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jeffrobd last won the day on October 25 2017

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    Wife says I'm a knucklehead!

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  1. jeffrobd


    What happened on the ability to insert pictures? The 10 kb thing makes it impossible to put in anything! Editing to add: I still cannot post in this section or this thread, but I can edit posts of others. Did my club dues check bounce?
  2. Proud to join you in being a pussy too! Hey you all...being a pussy is cool!
  3. When I first signed on to this site, I had serious apprehension about my HOF speech. My thoughts were pondering that speech. How would I write it? What would I say? Would it be the same as other HOF speeches? How would it compare to speeches of the other guys in the 6-1-1? Day 100 came, and I didn’t feel so bad when not one of us had posted a speech. I told myself at day 100, that I would have my speech ready and I would post at my one year anniversary of my quit because if I could make it that far then I was pretty sure I had it licked When I look at a year ago, it seems like so far away. But if that’s so far away, then let me look back many, many, many years ago to my days of innocence. I can still remember that first experience with chewing tobacco. I was in 1980 during PE class in 6th grade, and one of my classmates pulls out a green labeled can, with a shiny silver lid. It was Skoal fine cut and he said that he’d heard from his uncle that this stuff made you tough. So, I and every other boy in line in gym took a pinch. It spun me for a loop so hard and made my lower lip burn so bad that I immediately spat it out into the drinking fountain. A few of the other guys took off running for the locker room; wasn’t sure why then, but now know it was because they were puking. I swore then and there I’d never touch the stuff again, and scratched my head to why some of my NFL hero’s (Walt Garrison and Earl Campbell) were telling me to “Take a pinch and not a puff!” Now, we jump ahead to my freshman year in college (1987-88). I was probably nearing the end of my first quarter. Classes were going great, grades were perfect, life was great, except for the fact I was single and the only thing on my mind was “scoring with the ladies!” I was like a buck in the rut and was driving myself crazy over the actions of one girl in particular. She’d lead me one way this week, and the other way the next and it had me so stressed out. One of my fisheries program classmates chewed Copenhagen. I remember him saying…”You want to get her out of your mind? Well, then try some of this.” Forgetting about my middle school experience, I took that pinch. Instead of getting sick, I got a “buzz.” He handed me the can and told me to keep it. That was 23 years ago, and I finally understood that slogan I mentioned above. I now understood why those athletes used it, and hey, it was not smoking. High school taught me that smoking was bad, affected others, and eventually gave you respiratory issues. Certainly this stuff didn’t! Although my best friend told me I was being stupid, the young, dumb, and indestructible in me said otherwise. Fast forward many years. My life experiences, jobs in fisheries, etc., all seemed to point that chewing was ok. Hey, it wasn’t smoking! Everyone around me chewed, whether it was working around loggers and the logging industry, the commercial fishing industry or living in Yup’ik Eskimo villages in Western Alaska where even the women chewed. Seemed like it didn’t matter – IT WAS OK! If it wasn’t, my life certainly wouldn’t have taken that path. I recall trying to quit along the way. I must have tried at least four times. But, because I truly didn’t want to, I would give in for some reason or another. I could list the reasons I gave in, but what’s the point. I’d just be making excuses, no matter how valid I thought they were at the time, to get around the fact that I was and am an ADDICT! 2011 became a changing point for me and it was not a New Year’s resolution that started it. I simply just found myself being unhappy with myself. I looked at myself in the mirror and did not like what I saw. I would recollect my days, and realize how much and how often Copenhagen was in my mouth. The local store clerks would finish every conversation with “Your usual two cans Jeff?” I must have done a really good job in driving my wife crazy with all my whining and complaining. I remember telling her how I felt, expecting a hug or an “its ok.” But, her response was least of my expectations. She looked at me and told me three words I will never forget …”SUCK IT UP!” Those words hit me deep down within. I thought about them all day. I remember spending that night watching my kids sleep and having the sudden realization of what I was letting my addiction rob from them. It was at this point I told myself that something had to be done. In early February, I started researching the internet and requesting materials on quitting as I figured getting rid of a 23 year old addiction would not be easy. I decided to stay away from nicotine replacement products – I truly felt “am I really quitting if I’m still using nicotine to quit?” I thought about cold turkey, but wasn’t sure I wanted to make my wife and children victims of my potential mood swings and subsequent actions. I knew my wife had a trip scheduled in the future, and I really wanted to get through the worst while she was gone. Then I saw brand switching. Concept was to use brands that were lesser in nicotine levels…certainly that would help. So, I searched the stores and realized I couldn’t get any levels lower than what I was already chewing. So, it would have to be cold turkey. Dang, back to where I started! I chose to “wean” myself down off the remaining cans I had. Once I ran out, then that would be it. Certainly that would work until my wife left. Then the next best thing happened. My wife had to depart earlier! She had to travel to the same location she was already headed, so my quit date came about a week sooner than I had anticipated. I announced to my family that my new life was to begin while my wife was gone. My kids showed an excited look, however, I did recognize my wife’s look as the “Yeah sure, I’ll believe it when I see it!” look. Even though I still had my rations of “weaning” chew, I threw it all away on March 1. I pulled my son and daughter together that morning, begged for assistance and patience with me for the next week or so. I owe my 12 year old daughter so much for her assistance during that week. That was one year ago today. So, what have I gained from all this? Well, here’s my list of what I can think of at this particular moment: Have saved $1472.00…yeah, chew was quite expensive at 7 bucks a can…sad part was, sometimes I spent up to 10 per can so this value is a minimum! Respect back from my wife and kids Lost 30 pounds. Gained better health...positive health and dental screenings. Increased cardio activity…running 5 miles daily and daily workouts! Sleep is far better and I have dreams now that I actually remember. Was getting here easy? Yes, it actually was! This may seem like a weird statement, but it was easy in the fact that all I had to do was make the decision for me and make that decision every day from there on out. The hard part, though, was maintaining the decision. But, there is assistance! That’s where the site helped me so much. Seeing the stories, reading the posts, developing relationships with my group members, heeding the advice of the veterans! Ball, Zero, Blind, Cardio, Ohio, JimmyVV, the list goes on! I can only hope that one day I can meet you all in person to personally thank you for your support.
  4. Welcome to the site. Fellow Alaskan here (southeast). There are several of us on the site. Hard to go wrong with this site. Post roll in your group daily, and check the site as often as you can or need. The first week is ridding you body of nicotine, the rest is battling your brain. It gets easier each day, as long as you take it one day at a time!

  5. Anchorage here

  6. Hey smb...fellow Alaskan here...southeast...what part you from?

  7. Saw your posts. I think you should go get checked with what your mentioning in your post. Some of the things you mention don't seem right. And, if your doctor gives you a clean bill of health following it, then it gives you yet another thing to be accountable to in your quit.

  8. Yeah buddy, I'm in Anchorage. Good to meet another fellow Alaskan ^_^.

  9. Hi...saw this comment earlier (looks like Jeffro bumped 20yr and Xman - he'll learn, and was wondering what it meant? Looked through that roll call post, and I had checked in during the morning, and my name wasn't there. Checked in again, and now it shows up. I copy the most recent post, paste into my post box, and then add my name and day count. Am I doing it wrong?

  10. Hi Yoshi. All power to you in this life changing decision you've made. You've made the decision to quit for yourself, which is probably the best choice. Maintaining accountability will help. Each of us will have different withdrawal symptoms. Besides this website, there is also Chewfree.com. They have an ask the expert forum there, and the doctors could probably answer your question. Make sure you get "enrolled" in the proper HOF group (should be June 2011 group), and check in each morning. Spend all your available time looking through the posts, and get to know the other individuals in your HOF group. We have all made the same decisions, and all are experiencing the same temptations, and do not want nicotine to rule our lives anymore. Be ready for those urges and cravings. I see you mentioned you played hockey, so when one sneaks up on you, grab its jersey, yank it over it's head, and lay into it! I'll be pulling for you from up here in Alaska!
  11. Worst part for me...constipation! I had a couple of days that really had me messed up internally, and the internal misery brought on nothing but serious cravings for the crap to induce the crap! Held in there strong, and now after two weeks, everything seems like it's back in order.
  12. Welcome aboard! I am also in the June 2011 HOF group. I am completing day 14 as I type. Remember to sign in daily in roll call.

  13. I posted this earlier in my HOF group, but want more support from others out there. Please read below: Ok all, don't worry, as it wasn't me doing anything stupid. What was heartbreaking today, was finding out a high school senior that I've known, coached, and mentored for atleast 6 years, has been dipping. It crushed me to hear this news. I hope and pray, that he didn't think it was ok to start because of me. He knew I chewed, however, I had always stressed to him that it was the worst decision I had ever made and to never start. His dad left several years ago, and I have been one of the few male figures in his life. So, now I have even more movtivation to stay off the crap, and will try a reverse psychology with him. I'll make sure he knows I'm quitting, and will talk it up to him all the time. Hopefully, that will work, but I do know that when I can catch him chewing, I will give him an earful! For all you out there, this boy's name is Chadd and I'm hoping you'll all lift him up in prayer! Thanks -- Jeffro
  14. Hi, March 1 is also my stop the crap day. Looking to see if you, myself, and a few other March 1sters would be interested in supporting one another.

  15. Hi. I too have a March 1 quit day. Hoping you, I, and the other March 1sters can support each other.

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