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Vix1976Oct 03, 2017 @ 11:14 PM
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Great job mgd. So happy for you that you’re doing so well both with quitting and with getting back on your feet. Keep up the good work!!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 21
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 315
Amount Saved: $226.80
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 22 Mins: 56 Seconds: 9

TreepeoOct 03, 2017 @ 5:58 PM
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Hi mgd,
 
Congrats on your 41 days!  That is fabulous!
 
I'm also glad to hear you are off the heavy duty pain meds.  Hopefully your pain level will decrease day by day.
 
Your guts and determination are going to pull you through all of this, mgd.  You are rocking your quit! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 278
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,950
Amount Saved: $834.00
Life Gained:
Days: 38 Hrs: 9 Mins: 26 Seconds: 12

Valerie, Quit CoachOct 03, 2017 @ 3:38 PM
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Wishing you a speedy recovery mgd.

Congratulations on your 41days smoke-free! Great to hear that you have come up with alternative coping strategies for your cravings until you are back on your feet. Thank you for sharing some words of encouragement to other members on SHO. 

Have a nice smoke-free day! 

Valerie 

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mgdOct 03, 2017 @ 10:59 AM
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Hello Everyone,
I am back. Had to go back in hospital, complications from surgery. All good again and back home. Still smoke free and have not used any NRT in two weeks at least.  Stopped the prescription pain meds and using alternate means like tylenol, Ice and determination. Oh and anti inflammatory medication.
 
Still getting cravings but I am dealing with them. Sucks since I can't do most of the coping things I would normally do right now. So you guys are my outlet till I get back on my feet. I should be mobile again next week.
 
All said and done it feels great to still be smoke free after over 40 days!!!
 
 Back here soon for more pressure relief soon. 
 
 If you are smoke free stay there and congrats.
If your quit day is coming I know you will do well.
 Remember that every step big or small gets you further down the road to your goal. Even a step back can help because now you can see where you were before and either follow that path or avoid that pitfall.
 
 Lots of help here but you ultimately find your own right path...Good luck staying or becoming smoke free...like me  


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 41
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 615
Amount Saved: $270.60
Life Gained:
Days: 7 Hrs: 14 Mins: 7 Seconds: 16

TreepeoSep 23, 2017 @ 12:51 AM
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Hi mgd,
 
I'm so glad to hear that you are aware of how addictive opiates can be.  Yes, they serve a necessary purpose, but we all have to be careful about taking them for too long.  My father was a pharmacist, and he used to be disgusted by how cavalier some doctors were about prescribing such strong, addictive pills.
 
I recently went through a hellish night just from inhaling other people's pot smoke, and not very much of it, I might add.  It set me on a full out crave which was really hard to deal with.  Tobacco smoke does not have the same effect on me. 
 
I worry about you smoking a joint.  The whole act of lighting up and inhaling may cause you to slip.  But I have no concerns about edibles.  I am not familiar with these products at all, but if they can give you the relief you need so you can get off, or significantly decrease, your use of opiates, I'm all for it.  I just don't see a down side.
 
Tough decision, but it is yours to make.  Good luck with whatever you decide, and let us know how you are doing. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 268
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,700
Amount Saved: $804.00
Life Gained:
Days: 36 Hrs: 22 Mins: 2 Seconds: 35

Emily, Quit CoachSep 22, 2017 @ 3:08 PM
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Hi mgd,

Congratulations on 30 days smoke free!

Glad to hear that the surgery went well. 

I think you bring up some valid concerns. I know that for some, pain can be a trigger to smoke. And for some, marijuana can be a trigger to smoke. If marijuana is the method you choose for pain management you may want to have a plan in place for how you might cope with any cravings (if they happen).

If you feel it would be helpful to do any planning with a Quit Coach over the phone, please don't hesitate to call in. The number is 1-877-513-5333.

Emily

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Smobered UpSep 22, 2017 @ 12:44 PM
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Hi mgd........
 
Marijuana would also be my choice against an opiate.
 
I would choose the edible route as I fear that should I use the traditional old fashioned way, that it would ignite the smoking ritual.  For me, an over 50 year smoker, there is no choice.  I would protect my quit with every ounce of my being.
Besides, even thoubgh there is no tar or nicotine in the mix, there are still other pollutants  that you don't need swirling through your lungs.  Besides...brownies  taste better..........
 
Ultimately, the choice of delivery is yours.  You are the best judge of what is the most benign way to do it as YOU know YOU best.  I, personally, would respect any choice you made for yourself. 
 
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up.
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 342
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,550
Amount Saved: $3,847.50
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 13 Mins: 0 Seconds: 4

The buck stops HERE!

Vix1976Sep 22, 2017 @ 12:23 PM
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Hi mgd Unless you're more likely to smoke or want to smoke while taking marijuana I don't see an issue. Or if the act of smoking (holding it, lighting it, inhaling and exhaling, etc) were part of your enjoyment of smoking then it could be a problem too. Other than that I feel it's a great alternative to pills. I don't really like pills either. When I had knee surgery they gave me way more than what I needed and way stronger than what I needed as well so I didn't take them for long. Medical marijuana is a great medicine in my opinion. Congrats on 30 days!!!! Keep healing up quick 🙂

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 9
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 135
Amount Saved: $97.20
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 21 Mins: 30 Seconds: 10

mgdSep 22, 2017 @ 10:23 AM
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Thank you everyone for all the great support and excellent ideas for coping. I have to say I am amazed it has been thirty days.
 
Still not using the patch but I do have about a two week supply left. If I slip that is the slip I would rather make.
 
Looking for various points of view here:
  1. Not a big fan of taking pills but I am on some pretty powerful pain killers right now after surgery.
  2. They have been a needed part of my recovery so I could do the rehab physio.
  3. Don't really want to keep taking them as they are very addictive...I have done my research.
  4. I can get access to medical marijuana (edible or non-edible)
That decision is mine to make, my questions is will this have any negative effects on my current non-smoking path?
Any input is appreciated.
 
Have a great smoke free day!! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 30
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 450
Amount Saved: $198.00
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 13 Mins: 52 Seconds: 58

Vix1976Sep 19, 2017 @ 9:58 PM
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Good job mgd. Glad you're doing so well buddy. I hope you feel better soon and heal quickly!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 7
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 105
Amount Saved: $75.60
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 15 Mins: 43 Seconds: 39

TreepeoSep 19, 2017 @ 7:39 PM
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Welcome back, mgd!  So glad to hear your surgery is over and done with.  That was quite the operation, eh?
 
Yeah, there's nothing like pain to make the cravings go away.  Just goes to show you there are way more important things in life.  I am sure the doctors were pleased that you went into this surgery as a non-smoker.  Getting enough oxygen is going to help your body to heal more quickly.
 
The other thing that will help you to heal is getting enough nutrients.  But you don't want to put on too much extra weight because it will put more pressure on your leg.   One thing I used to do was that I would wash and dry some vegetables and put them in a bowl or on a plate.  Then, when I needed to sit down, I would grab a paring knife and chop them by hand while sitting.  Sunday was my "vegetable" night where I always did chopping, but I did some during the week, too.  Raw veggies are good for you and make a great snack, and if you prepare them ahead of time, you will find that you reach for them.  Or you can throw some of them into a pot and make a bit of soup. Or even a stir fry.
 
Anyway, these are just some ideas I thought I would put out there for you.  I know what it's like to deal with a long recovery. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 264
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,600
Amount Saved: $792.00
Life Gained:
Days: 36 Hrs: 11 Mins: 25 Seconds: 5

Smobered UpSep 19, 2017 @ 6:21 PM
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 Hi mgd,  Nice to meet you.
 
Glad your surgery is behind you and I wish you a speedy recovery.
 
Congratulations on 4 weeks of no smoking and even more congratulations for flying solo for the last two days with no patch.  What a wonderful bonus that your craves are manageable without the support of NRT!   
 
Keep on keeping on.......you definitely are the boss of your quit now.  Nicodemon is cowering in the corner and will soon leave your domain completely.
 
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up.
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 339
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,475
Amount Saved: $3,813.75
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 4 Mins: 45 Seconds: 40

The buck stops HERE!

mgdSep 19, 2017 @ 5:48 PM
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Well, home from surgery. Here are the facts.
  1. 34 staples down the front of my left leg
  2. 6 hours in surgery
  3. Lots of pain
Good things so far
  1. Long term relief of my knee injuries
  2. I still have not smoked in 27 days
  3.  unexpected side effect, I have not used a patch in 2 days
Long recovery but no cravings for smokes...Who knew have surgery give up smokes...lol


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 27
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 405
Amount Saved: $178.20
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 2 Mins: 6 Seconds: 35

Emily, Quit CoachSep 14, 2017 @ 8:06 PM
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Hi mgd, Best of luck with your surgery tomorrow. Congratulations on 22 days of being smoke free. Emily

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TreepeoSep 14, 2017 @ 7:34 PM
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Hi mgd,
 
Woohoo!  Congrats on making it 22 days!  That is quite an accomplishment.
 
Mgd, the fact that you quit smoking is going to make it so much easier for your body to heal from the surgery.  Best of luck, I hope everything goes super well for you. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 259
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,475
Amount Saved: $777.00
Life Gained:
Days: 35 Hrs: 18 Mins: 53 Seconds: 12

mgdSep 14, 2017 @ 6:15 PM
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Thanks for all the well wishes. This is my last post before surgery. Tomorrow at 7:00am. Way to early. Post when I get back home. Remember, every day smoke free is one more day of freedom...cheers!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 22
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 330
Amount Saved: $145.20
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 4 Mins: 18 Seconds: 52

ShanbamSep 14, 2017 @ 10:54 AM
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Hobbies: Reading, Pilates
Congrats on 22 smoke free days, mgd. Good luck with your surgery and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 6/30/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 76
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 912
Amount Saved: $620.16
Life Gained:
Days: 10 Hrs: 1 Mins: 25 Seconds: 4

Vix1976Sep 14, 2017 @ 10:24 AM
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Congrats on 22 days mgd and best of luck with your surgery. Hope all goes well and that you have a speedy recovery.
manderson4Sep 14, 2017 @ 10:23 AM
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Awesome job on 22 days mgd and good luck with your surgery

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 4/16/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 151
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 11,325
Amount Saved: $8,304.62
Life Gained:
Days: 24 Hrs: 16 Mins: 48 Seconds: 16

One Down One to Go

mgdSep 14, 2017 @ 9:07 AM
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Well 22 days and still smoke free. Tomorrow I go for my surgery. They are telling me 4 -7 days in the hospital . I am surprised how well this quit has been going. Well not much to say today, wish me luck with my surgery and everyone who has quit keep up the good work. If you are working to your quit day you will do "GREAT" you got this!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 22
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 330
Amount Saved: $145.20
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 2 Mins: 38 Seconds: 57

Vix1976Sep 08, 2017 @ 5:43 PM
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Awesome mgd. And you should reward yourself. Makes it easier to get through those cravings. And the meter works wonders. Last time I quit when I had a bad urge I'd come online, look at my meter and think do I really want to throw that all away! NOPE!!! Unfortunately I started again after 2 years so I'm back. I quit coming to the website after six months but this time will make sure I keep on coming back and not get over confident!
ShanbamSep 08, 2017 @ 9:27 AM
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Hi mgd, congratulations on 16 days smoke free. This will help you with your upcoming surgery and hospital stay but most of all this should give you a sense of accomplishment. Love watching the mileage meter add up the smoke free days. Good luck with your surgery and to many more smoke free days.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 6/30/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 70
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 840
Amount Saved: $571.20
Life Gained:
Days: 9 Hrs: 6 Mins: 19 Seconds: 21

mgdSep 08, 2017 @ 9:00 AM
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Thanks for the support Vix1976. Haven't been here for a few days, busy preparing for hospital stay.
Yesterday was a bit of a challenge. Was in a car most of the day with a smoker. I survived and am pretty proud of that accomplishment.
I love the mileage meter. I have been putting that money aside at the end of each day. I have decided that when it reaches $1000 I am going to go and spend on me for something I would not normally buy or do. I have no idea yet what that will be but that's half the fun.
Oh and one final point, I have kept myself another goal so far and not used any gum or nicotine candies to get by my cravings, really proud of that!
Well everyone have a great smoke free day and my upcoming smoke free shopping day  


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 16
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 240
Amount Saved: $105.60
Life Gained:
Days: 3 Hrs: 0 Mins: 22 Seconds: 30

Vix1976Sep 05, 2017 @ 3:50 PM
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Hi mgd Good for you for staying smoke free while drinking and being around smoking. That's my personal downfall and it's been apparent the last two weekends. My quit day is coming quick so I'm going to stop drinking for a while until I get a handle on this! I'm so impressed that you can do that and am going to draw some stregth from it. Thanks mgd, keep up the good work and good luck with the knee. As for the one post about rambling on, please do, im sure I will be because I use this website, reading and replying, as a distraction!
Valerie, Quit CoachSep 05, 2017 @ 10:57 AM
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Hi mgd,

Treating yourself to a nice dinner was a great way to reward yourself, sometimes it's the small things that can make a difference.

The fatigue you are experiencing is a common withdrawal symptom because nicotine is a stimulant. Fatigue will lessen over 2-4 weeks. Stay tuned with what your body needs, so rest when you can. On the other hand, for some people exercise helps.

Have a good day! 
Valerie

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TreepeoSep 05, 2017 @ 8:49 AM
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Hi mgd,
 
When I first quit, I couldn't sleep through the night for at least the first month, so I had to nap when I could.  I know what you mean about having energy but being sleepy, too.  It takes a lot of energy to fight this addiction, and therefore we need more sleep to have the strength to do battle.  I think that's the reason I broke down crying at the end of my first month.  I was just so tired that it became harder than ever to fight the cravings.  So sleep when you can and don't worry about it.
 
Glad to hear you made yourself a nice dinner with your good china.  Hope you enjoyed it. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 250
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,250
Amount Saved: $750.00
Life Gained:
Days: 34 Hrs: 11 Mins: 40 Seconds: 29

mgdSep 05, 2017 @ 1:25 AM
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Thanks for all the positive feed back. Great idea on rewarding myself Treepeo. since I actually enjoy cooking I decided to make myself a really nice fancy dinner with the good china.
 
Question:
This sounds like a bit of a contradiction, I have more energy than before I smoked but I am also sleepy a lot more often as well??? 
Is this normal?
 
Well passing lucky day 13 smoke free. Time for bed, keep up the good fight everyone and have a great smoke free day! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 13
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 195
Amount Saved: $85.80
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 9 Mins: 8 Seconds: 18

TreepeoSep 04, 2017 @ 1:02 AM
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Hi mgd,
 
Wow, good for you!  You did it, you really did, and you should be so proud of yourself!  You made it through a situation that you knew would be hard and that made you anxious.  You stayed a non-smoker - yippee!!!
 
Instead of cooking, maybe buy something ready made to celebrate, so you don't have to fuss or do dishes.  Or whatever else will make you happy.  You deserve a huge treat!  I'm so happy for you, mgd.  Way to go. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 249
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,225
Amount Saved: $747.00
Life Gained:
Days: 34 Hrs: 6 Mins: 45 Seconds: 2

manderson4Sep 03, 2017 @ 10:02 AM
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Thats Awesome MGD, You can do this and it does get easier as time goes on.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 4/16/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 140
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 10,500
Amount Saved: $7,699.65
Life Gained:
Days: 22 Hrs: 21 Mins: 44 Seconds: 4

One Down One to Go

mgdSep 03, 2017 @ 1:30 AM
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Thanks for the encouragement Treepeo, Mud Man & Lillian. Just got home from friends. Lots of drinking and smoking going on and I stayed smoke free
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 11
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 165
Amount Saved: $72.60
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 1 Mins: 7 Seconds: 50

Mud ManSep 03, 2017 @ 12:39 AM
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Hobbies: Riding My Harley
GO MGD GO
 
You Got This
 
Mud Man :)  


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/9/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 664
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 19,920
Amount Saved: $10,358.40
Life Gained:
Days: 123 Hrs: 17 Mins: 20 Seconds: 12

Your Friendly Neighborhood MUD MAN

TreepeoSep 02, 2017 @ 8:01 PM
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Hi mgd,
 
I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  I can't believe you are at 10 days already!  Good for you!  That's really amazing.
 
I know this weekend is going to be a challenge for you, but you can do it.  I still drink and still hang out with smokers.  It was a bit hard at first but now I'm okay with it.  I actually just hate inhaling all that smoke nowadays.  Wow, how times have changed!
 
And you said you are going to be having knee surgery, eh?  Well, you will do so much better and heal so much faster as a non-smoker.  Surgeons say it really does make a tremendous difference if we are non-smokers going into surgery.  So there is always that to think about. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 248
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,200
Amount Saved: $744.00
Life Gained:
Days: 34 Hrs: 3 Mins: 18 Seconds: 23

Lillian, Quit CoachSep 02, 2017 @ 11:02 AM
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Hi mgd! I fully agree with manderson! Enjoy a lovely smoke free weekend, you can do it and keep posting! Lillian

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manderson4Sep 02, 2017 @ 10:34 AM
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Hey Mgd, this is a good place to ramble sometimes just seeing what you are thinking is good.  Pat yourself on the back for 10 days smoke free and be strong when you are around your friends.  Little projects are good distractions.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 4/16/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 139
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 10,425
Amount Saved: $7,644.65
Life Gained:
Days: 22 Hrs: 17 Mins: 54 Seconds: 41

One Down One to Go

mgdSep 02, 2017 @ 9:37 AM
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This will be an interesting weekend.
Long weekend with friends booze and lots of smokers in the group. Still have not cheated even though I have thought about it. Trying to keep myself busy all the time. Started some new projects around the house. Nothing to ambitious as I have knee surgery coming up soon.
I am just rambling, I like visiting this site so figured I should post while here.
 
Have a great smoke free weekend everyone. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 10
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 150
Amount Saved: $66.00
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 22 Mins: 14 Seconds: 13

mgdAug 31, 2017 @ 7:58 AM
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Thanks for the little boost, means alot. I feel that I am doing ok overall with this. I think it is kind of funny/amusing how I mad this decision to quit. There was no preplanning really. I found out about a study on quitting smoking that would give you some free nicotine patches. I had never used a nicotine patch and knew I would quit "someday". So I went and that was day one of my quit.
As I had mentioned in an earlier post I normally go a day or two without smokes anyway. I had already cut down from a 20 pack a day to about 15 a day without much effort.
I am really glad I went to that study. I am not sure if it is in my head or it is real but I have already started to feel a little healthier from not smoking in just over a week. Another good reason, like I need any more, is the fact that I have knee surgery coming up on Sept 15th so I wouldn't be able to smoke then anyhow.
 
Well gotta run, going for my smoke free morning walk. Have a great smoke free day! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 8
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 120
Amount Saved: $52.80
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 13 Mins: 11 Seconds: 0

Linda, Quit CoachAug 30, 2017 @ 11:43 AM
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Hi mgd,

Sorry to hear about the sleepless night and the strong cravings that you had yesterday. Some people have sleep disturbance after a quit. It is usually related to nicotine withdrawal. Your body is adjusting to the change and in most cases, this symptom will go away with time. What people find helpful are the following: exercising, eliminating caffeine intake after 6 PM, breathing and relaxing exercises, meditation, relaxing in a warm bath, sipping on a chamomile tea or discuss with your doctor for more suggestions to sleep better. Regarding cravings, sometimes they can be quite intense but they usually get easier with time. Stay strong and know that things will get better with time.

mgd, you are doing great and you managed to get through the tough time. You can do this. Like Treepeo said You are going to do fine, mgd

Have a wonderful smoke-free day everyone!

Linda, Quit Coach

TreepeoAug 30, 2017 @ 10:18 AM
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Hi mgd,
 
Uhg, I hate having those really bad craving days.  They seem to come out of nowhere and can be really persistent.  I remember how I was smoke free for about 4 months and suddenly, I had intense cravings for about two days.  I was so ticked off.  I thought, really?  At this point?  I just couldn't believe that I was feeling like that again.
 
Good for you for staying strong!  The fact that you went for a walk so early in the morning shows just how committed you are to your quit.
 
You will keep getting cravings periodically.  However, I have found that the more you resist them, the less often you will get them.  I think that after a while, your body just says, "I'm not gonna get what I want so I might as well forget about it".  It really does get easier over time.  You just have to tough it out to get there. 
 
You are going to do fine, mgd.  Just keep going, one day at a time. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 244
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,100
Amount Saved: $732.00
Life Gained:
Days: 33 Hrs: 16 Mins: 3 Seconds: 28

mgdAug 30, 2017 @ 6:24 AM
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For some unknown reason yesterday and last night, not much sleep, were very hard core craving days. Managed to get through it. LOL...went for a walk at 1:30 in the morning. Still just using the patch and nothing else. Glad to say I made it through that period with no cheating but thought about it hard.
 
Well starting another day smoke free  


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 7
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 105
Amount Saved: $46.20
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 8 Mins: 31 Seconds: 25

mgdAug 28, 2017 @ 3:49 PM
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Joined: Aug 24, 2017 (4:44 PM)
Thanks for the cheers. As far as being nervous, I think that's a good thing because that means , to me, you really want to succeed....And you will!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 75
Amount Saved: $33.00
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 1 Mins: 29 Seconds: 17

JeyanAug 28, 2017 @ 2:35 PM
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Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Welcome MGD. All the best with your quit. Never quit quitting!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 316
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,160
Amount Saved: $1,896.00
Life Gained:
Days: 46 Hrs: 12 Mins: 45 Seconds: 52

Vix1976Aug 28, 2017 @ 11:30 AM
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Good job mgd! Be proud. I'm cutting back right now and was out with friends who pretty much all smoke and we were drinking and I totally blew my cutting back for that day so prettt sure I need to stop drinking for a while til I get a handle on this quitting thing. You are strong and you got this!!! And shenanigans congrats on starting your quit. Be strong and know that you got this!!
ShennanigansAug 28, 2017 @ 9:46 AM
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Wow mgd, when you are ready you are ready . But that mind set I think is what counts the most, for me anyway, I have to feel strong going in. Today is my quit day and I was strong and ready going in, starting to get a bit antsy and nervous right about now.. but I can do this. Thank you so much for posting. I feel stronger again.

Quitters can be winners too

mgdAug 28, 2017 @ 7:25 AM
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Thanks for the encouragement. I am surprised to find how much that matters. Also I have really surprised myself with how well this has been going. Sure there are a bumps here and there but I have used different coping methods and they have been working.
here's to starting a new week smoke free 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 75
Amount Saved: $33.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 23 Mins: 57 Seconds: 25

TreepeoAug 28, 2017 @ 1:03 AM
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Wow mgd, good for you!  You should be really proud of yourself. Drinking any kind of alcohol, but especially beer, seems to go hand in hand with smoking.  So the fact that you were able to resist, even while being with someone who was smoking right in front of you, is absolutely incredible.  It really shows how determined you are.
 
Way to go!!!  Just for that alone, I think you deserve a major treat!!! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 242
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,050
Amount Saved: $726.00
Life Gained:
Days: 33 Hrs: 8 Mins: 10 Seconds: 37

mgdAug 27, 2017 @ 9:32 PM
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Joined: Aug 24, 2017 (4:44 PM)
I decided to post today for two reasons one I just got over one of the hardest cravings so far. Had a couple of beers with a good friend and he is a smoker. I gave him permission to smoke around me because I figure I will have to get used to it sooner or later..
 
I have no "cheated" even once and the only NRT I have used is the patch at stage 2, 14mg/day. I am very proud of myself and feel confident so far. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 75
Amount Saved: $33.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 22 Mins: 9 Seconds: 23

TreepeoAug 25, 2017 @ 10:42 PM
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Hi mgd,
 
People like you have always been a mystery to me because when I smoked, I could never control it.  There is no way I could go a few days without smoking.  I hated hotels because I had to go outside to smoke and could not get out of my clothes and into sleep wear.  But listening to what you are saying, you are still addicted.  Who knew?  Incredible. But now I took a second look, and you are smoking about 15 a day.  Yeah, that is an addiction.
 
The best thing you have going is that you are ready.  Even though you are what I think of as a "light" smoker, the reality is that you are  a smoker, and you have to quit.  And it's not going to be easy.  But we are all here for you. 
 
You know what, mgd?  Read the info on this site, and keep posting.  If you really want to quit this time, you will, and we will help you.  You are not alone.  My first attempt, I didn't make it 2 full days, and I thought, "Uh oh.". And I knew it was going to be a lot harder than I even thought it would  be.  But there were people on this site that reached out to me when I told them I failed, and I took the time to re-think about my level of  commitment, and what I would do differently when I tried again, And you know what?  It stuck. 
 
Count on yourself, mgd.  You have done it before and you can do it again.  It's gonna be hard, there's no question about that.  But we have all been through it here, or we are going through it, and we will support you. I agree with Vix1976.  Keep posting, because we've all been there, and we all care about each other.  And we can do this together.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 240
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,000
Amount Saved: $720.00
Life Gained:
Days: 33 Hrs: 1 Mins: 14 Seconds: 43

Vix1976Aug 25, 2017 @ 3:50 PM
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Country: Canada
Hi mgd Definitely wishing you stregth to get it done this time! There's some great support on here so feel free to posts often as there's always someone to give you an encouraging word and some positivity when you're feeling low!
Emily, Quit CoachAug 25, 2017 @ 2:24 PM
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Hi mgd, 

Welcome to Smoker's Helpline Online. It's wonderful to have you. 

Congratulations on making the decision to quit. Glad to hear that the cravings haven't been too challenging for you. What have you found helpful to get through them?  

I wish you the best of luck in this journey. Let us know how things are going and know that you will always have support on the website whenever you need it. 

 Emily

Smokers' Helpline Online Support Team

mgdAug 25, 2017 @ 8:57 AM
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This is only the second time I have ever really tried to quit and the first time using NRT (patch).
It has been two days, cravings but not as bad as I expected. I have always been not your average smoker as I have gone 2 to 3 days without smoking just because. My friends say they think that I should make the effort. I had to wait until I was ready and I am now.
 
Wish me luck on this adventure and I do on yours. Smoke free shores ahead!! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 2
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 30
Amount Saved: $13.20
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 11 Mins: 6 Seconds: 41