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#1 Kazza

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 08:59 AM

Ok people, what is it with the smell of sun cream, hot sunny days and the biggest smoking craves?

 

I am finding the last few days really, really hard and today I can only think about smoking.

To a point I have actually thought... well I could just have a couple on holiday or nobody would know!!!!!

 

What the Heck is wrong with me?????

 

I know it is romancing the cigarette and I know I will not smoke but please all be aware of this blooming addiction, it is blooming horrid and dangerous on so many levels.

(no swearing hah)


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 09:25 AM

Nothing is wrong with you Kazza. You have been conquering triggers one by one for the last 5,5 months and you'll continue to do so by conquering the "summer" trigger.

 

I used to chain smoke at the beach. I had a short break and didn't face any issues but my longer holiday will also be fun I'm guessing :)


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 11:04 AM

It is indeed tough. I was having a picnic at a lake yesterday, The sun was shining, bbq's going on, other people were enjoying their day and some were having a smoke. I paused for a second and thought....wouldn't it be nice to have a smoke. NO was the immediate answer. It wouldn't be nice. It's never been nice. I hate them. This addiction is an adversary that is unlike anything I've ever battled before or ever will again. It's voice is smart, sneaky, patient, loud and relentless. It preys on weakness and I'm fed up of being weak. My Dad has just been taken to hospital for some tests after his angina flared up again in a bad way. The voice has already started it's slow, methodical attack on my mind but it will not happen. The switch has been flicked and I can see it for what it is. Farewell nicotine. Thanks for nothing you ******.

 

Glad you seen the light Kazza. Well done and stay vigilant.


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:14 PM

I'm not sure what it is in our brains that makes it think it would be a good idea to make these suggestions. They just pop in there out of nowhere. It's kind of like in Ghostsbusters when Gozer the Gozerian wants them to choose the form of the destructor and so they try to empty their heads, but Ray accidentally thinks of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. I try to empty my head of all thoughts of smoking, but sometimes it just pops in there!

 

Hopefully there will be less popping over time. :)


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:28 PM

Glad you posted about it Kazza instead of doing it. 

 

We don't need to smoke anymore. :-)


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:40 PM

Hi Kazza really glad you didn't have a smoke. When you quit smoking you have to go through the 4 seasons,you have done winter and spring,now you are doing  your first summer without cigarettes and i found this season the hardest because of the weather. Just stick with it,and it will get easier cos next summer will be a breeze.


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:43 PM

Well done for realising the trigger and being aware enough not to let it control you Kazza.

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 01:28 PM

Kazza: almost 4 months for me and I am Back to carrying hard candys in my shirt pocket where I would have carried my smokes.

we are in the seasonal triggers and you just smelled your way to another one sun tan lotion or cream.

I love the way it smells and it really arouses me but no smoking trigger, its a Bikini trigger I guess.  hang in there you have the strength and the knowledge to continue to succeed


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 01:59 PM

Great job talking it out instead of trying to smoke it away, Kazza.   Seasonal triggers are really tough sometimes, but hopefully they will let up soon and you can enjoy the rest of your holiday without the nagging thoughts.  


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 02:36 PM

Sorry for your tough day kazza, I know those too well. Just remember you always have your handy dandy JAC at the ready :) Hope your holiday gets better :)
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 03:10 PM

way to go glad you hung in there! 


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 03:40 PM

"I know it is romancing the cigarette and I know I will not smoke..."

 

At the end of the day, that says it all. :)

 

I don't really crave cigarettes much anymore, but yesterday I had a doozy of a crave. Dre and I were on our way home from a Father's Day brunch with her family and I ate way too much and a crave hit me out of nowhere. It lasted about a minute or so.

 

Of course, it's not like I could have pulled the car over and bought smokes. Not if I wanted to keep my girlfriend (and I wouldn't anyway), but still, it was weird to get such a craving out of the blue.


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 03:50 PM

Very annoying...I know.  Eventually, it should stop happening for the most part, Kazza.  I say for the most part because, as an addict, you just never know and must keep your guard up.  Vigilance!


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:20 PM

Yes the addiction telling you but you are on holiday is a tough one, you can just start over when you get back is one of the biggest lies we try to talk ourselves into. Your doing great! This too shall pass
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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:24 PM

If it gets really bad, just take a trip to Arizona....I guarantee you will not want to go smoke.....you however may melt before lighting one! Hahaha!
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#16 Kazza

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:43 PM

Thank you so much for such great responses.

 

This is one tough mumma of an addiction and we just don't know when it will bite us!

This board once again saved my sanity!!

 

Cheers all


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 06:59 PM

Kazza! I'm really sorry you are having terrific triggers. Sounds like a change in season thing. This quitting smoking is not for the faint of heart, that's for sure.

I hope you clear them, and soon. 


 

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 07:08 PM

Way to go Kazza. You are doing great. You make us proud. !!

 

I know one thing, I hope to get where you are one day. Can't wait for the day that the craves don't come on a daily basis, so many a day makes it crazy.  This to shall pass.

 

Keep up the good work. :)  You are my hero !!!


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 10:44 PM

Kazza, way to go.

Just keep on keeping on.

 

Don't want to be a downer but

I do want you to be forewarned.

 

I'm no expert but this is my 2nd season playing golf with out nico.

Easier than the first time?  Yes.

Strong crave free? Definite no.

 

I didn't expect the craves I got.

Never came close to smoking but it is still irritating.

 

Apparently, once through the grinder isn't enough.

Seems it's all stages, 

 

Your craves, while still there, 

They do become less, and less, and less, and less.

 

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Posted 20 June 2017 - 09:59 AM

Electric2,

You are so right, it is very strange as the craves are SOOOOO much less today than yesterday.

Today is a normal day that I do not smoke, whereas yesterday was I am an addict and I am craving nicotine!!

 

Very strange but like you say they get less and less (thankfully!!)


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