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Vix1976 Nov 02, 2017 (12:17 AM)  


Joined: Aug 16, 2017
Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
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Totally agreed treepeo. My bff just texted me tonight to talk about how bad she’s craving. We chatted for a while and then she felt a lot better. A great distraction.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 50
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 750
Amount Saved: $540.00
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 15 Mins: 26 Seconds: 13

Treepeo Nov 01, 2017 (07:27 PM)  


Joined: Dec 27, 2016
Age: 56
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Hobbies: reading, video games
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Hi Margie55,
 
I agree.  The support we give each other here is invaluable.  But I also find that coming here helps to keep us accountable.  And it serves as a reminder that things can change in an instant with just one slip, so we have to stay vigilant.
 
Glad your cravings are finally subsiding.  Whew, what a relief. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 307
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,675
Amount Saved: $921.00
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 9 Mins: 26 Seconds: 48

Paul, Quit Coach Nov 01, 2017 (04:26 PM)  


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Hi Margie55,


That's a really good sign, not liking the smell; and equally great to read is that you know the value of having meaningful and consistent support around you.

Let's all get through the rest of today, smoke free.

Paul

Smokers' Helpline Online Team

Vix1976 Nov 01, 2017 (01:44 PM)  


Joined: Aug 16, 2017
Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
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Hi Margie55 Glad you’re handling your cravings and continuing to say NOPE. It’s hard at times but so worth it. And yes the support positivity and reinforcement on this site with all our friends definitely makes a difference! I forgot sometimes to come on because I’m mostly doing well but then I’ll see the icon on my phone and think gotta go check it out as it helps me stay strong!! Keep up the good work!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 49
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 735
Amount Saved: $529.20
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 14 Mins: 27 Seconds: 39

Margie55 Nov 01, 2017 (11:12 AM)  


Joined: Jan 08, 2015
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Age: 53
Gender: Female
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I just scrolled back and my last post on here was October 11 and then nothing until October 26 which was my 10++++++ craving day.  So 2 weeks without being on here and that's what happens! 

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/15/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 78
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 312
Amount Saved: $156.00
Life Gained:
Days: 9 Hrs: 14 Mins: 14 Seconds: 9

Margie55 Nov 01, 2017 (11:10 AM)  


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Good morning everyone,
 
Yesterday I passed by a smoker and the stench was horrible.  Usually I like the smell of it, but not yesterday.  I was happy when I didn't like the smell because usually I love the smell and it's a trigger.  So hopefully the cravings will start to pass.  I still have my moments, but the cravings have reduced from 10+++ less than a week ago down to about a 2 today.  So that's a relief.
 
I do know that I need to keep coming on here every day though.  I started having the really bad cravings after not being on here for a while.  
 
Have a good day everyone,
 
Margie55 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/15/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 78
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 312
Amount Saved: $156.00
Life Gained:
Days: 9 Hrs: 14 Mins: 13 Seconds: 57

Treepeo Oct 31, 2017 (10:24 PM)  


Joined: Dec 27, 2016
Age: 56
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Hobbies: reading, video games
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Hey Margie55,
 
I was hoping your cravings would have passed by now.  Darn it, you are going through a rough patch.  But it will end eventually, so keep hanging tough.
 
You know what?  Most often, when I see smokers now, they don't act as triggers anymore.  I just say to myself, "I'm glad it's not me who has to stand there to get my fix".  Remember what it was really like.  You were standing on the street by yourself, in some recessed area where you wouldn't be in the way, puffing on your cigarette, while the rest of the world went by, maybe giving you dirty looks.  Not very appealing, huh? I sure don't miss those times.
 
You will be fine, Margie55.  You are strong enough to ride this out. 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 12/29/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 307
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 7,675
Amount Saved: $921.00
Life Gained:
Days: 42 Hrs: 6 Mins: 32 Seconds: 54

Lillian, Quit Coach Oct 31, 2017 (08:03 PM)  


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Hey Margie55, You are proving it one day at a time that you don't need them. In spite of the cravings and in spite of the thoughts you are managing, 77 days proves it. Keep on, one day at a time, you can do it and it will get easier and easier. Lillian

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Margie55 Oct 31, 2017 (03:48 PM)  


Joined: Jan 08, 2015
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Good afternoon everybody!
 
I'm still having cravings but I haven't caved.  Yesterday I drove right by the store I usually bought my smokes at and I thought about stopping, but didn't.  I see somebody smoking and that's definitely a trigger, but I just keep telling myself that I don't need this **** in my life anymore.  It helped me to think about that even though things are good, I'm still craving.  Yes, I used smoking as a way to escape the bad, but I also smoked when things were good.  I just wanted to smoke every chance I got, but that's because I was addicted and on some level and at some part of my brain I still am addicted.  But the smarter part of my brain needs to tell the addicted part of my brain that I don't need this **** anymore.
 
 Have a good day everyone and Happy Halloween! 
 
Margie55 
 


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/15/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 77
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 308
Amount Saved: $154.00
Life Gained:
Days: 9 Hrs: 11 Mins: 52 Seconds: 13

Treepeo Oct 27, 2017 (09:44 PM)  


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Age: 56
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
Occupation: Legal Assistant
Hobbies: reading, video games
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Margie, I'm not surprised that even though your life is good, you are tempted to smoke.  Think about it.  We didn't just smoke when we were going through stressful times.  We smoked to "reward" ourselves for a job well done, or to "celebrate" when life was good.  In fact, we smoked for any reason at all that we could come up with.  But it was all a crock.  The real reason we smoked was because we were addicted, and so we could not make any kind of move without having a cigarette first.  That's what smoking does to us.  It makes us totally dependent on the product.
 
Keep hanging in there, Margie.  This, too, shall pass.  You have worked hard to earn your freedom.  Guard it at all costs.  It is precious. 


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: 14 Seconds: 31

Sarah, Quit Coach Oct 27, 2017 (08:26 PM)  


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Congrats, Margie55, for getting yourself through what sounds like a difficult day. 

Reminding yourself of the reasons for your quit - and how far you've come - all came from inside of you, and got you through it. Positive self-talk can be a very effective strategy, and you did it Margie55! 
Have a wonderful, smoke-free night everyone!

Sarah

Margie55 Oct 27, 2017 (05:05 PM)  


Joined: Jan 08, 2015
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Thank you everybody for your kind words. I'm still craving today badly and I still thought about just going and buying a pack but I didn't. I just keep telling myself that I have too much good going on in my life right now to mess things up. That's what is so confusing. I'm doing well and feeling secure in myself and my relationship and I'm planning on retiring next year and I have so much to look forward to so why do I want to sabotage that? I guess it's the Nicodemon talking to me! Thanks again, Margie55

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/15/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 73
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 292
Amount Saved: $146.00
Life Gained:
Days: 9 Hrs: 0 Mins: 18 Seconds: 52

Smobered Up Oct 27, 2017 (12:48 PM)  


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Hobbies: Cottage in the summer, Florida in the winter, Photography, NOT SMOKING ☺
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Hi Margie.....Geez, by the sound of it, a lot of us have been having a crave attacks recently including myself.  I've had some anxious moments as my puppy had surgery and I'm getting ready to head south and my sister has some issues, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah.  Talk about "trigger overload".  I must commend you on your own wonderful advice to yourself.  You, above all, should be and looks like you are, your own best cheerleader. Every time you overcome a craving, you tick another one off the list.  Each time you tick one off,  you grow stronger and your nemesis, Nicodemon, grows weaker.  I can tell you this through experience, that there will be more triggers but with your obvious strong resolve, you will manage them your usual good sense and strong resolve.
 
Keep on keepin' on!
 
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: 17 Seconds: 11

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Jeyan Oct 27, 2017 (10:20 AM)  


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Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family
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You're absolutely correct Margie55. That's how I felt too before quitting. I was sick and tired of lying to myself. I was sick and tired of the fact the addiction had a hold of me to a point that it would even drum up my emotions wild even for a small incident to quench it's nicotine thirst. Once I realized that I had an addiction problem, and this addiction was ruing not only my life, but also my relationships, health and well being, etc., quitting became so easy! You feel the same way as I did too before I started hard to fight to put an end to my addiction, which had a hold of my life, life events, life moments, and had me like a slave. I no longer wanted to be a slave to the Master(the worst of it's kind), and raced to quit. In the end and over these 3 years my internal strength has come out strong to win over this addiction of mine. I am strong, and we are strong! Let's kick this habit out for good for the rest of our lives! Stay Strong! Say Nope!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 376
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 3,760
Amount Saved: $2,256.00
Life Gained:
Days: 55 Hrs: 7 Mins: 39 Seconds: 55

Vix1976 Oct 27, 2017 (12:20 AM)  


Joined: Aug 16, 2017
Age: 41
Gender: Female
Country: Canada
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Oh Margie55. I’ve been craving bad too but you sound like you were really having a tough time. Remember the helpline too if you’re having a hard time. I’m so glad you didn’t smoke. You don’t want to give up those hard fought for 72 days. Remember how bad it was in the beginning, I know you’re stronger now and don’t want to have to go through that again. Stay strong friend!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 9/13/2017
Smoke-Free Days: 44
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 660
Amount Saved: $475.20
Life Gained:
Days: 4 Hrs: 2 Mins: 6 Seconds: 59

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