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Timbo637
Jun 08, 2018 (06:05 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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I bumped this up for any new quitters, or anyone thinking about quitting but who has not worked up the courage to start your quit journey yet. There's some great advice in this message string and on this website. Your answers are here lurking somewhere, you just have to stumble across them. 
 Stay strong and remember, you CAN do this!
 
Not One Puff Ever
 
  

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Lainey
Feb 23, 2011 (05:27 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Spring is a great time to quit! Here's help to do it!

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Josie-Health Educator
Jan 19, 2011 (04:45 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Brilliant!
 
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Lainey
Jan 19, 2011 (03:52 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Lainey
Jun 17, 2009 (12:47 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Those who quit in January are now at 6 months smoke free - please add your own advice for newbies!


My Milage:

My Quit Date: 3/5/2007
Smoke-Free Days: 835
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 20,875
Amount Saved: $8,809.25
Life Gained:
Days: 110 Hrs: 12 Mins: 53 Seconds: 52

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Rock
Mar 30, 2009 (06:41 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Great bump!  I loved it back on January 1 and I still love its content today!  Still a must read for all newbies! 
My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/20/2008
Smoke-Free Days: 222
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 8,880
Amount Saved: $1,776.00
Life Gained:
Days: 33 Hrs: 5 Mins: 1 Seconds: 19

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Mar 30, 2009 (07:41 AM) Reply | Quote 


       
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nice bump Lainey.........Great post...........
I think I've incorporated most of the tricks..............This addict is a pain-in-the-a**.
Us newbies need the help!!

huggggg
Bob

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My Quit Date: 1/27/2009
Smoke-Free Days: 62
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,860
Amount Saved: $260.40
Life Gained:
Days: 13 Hrs: 0 Mins: 31 Seconds: 56

I'm NOT 60 something...I'm $59.95 plus shipping.

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Sarah, Health Educator
Mar 29, 2009 (08:02 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Thanks for bumping Lainey! Sarah, Health Educator

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Lainey
Mar 29, 2009 (07:54 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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My Milage:

My Quit Date: 3/5/2007
Smoke-Free Days: 755
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 18,875
Amount Saved: $7,965.25
Life Gained:
Days: 99 Hrs: 23 Mins: 49 Seconds: 50

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Karren
Jan 02, 2009 (02:49 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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I agree wonderful words of advice and info....and yes, I was addicted to this site. I still dont know to this day how I stumbled across this site, I just know to occupy myself  I sat in my daughter's bedroom on the main PC desperate for some distraction and I found SSC. I was thrilled to bits when members came straight back and made me so welcome, and I felt able to absolutely heartfelt 'share' all that I was feeling, experiencing and questioning.
Not once was I judged or made to feel awkward, just welcome and thats a wonderful thing during the first few days/weeks.

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My Quit Date: 5/10/2008
Smoke-Free Days: 237
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 5,925
Amount Saved: $3,555.00
Life Gained:
Days: 28 Hrs: 0 Mins: 18 Seconds: 46

One day at a time!

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Rock
Jan 01, 2009 (06:57 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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What a wonderful post!  Its all of your words of advice that allowed me to be where I am today smoke free!  Thanks to all for putting all of this advice in one posting!  This is MUST reading for all newbies!  Happy smoke free 2009 to all!
My Milage:

My Quit Date: 8/20/2008
Smoke-Free Days: 134
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 5,360
Amount Saved: $1,072.00
Life Gained:
Days: 20 Hrs: 2 Mins: 13 Seconds: 44

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Josie, Support Specialist
Jan 01, 2009 (05:36 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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This is fantastic and I am very proud of you all!
 
This is a great way for all newcomers and those who are struggling to help one another!
 
Come and bring us your insight and advice!

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 Great post Lainey.
 
My best tricks or how I tricked myself into not smoking- 
 
1. I made it a choice. Everytime that I chose not to smoke, I was stronger in my quit.
 
2.  Positive mental attitude... I was FREE!  Instead of relying on willpower of the doomed, I made like it was a good thing!  Every time I craved a smoke, I said to myself "I'm so glad, I don't do that anymore".  Each time I was in a smoking restricted area I would say to myself "oh thank God, I don't need a cig" or have to deal with that.  Great reinforcement and it was true!
 
3. That was all great for the first few weeks then I needed some backup. I looked all over the web. Then I found this site.  I stayed glued to this site and read every single minute and went back far into the archives. Yes, it makes you think of smoking but what doesn't in the beginning. LOL
 
4. Oh, NRT... number one! I was not a cold turkey... I was a "warm chicken" as Lolly says. Do what you think you can handle to be successful.
 
5. Me. Ms Coffee/Caffeine FREAK gave up coffee the first week ( Aaaaaack! ) or two.   No, don't think coffee, think Rocket Fuel! Twice a day... what, you say? Ok, try 1/2cup of coffee espresso grind to 4 cups water. Get the picture?  Coffee and cigs all day long! But could still fall right asleep.  I had to remove the trigger of coffee so I drank green tea. How very Zen of me but it actually worked. Broke the morning connection for that first smoke. Really. Plus for some reason, without the constant smoking and carbon monoxide in my cells, I had more energy.  Go figure.
 
6. Red licorice. Lots of it. Got to the point that I was craving red licorice after a big meal instead of a smoke. lol!
Whatever you choose, mints, candy, Dum Dum lollipops, tootsie pops (somebody counted 400 licks) anything to keep your little hands busy if you need it.
 
7. Driving - oh, this was seriously tough. Get a phone headset/speaker talk to anyone all the way to wherever you are going.  Or sing can't smoke while singing and your vocal chords are better now.  Floss. yes, that's what I said. I kept those little flosser pick in the car. Kept me busy.. it's a long time to get around the pearly whites.
 
8. Something someone said in a post stuck with me...
****You will be craving a cigarette whether you are smoker or not******
I guess it was the pure hopelessness of the situation that kept me going. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. At least if I was a nonsmoker the craves would eventually stop (which they basically have) but if I kept smoking I would be craving every half hour (or more) of my waking hours.
 
Sorry, to be so blabby. I'm sure I have other pearls of wisdom to impart but these are the things that got me through the beginning. I had no plan, I did not prepare but I did quit. Just put them down and made it a game to see how long I would last. I'm still lasting! Game on!
 
Wishing great success
to all of you,
HP
 
 
 


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My Quit Date: 4/1/2008
Smoke-Free Days: 275
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 6,600
Amount Saved: $1,584.00
Life Gained:
Days: 36 Hrs: 3 Mins: 37 Seconds: 22

DON'T EAT MY PEEPS!!

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No Smokin Tresa
Jan 01, 2009 (03:40 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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 Dont let the nico deamon do your thinking, Kick his ash and let him know you are the one in charge of your quit, dont give in NO MATTER WHAT :) Just know if you want this  you can do it  Tresa  I ate alot of altoides during my cravings
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My Quit Date: 8/8/2002
Smoke-Free Days: 2338
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 56,112
Amount Saved: $9,819.60
Life Gained:
Days: 303 Hrs: 17 Mins: 18 Seconds: 27

What if it really is, All about the Hokie Pokie

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you offer up some very very good advice Lainey....I was straw Queen for several months.   It's amazing how you can entertain yourself with a straw.....it can occupy your hands, you can tap it, roll it, bend it, chew it, and even take a drag off of it  LOL..........and they are available almost everywhere.

I would like to add something that helped me.  I was angry about quitting.  Angry that I was addicted and angry that the addiction was literally running my life.  I planned my activities around being able to smoke....and at two pks + a day it's a wonder that I could get ANYthing done!   so I let the anger work to my benefit.....I told Ole Nic that no way was he going to continue to run my life.  I decided that "I" was going to be in control.....when the cravings came, I sometimes tore outside ranting and raving (luckily I live in the middle of nowhere LOL)  the ranting was directed at the demon....no more would I give in.  I would picture my addiction like a real entity, clawing at me, holding up the smoke, offering up the light.  then I would picture him having a kicking screaming fit when I continued to say NO.
 
I posted a note on the bathroom mirror....it said...."smoking at this point would be absolute insanity"    cause everytime you light up??.....you have to start quitting all over again.
 
I had to give up a couple of summers sitting on the porch in the evenings....mega cravings cause I used to smoke there a lot.   But I never smoked in bed......so......I would take a book and retire to the bedroom.  Amazingly enough, I found I could read in bed and the cravings could more easily be controlled.
 
and then there are the quirky things you can do.....one time I took a couple of purchases and went through the tobacco check out lane at the megalowmart.  When she asked the inevitable "what kind of smokes?" I got to look back up the line, smile and casually say "oh, none, I QUIT".     I got some sarcastic looks, but a few times I had people ask "HOW?"           you will be amazed at how thinking you can help someone else, will help yourself!
 
I loved seeing Lainey post out with "smoking is NOT an option"  ..............used to be my pass phrase.  
 
and kick a cat.....look at all the options in the posting window.....it's like a real word processor!!!    we didn't use to have ANY of that available!!!   way cool  I used to spend SO much time on this site......I am having fun reading some of the posts and seeing that so many people are members......quitting rocks!!
 
           Katy
 
Six years, eleven months, three weeks, six days, 22 hours, 38 minutes and 26 seconds. 102157 cigarettes not smoked, saving $14,557.48. Life saved: 50 weeks, 4 days, 17 hours, 5 minutes.
 
 

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