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lithan44 May 19, 2017 (06:31 AM)  


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Good morning!  How are you feeling this morning with the cravings? Keep telling yourself that they will pass.  Having a cigarette won't help the cravings.  They will temporarily silence but only for a few minutes.  You absolutely are the Boss of these cravings!  

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/14/2010
Smoke-Free Days: 2470
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 24,700
Amount Saved: $12,350.00
Life Gained:
Days: 269 Hrs: 12 Mins: 3 Seconds: 24

Strength

Treepeo May 18, 2017 (09:18 PM)  


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Hi TomF1,
 
Yes, you are in the thick of the time for cravings.  Wait 10 minutes, then another 10 minutes, and so on until you are through it. Try distracting yourself.  Blast the music.  You got through it before, and you can do it again.  Tell yourself this is the last time you will do this to yourself.  Keep fighting, and you will succeed.  You can do this! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 141
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,525
Amount Saved: $423.00
Life Gained:
Days: 19 Hrs: 9 Mins: 59 Seconds: 34

Treepeo May 18, 2017 (09:18 PM)  


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Hi TomF1,
 
Yes, you are in the thick of the time for cravings.  Wait 10 minutes, then another 10 minutes, and so on until you are through it. Try distracting yourself.  Blast the music.  You got through it before, and you can do it again.  Tell yourself this is the last time you will do this to yourself.  Keep fighting, and you will succeed.  You can do this! 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 141
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,525
Amount Saved: $423.00
Life Gained:
Days: 19 Hrs: 9 Mins: 59 Seconds: 34

Jeyan May 18, 2017 (11:47 AM)  


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Hi Tom: I felt the same way when I quit for the first time 4 years ago. It'a trial and error. The more and more you try your body and mind will learn to cope better with all that experience. Never quit trying!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 214
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,140
Amount Saved: $1,284.00
Life Gained:
Days: 31 Hrs: 12 Mins: 45 Seconds: 30

Sarah, Quit Coach May 18, 2017 (10:33 AM)  


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Hi TomF1 - Congrats on day 3! You've got this! Cravings are a regular part of the quit process, and often peak around day 3 or 4. I see you had some great strategies you've used in the past to get through this part of the week (gym, crank up the music, etc). Continue to add to the list of distractions as you get through each individual one, and remember cravings can be intense, but are often brief. All the best! Sarah

TomF1 May 18, 2017 (09:34 AM)  


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I'm still stopped. But craving. I can get through cravings. But they keep Coming!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 5/15/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 3
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 75
Amount Saved: $36.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 15 Mins: 56 Seconds: 21

Just For Today

Nadia, Quit Coach May 15, 2017 (03:19 PM)  


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Hi TomF1,


Like everyone is saying, slips are a normal part of the quit process. You did very well, you didn't continue smoking, instead you decided to stay smoke free. Each slip is an important lesson and it's helpful to think about what we learned and also plan ahead for next time.

Keep up the good work and enjoy your smoke free day everyone!


Nadia, Quit Coach

Jeyan May 15, 2017 (12:15 PM)  


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Hi TomF1, great to see that you're finally determined to kick this habit out of your life. Relapses always happen with every quit. Never stop quitting!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 211
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 2,110
Amount Saved: $1,266.00
Life Gained:
Days: 31 Hrs: 2 Mins: 15 Seconds: 4

Treepeo May 15, 2017 (10:41 AM)  


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Hi TomF1,
 
Yeah, stuff like this happens.  During the first month of my quit, I avoided the back of our building like the plague, because that is where we all go to smoke.  If I had joined my friends as usual, I probably would have given in and started smoking, too.  Now, I can stand with them and am not really even be tempted, but getting to that point takes time.
 
The important thing is that you haven't given up, and that you threw that pack out.  You know the saying.  If at first you don't succeed, try and try again.  You'll get there. Have faith.


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 137
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,425
Amount Saved: $411.00
Life Gained:
Days: 18 Hrs: 22 Mins: 37 Seconds: 16

TomF1 May 15, 2017 (02:01 AM)  


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Well, I ran into a bunch of smokers and had a few smokes. First I stole one, then I asked someone if I could bum one. Then, pissed off at myself, I bought a pack on the way home. I just flushed them. I'm starting again. Sore Throat is worse, Headache.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 5/15/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 0
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 0
Amount Saved: $0.00
Life Gained:
Days: 0 Hrs: 1 Mins: 7 Seconds: 16

Just For Today

Emily, Quit Coach May 12, 2017 (08:08 PM)  


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Hi TomF1,


Congrats on being smoke free for 1 week! 

Sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. Hope you have a great evening celebrating with some great music.

Emily 

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wimporswim May 12, 2017 (06:38 PM)  


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Way to go TomF1 - In my first month I really liked turning up, and singing along (loud) to Humble Pie's "30 days in the hole". I got the idea from GotTo to challenge my addiction to "bring it on" and that was my way of doing it. Congrats on making it through week 1!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 1/3/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 129
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,870
Amount Saved: $1,578.96
Life Gained:
Days: 26 Hrs: 3 Mins: 47 Seconds: 28

TomF1 May 12, 2017 (04:29 PM)  


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Thank you all for your support. It helps knowing others got through it before me. Saw the doctor, yup I got a sore Throat and a pulled upper back muscle. And I'm still pacing, I keep forgetting I was Supposed to be doing something, ummm, what was it, work maybe? Just noticed, once I get through today/tonite, it'll be a whole week. Or ahole week. Now I remember they used to call it Hell week. Maybe I'll play some AC/DC to celebrate.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 5/6/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 6
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 150
Amount Saved: $72.00
Life Gained:
Days: 1 Hrs: 6 Mins: 38 Seconds: 19

Just For Today

manderson4 May 12, 2017 (11:41 AM)  


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TomF1, I didnt care much for the nicotine gum, I used the lozenges for the longest time then I tied the nicorette inhaler and it worked best for me with the patches.  Each person is different and you have to find what works best for you.  I hope your neck and throat are feeling better soon.  I hope it wont distract you from your quit.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 4/16/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 26
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,950
Amount Saved: $1,429.94
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 8 Mins: 13 Seconds: 25

One Down One to Go

Treepeo May 11, 2017 (09:33 PM)  


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Yikes TomF1,
 
I hope your neck gets better soon.  There is nothing worse than hearing that Crack and then feeling the pain come on.  So frustrating.
 
I know it's hard, but hold onto your quit.  Remember that the first few weeks are the hardest, so you are in the thick of it.  But you are doing it, which is great.  And you can keep it up.  If you have to pace, fine.  Go for a walk, play a game, read a book, or curl up and go to sleep.  Whatever will get you though it. It will get easier with time.
 
It's lousy that we have to suffer at the beginning of our quits.  But I told myself, what's a month of pain as compared to a lifetime of gain?  And that is my mantra.  Get through the first month and you are more likely to stay smoke free for life.
 
Feel better, and keep in touch.  You truly are stronger than you think you are, and you can do whatever you set your mind to. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 134
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,350
Amount Saved: $402.00
Life Gained:
Days: 18 Hrs: 10 Mins: 54 Seconds: 10

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