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2/27/12 2:51 P

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Thanks for the kind words. And you can do it too. The first 30 days were killer, but you will make it. I love being smoke free. I don't know what happened yesturday. But I got up this morning and walked for 20 mins and then I put on my counter and set a goal of 5000 steps. And I have already hit 5584. So I feel alot better about my mess up this weekend. I'm going to try to hit the goals everyday this week. So you stay strong. You can do it.

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2/27/12 1:31 A

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Oh man - just wish I was at 3 years! Every time I want a cigarette I keep asking myself if I want to go through the last 19 days all over again - NOPE!! Concentrate on what you like so much about not smoking - for me it's being free from that darned cigarette & not smelling like an ashtray.

You've made it so far - a little slip with munchies can't stop you now. YOU CAN DO IT!

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2/26/12 9:23 P

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I have been smoke free for going on 3 years now, but today has been hard. I don't know why, but I woke up with the strongest desire to have a cigarette. Its been awful today. And to kill the craving I fell back into my old habit of eating my craving away. So in one day I completely derailed all the work I had done since joining. I have to work twice as hard this week to get rid of this craving and get back on track. Monday is the start of a new week and a new try. Pray for me.

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2/11/12 3:21 P

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Congratulations! You are almost through the dreaded 72 hours - this is the part when your body is going through the physical withdrawal from nicotine. I got through it by having a glass of water whenever I had a craving, and/or picking up my knitting needles and knitting a couple of rows. Really though, I found the best and sometimes only thing to do was to acknowledge the craving, and let it ride itself out. I watched a ton of tv and read a lot of books to distract myself.

Please don't stop, you can do this! Message me if you need anything!

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Man, I'm feeling so anxious but am doing pretty well considering previous attempts. Just over 3 days. What did you do for the creepy crawlers??

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1/23/12 7:50 P

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Heather Dawn,

I am so sorry you are going through such a tough time, but I am so proud of you for not smoking. You are amazing!

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1/19/12 8:53 A

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I just need some support today. I'm having a very hard week
and this day is the worst of all.

I'm working on day 26 of my quit. It amazes me really that I can still say that
given what has occurred in my life in the last week.

On Wednesday Jan. 11, 2012 the hotel I am General Manager of. was destroyed by fire.
AS you can imagine this was an extremely traumatic, and fearful event on so many levels.
The hotel burned off and on for 3 days. Even Friday the 13th fire depts had to be recalled.
The good news is injuries were minor. A Fireman broke his arm and my wonderful and I believe heroic front desk agent was hospitalized the following day for carbon monoxide poisening. I woke up Wed. at 4:30 am and I didn't sleep at all until Sat. night. I was so busy, and the adrenaline in my body just would not allow me to rest. I have started to sleep again,
but I still wake up at night, going over the fire and what that means for myself and my staff.
Anyway so much going on...

but today....

Why I need support...

I have had to let go all of my staff and I love these people...I worry about them...they are in many ways my family.

today I'm taking them all out for Chinese food and it will be the first and last time we will be together since the fire.

This morning I was driving my son to school and when the remains of the hotel came into view, which always feels like a kick in the stomach, something just kind of broke in me, and tears started flowing down my face, much to my son's alarm and now I'm home and they still won't stop. My eyes are getting puffy and I keep imagining being at the restaurant with my staff and falling apart in public and I just really need to pull it together. I believe I'm being influenced by PMS today and thats why its so hard to get control of.

I haven't smoked through all that. As I stood in the frigid cold all night with my co-workers and they smoked all around me as we watched our workplace burn I never once considered giving in. But today I had the thought...go ahead what the hell are you putting yourself through this for.

thats when I knew I was on very shaky ground indeed.
So if any of you know a good joke or something to help me get my head back on straight...now would be a great time to share it.

thanks for listening,
Heather Dawn

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1/16/12 6:18 P

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IT IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD! you should try cinnamon sticks. my doctor suggested them because they trigger the same receptors in your brain that cigarettes do. and your brain cant tell the difference between nicotine and cinnamon and it will saisfy the urge to do something with your hands. if you enjoyed menthols i would also recommend whole cloves the oil gives you the nice numbing sensation.

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1/16/12 6:07 P

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To everyone keep up the good work. The first 72 hours is worth the hell and torment once youve made it a few more days.
I am having trouble with my impulsive behavior due to "that time of the month". The first two months i didnt worry about what i ate or how much wieght i gained as long as i didnt smoke. But now i would like to continue not smoking and not gain back all the pounds ive lost over the last three weeks. I try to stop my imulsive behavior but im having trouble finding things that can distract me from both food and cigarettes. I doesnt help the im most stressed at work, which is in a kitchen. If anyone has any ideas i would love the help.

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1/16/12 4:08 P

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I am about to go freaking insane. I wanted to quit smoking, I had planned on quitting smoking... I ran out of smokes last night and have no way to go to the store to get more. Its been almost 24 hours and I seem to be doing nothing right now but yelling at my daughter. I feel like crap because I am... but i can't seem to stop myself. I want one so bad I have actually started out the door to walk the 3 miles to the store. which would not only satisfy my cigarette need but also my cardio... but my daughter is sick.. thats all i can remind myself of so i dont head out the door. omg. Im going to go insane.

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1/11/12 7:50 P

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2nd day not smoking...this is really hard. With my dad recently diagnosed with COPD and a friend with bone cancer, I feel pretty selfish complaining about these smoking cravings. Weather not helping either, stuck inside...Deep Breaths...this too shall pass. emoticon

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1/9/12 8:06 P

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Not sure if wanting to throw on my bathrobe and not even get dressed to run to the drive thru and grab a pack of smokes is considered unbearable - but man oh man - I wanna do it! I'm not going too - but BOY do I want too!!!!!!!! 4 hours now.......longest craving I've EVER had!

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I find myself being a "mindless" smoker (even more than a "mindless" eater - I will finish smoking a cigarette - and magically I've got another in my mouth almost have gone. It's not like I really crave them - it"s just I don't even think about it when I light another. I am thinking about going to a smoking cessation class at our local library tomorrow evening. I stopped smoking for about 11 years - and boom STRESS happens. So now I have been smoking again for about 8 months - it is like riding a bike you don't forget how - after the initial coughing and chocking - I was hooked again. Now I am ready more than ever now to quit again - well good luck to myself as well as all of you out there. I just recently joined this team and I feel there is some real good support here. Thank you all.

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1/2/12 8:20 P

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Hey everyone, this is my 2nd day of trying to quit.. Yesterday i had 7 and today i smoked 4. Not too bad. I'm a pack a day smoker and more if I drink. So no drinking for me till at least a month. hey that ought to work out well with the weight lost! lol. Seriously, I wish everyone luck. Let's be strong. I have tried quitting 3 times. Success is in my future.

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12/29/11 4:15 A

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Thanks. I'll check it out.
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12/29/11 3:45 A

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If anyone is interested there is a site called Quit Now. There is lots of tools, guides and a personal quit coach. Go check it out, it is helping me.

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12/27/11 10:34 A

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Hi There:
Its day two of not smoking anything at all. The 2 days before that I only had a puff each day off a ciggerette. I've been doing very good and feeling strong. However, I was worried about coming to work today as i knew people would ask me to go out for a smoke with them. I also worried about my reaction to the stress that is currently dogging me at work. The last 2 days have been great but ever since I walked into work, due to circumstances I cannot control, my stress level almost immediately went off the charts, and sure enough people asked me to smoke. I explained I had quit so got through that...but everything in my job right now....could make a saint swear, drink, or commit Hari Kari.

I'm not going to smoke....but I just wanted to come here and post...because ever since I got here I've been having horrible cravings that I know are mostly psychological brought about by stress and the habit of being a smoker. Thought a bit of a rant in a post, might help get some of it out.

Doing some deep breathing now, gonna go drink some water, remind myself of what I can and cannot control, and remember that I'm worth the gift of getting beyond being a smoker. There will be tough times...but they too will pass, and there is freedom at the end.

Have a good day everyone...hang on tight.
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12/12/11 4:38 A

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I started again. But now I try to make it first day without smoking today and I am reading Allen Carr. My cravings are in mornings and late evenings. Yesterday I smoked only half cigarette and took 3 drags from friend`s cigarettes. I smoked not much, 3-10 a day. But I felt so much guilt and embarrasment about it. I have to quit because of my health. First 3 weeks are worse I think after quitting.

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11/27/11 7:02 P

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i do fine until i have a beer or two
then thats all i wanna do is smoke!!
that is when the cravings are the worst...

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9/30/11 9:31 A

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You can do this! Smoking 1 will start the addiction again. I think you know that! Distract yourself and don't entertain the thought! Just acknowledge that it is the addiction (habit) and say no, that's not an option.

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9/30/11 6:24 A

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I have day 30 today and feeling I want to smoke. It is stupid to say, but I would have only one. When I was smoking, I had 1-3 a day, it was in June. I smoked 3 months. Before I didnt smoke 1.5 years. I started 12 years ago, quit for 5 years, when I was 19, then started again when I was 29. I just try to relax and drink tea or something. I wish I could be free from this disgusting habit forever.

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9/23/11 8:39 A

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Keep working it! The quicker you can put them down the better! Since your plan is to cut back, try talking yourself through a crave and distract yourself with something like cleaning or crafting or even a walk! Before you know it, you've worked through it and forgotten about that smoke! You can do it!




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9/23/11 1:30 A

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I had a brand new pack of cigarettes yesterday. Smoked a total of six cigarettes yesterday and so far today I have had nine ( stressful day ). I feel pretty good about it because usually I would go through a pack a day.

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9/22/11 8:55 A

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Okay it's day seven for me. What i find to be most weird is that the cravings actually get worse. I really had no problem the first 2-3 days, i was just dizzy. But now i just can't stop thinking about smoking. I've literally been picturing the feeling for the past 4 hours.
I don't get it, why is it getting worse. Why now, why not on the first days emoticon
Nicotine should be out of the body in 72 hours right? So is it only my brain doing this?
I think i'm going to snap soon. I really need to study, but i can't concentrate - that's the worst thing.

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9/21/11 6:14 P

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I must admit that this is the first day I have tried to go without a cigarette. The headaches I get from withdrawl are unbearable. I figure instead of going without period, I am going to try and have only three or four cigarettes a day for a week, 7 days, Then go down to two a day for a week, and then quit altogether. I already get migraines from a neck injury I do not need to add from nicotine withdrawl. I will post every time I have a cigarette. I have had two so far today and it is already 3:15 in the afternoon. emoticon I usually have had at least six.

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9/20/11 2:53 P

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it's been 3 weeks and I still want a smoke. i have not cheated i'm not using anything, there is no reason for my craving as the nic should be out of my body by now. I still suffer body aches and lack of concentration, intense mood swings.

I've gained weight which is not helping the mood thing and I just don't even feel comfortable in my own skin.

I've been going through this since i quit some days are better then others but not by much. I'm determined not to give up but how much longer can this go on?

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9/19/11 10:54 A

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Just quit again today... it's been several months since my last attempt. My brain is going crazy! I'm using the patch, I don't think it's withdrawal as much as it is just wanting to do something with my hands. UGHH... I hope these little annoyances stop soon! I have bronchitis (which is motivating me to quit NOW b/c I like to breath :) ! So I'll keep trucking through, but this really sucks!




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9/15/11 7:33 P

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Lots of cranberry juice, and the first 72 hours are when you will suffer physical withdrawal, that's it, cravings last 2-3minutes. If I could just learn to handle things without going to my old "friend".

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With my current housemates, I have worked out a mutually-beneficial deal: I won't buy any packs, but occasionally want a smoke while they are allllll puffing away so I barter something in exchange for one cigarette. Something *substantial* like a protein bar or an apple or a fruit yogurt. The last time, I built up a debt of five items, and it *hurt* to have to hand over my Greek honey-yogurt, 2 Gala apples, and 2 Balance Bars! I haven't asked for a cigarette since that time, lol.

It's strange how the fact that I'm KILLING myself won't always stop me from asking for a cig.... but knowing that I'm going to give up material goods will. Human nature... is just weird.

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9/15/11 7:29 A

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My quit day was the 1st of september, however i lasted 3 days not smoking and since then have smoked 2-3 a day. Which is a massive improvement as i was smoking 20 a day. Quitting completley seems near enough impossible especially when EVERYONE around you is smoking!

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Me too, I stopped hanging out with friends who smoked. I just could not handle it and they understood.
Two years and nine months later; I still feel the same way about being around smokers after a two slips in smoker's company.
Oh, just a few puffs ..........mentality...... but it turns into a binge for several days and the withdrawal process has to start all over again.........it is no fun!

Irene

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My worst cravings are when I see others around me smoke! The year that I was nicotine-free was the year I lived by myself. My old and current housemate light up a little too often :( :( :(

Help!!!

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9/8/11 3:30 P

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Hattitudes,

Back in September of 2010 I decided that I was going to, once again, attempt to quit smoking. The difference this time was that I had a list of all the things that helped me fail all the other times. That's right, I said "helped me fail". I then made solutions for each of those "helped me fail" things. I bought a bounch of cartons of cigarettes and told myself that when I was done with them then I was done with smoking.

On May 14, 2011 I had my last cigarette from that batch and I haven't smoked since then.
If you check out my blog, it will tell you how I did it. Good luck and stay positive. It's the best thing I ever did. I actually finished a triple fat burn class at the gym yesterday without looking like and feeling like I was going to pass out.

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Stay positive is all I can say. It's been 16 weeks for me and although my husband says that my quitting is still stressful on him, lol, I'm not feeling like that any more. I know I'm a more intense person right now but I'm not as crazy as when I first quit.



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9/8/11 3:14 P

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Please don't throw a year of not smoking away. I did the same thing about 8 years ago....I quit for 9 months then went back to smoking b/c I gained 50 lbs while not smoking. Guess what? Only about 8 lbs came off and I stayed at that weight up until now. I just quit again and I've added about 10lbs to to that but I can't go back to smoking b/c I know now, from experience, that the weight won't come off just b/c I'm smoking.

Stay strong and positive :)
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How are you doing?

emoticon .....but

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Ravenstar2011,

I'm on day 2 and have the same thing going on plus i'm hot and cold, I just wanna crawl back into bed and sleep for the next 2 weeks and wake up with no withdrawls or cravings.

I feel like a total nut case I can't focus on anything me brain feels like its gonna explode.

They say tomorrow is a brighter day, and I'm sure it will be.

Hang in there one day at a time.

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It is all parr for the course. It is a real tough trip to stop smoking. That nicotine is a powerful substance. Keep trying and how ever long that takes is not the measure but the fact; you will be a non-smoker in the near future.

Irene

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I quit smoking, I'm frazzled, and STRESSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE this feeling... this antsy, shaky, annoyed, anxious feeling.... this feeling that every where I look makes me want to smoke.... i feel totally out of control and it is the most annoying feeling in the world. . . I'm like mad, not mad in an angry sense but mad like.... i don' t know it's so hard to explain, I don't think anyone would really get this unless they have quit........ I'm so angry that i ever started back up again. I had quit when my son was born and went 8 months without touching the things but when we moved the stress got to me and i started back up.... I know that this is the best thing for me, and I know that I'll feel better but right now, in this very moment.... i feel like attacking a pillow, or beating a punching bag..... grrrrrrr. Maybe I'll try and find a workout video that will wear me out.....

Send positive thoughts SP Friends, i need all the support i can get right now....

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Ok, I still smoke and haven't officially quit but have backed off smoking as much, and am a heavy smoker of about a pack a day. I did some research on ways to beat the nicotine habit with drawls and it states that eating banana's brings up the potassium levels up and also gives you vitamins B1 and B12 that help. I know that you can find in health food stores drops you put under your tongue that are all natural and they come as lozenge's too called Rescue Remedy. My daughter uses them and swears by them. The woman at the health food store also sold me something else natural called Smoking Withdrawal. It claims to be non habit forming and I had my homeopathic doctor check it out and he approved saying it does the same thing as nicotine patches but with out the chemicals or nicotine. It's made by NatroBio. I just wanted to share this with everyone on this team discussion and let me know if you try any of this because I'm arming myself to take that leap with a day without cigarettes at all. I also have heard that chewing on carrots helps as well. It really worries me going with out a cigarette because I've smoked for so many years but I need to make this happen.

And remember: Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.

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The last cigarette I had was on August 29 2010. I smoked non stop for 36 years. I am fast approaching 1 year. And I am one of those that gained a depressing amount of weight after I quit (my fault, I know). For the last month, I am craving them big-time and for the last couple of weeks or so I am about a second away from buying a carton. Not bumming 1 or just one pack, a whole carton! I've even scoped out discount smoke shops. I changed job schedule 2 months ago and it kind of upheaved my home life. The other day I woke up and thought I want to quit my job and smoke. Then I reasoned that I cant afford to smoke if I quit. Hubby trying to help, but to me he's just sort of lecturing the benefits of not smoking. And I know all the benefits.

Thanks for listening. If I come back and re-read this it may sway me........hopefully!

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I have been smoke free since Feb. Sometimes I still have cravings but they are more out of habit then addiction. If that makes sense

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8/2/11 5:46 A

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mike you can do this i'm not saying it's going to be easy but you can do it. i'm still trying and not succeding but then again i keep trying.

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8/1/11 12:07 P

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Wow ok. I have just started the quiting process since it is August 1st. I havn't had a smoke since midnight last night. So i'm going on 12 hours with out one and it's really hard. I have a pack out in my breezeway just calling to me right now. and my sister and I just got into a fight so I really really want one. So now I'm going to go play frizbee with my son outside instead. I can do this.

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7/14/11 5:03 A

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i sure hope so because i've been trying for awhile now without success.

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Wow. I have to admit, i've been a member of this group since I started with Spark people, but I think this is the first i've really been here. I was kind of skeptical, how an online group could help cope and support quitting smoking....and after reading many of the posts just in this thread, i now understand! I have been smoke-free for about 6 hours (and considering i was smoking about every half-hour, that's alot :) )....and I am going out of my friggen mind! I came here to see what advice people may have offered, and seeing, or reading rather, the battles of others, it somehow calms me...knowing I'm not alone in this fight! Congrats to all who have made it and successfully quit, and hoo-rah to those still fighting....we'll kick this yet!

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your doing great keep up the good work. i know i'll be joining you soon so i will need all of the support that i can get. it's all up to you for right now so i will tell you this you are over the cravings and everything else is just the motions that go along with smoking.

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Im on my 4th day smoke free. Last night the forth of July was especially hard on me because of my nerves. But I did it.
Today I went to see my sister (who smokes). I have not gotten used to being around people who smoke and I could really smell the smoke in the air. I just cringed at the thought of asking her for a cigarette. Somehow I managed to get out of her house and make it home without having a stop at the sotre. AMAZING.
Im eating like a cow but its all fruits and veggies. I know I can do a little better seeing as its store made deli salads but right now I dont have the energy. I have been taking stesstabs, which is suppose to relieve stress and give energy, but they dont seem to work. Any ideas??

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i know that straws, toothpicks, mints, and other candys will help with the cravings. i haven't tried them yet but i've been told it works.

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Is it true that quitting smoking is harder than getting off hard drugs like heroin? I have quit for months and then something takes me back to smoking. I'm not a heavy smoker, less than 10 cigarettes a day even when I am smoking regularly, but the difference between smoking and not smoking is dramatic. So far, I had .5 a cigarette yesterday and I'm doing my best to not smoke today. I'm not around any smokers, which always seems to tempt me. It also keeps me from exercising and I drink more soda when I smoke. Just such a nasty habit. Thanks for letting me whine.

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