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Cravings, Withdrawal, and Avoiding Slips / 5 days behind me now

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Marianne, Quit CoachNov 01, 2017 @ 8:28 PM
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Hello Doingitforme,  

As Treepeo shared, the fact that you didn't given in to your cravings when the opportunity was there is a reason to give yourself praise! Your positive self-talk really turned things around for you quick. Likewise your moment of reflection. Along with Newoportunity, I second your high confidence level- Sounds like this combo of talking to yourself and having awareness is empowering you to stick it through as you say. 

Continued success to you! 

Marianne

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TreepeoNov 01, 2017 @ 7:47 PM
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Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
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Hi doingitforme,
 
So glad that you were able to resist temptation.  Good for you!  You know, you wouldn't have just had one to get you through the day.  One would have led to another, and so on.  That's why we have to live by N.O.P.E.
 
I know the stench you smelled at work.  Yuck!  I am absolutely mortified that I used to go around stinking like that, too.  It is so powerful, it just hangs in the air, doesn't it?  I am so glad I don't reek like that anymore.  How embarrassing! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 307
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,675
Amount Saved: $921.00
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 9 Mins: 29 Seconds: 29

NewoportunityNov 01, 2017 @ 6:24 PM
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Joined: Jun 08, 2015 (5:13 PM)

Age: 47
Gender: Male
doingitforme
 
You are really kicking buts! I love your confident.
 
Are you using same help like NRT Products to help you stay quit?
Identify when you are sleeping and do something to get rid of it is a big step to Build more Confidence.
 
60Day's smoke free is Great!Congrats
Keep the good work! You can do this!
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 6/8/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 877
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 52,620
Amount Saved: $23,679.00
Life Gained:
Days: 141 Hrs: 8 Mins: 27 Seconds: 29

EVERY DAY IS A TRY, NEVER GIVE UP

doingitformeNov 01, 2017 @ 6:15 PM
Posts: 12
Joined: Oct 27, 2017 (5:29 PM)

Age: 46
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Building Maintenance
So here I am, sixth day now. Cravings and desire were REALLY bad this afternoon. Plus on my way in to work this morning I was really tempted to stop at the store and buy a pack...but I didn't. I kept thinking to myself, it would be so easy to just slip in, grab a pack, and sneak one to get me through the day. But I didn't. I fought the urge, and carried on with my drive.
Later on in the morning, as I walked up the stairs into the foyer of the building that I look after, all I could smell was stale cigarette smoke...and it was really strong. All I kept thinking about was "Is that how I used to smell? That's repulsive!" And it wasn't from people smoking inside the building, it was what traveled in with them after they had all been outside smoking. And it lingered for most of the day. And it really bothered me, knowing that that was what my friends and family have had to put up with for years and years. So that was a watershed moment for me. To have that smell actually offend me was something that never occurred to me before. Even the last time that i quit it didn't bother me too much. I guess that maybe it means I am ready for the quit this time and I am going to make it stick.
Anyways, just hope that everyone is having a good smoke-free day today and a thanks to everyone for taking the time to read my rants and tales of my tribulations and successes. 
Vix1976Nov 01, 2017 @ 1:48 PM
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Great job doingitforme! Be proud of your 5 days of freedom! It’s a great accomplishment. Sometimes it literally feels like you’re crawling through cravings and it’s hard but it so much better than the alternative. Plus I never want to go through the initial quit again and I’m sure you don’t either so stay strong, you’ve got this!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 49
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 735
Amount Saved: $529.20
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 14 Mins: 28 Seconds: 3

TreepeoOct 31, 2017 @ 10:12 PM
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Hi doingitforme,
 
Congratulations on your 5 days!  That's terrific!
 
I agree with your mantra wholeheartedly.  We have to stick to Not One Puff Ever, always.  As long as we do that, we will be okay.
 
I know what you mean about trying to fill the time when you would normally be smoking.  I would force myself to go out for a walk, or wash and chop some veggies, or throw on a load of laundry, stuff like that.  Or you can read, play a game, watch a movie.  Anything that will help to get your mind off of it.  The longer you go without smoking, the easier it will get.  Hang in there, doingitforme, you are doing great! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 307
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,675
Amount Saved: $921.00
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 6 Mins: 31 Seconds: 15

Lillian, Quit CoachOct 31, 2017 @ 7:59 PM
Posts: 1998
Joined: Jul 13, 2006 (4:07 PM)
Great update doingitforme! 5 days is really good. Those cravings will keep popping up but you've got the skills to bat them away. Keep posting, we are here for that reason too! They will get easier, as you've noticed it is already shifting for the better. Love your mantra, Lillian

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OceanOct 31, 2017 @ 7:23 PM
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Country: Canada
Occupation: Educator
Hobbies: Family, Reading, Music, Outdoors
I love it, Doing it for me!  You're doing the right thing by signing in here when you're passing time.  It is so hard in the beginning.  So reach out, vent, distract yourself away!  And big congratulations too, this is awesome.  My Doctor recently informed me that my Cholesterol is rising, a first.  I eat well, exercise, so it's genetic and smoking.  I'm on the same path as you, and I've been lucky in that I don't notice any health problems from smoking, so I was able to get away with it.  Our numbers are up now, we're ageing and can't get away with it anymore.  

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -32
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -800
Amount Saved: $-486.40
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -354637

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

doingitformeOct 31, 2017 @ 7:12 PM
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Age: 46
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Building Maintenance
So, I have officially hit 5 full days since my last smoke. Some of the triggers that I have to deal with aren't as bad now. Cravings still coming and going at random intervals, but they aren't as strong now. I am better able to deal with them when they come by using my inhaler or finding something else to do with myself. I think the hardest part is trying to find something to do when I would normally be smoking...so here I am. 
Anyways, just wanted to share my progress so far and that I am finding myself repeating the mantra, N.O.P.E.