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Cravings, Withdrawal, and Avoiding Slips / Hit a wall - starting over

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OceanOct 30, 2017 @ 7:28 PM
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Hi Doyle,
 
I agree, it's the mental thing that's the hardest.  I was just posting about why I'm taking it slow and easy this time.  One hour at a time, and trying to not get ahead of myself.  Boredom doesn't agree with me either, it's like perpetually waiting, endless when it hits.  This may sound off the wall, but have you thought about getting a job, even part-time to keep you distracted?  Or, volunteer for a part-time job?  I only suggest this because my job fills me up in a good way, and forces me to get out of my head and my thoughts...  Good on you for sticking to it!  I applaud your resolve, Doyle.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -33
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -825
Amount Saved: $-501.60
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -366022

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

TreepeoOct 30, 2017 @ 5:01 PM
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Hi Doyle,
 
I know what you mean about hitting a wall.  That was part of my problem in the past, too.  I was just not mentally committed to quitting.  I knew it would mean a change in my routines, including not meeting my friends during work for our smoke breaks.  I really think that quitting is half physical and half emotional.  And I think we all struggle with the idea of change.  Change is hard.
 
The good news is that you are ready to try again.  It's great that you are going to the gym as well.  These are two positive changes that are bound to help your cardio-vascular health.  Just take it one day at a time, Doyle.  You can do this. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 305
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,625
Amount Saved: $915.00
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 2 Mins: 30 Seconds: 16

DoyleOct 30, 2017 @ 4:26 PM
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I really want to quit smoking for my health.  I have high tryglicerides and quitting smoking will help.  My doctor didn't push on me to stop smoking, but instead made it clear that if I was smoke free for the next 10 years, I would have a lower risk of cardio-vascular disease.  So I am trying to see it as not a must but a want to quit smoking.  I am a recovering alcoholic with 4 years sobriety so smoking is my last addiction.  But it seems much harder to quit than anything else.  I had a good day today and didn't crave too much and kept busy.  Next week, I am going to participate in  a knitting group at the library so hope to learn something new and maybe develop a hobby.  I am also walking more which really helps and getting to the gym 2-3 times a week.  All in all, I will not be hard on myself with this smoking this weekend and will stay focused on my quit.  Have a great day everyone! 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/29/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 1
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 20
Amount Saved: $8.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 4 Mins: 13 Seconds: 2

Marianne, Quit CoachOct 30, 2017 @ 4:18 PM
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Hello Doyle,

Sorry to hear the fact that were discouraged.  Please don't ever be hard on yourself, most of us have been there in the quit smoking journey.  And to share that with us is appreciated.  So happy to hear that you are feeling better today.  

The bonus is that you can identify your vulnerability, we all have them.  Vix 1976 shared some great ideas about distracting when bored.  Really encouraging to hear of your positive perspective and how you moving forward with insight.  As Newoportunity shared, the war is not lost.  

Tips around motivation is a great way to begin anew as you say.  Can you start by sharing with us what moved you to take steps to quit smoking in the first place?  I believe newoportunity posed this question to you as well. 

You certainly got this, we are here for you!  

Marianne


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Vix1976Oct 30, 2017 @ 2:59 PM
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Hi Doyle, I’m glad that you’re getting back on track, never quite quitting! now we’ve all been there and the important thing is to move on from it! I understand the bordum part as well since I’ve been out of work for a while and it can be hard to fill your days. Do you have something that you do that you end up totally losing track of time, like games, movies or hobbies that you can use to fill it? It’s one of my triggers too and Sunday was pretty quiet. I just played computer games, watched movies and tried to think about other things. Exercise is always a good plan to keep busy or try colouring, a new hobby or baking. Best of luck continuing your on going journey to a smoke free life. I know you can do it Doyle. And if you feel like you’re going to skip call the hotline and don’t give in!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 47
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 705
Amount Saved: $507.60
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 10 Mins: 8 Seconds: 6

NewoportunityOct 30, 2017 @ 7:27 AM
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Doyle
 
Don't worry, just stop doing it and go back on truck. One relapses is not to loose the war.
 
Remember why you want to quit? and haw hard it was the first day, is better to do not fail ones we are free.
 
I know is hard, every day trying and trying, finding new ways to cope to deal with the stress, helps you Build Confidence.
 
Trust in your self, you can do it!


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 6/8/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 875
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 52,500
Amount Saved: $23,625.00
Life Gained:
Days: 140 Hrs: 22 Mins: 57 Seconds: 55

EVERY DAY IS A TRY, NEVER GIVE UP

DoyleOct 30, 2017 @ 6:44 AM
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I seem to hit a wall at the 3 week and 4 week mark.  I was a few days away from a month without smoking, and bought a pack this weekend and smoked half of it.  I am totally discouraged.  I can't identify the triggers other than boredom and know that I will have to change my routine and adapt to a smoke free way of life.  I was doing so well.  I don't understand.  But this morning I am feeling better, not craving and will start anew.  I would like tips on how to increase my motivation to stay quit.  Some days are good, others are tougher.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/29/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 1
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 20
Amount Saved: $8.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 3 Mins: 17 Seconds: 46