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February 2, 2018
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Thinking of Quitting? Recently Quit? Quit for some time.

Wherever you are along the journey of quitting your use of tobacco, you will find support here.

My name is Brian and I am your moderator. Along with our regular members, I am here to provide additional assistance and support. Please follow our simple guidelines to ensure a positive experience for all our participants.

Brian (AlbertaQuits)


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  • J
    Jojoba
    Quit 185 days ago
    5 months ago #

    This is a very helpful site. Just found it yesterday & glad I did. Getting past the 3 Rd week now hooray ! .. I will def keep looking back here for inspiration & motivation. You are all very strong peeps.

    • Brian3
      5 months ago #

      Hi Jojoba,

      Welcome to the the Community Forum and congrats on your decision quit your use of tobacco. As you have found there are a lot of regulars who will offer you some good insight and a lot of support.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • Dutchess44
    Quit 130 days ago
    5 months ago #

    I ordered my Champix. Planning on taking the first oil on the 12th of March. Quitting day will be 20th. I've tried everything but this. I hear the most common side effect is bad dreams. Are they really that bad. Anyone else had or has other side effects I should watch for? Thx M

    • Dutchess44
      Quit 130 days ago
      5 months ago #

      First pil *

      • m
        m.m.
        Quit 1,446 days ago
        5 months ago #

        Welcome Dutchess44 and congrats on choosing a new path. Freedom road is worth it. Great things are in store for you. What will you do with your first $7000.00 dollars? I bought a tooth implant.

        • Dutchess44
          Quit 130 days ago
          5 months ago #

          I'm getting my parents from Holland over. Haven't seen them in real life in 8 years. I need their hugs and kisses.

    • J
      Jojoba
      Quit 185 days ago
      5 months ago #

      Hi dutchess, I was on champix. Without it I wouldn't have gotten this far .. I did have to stop it because of side effects. But it affects everyone differently.. it definitely gets rid of the crave to smoke !! Good luck with your quit. I have only recently found this site & slot of support & information here ! Keep up the great work. You can do this. One day at a time :)

      • m
        m.m.
        Quit 1,446 days ago
        5 months ago #

        Dutchess44. I LOVE that! What a fantastic goal! Grab on hold tight, we will get you there and them here!

      • Dutchess44
        Quit 130 days ago
        5 months ago #

        Thank for your encouragement!

        • Dutchess44
          Quit 130 days ago
          5 months ago #

          @jojoba ☝️

    • Brian3
      5 months ago #

      Hi Dutchess44,

      Congrats on making the decision to start the journey. Trouble sleeping and unusual dreams is a common side effect. I will let those that have used this product talk about their experiences. Many use Champix with great success. Combine that with the support from this group and you will be on your way.

      Great to you join our community, Brian (AlbertaQuits)

      • Dutchess44
        Quit 130 days ago
        5 months ago #

        Thank you. My other big goal is: if I'm smoke free for 6 months my boyfriend will marry me!

        • hobs
          Quit 2,901 days ago
          4 months ago #

          Wow there are a lot of carrots there and just in time for easter weekend! Good luck you silly wabbit!

  • tman55
    Quit 1,576 days ago
    5 months ago #

    Champix was my saviour. Can’t say I had weird dreams but there was some sleeplessness. Good luck. It ain’t easy but we are all here to tell you it can be done.

    • Dutchess44
      Quit 130 days ago
      5 months ago #

      @tman55 Thank you for your encouragement!

  • jilayne
    Quit 140 days ago
    5 months ago #

    Hello. Quit for two years and now back smoking for a year. I feel really disappointed in myself, but I really want to be free from the slavery of smoking!

    • tman55
      Quit 1,576 days ago
      5 months ago #

      I can relate....we probably all can. I blew a 2.5 yr quit, smoked for about another year and now am closing in on 4 years cig free. You already know what kind of battle your in for. Don't worry about any failed quits....go to work on a new one and start enjoying life the way it was meant to be before addiction.

    • Brian3
      4 months ago #

      Welcome Jilayne,

      Wow 2 years of not smoking is a very good achievement. You know the saying, Pick yourself up, Dust yourself off, and keep moving forward. Over the time you were quit I am sure you made some good coping strategies. What worked in the past will work again. You also know some of the pitfalls. Plan ahead for these.

      Great to see that you are determined to quit again. Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,446 days ago
    5 months ago #

    Welcome and congratulations on choosing to come back! You have proven to yourself that it is doable. That is good! It is bumpy at first but remember that it is smoking that did this to you. What is your plan?

  • c
    cherriot
    Quit 143 days ago
    5 months ago #

    Quit on Mar 26, 2018. I'm actually doing ok with it so far! Going on day 3. :)

    • tman55
      Quit 1,576 days ago
      5 months ago #

      Welcome cherriot! Come pledge each day with the rest of us. We can't make your quit any easier but we will support you any way we can. Good luck! Best decision ever!

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        cherriot
        Quit 143 days ago
        5 months ago #

        Thanks! Almost through day 4 and staying strong! I'll have to keep myself busy this weekend as it's a long weekend. Usually a couple rums would be involved but that will make me want to smoke so best to just avoid that too.

        • tman55
          Quit 1,576 days ago
          4 months ago #

          Keep fighting the good fight and it won't be long before you can enjoy those rums without worrying!!! Happy Easter.

    • Brian3
      4 months ago #

      The days can add up quickly.

      Welcome Cherriot and congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking. Lots of great people here who can offer support and advice on how they did it. You can do this.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,446 days ago
    5 months ago #

    It is doable! We all know the why but knowing how is another thing. There are many layers of support and it really helps! Welcome!

  • c
    cherriot
    Quit 143 days ago
    4 months ago #

    One week down! Had some wine on the weekend and was tempted. Gave in to one drag of a smoke and it tasted disgusting so I put it out. I will remember that the next time I have a couple of drinks and not even entertain having one drag. It's not worth it. I need to stay quit this time. I feel this is my time now.

    • Brian3
      4 months ago #

      Way to go. Good for you to stop after the first drag.

      Really important to look ahead for those type of High Risks and make plans for how you will deal with them. Also make sure you have support to make sure your plans work.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,446 days ago
    4 months ago #

    Congratulations Cherriot on one week down. The early days are full of traps to try and knock your quit down. The first one being the whisper that just one drag can't hurt. I think that for me it was not that quitting was so hard so much as falling back was so easy. Now that you have hit back at the nico demon it will come back harder next time. You are in a fight and we are on your side. To the victor goes the spoils. Health and wealth.

    • c
      cherriot
      Quit 143 days ago
      4 months ago #

      I'll be ready when the nico demon strikes again! That nagging whisper here and there is annoying and can't wait for it to just shut up. I will acknowledge it, tell myself "having a cigarette is a punishment, not a treat. Why would I willingly want to poison myself", and then move on. A bit of a short term uncomfortable feeling, which will pass, in turn for a long term gain. The more I do that the less the little whisper will bother me.

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,446 days ago
    4 months ago #

    Great attitude. The thing to learn is that as a smoker we craved twenty five times a day. (I did) It is just that we satisfied it with the drug of our choice. The smoking habit piggybacks on many of the systems that enhance survival. Your brain is conditioned to react to that chemical. So a big part of this is changing your brain chemistry. That is why the pharmaceuticals can help. Even the patch is about providing your system with that chemistry. This is fundamental for every human past, present or future. There is a lot to learn. Keep posting. It is doable.

  • c
    cherriot
    Quit 143 days ago
    4 months ago #

    I find I'm thinking about the cigarette I would have when I got home from work. I would go all day with out one and not miss it. But then find myself looking forward to that relaxing moment when I got home and would light one up. I do other things now when I get home, changing my habit. Seems to be working and I'm hoping I'll think less and less about this. The post work smoke seems to pop into my mind a few times throughout the day.

    • Brian3
      4 months ago #

      Hey Cherriot,

      This is a typical High Risk for a lot of people. Sounds like your plans to deal with this situation are working. It might help to have a plan for what you will do at work when the thoughts pop into your head. The good thing is that you see the High Risk and are successfully dealing with it.

      Way to go. Brian (AlbertaQuits)

      • c
        cherriot
        Quit 143 days ago
        4 months ago #

        When I'm at work and the thought pops into my mind, I open up the Quit Tracker app on my phone and see how and where my health is improving, how much I've saved, and read some inspirational quotes. I'm treating myself with a nice reward once I've reach $100 saved.

    • m
      m.m.
      Quit 1,446 days ago
      4 months ago #

      Cheers Cherriot. I read you on this one. Three specific cigarettes had the strongest hold on me. The first one in the morning, the last one at night and the one when I got home from work. On a scale of one to ten with ten being the highest that one after work was a nine. Part of that is routine. The fact is a lot of smoking is automatic. When a person quits it disrupts the habits. Early in my quit I found it helpful to change things up as much as you can for a while. Stop and have a coffee as a reward for making it another day. Or something else that would work for you. My morning coffee and TV became tea and music and dancing.

      • c
        cherriot
        Quit 143 days ago
        4 months ago #

        I like your morning routine! Tea and dancing is awesome! The last couple of days I've been putting my cat on his leash and taking him out for a "walk" as soon as I get home from work. Other than that, I've been doing other things to distract myself from my previous habit. So far so good. :)

  • c
    cherriot
    Quit 143 days ago
    4 months ago #

    Feeling a little irritable lately. Smoking has been a part of my life on and off for almost 30 years. I'm happy I have been free of it for 10 days now though! The little whisper is trying to trick me into telling me I miss my relax time with smokes. I can't wait to hear less and less of that little voice. God knows I can relax without the aid of a cigarette! I guess I don't really like change but this is a change for my life. Breaking a bad habit and feeling a bit of annoyance with having to change can be done in order to live the healthier lifestyle I want. The annoyance will pass.

    • Brian3
      4 months ago #

      Good Morning Cherriot.

      I copied you message and created a thread for you so that more people can see it. This message is getting so long new responses sometimes get missed.

      It is tough making changes after doing something for 30 years. Patterns can be difficult to break and new ones are slow to develop. The natural instinct is to go back to what is comfortable. Being uncomfortable at this time is a good thing. It means you are on the right track.

      Hang in there, Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • a
    andreamd121
    Quit 126 days ago
    3 months ago #

    Today is day 15 and its been pretty good, moderate cravings. I feel better already! Today my stress level is high and the cravings are stronger! One day at a time! :)

    • Saara
      Quit 115 days ago
      3 months ago #

      I am treading a stressful situation. But you know what, the cigarette is not going to fix that situation, whatever it is! So stay strong!

      • Brian3
        3 months ago #

        Welcome to the community Saara. Great start, the days will add up quickly. As you have shown, support is key in dealing with the cravings. You will find a lot of great people here who will provide you with that.

        Brian (AlbertaQuits)

    • Brian3
      3 months ago #

      Welcome to the community Andreamd121. A great start. Cravings can be a good thing, if you use them as a learning opportunity. Notice what is happening around the cravings, time, location, feelings etc. This will give you and idea of the plans you will have to make to deal with the cravings. You are right one day, one craving at a time.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

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    Emmjae
    Quit 66 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Day 2 for me. Bought some lozenges just in case and have had 3 lozenges in 2 days. Wanted to do cold turkey but read that success results are higher with help so I am using them but only when the cravings are really bad. Sometimes feeling good, other times very angry or feeling like crying. Feel like I'm going crazy sometimes. I know it will be worth it. Proud of my self for taking the step.

    • Brian3
      2 months ago #

      Welcome to the group Emmjae. Congratulations on starting your Quit Journey. Absolutely be proud. As you have found lots of support here, which is the key to success. Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,446 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Welcome Emmjae and congrats on your brave and fantastic choice. Feel free to post the ups and downs because it helps. There is a lot of links and information on this site because information and education can help. It is bumpy at first so buckle up and hang on. My brother told m for years that life without having to smoke is better. Now I know it is true. Fight for it.

    • E
      Emmjae
      Quit 66 days ago
      2 months ago #

      Thank you M.M.

      Almost end of day 3, I will continue to fight. I find myself getting angry more easily, and physical side effects (headache/insomnia/loss of focus) has been challenging. I am going moment by moment and celebrating the small victories right now.

      Thanks for the message!

  • M
    MammaD
    Quitting tomorrow
    2 months ago #

    Just quit smoking on June 11th. Day 3. It's not as bad as I thought it would be but there are moments when it takes everything I have not to run to the store.

    • E
      Emmjae
      Quit 66 days ago
      2 months ago #

      I am also day 3....at times been taking everything to not cry or punch someone. Keep it up!! We’re doing it!!

      • M
        MammaD
        Quitting tomorrow
        2 months ago #

        It is tough. I'm an instant gratification gal and it's just not happening, lol. This is my fourth genuine attempt to quit but this time I think I can do it. After 45 years of smoking I am now starting to feel it in my lungs. It sucks. Are you doing cold turkey or using NRT? I have as much stuff in my arsenal to quit as I could find. Stay strong Emmjae!

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          Emmjae
          Quit 66 days ago
          2 months ago #

          Thanks MammaD! I quit twice in the last 5 years cold turkey. One for a year and then we lost our home and neighborhood to fire and I started again. Then 2 years ago cold turkey for 3 months but restarted as well. This time I’m using NRT after reading it gives you a higher chance of success.

          I will share my “day 4 finest moment”.....I was immensely irritated at the condition of the staff kitchen this morning at 6:30. We have some dishes for employees to use in a user maintained area. The sink was full of dirty dishes and we had visitors coming. I washed the dishes by throwing them all away. I am a manager and I think that my staff might think that I’ve completely lost my marbles!!

    • Brian3
      2 months ago #

      Welcome MammaD. Congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking. One of the key to success is having support. You will find it here for sure.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

      • M
        MammaD
        Quitting tomorrow
        2 months ago #

        Thank you Brian. I am so thankful for this site. I think I have read all of the information three times. I am feeling confident even after a very rocky day 5, that I will be successful this time. Cheers

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,446 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Welcome Mamma D. Any quit can be the forever quit and something was learned from every one of the attempts. You and Emmjae could totally tag team. Strategy and having someone on the same page can be useful. It takes a village. It is nice to have new people and we love quitters. It is doable and it really is worth it. Healthier and wealthier.

    • M
      MammaD
      Quitting tomorrow
      2 months ago #

      Thank you m.m. I always said my momma didn't raise any quitters - hopefully I am wrong lol. Day 5 has been the roughest yet but I have no doubt that it will all calm down. Staying strong and am so happy to have joined the forum. It is great getting support from former smokers - it give me faith. Cheers

  • tman55
    Quit 1,576 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Emmjae and MammaD welcome. It's kinda cool you are both on the same day quit. You have both made such a life changing decision. I can't tell you just how good it is to be done with that BS. One day at a time. Take pleasure in kicking your junkie in the guts everyday.

    • M
      MammaD
      Quitting tomorrow
      2 months ago #

      Thanks tman55 - I am very grateful for your support.

  • tman55
    Quit 1,576 days ago
    2 months ago #

    "Hell week" is almost over. That's a major hurdle out of the way. Keep fighting the good fight.

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    Emmjae
    Quit 66 days ago
    2 months ago #

    Thank you tman55!! Day 5 evening was brutal! I was going out of my mind so I put on my running shoes and ran 3 km (never would dream to as a smoker). Today I ran 5 and although I’ll be pretty sore I’m so proud of myself this was impossible even a week ago!

    • tman55
      Quit 1,576 days ago
      2 months ago #

      Awesome.... my go to exercise is pickleball. Exercise is a great way to cope with craves.

  • M
    MammaD
    Quitting tomorrow
    2 months ago #

    Well here I am at the end of day 8. This has been the worst day so far. Will it keep getting worse before it gets better? I have kept myself locked up at home today to avoid the temptation. I don't think about smoking or cigarettes it's all feelings that come upon me. Is this still withdrawal or is it now mental aspect? I can't find any useful information on line about this so if anyone could please give me feedback, I would be so grateful. Cheers!

    • m
      m.m.
      Quit 1,446 days ago
      2 months ago #

      Hey MammaD what you are going through is called hell week. The start of a quit is very uncomfortable and slippery. The painting ' The scream' is the way I felt. The bad news is that smoking did this to you. The good news is that it gets better every day but only if you do not smoke. Now that will be tough because every fibre in your body is telling you that you need that hit of the drug that made you dependant. Your subconscious will be directing you to have that puff. So key here is N.O.P.E. no matter what. You have to override your self in a sense. You will become hyper aware of cigarettes in your environment. You are at war. They are the enemy. When you win this war the bounty, the loot, the spoils are health and wealth with the bonus of time. So worth it. Fight.

      • M
        MammaD
        Quitting tomorrow
        2 months ago #

        Hi m.m., thank you so much for your support! It certainly can be a battle. When the going gets too rough I run home and hide away from any temptations. It may not be the best but it's working for now. The next day and today have been so much better and I sure hope it keeps going down this path.

  • Brian3
    2 months ago #

    The beginning stage can be quite difficult for most people. Withdrawal can last for several weeks so hang in there. If you haven't check out this page of ideas on our website: ( https://www.albertaquits.ca/quitting/staying-on-track ) This page includes info about withdrawal, managing cravings and stress management.

    Also have a look at this page: ( https://www.albertaquits.ca/quitting/preparing ) Information about triggers, controlling your environment and an excellent video called Mindful Smoking. The video contains tips on how to break the patterns smoking has in your daily life.

    Hang in there, Brian (AlbertaQuits)

    • M
      MammaD
      Quitting tomorrow
      2 months ago #

      Thank you Brian. I have taken up yoga and meditation and they seem to help. I'm also just waiting for the next session of walk to run to quit. Also bought a bike with my new found fortune lol. Just wondering, I have been smoke free for almost 10 days and have not experienced the quit cough. Does everyone get it? Maybe mine is just delayed?

      • Brian3
        2 months ago #

        Good Plans MammaD

        Some people do seem to cough more than usual after stopping smoking. The cough is usually temporary and may be a sign of the lungs starting to heal. It is not a very common symptom of withdrawal.

        Cigarette smoke paralyzes and damages thousands of tiny hair-like projections in our lungs called cilia. When you stop smoking, cilia start to function again, which can prompt you to cough.

        Brian (AlbertaQuits)

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    MammaD
    Quitting tomorrow
    1 month ago #

    Well it is day 14 - I would never have guessed three weeks ago that I would be this far along in a quit. I hadn't picked a quit day, just one morning I smoked my last three cigarettes and said to myself that's it, I feel like crap and I'm done with this. I have only had three bad days so far, the worst being day 8. I know that I have struggles ahead of me - the last time I quit I made it 7 weeks before I threw in the towel. That was 8 years ago. This time I want to make it my final quit and will do everything and anything it takes to never smoke another cigarette again. I want to thank everyone on this site for the support they have given to me :)

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,446 days ago
    1 month ago #

    Hey MammaD, Any quit can be the forever quit. You took the leap and that is good. Every smoker out there wants to quit on some level. We all chose to maintain the fiction that smoking was working for us no matter the cost. But the costs add up. Something we all have in common is the memory of that lost quit. Most of us try many times. Carolyn once lost a quit she had for twelve years. I had successfully quit when I was twenty five years old. o the other side of the coin is that any quit can be lost. So the trick here is to keep you here on this side of good. What is working for me is I am not longing for a smoke in any way. That took some time and some retraining so there is no cost to not smoking. That took about a year to get most of the bugs out. Then the other bit that helps is counting the days, the dollars and the smokes not smoked. The benefits are measurable. I am looking forward to 40,000 smokes not smoked and $20,000.00. That's worth so much more then just a drag, or one puff. Smoking that butt left in the ashtray knocked me off my quit so many times. So keep reading, keep breathing and keep not smoking. Keep posting.

  • d
    daled
    Quit 31 days ago
    1 month ago #

    I am back to try to quit again. My cardiologist recommended this site and I told him I would try it. I have tried to quit a few times in the past and hope to make it a forever plan this time. I have chosen July 16 as a quit date and look for any help I can get. Also trying to get the wife back on a quit plan but not havin success yet. Any suggestions would help short of divorce.

    • Brian3
      1 month ago #

      Congrats Daled on making the decision to start your Quit Journey. Planning ahead is really important so take the time between now and your quit date to start monitoring your cigarettes. This will give you a good idea of when and where you are smoking and let you know what High Risks or triggers you will be facing when you hit your quit date. The easiest way to monitor your smoking is to create a "Pack Wrap" for your self. Follow this link for an example you can print off.

      https://www.apa.org/pubs/videos/pack-wrap-log.pdf

      Once you have an idea of your High Risks, make plans for how you will deal with them, including who/what will be your supports.

      Putting things to paper really makes a difference.

      You got this. Brian (AlbertaQuits)

  • BobbieB
    Quit 178 days ago
    1 month ago #

    Haha Daled! Make sure to let me know- my husband is still smoking. Quitting is a pretty personal decision. So basically i think all you can do is get her on board with you quitting. Ie- not smoking inside, in the vehicle, putting butts away etc. But hey if you cpme across something else let me know for sure lol!

  • Vito
    Quit 48 days ago
    1 month ago #

    Glad to finally join and, of course, be smoke free. Champix was my assistant of choice and, after many other attempts with other tools, found there is nothing like it. Thankfully the side-effects have been weak for me.

    Chatting up this forum seems like a nice place to pat ourselves and others on the back at milestones, weekly, daily, or just whenever it helps relieve the craving.

    Congrats to all of you who have been smoke free for more than a day and feel good about making it a lot more days.

    • Vito
      Quit 48 days ago
      1 month ago #

      Perhaps now I can stop resetting my quit date. It sure has been getting cheaper already though. : )

    • Brian3
      1 month ago #

      Congrats Vitor on your Quit. This is the place to find support and ideas on how to be a success. Glad to hear that the Champix is working our for you. Plan ahead for our cravings so that they don't catch you off guard.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

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    MammaD
    Quitting tomorrow
    1 month ago #

    Just passed my 3 week quit. Not the easiest journey - but getting it done. Still don't have a lot of motivation but no more wheezing at night fabulous! We had a very stressful week as we almost lost our beloved 4 legged family member. The temptation to smoke was overwhelming but I used the support I have gotten on this site and asked myself - will smoking change what is happening - NO. Will smoking help me through this time - NO. Will smoking relax me - NO. What will it do for me then? Absolutely nothing is the honest answer - so I just told myself - NO. Looking forward to the next milestone of 3 months but for me it is a rough road. Thanks for listening.

    • Neets
      Quit 61 days ago
      1 month ago #

      I may be 5 days behind you on this quit journey but I must say I am really proud of you for how you've handled the stress of the day! Saying NO is not the easiest thing to do at any time but when a day like today happens it's ten times worse...and you did it anyway. Congratulations on a day well handled!

    • Brian3
      1 month ago #

      Great Job MammaD. Support to achieve your goals is key. Glad you were able to reach out. Love your NO statements. Every day is a milestone. Keep moving forward.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

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    terrilee
    Quit 62 days ago
    1 month ago #

    I agree. I have experienced the loss of a furry friend many times, and it is the saddest thing ever. Thank goodness you still have your friend with you. I have 2 dogs and four cats so I will experience it again, but I would never trade the love, and companionship, and fun for anything in the world. Congratulations on your strength. You've got this!

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    MammaD
    Quitting tomorrow
    1 month ago #

    Hit the one month milestone today yay!!!! Some days are great, some days are awful, but I can't believe a whole month has passed by. I keep hanging onto the thread that it will get easier, I sure with they had a pill for this lol.

    • Brian3
      2 weeks ago #

      Great Work MammaD, Congrats on hit your milestone.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

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    terrilee
    Quit 62 days ago
    1 month ago #

    Congratulations MammaD! It is a very hard process, but it's doable, and you are proving that. If you aren't using NRT I find them VERY helpful. Hang in there!

  • m
    m.m.
    Quit 1,446 days ago
    1 month ago #

    Hey Mamma D congrats on one month in!!!!! Such good news. Balloons and cake. You are on the platform! Going from thinking about it to doing it probably the biggest hurdle. The first few steps can be wobbly but so were the first steps you took from crawling to walking. For me, I had to learn to smoke and then I had to learn how not to smoke. Keep posting and start counting the ways not smoking is working for you. After a month I bet your pocket book feel better. Believe me you are fighting for you. Worth it.

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    MammaD
    Quitting tomorrow
    3 weeks ago #

    At the end of week six. Holy smoly - and I am so happy! Thank you all for the support you have given. I come onto the site daily and read all the new postings. They give me strength to continue. Even though there is no magic pill I have found that quitting is definitely doable. Cheers!

    • m
      m.m.
      Quit 1,446 days ago
      3 weeks ago #

      It gets better every hour. It takes practice. My first year I had to see myself in every circumstance where I would have smoked not smoke. My first party, vacation, Christmas and the like. Forty days is fantastic. Keep posting.

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    terrilee
    Quit 62 days ago
    3 weeks ago #

    Congratulations MammaD. Such an accomplishment. I'm on your heels, and hope that I always will be. Let's stay quit forever. You are definitely right about each, and every circumstance m.m. There are several situations I am putting myself in to see if I can handle them smoke free. I have succeeded at all of them, but there are a few that were a little more difficult. I will revisit those places in the future. I simply don't need the stress. I love my new life, and I will protect my body from those awful sick sticks no matter what it takes.

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    MammaD
    Quitting tomorrow
    2 weeks ago #

    Here I am hanging my head. I congratulated myself at the end of 7 weeks quit with a day of smoking. What was I thinking? I don't know? That was Sunday and today is Tuesday - I have not smoked since, but it brought back the old desire. I think if there is a bright star in this russian roulette lesson is that the one day I smoked left me feeling awful physically. My lungs hurt, my head ached, my mouth tasted like - well you remember. It has given me a new kick to not do that again. So here I start my Quit Journey #2.

    • Brian3
      2 weeks ago #

      MammaD, use the slip as a learning. Make some plans for how you may deal with a similar situation in the future. Congrats for getting back on the Journey.

      Brian (AlbertaQuits)

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    terrilee
    Quit 62 days ago
    2 weeks ago #

    I think you should just continue on with Journey # 1. It was just a slip, and thats o.k. You learned from it, and will never never do it again. Right? Maybe this time have some nicotine replacements handy.. It works for me. I don't think you should start over. Just move on. Head held high

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      MammaD
      Quitting tomorrow
      2 weeks ago #

      Thank you for your support Terrilee. I am using NRT. Funny thing is that I wasn't craving, I just made an active decision to smoke? Went to the store, purchased a pack and smoked them - all of them. A stupid active decision but one no less. I know slips are normal and I wasn't sure if I needed to start Journey #2 because I smoke a whole pack or if I could stay on #1 lol. I really don't want to smoke and it did make me feel awful so why did I do it? Who knows. I read through my quit journal today for a reminder of what the beginning quits days were like and they weren't fun lol

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    terrilee
    Quit 62 days ago
    2 weeks ago #

    This was a message I received today from AB Quits

    Failure is in Not Trying

    "There is no failure except in no longer trying."Ebert Hubbard." Keep focusing on the positive and keep trying-that is the way to keep quit. If you slip, so what! Get on with the quit and keep going.

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    m.m.
    Quit 1,446 days ago
    2 weeks ago #

    Hey MammaD, good for you for posting and great response terrilee. This goal to get free of addiction is indeed challenging and many people throw in the towel when they slip but that is only till the next bit of reality kicks you back to square one. Never quit quitting but our hope here is to grab your hand till you get past the bumpy bits. There will be bumpy bits. The best place is when the desire is completely gone and that is completely with in your reach. Doable.

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    Emmjae
    Quit 66 days ago
    1 week ago #

    Mama D congrats for sticking to your quit despite a setback! Most often we would fall back into the habit. I believe we can learn from setbacks to help us in the future. I recently read a quick smoking book by Allan Carr which I found quite helpful. I’m no expert by any means I’m nearing week 8, however it did help me as I just vacationed and didn’t feel deprived being around my old friends and family while they smoked.

    Cheers :)

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    oocypeanut
    Quit yesterday
    5 hours ago #

    Hello all!! Day 2 of being smoke free & it's a tough day. While I do have a prescription for Champix, I'm going to wait & see if I can quit without. Will be keeping myself Very busy today. :) Just curious: anyone here from Penhold? Looking forward to getting to know you all. :)

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    m.m.
    Quit 1,446 days ago
    4 hours ago #

    Welcome. Not from Penhold but happy to be from Alberta. Congrats on day two! Feel free to join our pledge chain and tell us about your why you have stepped up to healthier and wealthier. There is a lot of info on this site and what ever your circumstance there is help here.

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    terrilee
    Quit 62 days ago
    2 hours ago #

    Yes. Welcome! Congratulations on day 2. If you are struggling give that Champix a try. Whatever it takes to stay quit. I am also not from Penhold, but I'm a proud Albertan. Please join us, and pledge to stay quit. It's lots of fun, and lots of excellent support. You've Got This.

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