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Timbo637
Sep 11, 2018 (06:18 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Hey QFG,
 Three weeks is great and soon you'll break your old record it sounds like.   "It's funny how regarding some settings the thought of smoking is still really strongly associated" Yes it is, but you've got to remember that you associated smoking with those situations for 15 years and it's going to take a while to reprogram your brain. My 5 year anniversary is coming up next month and every once in awhile I still get a "notion" that I should be having a cigarette while doing this or that, just out of the blue. Don't get me wrong, I will NEVER smoke again, even the world is coming to an end!!! 
 Sounds like you've got a lot of things coming up soon that's going to test your resolve. Stay strong and keep thinking about that over flowing ashtray.
 
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StellaBlue
Sep 11, 2018 (04:28 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Wow, 800 not smoked. That's a hefty visual. I just tipped 500 myself, and it's funny how each one always felt so innocuous. .. Traveling abroad is one of my remaining fears in this quit. For some reason I'm having a hard time visualizing myself not smoking in other countries. I guess it'll look much like it does now - me, going about my life, simply without the smoke albatross hanging around my neck. Happy 3 weeks tomorrow!

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Three weeks tomorrow. 800 cigarettes not smoked!
 
Still going pretty well. The savings are adding up, not thinking about it most days, but still being very careful.
 
It's funny how regarding some settings the thought of smoking is still really strongly associated. I'm going to my cousins wedding on Sept. 22nd. Three weeks ago I thought I'd never make it and that it was going to be a smoke out. In reality, there probably would only be a small handful of smokers there (out of the 175 people or so) and they'll likely be sneaking off behind the building to smoke em down. What about that seems appealing? Lol. If you substitute any other addiction for nicotine it's obvious how sad that looks. 
 
Then I'm planning a trip abroad to see some old friends, and for some reason the thought that 'oh I'll definitely be smoking over there' flew through my head. But Why?! I think the friends are all non smokers, with the potential exception of one. It is France, and they do rip em down, but still. Rather I should envision going through this setting and being stronger as a result. Or instead of smoking two packs a day I can continue my jogging routine on the streets of Paris. I think that sounds a lot better than smoking.
 
Most days it goes through my head once or twice, but none of the cravings have been obsessive. I just try to focus on gratitude that I'm a non smoker, picture how many cigarettes I would've smoked, and take some deep breaths. Contrasting my day to day with the insane habit of chain smoking makes it pretty clear which is preferable. I went to the dog park the other morning right after getting up and realize I would've smoked 5-6 cigarettes by that point already, and been gagging and hacking it up as I got the day rolling (which was my usual custom).
 
Anyways, thanks for staying tuned in everybody. 
 
 

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Sep 07, 2018 (06:09 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Hi QFG, congratulations youre now past the hardest part. Well done! Its strange how you had the difficult days out of the blue. I guess thats normal...l wouldnt know. Please keep posting to keep newbies like me inspired. It feels like yesterday you were here saying it was your first day. Time really does fly....if only l did the same back then ld be on 2 weeks already. Keep it up 

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Over two weeks, that's awesome. You're now in the period of time when I had to be very vigilant. Day 14-30 were challenging for me as the sense of immediacy and urgency were gone from the quit. But then it got SO GOOD, so keep going!!! I'm glad my tip about not focusing on the thoughts is helping. It makes things so much easier for me, to just observe the thought and then move on. Don't get personally or emotionally invested in the craving and it just sort of *poof* disappears.

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Hey guys,
 
  Makes me smile getting on here. I appreciate the support. We made two weeks! And today is day 15.
 
  I'd like to say feeling stronger, but yesterday and today were unusually difficult. Well, I guess if I'm honest, it wasn't that bad, but just seemed like the thought of lighting up was continually running through my head. Ya know how it just pops out of nowhere like, 'where's my cigarette.' Doing my best not to focus on it though (that's a tip from you Stella), and just moving forward.
 
  The running for nervous energy has been good, though I am doing it as straight up addiction replacement, lol. That's okay though, if I've just traded the problem of compulsive running for that of killing myself slowly and spending a fortune doing it - I'll take it. 
 
  And I see my quit tracker thing has 600 cigarettes not smoked. In 15 days. Holy ****. Lol. Just picturing that.
 
  Thanks for being here guys, and I'll catch you soon. 

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Hey QFG,
 Two weeks under your belt now. Keep  it up!  Be sure and keep those index cards though, momentos for the future. 
Hell week - Completed
Heck week -Completed
Blah week - In progress
 
Stay strong you quitter!
 
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IS TODAY THE TWO-WEEK MARK??!! I'm seeing a lot of similarities in our approaches to quitting, and a lot of attitude similarities. I'm enjoying reading on with this, so post post post!!

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Hey gang,
 
  I'm hanging tough! Shortly we'll be concluding day 12, and then I can cross the two week goal off my list and replace with a 30 day.
 
  Cigarette image currently totaling about 480 cigarettes I would've smoked in the last 12 days. My lord is that crazy to think about. Having a few moments already where I see someone smoking or think about my old habit and simply wonder what the hell I was doing for so long...
 
  Still getting the occasional craving but I'm not dwelling on any of them. They'll come, they'll pass. Feeling better and stronger ever day.
 
  Need to stay very careful though. Not gonna let some idiot night out or moment of weakness blow this for me. Not this time.
 
See ya soon y'all. 

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Hi QFG,
 Are you still with us? You're on day 11 now if my math is right. DOUBLE DIGITS!!
 I also like that mental image you have. Think about how high that ash tray would be, overflowing with butts if you still smoked. 
Hang in there and stay strong, you're doing great!
 
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Woohoo!!! What a great series of posts I just got to read! I'm excited for your double digit days, keep posting.

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Awesome QFG! Im so happy for you. It sounds like you are doing it easier than you expected...thats great! Your subconscious bringing up thoughts of cigs at routine times is normal enough...you sound strong enough to shake them off. It sounds like whats important to you now is steering clear of triggers....like going for that beer. Congrats for making the right call there and prob best to hold off on the drink til you know youre strong enough. For me drinking doesnt happen without smoking. As for me l quit again (two times...lol) and failed two times Withdrawals are getting the better of me. I have another quit planned tomorrow. Fingers, toes, everything crossed. 
Thanks for inspiring me by testing out week 1 for me....you didnt die  And actually you sound very positive. WTG!!

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End of day 8. We'll be in the double digits soon ;)
 
Actually been having a lot of those momentary urges yesterday and today. Had a small professional win yesterday evening and wanted to go to the bar and have a beer, but it felt like that sort of mood and attitude went well with smoking, so I just stayed in.
 
Several times today as well, but they're just momentary urges. The idea just quickly runs through my head like 'I should be smoking right now,' or 'Where is my cigarette,' when I hop in the car for example, or hop out of the car, or walk the dog, or really do just about anything, it comes at very odd times.
 
But I've had this funny and fairly disgusting mental image that's been helping. Since especially the last few months I was smoking almost constantly, about 40 a day, even 7 full days later that is 280 cigarettes! So, when the idea of having one pops into my head, I chuckle thinking about the massive pile that 280 (another day so now 320) cigarettes looks like. Gross! And that's really what you pick back up. Plus I'd be out the $120 or so I would've spent in the last week, and ain't nobody got money like that.
 
Thanks gang. 

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Congrats QFG!!
 
One week is BIG early!!
 
Try and put the 35 days to the back of your mind and concentrate on today. Keep doing what you are doing and you will blow that milestone away in no time - (well, in 29 days actually).
 
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Hi QuittingForGood,
 You made it a week....AWESOME!!!   Stay on that path to freedom and be sure to keep your guard up. Yes you CAN do this!  
 
Hell week - Completed 
Heck week - In progress
 
Stay strong. 
 
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