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Healthy Distractions / Feeling good so far...

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JeyanNov 06, 2017 @ 7:58 AM
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Age: 39
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Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Doyle Vix1976 is correct. Whenever you crave, come on to this site and have a read at what others are going through and have gone through to battle this addiction. That should make your cravings go away make you stronger to stay nope to the next craving.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 386
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,860
Amount Saved: $2,316.00
Life Gained:
Days: 56 Hrs: 18 Mins: 43 Seconds: 5

Vix1976Nov 05, 2017 @ 10:57 PM
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That’s right Doyle, we all think we remember good things but we’re they really good or just attached to fond memories? We miss things about it that we perceived were good and as you said cigarettes cause no good. And remembering all those bad things is a much better way to go. I also find looking at my quit meter helps a lot. Next time you want to give in come have a look, do you really want to lose those hard fought days again? I know you don’t cause you’re determined to quit and we’re all here to support you. And good for you calling that helpline. Do whatever you can not to pick up a smoke!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 54
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 810
Amount Saved: $583.20
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 0 Mins: 17 Seconds: 21

DoyleNov 05, 2017 @ 12:06 PM
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Country: Canada
Hobbies: Hiking, Reading
I made a big realization this morning.  I figured out that when I crave, I go through euphoric recall.  I remember the good things cigarettes brought me.  So I need to focus on the negative and all the bad things smoking causes and train my mind to think this way.  Cigarettes cause no good and I must remember this.  It only brings me down, de-motivates me and steals my energy.  So far the weekend is going well.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 2
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 40
Amount Saved: $16.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 6 Mins: 10 Seconds: 45

OceanNov 04, 2017 @ 7:12 PM
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Way to go  Doyle, I firmly believe that by reaching out when you're feeling these urges and not giving in to the craving is what will give you confidence.  I hope your day was positive.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -28
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -700
Amount Saved: $-425.60
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -308999

By the yard it's hard...by the inch it's a cinch!

doingitformeNov 04, 2017 @ 5:58 PM
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Don't get too down on yourself Doyle. I know what you are going through. I now have Hell Week behind me. Last time I quit I was in the same boat as yourself. I made it 10 months when I relapsed. Except it took me 5 years before I decided that it was time to give it up for good. You have me beat on that aspect. At least you realized that you had a slip and you are right back at it again. Good for you. I know that you can do this. You have a good plan in place to help you get over the hard parts. Stick with it. as everyone else has said, 
NewoportunityNov 04, 2017 @ 9:49 AM
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Doyle
 
Dear Doyle you are doing ok Hold on and go trough the moment when it comes, distract your self, I am sure you will be fine. 
 
You deserve to be free!
 
Not even a puff!
 
Congrats in your 1 day


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 6/8/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 880
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 52,800
Amount Saved: $23,760.00
Life Gained:
Days: 141 Hrs: 18 Mins: 39 Seconds: 58

EVERY DAY IS A TRY, NEVER GIVE UP

DoyleNov 04, 2017 @ 7:59 AM
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I got through a big craving this morning and that gives me confidence.   I called the helpline.  We determined that my means are not really working, so for now, it is a MUST that I call before I smoke.  I have post it notes everywhere reminding me to get into this habit.  Although my means work if I manage to do them, the problem is that I don't get to them and end up smoking first.  Once I do them (meditating and walking) I feel better, but for now I am not strong enough and need the feedback of a counsellor.  Gearing up for a smoke free weekend!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 1
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 20
Amount Saved: $8.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 3 Mins: 24 Seconds: 57

Smobered UpNov 04, 2017 @ 7:39 AM
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Hobbies: Cottage in the summer, Florida in the winter, Photography, NOT SMOKING ☺
Hey Doyle.......Vix and Lillian have pretty much said it all but here's my two cents. because I have been where you are many times in my quit  I would just like to add that each time you relapse, you grow a little stronger and the addiction grows a little weaker.  There is no doubt that you WILL succeed and I'm hoping your epiphany will come sooner than my own.  Eventually, you will tire of having to go through the dreadful early days of quitting for the sake of a few days of feeding the beast that haunts all of us.  We already know the science of why we relapse, now it's just a matter of reminding ourselves that no matter how much we think we can recover from having "just one" without paying the price is an impossible dream.  This was my greatest downfall during my own quit.  I would quit for up to 6 months at a time and convince myself that I could smoke "occasionally" and continue to be a non smoker.  NOT!!!  I still fight the urge to have a couple of smokes when a new trigger hits and I remember the delicious "AAAHHH feeling of lighting up.  It's then that I replay in my mind, the coughing fits and stinky clothes and sneaking around and lying to my family and being unable to negotiate a set of stairs without gasping for breath before I reach the first floor. I have finally accepted that I can NEVER have another cigarette without paying the price of starting over.  Withdrawal and craving are tops on my list of hateful things that I don't ever want to do again so I bite the bullet through the occasional craving by reminding myself that, as long as I live, I will always be addicted to nicotine and must avoid it at all costs.  
I hope that I didn't sound to preachy.  I smoked for over 50 years and I know the how strong the desire to smoke can be.  I related my story because I truly hope that it will help you and any who read this, to try a little harder when temptation comes knocking on your quit.   
 
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up.
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 385
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,625
Amount Saved: $4,331.25
Life Gained:
Days: 47 Hrs: 20 Mins: 28 Seconds: 51

The buck stops HERE!

Vix1976Nov 03, 2017 @ 8:51 PM
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You slipped and look at your right back on the wagon Doyle! You want this and you’re determines. One of the biggest things that helps my confidence is looking at my quit meter and knowing I don’t want to give that up. Last time I quit I forgot my user name and quit coming back to quit my stats. I’ve fought hard for my days earned on my meter and I don’t want to give them up for anything. I try to remember that, I won’t call it confidence but it helps me stay stronger. I like telling people I quit as I haven’t really publicized it and when I say it’s been over 50 days, I love the looks on their faces. Stay strong Doyle, call the quit hotline if you’re feeling weak, email me, call literally anyone who is supportive of you quitting. Anything you have to do not to smoke. Dance scream walk run anything! Your profile says you like to read, I know when I’m reading a good book I I know I can loose track of hours so try that. We’re all here to support and help you through this Doyle!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 52
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 780
Amount Saved: $561.60
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 19 Mins: 33 Seconds: 39

Lillian, Quit CoachNov 03, 2017 @ 8:40 PM
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Hi Doyle,

You quit smoking for 5 weeks. You have what it takes to beat this. I am sure that in those 5 weeks, you successfully fought off the cravings, 5 weeks is proof of that! Those skills and that knowledge is still with you. Frustration with set backs understandably can lead you feeling unconfident but many, many have gone through that as well and come out free in the end. You are so determined Doyle and truly knowledgable. It really will all pay off. We are confident that you can do this!

Lillian

Smokers' Helpline Online Support Team

DoyleNov 03, 2017 @ 3:58 PM
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I am on my first day starting over after having quit for 5 weeks and then relapsing for 4 days.  So far, I feel good.  I am distracting myself by going for short quick and intense walks and it seems to help.  I am also doing a meditation on quitting smoking and it seems to help my thoughts out with regards to being motivated for my quit.  Now, I need to keep working on my confidence in staying quit.  If you have any tips or pointers as to how to increase confidence in living a smoke free life, feel free to share.  Happy smoke-free day to everyone! 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 0
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 0
Amount Saved: $0.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 1 Mins: 53 Seconds: 45