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Apr 13, 2018 (03:14 PM) Reply | Quote 

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Welcome Spiral37,

Congrats on over two weeks now! It is very normal to have a lot of cravings and triggers at this point. I know that doesn't make it any easier but I hope it assures you to know that with time it will get easier. The fact that you have had 8 previous attempts is a good thing. What did you learn from those experiences that may help you now?

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Apr 11, 2018 (06:15 PM) Reply | Quote 

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Hi Spiral37,
 Congratulations on making it for almost two weeks now smoke free!  Be sure and reward yourself for your efforts. It helps to reinforce your quit.  You say that you have quit eight times before, but  for one reason or another, you go back to smoking. Staying quit takes a lot of determination and motivation on your part. You have to say no, no matter what the circumstances are, be it a small trigger, or a life changing event. It's a lifetime commitment, just like a marriage. Do you know what was the reason your five year quit failed, and can you beat it this time if it happens again? I hope so for your sake. That was great quit you had going.
 You say that changing your routine made it easy for the first 6 days, maybe that's a clue as to what you need to do to make this quit stick...FOREVER. Change up your routine, do new and exciting things to keep your mind off smoking and keep busy. It worked for you before, just keep it going. Remember that you have your life in  your hands literally with a cigarette, and smoking it will surely shorten your life. It effects every part of your body. You don't want to carry around a tank of oxygen with tubes up your nose to help you breath I'm sure. Quit before it's too late. Fear is a great motivator too. 
 You can do this, just like you did before. We're here to support you whenever we can.  Make your mantra "I can do this" and remember to keep your guard up at all times, the triggers are everywhere just like you said. You can still go outside and join your boyfriend when he smokes, just sit upwind of him. No need to stop your chatting either, communication is a key part of relationships. Hang in there and stay strong. Keep us posted on your progress too.
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Apr 11, 2018 (05:21 AM) Reply | Quote 

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Apr 10, 2018 (10:36 PM) Reply | Quote 

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I haven't smoked in almost 2 weeks now. I quit while on vacation with a friend. She doesn't smoke and hates being around it and I figured it would be a good opportunity for me to quit. Being out of my regular routine and doing new and exciting things every day helped me get through the initial 6 days. Returning home has been difficult. My boyfriend who lives with me still smokes and it's hard not to go outside and join him for smoking and chatting. I've been okay with conquering smoking in the car and if I have a few drinks, but I've been hit with unexpected moments that are so much harder. Like just waking up in the morning and getting out of bed. I've quit smoking 8 times before this, once for five years. I don't have a lot of faith in myself that I can stick with it for good this time. And I thought it would be easier after 13 days but I'm still discovering new triggers. I don't have a lot of support for this in my life, so just wanted to reach out somewhere. 

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