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Old to quitting but new to here!!

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  1. lizards31
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    Hi I’m a 31 year old female. I’ve tried quitting many times with no success. Hope joining this will give me the support I need to finally quit this time.  
  2. treepeo
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    23 Oct 2018
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    Hi lizards31,

    Welcome to the group.  It's great that you are going to try to quit once again.

    I found a lot of great info on this site.  Take a look at it, because there are things you can do to help you prepare for your quit.  And the more prepared you are, the greater your chances of success.

    This is also a great source of online support.  When I decided to quit smoking, I practically lived on this site.  We are all in various stages of our quit.  From just thinking about it, to having been quit for years.  I remember that one member responded to me when I was going nuts, and suggested that I cry, rant, punch a pillow, or do anything else I felt like doing so as not to give in to my craving.  And that actually stuck with me and helped me a lot.  Because when things got really bad, I allowed myself to cry (actually I bawled my eyes out for two days), but I held onto my quit.  And in the end, it was the best thing I could have ever done.

    It IS possible to quit, lizards31.  You really can do this.  Believe in yourself.
  3. efram, quit coach
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    Hi lizards31! So nice to have you here! You are persistent and this persistence will pay off!

    Treepeo, you give such a good example of how our community works: you've gotten encouragement from members at crucial times and been able to hold onto your quit -- congratulations! And here you are now, encouraging and welcoming others! Thank you for that.

    Lizaards31, there's a wealth of support here. I'd also like to encourage you to feel free to call a Quit Coach if you'd like to speak one on one: 1-877-513-5333.  

    Regards,
    Efram
    Last modified on 23 Oct 2018 11:43 by efram, quit coach
  4. brieffree
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    Hi Lizards31

    Congrats in your quit! That could be your 1 day of Freedom!

    You can do it!
  5. craigjnachtegaele
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    Hello lizards31 :)

    I want to share a post I just put in my thread...

    I have loads of temptations, and have come close to slipping a few
    times, stress related... but I just kept that image of myself in the
    hospital, and focused on my desire to be free of the wrecking ball and
    chain of tobacco.
    Today marks week 5 complete, and into week 6 and I couldn't feel
    better!  For any new quitters out there...Hang in there, it is soooo
    worth it!!  It's a rough road and don't be afraid to use any and all
    resources available to you... I want you to feel as good about being
    smoke free as I do now.  I can enjoy my morning coffee, sit at my
    computer for hours and not be bothered by the physical urge to lite
    up...my home is starting to smell better, after much cleaning because it
    was all I could smell...like one big ashtray, plus all the cleaning was
    like a therapy, a way to purge the life as a smoker from my life and
    start new, (plus it helped curb the cravings ;)  )
    Hang in there, one day at a time...each successful day forward is a
    victory, and if you slip...it's not the end of the world, I always felt
    so much shame and disappointment in myself, but set a new date and do it
    again, it Does get easier each time.  You did not learn how to smoke in
    one day...it was a long process to get to a full time smoker...it is
    going to take time and practice to re-learn how to be a
    non-smoker...just don't let it win!

    Hope this can help encourage you to stick with it this time...you can do it!!  :)
  6. eagerquit
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    Hi Lizards31,

    I too tried to quit many times before coming to these forums. You will find the posts here are helpful with encouragement and suggestions to help you make your decision to quit stick. I found that having a clear quit plan helped me a lot. This can be developed with your doctor, pharmacists and the quit coaches at the SHO number 1-877-513-5333. Keep a list of your reasons for quitting handy in a place you look at a lot like under a magnet on your fridge or on a sticky note attached to the monitor frame.

    I wish you every success on your journey.

    Eagerquit
  7. merline, quit coach
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    28 Oct 2018 in reply to lizards31
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    Hi lizards31,

    Welcome to Smokers' Helpline Online. I’m glad to hear that you are going to give quitting a try again. I think you'll find the website to be a great source of support and information.

    Please keep in mind that everyone is different; some need a lot of support from quit aids, while others do well without. Research show that the nicotine replacement therapies can double the chance of success for someone who smokes 10 or more cigarettes per day.

    Even if a smoker uses the nicotine replacement therapies it is extremely important to find different ways to change your smoking habits.

    Here are some strategies that some smokers will try in order to change their smoking habits.

    Delay – Most cravings will pass in a few minutes. Just wait it out.
    Distract – Take your mind off smoking by getting involved in an activity or thinking of something else to do. Taking a walk,  brushing your teeth, listening to music.
    Deep breathing – Breathe in slowly and deeply and then breathe out. Repeat.
    Drink water– Take a sip of water and hold it in your mouth for a while before swallowing.

    Keep reminding yourself that most urges last only a short time. Each time you beat a craving, congratulate yourself by saying something like “I handled that well!” or “I’m in control again.”

    Of course, if you have any questions or concerns about quitting, you can call a Smokers’ Helpline Quit Coach at 1-877-513-5333 (toll-free) and visit smokershelpline.ca for your Quit Plan and the Community of quitters.


    One day at a time!
    Merline
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