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Vix1976 Nov 27, 2017 (07:44 PM)  


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Great wisdom lostjennie, That is something I’ve always struggled with, I just started a new job and feel overwhelmed all afternoon. My sweetie was texting me wondering when I’d be home and initially I said I don’t know then I though I worked 12 hours today I’m tired and I’m not going to be productive sitting here any longer. I put in the time and then some that the company required and I’m going home. And proudly I did, it’s such a hard lesson to learn. It’s so hard to remember this lesson sometimes. So thanks for reaffirming that for me. And through it all I rarely thought about smoking, if I did I knew it wouldn’t help my stress but only add to it because that would be failing at this quit and resetting my quit meter and that’s way more important to me. Smoking never really helps anything we just thought it did and it became our crutch. We are stronger than this. And you are too ocean I know that you are so you keep reading these posts and we will be here to pick you up when you’re feeling down or doubting yourself. We KNOW that you can do this!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 76
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,140
Amount Saved: $820.80
Life Gained:
Days: 7 Hrs: 0 Mins: 51 Seconds: 0

Ocean Nov 27, 2017 (01:21 PM)  


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I can't thank you enough guys!  I come in here feeling discouraged and immediately feel a pick me up.  Thank you so much for such sage wisdom, which escapes me in moments.  It helps me re-connect and feel a purpose.   I find the forums very grounding here at SHO.  Everything I hear on all of these forums by all of you helps in my recovery.  
 
I never did get out to buy Nicotine Replacement, except the gum.  I'm making the time to do so now.  Commit to myself.
 
I hope I'll see you all on the new forums and that we can figure them out together.  Keep on trucking!
Sincerely, Ocean 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -5
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -125
Amount Saved: $-76.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -48409

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

lostjennie Nov 25, 2017 (08:32 AM)  


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Hello Ocean. We all face stress in our lives and I remember being told that ideally when we quit we would be in a stress free world but in reality that is not going to happen. I am now well into my quit and have done so while trying to deal with the death of my spouse. When he first past I would use his death as an excuse to smoke as if somehow smoking made my missing him seem easier to deal with it all. I have learned though that smoking or not I still had to deal with what I was feeling inside.
 
 I am sorry to hear about your dad but by your own admission you said he was in the right place. He is in a place where he will be cared for which I can only assume is better than him being on his own. I have been there where you have to juggle both your own life and the needs of others. I know it can be very difficult but please do what you can and do not beat up on yourself if something have to be left undone. This guilt I used to feel actually helped drive me back to smoking instead of allowing me to keep a quit going.
 
 We all face adversity and our called upon at times to do more than we feel we may be able to handle. I used to be one who took it all on my shoulders but after Sparky's death I have learned that I can only do so much and as long as I have done my best then that is all I can ask of me. I have also learned that I am not in all of this alone and that sometimes I have to let go of things that upon looking at them are not as important as I thought. I have learned to let go of certain things and allow others to help me.
 
 You can do this Ocean as I was once like you. I struggled with so many unsuccessful but hopefully this time I have finally made it.  

I will survive this as I am strong

Treepeo Nov 24, 2017 (12:26 AM)  


Joined: Dec 27, 2016
Age: 56
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Hobbies: reading, video games
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Hi Ocean,
 
You continue to inspire and amaze me.  You have such a positive spirit, and you continue to fight even when the going gets tough.  Good for you, Ocean.  Remember, you are going in the right direction and eventually, you are going to get there. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 330
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,250
Amount Saved: $990.00
Life Gained:
Days: 45 Hrs: 10 Mins: 57 Seconds: 0

Vix1976 Nov 23, 2017 (06:47 PM)  


Joined: Aug 16, 2017
Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
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You got this ocean. I know you want it and you’ll get there.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 71
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,065
Amount Saved: $766.80
Life Gained:
Days: 6 Hrs: 15 Mins: 52 Seconds: 46

Smobered Up Nov 23, 2017 (05:45 AM)  


Joined: Jul 03, 2010
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Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: retired
Hobbies: Cottage in the summer, Florida in the winter, Photography, NOT SMOKING ☺
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Hey Ocean,
I hear ya!   If I can make it stick.......anyone can make it stick.  Good on ya for never quitting quitting!
 
Your longtime quitter pal for however long it takes,
 
Smobered Up
I am an addict aspiring to lifelong smobriety.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/15/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 404
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 10,100
Amount Saved: $4,545.00
Life Gained:
Days: 50 Hrs: 4 Mins: 58 Seconds: 35

The buck stops HERE!

Nadia, Quit Coach Nov 22, 2017 (05:00 PM)  


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Hi Ocean,


Good for you for the decision to look after yourself. You should really be proud of yourself for making things work even in tough times. Glad you are getting the products you need to help in your quit. 
As far as cutting down, it's a great way to start and keep taking it one day at a time.

You can do this! 

Cheers everyone! 
Nadia, Quit Coach

Ocean Nov 22, 2017 (11:07 AM)  


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Hi again Guys,
Ok, so it's not an emergency right now, that part is over.  My dad has been admitted to hospital where he belongs.  And I can't put my life on the back burner either.  So trying to do both.  I see that I still have 10 days before my quit date.  I don't know if I'll get there, but I'll continue cutting back as I was before these last few days.  I don't feel any better smoking more.  That's what I have to rememeber.  I'll be going to the store and loading up on nicarette products to help adjust now.  I have the gum, and everything is on sale for the New Year.  I can't promise to quit completely, but I'll continue doing what I was doing for now.  That's my promise for now.
Cheers, Ocean
It has to stick eventually, right?   I want to be proud of cutting down again.  It was just a blip.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: -10
Cigarettes Not Smoked: -250
Amount Saved: $-152.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 0 Mins: 0 Seconds: -106629

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

Jeyan Nov 20, 2017 (11:36 PM)  


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Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
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Ocean sorry to hear about your crisis. Quitting is a long-term process and take time. However, never give up trying. We all need to relearn to deal with tough and difficult situations without reverting smoking again. We can do this!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 400
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 4,000
Amount Saved: $2,400.00
Life Gained:
Days: 58 Hrs: 21 Mins: 38 Seconds: 14

Vix1976 Nov 20, 2017 (08:47 PM)  


Joined: Aug 16, 2017
Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
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Take care ocean. I hope everything gets straightened out quickly and you can get back on track. We’ll be here when you’re ready again!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 69
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,035
Amount Saved: $745.20
Life Gained:
Days: 6 Hrs: 9 Mins: 24 Seconds: 8

Paul, Quit Coach Nov 20, 2017 (02:30 PM)  


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We'll all pulling for you Ocean, and send our best thoughts and wishes that everything turns out for you and your family.


We look forward to hearing from you when you have the time.

Take good care, and that goes for everyone out there.

Paul

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Treepeo Nov 20, 2017 (12:15 PM)  


Joined: Dec 27, 2016
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Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Hobbies: reading, video games
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Hi Ocean,
 
I totally get what you are saying.  You have way too much on your plate right now.  You need to take care of yourself and your family first.  It doesn't make sense to subject yourself to additional stress.  You will get back to this when you can.  I remember all too well how I felt when my parents were alive but became ill.  It was almost more than I could bear.
 
Hang in there, Ocean.  I know you are going through a really stressful time.  But it is important to take some time for yourself, too.  So make sure you take some time each day for yourself.  It could be something as simple as reading for half an hour, or cooking your favorite meal.  Just anything that will make you happy.  When we get into the role of caretaker, we tend to neglect ourselves.  But that is  a mistake, because you can't run on empty.  So be kind to yourself as well. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 326
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,150
Amount Saved: $978.00
Life Gained:
Days: 44 Hrs: 23 Mins: 21 Seconds: 42

Ocean Nov 20, 2017 (12:37 AM)  


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Hi Guys,  I can't beleive that it's only been a week since my last post here.  Everything has been crazy and changing every 2 or 3 hours these past several days.  I haven't been tracking or counting or working on cutting down.  Essentially, I may even be back full blown smoking (I just don't know how many a day).  I haven't been able to plan or think ahead lately as my dad has been in crisis, and his wife, etc...  I've been too busy to think.  I don't want to lose touch though, so I'm just posting to say I'll be back in a bit.  I will continue.  This is just a blip and temporary.  I have too much on my plate for today, but maybe tomorrow I won't.  Keep the faith, just cope.  Wish you all well.
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: -134486

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

Jeyan Nov 13, 2017 (08:57 AM)  


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Good for your Ocean. Great news indeed. Now think about how much more you can save if you quit forever? We can do this!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 393
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,930
Amount Saved: $2,358.00
Life Gained:
Days: 57 Hrs: 19 Mins: 32 Seconds: 28

Sophia, Quit Coach Nov 12, 2017 (09:35 AM)  


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That's really good news Ocean, regaining that visual of money saved since cutting down can be a huge motivator. Wow $295.66, and counting! Keep going Ocean :) Sophia, Quit Coach

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