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    No Smoking Update

    Well this whole “no smoking” lark isn’t working quite the way I expected.  I can make it three days then on the fourth day I break down and buy a pack.  I then smoke for two or three days until quitting again for three days.  So basically I can make a pack last for two days.  I guess that it’s better than smoking a pack a day like I use to do.  I can’t seem to get past that fourth day.  I really do want to quit completely.  I’m going to see my family doctor today for my annual physical so I’m going to ask her for some samples of nicotine patches.  We’ll see if they help.

    On a completely different subject, I moved my site from Dublin to Boston.  Actually I didn’t do anything but setup the hosting account.  The Other Fellow moved all the files and the database and everything.  He’s the one who dealt with the setup of the hosting company and tweaked the site so it would garner a security rating of 100 out of 115.  Thanks The Other Fellow !

    6 Responses to “No Smoking Update”

    1. Richard says:

      One word of warning about those nicotine patches – they are costly and have a poor track record. I found the best way was to just keep telling myself that i was a non-smoker rather than an ex-smoker. An ex-smoker can convince himself that it is safe to sneak a quick puff but a non-smoker wouldn’t! Sounds kind of daft, but it worked for me.

      Thanks for the mention. ‘Twas a pleasure! Incidentally I changed the name of my site from “The Other Fellow” to “A Pipe and a Keyboard” as the first didn’t make much sense. The new name doesn’t make much sense either but it makes more sense that the old one.

      Damn! Now I’m confusing myself again….

    2. brianf says:

      Richard, The doctor didn’t have any samples of the nicotine patches and they are too expensive. I’m not going to buy them. I can understand how they help with the lessening of nicotine in my system while I work on the psychological addiction. Also the two links to A Pipe and a Keyboard are to apipeandakeyboard.com.

    3. Richard says:

      Sure anything that helps has to be good I suppose?! From experience, I think the biggest problem with cigarettes is the habit – you know how you have to have the smoke with a coffee or whatever. Breaking the pattern of lighting up at a particular time or event is an all important trick.

      I saw you had the correct web address. [thanks, again]. It’ just a little confusing arriving at a site and finding it isn’t called what you thought. Incidentally, the reason I finally changed the name was because Google seemed to blacklist the old domain, though they hotly denied it. Strange though that Google searches just suddenly ceased and only came back when I changed the domain? Hah!

    4. K8 says:

      I caved on the whole quitting thing too.

      Sweet people tell me that I deserve a wee luxury such as rollies are, but my hefty morning-cough tell me I’d better watch out or my kids will be motherless. Nicotine is a very clever drug.

      I don’t know what to do. A friend-type person tried a hypnotist seven months ago… he sneaked a quick drag off someone about 3 months into quitting and promptly threw up. He doesn’t have any idea why he ever smoked in the first place.

      Interesting… if you can afford it.

    5. Keep on trying, Brian. You’ll eventually kick it. I’ll take a hit off a cigarette every once and a while at a party and wonder later why I did it. If you can kick the ritualistic habit of smoking, you’ll have it in the bag.

    6. brianf says:

      Richard, K8, JD,
      I made it a whole week without smoking. My downfall was running into a friend whom I bummed a smoke from afterwards which I couldn’t stand it and went and bought a pack. That was last Saturday. Today is Wednesday and I have one pack left. When it’s gone I’m jumping in again. Getting by the third and fourth day is the tipping point. I can do this as long as I don’t have even one smoke. Quitting drinking was no big deal. I stopped drinking. The end! There was no withdrawl or cravings or anything like that. I now know once I quit I can never have “just one”. This time I’ll do it!

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