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Vix1976Nov 09, 2017 @ 10:54 PM
Posts: 279
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Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Thank you both for the kind words. I don’t ever want to have to go through a quit again, I want to keep this one so badly so I will be strong. I will keep coming here and reinforcing why I quit and why I want to remain that way!! Thank you again for the support, it truly means so much!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 58
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 870
Amount Saved: $626.40
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 9 Mins: 10 Seconds: 6

Lillian, Quit CoachNov 09, 2017 @ 10:19 AM
Posts: 39
Joined: Sep 22, 2008 (12:42 PM)
Hi Vix1976, Whenever you start a new place, it can bring up excitement and a bit of nervousness both of which can be a bit of a trigger.(as you know!)You are doing really great Vix. I am really glad that you have set up all the tools to turn and of course you have us as well. On the other hand, on day one of the new job,it may be that with a new place the triggers and thoughts to smoke just may not happen at all. You can do it Vix1976, Congrats, Lillian

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TreepeoNov 07, 2017 @ 9:21 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
I'm not sure when you are going to start your new job.  But at least you know that you won't have to sneak outside to have a smoke and come back reeking, or trying really hard to mask the smell.  At my firm, we all know who smokes and who doesn't, so I didn't really "sneak" out.  After all, my friends and I had to wait for the elevator!  But it always embarrassed me that I had this addiction that I couldn't control.  It's going to be so much better for you to go into this job as a non-smoker.  Remember, nowadays most people don't smoke, so you will fit right in.  And if you go out for lunch with your co-workers, you won't have to light up on the way back, and try to blow the smoke away from them.  Awkward. 
 
By the way, congrats on your 56 days!  You are really rocking your quit! 
  


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 314
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,850
Amount Saved: $942.00
Life Gained:
Days: 43 Hrs: 5 Mins: 40 Seconds: 3

Vix1976Nov 07, 2017 @ 8:21 PM
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Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Thanks ocean!!! I’m nervous about starting a new job but excited. I’m nervous about having all the work stresses back and falling back on that old bad habit. But I think this job will be better with more support and with that less stress and easier to stay smoke free. I do not want to start this again so will have to be strong. Have to make sure and use tools and take breaks when needed!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 56
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 840
Amount Saved: $604.80
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 4 Mins: 29 Seconds: 26

OceanNov 07, 2017 @ 3:16 PM
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Age: 55
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Educator
Hobbies: Family, Reading, Music, Outdoors
Hi Vix, I must have missed your last update.  Congratulations on your new job!!  I'm so glad you were offered this position, it's exciting!  It's like everything is coming together for you now.  New job, mini holiday to enjoy before job starts, great birthday, and a huge life affirming renewal.  yay, yay, yay!  Girl, you're rocking it!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -25
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -625
Amount Saved: $-380.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -276103

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

TreepeoOct 31, 2017 @ 12:34 AM
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Hey Vix, that's great!  Congratulations - you must be so excited!  And just think.  You will be starting this job as a non-smoker.  Who would have thunk of that?  Hope you had a wonderful dinner, you deserve it!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 306
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,650
Amount Saved: $918.00
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 2 Mins: 59 Seconds: 35

Vix1976Oct 31, 2017 @ 12:14 AM
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Thanks for the positive vibes, they worked!!!!! I start in two weeks! And you’re so right about not walking in all smelly. Went to an interview before I had quit and brought perfume and mints trying to make sure I didn’t stink up the joint! Glad I didn’t have to worry about that! Thanks for the positivity and happy thoughts. Went out for supper tonight to celebrate!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 48
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 720
Amount Saved: $518.40
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 10 Mins: 37 Seconds: 14

TreepeoOct 30, 2017 @ 5:12 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
Just think, at least you didn't go into your interview reeking of smoke, eh?  That alone should make you feel more confident.  I really hope you get this job, will keep my fingers and toes crossed for you! 
 
 


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: 31 Seconds: 45

Marianne, Quit CoachOct 30, 2017 @ 4:32 PM
Posts: 46
Joined: Oct 31, 2008 (1:37 PM)
Hello Vix1976,

Happy Belated Birthday to you!  And you must feel so great managing so well while having a few drinks.  

Best wishes with the job interview process.  As being nervous is the norm, keep strong knowing having a cigarette won't change anything as you say and might cause a chain reaction you don't want.  

What are some of your favourite uplifting distractions to do?  Humour seems to always lighten the load.  

Sending you good vibes!  

Marianne

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Vix1976Oct 30, 2017 @ 3:11 PM
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Well my birthday was fun and not even a chance of slipping every though I had a few drinks so that’s progress. Today I had my final interview for a new job, I think I did well but am nervous as can be. It’s between me and another person who is an internal candidate so should hear back today or tomorrow. With this nervousnes, I want to smoke so badly, nerves were always a trigger. I’ve done great through the interview process so far and craved but it was manageable but knowing this is it, the last step, has got me all worked up. I’m feeling very positive about the opportunity and excited about the job so please send good vibes. I’m feeling sleepy so hoping lunch and a nap will get me through as I just cannot give in to this addiction. I know a smoke would taste awful and wouldn’t truly help anyway so I just need to stay strong!

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: 9 Seconds: 13

Vix1976Oct 28, 2017 @ 11:38 AM
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Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Thanks ladies! Best of luck with your trip south smobered, we’ll miss you! Had a good birthday, it was quiet. Celebrating with friends tonight!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 45
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 675
Amount Saved: $486.00
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 5 Mins: 23 Seconds: 3

TreepeoOct 27, 2017 @ 9:21 PM
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Hi Vix,
 
So sorry I missed your birthday, but hope you had a good one! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 303
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,575
Amount Saved: $909.00
Life Gained:
Days: 41 Hrs: 17 Mins: 11 Seconds: 19

Sarah, Quit CoachOct 27, 2017 @ 3:11 PM
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Happy belated birthday, Vix1976! Hope you had a wonderful day, and enjoy your weekend celebration! Warmly, Sarah
Smobered UpOct 27, 2017 @ 1:06 PM
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Hey Vix.....
I've been busy getting ready to go to Florida for the winter so..
Sorry to hear about your excessive craves.  I've had similar issues but like yourself, have managed to see the wisdom in biting the bullet yet one more time.  I won't be around for a while as I'll be on the road for a few days.  I wish you well in your job hunting endeavours and congrats on those fantastic stats. 
You da best! 
 
 
Your quitter pal, 
Smobered Up.
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 377
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,425
Amount Saved: $4,241.25
Life Gained:
Days: 46 Hrs: 21 Mins: 19 Seconds: 19

The buck stops HERE!

Vix1976Oct 25, 2017 @ 6:30 PM
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Country: Canada
Thanks my friends for the suggestions and positivity. I’m trying to find work and fingers crossed may have something lined up so here’s hoping. I forgot what interviewing and job hunting was like as I haven’t done it since I was a kid. I think a lot of it has been nerves too. I appear calm and collected on the outside at least! Lol. It’s my birthday tomorrow so looking forward to celebrating with friends on the weekend. Only one smoker to contend with and I know I’ll be just fine. Today has been a tough craving day, but I keep reminding myself that these times aren’t nearly as bad as when I couldn’t have a smoke or when I first quit and I don’t want to go through that garbage again!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 42
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 630
Amount Saved: $453.60
Life Gained:
Days: 3 Hrs: 23 Mins: 21 Seconds: 22

Lillian, Quit CoachOct 24, 2017 @ 7:44 PM
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Joined: Jul 13, 2006 (4:07 PM)
Hi Vix1976, Anxiety can take over very quickly and cause those strong cravings. For many members just that recognition and acceptance helps it go away. An example,you can say something to yourself like, "I can feel the anxiety, so now I am going to sit in my favourite chair and just feel the anxiety until it passes and it will pass". Acceptance is one strategy. Of course deep breathing is another strategy that you could use too. We know that many people do many different things, little things that are actually quite helpful, one member mentioned brushing their teeth made the tension go away! Hopefully these examples can jog some things from within for you to try.. Keep up with the perspectives though, it has helped you out, so it is a good one to keep in the tool belt. Lillian

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TreepeoOct 24, 2017 @ 6:47 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
I am the queen bee of worrying.  It just seems to be my nature to fret about things.  But what I try to tell myself these days is, Why worry about things you cannot change?  So often I found myself getting anxious about things I could not control.  So it might help you to look at situations with that in mind.
 
Congratulations on your 41 days, Vix1976.  You are doing great! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 299
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,475
Amount Saved: $897.00
Life Gained:
Days: 41 Hrs: 6 Mins: 55 Seconds: 30

JeyanOct 24, 2017 @ 10:57 AM
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Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Great to hear Vix1976. Looks like you're in control of your quit now! We can do this!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 373
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,730
Amount Saved: $2,238.00
Life Gained:
Days: 54 Hrs: 21 Mins: 10 Seconds: 49

Vix1976Oct 24, 2017 @ 10:51 AM
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Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Hi all Haven’t posted on my thread for a while but after reading another’s post this morning I thought I would. So been a bit moody the past few days and seem to be handling being angry fine. I don’t even think about having a smoke which after some reflection I thought wow that was always a trigger for me. Thinking about it further I don’t think it was the anger I think it was the anxiety that came along with it that triggered. I’ve had some anxiety and nervousness in the last couple of days and that’s when I seem to have cravings. Don’t worry no thoughts of giving in! But I would love some suggestions on dealing with anxiety. I know one thing I’ve done is imaging the worst case scenario and how I would deal with it and the likelihood of it happening and how it’s not world ending, you get the point, but it doesn’t always work especially when I get my heart set on something. So any suggestions would be wonderful! Thanks friends!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 41
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 615
Amount Saved: $442.80
Life Gained:
Days: 3 Hrs: 20 Mins: 25 Seconds: 42

TreepeoOct 16, 2017 @ 10:00 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
Yep, that's the kind of thing that happens.  We refuse to give in during the day, so that awful demon tries a sneak attack at night.  But the fact that you refused to give in during your dream speaks volumes about your motivation and determination.  Way to go, Vix, and congrats on your 33 days!  I can't believe you are past the one month mark already!  Awesome. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 292
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,300
Amount Saved: $876.00
Life Gained:
Days: 40 Hrs: 4 Mins: 56 Seconds: 25

Smobered UpOct 16, 2017 @ 9:40 PM
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Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: retired
Hobbies: Cottage in the summer, Florida in the winter, Photography, NOT SMOKING ☺
Wow Vix! 
 
Even your subconscious is kicking the nicodemon to the curb!! 
That is absolutely a good sign! 
 
Sweet dreams for sure .........better than a "nightmare" of smoking.
 
Your quitter pal
 
Smobered Up
 
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 367
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,175
Amount Saved: $4,128.75
Life Gained:
Days: 45 Hrs: 13 Mins: 36 Seconds: 47

The buck stops HERE!

Emily, Quit CoachOct 16, 2017 @ 3:41 PM
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Hi Vix1976,

That sounds like a positive sign to me too. 

Congratulations on 33 days of being smoke free.

Emily 
Vix1976Oct 16, 2017 @ 11:13 AM
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Dreamt last night that I bought a pack of smokes and intended to smoke just one. Decided against it as I felt to guilty so I never opened the pack and gave it away instead. Taking that as a positive sign.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 33
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 495
Amount Saved: $356.40
Life Gained:
Days: 3 Hrs: 2 Mins: 41 Seconds: 42

Vix1976Oct 13, 2017 @ 6:11 PM
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Country: Canada
Oh my gosh mdjsunshine, I had totally forgot from my last time being here about smoke free mountain!!! I don’t remember the milestones that came along with it but I remember people talking about the view from the top which is where I plan to be one day! Thank you for the kind words and the reminder! You’re an inspiration!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 30
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 450
Amount Saved: $324.00
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 20 Mins: 40 Seconds: 40

mdjsunshineOct 13, 2017 @ 2:30 PM
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WOW VIX1976 JUST LOOK AT YOU GO !!!  THERE IS NO STOPPING YOU NOW.  I MIGHT BE AN OLD TIMER BUT YOU KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN FOR THAT TRAIN TO TAKE YOU TO THE BASE OF THAT BEAUTIFUL OLD SMOKE FREE MOUNTAIN.  SO PROUD OF YOU

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/13/2012
Smoke-Free Days: 1826
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 63,910
Amount Saved: $37,962.54
Life Gained:
Days: 239 Hrs: 19 Mins: 48 Seconds: 22

mdjsunshine

Vix1976Oct 13, 2017 @ 12:17 PM
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Thanks ladies!! You’ve been my biggest supporters and I appreciate you both so much! Hugs!!!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 30
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 450
Amount Saved: $324.00
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 20 Mins: 7 Seconds: 51

TreepeoOct 13, 2017 @ 12:29 AM
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Hi Vix,
 
You are rocking your quit!  Congratulations, and have a blast tomorrow!  You should be really proud of yourself. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 288
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,200
Amount Saved: $864.00
Life Gained:
Days: 39 Hrs: 16 Mins: 4 Seconds: 0

Smobered UpOct 12, 2017 @ 9:38 PM
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Well Done Vix.
 
I and many others here are with you and sharing your joy. 
Keep on keepin' on and we'll do a little dance for your second monthiversary.
 
 Your quitter pal,
 Smobered Up.
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 363
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,075
Amount Saved: $4,083.75
Life Gained:
Days: 45 Hrs: 1 Mins: 41 Seconds: 29

The buck stops HERE!

Vix1976Oct 12, 2017 @ 8:56 PM
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So happy to say I’ve made a month. Going out with friends tomorrow to celebrate. Can’t wait to keep celebrating new milestones. To all my friends here, thank you for the encouragement and to all my friends that are struggling, you can do this!!! Lots of love to all those who continue to inspire me everyday!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 30
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 450
Amount Saved: $324.00
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 18 Mins: 42 Seconds: 42

TreepeoOct 11, 2017 @ 9:14 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
Wow, a GREAT BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU!!!  I have been following your progress, and you have a terrific attitude.  I know it hasn't always been easy, but look at you now.  You've made it a whole month!  And it's only going to get better from here on in.  You are going to keep enjoying more and more benefits of being smoke free.  Great job, Vix! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 287
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,175
Amount Saved: $861.00
Life Gained:
Days: 39 Hrs: 12 Mins: 18 Seconds: 54

Sarah, Quit CoachOct 11, 2017 @ 3:22 PM
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Look at you go, Vix1976! One month - wow, that's an awesome accomplishment. And the benefits of your quit will keep on popping up, surprising you in all the best ways. Thank YOU Vix1976, for sharing all of your tips & suggestions along the way, which likely has been an inspiration to others. Be sure to celebrate yourself tomorrow! Way to go, Sarah
JeyanOct 11, 2017 @ 12:07 PM
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Great job Vix 1976!! Congrats!!! Yes, we can do this!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 360
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,600
Amount Saved: $2,160.00
Life Gained:
Days: 52 Hrs: 23 Mins: 31 Seconds: 8

Vix1976Oct 11, 2017 @ 11:19 AM
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At the end of tomorrow it’ll be my one month anniversary hard to believe as the time has gone by prettt quickly. I’m doing pretty well, don’t think about smoking very much anymore which is good. The champix helped so much not sure I’d be where I’m at right now without it. Halfway through the prescription and don’t remember what it was like at all going off of it but I guess we’ll see when that day comes. Definitely feeling better, way less hacking which is awesome. Boyfriend is so happy I don’t smell bad anymore as am I. Finally last week noticed food tasting different and being able to smell more which is good too. Anyway all seems to be going well so far. Have a great smoke free day everyone and thanks to all those who have posted along the way and helped to keep me strong. You’re the best!!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 28
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 420
Amount Saved: $302.40
Life Gained:
Days: 2 Hrs: 15 Mins: 36 Seconds: 0

Smobered UpOct 05, 2017 @ 9:36 PM
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Hi Vix! 
 
Congratulations on your three weekaversary.  Sorry I'm late, but I couldn't sign in for days......technical difficulties. LOL
 
I hope you treated yourself to something nice.  You've earned it. These early days are the toughest but you are really on a roll now and very soon you'll be celebrating a month.  
 
 I can hardly wait to "cyber party" with you for your one monthaversary.   In the meantime....
CHEERS to 3 weeks.    YOU ROCK!
 
 
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up,
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.
 
 
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 356
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,900
Amount Saved: $4,005.00
Life Gained:
Days: 44 Hrs: 4 Mins: 49 Seconds: 56

The buck stops HERE!

JeyanOct 04, 2017 @ 12:41 PM
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Great job Vix1976!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 353
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,530
Amount Saved: $2,118.00
Life Gained:
Days: 51 Hrs: 22 Mins: 55 Seconds: 32

TreepeoOct 04, 2017 @ 12:03 AM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
You go girl!  You've got this.Three weeks already, and the time will continue to fly by.  Before you know it, you will have reached your first month, and I think that is when you may start to notice a real drop in your cravings.  I know that I suffered through the first month, and then things changed dramatically for the better.  I really hope that happens for you as well.
 
You are doing a great job, Vix 1976, and you should be so proud of yourself.  You are strong and determined, and you are going to take your quit all the way.  Good for you! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 279
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,975
Amount Saved: $837.00
Life Gained:
Days: 38 Hrs: 10 Mins: 16 Seconds: 26

Vix1976Oct 03, 2017 @ 11:20 PM
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Country: Canada
Three weeks baby!! Woohoo!!! Hasn’t been easy and still craving but I’ve got this. I will continue to be a non smoker!! Thanks for all the support from my SHO friends!!!

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: 46

Efram, ModeratorOct 01, 2017 @ 9:16 PM
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As it's late on a Sunday night here, congrats to all who have had a smoke-free weekend! 

Vix1976, re: not knowing why you were having stronger cravings over the weekend -- it's a good question. Weekends can be harder for many: more free time, more temptation due to social activities, other smokers, and alcohol, and also those old thoughts of smoking either to relax after a long week of work, or as a reward. Or, it may be none of the above, as everyone's different. But if you're able to put your finger on what causes the cravings, it should be easier to find ways to cope. 

Treepeo, good point about quitting: it is complicated. There's no right or wrong way to quit, but it can sure help to have a blueprint and some company along the way! 

Doyle, excellent idea to go for those short walks! Hope you have comfortable walking shoes. I'm glad you're finding good inspiration and courage here. Keep going! 

Hope this helps,
Efram

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Vix1976Oct 01, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
Posts: 279
Joined: Aug 16, 2017 (5:52 PM)
Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Thanks Doyle! It's an up and down thing some days are easy and some are a struggle! Not having the best day today but I know I'll get through and be stronger tomorrow. I want this and I refuse to give in, call it stregth or call it good old fashion stubbornness, either way in doing this and so are you girl so do what you have to in order to make it through!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 18
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 270
Amount Saved: $194.40
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 18 Mins: 6 Seconds: 8

DoyleOct 01, 2017 @ 2:20 PM
Posts: 97
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Age: 42
Gender: Female
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Vix1976 you are an inspiration to me.  Here I am, going around in circles, but today so far I have not smoked.  I am going to post more like you.  I haven't read the entire thread, but the last few posts gave me courage.  I have to re-define myself as a non-smoker and re-connect with healthy behaviors instead of smoking.  But first I must quit.  The identity and personality changes required will come in time.  I am making myself go for short walks around the block when I crave and it is helping.  Congratulations on staying smoke free this weekend - you are very strong! 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/1/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 0
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 0
Amount Saved: $0.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 1 Mins: 44 Seconds: 24

TreepeoOct 01, 2017 @ 12:20 PM
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Country: Canada
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Hobbies: reading, video games
Hi Vix1976,
 
I was talking to one of my sisters last night.  She was one of the few who didn't end up being a smoker in our family (both parents smoked,  11 kids, 2 did not smoke, she was one of them).  Even though she was not a smoker, she gets it.  She is the oldest, I am the youngest.  She said after the physical challenges, she was so proud of me that I resisted the  nostalgia, the associations I had with smoking.  And she is right on.  I associate EVERYTHING with smoking.  But that had to change, and I had to make it change.
 
Vix1976, look at Tinkerbelle's recent post.  What she says is so true.  You can't just stop the behaviour. You have to change your life in some ways.  That is pretty heavy stuff to deal with right off the bat, and I would't worry about it right now.  It addresses the issue of keeping your quit for life, and great, but first, you have to be able to actually quit.  But it is something to keep in mind.
 
We are all trying to figure this whole quitting thing out.  If there is one thing I have learned, it is that this is a bit more complicated than I thought it would be.  Which is why I am so grateful for all of my friends here at SHO.  This site gave me a blueprint on how to go about quitting.   Before I stumbled upon this site, I had no idea how to even start.  But I learned a lot by reading the information on this site.  And then when I decided that I was really going to make the effort to quit, there were people like all of you who pulled me through the bad days, and helped to remind me that there were good days, too.
 
Vix1976, you have been smoke free for 18 days.  Good for you!  Keep fighting the fight,because you deserve a better life for yourself.  You are a terrific person, and the world needs more people like you.  Stay smoke free, and enjoy what you have.  I am rooting for you! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 276
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,900
Amount Saved: $828.00
Life Gained:
Days: 38 Hrs: 2 Mins: 3 Seconds: 14

Vix1976Oct 01, 2017 @ 11:19 AM
Posts: 279
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Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Some strong cravings this weekend, not sure why but I didn't give in of course. Not giving up on my smoke free life!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 18
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 270
Amount Saved: $194.40
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 17 Mins: 23 Seconds: 29

Lillian, Quit CoachSep 28, 2017 @ 12:14 PM
Posts: 1994
Joined: Jul 13, 2006 (4:07 PM)
Hi Everyone, The insights and success this group shares is fantastic!! Congratulations to all of you, Lillian

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TreepeoSep 27, 2017 @ 8:47 PM
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Gee, when you put it that way, I don't think I'll ever feel sad again!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 273
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,825
Amount Saved: $819.00
Life Gained:
Days: 37 Hrs: 14 Mins: 0 Seconds: 6

Vix1976Sep 27, 2017 @ 6:43 PM
Posts: 279
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Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Thanks ladies, you're the best cheer squad and here for me every step of the way, good or bad! I appreciate you both so much!!! My honey will be stuck with me 😋 for an extra day, at least so far but likely many more extra days than that! 🙂🙂🙂 so proud and so happy. I truest feel like this is the one, this is the quit that's gonna stick! I think that's why I was feeling a little sad the other day but my life is worth so much more than 'enjoying' a smoke! I will still have all those good times I had while smoking, I'll just smell better, not have to leave the party to smoke, save money and live longer to have more good times!!! Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 14
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 210
Amount Saved: $151.20
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 9 Mins: 11 Seconds: 35

TreepeoSep 27, 2017 @ 5:28 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
Congratulations on making it two weeks!  14 is my favourite number!  And you have gained a whole day of life!  Awesome!
 
Keep up the good work, Vix!  So proud of you! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 272
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,800
Amount Saved: $816.00
Life Gained:
Days: 37 Hrs: 13 Mins: 32 Seconds: 46

Smobered UpSep 27, 2017 @ 2:14 PM
Posts: 1568
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Age: 71
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: retired
Hobbies: Cottage in the summer, Florida in the winter, Photography, NOT SMOKING ☺
Brava Vix!  
 
Encore!
 
 
 
Your fan and quitter pal 
 
Smobered Up.
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.
 
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 347
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,675
Amount Saved: $3,903.75
Life Gained:
Days: 43 Hrs: 4 Mins: 5 Seconds: 3

The buck stops HERE!

Vix1976Sep 27, 2017 @ 11:27 AM
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Yay two weeks done. So proud and happy. Love watching my stats climb!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 14
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 210
Amount Saved: $151.20
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 8 Mins: 31 Seconds: 16

Vix1976Sep 26, 2017 @ 11:44 PM
Posts: 279
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Country: Canada
So very true treepeo and I know it's all an illusion and I don't need it in my life. Just cant believe how down it got me this afternoon. It was surprising had a great morning hot tub, yoga and a walk and then after lunch wham!!! Anyway went to the gym tonight and out for celebration sushi so turned it around. Thanks for the post treepeo, always nice to know you're not alone in what you're feeling!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 14
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 210
Amount Saved: $151.20
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 7 Mins: 26 Seconds: 13

TreepeoSep 26, 2017 @ 8:37 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
I know exactly what you mean because I felt the same say.  I know it sounds stupid, but it was really hard to say goodbye to smoking. 
 
When you think about it, we smoked through everything, so naturally we associate it with some good times, and good feelings.  We "rewarded" ourselves by having a smoke, and we liked it. So that is the kind of thing we miss when we quit.  But the only reason we enjoyed it and saw it as a reward was because we were addicted and couldn't do without it.  Or we thought we couldn't do without it.  Now we know different.
 
You will find that you may feel weird for a while, or these kinds of thoughts will pop into your head from time to time.  They still pop into my head occasionally.  I think that's only natural, because smoking was such a big part of our lives.  But as time goes on, it gets easier and easier to put that thought out of your mind when it comes up.
 
Tomorrow is a big day for you.  Begin the countdown . . . 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 272
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,800
Amount Saved: $816.00
Life Gained:
Days: 37 Hrs: 10 Mins: 40 Seconds: 30

Vix1976Sep 26, 2017 @ 6:38 PM
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Well all at the end of today will be my two week anniversary and it's been hard fought some days! I was thinking about it earlier and was freaking out a bit about not ever 'getting' to 'enjoy' a cigarette again. I know it's ridiculous and am very well aware that it would taste awful and I would not enjoy it at all! It's just feeling a little weird today that I'll never do it again. Regardless, thank you so much to everyone for all the support. Couldn't have done it without all of you. I'm so proud that I've made it so far and will continue to go even further!!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 13
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 195
Amount Saved: $140.40
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 6 Mins: 57 Seconds: 53

Vix1976Sep 25, 2017 @ 5:25 PM
Posts: 279
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Country: Canada
Thanks for leading the way smobered, you're an inspiration to me and many others!! I love the stars meter and watching it rise. It helps my resolve when I feel weak!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 12
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 180
Amount Saved: $129.60
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 4 Mins: 37 Seconds: 54

Smobered UpSep 25, 2017 @ 2:56 PM
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Hobbies: Cottage in the summer, Florida in the winter, Photography, NOT SMOKING ☺
Hey Vix....
 
Two weeks coming up PDQ.   Time flies when you're having fun. 
 
You are sounding more like a consummate non-smoker with each day that passes.Your posts manifest confidence in your mission.
 
I am proud to be in your company on this journey. 
 
Your quitter pal,
 
Smobered Up.  
 
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 345
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,625
Amount Saved: $3,881.25
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 22 Mins: 12 Seconds: 41

The buck stops HERE!

Efram, ModeratorSep 24, 2017 @ 9:10 PM
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Congrats to you, Vix1976! Sounds like you had a great weekend, smoke-free! Huzzah for 12 days! 

Keep 'em coming,

Efram

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Vix1976Sep 24, 2017 @ 8:42 PM
Posts: 279
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It definitely took pressure off to not have to plan when I could smoke. Also didn't enjoy the stink of the other smokers. Can't say I didn't have a longing to go out and have one a few times but I also stood firm and remembered why I quit! 12 days down in the books!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 12
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 180
Amount Saved: $129.60
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 2 Mins: 42 Seconds: 55

TreepeoSep 24, 2017 @ 8:29 PM
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WooHoo Vix1976,
 
You handled this weekend like a pro!  Congratulations on staying smoke free!  You should be extremely proud of yourself!
 
Isn't it great to have fun with your friends without having to smoke?   


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 270
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,750
Amount Saved: $810.00
Life Gained:
Days: 37 Hrs: 4 Mins: 3 Seconds: 2

Vix1976Sep 24, 2017 @ 5:45 PM
Posts: 279
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Country: Canada
Back from my weekend away with a great group of ladies. Stayed sober and smoke free as they go hand in hand right now. Very happy that I didn't give in. My friends are so proud and so am I!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 11
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 165
Amount Saved: $118.80
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 2 Mins: 26 Seconds: 30

Vix1976Sep 22, 2017 @ 12:27 PM
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Country: Canada
Took a sleeping pill last night and had a good sleep, then decided to stay in bed and sleep some more so feeling a bit better today. Last night I dreamt that I smoked a vegan cigarette whatever the heck that is hahahaha. It tasted like crap, like smoking dried fruit hahaha. Weird dreams are entertaining at least!

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: 35

TreepeoSep 21, 2017 @ 10:58 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
The first month of my quit, I could fall asleep but woke up 2 to 3 times a night.  I was perpetually tired.  So I started napping whenever I could, and it really helped.  After that first month, I started sleeping normally again which made it so much easier to keep my quit.
 
Anyway, I hope you feel better soon. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 267
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,675
Amount Saved: $801.00
Life Gained:
Days: 36 Hrs: 18 Mins: 28 Seconds: 51

Vix1976Sep 21, 2017 @ 5:01 PM
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Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Ya I used to have horrible insomnia but seem to be past that. But two nights in a row snuck up on me. The first night I think it was cause I forgot to take my champix and took it later at night. Seems to give me restless legs sometimes. Managed a small nap and just relaxing now. Oh well I'll survive, hoping this cold goes away, that's number 1 right now. Well except for keeping my quit 😊

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 8
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 120
Amount Saved: $86.40
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 19 Mins: 42 Seconds: 38

manderson4Sep 21, 2017 @ 4:45 PM
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Hopefully you got a nap in and you enjoy your sushi and movie.  I've had a number of sleepless days over the time with my quit and they usually happen the nights before a medical appointment, though I have randomly had them. 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 4/16/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 158
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 11,850
Amount Saved: $8,689.61
Life Gained:
Days: 25 Hrs: 21 Mins: 12 Seconds: 47

One Down One to Go

Lillian, Quit CoachSep 21, 2017 @ 3:01 PM
Posts: 39
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Hi Vix1976,

Being sleep deprived sure does impact how you feel. I 'm sorry you're not feeling so good today. It seems like this week has been a bit up and down. Hopefully that nap will make you feel refreshed and better. Everyone's system is so unique in how it reacts to this change and champix, but it will recover and heal. Soon you will be feeling that too! 

I think it a pretty strong sign that in your dream you were feeling guilty about smoking. Even your subconscious is determined to be a nonsmoker!

Still heading out for sushi tonight? Whatever your plans for tonight and this weekend, I hope you feel proud of yourself. Week one is behind you!

Way to go Vix!

Lillian

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Vix1976Sep 21, 2017 @ 2:44 PM
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Not feeling great again today and haven't been sleeping well the last couple of nights so kinda grumpy. Was dreaming about smoking last night and lying about it and feeling guilty about it. Just reinforces why I don't need it in my life anymore! Gonna try and nap today and hopefully feel better for the weekend as I'm heading out of town! Wishing everyone a great smoke free day!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 8
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 120
Amount Saved: $86.40
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 19 Mins: 29 Seconds: 58

Vix1976Sep 20, 2017 @ 10:53 PM
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Thanks again cheerleaders treepeo and smobered, I was feeling quite a bit better by tonight and made it out for a walk which was nice. Going out for sushi tomorrow night with my honey and maybe a movie! Nice little date night which is always good. Lucky guy gets a bonus from my quit too as I'm buying with the money I've saved lol! Had a doc appt about test results today and got all worked up about it (for nothing) and had a craving but didn't even remotely think about quitting my quit I've now got 8 days in woohoo so happy and so proud!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 8
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 120
Amount Saved: $86.40
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 18 Mins: 2 Seconds: 0

TreepeoSep 20, 2017 @ 10:43 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
You made it through your first week.  Yippee!!!  That is a huge accomplishment, and you should feel so proud of yourself.  
 
Once you are feeling better, try to get out there and do something fun.  You really deserve a treat! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 266
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,650
Amount Saved: $798.00
Life Gained:
Days: 36 Hrs: 15 Mins: 8 Seconds: 39

Smobered UpSep 20, 2017 @ 8:15 PM
Posts: 1568
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Age: 71
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: retired
Hobbies: Cottage in the summer, Florida in the winter, Photography, NOT SMOKING ☺
Geez, Vix.  I almost missed your 1st weekaversary!
 
Well done........one of the most challenging weeks of your quit is behind you.
 
You da best!
 
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up,
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety. 
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 341
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,525
Amount Saved: $3,836.25
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 7 Mins: 58 Seconds: 32

The buck stops HERE!

Vix1976Sep 19, 2017 @ 10:01 PM
Posts: 279
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Country: Canada
Oh yay I didn't even notice that my quit meter was fixed and finally showing up on my posts. One week under my belt it shows tonight. Technically not for another hour will it be exactly one week since my last smoke 😊. Not the way I wanted to celebrate but yes treepeo not smoking will help to kick this quicker! Also makes me not really want to smoke so there's the silver lining!

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: 57

TreepeoSep 19, 2017 @ 7:25 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
Hope you feel better soon, and certainly by the weekend.
 
You will probably recover faster now that you are not smoking.  I had a chest infection a while ago, and I knew it would have become way worse if I were still smoking.  Just another benefit of quitting! 
 
By the way, look at you go, Vix.  Day 6 - Woo Hoo!  Congrats! 


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: 23 Seconds: 5

Vix1976Sep 19, 2017 @ 3:09 PM
Posts: 279
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Woke up with a cold this morning, boooooooo!! So relaxing and watching a funny movie on tv and have medicated and put vics everywhere to try and kick this so my weekend plans don't get ruined. Have a great smoke free day everyone!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 6
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 90
Amount Saved: $64.80
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 15 Mins: 5 Seconds: 50

Vix1976Sep 18, 2017 @ 9:42 PM
Posts: 279
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Country: Canada
Lmao treepeo. Love it!!!!! I'm feeling much better after a great workout tonight. I just need to get my stuff together during the day and quite being a bum. I know it makes me feel better but it can be so hard to get off the couch. I think I'll try to do late morning yoga. I love yoga and haven't practiced years. Good for the body and soul, an excellent distraction and nothing too hard to do in the morning as I hate morning workouts lol Thanks again treepeo and smober. You ladies are amazing and I am so grateful for your help!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 6
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 90
Amount Saved: $64.80
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 13 Mins: 28 Seconds: 58

TreepeoSep 18, 2017 @ 8:24 PM
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Vix1976,
 
I forgot my most important suggestion to get you out of your funk.
 
Just rewatch the last episode of Game of Thrones and John Snow's butt!!! 


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: 8 Mins: 13 Seconds: 4

Smobered UpSep 18, 2017 @ 8:18 PM
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Age: 71
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: retired
Hobbies: Cottage in the summer, Florida in the winter, Photography, NOT SMOKING ☺
 
 


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: 2 Mins: 1 Seconds: 27

The buck stops HERE!

TreepeoSep 18, 2017 @ 8:17 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
So glad to hear you're going to the gym.  When I have the blahs, I try to force myself to do something, anything really.  I find that simply engaging in anything helps to pull me out of my funk.
 
I'm glad that you already have your reward in mind, sushi.  It's always nice to have something to look forward to.
 
I think that when you get a job again, it will also help a lot.  I know we all complain about our jobs from time to time, but the reality is, they do get us out in the world.  I was severely injured and could not work for 1.5 years.  I found that experience very isolating.  It was actually a relief when I was able to go back to work.  I felt like I was back in the land of the living. 
 
In the meantime, enjoy your time with your puppy.  I'm sure he loves the fact that you quit smoking, too! 


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: 8 Mins: 12 Seconds: 2

Vix1976Sep 18, 2017 @ 7:55 PM
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You're awesome smober. Thank you so much! Truly!!! I've quit cold turkey champix and nrt. This time it's champix. I did manage to get off my butt this morning doing a job search for an hour and went for a 15 minute walk this afternoon which the pup appreciated. Heading to the gym with my honey now. I like the suggestion of watching comedies and it's not a major funk I'm sure I'll snap out of it soon enough. But I'll keep an eye on it. Thanks again smober. I think tomorrow night which will be the end of one week I'll celebrate with sushi!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 75
Amount Saved: $54.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 13 Mins: 19 Seconds: 3

Smobered UpSep 18, 2017 @ 6:19 PM
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Hobbies: Cottage in the summer, Florida in the winter, Photography, NOT SMOKING ☺
Hi Vix......
If your previous quits were with Nicotine replacement therapy, you were still getting the hit of nicotine albeit through a different delivery system.  Nicotine is the catalyst that tells our brains to release dopamine which gives us the "AHHHH" feeling when we light up. NRT quitters don't get the blah feelings you speak of until they are withdrawing from the very thing that helped them to quit. Although NRT quitters are able to break the hand to mouth habit quite quickly, it is much more difficult to break the dependency on nicotine which is why it is a little more challenging to come off an NRT because in fact, you are going through a belated withdrawal period.   Champix is designed to do both.......break the hand to mouth habit and quell the craving for nicotine and in time, neutralize the power of nicotine on our brains...I have used every quit aid on earth and found that I only had that "blues" or "blahs" with a cold turkey quit or Champix quit.  If your blahs or blues are manageable  , then, this too, shall pass.  However, if you are having really extreme emotional or psychological episodes.....then, of course, you should see your doctor.  I know that this sounds corny but laughter is the best medicine.  I would watch comedies and musical movies and believe it or not, I always felt better after I LMAO a few times.  Exercise also releases endorphins.  I walked my buns off the first 3 months of this (my last quit) and I think that is one of the reasons that I've finally made it to almost a year.  Keep on blogging about your journey.......you will have a record of how  you won this challenge.  I am going to be there when that happens and be your most enthusiastic cheerleader.
 
Your quitter pal,
 
Smobered Up,
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety. 
 
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 338
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,450
Amount Saved: $3,802.50
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 1 Mins: 46 Seconds: 35

The buck stops HERE!

Vix1976Sep 18, 2017 @ 4:35 PM
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Heaving a bit of a blah day today. Feeling lazy and discouraged. No chance that I'll have a smoke. Just feeling down. Don't remember feeling like that during previous quits but those were long ago. Plus I'm out of work right now so have too much time on my hands. Regardless I'll get through it and come out the other side stronger, I know this. Just gotta ride this blah out and get back to normal!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 75
Amount Saved: $54.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 13 Mins: 0 Seconds: 31

Nadia, Quit CoachSep 18, 2017 @ 3:51 PM
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Joined: Mar 07, 2017 (1:51 PM)
Hello everyone, 

It's great to see how much you care about each other and the great support/advice/ encouragement that's shared on SHL. It's truly wonderful to have such an amazing community. 

Vix1976, glad to hear you are doing well and almost through the first week, we are all rooting for you! Keep up the good work and take it one day at a time... 

Nadia, Quit Coach
JeyanSep 18, 2017 @ 2:05 PM
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Country: Canada
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Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Good for your Vix1976. You're rocking your quit!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 337
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,370
Amount Saved: $2,022.00
Life Gained:
Days: 49 Hrs: 14 Mins: 43 Seconds: 24

Vix1976Sep 18, 2017 @ 12:10 AM
Posts: 279
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Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Thanks smober and treepeo, Can't tell you how much I appreciate the support and kind words. They truly help me keep up the positive attitude. And posting some positivity to others helps a lot too. Can't have courage without encourage 😊😊 Golfed today and thankfully didn't get too frustrated. Was craving quite a bit but was with my non-smoker honey so that makes it a whole lot easier! Thank goodness for champix to help manage these cravings!!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 75
Amount Saved: $54.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 11 Mins: 7 Seconds: 8

TreepeoSep 17, 2017 @ 8:43 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
You should be so proud of yourself for making it through that party yesterday without smoking!  Way to go!
 
I agree with Smobered Up.  You have a winning attitude, and that is what is going to lead to your success.  Congrats on your 5 days.  The time is just going to fly by, just you wait and see. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 263
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,575
Amount Saved: $789.00
Life Gained:
Days: 36 Hrs: 4 Mins: 57 Seconds: 22

Smobered UpSep 17, 2017 @ 3:08 PM
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Hi Vix...
The worst of hell week is behind you and with your great attitude you are going to slide safely into week 2.  
 
I also notice that you are very active in  support of others......this is a characteristic of a winner.  You're doing everything to guarantee your success......so keep on keepin' on.  I will enjoy watching and sharing your journey to freedom.   
 
Your quitter pal
Smobered Up
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.  
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 337
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,425
Amount Saved: $3,791.25
Life Gained:
Days: 41 Hrs: 22 Mins: 24 Seconds: 7

The buck stops HERE!

Vix1976Sep 17, 2017 @ 12:28 PM
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Country: Canada
Thanks Tom. It did the trick for sure and even though it was a shop party my friend knew I was trying to quit plus there were some older people there with lung issues so they all smoked outside which was a life saver. I did hang out a bit outside while they were smoking but if it bothered me I just left. Won't say I didn't want one but I know I would've regretted it and I know it would've tasted like crap and I would get no enjoyment. It would've been a lose lose so I'm proud to say I won the battle yesterday! Happy to be on day 5. Almost though hell week!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 4
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 60
Amount Saved: $43.20
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 10 Mins: 24 Seconds: 28

TomF1Sep 16, 2017 @ 11:03 PM
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Congrats on 3 days, hope you made it through. And staying sober sounds like a really good strategy

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/23/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -125
Amount Saved: $-60.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -78424

Just For Today

Vix1976Sep 16, 2017 @ 10:51 AM
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Yay three days under my belt. Today will be rough as we're heading to a party where people will be smoking but I'll be strong. Gonna stay sober and offer to be the designated driver so that I don't get weak and slip! Have a great smoke free day all!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 3
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 45
Amount Saved: $32.40
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 8 Mins: 2 Seconds: 12

Vix1976Sep 14, 2017 @ 10:00 PM
Posts: 279
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Country: Canada
Thanks treepeo. I've tried updating my profile several times so my meter shows. I had set it up that way originally too and it won't post. I put in a tech request for help as it won't work for me. I can at least still see my quit meter but would like to share it with the group as well!
TreepeoSep 14, 2017 @ 7:22 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
You should get your quit meter going.  I found it very helpful, and I still look at my numbers in awe.
 
You absolutely have the right attitude.  You are competitive and don't like to lose.  So you will win this battle.  Give yourself permission to do whatever you have to do to get the job done, day by day.  Think of yourself as WarriorVix, able to defeat that wimply little nicodemon whenever he dares to approach you.  Get in there, Vix1976, and KICK SOME BUTT!!! 


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: 51 Seconds: 38

Vix1976Sep 14, 2017 @ 4:19 PM
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Day 2 feels about the same as yesterday cravings are pretty strong but there's just no way I'm giving in. I don't ever want to have to go through this again so to make that happen I will be strong! Thanks for the encouragement Jeyan and manderson4!!
manderson4Sep 14, 2017 @ 3:04 PM
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Congratz on Day 1 Vix1976 you can do this stay strong and encouraged.  It does get easier each and every day.

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: 17 Mins: 34 Seconds: 1

One Down One to Go

JeyanSep 14, 2017 @ 11:06 AM
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Age: 39
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Country: Canada
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Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Congrats on your quit Vix1976.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 333
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,330
Amount Saved: $1,998.00
Life Gained:
Days: 49 Hrs: 0 Mins: 11 Seconds: 5

Vix1976Sep 14, 2017 @ 10:37 AM
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Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Thanks for the support treepeo and Valerie I'm excited to have day 1 under my belt. There were some rough spots but I didn't even remotely think about giving in. Now on to day two and staying strong!!!
TreepeoSep 13, 2017 @ 10:54 PM
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Hi Vix1976,
 
You seem to be doing everything right.  You planned for your quit mentally, thought about how to handle it, and started cutting down.  You are going to the gym, starting to run again, and have healthy snacks at hand.  And you have the support of your loved ones.  Wow, I am so impressed!  Good for you! You have paved the way for a successful quit.
 
By all means, post as often as you want.  It will be great to hear how your journey progresses, and I'm sure it will help us all in our fight to remain non-smokers.
 
You are going to make it through these hard times, Vix1976.  Remember to avoid temptations, distract yourself, drink lots of water, and wait 10 minutes.  Think about all the reasons why you want to quit.  You can do this.  I have faith in 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: 16 Mins: 2 Seconds: 34

Valerie, Quit Coach Sep 13, 2017 @ 8:24 PM
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Congratulation on going ahead with your smoke-free journey Vix1976!! 

It sounds like you have already made some changes in your routine by staying active. One day at a time and remember to be kind to yourself through this journey!

Have a nice evening!

Valerie

Smokers' Helpline Online Support Team

Vix1976Sep 13, 2017 @ 3:29 PM
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Day 1 - So far it's been a little tough but I'm not giving in. Woke up to a couple notes of encouragement from my honey which was nice. Trying to keep busy and distract myself. Can't wait until these cravings get easier and stop and I look back at this experience with pride and accomplishment! It's hard today but worth it! Planning on chronicling my days here so I have a place to vent. Anyone is always welcome to comment but that's up to you friends. I hope I can keep drawing strength from my posts just seeing how things are getting better and if others get something out of it all the better. Anyway coughing a lot less and have already noticed being back at the gym and starting to run again is getting better since I cut back and no quit. Things will keep improving. hoping I can keep weight off as I definitely use food to keep myself from smoking. I have healthy snacks around but they don't alway satisfy so if I eat some junk food then so be it. One battle at a time! Welcome to my smoke free life. Wishing everyone the best in their journey!