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Thread: Update on Smoker's challenge

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    Senior Member Catherine Marie's Avatar
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    Hello, my dear friends:
    Well, it's Sunday morning and I have been able to refrain from smoking thus far. I don't see myself smoking for the rest of this day or for many days to come, if possible. I watched my friend as she smoked and I didn't like the smell nor did I like the lingering odour of the cigarette in the air or even on my own clothes.
    Your kind words and support have really kept me going because I can write this and know I am being honest and strong. Each and every hint was helpful to remember, if not to use.
    I was particularly successful in remembering that I can have power over what my hands are doing.
    And most importantly, I can come home from this weekend away and be truthful to my husband and 'smoking' sponsor, that I was smoke free.

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    Congrats. I'm sure it was very hard at times.

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    Good job, keep on going, you will make it.

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    This is so awesome! :thumbup: :D:D:D

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    You are a strong woman, congratulations. Now if you can get your friend to quit (I wrote quilt by mistake!) - that would be awesome. Maybe she will follow your example.

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    That is awesome, it is going to be tough but certainly worth it

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    GREAT JOB!!! You are doing wonderful!! Just take it one craving at a time and you will make it. It's now been a year and three months for me :D

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    Keep staying strong. You can do it!

    It's the best feeling I have ever had knowing I beat the smoking addiction. I never thought I could. It was hard but as my grandmother told me no one ever died from smoking withdrawal so get over it and show some backbone about it. She believed everyone found the way to do what they really wanted to do and only had excuses for not doing what they didn't want to. Especially her grand kids. LOL. I quit when one day years ago when I saw an elderly lady smoking with a baby n her lap. I thought how sad and ignorant that looked. It hit me I could be that lady one day. I almost cried I felt so stupid and ashamed of myself for smoking.

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    Keep on going! One minute at a time!

    :thumbup:

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    Good for you!!!! As a former smoker I know what you're going through. God bless.

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    yea great job

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    Congratulations, keep it up.

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    Well done :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    GREAT!!!! Keep it up you CAN do it!!

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    You have the POWER!!! Congrats, just take it one day at a time and be proud of each successful day.

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    quiy smoking was the hadest thing i ever did. My
    Dr. said it is harder to quit smoking than quiting
    heron. Best of luck.
    God Bless you can do this.
    Marilee

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    This is whats GREAT ! about this board, their is plenty
    of support !!! wishing You tons of strength !!!
    It will get better :)

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    When I stopped smoking, a very long time ago, the doctor I saw(she uses non-invasive accupuncture) suggested freezing washed grapes individually, and when the urge to smoke strikes, eat a grape--better for the body than chewing gum, and they did help, although I don't understand why. piecefully, the old one

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    I am so proud of you!

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    You can do it, I know you can. I quit 'cold turkey' after smoking 40 years. I was smoking 3 packs a day. It has been 13 years this December since I had my last smoke.

    When I first quit if I felt the urge to smoke I would take a couple of deep breaths,or as deep as I could at the time. Over time I can breathe deep down in my lungs.

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    And one day, a year or so down the road, you will realize you have NOT even thought about cigarettes or smoking "in ages" and at that point you KNOW you have broken your habit. Keep going--one day at a time. Been there, done that about 30-40 years ago.

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    A huge congratulations! This is a "1 day at a time" process for a long time. With each hour/desire/day/week - you will feel a greater sense of "control" over your own life.

    I used to teach a smoker's quit clinic at a hospital.

    After 10 days the nicotine is washed out of your system, so after that it is ALL behavioral/ habit breaking stuff

    Plan ahead for those "favorite times to smoke" and have your straws to suck through (this produces relaxing breathing) or toothpicks ready. I remember having no idea what a nonsmoker did with their hands after a meal or talking on the phone or with a glass of wine. ooooh those were the hardest time.

    Do NOT substitute candy for cigarettes! Wt gain is part of the quit process and adding extra calories is a killer.

    Watch out for mind games (for a long time to come) The mind tries to persuade you that "need" a cigarette or you will not be able to deal with a stressful situation. That's a lie or the whole world would be smoking.

    GOOD LUCK! You are entitled to feel successful. :-) :thumbup:

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    I'm so proud of you!!!!!!

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    BIG CONGRATS!!!

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    Way to go!! You now know that you can do it and not give up the fight.

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