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wimporswimMar 20, 2017 @ 3:17 PM
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Joined: Jan 03, 2017 (1:02 PM)
Age: 63
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Hi Doyle, - When I was planning my quit with my nurse she asked me how confident I was that I would quit this time. My answer, due to my previous experiences, was a feeble "5 or 6 out of 10". She told me that my response was not that unusual. In my case it took some victories on day one and two of being smoke free before my confidence started to build. On day 3 I think my answer might have been 6 1/2. At 6 weeks smoke free she asked me again and my answer was 11!!! I new I was not out of the woods yet (& I'm not out today) but my confidence level had grown with each day that I remained smoke free. I have to agree with Rosebud and Marianne that quitting is a process and we all can navigate our way through it. We can do this Doyle! I just know it.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 76
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,280
Amount Saved: $930.24
Life Gained:
Days: 15 Hrs: 11 Mins: 3 Seconds: 27

Marianne, Quit CoachMar 19, 2017 @ 11:20 AM
Posts: 1922
Joined: Jul 08, 2006 (9:52 AM)
Hello Doyle,
 
As Rosebud shared, quitting smoking is a process and your not alone with your slips. 
 
Are you thinking of using any nicotine replacement? 
 
Delaying and distracting are key.  What are some things that you have found helpful?  And then we can help add more suggestions. 
 
Keep remembering your motivation to quit and acknowledge your achievements no matter how small, this will build such confidence.  Connect with us often to share and for encouragement as there is power in numbers, building you up with praise and support. 
 
We believe you have what it takes.  You will read many stories of members here who have gone before you and are living a smoke-free life now.  They started off the same way as you.  Looking forward to hearing your story!
 
Marianne

Smokers' Helpline Online Support Team

rosebudMar 19, 2017 @ 9:21 AM
Posts: 650
Joined: Jan 07, 2011 (7:04 AM)

Age: 57
Gender: Female
Occupation: upholsterer
Hobbies: sailing, reading
Hi Doyle. Read through the On line quit tool program on this site. Reach out for any and all assistance available. Read and post. You are not alone and the SHO members and staff understand how the cycle works. You've got the resolve to accomplish this challenging feat. You can do this!! Rosebud

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/16/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 459
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,180
Amount Saved: $3,763.80
Life Gained:
Days: 64 Hrs: 0 Mins: 22 Seconds: 8

DoyleMar 19, 2017 @ 9:03 AM
Posts: 79
Joined: Mar 25, 2016 (10:30 AM)
Age: 42
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Hobbies: Hiking, Reading
I go 4-5 days without smoking then relapse.  I am really going to try and resist.  Like I read on the site, I will work to get over the 10-15 minute craving.  I feel so much better when I don't smoke.  This is a big thing for me in my life and I want to be free of this nasty compulsive behavior.  I am going to try to manage my impulsivity and to overcome the illusions and justifications for smoking.  I read Allen Carr's Easy way to quit smoking and am more real and true in my relationship with nicotine.  If you have thoughts about how I could improve my confidence in staying quit please share...