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  1. efreeman75
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    Congratulations Fisher Guy.  You're really racking up those months now, and enjoying all the various events and seasons as a non-smoker.

    You got this!!!
  2. Fisher Guy
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    Hi everybody. . Just  got back from our fishing camp. Well the 7thmonth of not smoking has come and  gone. Feeling happy that days go by and I don't even think about smoking, But to be honest there are day it still hits me. That is when NOPE comes in and I think about something else. I am seeing a lot of new members on line, and am proud you have chosen  to join  us in our smoke free journey. I will talk to everyone  in the near future so keep up the  good work and stay strong.
  3. dublinguy
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    Great to hear from you Fisherguy and even greater to hear how well you are doing. Hope the fishing camp was good, you deserve a treat after your 7 months hard work. And now you are an inspiration to the new members starting off on their journies.
  4. Fisher Guy
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    Hi to all my  . The 8th months has come and gone. My buddy who smoked also asked if I still  get urges, and the answer was yes. They arn;t as bad as they used to be but some are intense. .Nope works for me. He has been smoke free for 7 years and he still wants to taste a cigar every now and then.  Hope you all have a great summer and see you at 9 months.
  5. optimist
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    Well so good to hear from you Fisher Guy because I was on the point of saying something myself.  First, congratulations on your 8 successful months.  I'm in my 1st month and these urges of which you speak are the bain of my existence.  Unlike you, I can't say I've been successful 100% of the time.  The difficulty I'm having with NOPE is that it demands perfection.  The only workable "good enough" is absolute perfection.  That's unfortunately just the nature of addiction.  Essentially it means that no matter how sh***y I feel or how powerful the urge, I cannot give in, not even once.

    Now I've come far enough that I feel "damned if I do and damned if I don't".  Not smoking is uncomfortable to awful, while smoking causes me to feel guilt and anger at myself, not to mention fear of the harm I'm doing.  Trying to get beyond my feelings, I review my reasons for quitting - and I certainly have some compelling reasons - and practice the D's.  I've even sought counsel.  On and on it goes.  Is there some big secret to success that I'm missing?

    Thank you all for listening.
  6. optimist
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    My response to myself for my previous rant is "Suck it up, Buttercup".

    And Fisher Guy, kudos to you for 8 weeks and counting.  Awesome.
  7. dublinguy
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    That's wonderful news Fisherguy.
  8. jb63
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    Congrats on 8 months Fisher guy. That’s something to celebrate. Enjoy your summer
  9. efram, quit coach
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    Hi optimist,

    Re: perfection, yes, sure, that's the end goal, but it's also good to recognize progress along the way. Looking at quitting as a learning process, imperfections (slips) can be looked at as opportunities for learning and growth. I forget where I heard the phrase "progress, not perfection," but it makes sense to me, and hopefully thinking of the quitting process this way can help take some of the pressure off. 

    About success: think of how far you've come already, compared to a month ago -- that's a lot of cigarettes you haven't smoked, and a lot of success that you can continue to build on, one day at a time. 

     
  10. optimist
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    Hi efram,

    Thank you for sharing your perspective.  Progress vs. perfection seems like a much more balanced and helpful approach.  So that's the approach I've adopted.  Seems to be working.  And so on I go.....
  11. efram, quit coach
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    Hi optimist,

    You're welcome! I'm glad that the approach seems to be working ... makes me feel, er, optimistic! 
  12. wandam
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    Hi Fisher Guy,

    Huge congratulations to you on celebrating 8 months of being smoke free, way to go! Keep rocking your quit Fisher Guy!
  13. Fisher Guy
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    Hit II everybody. I know it is summer, and all of us are on holidays , So I  miss reading how things are going with us .OK so now it is 9 months since my last cigarette .just  can;t  get over how time fly's. Yes there was some bad days , but more good days now. Keep saying NOPE and give yourself a reward every now and then .
  14. dublinguy
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    9 months!!! that's incredible. Well done Fisherguy. You made it and you're making it stick. I cant share the same stats... while Im living in that smoking house its just too hard. But Ill be moving soon and will get back on the horse then again and be back here posting like I used to everyday.
    No other news really. Nothing is going on.
  15. jb63
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    Fisherguy
    9 months. That is amazing. Sure is something to be proud of. I don’t know how many times I have used your NOPE saying. It really does help. Enjoy the rest of your summer
  16. Fisher Guy
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    Hi everybody. Just a note to say 10 months smoke free as of today. Feeling good with fewer and fewer urges to smoke. Most days I don't even think about it. Nice to see all our new friends on here joining us in their journey to be smoke free.   Keep up the good work, It is worth it, Use NOPE and read all the other comments on here. They do help Have a good fall, enjoy the colours.
  17. sarah, quit coach
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    Congrats and Happy 10th month anniversary, Fisher Guy!  The time you've spent quit has really helped those cravings become fewer & far between.
    You are an inspiration to our community, and we so enjoy hearing about your journey.
    Thank you so much for the update, and wishing you all the best
    Sarah
  18. jb63
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    Congrats Fisher Guy. 10 months is amazing. It is crazy how long you can go now without thinking of having a cigarette. It proves it does get easier.Pretty  soon you will be celebrating one year 
  19. Fisher Guy
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    HI everybody!.  Well 11 months is in the books. Can;; t  tell you how good it feels to be this far along in my quit. Have to thank my wife for her encouragement and for not using the frying pan when I got bitchy. . this helpline is a god send. Use it all the time. Keep using NOPE . Now on to the big one.
  20. jb63
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    Wow Fisher guy. 11 months is great. You should be very proud of yourself. What are you going to do to celebrate next month ?  You’re NOPE saying has been keeping me going. 
  21. dublinguy
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    So proud of you Fisherguy… ur leading the way for all of us and showing us how its done. You should plan a little holiday somewhere special for you and your wife to celebrate getting to 12 months when it comes. Well done.
  22. mike o
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    Good work Fisher Guy!👍
  23. Fisher Guy
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    Hi Everybody. Today marks my first year aniversiary  of being smoke free. The last 12 months have had all the emotions you could have. Yes there were times  I wanted to say The  hell with it and grab a smoke, but boy am I glad for Nope and all the help of our community here not to. Now I am a OLD FOGEY . Please go to My Journey and read In memory of Carols journey. What a inspirational story. You will see where old fogey comes from. To all of you just starting or others well into your quit, donI ;t give up. It will be worth it.  I did gain 15 lbs. so my next job is to lose it. Dublinguy said I should do a nice trip as a reward. Well my wife and all the children and grandchildren are going to the carribiean for the Christmas holidays.. Stay strong everybody and have a great holiday season.
  24. freedomchild
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    WOW!! Congratulations that totally awesome. Happy Holidays....NOPE NOT ONE PUFF EVER!!
  25. jb63
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    Congratulations Fisher Guy That is amazing. It must be a great feeling to be able to say One year smoke free. That is great your whole family is going on vacation. Enjoy every minute of it.
    Congrats again Old Fogey 
  26. Fisher Guy
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    Thanks guys. Appreciate your good wishes.
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