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Treepeo Oct 25, 2017 (06:17 PM)  


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Hey Ocean,
 
I am so glad that things are going well for you. 
 
You know, one of the good things about cutting back is that you are learning the times when you most want to smoke.  This will allow you to think about other things to do instead of smoking during those times.  Because when we quit, we have to change our normal routines, as most of them involve smoking.
 
So for example, when you are done with work and get off your feet, instead of relaxing by having a cigarette, you might pick up a good book, or watch a TV show you like.  Something that will give you some satisfaction, rather than lighting up.
 
Quitting smoking is a learning process.  It takes time to figure things out. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 300
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,500
Amount Saved: $900.00
Life Gained:
Days: 41 Hrs: 10 Mins: 9 Seconds: 41

Vix1976 Oct 25, 2017 (06:13 PM)  


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Do whatever you can to delay ocean. It gets easier in my experience and talk yourself up and be proud when you’re craving bad and you delay because that is an accomplishment. I’m happy to hear you’re ahead of the game as well in reducing, its a battle but one you can win. Lots of positive self take and knowing that you are stronger than you think! You can do it!!!!!!!

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: 19 Seconds: 48

Ocean Oct 25, 2017 (04:24 PM)  


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Hi everyone, I've been smoking half the amount I normally do.  I was actually under-budget at 14/25 for the past three days.  I gotta say, my hard time is right now, from 4pm - 7pm.  It's after work, at home, relaxing beofre dinner time and I'm feeling hungry and craving more than the one an hour.  But off my feet for a bit, which feels good!  The only problem is that off my feet equates to craving????  My emotions have been good, though, positive and strong.  I think I crave more at this time of day than I do in the morning.  And maybe three days of withdrawal from my usual is making me crave.  I don't know, I don't care, just feeling like a smoke, so talking myself through it, lol!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/30/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -4
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -100
Amount Saved: $-59.04
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -36006

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

Efram, Moderator Oct 22, 2017 (09:07 PM)  


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Ocean,


Thank you for the update! You`re laying the groundwork nicely: building awareness, putting appropriate supports in place, and gradually reducing before your quit date! 

And I like your takeaway. Now that you know how entrenched your habit is, you know how entrenched you`ll need to be in return, and can prepare accordingly! 

Keep up the good work,
Efram

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Treepeo Oct 22, 2017 (09:07 PM)  


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Hi Ocean,
 
The app you found sounds terrific!  I didn't know there were things like that available.  That's wonderful.
 
You're on the right path, Ocean.  I'm sure you'll get used to counting your smokes and setting your timers.  It's the first of many changes to your routines. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 298
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,450
Amount Saved: $894.00
Life Gained:
Days: 41 Hrs: 0 Mins: 38 Seconds: 19

Vix1976 Oct 22, 2017 (08:59 PM)  


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Hi ocean It is very a very ingrained habit for sure. When I was cutting back I counted my allotted smokes and only used that pack and put the rest away so that helps even if you somewhat forget when you’re last one was. Then you can see how many you have left and how many hours are left in the day. If you’re running low that day it gives you some drive to hold out a little longer which works towards your quit date so good job ocean. You’re getting there and before you know it you’ll be quit and proud of all your hard work! Keep it up ocean!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 40
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 600
Amount Saved: $432.00
Life Gained:
Days: 3 Hrs: 16 Mins: 55 Seconds: 28

Ocean Oct 22, 2017 (02:31 PM)  


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Hi,
I'm still on step 4, Getting Ready to Quit!  I had a few probs, silly ones, but part of the beginning stages anyway.  I forgot to track and set my timer yesterday, and kind of went about my day in the usual mindlesss smoker way.  So today I had to count out my allotted smokes (19/25), put the pack out of reach so I wouldn't mindlessly take one, am back on the timer, and going by an app that tracks my smokes/times/daily amount and daily cut-backs. I can easily reduce to this amount without cravings, it's just a matter of tracking everything and being conscious of all the timing/tracking!  Just think, this is all of the mindful "stuff" we have to do over the course of a day that has nothing to do with beating a craving.  It's illuminating!  My takeaway is how entrenched my habit is!  Have a great week everyone!!


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/30/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -7
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -175
Amount Saved: $-103.32
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -71192

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

Treepeo Oct 17, 2017 (07:06 PM)  


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Hi Ocean,
 
You go ahead and post as often as you like.  It doesn't matter that you are still smoking.  You are following a plan to help you to prepare to quit for good, which is no easy feat.  Your approach is a solid one.
 
By the way, I just wanted you to know that I could cluster smoke, too, and it got worse over the years, as there were fewer and fewer places for me to smoke.  So I ended up having 3 cigarettes before I went to work.  And if I were going somewhere where it would be hard for me to get my fix, I would always smoke at least 3, if not more, before I started out.  Pretty pathetic, eh?
 
I gotta say that I have noticed a huge drop in the number of people who smoke outside my building.  It used to be that there were a ton of us smokers, but one by one, people managed to quit.  And I thought, "How come they can do it and I can't?"  But I realized that I had to get serious and tough with myself, and finding this site worked wonders.  I'm telling you, now it is rare for someone to be smoking outside my building.  How the world has changed.
 
You just stick to your quit plan and you'll be fine.  I think cutting back slowly will help your mind and your body to adjust to the changes that will occur as you inhale fewer chemicals.  And I bet that even cutting back is going to pose some challenges, so by all means, come here to share and vent whenever you want to.  We all have to stick together to beat this horrible addiction. 


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: 7 Mins: 50 Seconds: 37

Paul, Quit Coach Oct 17, 2017 (01:04 PM)  


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Hi Ocean,


It is most appropriate to post this here. There is a lot of value in understanding all of the steps in the process.  Thank you for sharing how you plan to become ready. 

Preparation is one of the essential keys to a successful quit. It's wonderful for our members to be able to learn not only how to stay quit, but how to successful prepare as well. The one definitely affects the other.

Thank you all for being there for each other, and we hope that you have an awesome smoke free day. If you're not quite there yet, that's OK too. You'll get there! Keep working, keep sharing, and keep celebrating each victory in the process.

Best regards,
Paul

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Jeyan Oct 17, 2017 (12:34 PM)  


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Ocean, no worries. We all did the same, smoked while we read the info on this site, which prepared me for the quits. I would also recommend that you take time to read all the threads posted by different individuals during their quits to understand their struggles and battles with this addiction. To sum it up after reading all the threads carefully, it became clear to me that smoking was an addiction, and that I was an addict. It then became clear why I could not quit, because since I was addicted my body craved, and the cravings are really good at manipulating your moods and brains to light one up, which is why I was always coming up with excuses like it was tough day at work, I am sinking in debt, traffic, etc... Most posts also had many tips on what people were trying to manage their cravings during their quit. It then became clear that on top of addiction, smoking is also a habit which we have learned, thus we need to ensure we unlearn those habits and relearn good habits. Which is avoiding your favourite places for smoking, understanding your moods, avoiding smoke buddies, avoiding stressful situations, people and conversations, etc. Finally, became clear that quitting is a process where relapses are common, and they we have to get right back to where we started at and keep trying and trying till we succeed. Good luck!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 366
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,660
Amount Saved: $2,196.00
Life Gained:
Days: 53 Hrs: 20 Mins: 44 Seconds: 21

Vix1976 Oct 17, 2017 (10:58 AM)  


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You post whatever you need to ocean to help you in your journey ocean! I’m orettt sure I had posted some posts about smoking before I had quit too and no one seemed upset.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 34
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 510
Amount Saved: $367.20
Life Gained:
Days: 3 Hrs: 4 Mins: 53 Seconds: 32

Ocean Oct 17, 2017 (07:19 AM)  


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Hi guys, I'm at this stage and I've been reading the steps to quit online here.  I've been here numerous times, but I noticed more information/idea's have been added to the quit program.  So right now I'm preparing to quit by cutting back from 25 cigarettes to 20, and then every 4 days I cut out 5 until I'm down to 10.  I'm using my cell phone timer so I don't cluster smoke (my nemesis) after work or in the morning. So I'm smoking one an hour at this moment if I'm somewhere where I can smoke. I'll be cutting down more, but I anticipate that things will change, as they always do!
 
Is anyone else at this stage?  I hate to post about still smoking on a non-smoking site.  The irony is that preparation is the key for some, and we can motivate each other.  So I posted this topic in the "New Here" thread as it seemed the most likely place to attract people who are feeling the same.  Maybe a moderator can let me know if this is an inappropraite thread, I don't want to offend.
 
Sincerely, Ocean 
 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/30/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -12
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -300
Amount Saved: $-177.12
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -131771

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

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