GUS (Gave Up Smoking) is a community support series for Kossacks in the midst of quitting smoking. Any supportive comments, suggestions or positive distractions are appreciated. We avoid discussion of political issues. If you are quitting or even thinking about quitting, please -- join us! You can add GUS to your stream by clicking on the ♥ next to the GUS tag. The GUS Library at dKosopedia is organically evolving, and stocked with free-range information: quit-smoking links, and helpful GUS writing tips."A message to all quitters: you don't have to avoid GUS if your latest attempt to quit didn't work out. We won't give you a bad time and we consider the attempted quits as practice for the real quit." (h/t FG)
I postulate that quitting smoking revolves around
and two great way to help change behavior are
) through positive distractions and redirection, especially those things you are (or were) passionate about doing.I've covered this ground any number of times before. Writing about my positive endeavors and sharing them with this community. These subjects are ones I have first hand knowledge of and good writing frequently draws from that well of strength. "Write what you know about." This exercise is as much for me as it is for you. The old saying "use it or lose it" is entirely appropriate. If my voice seems a little hoarse, or I don't exactly connect, some of the fault lies in a lack of practice.
One of the activities I've developed an affinity for since I quit smoking (and drinking) is bike riding. I've shared a good deal of my experiences riding a bike here. I love being out on the road in the sunshine & fresh air. It's unbelievably fun and I'm sorry it took me 35 years to rediscover how fun it is. It's like being a kid again. It instills a huge sense of freedom in me (and danger [but that danger is a sense of excitement & empowerment too]) It never seems like exercise, or a chore when I ride. Even at 2 hours, I'm spending less than 10% of my time in any given day, treating myself right.
When I'm out riding I've noticed that with a little grit in the tread, or asphalt bubbles on the road, the tires can sound exactly like a turntable needle on an LP. That thought leads into me using a stationary bicycle when weather is less than ideal, and when I'm riding indoors, I get to indulge in another interest of mine: Listening to music.
I usually still get my music the old fashioned way. I go to a brick and mortar store, and buy a physical copy, usually on compact disc. And because of economics, I buy most things used. This year I've gotten way behind in working with the discs I've brought home. They're overflowing up here (300 or so in various stages of importing, copying, data entry) and I haven't been motivated to reconfigure the room downstairs and the storage units I house them in for a couple years. Coming up on 5000 total. It's a crazy number and amount.
I want to comment on just one release I bought this year.
IMO, Jazzie B is definitely the weakest of the three, not that I don't like Jazzie B, for instance in Soul II Soul. Of the other two, I'm a huge fan of Dimitri From Paris, and his mix doesn't disappoint, with house-y goodness from beginning to end. Leading off with Sylvester's soul/disco classic You Make Me Feel, the whole disc is a great 70+ minute ride including a personal favorite in Joey Negro's Club Mix of the Sunburst Band's He Is, a marvelous inspirational with children doing voice overs of their impressions of what "he" is. Equally as strong (and house oriented), is Quentin Harris' mix and he wraps up his disc with one of his own songs, Let's Be Young (words to live by, in and of themselves), immediately preceded by the Francois K & Rob Rives Acapella Mix of Audio Soul Project's Community, so the two songs mix together as one fades and the other begins.
The spoken words
"I feel it,
are followed by nearly 10 minutes of one of the most addictive synth notes I've ever heard, woven into a rich modern uplifting dance classic. It is, once again, a great 70+ minute ride in total, and I always think of this forum and GUS in particular when I hear it.
I'm thrilled to be a part of the DKos community in general, and this one in particular. I get to express myself, I get to write about what I'm passionate about and share the things I'm interested in. I also get to hear about everyone else's interests. Exotic travels & vacations, fabulous recipes, pets of all varieties, home remodeling and repair, stunning photography, arts and crafts, the weather from every corner of the country, wit, humor, music, movies ... and then there's the quitting smoking thing.
I can't offer anything more than information ,support, caring, concern, hope, first person knowledge, laughter, useless trivia, positivity, useful trivia, a shoulder, and a cold yet sweaty hand. figuratively.
One additional reason I chose to host and post today was my desire to bring the Buddy List I've created and managed for most of last year, into 2013. I'm pretty sure it's up to date, and I've noted every time I made a change to it or edited it in this diary. I'd like to target every link to open in a new tab, but that's something I can work on at my leisure. So going forward I'll use this one to make updates and it would be wonderful if someone with keys to the Library would update the list there.
If you're a smoker, please, please think about what you're doing today. Change begins with one decision, one action. You could make that decision today and join us.
"MnRaindog" listed in memoriam
"JVolvo's Mom" listed in memoriam
added "Aunt Acid"
"GreenMountainBoy02" listed in memoriam
"kestrel9000" removed due to boney mojo
"ChiTownDenny" removed due to boney mojo
added "Melanie in IA"
"Melanie in IA" removed due to boney mojo
added "One Pissed Off Liberal"
added "Senor Unoball"
"Lady Kestrel" removed due to boney mojo
"glorificus" removed due to boney mojo
"jbou" removed due to boney mojo
added "Via Chicago"
added "just another vet"
added "Damnit Janet"
added "also mom of 5"
added "James Earl"
added "john keats"
removed "soros" due to boney mojo
added "maybeeso in michigan"
added "fat old man"
added "lying eyes"
added "Ole Texan"
added "Portia Elm"
RiaD listed in memoriam
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