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Cravings, Withdrawal, and Avoiding Slips / Starting fresh...

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TreepeoSep 29, 2017 @ 5:27 PM
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Age: 56
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Hobbies: reading, video games
Hi Doyle,
 
If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.  That is what you are doing, and I applaud you for that.  All you can do is give it your best shot and see how it goes.  One of these days it's going to stick.   


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 274
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,850
Amount Saved: $822.00
Life Gained:
Days: 37 Hrs: 20 Mins: 9 Seconds: 5

Emily, Quit CoachSep 29, 2017 @ 2:59 PM
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Joined: Jun 18, 2015 (1:33 PM)
Hi Doyle,

Slips and relapses can happen on this journey. But it's great to hear that you are back on track and feeling motivated. 

It sounds like you have given a lot of thought to what those triggers are and how you will cope with them. I'm sure that will help a lot as you are working on your quit. Would it also help to write down how you feel when you smoke, so that you have that reminder if you need it?

Let us know how things are going.
Emily 

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manderson4Sep 29, 2017 @ 2:42 PM
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Joined: Sep 29, 2016 (10:42 AM)
Age: 51
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Hobbies: Cycling, Computers
Hey Doyle, keep on keeping on.  I am approaching six months smoke free and I wouldnt trade any of those days for a smoke now.  I enjoy that they dont rule my life.  I found that having celery and carrot sticks, fresh fruit like pears and apples handy got me through the biggest cravings.  I also drink lots of water.  I still suck a sharpie from time to time and I even changed my twitter name to SharpieGuy.  Sign up for the first weeks contest to give your self some extra incentive.  

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 4/16/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 166
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 12,450
Amount Saved: $9,129.59
Life Gained:
Days: 27 Hrs: 4 Mins: 9 Seconds: 50

One Down One to Go

tinkerbelle2Sep 29, 2017 @ 1:21 PM
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Age: 55
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Teacher's assistant
Hobbies: writing, being in nature
Hello Doyle. A very wise man once told me while I was trying to put my life together that we must never forget we are human which means we stumble and sometimes fall. At that point we have a choice to make which is I can just stay here and wallow in self pity or I can get back up and get back into the fight. We all have fallen in our life and you can either learn from it and come back stronger or you can just give up and retreat. You sound like you are ready to pick yourself up and accept that you did fall but that you will not allow it to beat you.
 
 I do have "friends" who each time to would try and quit would get down on me and would say " why bother you will never quit." Problem was I believed them each and every time so I was one who would fall down and feel sorry for myself as what was the point in trying. It was not until I finally stopped listened to that voice and said it is ok that I did not do it but I will try again.

Don't let life hold you down

DoyleSep 29, 2017 @ 12:14 PM
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Thanks Vix1976.  You're so positive it's nice to hear.  Congrats on your smoke free time.  I am feeling a bit more motivated and confident right now.  I really want to take a step back and use my means instead of smoking.  Like you mentioned - deep breathing will help.  You can check your inbox, I think I had sent you a message a while back.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/29/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 0
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 0
Amount Saved: $0.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 1 Mins: 32 Seconds: 24

Vix1976Sep 29, 2017 @ 11:21 AM
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Joined: Aug 16, 2017 (5:52 PM)
Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Hi Doyle I'm out of work right now too so it's challenging to fill the days and keep busy but you can do this! So you had a slip, move on and quit again just like you said. It's not easy but it gets so much better. And champix does help so much, it's what's got me through these 16 days. That and trying to keep occupied, whether that's a game or a movie or going out for some exercise. Also find that healthy snacks and water help too and the prep of fruits and veggies gives me something to do. I had some pretty rough cravings at first so I would just sit back and take really deep breaths until the craving passed. Sometimes it would only take a couple breaths and sometimes it would take a lot but I am determined to stay quit. And I know if I can do this then so can you. Be strong and be stubborn and don't let that nicodemon win Doyle. YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 16
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 240
Amount Saved: $172.80
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 12 Mins: 57 Seconds: 10

DoyleSep 29, 2017 @ 8:35 AM
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Joined: Mar 25, 2016 (10:30 AM)
Age: 42
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Hobbies: Hiking, Reading
After a 3 day relapse, I am starting over today.  When I smoke, I feel disgusted and nautious.  Champix is doing its thing.  I know that loneliness, stress and boredom are my triggers, so I made a list of things to do.  I am in between contracts and not working so it is a bit challenging, but I need to view this flex as an opportunity to try new things and reach out.  I know quitting smoking is a big challenge, but it is the first and foremost thing in my life right now.  I really want it.  I threw out my pack and need to remember how smoking makes me feel when I am craving.  I pray for the strength to quit.  I will never quit trying to quit.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -15
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -300
Amount Saved: $-120.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -118698