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 Timbo637
May 19, 2019 (02:56 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Hi Pouvoir,
 Big congratulations on your first full week as a quitter!!!  It's good to hear that you are feeling pretty good about it too. Sounds like your quit journey is going good for you so far. Hope the rest of your journey will be as easy or easier than your first week was.  More energy now, and i'm sure there are other things that are changing for you too. Food tasting better, and the aromas are a little stronger and more intense now. How is your husband doing on his quit journey? Is he still hanging in there too? Does he go on the walks with you? Whatever you are doing to help you on your quit, keep doing it because you're doing great!
Stay strong, and watch out for those triggers.
 
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pouvoir
May 19, 2019 (09:50 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Thanks to everyone for the support - it really helps and it is greatly appreciated.
Today is Day 7 as a non-smoker.  There are moments when I really miss it, but overall I'm feeling pretty good.
For me, at least, the walking really helps.  Also, I think I'm feeling less tired, which is awesome. 
The plan is to keep moving forward with this.
Pouvoir. 

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May 16, 2019 (09:01 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Stick with it Pouvoir, you're doing it!  I love the idea of making walks your "new thing" with your husband.  Finding other ways to satisfy what I was *really* after every time I wanted a smoke was really important for the success of my quit.  It sounds like that bonding moment with your husband is what you're seeking, not the cigarette itself, and you sound very self-aware to do the same work around some of your other smoking cues.  Keep us posted, I love reading along with quit journeys here.

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Good for you!!! You have almost flushed the nicotine out of your system....it takes 3-4 days. Cranky? Haha l can relate. Youre entitled at this stage of your quit. So great that you have your husband to lean on for support and a wondeful thing to be striving for together. Better to be walking and improving health than destroying it by smoking. Keep at it 

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May 15, 2019 (11:12 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
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I am starting day 3 as a non-smoker.  I'm keeping busy, chewing a lot of gum and going for lots of walks.  By the end of the day, I feel more tired than usual and I'm pretty cranky, but I'm keeping with it.  My husband is quitting with me, and this helps.
Thanks for checking in on me, Tim.  I'll keep you posted.
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 Timbo637
May 15, 2019 (09:34 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Hi Pouvoir,
 It's been 2 days since you were going to quit, how are things going for you? Have you quit yet? I wish you the best!
Stay strong.
 
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May 12, 2019 (12:54 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Thanks Tim.  Your thoughts are appreciated.
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 Timbo637
May 11, 2019 (04:12 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Hi Pouvoir,
 Two more days until you start you quit journey. Being nervous is normal for a lot of people. Not knowing what "perils" lie ahead can be scary. One day, one hour, one minute at a time... that's the only way you can do this. Just concentrate on the here and now and try not to worry about tomorrow until it gets here. Try and have your first few days already planned out ahead so you do not have to think about to much. Try and keep busy too. Some of the things I used to help out in the beginning was a straw, to inhale through and keep between the fingers.  (Sounds kind of corny but it did help me) I also used a stress ball to squeeze the living daylights out of.  I had a pocket full of mints to keep my mouth busy too. Fruits and veggies would be better for you, but I used sweets to take the edge off. Whatever works for you. The end result is what matters. Conquering this addiction for the rest of your life! Check out the "avoiding relapse and slipping" forum. I have a "tips for a successful quit" thread in there that might give you some more ideas. 
 Keep a "can do" attitude with you at all times and will be able to do this. You never know, it might even turn out to be easier than you thought it would be.  
Stay strong Pouvoir.
 
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May 10, 2019 (09:35 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Thanks Tim.  I am getting a bit nervous that I'm going to fail at this.  The approach that I am taking this time is to take it one day at a time, and to let the days add up.  I love being outdoors and I am retired, so I plan to walk around the block at the times when I usually have a cigarette with my husband.  Do you have any other advice for me, something that helped you?  If so, I would appreciate it very much.
Thanks. 

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May 05, 2019 (05:29 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Hi Pouvoir,
 Welcome to the stop smoking center. Quitting for your grandchildren is as good an excuse to quit smoking as any other reason. The important thing is that you do quit for good this time. Setting a date is a good start. Cutting back on smoking before you quit is also good to do....if you can do it. I'm with Pappy. I don't think that I could have "cut back" before I quit. I tried and was always looking at the clock or watch waiting for when I could have my next cigarette. Some people can cut back, some cannot. "In the past 2 years, smoking has felt like I have been treating myself - giving myself something that I enjoy - and it's never felt like that before.  I think that I'm going to find it tough." I agree. It does sound like you might have a hard time trying to give them up forever this time. You'll need to find something else to "treat yourself". I hope you can find something to replace your cigarettes. You and your husband can still meet up in the backyard, and maybe find something new to occupy your time. Plant flowers, dead head the old flowers, watch the squirrels and birds. Anything other than smoking. I wish yo the best on your quit journey. Please keep us updated on your progress okay?
Stay strong.
 
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You are much stronger than I am. It was quit or keep smoking, I never had the will power to cut back. I always ended up smoking as much or more when I attempted that. I did use the patch in my quit which was an enormous help to me. I have four grandchildren and another on the way and that by far is what gave me the drive and courage to kick this addiction. Stay strong and when you can go through this web site and use the information about quitting, there is a lot of great information here. Keep us updated, we are here to give you support. Best of luck to you on your journey to becoming smoke free.

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You have a great incentive to quit. Your children will be so happy for you. Youre doing a great job at cutting down. I was too weak for that. I can relate to the feeling of losing a best friend because smoking is always with you through thick and thin. However time does make that feeling go away and it doesnt take as long as you expect it might. Good luck and keep us posted.

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I am new to this website.  I am preparing myself to quite smoking (2-3 cigarettes a day for past 2) on May 13, 2019, the day after Mother's Day.  Although the health concerns from smoking 2.5 cigarettes a day exists, it is not my primary reason for quitting.  Nor is it financial.  I have just learned that I will be a grandmother to a second child in December of this year, my first grandchild just turned 2.  I dearly do not want my grandchildren following my example.  I (and my husband) never smoke in front of my first grandchild, but she is getting old enough to start asking why we need to "nip out" for a few minutes throughout the day.  BTW none of my children smoke, and I know that my smoking worries them, and I don't like that either.
 
But I am going to miss it dearly.  At different times in the day, my husband and I meet up in the backyard, share a cigarette and talk. And I'm not going to lie, I really really enjoy it. And I know that we could do this anyway, but we won't.  We will have to find different ways of enjoying time together.
 
I have smoked off and on throughout my life (always about the same quantity) and honestly, I have never found it that tough to quit. But this time feels different.  I enjoy it more than before, and I feel like I'm saying goodbye to a good friend.  In the past 2 years, smoking has felt like I have been treating myself - giving myself something that I enjoy - and it's never felt like that before.  I think that I'm going to find it tough.   
 
I think the online support will be helpful for me.  
Anyway, thanks for listening.
Pouvoir 

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