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Making changes

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I have been a smoker for thirty years plus - never really wanted to quit. Well since I have been out of work my smoking has increased dramatically - I actually feel it now. So I have decided to attempt to quit. Because of my increased smoking habits I do not think quitting using a patch will work right now. So I have decided to take baby steps sort of like I have in losing weight. Yesterday with the help of a patch I went 5 hours between smokes - then I fell off the wagon. Today I went 8 1/2 hours between smokes and currently I am 21/2 hours in without a smoke. I am using the tools from a website called florida quits. I am hoping that I can actually kick this habit. I have identified my smoking triggers - Coffee Coffee and more coffee, driving somewhere in the car. So tomorrow I am going to try and cut back on my morning coffee and be mindful of how many smokes I have while drinking. By Monday I hope to be totally smoke free and the real work will begin. I know I should quit cold turkey, but I do not have the strength to say I will never have a smoke again. But I can say I will go this long before I have a smoke (today I was only going for 5 hours and went 81/2 tomorrow I am going to aim for 9 hours between smokes. This is a major change because not only am I quitting the smokes I am seriously cutting back on my coffee.

Wish me luck.
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SASHA-222 4/24/2013 9:00AM

    Thank you MIMAS3/ Today is looking a little more difficult but I am hanging in there


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MIMAS3 4/23/2013 9:10PM

  You can do it I did......April 26th will be 14 years for me. It took me many tries before I was successful. I had smoked for over 30 years and quitting was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I used to make excuses....there is too much stress in my life right now.....well life is always stressful.......etc.
My best advice is quit the coffee drinking completely, if you usually sit in one places when you smoke....move to another chair or move your chair. Have your carpets and upholstery steam cleaned to freshen the air in your house. Avoid places where you smoke if you can. Avoid smoking friends until you have a handle on being a non-smoker.....chew gum.......drink water.......find something to do when a craving hits, like drink a glass of water or do 10 jumping jacks, something you can do everytime......hope this helps

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