I owe a huge debt of gratitude to members of this board, citizens of the Land of Smokeless (TLOS) who helped me stay quit, particularly in the first year of my quit, 2006. Mine was a cold turkey quit. I absolutely never would have done it on my own--no question about it. You know who you are.
Tonight I'd like to invite all those old friends from TLOS, as well as all more recent quitters and those who are still trying to quit (yes, you can do it!), to the old virtual hangout just outside town where our quitaversaries are celebrated with great hoopla, Nelson's Barn, for my Lucky 7 party. I've queued up some favorite dance tunes. Please feel to bring snacks.
- Mary the Cat Lady (MTCL)
Seven years, 2 minutes and 12 seconds. 38355 cigarettes not smoked, saving $9,109.32. Life saved: 19 weeks, 4 hours, 15 minutes.View Thread
Tonight, I was soon expecting this amazing stat on my SilkQuit quit counter, but I am still "grokking" at it: 30,000. That is, in the 5-plus year of my quit, I have avoided lighting up, then having piled at my feet the ugly butts of 30,000 sickarettes.
Now, to keep me humble, I still have plenty of bad habits and am pretty remiss on exercise. I am far from smug.
But still, I am for one thing picturing the black grime 30,000 of the things would have inflicted on my poor lungs and also feeling thankful that primarily because of this message board, I was able to keep my quit (after a lot of false starts). Oh, and last but not least, I can smell all the wonderful fragrances the natural world has to offer once again, e.g., the basil plants in containers on my deck from some paces away.
Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you again to all of my life-saving helpers here!
-Mary the Cat Lady
Five years, five months, three weeks, two days, 2 hours, 31 minutes and 10 seconds. 30001 cigarettes not smoked, saving $7,125.23. Life saved: 14 weeks, 6 days, 4 hours, 5 minutes.View Thread
Not to worry--the party is kind of an ongoing celebration! Here, help yourself to some calorie-free snackage.
I remember a "somebody"1959 from Alaska I communicated with very often when I was starting my quit, but did you perhaps change your handle? Your current one looks a bit different somehow.
At any rate, yes, of course, you can and you *should* join me here in the Land of Smokeless!!! What I mean by "should" is not the kind of shoulds I had to work so hard to get *rid* of with therapy--long story -- I mean you should because you would feel so *well*, so able to breathe freely, and you would have so much more physical stamina. You also should because you would feel pleased with the way your hair, skin, and clothes smell fresh. You should because you'd save a lot of money that goes to support a big corporation who believe me does not have your best interests at heart. You should because I'm guessing you have a lot of people who care about you (or even just one!) and want you to stick around to see the next...what? Next next graduation, next wedding, next baby picture, next promotion, next work of art, next sports win, next funny cat picture...from the big to the everyday "next"!
Think hard about the risks and list what you might gain by quitting.
c_man, that is, Sir Jim! It was so great to hear from you and see a familiar "handle" on the board. Of course you helped me tremendously by posting many supportive comments when I was beginning my quit. Sorry to omit you from my specific mentions. By the way, I still have plenty of calorie-free snacks left from my quit party, so please help yourself.
Wow, would you just look at your stats?! 8-8-8 as the amount of time quit and what a savings in dollars, but more importantly life!!!
I sometimes picture the number of sickarettes I haven't smoked in a huge pile around to awe me at what I might have done but have avoided doing to my poor, innocent lungs. Yours would be a small mountain! Also, you could have bought a nice cabin in the woods by now with your savings. View Thread
whether Nelson's (virtual) Barn is still in business for smoke-free milestone celebrations? Boy, I remember some milestone-marking doozies back in the day.
Well, if it's still up and running, I was hoping to rent the hall for the evening of Jan. 29 and to invite everyone here—and any hunky, eligible, 40-something firedude acquaintances you might like to introduce me to!—to Nelson's Sat. night around 9:00 for my (wait for it) fifth smoke-free anniversary.
One thing I always liked about Nelson's is that it always had 100% calorie-free snacks. I've ordered a shipment of calorie-free Fritos 'n' dips, Snickers, ice cream, a cascading fountain of sparkling white grape juice, as well as a dance band for my party. I've also picked out a little black dress with sparkles for the occasion.
I'd especially like to invite all those on this discussion board who helped me tremendously when I started my quit in 2006, including Mary Ann, Princess Sunflower, Debi, Mamaladybug, and many others. You're the best!
- Mary the Cat Lady
Four years, eleven months, four weeks, two days, 40 minutes and 32 seconds. 27375 cigarettes not smoked, saving $6,501.66. Life saved: 13 weeks, 4 days, 1 hour, 15 minutes.View Thread
Spanky: And I remember how much you helped me -- thank you so very much!!! I stopped visiting much partly due to complacency and being busy but partly because I couldn't easily visually grasp the redesigned interface.