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14 years ago 0 sushik 140 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Safely through hell week, and then some

Good for you for resisting! Hell Week - I'm kind of glad I didn't hear this term until today - I suppose it means the first week. Had I known about it, I would have worried more! And probably set myself up to fail. Isn't it amazing how our mind can play those little tricks on us? Keep at it. S [B]My Milage:[/B] [B]My Quit Date: [/B] 5/31/2006 [B]Smoke-Free Days:[/B] 8 [B]Cigarettes Not Smoked:[/B] 210 [B]Amount Saved:[/B] $72 [B]Life Gained:[/B] [B]Days:[/B] 0 [B]Hrs:[/B] 19 [B]Mins:[/B] 39 [B]Seconds:[/B] 27
14 years ago 0 sushik 140 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Need Encourgement

Hang in there Julie! We're all rooting for you. Keep busy and stay strong. S [B]My Milage:[/B] [B]My Quit Date: [/B] 5/31/2006 [B]Smoke-Free Days:[/B] 8 [B]Cigarettes Not Smoked:[/B] 209 [B]Amount Saved:[/B] $72 [B]Life Gained:[/B] [B]Days:[/B] 0 [B]Hrs:[/B] 19 [B]Mins:[/B] 38 [B]Seconds:[/B] 53
14 years ago 0 sushik 140 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
100 days and still struggling

Hey SOS: I quit once before for 2-1/2 years. To be honest, I never really noticed any significant twinges around certain days - I was always vigilent. But I guess not enough at the 2-1/2 year mark! I found that there were 'situational' triggers that were more prevalent - certain social outings, seeing specific people, lounging around my pool during hot weather, drinking wine at the bonfire (that was the WORST). Perhaps knowing that you're at 100 days, which is an important milestone, keeps the thought of smoking (or not smoking) more on your mind, which then provokes a craving. Take care! S [B]My Milage:[/B] [B]My Quit Date: [/B] 5/31/2006 [B]Smoke-Free Days:[/B] 8 [B]Cigarettes Not Smoked:[/B] 211 [B]Amount Saved:[/B] $72 [B]Life Gained:[/B] [B]Days:[/B] 0 [B]Hrs:[/B] 19 [B]Mins:[/B] 48 [B]Seconds:[/B] 7
14 years ago 0 sushik 140 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
It's Monday And I'm Still Here

I'm working at home today - so the habit and temptation is great. But the bag of Bits & Bites by my side is keeping my hands busy when they're not on the computer. I have a rotten head cold - and feel so lousy I don't even want to skip work for a while to get the grass cut. I must be sick! I feel so lousy I didn't even put a patch on today - and it's not bothering me. YAHOO! I know that tomorrow might bring a whole new set of circumstances and temptations, but for today, I'm thrilled to see my Quit Meter and how many Gack-Butts I haven't had! S [B]My Milage:[/B] [B]My Quit Date: [/B] 5/31/2006 [B]Smoke-Free Days:[/B] 5 [B]Cigarettes Not Smoked:[/B] 143 [B]Amount Saved:[/B] $45 [B]Life Gained:[/B] [B]Days:[/B] 0 [B]Hrs:[/B] 13 [B]Mins:[/B] 21 [B]Seconds:[/B] 50
14 years ago 0 sushik 140 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I Can't Wait to Get Running Again

During the previous 2-1/2 years that I was smoke-free, I started to run for the first time in my life (I am 43). I had quit smoking after 25 years, lost 25 pounds, and was looking for a new way to keep fit. I started on the treadmill and eventually made my way outdoors. Some weeks I ran 30 or 40k, and could usually manage 10k in one shot. I did a few organized races, I ran whenever I could. In one 10k race I finished 14th in my age group out of over 100. I absolutely loved it!!!!!!!! My goal for each year was to run 1200k - 100k a month. With a full-time job, kids, and a lot of life changes going on (I was in the process of separating), it often seemed that there were never enough hours in the day to even breath. So then . . when my guard was down and things were relatively smooth and uneventful . . . I relapsed on smoking. I was surprised that I had made it through so many crises intact. And it didn't take long for my run times to get longer and more difficult, until eventually (very quickly actually) I stopped running altogether. That was about 10 months ago. Now that I've quit again (it took a long time to get to this point - the whole 10 months actually) - I CAN'T WAIT to get out again. My shoes are ready, my brain is ready, I'm just going to give my lungs a little chance to get ready again too. The day I can post that I got out for a run again is very important to me, and something I am really trying to work towards very soon. Thanks for listening. S P.S. Secondarily, it would be nice to lose the 10 pounds that I've gained. I have completely disproven the theory that smoking keeps you slim! [B]My Milage:[/B] [B]My Quit Date: [/B] 5/31/2006 [B]Smoke-Free Days:[/B] 5 [B]Cigarettes Not Smoked:[/B] 148 [B]Amount Saved:[/B] $45 [B]Life Gained:[/B] [B]Days:[/B] 0 [B]Hrs:[/B] 13 [B]Mins:[/B] 52 [B]Seconds:[/B] 31
14 years ago 0 sushik 140 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Poor stupid me

Hi Zyban - I know exactly how you feel. This is my 2nd time around. I first quit in January 2003 (after 25 years of smoking) - and lasted 2-1/2 years. I started again not when my life was a total mess, stressed out, separating, selling the house, but much after that, when things had calmed down, and I suppose I had let my guard down. I still can't figure out why. On my one year anniversary of my 1st quit, my teenage son left me a wonderful voice-mail at work, congratulating me on my achievement. Even though I relapsed almost one year ago, and have just quit again last week - I still listen to that message often, to remind me of where I can be. I'm not sure why, but it was really important to me to not smoke for more than 1 year when I relapsed - I think that represented total and complete failure. I'm going to call the last 10 months a BIG slip, and work towards getting back to how great I felt when I was FREE before. I will never accumulate the total smoke-free time I've had. That would be too easy. Focus on moving forward - look back, but only to learn. Take care, S [B]My Milage:[/B] [B]My Quit Date: [/B] 5/31/2006 [B]Smoke-Free Days:[/B] 5 [B]Cigarettes Not Smoked:[/B] 134 [B]Amount Saved:[/B] $45 [B]Life Gained:[/B] [B]Days:[/B] 0 [B]Hrs:[/B] 12 [B]Mins:[/B] 36 [B]Seconds:[/B] 3
14 years ago 0 sushik 140 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Don't need to tell you how I feel

Mama - I'm so glad you're still in! I just quit (for the 2nd time) the other day, and I must tell you that reading your post inspired me tremendously. I am using the patch and zyban this time (extra insurance)! I have found the weekend tough, due to the different routine, but I've been keeping busy, and as I mentioned on another post - my house is getting cleaner and cleaner by the hour. Congratulations on your progress. Keep inspiring. S [B]My Milage:[/B] [B]My Quit Date: [/B] 5/31/2006 [B]Smoke-Free Days:[/B] 4 [B]Cigarettes Not Smoked:[/B] 109 [B]Amount Saved:[/B] $36 [B]Life Gained:[/B] [B]Days:[/B] 0 [B]Hrs:[/B] 10 [B]Mins:[/B] 13 [B]Seconds:[/B] 54
14 years ago 0 sushik 140 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Falling out...

You are trying to quit smoking, lose weight, AND still be nice - all at the same time? Don't deny your feelings, irritable or otherwise - it's a good lesson while processing your quitting. I quit for 2-1/2 years once before, and I remember those days well. I learned a lot about myself, and other people as well, during that time. The situation with your friends is very disappointing - not exactly the kind of support you need right now. There's nothing wrong with establishing some new boundaries during this process - do what YOU need to do to help you get through to the 'other side'. As much as you have taken a very positive step to quitting, and improving your health and well-being - the by-product might be that you will desire to take care of other parts of you as well - your friendships, and what you will and will not accept in a relationship. Keep at it, and if you get *****y, SO WHAT !!!!!! Take care, S :) [B]My Milage:[/B] [B]My Quit Date: [/B] 5/31/2006 [B]Smoke-Free Days:[/B] 4 [B]Cigarettes Not Smoked:[/B] 109 [B]Amount Saved:[/B] $36 [B]Life Gained:[/B] [B]Days:[/B] 0 [B]Hrs:[/B] 10 [B]Mins:[/B] 14 [B]Seconds:[/B] 40
14 years ago 0 sushik 140 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Day 2 update

Whew - what a relief to know that I'm not the only one hearing voices. The difference in routine over the weekend is tough - the habits are so ingrained, and are desperately fighting to prevail. I'm ready to face today - the key is to stay busy, busy, busy. S [B]My Milage:[/B] [B]My Quit Date: [/B] 5/31/2006 [B]Smoke-Free Days:[/B] 4 [B]Cigarettes Not Smoked:[/B] 109 [B]Amount Saved:[/B] $36 [B]Life Gained:[/B] [B]Days:[/B] 0 [B]Hrs:[/B] 10 [B]Mins:[/B] 14 [B]Seconds:[/B] 51
14 years ago 0 sushik 140 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I Always Use To Say . . .

. . . that if I could quit smoking for an hour, I could quit for good! I still believe that. Making the decision to do it is as hard as actually quitting (I've done this before). Seeing how many cigarettes I haven't smoked is unbelievable. I'm calculating the amount of time I've saved over the last 4 days by doing something else. I'm trying to mentally minimize the effect that zyban and the patch are having on me - I don't want to get freaked out by them. Right now I am focussing on the fact that I am not smoking, one hour at a time. And boy, some hours are looooong. I can do this, I can do this, I can do this . . . . S [B]My Milage:[/B] [B]My Quit Date: [/B] 5/31/2006 [B]Smoke-Free Days:[/B] 4 [B]Cigarettes Not Smoked:[/B] 109 [B]Amount Saved:[/B] $36 [B]Life Gained:[/B] [B]Days:[/B] 0 [B]Hrs:[/B] 10 [B]Mins:[/B] 15 [B]Seconds:[/B] 45