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  1. dublinguy
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    Day 4 - still going. I think this time round its the habit that needs to be broken not the addiction. I had a few moments last night watching tv (Downton Abbey) where I would have liked one but I used the elfman inhaler in those moments and got through. The weekend now will be a challenge but have made plans to go visit some places I haven't been before. Its all about keeping busy and distracted; not cooked up in the house feeling sorry for myself. NOPE! keep going... :)
  2. dublinguy
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    Had a good weekend... managed to stay clear of the smokes and I bought another inhaler (apple and melon flavour). Lost my phone on a night out - foolishly left it on the table but I didn't panic or get worked up like I might have done as a smoker.
    Back to work now today but only have today and tomorrow to get through and then Im on vacation mode. So looking forward to getting away for the few days.
  3. dublinguy
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    Well hello my Canadian friends. I made it back from my holiday in Spain. Didn't smoke and was not bothered at all going through the airports. A lovely time and wasn't tempted at all to buy some even though they are so much cheaper there than here. NOPE.
  4. dublinguy
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    Still here hanging on. Got a new puffer today cos I forgot my other two at home this morning. this one is strawberry and melon flavour. They don't beat the drag of a cigarette but they definitely take the edge off. Next trip on the agenda now is home to Cork for Christmas and my partner is coming too. Have to be a non smoker for that cos Mum said she was very disappointed that I was smoking again having gotten so far. The guilt of that alone is enough to get me back in the saddle.

    Im heading for a hair consult with a restoration clinic on the 16th November. Plan is to spend the money Ive saved by not smoking on hair restoration in the new year. A little gift for the hard effort.
    I mentioned in another thread that I was beginning to sweat at night from smoking and soaking the bed much to the disgust of my partner... so that's another reason to quit for good. how disgusting. And my feet were smelling too. Its amazing how u don't notice these things until u give up. Smoking is just bad news all round. Nothing good about it.

    Hopefully I manage to keep up the effort now and not go back. I have to do this. And coming here keeps me accountable. Makes me know that Im not alone on this journey. Aiming to get all my Christmas shopping done over the next week or two. Cant stand crowds late December time in the shops and not smoking I know id be ratty as hell so best get all that done.
    Oh and looking at holidays in the new year again. That trip to Spain was great but we didn't go for long enough... next time will be 10 days and nights at least. Back to Spain again I reckon.. place near Barcelona. I used to live there before for 3 years so it will be so great to get back there again and see what has changed.
  5. jmac56
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    Hi Dublin Guy.
    Sitting here at work, I have a lot of free time LOL.  Im only on day 5 and was having wicked cravings tonight, even with the patch. I think its because I have so much free time and used to smoke whenever I wanted, just to relieve boredom. So, I hopped on here for encouragement. I read your journey, and I  really hope you stay smoke free. This is my 3rd time, I even went 2 years one time.. It really is a stinky dirty habit and pisses off my friends when I have to go out for smokes after meals ,during visits and after a trip before we can get a cab home. Im sick of the anxiety of needing a smoke, but in the same breath want to go screw it, Im a smoker and people need to deal with it. Givivng it a go though! Good Luck to us both!
  6. dublinguy
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    I know exactly what you mean jmac56. What I found was I kept making excuses to allow a smoke here and there... but we're addicted... there is no just one or two.. one or two packs maybe. I even had my 'emergency stash' but that was being dipped into on a regular basis. So here I am back at it again. I do wanna quit for good though for so many reasons so Im holding onto those in my head and using my elfman puffer when the urges strike... I used the spray before but grew to dislike the taste. It does help though. Im no longer sweating a night now in bed which is great. Cant believe its almost a year now since I began this journey.... pity I didn't stay a bit stronger back in June and kept that quit going... I did try but life caught up with me. Finally things have settled down now so I have no excuses anymore... and the cost alone is a big factor... they just keep going up and no one can afford that everyday.
    I've reset my start date on this so this so here we go again.

    Love reading about other peoples journies on here and the struggles. Keep sit all real.
  7. Fisher Guy
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     Hi guys. I can understand what both of you are going through. Having smoked for all my adult life , It is like giving up your best friend.  Yes I still get urges to say I will try just one, but I know it will lead me back down a road I can't travel. You both are doing great, keep up the fight. It is worth it. Use NOPE  Stay strong.
  8. dublinguy
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    Thanks Fisherguy. I look up to you as inspiration in my quit. You have done so well and a year is now fast approaching for you. Cant believe it. Im struggling here and the urges are real.. especially in testing times. Last night I had an argument with my partner over something stupid and I was so close to caving in to try deal with the stress... I was getting ready to pack my bags an all... lol. But I used my puffers instead and had a good nights sleep and all is good again.
  9. jmac56
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    Thanks Fisher Guy
    Back at work and have made it 10 days now with no smoking, I had to pass on a dinner with some family members that smoke last night because of not feeling strong enough. They understood. Feeling pretty good today.  Cheers! 
  10. jmac56
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    Hi Dublin Guy!  Ive been there. When I quit for my 2 years, I was with someone that didnt smoke, after we split up, I went "f*ck you"! and started smoking again, which was really stupid. We are always looking for reasons and excuses to start again.  Im 10 days smoke free so far.  Hope you are staying smoke free as well. Cheers!
  11. dublinguy
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    That's great jmac that you are 10 days now. I keep having starts and stops.... apparently Im like a wasp when I quit for a day or two and that sets me right back. I have the puffers on the go and the patches but its just trying to commit to it like I did before. Its really hard. Ill get there and Im not gonna give in but its very testing.

    The one good thing that's happening.. Im going for a hair assessment appointment on Wednesday, to get restoration done. Its been a bit thin on top since the age of about 23 and the money I saved by not smoking will go towards the procedure... so Im hoping that that will give me reason to stamp out the smokes for good.

    The other good news is that when I visit my parents back home, I have zero urges to smoke and can go the entire 4 or 5 days I stay without them. And neither do I smoke at work cos its too cold to bother looking for some sneaky hideout to go and smoke at... and the shop across the way doesn't ever seem to have my brand. So I know I can do this I just have to be firmer with myself and put up with being a 'wasp' for a day or two to get over the initial hurdles. Grrrr….
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  12. treepeo1
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    Hi dublinguy,

    Sorry I haven't been around to support you lately.  I am dealing with serious breathing issues and am now on oxygen.  Trust me, it is no fun at all when you struggle to breathe.

    I know how hard you have tried to quit smoking, and you continue to struggle.  It is all part of the process.  Try to stay strong no matter what.  Honestly, I know that if I hadn't quit when I did, I probably wouldn't be here today.  And there is so much life to live.

    Once again, you have to figure out how to deal with stress without lighting up.  I know that money is a motivating factor, so keep thinking about the hair restoration you would like to have done.  Savings add up fast when you quit smoking.  And how wonderful to put that money towards things we really want.

    You are a fighter, dublinguy.  Give yourself credit for all the work you have put into this process.  You will become a non-smoker for sure.  Believe in yourself.  I do.
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