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Old 08-26-2017, 03:24 AM
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Sao, June 5th was my last real cigarette. I say this because I am using an ecig, albeit the use of that is waning too. I loved smoking far too much to go cold turkey but I knew I had to find a way to quit. Although I still am getting little hits of nicotine now and then at least I've eliminated all the chemicals, carbon monoxide, ammonia, etc.

I can smell and taste things. What I truly love though is how I can breath now. That and it was getting embarrassing that sometimes when I'd be talking I'd start wheezing and have to cough to clear it. Gross. I also was starting to get old person's smokers voice. Again, gross, and that's gone. My anxiety levels have decreased greatly (which I'm sure is attributed to no highs and lows with blood pressure from smoking).

Last night my husband asked if I miss it at all. Nope, not one bit. I've even stood around people who are smoking regular cigs and it holds no attraction for me. I think about points where someone who has quit has stood near me when I still smoked and stated how good the cigarette smelled. I wondered if that would be how I'd feel. Not one bit.

Glad to have yet another monkey off my back. The difference its made is amazing.

Heading to a theme park today in New Hampshire with the grandkids and my daughter and son in law. You know what's really awesome outside of family time? Not searching the park map ahead of time to see where all the smoking areas are!

I never thought I was going to be able to do this. I often thought forward to my plans for retirement in 10 to 15 years which is traveling in an RV through the US, Canada, and Mexico. Suffice it to say there would have been an oxygen tank accompanying me on my travels (if I were even here at all).

I loved smoking, absolutely loved it. But, me quitting solidifies to me that once you make up your mind to do something and accept that there's no turning back it makes it just that much easier. You get over the tough times that much faster. No circumstance in which I can smoke means what's done is done. No choice.
Aaaww, this is wonderful LadyBlue!
I'll reach 9 months non smoking on September 2nd !
I've quit smoking the same day I've quit drinking because they didn't let me have neither...at the hospital.
(A great place to quit anything!)

Have a wonderful day Weekenders!
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Old 08-26-2017, 03:34 AM
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Waking up to a sober Saturday. The summer weather is gone...I feel sad because all the hard work gardening and planting flowers is coming to an end. The months of fall and winter are not my favorites.
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Old 08-26-2017, 06:23 AM
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Morning all. Tough Friday at work, it continued when I got home until I collapsed into bed. Then I couldn't get to sleep easily, my brain was still firing on all pistons. Back at it again when I'm done here on SR.

Great posts everyone, I really enjoyed catching up. Thanks all!

Alice Cooper had a scary story, woke up puking blood. His doctor said (copied from an interview posted online) “He told me that if I stopped drinking, I could probably record 20 more albums, but if I didn’t, in two weeks I’d be playing with my friends Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix up in heaven.”.

Two weeks from death. Wow.
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Old 08-26-2017, 06:32 AM
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We're going to get through this, ChloeRose. I'm hanging on to summer until it's really gone, which in the PNW is usually through September. Tomorrow I'm going to the county fair, which I love. Food, animals, people watching, crazy crafts, barkers, weird entertainers, 4H kids, love it all.

Did I mention the food?

So the other day I dislocated one of my inner toes. I think I'll be okay walking around the fair - but I hope I don't throw something else off by doing so with my limpy-limp. . Summer; when you walk around barefoot long enough you'll stub a toe. After I hurt the toe I asked the Park Ranger drive me to my car which was a two mile uphill walk. He suggested whisky for the pain. He also suggested weed, which surprised me since he's a Deputy Sheriff - but then I do live in Washington. I've known him and his family for 20 years casually so I was happy I could honestly say, "I don't drink alcohol. I don't smoke pot." Even though I know he drinks, I'm just glad he doesn't know that part of me. There are enough crazy things that happen at that park involving alcohol and weed and just general nuttiness.

Joe Walsh is sober? Miracles do happen.
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Old 08-26-2017, 06:45 AM
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Great to read that post LadyBlue! If you are an alcoholic like me the best thing about giving up smoking is that the cravings reduce in frequency until the are about once every couple of months and after 18 months to two years that's it, you don't even get the infrequent ones. Best thing if all is that you don't have to keep "working" at it to not smoke. Win win definitely. Congratulations on 9 months Koala, for both, well done.

Don't work too hard Dragon. I had not heard that story about Alice Cooper, I did know, but had forgotten that he had stopped drinking. 2 weeks! He is very lucky.
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Old 08-26-2017, 07:45 AM
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A good Pal just saw Joe Walsh at our famous Red Rocks Amphitheater after Joe was inducted into the Colorado Rock & Roll Music Hall Of Fame.

Joe got booed off Stage at Red Rocks in the '70s because he was too impaired to play, or finish a Show. So, his triumphant, Sober return to this Venue was a real Personal Victory.

Joe's serious Drinking reportedly began after his young Daughter was run down fatally in a Boulder Colorado Crosswalk at the bottom of a steep Hill. He's a real Survivor, having sobered up several Decades ago.

- 'Rocky Mountain Way' ~ Joe Walsh ~ Live From Daryl's House ~

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Old 08-26-2017, 09:18 AM
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If you are a famous musician it must be really easy to slip into that lifestyle. I was petrified just running through some new rule changes in front of about a dozen clients as a webinar. No way I could stand on a stage.

I like to hope that the loss of Amy Winehouse did increase the awareness of dangerous drinking at least locally. Both of my daughters adored her and I don't think they are going to turn out like me.
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Old 08-26-2017, 11:24 AM
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Hi, weekenders.

Some is gone too in my part of the world. In some way I am glad - the heat really got to me. Let alone I survived 99% of this heat without a fridge)

I like first half of the autumn -September - mid October.

We have a new boxing trainer at the gym, who is a kickboxer too. So he already hooked me on kickboxing. I survived my second workout today. Now on Saturday morning I have to workouts - boxing and kickboxing).

Hope everyone is having a good sober Saturday.
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Old 08-26-2017, 12:41 PM
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checking in here and sober, went to the movies and the film made me really smile all through out it. went and saw the assassins bodyguard was really funny x

Off to bed soon so all have good evening x
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Old 08-26-2017, 01:03 PM
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I understand some of you could not play the last Who track track I posted so I hope this is accessible


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Old 08-26-2017, 01:19 PM
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I cannot believe Tom Waits is sober! Are you sure??
He was one of my favourites during my heavy drinking late 20s. I have been afraid to listen to his music since quitting because I thought it would set off some rampant craving.....kind of changes things to think that even he has kicked the booze. Wow.

I have been keeping busy. Met up with a friend and told her about my attempt to quit. It was great to say it to her (we are close friends of 20 years and used to drink together at all the music festivals etc.). It really helped to tell her....this sober journey can be so lonely. I underestimated how important connecting with others is in overcoming addiction. I had read it here but I didn't really appreciate the power of sharing one's experience both here on SR and in life generally.

I don't feel like its such a struggle today. Really did not want to drink.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend.
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MidnightBlue that's awesome about your training! I used to take a "Body Combat" class and I really miss it. It mixed different kinds of martial arts with some really cool music & choreography. I need to find a local one.....but anyway, good for you!
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Old 08-26-2017, 03:14 PM
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Here is a cute story from Duff McKagan's book It's So Easy and other lies ~ (I shared it a long time ago but I don't think I posted it here in the weekender thread....) This was after he had sobered up from drugs/alcohol and is now married with two grown daughters:

When my daughter Grace was in the third grade, she came up to me one day and said:

"Dad, how come you don't drink wine when all of the other grown-ups do?"

"Well, honey, that is a very good question and I am glad you asked. You see, I have an allergic reaction to that stuff. If I were to have just one glass, I would then have to have another. Two glasses would turn into four, and my allergy would make me want to drink all of the stuff that we have in the house. I would then have to go to the grocery store to buy everything that they had there, and I would drink all of that. I would probably start to get really crazy, and I wouldn't be like your dad for a while."

"Oh," she said. "You'd better not have a glass of wine, then!"
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Old 08-26-2017, 04:23 PM
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Aaaww, that's nice Purps!
Thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-26-2017, 05:48 PM
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Tom Waits on his many Years Sober. He ponders some very germane and thoughtful questions...

~ Tom Waits On Sobriety ~
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Your last video post didn't work Sao, we get this:
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But here is the link for everyone, worth watching....
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqfFrCUrEbY
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Thank you for sharing that story Purplrks, that was exactly how I used to drink. There was never a stop button.

MesaMan I remember seeing a documentary about Tom Waits in which that line was quoted "am I an eccentric or just a man in an unusual hat?" Good stuff.

Thank you for re-linking the Zimmers Dragon, I thought it was good too. I notice that if I am logged in on my smartphone it often tells me "video unavailable" but if I switch it to desktop view via the 3 dots icon, top right then it is fine. I believe it is because "mobile format" blocks the ads.
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I cannot believe Tom Waits is sober! Are you sure??
He was one of my favourites during my heavy drinking late 20s. I have been afraid to listen to his music since quitting because I thought it would set off some rampant craving.....kind of changes things to think that even he has kicked the booze. Wow.

I have been keeping busy. Met up with a friend and told her about my attempt to quit. It was great to say it to her (we are close friends of 20 years and used to drink together at all the music festivals etc.). It really helped to tell her....this sober journey can be so lonely. I underestimated how important connecting with others is in overcoming addiction. I had read it here but I didn't really appreciate the power of sharing one's experience both here on SR and in life generally.

I don't feel like its such a struggle today. Really did not want to drink.

Hope everyone enjoys the rest of the weekend.
Tom Waits is sober. He's a member of AA. He's done several interviews regarding his recovery and it's a fascinating story. He explains how his whole late nite bar fly character gradually took over and he became alcoholic instead of it just being part of his act. He entered recovery and remains sober today. Very inspirational. I absolutely love his piano style, especially on his first few albums before he ventured into more experimental territory.
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So I had an unusual sleep last night. I slept well but had some vivid and odd dreams. I remember having a spreadsheet of names of sober people and smiling really big and being so happy and proud my name was on that list. Then I'm sitting with a crowd of people under a garden tent and the Queen is giving a speech. Then she says 'Now everybody can have a drink' and points at me 'Except you, I understand that you don't drink. I'll have to make something else for you'. And she walks off to the bar and starts working on some concoction. At that moment, a woman has finished her drink and is asking me to get her another.

Weird hu?
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It's FAIR DAY.

So excited.

Not as excited as when my brain was messed up with alcohol, but that's a good thing.

I think that's a little-talked-about advantage. Nothing gets me all riled up any more and my moods are on an even keel. I haven't cried in over three years. I don't get all wound up and then have to be uncomfortable. If a flash of anger happens, it passes in seconds and I don't dwell on whatever happened that caused it.

I mean, I'm still a little excited about the fair, don't get me wrong.

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