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2017 Q4 Financial Update

As 2017 draws to an end, our eyes are cast forward to 2018 and the challenges it brings.   As many of you know, the Quit Smokeless Organization is a tax exempt public charity, and, as such, we reply on donations from our members and partners to fund our existence.  It is through your generosity that we can continue operate this site and make a difference in the lives of those we serve. That said, we continue to struggle financially as an organization.  For the last few years, our expenses h

Flavius Victor

Flavius Victor

 

The second day

This isn't my first time through this part. It's not nice but after 72 hours it's gone for the most part. Same crap basically as any other quit during this stage. I kinda snap at small stuff and way more aggressive than normal (I'm aggressive as is but this puts me in orbit) I just gotta make sure I'm not jumping all over somebody for basically nothing. As far as fog I never get that part, anger is my withdrawal thing so I just gotta watch out for that.

Smasher

Smasher

 

How it all started.

The Kodiak bear has followed me since my youth. It started around 1988 while playing high school hockey. It just was the thing to do, plus smoking sucked and killed any endurance you might have had. At that point it wasn't a big deal, yet. It was mostly a can a week and mostly around hockey stuff, but never did it on the ice for obvious reasons. After high school I moved to northern Minnesota where it was dip for days. Now that bear in the can had progressed from one a week to one a day. B

Smasher

Smasher

 

DAY 61-90: Three Months Dip Free

Today is February 27th, 2017.   I quit dipping Copenhagen November 27th, 2016.   I've gone 3 months or 90 days without dip.   Contrary to what I've imagined this moment would be, it is another day. It is another day without dip, however, it is another day of progress. I want to celebrate today, but I'm too busy. I'm too busy living my life and doing the things I want and need to do to get ahead.   And I'll do them all without dip.   I can't tell you all how happy it makes me to know an

chiporscott

chiporscott

 

DAY 51-60: Two Months Dip Free

I quit dip on November 27th, 2016.   Today is January 27th, 2017.   I've been dip free for 60 days, or two months.     I honestly can't believe this one, but it is true. I haven't had a dip in 2 months. I feel better than ever. I've replaced my nicotine high fix with daily exercise, and I couldn't be more happy about it. It is what I focus on now. It is my project.   Again, I'll reiterate what I've been saying in these blogs about this journey I've gone on without my close Copenhagen co

chiporscott

chiporscott

 

DAY 41-50: Halfway to the Hall of Fame

I quit dipping Copenhagen on November 27th, 2016.   Today is January 16th, 2017.   I've been dip-free for 50 days.   All is well here gents (and the few and proud worm-dirt pinching gals out there).   Lots going on, haven't thought about dip much at all within the last several days. At this point, its becoming a faded memory.   I ran a half marathon and my fitness is skyrocketing. I'm slowly but surely replacing the time I would spend dipping with exercise. The dopamine release I get f

chiporscott

chiporscott

 

Healthy Respect, and Fear

Funny story, I had a mini freak-out the other night. But I stayed strong though the ordeal, and only got a little panicked, but for good reason. I guess I need to mention two things (maybe 3) before telling the story, so I'll just start with those...   1) If you've read my other blog entries, you know I'm the kind of dipper that's one pinch away from a can-a-day habit. During the course of this quit I've realized that. Up until now, the two times I've tried to "quit" have really been me goi

Fish76

Fish76

 

Day 32-40: New Year, No Dip

I quit dipping Copenhagen on November 27th, 2016.   Today is January 5th, 2017.   I've gone 40 days dip free.   I'm a little dumbfounded looking at the number 40 today. It seems wild that 1.) 40 days has passed and 2.) I haven't had a dip in that long. At this point, I believe I'm going to continue to write a weekly blog update here for as long as I can remember and have time to do so. Posting these blogs has been fairly therapeutic for me. The early posts were very hard for me to write be

chiporscott

chiporscott

 

Day 19-31: A Month Without Dip

I quit dipping Copenhagen on November 27th, 2016.   Today is December 28th, 2016; I've gone 31 days dip-free.   I have been very busy lately, not much time to write a blog update. I have some time this morning and thought I would catch up.   Overall, I'm doing wonderful without dip. The words "dip" or "Copenhagen" make me mad. They frustrate me because of the hold they had of me; and the long-term lingering of the cravings tobacco, nicotine and smokeless tobacco have on me. I hate it.  

chiporscott

chiporscott

 

DAY 12-18 Out of the Dip Game

I quit dipping Copenhagen on November 27th, 2016.   Today is December 15th, 2016.   I've been quit for 18 days.   When I quit 18 days ago, I anticipated this being extremely hard - and it was. But every single day I log, it gets easier. The further I distance myself from the can, the less and less I remember it. I feel more powerful having a grip on my addiction. I overpowered one of the strongest addictions known to man, and all I have to do is not put it in my mouth. For those listening

chiporscott

chiporscott

 

DAY 10-11: Getting My Life Back & Triggers

I quit Copenhagen November 27th, 2016.   Today is December 8th, 2016.   I've been quit for 11 days.   The last few days have been great. The more time I put in between myself and the can, the more power I feel I have over it. I have almost completely severed the nicotine addiction, which feels incredible (this took about 4-5 days).   I feel like I don't have an anchor tied to me anymore. I don't have to worry about "dip logistics". I don't have to worry about paying for a can or a log -

chiporscott

chiporscott

 

DAY 6-9: Nicotine Freedom

I quit dip on November 27th, 2016.   Today is December 6th, 2016.   This entry will summarize quit days 6-9 which were December 3rd-6th.   I feel great. I feel as if I have shaken the nicotine grip that was around my mind and throat - demanding me to think about and want dip. I do not have urges or physiological symptoms whatsoever. No lip twitch, no waking up in the middle of the night, no tonguing my gums/lip, no nothing. The beautiful thing is that I made it through the withdrawal phase

chiporscott

chiporscott

 

DAY 4-5: Horrible; Then Better

I quit dip November 27th, 2016   Day 4 was December 1st, 2016; and Day 5 was the subsequent 2nd of December.   Day 4 was pretty smooth. I was very busy yesterday - to the point in which I couldn't get people out of my office to catch up. I was busy enough to not find room to write a blog entry.   Everything was going very well; until I was prepping/packing for an upcoming event.   I encountered the hardest crave-attack I've ever experienced last night. It was overwhelming. My body and mi

chiporscott

chiporscott

 

DAY 3: Keeping the Dip Demon at the Door

I quit Copenhagen on November 27th, 2016.   Today is November 30th, 2016.   I'm feeling much better today with everything. This has become a profoundly testing and religious experience for me - full of divine intervention.   I've heard stories of death, heartache, extreme strife, pain and resiliency. These stories have barged into my life randomly, without reference and with incredible application.   I can't explain this, but I must continue to run with it. I'm beginning to not have the

chiporscott

chiporscott

 

DAY 2: Sleep, Withdrawals & Anger

Its day two for me walking away from Copenhagen. It was really hard for me to muster up the stones to write this entry.   Feeling pretty defeated today. I feel defeated in the fact that I've been worn down by taking tobacco out of my life. I'm so dependent on it. Its like someone took my pacifier away and I'm being a baby.   I've thought about it all day, roughly every 10-15 seconds. My bottom lip is twitching.   I woke up last night 3 times thinking and dreaming about Copenhagen. I've bee

chiporscott

chiporscott

 

It Gets Easier, But There's A Catch

Reading stories from others, perusing the HOF speeches, and looking at all the information the site has to offer both inspired and strengthened my quit. There's no doubt that this site is reason my quit is successful. Writing this blog has also helped, in a way, to get my own thoughts down just so they don't cloud my mind. By writing them out, I get them out of my head and published to the only people who could possibly understand. It was also a form of coping with the withdrawal.   I've

Fish76

Fish76

 

DAY 1: Chips and Dips

I am Chip.   I have no business dipping Copenhagen, but I have for 10 years to the nose.   I'm 27. I began smoking in high-school and quickly transitioned to sweet Copenhagen Long Cut and Wintergreen within the first year of trying smoking. I tried it and I've had a can within arms reach ever since (basically).   I've been in the military since 2008, and have always dipped. I have a dip can pocket on my uniform.   I have quit twice. I quit during an Army school in 2012 (which I could leg

chiporscott

chiporscott

 

I'm good

I just shared this story with my quit group, but I wanted to record it here also. Such a small, strange world, full of surprises.   So I missed posting roll call yesterday, but I stayed strong. Knowing the guys in my quit group were on here really helped, but I've got the strangest story that I have got to share. On day 15 of my quit I mentioned to them that I was heading out to make my first flight without dip. I had a 2-week quit going, but somehow I still felt nervous about it. I had

Fish76

Fish76

 

Welcoming the Transition

One week. End of week one. 7 days of NDT success. I feel like, in some way, that I've reached the part where some of it is downhill from here. I know that sounds absurd. "Hey _____! Get in here!!! This fuckin' Fish dude has a whopping single week of quit and thinks it's smooth sailing from here on out!" Well, when you say it like that, I'm abjectly and completely full of shit...however, I get to say I've done this once before.   The last time I quit (not a real try/read the previous blo

Fish76

Fish76

 

On Cancer...

Well, it's day 5. The majority of the "wandering around aimlessly while waiting for a merciless craving to just die during a period of time where I talk to myself thanking all that is holy my kids are at school" -style desires have passed. That is a good thing. I'm chewing plenty of gum and eating sunflower seeds and drinking a ton of water. That's also a good thing. The place where that left me today is somewhere where I was keenly aware of how much work my jaw was doing today... Chewing

Fish76

Fish76

 

Thanks, Cafe. You do your job well

I really appreciate the Cafe, and wish more people would put in little tidbits. I know it's a bit hypocritical to write a blog about the Cafe when I could have posted in the Cafe itself, but it's something I wanted to capture in the blog. Just going through those postings helps me go through and gain perspective and appreciation of what this website is about. I just beat a crave that has been lingering for hours by leaning on the writings of men who've come before me and didn't know that they

Fish76

Fish76

 

Triggers Everywhere...

Day 2   I know that the nicotine still hasn't fully exited my body. It hasn't had enough time. I've put almost 30 years of nicotine in me, it's gonna take a bit to go. In the meantime, having minute-by-minute reminders of what I used to use as an excuse to have a pinch is SUPER fun. Sitting at the desk. Having a phone call that I know is going to be slow and uneventful. Going to get more coffee. Eating. Breathing. It seems that everything around me is trying to get me to cave. The guys o

Fish76

Fish76

 

Day 1

Dizzy. Out of it. That's how today feels...and it's not even halfway done yet.   It's noon on a random Thursday in November and today is the day that I decided cutting back transitioned to quitting. I've had the Wellbutrin for a month now, and have been on it, off and on, for about that much time. No idea why today was the first nicotine-free day, but it is. Yesterday was supposed to be that day as well. Today I'm doing something different. Today I found this website and started this b

Fish76

Fish76

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