29 Nov 2017
10 Aug 2018
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I really need to respond to Jeyan's post. One of my sisters had quit for at least 4 months. I am going to spend this weekend with her because she lives out of town. Although I know she misses seeing me in person, I felt there was some hesitance on her part. She finally emailed me to say that she went out with friends one night and started smoking again, and was too embarrassed to tell me before now. I responded by telling her not to worry, that I get it, and I do.
This addiction is hard to beat, and it is hard to keep the quit. Physical, mental and emotional cravings hit us at every turn, and we have to be prepared to say no each time. And that is really, really difficult to do. That is why we have to live by NOPE, Not One Puff Ever. And I would add, Not Under Any Circumstances. We simply can't have even one puff, because if we do, we will end up right back where we started.
Thank you, jeyan, for raising this issue. I say time and again that we have to stay vigilant, because we never know when the temptation will hit. I quit 1.8 months ago, and I still get cravings. And I still have to talk myself out of it. And although I have done so successfully thus far, who knows? I can't take it for granted. I have to work for it each time. Which is part of the reason why I stay on this site. Because all of the wonderful people here help to keep me grounded and focussed. And I truly want to help those who are thinking about quitting, or who have just started their journey, to be successful. Because we all need support, don't we?
And by the way, I have said it before, but I will say it again. Way to go, jeyan! I am so happy for you, and you should be so proud of your success! You are truly a non-smoker! Yippee!