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OneDay At A Time

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  1. adream01
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    Made it to day 7 without a cigarette. This is THE longest in the 12 years that I have been smoking. Working on the triggers, habits one day at a time. My most recent victory I filled up for fuel and on my way there I fantasized about buying a pack after filling up my vehicle and driving away lighting up...a bit of line up when I went to pay, gave me time to think about it a little more and I decided as I eyed all the treats before I got to the teller and when they asked if there was anything else I said yes mints. Ate the whole pack before I got home. Happy quitting everyone.  
  2. marianne, quit coach
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    Hello adream01, 

    Congratulations to you for completing week 1 smoke-free!  This major success for you must be such so fulfilling for you.  Interesting how impulsive we can be and you giving yourself some time to think made the difference.  Thank you for sharing how your processing time changed your ultimate decision.  

    Happy Quit to you and looking forward to hearing more about your journey- best wishes!  

    Marianne
  3. treepeo
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    Hi adream01,

    Way to go!  You made it through your first week, and resisted temptation.  That is really hard to do so bravo!  I found that delay and distraction really helped me to fight cravings.  You are doing great, adream01.  Keep fighting one day at a time.  Each day adds up and brings you closer to your goal.  You can do this!
  4. brieffree
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    Hi adream01

    you did it! way to go! 1 week smoke free is incredible, better choices, Healthy end!
    Victory is yours, Now you are train for the next one!

    7 day's of Freedom!


  5. renee, quitcoach
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    Well done adream01!

    You should be proud of yourself for not buying cigarettes when you so easily could have! I hope you enjoyed your mints instead:)

    Renee
    Last modified on 20 Aug 2018 09:50 by renee, quitcoach
  6. eagerquit
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    Congratulations adream01!

    Taking the quit one day at a time really does work and the days do add up.

    Enjoy another smoke free day.

    Eagerquit
  7. adream01
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    Thank you everyone for your kind words and support its greatly appreciated. I had a hard time falling asleep last night I quit looking at the clock at 11pm. Don't know if that is a side effect of withdrawal??? I had strong cravings again today ;( kept myself busy when I got home from work. Didn't sit down till just awhile ago.After dinner I  got out my crochet, read my email, and i planned what  to have for Thanksgiving dinner. Up next Ill have a hot bath and head to bed and hopefully have a better sleep tonight. 
  8. treepeo
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    Hi adream01,

    Yes, trouble sleeping is definitely a sign of withdrawal.  But you have the right idea.  Try to do soothing things before bed and it might help.  The good news is that it won't last forever.  It will just take your body a bit of time to adjust to not being bombarded with all the chemicals it was used to getting.

    So glad to hear you fought against the cravings by keeping yourself busy.  That's what I did, too.  In fact, I must have gone to the grocery store after work just about every day.  I would only buy one thing so that I would have to go back the next day.  I figured all of that extra walking would keep my mind occupied and also help to tire me out for bed.

    Hang in there, adream01.  You are stronger than your addiction.
  9. adream01
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    Hello Treepeo, 

    Good to know. Thats  a great idea too stopping at the grocery store daily. Well maybe lol just finished off what was left of my gingersnap biscuits. How long did you go through withdrawal and do you crave a smoke sometimes? This will be my Day 9 and the thought of lighting up still crosses my mind but I think how ridiculous would that be! I've come this far. I'm sure I smell better I know my vehicle does....there is a lot of pluses to quitting  Have a wonderful day
  10. brieffree
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    Hi Adream

    withdrawal can disperse with a lot of distraction and exercises, like walking or some fitness, is up to you! Depend of how you feel, is good that you consult your Doctor or Pharmacist.

    Every person is different in their quit!

    Depending how addicted you were!

    I was very high addict and I still crave, but I control that!

    If you feel a lot of craves, you might need some Nrt, like the Gum!
  11. treepeo
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    Hey adream01,

    I went through bad withdrawal for the first month.  Mind you, I smoked for 43 years and quit cold turkey, so when you think about it, a month really isn't that long.  I was able to fall asleep.  I just couldn't stay asleep, so being tired made it more difficult for me to stay strong.

    As for cravings, yes, I still get them occasionally.  I quit almost 1.8 months ago, and I still get the odd want and the odd craving.  But the good news is that my cravings are brief, and not nearly as strong as they used to be.  I just mentally remind myself that I never want to smoke again, that I am happy to be a non-smoker, and I distract myself, and then it passes.

    You've got the right idea, adream01.  It would be ridiculous for you to light up at this point.  You have worked so hard to get to this point.  Why not keep it going?  Also, look at it this way.  If you did light up now, it would not be the wonderful experience you might expect.  It would actually hurt and burn your lungs, and make you feel dizzy.  So why put yourself through that?

    Congrats on your 9 days smoke free.  Keep it up!  You will be so happy you did.
  12. adream01
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    Thank you Briefree.  I luv the outdoors and would like nothing more then be able to hit the pavement walking or biking when a craving hits but I'm allergic to bees and the last time I got stung I had a severe reaction so I've changed my lifestyle for fear of getting bit. Good news I just signed up to begin immune therapy its a two year process but will be worth it! ( I think) I'll let you know after my first treatment. lol I've been going to the gym most days right after work and keep myself busy doing up what needs done before I allow myself to sit down, This has helped me. Today i feel like a cold coming on along with a headache I haven't been able to shake. I haven't been ill in two years. I'm sure its another withdrawal symptom . Thank you so much for you feedback and taking the time to correspond.
  13. adream01
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    Hello Treepeo, wow congratulations on 1.8 months smoke free after smoking for 43 years and cold turkey too!!!!  Its good to know the cravings will be brief and not as strong. Its funny driving home yesterday the vehicle beside me had their windows down and the passenger was smoking I could smell it and had to roll up my window  because I thought "oh that smells!" I am happy I quit. I just heard this week they are basing smoking on campus it was either George Brown or Ryerson. All our parks are smoke free here. I'm surprised with the impact on our health and the health care system smoking isn't completely banned in our country like the prohibition days. Thank you for your feedback. Again congratulations keep up the hard work. Have a wonderful day   
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