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manderson4Sep 07, 2017 @ 5:11 PM
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Age: 51
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Country: Canada
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I choose small rewards like a couple of really good bagels or some biscotti on the days of the stop smoking group.  I did have meals out with family.  And bought myself some things like albums, a tv and a dvd player.  I guess also getting my bike repaired is a reward but it is also my source of transportation.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 4/16/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 144
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 10,800
Amount Saved: $7,919.64
Life Gained:
Days: 23 Hrs: 14 Mins: 32 Seconds: 19

One Down One to Go

JeyanSep 06, 2017 @ 12:37 PM
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Joined: Nov 24, 2014 (9:56 AM)

Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
I truly have not used any rewards this time around. I just want to kick this nasty addiction out of my life.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 325
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,250
Amount Saved: $1,950.00
Life Gained:
Days: 47 Hrs: 20 Mins: 12 Seconds: 17

lostjennieSep 06, 2017 @ 12:28 PM
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Joined: Jul 19, 2016 (10:36 PM)

Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: contractor
Hobbies: photography, arts
Hello to all.
 
 Many think the reward has to be something big or expensive in order to be a reward. There are milestones we all pass that should be celebrated ,such as when I passed 100 days, but to me the biggest reward I give myself is life. I feel so much better these days and so every day I get up and face another day without cigarettes is a reward to me. I do on occasion pay myself a treat like a dinner out or a show at the Art Centre but mostly I bank the money I have saved as I have a daughter who will soon be ready for university.
 
 She is my biggest reward as no longer when we are together do I have to excuse myself to go and smoke. I cannot count how many times I either dragged her with me so I could find a place to smoke or left her to wait while I puffed away or would stop the car during a trip to get out and have a smoke or worse those times I lit up in the car and fooled myself that the open window was enough. Every day I get to spend with her is a reward in itself.
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I will survive this as I am strong

TreepeoSep 05, 2017 @ 10:59 PM
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Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Hobbies: reading, video games
Hi Valerie,
 
During the first month of my quit, I would treat myself to really good take out food.  I figured with the money I was saving on cigarettes, I could afford to treat myself.  That freed up a lot of time for me, that I then spent reading a good book, or playing an awesome video game.
 
I enjoy cooking when I have the time and energy to do it, but I still reward myself with take out when |I am feeling particularly proud of myself for ignoring my cravings or wants.  Either that or I buy myself new games to play.  I'm still saving tons of money as a non-smoker, which is great! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 251
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,275
Amount Saved: $753.00
Life Gained:
Days: 34 Hrs: 13 Mins: 37 Seconds: 32

Valerie, Quit CoachSep 05, 2017 @ 1:23 PM
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Joined: Jun 07, 2017 (7:51 PM)

Hello everyone,

Sometimes it can be difficult to stay smoke free when you come across some obstacles. One way to keep oneself motivated is by rewarding yourself through your milestones.

A reward doesn’t have to be something big, small things can make a difference too. My definition of “reward” is something that makes me feel good and refreshed. For me it might be to dedicate an hour or two towards a fun activity that I may not have the time to do during the week, such as painting or going for a bike ride.

What is your reward system and when was it most helpful to you throughout your smoke-free journey?

Kindly,

Valerie

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