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  1. Day 63 I quit today.

    Todays Verse:Jeremiah 23:24 NIV

    Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.




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  2. Day 62 I quit today!!!

    Todays verse: 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NIV

    But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.




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  3. Day 10! I have to say that I have been so much more clear the past couple of days. My sense of smell and taste are back as well. I’m truly thankful for this site and all of you here. I know I’m early on but I’m not looking back, especially after the first 3 days (HELL ON EARTH)!

    I do have a questions. Anyone notice any changes in their voice or still experiencing any dry mouth at this stage? Your stories are helpful and thank you in advance for sharing.




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    • I wasn’t experiencing either of those, around day 10 my biggest thing was lack of energy, felt exhausted all day.




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    • Yep and and I also had a feeling of something caught in my throat. Just stay the course and things will only continue to get better




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  4. Day 61 I quit today.

    Todays Verse:Isaiah 40:31 NIV

    but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.




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  5. Day 60 quit today

    Todays Verse:Psalm 121:7-8 NIV

    The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.




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  6. Day 59 quit today.




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  7. Day 31! Quit cold turkey, was the hardest thing I’ve ever done but I am so happy I did it. I’ll never go back.




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  8. day 58 quit today




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  9. Day 89. Less cravings, though urge to have oral fixation is not reduced. I want to reduce oral fixation as well, any ideas how?




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    • If you are using fake dip, quit using that. I chewed on cinnamon sticks, actual cinnamon not the toothpicks. The cinnamon dries your mouth out, so after a few months I got to where I didn’t really like it and I noticed that I didn’t have an urge to constantly have something in my mouth. I still chew on a toothpick occasionally, but its not a need anymore. On the extreme end, you could always try a psychologist or hypnotherapist.




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    • Are you using fake dip? If you are, stop. If you’re not, start.

      Sounds counter intuitive, but that’s what those products are best at… oral fixation. If however you’ve been using them all this time, I’d suggest that it’s not quite time to cut them out if you’re not ready.

      I can only speak to myself as an example but I chewed a can / day of the fake stuff for a good 220+ days into my quit. Needed it just like I needed my Kodiak and couldn’t go more than a few hours without one. And then one day… I didn’t. You’re in the midst of what we refer to as “the funk”. I’d suggest you continue to use whatever tools have gotten you this far. This can be a rough time in a person’s quit… no need to upset the apple cart at this point.




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    • I agree, i should not stop it now, as I fill I am not ready.
      @redtrucker, I am not using fake dip, just any mouth freshener, say sunflower seeds, sometimes cinnamon, anything. But I need it like I needed a nicotine dip.
      @Chewie, below is more than an advice to me, thanks.
      “Needed it just like I needed my Kodiak and couldn’t go more than a few hours without one. And then one day… I didn’t.”




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  10. Day 662 if i can you can.
    Good luck




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  11. 57 quit today no verses until thursday




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  12. Day 56 quit today HAPPY FATHERS DAY EVERYONE

    Todays verse:Ephesians 6:4 NIV

    Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.




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  13. Day 5, difficult, emotions are up and down lmfao. One moment i am incredibly sad I have given up chew the next I am so incredibly joyful I am not on the road to getting my jaw removed.




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  14. Day 55 quit all day!!

    Todays verse:Psalm 68:4-5 NIV

    Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the Lord. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.




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  15. Day 54 quit today!!

    Todays verse: Psalm 103:13 NIV

    As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;




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  16. Day 4 after quitting cold turkey boy life sure is miserable just gotta suck it up and soldier on one day at a time 14 years without missing a day without my Skoal…..!




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  17. My BP dropped big time early on in my quit. Unfortunately, I started eating everything in front of my face, and now it’s elevated.




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  18. Day 53 quit all day

    Todays verse:Proverbs 23:24 NIV

    The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him.




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  19. Been using pouches for the past 5 years and this is Day 1! I’ve been quit all day but I do have to say it’s been “Foggy” all day.. Anyone notice changes in their mucous this early on?




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    • Yes don’t worry completely normal. During my first quit for about a week my mucous kinda blocked my throat. There are a lot of crazy things that will happen during this quit but use the site and your fellow quitters to ask questions and make your first attempt the a success (you don’t want to have to try this twice).




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      • Thank you for that motivation. Today is Day 5 but for sure a CHALLENGING day. We had a heat wave today and I had an IBS flareup so you can only imagine that my initial thoughts were to get a dip and a drink to deal with the Fog and being Irritable.

        With all that said I did not give in and looking forward to Day 6. It sucks now but I can’t even imagine having to start over and deal with this kind of stuff. Once this stage is over I’m going to eat a massive steak!
        #MINDSET




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        • Awesome mentality, this stage is only temporary the benefits are forever. That steak is going to taste 5× better once you make it!




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    • Same comedy stick in there pal brighter daze




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  20. Day 52 quit with everyone at KTC

    Todays Verse: Philippians 3:20 NIV

    But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,




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  21. You have my quit date wrong, it’s only by 1 day but I am not giving that 1 day up. That day was hell! Quit date is 6/5

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/17wocX265ugvFXCvKzQFLYy15nbOol5ynZsJJPrf0yP4/edit#gid=362815662




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  22. Day 51 im quit all day!! im very glad to be and I am thankful for this website. As I continue my quit journey one day at a time im feeling more and more hatred toward chewing tobacco. I hope someday I will be allowed back on the forums and only time will heal wounds. I quit today with all of you!

    Todays verse:Luke 11:13 NIV

    If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”




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  23. Jack the Hammer

    134-days nic free! Went in for a check up to the Doctor today and had very high blood pressure. B/P was always normal before. Checking to see if anyone else had this problem? Thanks for your responses.




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    • Yes, this was normal for me. My BP was exceedingly high for my first few months into my quit. This is primarily because you’re stressed and your body is feeling overwhelmed and craving nicotine! It’s to be expected! Your worries and concerns are heightened because you are now dealing with stress in a manner in which your body is not accustomed to respond to. Drink hot tea with ground ginger root.It’s a bit strong, but it will lower your BP levels by relaxing your blood vessels. I hope this helps.




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    • yes Jack I had that problem.It took about 260 days to get back to normal . Never had high blood pressure till I quit.




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    • Yep… mine has been running normal / high since I quit. Though I have a feeling in my case that once I got through the initial stress of quitting (which is totally normal and WILL raise your BP) I’m dealing with elevated levels due to elevated weight.




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    • My BP has increased since quitting 34 days ago.




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  24. Day 607 damn i went the entire weekend without even thinking about chew or this site. Been busy playing fallout new vegas so not sure if that counts. Woke up this morning feeling kinda sick to my stomach with a slightly bad taste in my mouth so that reminded me of when i used to chew. I was just thinking how bad my teeth used to hurt when i chewed? How alot of them were lose, the front ones especially? Id get these bleeding infections in my molars that would make it painful trying to eat. I bet if i were still chewing i would have lost some teeth by now because of it.




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  25. Day 50 I am so glad to be at 50 again.

    Todays verse:Psalm 19:1-2 NIV

    The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.




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  26. Day 49 quit all day

    Todays Verse:Psalm 46:10 NIV

    He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”




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  27. Day 48 quit all day

    Todays verse:Colossians 3:13 NIV

    Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.




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  28. Day 47 I’m quit verses will be back tommorow. Today I celebrate 21 years of marriage. Yesterday I celebrated my oldest graduating from High School it been a great week all nicotine free!!!




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  29. Take it easy at the gym JAKE,don’t go all out.Your body is going to be dealing with withdrawals.If you over do it at the gym,your body has to fix damage done to your muscles and tendons plus the nicotine damage.This could make your recovery take longer.Leave a few reps in the tank until some of the symptoms start going away.
    Good luck.




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  30. Day# 570! Nicotine&Stress
    This seems to be a big topic on this forum. One of the observations I had early in my quit was the HUGE adjustment to DEALING with things without nicotine; it is something we ALL undermine until we are so many days into our quit. When nicotine is no longer used, you feel neglected and abandoned. This is because of the HUGE upset of chemical imbalances that your brain and body are dealing with. (You’ve heard this a thousand times, but you’re not LISTENING!) Consequently, some of us may have a short fuse, get overwhelmed easy, and depression and anxiety seem to be our new friend. What I have found to be effective is this tool: You must ‘ACCEPT’ the changes your body and mind are going through! All the years you were using nicotine cut a HUGE gorge through your emotions, your reasoning skills, your coping skills, your sleep patterns, and just about everything else you can think of. Now, you are no longer ‘leaning on the nicotine crutch!’ It’s still perfectly Ok to get angry, sad, depressed, irritable, etc, for no reason; your body is now putting in work to make the mandatory adjustments of your new ‘choice of life.’ Be kind to yourself, take a break! The process is long, and I do not know where it was ever written in these forums when someone said they had an ‘EASY TIME’ quitting! The path is long but rewarding! Life’s problems are not going to go away just because you decided to quit chewing, but how you NOW deal with issues is what counts. As the days move along, YOU WILL GET STRONGER! YOU WILL GET CONFIDENT! YOU GET TO DEAL WITH LIFE ON YOUR TERMS! What could be better than that? Stay quit, my FRIENDS!




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  31. day 46 quit all day no verses for the next couple days to hard to do from phone




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  32. 14 hours in should I work out if I enjoy the post-workout chew almost as much as the workout itself




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    • Hell yeah, you need to workout…start a new habit of a protein shake or something else in place of that nicotine!




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    • Personally I’d wait at least 3 days from your quit before exposing yourself to strong triggers. Get the chemical withdrawals out of your system and then tackle the mind games of the triggers. After those 72 hours, then workout and like Train suggested, find a new routine. You should definitely expose yourself to your triggers, but only when you are in a good strong mindset, so you know you will fight through it. That helps the rewiring process.




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  33. Here we go! Had my last dip 5 hours ago…bring on ‘The Suck’…next stop, tomorrow morning and dealing with the drive into work! 1 step at a time is how I’m going to climb the mountain!




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    • Give’er hell Train. Day 136. Lots of sucky days behind, and maybe a few down the line. 1st dip at age 11. Nic’s been apart of my life since. 30 yrs!
      I was the most addicted person in the history of dippin’ and would​ fight anyone who disagreed.
      I can almost guarantee two things. Quitting sucks, and its a thousand times worth it!

      Stay the course and God bless.




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    • Train you got this my friend. We are with you. Take it a second and hour and a day at a time…..embrace the suck it will give you strength for the future and ensure that you never return to the poison.




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  34. Correction.Memorial Day.




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  35. Do to the fact,that Labor Day weekend made one year,no dip,no smoke,no nothing.
    I will be posting as Steve B. Quit.
    Never give in!




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  36. Day 30 for me! Honestly didn’t think I’d make it this far some days. There have been tough days but all in all it is getting easier. Don’t think about it as much as I did when I first quit but there are times I miss it. The only downside is im still feeling super tired all the time. However I’m proud of how far I’ve gotten and I will continue the fight. Stay strong out there.




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  37. Day 76, Feeling much much better, sometimes cravings pop up all of a sudden but they are rare and weaker.
    Moving closer to 100!!
    First target – today, stay quit
    Second target – 30 days (achieved!)
    Third – 50 days (achieved!)
    Fourth – 60 days (achieved!)
    Fifth – 75 days (achieved!)
    Sixth – 90 days
    Seventh – 100 days




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  38. Day 45 quit today!!

    Todays verse:Psalm 90:2,4 NIV

    Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. A thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.




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  39. One week into my quit. Been dipping since college football in 2009. Too much Mario Kart and film time with the guys led me to start, even tho I thought it was nasty.

    Anyway, does anyone else feel like they gained weight once they quit? I feel like I’ve had a much larger appetite which is good because I lose more weight than I wanted after college ball ended and I started dipping while at work for half the day.

    Any thoughts?




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    • Lord yes. Weight gain is INCREDIBLY common when you quit. I’m nearly 11 years in and I’m still trying to work off my “quit weight”.

      Actually.. at this point I’m just a fat ass, but you get my point.




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  40. Day 44 I quit with you all day!!

    Todays Verse:Ephesians 3:17-19 NIV

    so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.




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  41. Day 8 for me now(Stoked on my quit!) Day 7 started out great, pumped, all happy go lucky, felt like superman in the am.Then the afternoon hit. I had to do some painting and odd chores I would normally do with a Big Fat chaw in, and I hit this wall where I was pissed at everything and everybody. My wife just left me to chill and left the house. I calmed down around dinner. I stayed strong on my quit( little conversation with the Lord helped) Day 7 was especially tough for me . Hope tomorrow is better. Stay Quit brothers and work thru it! Peace Out.




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    • Tomorrow WILL BE BETTER!




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    • WHERE IS THE REPEAT COMMENT DIDNT SEE IT THATS WHY I REPEATED IT




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    • Bulldog, congrats on your quit. Stay strong. Make sure you work out and eat three meals a day. Buy a book on meditation and start meditating.

      One of the tough things about quitting is not having something to replace it with.

      Try meditating when you get the craves and the raves. This or exercise is a healthy replacement.

      They key to quitting is to end the debate in your head as to whether you are going to go back or not. Once you do that the rest is a bit easier.

      I quit with you today.

      Dundippin – day 632.




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      • Dundippin-
        Hello, Jake U. here. I haven’t asked about your symptoms since April. How are your symptoms these days? Any dizziness, fatigue, craves, headaches, etc.? And, I would also like to hear from Craigselk66. How are your symptoms these days Craigselk66? Any info. on your symptoms would be useful. Thanks.




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        • Jake U….I still have good days and bad days…..the bad days are finally becoming NOT the norm thank god. I’m just over 600 days quit….the dizziness has subsided for the most part which was a huge symptom for me personally…..didn’t really ever have fatigue issues….headaches are very mild and almost a rarity now. Never in a million years did I think this journey would be this grueling and difficult…..it’s been said a million times on this site, but it’s so true….”everybody’s quit is different”….some are mild and some are wild…..I’m guessing mine is on the extremely wild side….but I poisoned my brain for 30+ years…..so it’s gonna take a long time to fix the damage….but I’m quit for good….that I promise.

          How are you doing these days????




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          • Hey Craigsel66, congratulations on hitting 600 days. That is a big deal. I was also a long time dipper, 40 + years. It was a difficult journey. I wonder if there will ever be a time we can go a few days without having a few crave symptoms. I am with you. I am never going back.

            Continue to stay strong in your quit.

            Thanks for continuing to post.




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          • Craigselk66-
            Thanks for responding. I’m doing ok this far into my quit. I’m about 520 days along now. The journey is slow (like you have stated) but will be worth it. I wish the fatigue part was less, but I’ve come to terms with having to wait until the fatigue is gone. The headaches are occurring less often, so I’m happy in that regard. I will keep posting as the weeks go by. Stay quit!
            Jake U.




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        • Hi Jake U. Every time I think I have this thing licked, i get strange feelings again. Remember when you first quit and your muscles were extremely tight. You felt like your muscles were going to convulse because they were just yearning for the nicotine? Well I am feeling that constantly the last few days.

          Like all of the rest of my quit symptoms, I learn to ignore them and move on. But I have been feeling that gnawing in my muscles. Especially in my biceps.

          I will get through this but will let you know when I do.

          I hope you are staying strong in your quit. I was glad to see how Craigsel66 is doing as well.




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          • Dundippin-
            Thanks for posting. I am staying strong in my quit. I posted how I was doing in an earlier post to Craigselk66. And I hope you indeed post when you get through this.
            Jake U.




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  42. Daryl S Smukler

    Day 139 for me. I do not even think about the shit any more. I just eat a shit ton more than I used to….just have to workout harder to keep the pounds down.




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    • Congrats Daryl, sounds like you are rocking with your quit.

      Keep posting roll call and providing words of encouragement to others.

      Please keep your guard up because it when you think you have this thing licked that the craves and the rages come back. Even up to your 400’s.

      I quit with you today. Dundippin – day 632.




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  43. I went to a family party yesterday. This is the first time since I have been quit (day 630) that I did not get the 2 hour jitters.

    What are the 2 hour jitters? The maximum time I used to go between dips. After 2 hours I would start getting the aches and jitters.

    I would have to leave the party and walk down the street for twenty some odd minutes to get my nicotine fix. Then I had to find either an apple to eat or get out a toothbrush to clean my teeth.

    All this time and I can finally go to a party without thinking of doing dip. I have really come a long way.

    Here is wishing that all of you can get to this place faster than I did.

    How long could you go between dips?




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    • I never went more than an hour or so and did it at the parties. Everyone knew to get me a solo cup with napkins or empty bottle. Day eight of my quitting.




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  44. Was the guys name Lieutenant Dan?




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  45. So I was on the boat shrimping yesterday and the guy who went with me chewed and he offered one to me! I Said that I HATE THAT SHIT and don’t offer me one again because I am QUIT. He seem irritated that I said no because he knew that I used to chew. That was a really good win big win for me and I am glad to say that I TRULY HATE THAT SHIT. Later in the day he started asking me about how I was quitting and I told him how bad I had been doing in the past that I finally am going to do this ODAAT. I also told him to visit this site so I guess I will see if he finds it or at least I hope someday I will be able to see him on the forums. Just wanted to share this for the simple fact that when I type it it makes me feel stronger in my quit, when people read that is even better because they have not given up on me. IM QUIT……….

    God Bless you all

    Elk




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    • Dude that is awesome…congratulations! That is definitely a big win. I am quit with you today as well.




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    • Wildirish317 - 467

      Doesn’t really matter if we give up on you. What matters is if you give up on your quit. You should know this by now. Once your quit becomes as important as life itself, you have a fighting chance to stay quit.

      Once you get it to that level of importance, you must keep it there. That’s the hard part. That’s why I’m here every day.




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      • Thank you Irish and I will say at this time I am too that point and I intend to keep it there. Thank you for commenting!!




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  46. Day 43 Im quit all day with all of you

    Todays Verse:1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV

    Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.




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