Smoking or No Smoking?

By: LakeWorthFinn , 9:01 PM GMT on July 15, 2007

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This blog doesn't have a lot to do with weather... except for the saying:
"IT'S INSIDE - NOT OUTSIDE, WHERE THE WEATHER IS GOOD OR BAD."

Code1 put up a no-smoking-blog some time ago and Barefoot invented the "NO SMOKEE ARTICHOKEE" frase, which only shows how great she is with words... Some WUBAs quit smoking then or afterwards. Thanks dear codefriend for planting the seed, that blog may well have saved my life.
I have not smoked since July 5th. It's the longest time ever, since I got hooked when I was 14. I've tried to quit hundreds of times, I've used nicotine patches and gum, been to hypnosis, tried to smoke less, and all my efforts have led me to this moment, as the thought of quitting never left my mind.

In June I threw a few comment here and there about wanting to stop smoking. Skye and Gamma started to WU-mail me and share their experiences on quitting in such a great way, that I was impressed, encouraged and inspired. Then I got sick on a trip we took, and couldn't smoke for a day. The following morning I said to myself: I'm ready, it's now or never, no need to put this off anymore. I prayed for help and started by not smoking for 24 HOURS. There have been moments I've refrained from picking up a cigarette just one minute at a time. I promised myself that if I can't stand the withdrawals, I'll smoke again - tomorrow. Then the next day came and it was again TODAY. Sounds like a dumb trick, but it has worked for me. I'm not taking any kind of chemical help, going "cold turkey", only because I personally believe that's the shortest route get rid of the cravings and that it suits me. I smoked 15 cigarettes a day for 43 years.

A week after I stopped smoking I went to a support group in my area and that helped a LOT. It's good to read facts about smoking, about quitting smoking, and have people around you who share their experience, strength and hope. Anyone can stop, but not all can stay smoke-free. I heard someone say that he was sucking himself to death and I identified with that.

For me,
The 1st week:
was easier than I thought because I survived it :) And I was in a surreal haze, like being "drunk" from the oxygen I breathed, so I really wasn't totally aware of what was going on...
The 2nd week:
was harder than I thought. No, not just harder, it was hell. But I lived from one moment to another, a minute at a time, dreaming of the five cigarettes I would light up at the same time the next day to get my nicotine fix!
The 3rd week:
started to show some of the benefits; Easier to breathe, no bad breath when standing face to face with people (with a wonderful feeling of dignity!), ability to take the cravings for what they are (just thoughts), and not HAVING TO smoke when I really don't want to. But it was still horrible! I had to have help all day long either by phone, internet, meetings or chewing a lot of pumpkin seeds. The frequency and strength of cravings during the 3rd weeks stayed the same, but..
WHAT A DIFFERENCE THE 4TH WEEK MAKES:
The cravings got shorter and lost their grip, they only lasted about 5 seconds and were gone before I reacted to them. Totally different than the first three weeks, much better and easier to stay away from smokes.
The 5th week:
There are days it's already afternoon when the first craving appears! Happiness and joy enter the heart. Now I have so many people cheering me that it's impossible to pick up a cigarette - today - and let them down. This just gets easier and easier and if I don't light that cigarette today, I WILL BE FREE.

I don't think there's a "right" way or a "wrong" way to quit. Some choose to not use any chemical help, some choose to do that. Ask your doctor if you've smoked a lot and for many years. You can also take a quiz to determine how hooked you are on the drug. I found the pamphlet "QuitAssist" was simply fantastic. Facts and up-to-date info as if made for me!

But everybody seem to agree on one thing: "You have to be ready"!

I'm ready, so I put this blog up in order to stay away from nicotine, to help those who may be thinking about quitting, to thank the ones who got me started and those who encourage me to go on.
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THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!


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214. LakeWorthFinn
5:09 PM GMT on August 10, 2007
{{{PBGOO and Karen}}} - Thanks, but I don't smoke! lol that felt good!
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213. PBG00
5:02 PM GMT on August 10, 2007
Awesome!! You go girl and stick with it..
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212. SBKaren
4:41 PM GMT on August 10, 2007
Here ya go Finn! I'm offering you a cigarette - just so you can turn me down!!!



Refuse me girl, go ahead, won't hurt my feelings! LOL I'm so very proud of you!
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211. LakeWorthFinn
4:33 PM GMT on August 10, 2007
THANKS GUYS, HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!!!
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210. Alleyoops
2:22 PM GMT on August 10, 2007
{{{FINN}}} Keep up the excellent work girl...we are all with you on this...Be blessed!!!
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209. meltemi
11:42 AM GMT on August 10, 2007
Congratulations, Finn! It's wonderful you posted your story. =)
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208. OGal
11:39 AM GMT on August 10, 2007
Finn, thank you so much for stopping by my blog with the birthday wishes. Have a wonderful Friday!
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207. Raysfan70
10:18 AM GMT on August 10, 2007
Good Morning {{Finn}}.

Have fun with the Little Man. :-)
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206. incogkneetoe
9:12 AM GMT on August 10, 2007
LWF

Good morning, good afternoon or good evening,
Which ever the case may be.
I'm sending a virtual wave and a smile
And your choice of lemon aide coffee or tea.

Gary
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205. LakeWorthFinn
5:27 AM GMT on August 10, 2007
{{{{Readhead}}}, luv ya girl, encouraging me really helps!

Here's my experience on the five weeks I have not smoked:

The 1st week:
was easier than I thought because I survived it :) And I was in a surreal haze, like being "drunk" from the oxygen I breathed, so I really wasn't totally aware of what was going on...
The 2nd week:
was harder than I thought. No, not just harder, it was hell. But I lived from one moment to another, a minute at a time, dreaming of the five cigarettes I would light up at the same time the next day to get my nicotine fix!
The 3rd week:
started to show some of the benefits; Easier to breathe, no bad breath when standing face to face with people (with a wonderful feeling of dignity!), ability to take the cravings for what they are (just thoughts), and not HAVING TO smoke when I really don't want to. But it was still horrible! I had to have help all day long either by phone, internet, meetings or chewing a lot of pumpkin seeds. The frequency and strength of cravings during the 3rd weeks stayed the same, but..
WHAT A DIFFERENCE THE 4TH WEEK MAKES:
The cravings got shorter and lost their grip, they only lasted about 5 seconds and were gone before I reacted to them. Totally different than the first three weeks, much better and easier to stay away from smokes.
The 5th week:
There are days it's already afternoon when the first craving appears! Happiness and joy enter the heart. Now I have so many people cheering me that it's impossible to pick up a cigarette - today - and let them down. This just gets easier and easier.

If I don't light that cigarette today, I WILL BE FREE.
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204. Redhead
4:55 AM GMT on August 10, 2007
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I'm so proud of you for not smoking, {{{{{Finn}}}}}!
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203. LakeWorthFinn
3:46 AM GMT on August 10, 2007
Thanks for stopping by Rays, Mia, Ally, Gator, Gamma, Charles, hugs to yas, have a great weekend!
And OGal... one more time... (trumpets at full blast)... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

All well here today (but it sure is hot), I'm recovering and will hopefully soon back to normality.. except NO SMOKEE ARTICHOKEE!

I really wish someone would offer me a cigarette, just to get a kick out of saying "Oh, no thanks, I don't smoke."

YEEEEEEEEHAAAAWWWWW!!!
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202. Gatorxgrrrl
3:11 AM GMT on August 10, 2007
Have a great Friday!!

lolcats funny cat pictures
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201. Raysfan70
11:01 AM GMT on August 09, 2007
{{Finn}}
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200. miawolf
9:54 AM GMT on August 09, 2007
{{Finn}}
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199. incogkneetoe
9:45 AM GMT on August 09, 2007
Good Morning LWF

May -
All your problems are little ones.
Things go exactly as planned.
You have a great day.
You take care and be safe.

Gary
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198. charlesimages
8:48 AM GMT on August 09, 2007
GOOD MORNING AND GOODNIGHT FINN!!

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY TODAY!!

CONGRATS ON WINNING THE BATTLE AGAINST SMOKING!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!
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197. Alleyoops
3:42 PM GMT on August 08, 2007
Good morning {{FINN}} Keep up the good work girl


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196. miawolf
3:30 PM GMT on August 08, 2007
{{Finn}}
Good Morning! :)


What about those pesky huge spiders that just sit there and look at you? Eehhh! :)
I loved the Architecture of Helsinki when I went there for a weekend visit (gosh so lomg ago now...). Would you say it has changed much over the years?
195. seflagamma
3:20 PM GMT on August 08, 2007
Lissu,

Good Wednesday to you. Thank you so much for your call Monday; I was a little disoriented at the time! I sure wish I could join up with you Sunday but we have company in town ourself.

Congratulations on your over 1 month and 1 week!!!!

now, I will drag myself back to bed!
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194. incogkneetoe
11:29 AM GMT on August 08, 2007
Good Morning

Its Wednesday - hump day - half way to the weekend.
Hope your day is care free - if not eat chocolate.
Take care and be safe

Gary
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193. OGal
10:39 AM GMT on August 08, 2007

Chasing Rays, have a happy, hot Wednesday. Return of crunchy grass!
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192. Raysfan70
10:37 AM GMT on August 08, 2007
Good Morning {{Finn}}!
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191. LakeWorthFinn
3:54 AM GMT on August 08, 2007
OMG, been laughing for half an hour now, and there's no end in sight... after I visited missy's blog, where I found out the real names of some old friends... and posted this:

"Hello Dorfus Dipping Fanny, we must be sisters, as I am Dorky Dipping Fanny (Liisa), daughter of Sloopy Rhino Fanny and Dorfus Farkle Brain, mother to Crusty Bubble Fanny and our adopted doggies Skippy Dingle Lips and Stinky Fanny Lips..."

Coughing my lungs out here LOL


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190. LakeWorthFinn
12:22 AM GMT on August 08, 2007
a good day ending with cooking for hubby and watching a good movie.
Yalls have a pleasant night!

NO SMOKEE ARTICHOKEE! LOL
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189. Raysfan70
10:03 AM GMT on August 07, 2007
Good Morning {{Finn}}


I have one at home I will give you the only difference is mine is a little darker Orange. Just about the same size.
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188. incogkneetoe
9:13 AM GMT on August 07, 2007
Good Morning

Happy Tuesday,
Waving and sending you a smile,
Take care and be safe.

Gary
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187. LakeWorthFinn
6:05 AM GMT on August 07, 2007
Too cute Rays! Too cute, where can I adopt him/her??? Have a great week!

Lowercal, you got me all excited with your post - LOL - WOOHOOOO!

{{{Mia}}}, U DA GAL!

Oh, nothing wrong with gators... nothing... nothing... Finn backs away slooooooowly and quietly
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186. Gatorxgrrrl
10:59 PM GMT on August 06, 2007
What's wrong with Gators? lol

Keep up the good work on the no smoking!
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185. LowerCal
10:58 PM GMT on August 06, 2007
WHOO HOOO!!! One whole month without smoking and you're already "over the hump". It seems that the cold turkey method is the express route if you're up for it. You have my respect and admiration. It took me six weeks to get "over the hump" using the gum when I finally quit 10 years ago after almost 30 years of smoking.

You have really quit smoking already, Finn. Your body is just taking a short time to catch on and stop asking for it, lol.
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184. miawolf
12:20 PM GMT on August 06, 2007
{{Finn}}
Good Morning! ☺☺

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I am not a fan of snakes either, Finn. :) But hey, well done on not smoking! :) You go girl!
183. incogkneetoe
12:19 PM GMT on August 06, 2007
Good Morning LWF

Take care, be safe and have a great Monday

Gary
AKA Dorfus GizzardSprinkles
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182. Raysfan70
10:54 AM GMT on August 06, 2007
Good Morning {{Finn}}!
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181. LakeWorthFinn
2:04 AM GMT on August 06, 2007
{{{Huri}}}
Yes you can live without them, if you stay away from lakes and canals...
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180. hurigo
4:51 PM GMT on August 05, 2007
Oh Finn, what a shame!
I wouldn't like living around gators, they scare me. I don't think you can live in Florida without out those tropical creatures though. Can you?
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179. LakeWorthFinn
3:18 PM GMT on August 05, 2007
AAAAAAARRRRGGGHHHHHHH!!!

I've had it! Back to house hunting again... I was going to take a morning swim in the pool, but it was already occupied... by a snake. A real live snake. I have a baaaad snake phobia and only ask one thing of the place where I live - no matter on what continent~- and that is: NO SNAKES.
My dream house is no longer my dream house, my dream is shattered. When I first saw the dock here, I was thinking of a Finnish-style life at a summer cottage with hubby and the dogs sitting on the dock at dusk with me, my fishing rod and feet in the water... Ooooh, I didn't even know to ask NOT to have darn frickin' F*&%&XZCXBFFFF@$}/# GATORS and 5-foot IGUANAS in my backyard either!

AAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH!


But I won't smoke today.
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178. incogkneetoe
1:39 PM GMT on August 05, 2007
Good Day LWF

It is clear, sunny with just a little breeze to keep the skitters away. A great day to sit on the back deck and relax.

Hope everything goes as planned and you have a wonderful, care free, safe Sunday.

Take care

Gary
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177. Alleyoops
12:11 PM GMT on August 05, 2007
{{{FINN}}} Have a great day girl...

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176. LakeWorthFinn
7:32 AM GMT on August 05, 2007
ROTF Crab, will observe my breathing next time I do vigorous swimming and other familiar stuff.... I bet your not smoking has brought new life to your veins too! OMG... thanks for making me laugh/cough, it helps bring out the 'bad' in me...

Thank Karen, I have two girls rooting for me in CA now - you and my stepdaughter!

{{{{{BT, Rays, Mia, Skye and Gary}}}}}

Today is a big day for me, ONE MONTH WITHOUT SMOKING! And tomorrow all our windows and doors will be impact ones. Beauuuuutiful windows, a heavy (ever so smoothly) sliding door and two gorgeous French doors leading to the lanai. Soon it'll be photo shooting time!

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175. Raysfan70
11:50 AM GMT on August 04, 2007
Good Morning {{Finn}}!

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174. miawolf
10:21 AM GMT on August 04, 2007
{{Finn}}

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Doing great Girl!! :):)
Sorry to hear you have 'flu. You take care now. You'll ne in our thoughts.
xo
173. incogkneetoe
10:18 AM GMT on August 04, 2007
Good Morning

Its the weekend. Time to rise, shine and make merry.
Enjoy you Saturday.

Take care and be safe
Gary
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172. Skyepony (Mod)
12:35 AM GMT on August 04, 2007
Hope the flu is through soon.

That Daddy's guilt goes a long ways:)
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171. SBKaren
10:42 PM GMT on August 03, 2007
{{{{{{{{{{Finn}}}}}}}}}}}} congratulations on being smoke free. While I have never been a smoker, I do know how hard it is to give up the habit. I am always extremely impressed with anyone who wins this battle.

You have a proud admirer in California!! You GO GIRL!
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170. hurricanecrab
10:37 PM GMT on August 03, 2007
{{Finn}} ...... and now you're breathing easier, even though you mightn't notice it. After you're recovered from your flu (so sorry!) try a vigorous swim or something that's familiar ..... um..... lost my train of thought..... oh yeah, and see how much better you can breathe. I'm just amazed even now how much stronger I can swim.
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169. bigtrucker
6:25 PM GMT on August 03, 2007
Hi Finn TGIF!!!
Hope you and your family have a great weekend
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168. LakeWorthFinn
5:44 PM GMT on August 03, 2007
A WEATHER RELATED POST !!! lol
Bill Gray lowered his 2007 forecast slightly
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167. incogkneetoe
4:05 PM GMT on August 03, 2007
Hi LWF
To paraphrase Dr Seuss

The time has come,
The time is now.
To think of the weekend
I don't care how

Fire up the barbeque,
And cook a steak.
Or take your pole,
And fish at the lake.

Where ever you are,
Where ever you be.
Relax and enjoy life,
Just like me.

Where ever you are,
Enjoy your life.
And I hope your day,
Is without worry or strife.

Take care and be safe
Gary
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166. LakeWorthFinn
3:41 PM GMT on August 03, 2007
Bug, Shera, Gams, Rays, Skye, OGal, Redhead, C-gal, Gator, Mia, BF, Oakland, Gary, Alley and Pat (I will check Time), thanks and hugs to yas! Too cute graphics, again. I think my next pet will be a piggie or a burro lol!

Rays, the iguana is gone. I read they are terrified of dogs, so he must have found a dog-free dock to warm his ol' bones on...

Yesterday I celebrated 4 weeks without smoking and I'm glad to say the 4th week was much easier than the previous three. A huge difference! I still have cravings, but they are rare, maybe one every two hours, and they don't last more than 5 seconds. As soon as I realize I have one, ~poof~ it's gone.

I got a flu and since I'm still weak from the hospital trip, I'm staying in bed most of the time, but moving enough to cough away all that needs to be gone from my lungs, that's good. Like Skye says, in a few months I'll be new!

Mia, you go girl, that's wonderful news! Hubby's still smoking, but watching "every move I make and every breath I take" ,o) He wants to stop too, but is not yet totally ready. And aaaawwwwwww... daddy is so proud of his girl! Just thinking about him and how happy he is with me not smoking, I could not light a cigarette! Too many people cheering me now and too many reasons not to smoke. But still I do it just for today to make sure I won't relapse. This is a long process, but each day it gets easier and easier.
Thanks to all who are helping me, luv yas !!!!
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165. Alleyoops
1:39 PM GMT on August 03, 2007
{{{FINN}}} Have a great weekend dear.


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164. OGal
12:51 PM GMT on August 03, 2007

Yea Finn for those McDreamie Docs. Glad all is well with your insides. I think having low blood pressure is better than having high like me. Keep the faith and you are doing such a good thing for your bod! The ciggie guys should be put out of business.
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