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  1. hopefully humble
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    Hi there, I am Hopefully Humble..I chose my name because I have tried to quit before and actually made it for 5 years, before getting cocky and Thinking I could have just one.  It’s been 3 years now, trying to quit on and off, and I’m just getting so discouraged.  I need help.  So  I decided to try to quit again (just had my last one) and I never want to lose my will to stay quit, once and for all.  Any tips or even just a hello are welcome.  Thank you so much for taking the time to read my thread.  Please help!
  2. treepeo
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    Hi hopefully humble,

    Your story is a wake up call for all of us.  We can never be complacent, never rest on our laurels.  We have to stick to N.O.P.E., not one puff ever.  I quit 1.8 months ago, and I still get cravings.  Most are not bad, but some are real doozies.  And I always have to tell myself that it just isn't worth it, and that I worked too hard to get here to blow it now.  But man, I can really relate to the temptation.

    I know how hard it is to start over, but as you know, it is well worth it.  Short term pain for a lifetime of gain.  You have quit once before, and you can do it again.

    Write out a list of reasons why you want to quit, and read it often.  Drink lots and lots of water to help to clear the toxins from your body.  Try to avoid triggers, like hanging out with people who smoke, and keep yourself distracted.  Personally, I found distraction most helpful.  Go for a walk, try cooking with new recipes, read a good book, play computer games, do some household chores you have been putting off.  Anything to keep your mind off your cravings.  And do some deep breathing to calm your nerves.

    You can quit again, hopefully humble.  Believe in yourself.  You are stronger than your addiction.
  3. brieffree
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    Hello hopefully humble,

    Welcome back to quit zone, is never to late to quit again! I sleep many times until I realize that I was smoking again. It take some time and practice daily, be prepare.
    You said you quit before, so you know what is to stay quit!

    Keep posting and start leaving smoke free! 
  4. eagerquit
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    Hi hopefully humble,

    Congratulations on joining the quit. I too started smoking after a long time away from it then rejoined the quit. Setting up a quit plan and NRT aids helped me. I compiled a list of my reasons to quit and still have it in front of me after nearly six months smoke free. Reading and participating in the posts here has helped me a lot. Having a reward system for milestones in the quit is also very helpful. Also, keeping myself distracted like treepeo has been a major help. I have many activities and time filling hobbies. I am usually too busy to think about smoking.

    Wishing you every success. One day at a time adds up to months very fast.

    Eagerquit

  5. efreeman75
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    Good morning Humble - I love the name!

    Paraphrasing a bit here, but remember reading something that "Immediate success is a terrible teacher, rather failure leading to humility and understanding will result in long-term achievement."

    And your story is true to many of us.  Let's learn from what did and didn't work in the past, and apply all of that experience and knowledge to our ultimate success.

    Welcome aboard!
  6. fedup
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    I understand so completely.  I got cocky after being off them for awhile and the problem is getting the will and commitment back.  Good for you!  Keep at it.  You can do it.
  7. linda, quit coach
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    Hi hopefully humble,

    Congratulations for taking all the steps to quit smoking again! You have quit before for several years and it shows that you have the skills and what it takes to be smoke-free. You can do this again and we believe in you! Know that we are all here for you and we want to see you succeed. There is a lot of support here and I want to say “Thank you” to everyone for sharing all those great strategies and for being so supportive!

    As we know, smoking cessation is difficult and it is a complex process. Smokers use many methods and approaches in order to be smoke-free. Most people will try several times before they quit for good. As long as you don’t lose sight of your goal and you keep trying, eventually you’ll reach your goal.

    It takes some trial and error to find out which method works best for you. People find helpful to have a plan and learn how to handle things like withdrawal symptoms and trigger and how to stay motivated as you quit. No one way works for everyone. Some people prefers to reduce gradually by making a few changes in their routine and habits or they can do something different around their triggers. Others like to make their smoking less convenient for themselves by smoking outside only, take a few puffs at a time, count up to 10 or delay a few minutes or they simply set rules and limitations to their smoking. Some people avoid certain places or avoid certain triggers like alcohol or coffee when possible. Others like to exercise, go for a walk, take a nap, eat healthy snacks, call a friend, keep hands busy with a toy or a straw, play games, do some crosswords, painting or coloring, knitting, crocheting etc, What kind of activities do you enjoy doing and keep you distracted from smoking?

    Hopefully humble, you can do it again! Keep going strong!
  8. hopefully humble
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    Hi efreeman, wow, that quote really hit me....thank you so much for sharing that with me!!  Gives me strength. 😊
  9. hopefully humble
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    Hi treepeo!  Thank you so much for your encouraging words, and I love the acronym N.O.P.E.  Way to go for a month and a half!!  Thanks for reminding me that I DO remember how worth it it was to quit for so long....I guess I lost sight of that.  Wow this helped.  Thanks.
  10. hopefully humble
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    Thank you Linda for your support and I agree with you that the support the people here showed me is so great, thanks to all of you
  11. hopefully humble
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    Thank you eagerquit for the great ideas, I am going to remember to stay busy.  I definitely think bordome is a danger zone for me right now.  
  12. hopefully humble
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    Thank you for welcoming me and for your support Brieffree, it helps a lot!!
  13. hopefully humble
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    Hi fedup!  Love the name!  Thanks for sharing, it helps a lot to know that others understand how tough this is!!  Thank you 🙏 
  14. treepeo
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    Hey hopefully humble,

    I quit 1.8 years ago, not months ago.  Sorry, my bad.  Anyway, time goes fast, just you wait and see.
  15. brieffree
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    Hi hopefully humble

    I hope you are doing ok, however keep thinking in positive, the way is free to freedom!
    All you need is to hope! Think that you can and you will!

    I was to scare when I started my quit! Then wile I was recovering my self with medication, I started to feel better, brief better, and better, my body start to recover it self.
    Trust me Nope is Nope ever again!

    One day at the time!
  16. brieffree
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    The hardest distance thing to do is not quit! Just stop and that it!
    To keep it, well we find the way!

    Drink water
    Go for a walk
    Take a nice shower
    Do something instead
    Play cards
    Do same fitness
    Reorganize your closet

    You can image!
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