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  1. jeyan
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    Hi dubling guys, cravings sucks and we need strategies to overcome this.  Go for long walks, or take a shower, drink lots of water, watch a movie, eat your favoirte food.   don't get too emotional or worry about life. if you can quit for month you should be able to quit forever.  

    Remember after 1 month of quitting your cravings will ease and you just need to follow the strategies to distract any cravings that come which normally last for few minutes unlike the ones during early stage.  Learn to say nope when your friends offer your a smoke.  NOPE (not another puff ever !!) is key to quitting. even if you smoke one after 5 years that could restore all your smoker memories which have been backed up deep into your memory to the front again and will put you back right away into your chain smoking again.

    Trust me life is better without smoking!!


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  2. dublinguy
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    Thanks Fisherguy and Jeyan. You both are so right. Ive managed now to quit at work, period and I dont miss smoking there. Now to tackle the smoking at home business... its just gonna take a bit of effort on my part and focing myself to walk right on past the shop on the walk home. Im going to Spain in September for a week so I need the cash for that so will keep that in mind when I get tempted.

    Im lucky none of my friends really smoke at all and they all hate that I do so that wont be an issue. I remember feeling so good last time I quit so I want that feeling back. Watching the bank balance rise is just a bonus. 
    I am going to do this. And I will log the progress here like before - it really does help so much. And you feel accountable. 
  3. dublinguy
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    Got on the weighing scales over the weekend... a stone in weight has gone on just by not smoking at work... its funny until the shirts start popping. But I know from the last time that this is temporary... I get to 12 stone and then it just plateaus again... but I am finding Im getting cravings for sweets and sugar drinks... Stocked up on Haribo over the weekend. 
  4. dublinguy
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    Getting ready now to try again. Over the holiday period I got some gifts back of a carton of smokes and then bought two myself while on holiday in spain. Once those are gone its back to the drawing board. I need and want the nergy back that I had as a non smoker...
  5. karen, quit coach
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    Hi dublinguy,

    Congratulations on taking the steps to make some changes with your smoking. You recall having more energy when you were a non-smoker and you would like to get back to that point again. Make a list of all of your reasons for wanting to quit and keep it somewhere close so you can review it and find motivation. Your experience of quitting in the past has allowed you to learn some valuable lessons which you can use to boost your chances of success this time! 

    Warm regards,
    Karen, Quit Coach
  6. dublinguy
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    Well here. I am,  yet again about to kick this habits butt again.
    My birthday is next month so my quit date is due then... Have to do it this time. Its a matter of life and death.
    Wish me luck everyone... I have a plan to read Allen Carrs book about Quitting and see if that works. Have a few patches too. Wont be using the spray this time.. it made me sick the last time. 

    Great to be back on here and seeing all of you working so hard together to conquer this beast that has us trapped in ourselves. :) 
  7. sarah, quit coach
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    Hello dublinguy - good to hear from, and congratulations on starting a new quit! This is clearly very important to you.

    You already have a solid plan in place... learning from past attempts, implementing strategies you know do work for you, and avoiding the ones that don't.

    We are always here to support you and listen as you continue on your quit journey. As always, thank you so much for sharing,

    Sarah
  8. jb63
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    Nice to see you back on her Dublinguy. 
    Best of luck this time 
  9. jeyan
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    Good decision Dublin Guy.  Don't forget relapses are common in every quit. Just get back to your quit every time you relapse, until you perfect it.
  10. dublinguy
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    Thanks. I will start this time by not smoking when Im at work... use one of those vapes to get me through cos I do like to get away from the desk sometimes just for a break. The Quit Date for me this time is two weeks time (or there abouts). They are just getting far too expensive and I can feel my heart beating faster and my lungs feel sore... have a check up with my doctor today so will try get a general assessment done. 
  11. dublinguy
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    So it was my birthday yesterday and my partner bought me the Alan Carrs Easy Way to Stop Smoking book. On chapter two and I feel already its beginning to work. Im still smoking but cutting way back and I for the first time in a long time, don't feel like going to the shop first thing when I wake up to stock up on supplies. My quit day is set for tomorrow, the 17th May 2024... and this time my mind is made up... This really is it and I will use the experience I have to push me to success this time. Im not going to tell my parents cos last time every phone call consisted of 'how you getting on with the smoke' which in turn just made me want to smoke. It really is a case of mind over matter. I can do this. 
  12. sarah, quit coach
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    Hello dubinguy - 

    On behalf of the whole team, a very happy (belated) birthday to you!

    What a way for you and your partner to honor this special occasion, by making a quit date and moving forward with changes to your smoking.

    You absolutely CAN do this, and please continue to keep us updated on your progress.

    Best wishes,
    Sarah
  13. dublinguy
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    Thanks Sarah... I bit the bullet and decided to make a start yesterday (the 16th). So far so good. I have the 'Lost Mary' vapes as well and they are helping. And I will use the patch too if things get a bit tough. So far the book and the vape seems to be holding strong for me... but I know I have a long battle ahead. 
    Feeling positive though and already feel fresher or something. Towards the end there I was nearly smoking 2 packs a day which is bonkers. That was not sustainable.... And with a vacation coming up I need all that cash for that... not to be blowing it up in smoke. Im going to read back over this entire blog again and remind myself of my last big attempt. This time if Im lucky enough to get to 6 months there is no way under any circumstances will I spark up. This time Im going all the way. 

    It feels like a toxic relationship has finally come to an end.. and I just have to be strong enough now to know what's best for me and the rest of my life... and having my partner really cements the desire to make this work. 

    So glad I found this site... it really does help.
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  14. dublinguy
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    Still going good. Three vapes ready for use and I’m having fun sampling the different flavours. On chapter 7 of the book and I’m down in my parents house visiting for the weekend to do some work in the garden and take a break from the hectic lifestyle in Dublin 
  15. dublinguy
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    Still hanging on. Driving back to Dublin was a bit stressful but I made it… keep looking forward. I can do this 
  16. dublinguy
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    Day 4... feeling great. I can honestly say now that the urge to get in the car first thig to the shop to get a pack has now departed. Now that urge has been replaced with an urge to go buy fresh fruit... raspberries, banana and grapes... Im feeling very confident this time round. Like a fog has lifted off my brain. Meeting a mate later today for a few beers in a local bar... so that will be a challenge.. not nipping outside for a smoke every 5 minutes. 
  17. dublinguy
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    Day 5... one day at a time.. Went to a bar yesterday and had the vape with me.. pineapple flavour seems to be winning in terms of flavour. On chapter 14 of the book. It really is looking good here. Ive noticed my skin is not as oily as before and my nails are changing colour to a more whitish/pink colour as opposed to the dullish stained with nicotine they used to be... Very happy with my progress so far and this blog like thread is great to check into while I move through the days and weeks. Positive Thoughts... 
  18. dublinguy
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    Day 7... feeling better again like I recall from before. My skin looks fresher, my sense of smell and taste are improving. My appetite has risen... all great signs. Sleeping better too even though Im having very vivid dreams. When I wake up it take a few moments to decipher they were just dreams. The vapes are great and Ive found a few shops that sell them cheaper than the main chainstores do. I dont intend being on the vapes long term but they definitely help with the habit of the hand to mouth action. 
    I feel my thought process is improving too. Ive clearer focus and I feel better at future planning... 
    Im very happy with myself for getting to almost a week. It definitely is worth it. Not going to use the spray this time but I have the patches if things get tough but so far, the vape seems to be holding its own. 

    Fingers crossed this quit is my final one.. Ive got this. NOPE NOPE NOPE
  19. jb63
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    Great job Dublinguy
    Great to see you back on here. One week is something to be proud of. Keep on going and remember what helped me so much NOPE

  20. dublinguy
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    Thanks JB... I remember you when you quit.. I was about 3 months into my quit at the time... and look at you now. Still here supporting us newbies (well kinda newbie). I feel great. I am using the Lost Mary Vapes a bit too much I think but Im still reading the book. The book tells you not to quit smoking till you finish the book... but Ive altered that to 'dont quit the vaping till you finish the book'. So far I think its working. My nails have gotten brighter, my skin is fresher and the whites of my eyes are a bit brighter and not so tired looking... So all this is good news. 

    Best birthday present I gave myself ever... and Im 44... probably half way through life so its all falling into place. Took some time off work so I could focus all my energy on this... thats how serious I am about this this time round. My boss will be very happy when I go back and not be stinking of that stale smell, annoying all my colleagues in the office.

    And whats more.. the weather is good at the moment so its almost as if Planet Earth herself is encouraging me in this battle. Ive got this.. and you are right... NOPE NOPE NOPE. I wont be fooled this time.
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