way with words, you are soo lucky to be able to do that, I can only wish that x

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 10:09 PM

Awesome post again!!!

Because you are why we do.......what we do!
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Posted 12 April 2014 - 10:17 PM

So true and well written.

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 11:39 PM

Excellent post Kathleen.  I couldn't agree more :D

 

The year is pretty arbitrary.   To me, being an old pharte is a mindset, not a date.  There is no restriction on when that happens.  I think for me it occurred around the 8 month mark.

 

Someone like The Sarge, maybe a week ;)


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Posted 12 April 2014 - 11:50 PM

I'm here and nicotine free.
I had blind faith in those that went before me.
And they did not deceive. They were right!
There is nothing to fear.
It does get better.
At 4 months, it IS better.
I am looking forward to the freedom I will feel at 1 year......and beyond.
Anyone is capable of quitting and the support I have received from this forum gave me so much additional confidence that I could do it.

All of us....complete strangers.....have confidence that YOU can quit too....believe us...you won't regret it!

Seriously, what do you have to lose?
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Posted 13 April 2014 - 12:05 AM

Very good write up Kathleen....

Well, one year for me will be another reason to do a celebration........I love celebrations. ....I may have to do mine at 1.5 years since my year anniversary is in dead of winter. But it will give me another reason for another barbecue swim party in June. But more importantly, it will be a reminder of why I will never smoke again. Even when everyone else is tired of me celebrating a quit smoke, I will kmow its true importan to me.

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 01:17 AM

Brilliant, as always, Kathleen. At just over one year quit, I promise all of you who are just starting out that there is the other side of the mountain waiting for you. All you have to do is take that first step by putting out your last cigarette. We will be here to help you all along the way!
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Posted 13 April 2014 - 01:20 AM

Another great post Kathleen!!

 

You're on a roll. :-)

 

The life blood of the QSMB is those newer to their quits because it is usually the early days and months when the battle is lost or won.

 

It's wonderful witnessing over comers of this deadly addiction. 


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Posted 13 April 2014 - 01:49 AM

^^^ that Chica got a way with words. I'm saying this with the utmost respect....we've had many men here that can lay down the truth when it comes to quitting ( jwg, christolbal, Craig, breath , and David ), but the women can put it down as well...( Kat, Jo, Marcie,Popi, and Soul)... I don't have the gift, but I love it when they post and/or respond ...I also see others that are going to be awesome posters( Leah ), but when I think about it....all support/posts are good, and we never know what message is the one...keep em coming
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Posted 13 April 2014 - 02:08 AM

Thank you so much for the beautifully written post, Kathleen. I will take your words in and try to remember them when the going gets rough. 


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Note to self: Even if I do smoke ONE cigarette and that ONE cigarette gives me relief from these AWFUL feelings, how long will that relief last? Forever? No, of course not. All day? No. An hour? Unlikely. I know perfectly well that the relief I feel, such as it is, will only last about 15 minutes before I'm right back to where I am now-- NEEDING just ONE cigarette to deal with these AWFUL feelings.  All right-- forget it! Forget the d*** cigarette! N.O.P.E.

 

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 03:15 AM

So true. Every word :)

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Posted 13 April 2014 - 06:06 AM

Wonderful post Kathleen !!!

 

The 1 year mark is important because you complete the year cicle of triggers, but when you finally get there living life as a non-smoker is as easy as just breathing.

 

Cristóbal 


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Posted 14 April 2014 - 11:10 PM

Kathleen,
What a novel way of looking at things! We (the pharts) are the ones who are relaxing and enjoying being non-smokers. The newbies are still fighting the addiction. It's posts like this that make me miss you so much when you are gone!
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Posted 15 April 2014 - 02:43 AM

I just cant wait to be an Old Pharte u know..... nice post btw.




It's no big deal to be an Old Pharte. Sure, it's nice to achieve that milestone and receive all the accolades, but it's not hard anymore to not smoke. By one year, you are far into your new life as a nonsmoker and you don't have to struggle to stay that way. By one year, the benefits of your quit have improved your life and your lifestyle. You are reminded every single day how great it is to be a nonsmoker. Your bank account is bigger and your health is better. And for many of us, there is a whole new way of life outside of just getting rid of the cigarettes. We have discovered new activities we love, we eat better, we have a new found confidence, we're proud of ourselves. What's so hard about all this? You know who are MY heroes? That person who has been lurking here and has finally made the choice to quit. And those who just got past that magic 72 hour mark, or hit their one month milestone. My heroes are the people who have blind faith and believe us when we tell them it will get better. It's those who get up every morning and log onto the QSMB to make the daily pledge because they know that's the only thing that will keep them from smoking that day. It's the person who is out the door to buy cigarettes but instead turns around and posts that SOS. Newbies, you are why this board is here. You are the ones that are the big deal here! So, cheers to all those brave souls who one day will join us on the lido deck. You're in the trenches now, but keep on climbing and if you need help reach out and we'll grab your hand. Because you are why we do what we do.



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Posted 15 April 2014 - 02:53 AM

I just cant wait to be an Old Pharte u know..... nice post btw.



 

 

And I can't wait to celebrate with you Katerina  :smile:  It will be wonderful to witness your journey, and watch you come "full circle".


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 05:19 AM

Crazy. I just signed up for this forum and this was the first post I read. (I guess I really was curious what the secret was, lol) - I didn't think the secret would be me!

 

Still smoking but dying to quit (har, har). Will be posting a "new here" thread soon, I'm sure.

 

But wow. I'm still stunned this was the first thing I read. Already ups my confidence that I can quit! Thank YOU!!!! :-P


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quit alcohol 4/2/14

 

began exercise regime 4/9/14

 

here to quit smoking :ph34r:

 

eventual missions:

 

:arrow: reduce and then eliminate caffeine and diet coke

 

:arrow: pursue fitness and do "all the things" I couldn't do when I was drinking and smoking!

 


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 11:08 AM

Crazy. I just signed up for this forum and this was the first post I read. (I guess I really was curious what the secret was, lol) - I didn't think the secret would be me!
 
Still smoking but dying to quit (har, har). Will be posting a "new here" thread soon, I'm sure.
 
But wow. I'm still stunned this was the first thing I read. Already ups my confidence that I can quit! Thank YOU!!!! :-P


We will be waiting. Set the date and LETS DO THIS!
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Fear of the quit is worse than the quit-Cookielinda
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Posted 15 April 2014 - 12:44 PM

Word.


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Posted 15 April 2014 - 02:26 PM

Beautiful post, Kathleen.


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