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Nadia, Quit CoachNov 10, 2017 @ 10:54 PM
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Joined: Mar 07, 2017 (1:51 PM)
Hi Ocean,

Thank you for sharing your experiences. Quitting smoking is an ongoing process and it sounds like you have learned things that have or haven’t worked along the way.
Depression or other mood disorders can make it hard to go through those days when everything is dull but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Relapses can be teaching moments for us, thinking of ways to deal with those moments can help in the future.

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OceanNov 10, 2017 @ 4:48 PM
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Joined: Jan 26, 2010 (5:34 PM)

Age: 55
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Educator
Hobbies: Family, Reading, Music, Outdoors
Hi Emily,
The one time when I'd quit for a year and a half I was in my twenties and stupid.  I was on holiday in a tropical environment and thought I could smoke for the trip with silly cocktails because it had been easy to quit.  So my mindset was it's easy to quit so I can just smoke for now.   It didn't work like that, I'm afraid.  But I learned, yes, I did.
 
More recent times it's been different.  I had another year quit, and I relapsed when I was excited and happy changes (still stressful) were occuring and I probably just needed to deep breathe.  But was impulsive.
 
Since then, it's an unsuccesful annual thing, and I have an extremely hard time especially around the 30 to 70 day mark.  It's a prolonged mood depression that I suffer.  Everything feels dull, including myself.  I see it as a mood disorder and it affects my energy, my engagement with activities that were once rewarding, it's like nothing is rewarding, and it's all encompassing.  I also become so passive when I am in that fog.  So then it becomes not only struggling with the changes required to maintain my quit, but a chemical brain thing too.  I can cope with off days like that, but not days on end.
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -22
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -550
Amount Saved: $-334.40
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -241084

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

Emily, Quit CoachNov 10, 2017 @ 9:46 AM
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Joined: Jun 18, 2015 (1:33 PM)
Hi Ocean,

Thank-you for bringing this forward. I'm sure you're not alone in this.

It sounds like you have learned from your past quits which will surly help you going into this quit. Can I ask what brought you back to smoking in the past? And do you have any ideas on how you might get through those challenges if they come up again?

Emily 


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OceanNov 09, 2017 @ 6:14 PM
Posts: 1182
Joined: Jan 26, 2010 (5:34 PM)

Age: 55
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Educator
Hobbies: Family, Reading, Music, Outdoors
Is this a thing for anyone else?  Or, if you've tried quitting several times, do you find some attempts easy and others impossible?  And what is up with that?
 
I remember having a quit about 5 years ago.  It was really hard some days, and so easy others.  It caught me a bit off guard, and sometimes when it was easy, I'd think to myself:  Oh this isn't as hard as I imagined it would be.  Then after about a year or so, I relapsed and when I tried to do it again I just couldn't get by the 90 day mark, or even the 2 week mark, and it was so hard.
 
It's something that I'm aware of now.  Never imagine that because it was easier on one attempt, that it will be as easy the next time you relapse.  It was a very hard lesson to learn, and painful.
 
I think the NOPE doctrine is very important to keep, especially when you're feeling secure.  I don't want to make you paranoid, but just a warning to keep doing it and never fall of that horse because you might not be able to get back on.
 
Let's do this!
 
Ocean 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -23
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -575
Amount Saved: $-349.60
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -251835

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