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#1 4Vaska

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:22 PM

Hey everyone,

 

sorry for the long long silence. No, I haven't relapsed! Just been busy with life, work, and the random stuff that life throws at one.

 

Last night my phone beeped a reminder:

 

"One Year Nictone Free"

 

Officially I smoked my last nicotine stick on the 12th May, but I kicked the nico-replacement inhaler on the 21st May.

 

So, here I am. Celebrating. 1 year. No more nicotine.

 

It was one heck of a rough ride. For anyone with underlying conditions (depression, ADHD, anxiety, autism, for me) quitting  nicotine is extra hard.

 

But doable.

 

1) Get support :) it shall be done! Family, friends, online, doctors, counsellors, pastor, imams, rabbis, etc. Do what works for you.

 

2) Also get replacement habits in place prior to quit. Something that takes about the same time to finish a cig, and you like immensely. For me it's reading (read about 43 books last year), and languages (I polished up my Dutch, German and Spanish with Duolingo app on my phone).

 

3) Acknowledge that it'll be a bumpy road. Some days are easier than others. Courage is being able to say "this day blows, I'm gonna throw in the towel for now, and try again better tomorrow"

 

4) When (if) you relapse, or thinking about it, SOS. Talk to your doctor/psyc/counsellor. For me it's easier to talk about it with a medical practitioner than opening up in a forum.

 

5) Keep at it! Even if you fell off the wagon, tell yourself "You made a decision to quit! Now quit again!" I relapsed about 3 times after making decision to quit, before it stuck (and after my psych adjusted my meds). Some people need more attempts than others. Keep. At. It.

 

6) Be nice to yourself during your quit. We've done enough self harm by smoking..... it's kinda naive to think that your body will recover in days/weeks. For some longer term smoker, you'll see the benefits after a year or so! I certainly do :)

 

7) Love yourself. For me smoking is a form of controlled self harm that took months of therapy to uncover the reasons for it. Now that I've worked through some of the psychological reasons, it's easier to maintain the quit. Find out your "why", and work on it. Even if you relapse, love yourself, and work on quit again. And reward yourself. Every day that you don't smoke deserves a reward.

 

My reward for 1 yr Nictone Free:
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Love you all!

 

I'll check in more often. Kinda in a middle of a lot of coding assignments, and I know I can spend a whole day here..... but I got stuff to hand in tomorrow LOL.

 

XOXOXOXOX

 

 

 

 


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:27 PM

Wonderful!  Congrats!  Excellent advice and excellent reward =)


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:30 PM

Congrats again my friend! :)
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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:30 PM

Congratulations, 4Vaska!!  One year totally nicotine free is really ONE-derful!!.

 

I have to ask.... you bought yourself  a Lego set for a prize? ?? ? ?? :blink:  :blink:  Or is that a trip on the next moon spaceship?

 

Whatever makes you happy :)   and keeps you busy...


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:33 PM

Awesome 4vaska!
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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:34 PM

Wonderful post, 4V!  Congratulations on 1 year nicotine free!  :)


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:36 PM

CONGRATULATIONS, 4Vaska, on your 1 year smoke free!!


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Posted 22 May 2017 - 10:44 PM

Hey everyone,

 

sorry for the long long silence. No, I haven't relapsed! Just been busy with life, work, and the random stuff that life throws at one.

 

Last night my phone beeped a reminder:

 

"One Year Nictone Free"

 

Officially I smoked my last nicotine stick on the 12th May, but I kicked the nico-replacement inhaler on the 21st May.

 

So, here I am. Celebrating. 1 year. No more nicotine.

 

It was one heck of a rough ride. For anyone with underlying conditions (depression, ADHD, anxiety, autism, for me) quitting  nicotine is extra hard.

 

But doable.

 

1) Get support :) it shall be done! Family, friends, online, doctors, counsellors, pastor, imams, rabbis, etc. Do what works for you.

 

2) Also get replacement habits in place prior to quit. Something that takes about the same time to finish a cig, and you like immensely. For me it's reading (read about 43 books last year), and languages (I polished up my Dutch, German and Spanish with Duolingo app on my phone).

 

3) Acknowledge that it'll be a bumpy road. Some days are easier than others. Courage is being able to say "this day blows, I'm gonna throw in the towel for now, and try again better tomorrow"

 

4) When (if) you relapse, or thinking about it, SOS. Talk to your doctor/psyc/counsellor. For me it's easier to talk about it with a medical practitioner than opening up in a forum.

 

5) Keep at it! Even if you fell off the wagon, tell yourself "You made a decision to quit! Now quit again!" I relapsed about 3 times after making decision to quit, before it stuck (and after my psych adjusted my meds). Some people need more attempts than others. Keep. At. It.

 

6) Be nice to yourself during your quit. We've done enough self harm by smoking..... it's kinda naive to think that your body will recover in days/weeks. For some longer term smoker, you'll see the benefits after a year or so! I certainly do :)

 

7) Love yourself. For me smoking is a form of controlled self harm that took months of therapy to uncover the reasons for it. Now that I've worked through some of the psychological reasons, it's easier to maintain the quit. Find out your "why", and work on it. Even if you relapse, love yourself, and work on quit again. And reward yourself. Every day that you don't smoke deserves a reward.

 

My reward for 1 yr Nictone Free:
20170522_161154.jpg

 

Love you all!

 

I'll check in more often. Kinda in a middle of a lot of coding assignments, and I know I can spend a whole day here..... but I got stuff to hand in tomorrow LOL.

 

XOXOXOXOX

Congratulations!  And don't miss the party we threw for you!!


Nancy

 

 

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 11:35 PM

Wonderful post - CONGRATULATIONS!!!


 

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 12:16 AM

Congratulations!  And don't miss the party we threw for you!!

 

Thanks for checking in with us 4Vaska. We love hearing success stories like yours. Your party was awesome, so sorry you missed it.


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Posted 23 May 2017 - 02:12 AM

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#12 Jillar

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 03:28 AM

Why on earth would you want to play +/- as a newbie still?! You earned your old pharte title so take the privileges that go with it girl, lol.

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Posted 23 May 2017 - 03:38 AM

"For me smoking is a form of controlled self harm that took months of therapy to uncover the reasons for it. Now that I've worked through some of the psychological reasons, it's easier to maintain the quit. Find out your "why", and work on it. Even if you relapse, love yourself, and work on quit again. And reward yourself. Every day that you don't smoke deserves a reward."

 

Thank you for saying this. It is so so important to a healthy quit to not just understand how to stop what we're doing, but to understand why we did it in the first place. Treating the disease instead of just taking care of the symptoms. Congrats, and a great post. :)


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Posted 23 May 2017 - 06:48 AM

Congratulations once again 4Vaska! Wonderful post :)


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Posted 23 May 2017 - 06:57 AM

Congratulations! Thanks for sharing - Such good advice.
 
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Posted 23 May 2017 - 11:07 AM

Very well done.  You should be rightfully very proud of yourself. :smile:


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 02:16 AM

Wonderful!  Congrats!  Excellent advice and excellent reward =)

Lego = brain candy! :D

 

Congrats again my friend! :)

Thanks :) Some anniversaries are harder to celebrate, though.

But still, 1 year no nicotine. That is a Grill Cheese Sammich Event, that is!

 

Congratulations, 4Vaska!!  One year totally nicotine free is really ONE-derful!!.

 

I have to ask.... you bought yourself  a Lego set for a prize? ?? ? ?? :blink:  :blink:  Or is that a trip on the next moon spaceship?

 

Whatever makes you happy :)   and keeps you busy...

I had to think about it for a bit. I think it's me celebrating reconnecting to the younger, pre-smoker me, in some symbolic way. Return to thinking of exploring Other Limits. Someone (I forgotten who) posted once on the board that "You have successfully quit smoking; you can do anything!".

 

Boldly go where No One has Gone Before.

 

For now Making a Triple layer grilled cheese sandwich sounds like a mighty good idea.


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 02:19 AM

Awesome 4vaska!

Thanks!! :D

 

Wonderful post, 4V!  Congratulations on 1 year nicotine free!  :)

Feels good to be able to say that, finally! :) Thanks J5

 

CONGRATULATIONS, 4Vaska, on your 1 year smoke free!!

Thanks Avian!


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 02:22 AM

Congratulations!  And don't miss the party we threw for you!!

Nancy, Thanks! I'm embarassed that I missed my own party hahahahaaa. Better late than never I guess. :)

 

Wonderful post - CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Thanks Freely. You will get there! One day at a time. That's the secret.

 

Thanks for checking in with us 4Vaska. We love hearing success stories like yours. Your party was awesome, so sorry you missed it.

Hehehee... I'd forget my own head if it's not attached to my body. I'll peek into the Party Thread later tonight.


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Posted 24 May 2017 - 02:23 AM

Congratulations on the big one , my friend!

Going somewhere? Space station or a one way ticket to Mars?
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