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Day 51

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  1. susanm
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    23 Mar 2022
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    Well, I made it to day 51 and I feel good today. I did slip on the weekend and bum a smoke but, I didn't enjoy the taste and put it out. I think this time around I can stay a non-smoker. I have treated myself to new pencil crayons to keep my hands busy when they aren't too sore. I am also working with a doctor who is being my quit coach and checking in on me and allowing my to email her anytime I need extra support.  I also joined a Facebook group for more support so I can be successful this time around. 

    I have to see my surgeon next week and I pretty sure he will be really pleased that I have quit as he keeps bugging me everytime I see him. I feel good that I can tell him I quit. The only thing I haven't done is post it on Facebook and I haven't really told all of my family yet. I think it is time now that I feel like I will be able to stay a non-smoker for good.

    I am using the patch and have lozenges if I need them, but I don't like the taste of them. I have been using these black licorice tasting lozenges I found instead. I start on Step 3 in two days with the patch and I am so glad I have made it this far. There have been a few days I have forgotten to put the patch on and not even had a craving until around supper time and by then it is too late in the day so I just try to distract myself. I keep telling myself "You've got this". So far, it is helping.
  2. dublinguy
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    Day 52 now for you Susanm. Keep going. That slip you had was probably a result of moving through the steps with the patch. Same thing happened to me. But what saved me was that I didn't buy a pack. And I wont ever buy a pack again either... its like we need to trick our minds that shops don't sell them anymore. That colouring distraction seems like a good idea... we have to keep our hands busy doing new things. I don't like the lozenges either. I bought a pack of four last week but I think these ones are for people just starting out... they're very strong and I end up spitting them out. they say 4mg per lozenge.

    Im using the QuickMist spray... that delivers 1mg per squirt. I only use it at work or when driving if I get triggers. Ill come off it when I hit 4 months (I think). But anything is better than lighting up a smoke at this stage of the process. The further we get along the path, the more valuable the quit becomes.

    Good idea about joining those facebook pages. I did the same thing and its nice just to get alerts about people further along in their quits. If they can do it.. so can we. A friend sent me a reddit link as well that sends alerts now and then as well. It all helps.This site is amazing. The amount of material to read is great and theres great help here.

    I didn't tell people I quit till my second week. My parents were very supportive and some friends. But then my sister was like 'big whoop'... nothing about how Ive been supportive of her losing weight since the beginning of the pandemic. We just have to accept that some people just don't get how difficult this business actually is and what a struggle it is to keep focussed. That's why I love this site. You know that everyone here knows exactly what you are talking about.

    Keep up the good work... and make those milestone targets to keep aiming for. My next big one will be 4 months on April 6th. Beers all round for everyone, on me... lol.
  3. susanm
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    24 Mar 2022 in reply to dublinguy
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    Thanks Dublinguy! I think the slip was stress related and being around a heavy smoker for the first time in a long while. But, that is behind me and I'm not having the cravings so much as my mind thinking I want a smoke. Tomorrow I go down to Step 3 with the patch. I haven't used anything else other than my licorice lozenges. 

    Next week when I get to the two month mark we will go out for supper. I don't drink but, may have a glass of wine to celebrate. 

    You have been a big inspiration to me reading your posts as well as others. We can do this!!
  4. treepeo1
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    24 Mar 2022 in reply to susanm
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    Hi susanm,

    Wow, you are doing great!  Congrats on making it this far!  You are obviously really committed to your quit.  I found distracting myself was really helpful, too, so I am glad to hear you treated yourself to new pencil crayons.  That sounds like fun.

    You mentioned being around a heavy smoker.  That used to tempt me, too, but now it just makes me feel sick and a little bit sad.  Last summer, I went to the park with one of my sisters.  We sat on a bench and listened to the water gurgling in the Humber River.  The view of the trees was spectacular, and I was really enjoying the smell of the grass and the earth.  Then my sister lit up, and it ruined the atmosphere for me.  Nowadays I can't stand the smell of smoke.  It's such a turnoff.

    So glad you're going out to dinner at the two month mark.  You really deserve to celebrate!

  5. susanm
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    25 Mar 2022 in reply to treepeo1
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    Hi treepeo1,

    Thank you so much!! I am so proud of myself and how far I have come. I plan on staying a non smoker for the rest of my life. I went down to Step 3 today on the patches and actually forgot to put one on today. I'm craving a little now but, distracting myself. I figure I made it to 3:30 pm, I can make it to bedtime.
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