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Hi everyone. Sorry I never finished my "Hypno" reports. For those new to the board (or if you just want a refresher):

My Intro Report is here:
My Hypno week 1 report is here:
My Hypno weeks 2 & 3 report is here:

The remaining Hypno reports never seemed to materialize on TMF. I often thought about posting them but life always seemed to get in the way! (Sorry Rebecca, I know I said I'd do nine weeks of reports.) Basically, my hypno sessions continued along the same format as the first 3 weeks. The weekly sessions seemed to continually repeat the same things over and over again. The constant repetition is needed to "hardwire" the brain into the new lifestyle. I completed the program but haven't been back for any of the "follow-up" sessions that they let you attend. I haven't really felt the need and I can now put myself into self-hypnosis without any real work.

There have been several life changes since my last post/update here. Most crucial to this board:

Six months, one week, four days, 17 hours, 42 minutes and 52 seconds. 2936 cigarettes not smoked, saving $697.17. Life saved: 1 week, 3 days, 4 hours, 40 minutes.

I have almost recouped the cost of the Hypno program. The total program costs were $822.00. Yes, it seems like a lot when you say "Eight Hundred Twenty-Two Dollars" but look at my stats above. Not only have I almost saved the same amount of money but I've "bought" myself an additional 1 week, 3 days, 4 hours, 40 minutes which is priceless!!!

My overall outlook is still good. I rarely think about smoking even when I'm standing next to a smoker. The only time it has really bothered me was when I was taking some strong pain killers (for an unrelated medical issue). I found the pain killers had clouded my "hypno-reactions" with my "smoker-reactions" and the cravings would come and go. Luckily I didn't have to test my will-power because I also was not allowed to drive. The person who was driving me places is a non-smoker and I didn't want to try to convince him that I really needed a smoke but only while I was on the pain killers. :-)

My kids are much happier. My oldest son brags about mom doing the "hypno-thing" and he has been known to tell a smoking adult about it when he over hears someone mentioning the smokers favorite words: "I know I should quit but . . ." I've never smoked in the house or the car but I used to smoke in the garage. I know he is much happier with not having to plug his nose because he doesn't like the smell of a smoky garage.

I have managed to gain about 5 pounds or so since I have stopped smoking. I can't really blame that on the smokes though since I needed to lose weight anyway. I definitely have more energy now and find myself going for walks more. Great benefit for me, the kids, and the dogs!

Mentally I managed to complete my accelerated-learning paralegal course with a 4.02 GPA. I'm guessing that I didn't have the "mind wander" problem that many talk about. Now that I'm seriously looking for a full-time job I'm noticing how many want-ads state "Non-Smoking Office". I've always thought of smoking as something I did that didn't affect anyone else (since I've always been very polite about smoking around non-smokers). Now that I've been smoke-free for so long and can smell the smoke on others, I understand why an employer would want to hire a non-smoker over a smoker (medical issues aside).

Well, that about wraps it up. Let me know if you have any questions. I'm always willing to talk about my hypno success!

TMF Dawn

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