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pushkinmightyMay 24, 2017 @ 12:32 PM
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Hi Treepio,

I so know what you mean. I've definitely done that smoke while sick thing. It makes no sense at all. Yet...

This virus is still hanging on but I'm doing a lot better today. Still coughing, which is probably also coughing post quitting. Cleaning out the demons, I suppose. :)

Sending you vibes for more clear breathing and feeling good!

xo
pushkinmightyMay 24, 2017 @ 12:30 PM
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Hi Sarah!

I meant to say respond to your saying I have a mindfulness about me. It's funny you say that, bc I do try to be mindful. But I often feel very far away from it. I'm realizing more and more, though, that smoking is an outlet for all those things I want to ignore. And quitting made me face them up front. Which definitely made it harder.

But here I am on day 10. Still going one day at a time. This quit (so far) has been easier than others.Which I know means I need to be careful.
TreepeoMay 21, 2017 @ 9:57 PM
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Hi pushkinmighty,
 
Congratulations on your 7 days.  That's amazing!  So glad you were able to enjoy a wonderful lunch without smoking.
 
You mentioned that your family got a virus.  Well, I have a cold.  I got sick last Tuesday and am just now getting over it.  My chest was congested and my breathing somewhat laboured.  
 
In the past, no matter how sick I got, I continued to smoke.  It didn't matter that my throat was killing me, or that my heart was beating way too fast.  Nothing deterred me from having my cigarettes.  But now, I can clear my chest more easily.  My throat was not nearly as irritated as it would have been.  And right now, I am breathing so nicely, it actually surprises me.  I am still not used to all of the benefits of being a non-smoker.
 
So this is just another reason why it is so important to quit smoking. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 144
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,600
Amount Saved: $432.00
Life Gained:
Days: 19 Hrs: 19 Mins: 59 Seconds: 35

pushkinmightyMay 21, 2017 @ 8:04 PM
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Today is day SEVEN and smoke-free. 

 And yes, from pretty much the second day, I already felt better. Then everyone in our house got sick with some virus. 

The husband and I went for lunch this afternoon (which we hardly every do) and there were people there smoking. That's when I remembered going out to eat was a reward I set for each week of quitting, and that definitely made it easier to ignore the nearby cigarettes.

Onto week two!

Thank you everyone!
Sarah, Quit CoachMay 19, 2017 @ 10:18 AM
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Hi back pushkinmighty - you have such a mindfulness about you, and you are so aware of your triggers - that is so helpful during a quit, and is working well for you. You won't have to avoid this café forever, but just right now, to keep you smoke-free. And keep chewing that gum! Happy Friday to you all - great support out there, SHO! Sarah
lithan44May 19, 2017 @ 6:26 AM
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Day 5 today!  How are you feeling?  You are sounding very determined.  You've got this!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/14/2010
Smoke-Free Days: 2470
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 24,700
Amount Saved: $12,350.00
Life Gained:
Days: 269 Hrs: 12 Mins: 2 Seconds: 48

Strength

TreepeoMay 18, 2017 @ 9:26 PM
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Hi pushkinmighty,
 
That's the spirit!  Way to go!  Keep doing what you are doing and before you know it, a few weeks will have gone by and things will start getting easier for you.  And every day you will feel better and have more energy. It's amazing what a difference quitting makes in how we feel. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 141
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,525
Amount Saved: $423.00
Life Gained:
Days: 19 Hrs: 10 Mins: 0 Seconds: 36

pushkinmightyMay 18, 2017 @ 2:45 PM
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Hey Sarah,

Funny you mention avoiding areas where I can get cigarettes. It's a beautiful day out and since I work from home, I often go to a nearby cafe to work. But I'm not going today bc there's a little kiosk right next door where I can not only buy cigarettes but buy them one at a time. Which feeds into the whole "It's ok. I can have just one" fallacy.

One day I'll be able to go there again, but for right now, I'll find something else to do. And am chewing gum like mad right now, too.
Sarah, Quit CoachMay 18, 2017 @ 10:25 AM
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Hello pushkinmighty - great to hear an update on your quit, and happy day 4 to you! Its awesome to hear about the benefits of your smoke-free journey - pretty amazing how quickly the body works to show improvements. Planning to avoid areas where you can purchase smokes and others who smoke really can cut down on the temptation. Way to go! Continue to take it one day at a time. Take care Sarah
pushkinmightyMay 18, 2017 @ 9:42 AM
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Here I am starting day 4 of being smoke-free. I didn't think about it much the first few days. Just pushed any thoughts of smoking out of my head.

I'm already starting to feel better, more in shape, breathing better, so this is when it is the most dangerous for me.

Luckily, I don't live very near anywhere to buy cigarettes, so as long as I'm home (I work at home) or go out with friends who don't know I ever smoked (which is pretty much everyone), I can stay away.

That's the goal right now. Stay away from it all.

:)
JeyanMay 15, 2017 @ 12:14 PM
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hi pushkinmighty, Great decision! Stay strong! We can do this!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 211
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,110
Amount Saved: $1,266.00
Life Gained:
Days: 31 Hrs: 2 Mins: 14 Seconds: 53

TreepeoMay 15, 2017 @ 10:57 AM
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Hi pushkinmighty,
 
So glad to hear that you are trying to quit again. Maybe this time it will stick, because now you are aware of your triggers.
 
One thing I have learned through this process is that I can't get complacent.  I can be doing absolutely fine, no problems, and then bam, I get those thoughts in my head that I want a smoke.  But the weird thing is, I don't really want one.  It's just my addiction rearing its ugly head.
 
I find that staying in touch with the people here helps to keep me motivated and accountable.  Maybe we can help you, too.  Stay in touch and let us know how you are doing.  We are rooting for you! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 137
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,425
Amount Saved: $411.00
Life Gained:
Days: 18 Hrs: 22 Mins: 39 Seconds: 22

Jennifer, Quit CoachMay 15, 2017 @ 10:38 AM
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Good Morning pushkinmighty,

Great to see you here on SHO! Welcome!

It sounds like you've got some great insight into your previous quits and what you've got to keep an eye on as you quit this time around! Know we're here for you and want to see you succeed, so drop by with any question, concern or just to let us know how you are doing!

Hope to see you posting soon!




Jennifer, Moderator

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pushkinmightyMay 15, 2017 @ 10:08 AM
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YES I CAN!!! AND I WILL!!!!

Thank you! 
NewoportunityMay 15, 2017 @ 5:42 AM
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You Can Do this!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 6/8/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 707
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 42,420
Amount Saved: $19,089.00
Life Gained:
Days: 113 Hrs: 21 Mins: 30 Seconds: 32

EVERY DAY IS A TRY, NEVER GIVE UP

pushkinmightyMay 14, 2017 @ 9:52 PM
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I've quit smoking many times. Sometimes for a few months. Other times for years. I started again about 6 months ago bc I've been anxious. Like, my anxiety is through the roof. Smoking is my coping mechanism.

The anxiety hasn't disappeared, but I know full well that it's not going to help the situation. And in fact, when I can't exercise as well or feel crappy or know I smell bad, it just makes it worse.

I joined this place bc having this kind of accountability helps me get through the first weeks.

After those weeks, though, it gets easier and I start to forget that I have to stay away from cigarettes. A month is hardest for me, usually. Bc I feel better, so I start to fool myself into thinking I can have just one. (I can't.)

So I gave myself until tomorrow and now I quit again for the last time. Day by day. I'm going to do this.