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OceanNov 20, 2017 @ 12:23 AM
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Age: 55
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Country: Canada
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Hobbies: Family, Reading, Music, Outdoors
Hi Manderson,  All of those tricks and tips you listed at the start of this post sound great.  I also admire your tenacity for getting resourced up, thats a lot of time and commitment.  Hang in there and good luck.
Ocean 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -12
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -300
Amount Saved: $-182.40
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -134602

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

nalabeanNov 17, 2017 @ 9:37 AM
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Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: retired
Hobbies: reading, gardening,baking
Good luck manderson4, I'm  rooting for you and will say a little prayer to help you along your way.👍

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 4/9/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 222
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 888
Amount Saved: $461.76
Life Gained:
Days: 29 Hrs: 5 Mins: 23 Seconds: 53

nalabean

TreepeoNov 16, 2017 @ 6:52 PM
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Age: 56
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Hobbies: reading, video games
Hi manderson4,
 
I am glad that you got into an NRT program again.  It's too bad that there is a waiting list.  In my opinion, there should never be one.  You have to strike while the iron is hot.  But that's life these days.
 
I imagine you are still riding your bike.  Just remember how much easier it was for you to breathe when you quit smoking.  You can have that feeling again.
 
I missed you, manderson4, and I am so glad you are back!  You are going to be okay.  Just take it one day at a time. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 322
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,050
Amount Saved: $966.00
Life Gained:
Days: 44 Hrs: 11 Mins: 3 Seconds: 33

manderson4Nov 16, 2017 @ 8:45 AM
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Age: 51
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Hobbies: Cycling, Computers
Thanks everyone for the encouragement and support.  Nalabean you got a deal I am still hanging in there.  I really thought I had it licked this time.  To get back into the one NRT program I had to wait until mid January.  The other one that I joined started looking at a 3 week wait and was placed on the waiting list.  It ended up being less than a week. I got my first phone call from a quit coach at smokers helpline yesterday.  And I go back to Breathe Easier today.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/17/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 0
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 0
Amount Saved: $0.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 2 Mins: 14 Seconds: 25

One Down One to Go

Smobered UpNov 16, 2017 @ 7:33 AM
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Country: Canada
Occupation: retired
Hobbies: Cottage in the summer, Florida in the winter, Photography, NOT SMOKING ☺
Hey Manderson4,
Sorry to hear of your relapse.  You've heard some great support and advice on this thread and I can't think of anything more to add except to chime in with Mudman and let you know that it takes some of us multiple tries to reach what we would call a "comfort zone" in our quits.  As you can see by my original quit  date, I have not reached that zone.  I must, like you, take one day at a time to maintain my quit.  I have, however, learned many lessons along the way that are helping me reach that so called "comfort zone".  The point is that you are not just throwing in the towel. Good on ya for getting right back at it.  You WILL win this challenge with your addiction........your mindset is strong. 
 
Your quitter pal,
Smobered Up.
 
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 397
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 9,925
Amount Saved: $4,466.25
Life Gained:
Days: 49 Hrs: 8 Mins: 20 Seconds: 36

The buck stops HERE!

Mud ManNov 16, 2017 @ 4:44 AM
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Hobbies: Riding My Harley
Hey Manderson4 its Mud Man.  I know exactly what you are going through. If you haven't noticed I joined this site in 2011 and I only have two years smoke free in. I slipped many times to get where I am. You have nothing to worry about as long as you don't give up. I know it is disappointing to start over but we got to do what we got to do to succeed. "You'll Get There My Friend".
 
Mud :)  


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/9/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 738
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 22,140
Amount Saved: $11,512.80
Life Gained:
Days: 137 Hrs: 13 Mins: 6 Seconds: 25

Your Friendly Neighborhood MUD MAN

TreepeoNov 16, 2017 @ 12:31 AM
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Hi manderson4,
 
I'm sorry you have had such rough times.  I sometimes wonder why life has to be so hard.  But the reality is that stuff happens, and so do slips.  We do the best we can, but we're only human.
 
The good news is that you are back on track.  Good for you!  You should be really proud of yourself.  You have done it before, and you can do it again.  Remember, we are all here for you.  Keep your chin up.  Things will get better. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 322
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,050
Amount Saved: $966.00
Life Gained:
Days: 44 Hrs: 8 Mins: 32 Seconds: 0

Vix1976Nov 15, 2017 @ 10:44 PM
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Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Glad to see you are getting right back on trap manderson4, slips suck but we’ve all been there! We are here to help you however we can, call the helpline and see if you can find something else to help with the stress. Feel bad for you that you slipped but am so proud that you’re getting back on the band wagon! You can do this!!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 64
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 960
Amount Saved: $691.20
Life Gained:
Days: 5 Hrs: 22 Mins: 28 Seconds: 43

NewoportunityNov 15, 2017 @ 7:42 PM
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Joined: Jun 08, 2015 (5:13 PM)

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Gender: Male
Hi Manderson4
 
I'm sorry to hear about the stress situation, that really remain me when I had the car accident time ago, after the situation control I need a smoke badly.
It toke me a little wile to recover and going back to quit zone.
 
Don't be so hard on you, you deserve to be free. I know you can do it!
Remember smoking is Not the solution.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 6/8/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 892
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 53,520
Amount Saved: $24,084.00
Life Gained:
Days: 143 Hrs: 14 Mins: 55 Seconds: 33

EVERY DAY IS A TRY, NEVER GIVE UP

Emily, Quit CoachNov 15, 2017 @ 4:05 PM
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Joined: Jun 18, 2015 (1:33 PM)
Hi manderson4,

I'm sorry to hear about the challenges you had, but it looks like you've started doing everything you can to get back on track. 

It's great to see all of the supports and plans that you have in place. I'm sure that this will help you. 

Emily 

Smokers' Helpline Online Support Team

JeyanNov 15, 2017 @ 2:03 PM
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Age: 39
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
Manderson, sorry to hear about your slip. Slips are common in all quits, and some times we will always be faced with adverse situations like this, which is when have to stay calm and strong and learn to say nope! With time and experience this will come. My last slip was also for similar reason as I gave into the daily stresses of life, first it was some health concerns which turned out to be normal, and then my car slips 360 degree and goes into a ditch on the highway, which is when I gave in. I have learned from both of these situations, and I think can deal with it in the normal course next time I come across such situations.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 395
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,950
Amount Saved: $2,370.00
Life Gained:
Days: 58 Hrs: 3 Mins: 20 Seconds: 30

nalabeanNov 15, 2017 @ 1:33 PM
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Hobbies: reading, gardening,baking
Sorry to hear you had such a tough time,  but I truly admire you for not giving up. You've  ďone it before you can do it again,we're  here to listen.
 I've  come awfully close myself in the last 2-3 weeks....just comes out of nowhere, then I feel like giving up. If you hang in there , I'll  hang in there....deal?


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 4/9/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 220
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 880
Amount Saved: $457.60
Life Gained:
Days: 28 Hrs: 23 Mins: 36 Seconds: 49

nalabean

manderson4Nov 15, 2017 @ 1:09 PM
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Hobbies: Cycling, Computers
I made it to day 182 and then all kinds of stuff happened and I started smoking.  Because of my past and younger days there are somethings that freak me out and one of those things is the police knocking on my door at midnight.  I have taken steps to make sure that doesn't happen again.  At the landlady has assured me it wont happen again.  At first it wasnt too bad then I had a scare last week and I smoked almost 2 packs a couple of days so I reached out for some help.  I started the CAMH stop program this past Monday.  I have been slowly trying to cut down my smoking again.  And With the NRT, and some close friends I have set another quit day which is this Friday.  I have kept the steps I used to build to the quit like not taking my cigarettes out of the house with me when I go for a walk or a bike ride, not smoking at my desk or when I watch TV.  I have to go to the basement if I want one now so it gives me plenty of time to back out or distract myself.  I am also keeping a journal of each cigarette I have and what I am feeling, intensity of craving.  

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 11/17/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -1
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -50
Amount Saved: $-36.67
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -3435

One Down One to Go