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2/26/15 7:35 A

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Thanks for the welcome and the encouragement. I'm actually looking forward to quitting this time. I want to get back into doing some of the crafts I used to do that I honestly can't do and smoke too. I also am looking forward to setting an example for my grandkids, and hopefully my kids. emoticon

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Hi and welcome to group Terri. Congratulations of one day of quit under your belt and on to day number 2. Quitting for yourself is best but think of all the benefits to those around you especially your grandkids. I am here for you whether you need a hand to hold or encouragement, etc. You can and will do it! emoticon

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2/25/15 1:47 P

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emoticon Terri and emoticon to the family of Classy Quitters. Love your user name. Catchy! So today is the first day of your quiet. Happy to hear your quit is for you bc that's the first step. Many people may want us to quit but each of us are the only ones that can make that quit. With the support of others. The team likes to feel that we give that additional support for a quit. Pop in the Cafe`/ Chat Room and let us know just what you need, how we can help and if any motivation will be of assist. The Team is here for you.

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2/25/15 9:33 A

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Hi everyone, My name is Terri and I've been a smoker for over 20 years. I've been on SP for the past month working on my weight loss and I've realized that if I really want to accomplish getting healthy and exercising. I can't smoke and do that. Today is day #1. I've tried a lot of times before but mostly my reasons were just to get people off my back. This time I'm doing it for me. emoticon

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Bobby, glad to have you with us. The Team is made up of various levels of quitters. We have those that have started within less than a month, less than 6 months, less than a year, those that have quit over a year and those that are still thinking about quitting. Love to have you join us in the Chat-Room, you usually will find us there. Join us there and let us know just how we can help you with your Quit.

Looking forward to chatting with you.
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1/29/15 9:59 P

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Hello, My name is Bobby. I live in Converse Tx which is a suburb of San Antonio with my partner of 13 years. We made the decision to foster to adopt, so I decided 2015 would be the year I quit smoking. I enjoy working out, but the smoking has always seemed to slow me down. I joined Planet Fitness this week, which is the first step. I remember when I used to work out before I would not want that cigarette, but things happen. I have tried to quit several times, but to no avail. So this time is it.
I guess I have nothing else, looking forward to getting to know everyone and learn your secrets to being smoke free.

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emoticon and Welcome to the Team. Would be glad to be of help to you for a Forever Quit. You mentioned that you had told your friends and son about wanting to get those 50 pounds off. Why not tell the same people about your Quitting?

At work at break time, take a walk, if steps available try adding in the steps or just walk around the office or the outline of where you work. Walking will help that weight loss as well as getting your mind off of smoking. There are numerous tips available here. Pop in the chat room and chat with us on your problems, suggestions you have, get that support or motivation you might be needing

There are no simple or weird questions to be asked when try a quit. Lets Chat so the Team can get to know you. Michele

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1/2/15 10:15 A

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Hi! My name is Kahla and I want to quit smoking. My last cigarette was about 1:30 am on January 1st. So far I have been smoke free for a little over 24 hours. I am quitting cold turkey. I know there will be times that are going to be hard for me: when I go out for drinks with friends, in the car, and break times at work. But, I think if I just take one day at a time I can make it.

I also want to lose 50 pounds by my birthday in August. I have told my friends and my son about my weight loss goals. My friends want to get healthy too so hopefully we can do this together.

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1/1/15 4:25 P

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Welcome, glad to have you with the Team. Hope Chantix gives you the success you found once before. The Team will also be here for you with all the motivation, encouragement, and support for may require. Just let us know how we can be of help!

Looking forward to Chatting with you!.

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1/1/15 8:46 A

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Hi! I'm Jennifer. I just started Chantix today. I used it before and quit for a little over 3 years. I'm hoping for the same success this time. I am so tired of smoking.

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year filled with many successes.

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8/26/14 4:06 A

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Welcome to the group Teresa. I sympathize with weight gain. Smoking lowers metabolism and thyroid function. Plus cigs contain sugar. The reason you lost some is probably due to your metabolism starting to work and consuming less sugar. Concentrate on the breathing easier, celebrate any loss and you will succeed.

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Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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Welcome, Teresa..... glad to have we with the Team. Those of us who are managing our quits have been through the weight gain. We would be more than happy to help you keep that quit and melt away that unwanted weight. Let us know just how we can be of assistance to you.

Join us when you can in the Cafe` or Chat Room as some members call it. There you can let the team know just how and what you need to maintain your journey to maintain that Smoke-free lifestyle.

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8/25/14 10:23 A

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hello :) my name is teresa... quit smoking 7/25/09, started back up 8/1/11, and i've quit again 8/18/14...

i'm honestly scared of the weight gain, even when i started smoking again i STILL kept gaining...

i already have put on 50 since i quit the 1st time (was @ 130 n got up to 180.. i've lost a little but now that i've quit i'm freaking out)

anywayz that is a bit about me... looking forward to getting to know u all

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Thanks Michele. I can not find Cafe and trying again today.

Tee

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Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

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Glad to see you back with the Team. You do have some hurdles to get out of your way and we are all here to lend that Support. Join us when you can in the Cafe` and let us know just what the Team can help you with.

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I have recently returned to Spark and wanted to replying to Gypsygoth Sept inquiry. My health has been going downhill for two years, and came to head on Xmas day. It took a few more months to talk my doctor into ordering proper tests. I was diagnosed with Addison's Disease in March. Addison means my body does not produce cortisol, or hold onto sodium, potassium, calcium, etc. Our body needs cortisol and electrolytes to survive. Lack of cortisol, etc causes fatigue, passing out, nausea, muscle spasms, organ failure, etc. I need to take medication the rest of my life, which makes me susceptible to infection. I realized after much contemplation that I smoke to increase my energy, keep me from passing out, etc. I caught something in Jan, which I can't seem to shake and decided to quit today. Not smoking put me into a coma state until I managed to take enough medication to keep me awake so I could go to physical therapy. On the way home from pt, I stopped at drug store and bought a pack of cigs. I felt better after smoking three, but disgusted that I could not make it one day without a cig. I went to Addison patients boards for advice so I can try again tomorrow. I read smoking can cause this disease and hope quitting helps.

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Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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Only you can decide what method is best for you. Chantix and cutting back did not work for me. I ended up smoking the same amount as I always did when I cut back. I read a person cut out smoking in certain places for a week. So, I gave up smoking in the car. That led to me wanting to get home fast so I could smoke. Cold turkey with patch and gum worked the best for me. I took up knitting scarves for abused women the month before going cold turkey and found myself smoking less which made going cold turkey easier.

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Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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5/2/14 8:27 P

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Each of us that have quit and stilled with the Team have used various ways of quitting. Myself I subtracted one cig. from a pack each week. I was used to smoking a pack a day, so the first week I had only 19 cigs to work with, the next week I had 18 to deal with an so on. It took me longer but it allowed my body to adjust to the gradual drop in Nicotine. After 4 weeks, I began to feel much more energetic and began to taste food differently

Using the patch, gum, lozenges, or even the e-cig, you are getting the very thing you want to get away from and thats Nicotine. You have to find the way of quitting that's comfortable for you. Once you have found it, stick with it and go forward to your final quit. Slip ups will happen, they are a part of quitting. As with dropping the weight, the slower you go the eit is. Only a few can handle a " Cold Turkey" final quit.

The Team is here for you, so pick our brains,as how we accomplished our quits. There is no such thing as a stupid or simple question. Just ask an we will help!

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5/2/14 7:02 P

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Hello,

I am not yet quit. For the first time in my life I actually want to! :) I was looking for a few bits of advice. First, I recently had some fillings done and my jaw is all goofed up. This makes it difficult to do things in place of smoking like chew gum or sunflower seeds. Would it set me up for failure to go ahead and quit or better to wait a week? Second, I was going to go cold turkey but perhaps I would be better set up for success with the gum. What do ya all think?

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Nicotine leaving the body depends on how much you smoked a day and how long that nicotine has had a chance to build in the system. Drinking those eight glasses of water will help in flushing the nicotine out of your system. Try and find an alternative to that cig. i.e. Pretzel stick, lollipop, chewing gum, hard candy. breath mints etc. Something that would use the same muscles that smoking would use. The first and possibly the second week are the hardest for some people, after that the cravings diminish on their own time. Stay strong and keep bushing.
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Ok planed my quit day for tomorrow since I have the weekend off figure by Monday when I go back to work the nicotine will be out of my body I was told one time that it takes 72 hours for nicotine to leave the body. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Welcome Denise emoticon , Nice to have with join us. Each of us has been just were you presently are in your time of Life. Wanting a Healthy Life-style. Let us know just how we can be of assistance to you. You can find us in the Cafe`, which is a Chat-Room where we gather, vent, encourage and just get to know each other. Someone can be reached by sparkmail if you prefer going that way. Looking forward to chatting with you!

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Hi my name is Denise and I need support to help quit smoking. The boyfriend says that he will not quit so it is kinda tough but I did go to the doctor today and got some info on a quitline thru my state and I'm going to give them a call tomorrow and advice is appreciated

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1/27/14 8:46 A

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Hey All!
My name's Rebecca and I joined the 'Classy Quitters' last week. I quit smoking on the 14th of January and I am doing my best to stay strong through the slip ups and hard spots.

I'm happy to be a part of this team and look forward to reaching our goals together! emoticon

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Hi! On again off again quitter... hoping to make it stick! Day 14...

I'm Desiree!

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emoticon My name is Jayne. Yesterday was emoticon emoticon

I decided this time to try Chantix. I'm in my fourth week and find that the enjoyment factor is NOT there anymore. Thankfully, I'm past the nausea stage from the meds. That was pretty awful! Now to get past the triggers...

I do seem to have more nervous energy. You'd think that would help me get up to work out...



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Tee, any update on your test? hope all is OK.

WildLady, to me those aren't "cravings" exactly, but triggers. more of a "i usually have a cigarette now" but not so much " i want one." i definitely get them at all of the "usual" times... but they pass :)

the Mad Russian is a biofeedback specialist (who does what some would call hypnotism but he says is not).

he claims to erase cravings and bad habits... and i am pretty darn sure it worked! i am cold turkey for 17 days today, the longest i've been without nicotine in... god, i don't know how long. possibly since my pregnancy 17 years ago? o_O

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The cravings are sneaky. I get in the car and start looking for 1.

Each day is a new begining.

Make time count. Don't count time.

I am not perfect, but I am forgiven.

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Congratulations. Every second can be sneaky. Craving only lasts short time. Don't blow 3 month quit on craving. I hope staying sharp and setting example for your hubby and daughter leads to them quitting again.

Tee

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Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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Great that you were able to remain smoke free for 4 months. I hope you are doing well with quitting this time. Reading Alan Carr's book about Easy Way to Stop Smoking may help. I belonged to Nic Ann Group and members said brain tried fooling them into smoking again. One man smoked several packs daily and in shower and quit cold turkey 5 years ago. Not caving into "I can have one and not start smoking again" is difficult. Good luck!

Tee

Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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Good for you. Congratulations! Do not smoke while wearing patch since it can cause heart problems. I found lozenges helpful in addition to patch. My neighbors cut back to three cigs daily (outdoors) a year ago and still has not quit. A friend with racing heart, liver failure, etc had to quit smoking for 3 months when she was in hospital and rehab facility. I thought she would remain non smoker, but she stopped at store on way home , bought pack and started smoking again.

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Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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Hi Tanya,

I hope and pray you kept your quit date and doing good. Smoking adversely affects hormones and metabolism, which probably lead to you gaining weight. Don't worry about weight. You can lose weight, but not cancer.

Tee

Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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Congratulations! What is Mad Russian? I keep baby carrots, celery, straws cut the size of cig, water, gum, etc close for easy grabbing when I get craving for cig or food. Nutritionist told me I can eat a lot of carrots and celery and not gain weight.

Tee

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Welcome to all new members of group. Quitting is best thing you can do for yourself. I quit a few times, buckled and started up again. A few weeks ago, tests showed I have something on my pancreas...praying it is not cancer since my mother died from it. Pancreatic cancer linked to smoking. I have to undergo tests that require I quit smoking and not use patch, etc for a week. I have been putting off test due to quitting until doctor examined my mouth yesterday and said it showed damage from smoking. This is my smoke free day. I hope I learned enough from past experience to stick with it.

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Middle age is when broadness of the mind and narrowness of the waist change places.


Whatever you do in life, think higher and feel deeper. C. Artias

Your personal history is not your true identity. Don't let the past define who you are.. Eckart Tolle

You are the architect of your actions, words and voice. What an opportunity for love, truth and purpose to shine. Sister Andrea Jaegar

Accept each moment as if you had chosen it. That frees you


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hi, i'm desiree. i'm about to be 35 (on sunday).

i'm working on day 5 nicotine-free after i went to the "Mad Russian" to have my cravings "erased." it worked.

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i still "miss" smoking and think about it occasionally, but i don't "need" it anymore.
would love to have some buddies on this journey so feel free to add me!

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I am Tanya. I am 43 and have been smoking since I was 20. Crazy thing is I started to help loose weight. Now I'm obese and smoking. Bad health combination. I have set September 1, 2013 as my quit date.

Each day is a new begining.

Make time count. Don't count time.

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Hello!
I am 54 and have smoked since I was 15--with a few quits, Maybe 5 years worth of quits. I put the patch on last night---They work for me when I am motivated to quit. A good friend had a quad-bypass last week, and he is talking about starting to smoke as soon as he is out of the hospital. His wife, my best friend, smokes also and has for longer than I have. I am in hopes that if they see that quitting can happen--maybe it will inspire them.
Small goal #1--I only smoke in the computer room in my house and have made it through one coffee and 30 minutes on the computer-ok, i am hoping small goals will add up to years!

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Hi Everyone.
Today is going to be my first day of quitting, well actually I'm just going to seriously cut down for a couple days and then quit. I'm not good at cold turkey. I've been smoking for almost 30 years. Minus the few times I've stopped in there. I had stopped when I joined SP a year ago did great for about 4 months then they started sneaking back in. Now I'm back where I was when I stopped last year. So here I go

One day at a time.

I'm not trying to lose weight. "I have no intention of finding it again"

We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
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Hi everyone :)

I am coming up on my 3 month quit. My husband and daughter quit but they both buckled. I'm keeping at it, I want to stay strong for my family...I think they are both ready to try again. I know 3 months can be sneaky sneaky so I'm trying to be extra sharp not to buckle too....So far I totally like how I'm changing. I smoked from 15 to 48 years old. I'm most likely truly meeting myself for the first time and wow, I am floored by how much gumption it robbed from me. If anybody needs a buddy I am here.

Put your hands over your head and step away from the Snicker!!!


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Welcome Jennifer, to Classy Quitters! Glad to have you with the Classy Qs. Stop by the Cafe an Chat, let us know just what we can do to make your quit a journey of smooth sailing. Looking forward to meeting you as you journey to a "smoke-free" Lifestyle.

Michele

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Hello everyone, I'm Jennifer, new to Spark, losing weight, and gearing up to quit smoking. I don't have any health problems from smoking and/or obesity, but I plan not to push my luck and wait until that happens. I recently called 1-800-quit-now, and am in a "mini-quit" phase, waiting for some free cessation products they are sending me in the mail, and building strategies and so forth for my big quit. I don't have much support here at home, so I'm hoping to make like-minded buddies here.


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Welcome Cheryl ...glad to have you with the team. We have many stages of quits going on here and have plenty of the help you will be needing on your quit. When you feel a crave coming on - if possible join us on the threads or jot down just what you were doing when the crave hit. That way you have an idea of what your triggers are and can plan just how to avoid them. Don't be a stranger, support is important on a quit and there is plenty here.

See you soon!

Michele

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Hi Jeanie, I am spending my second day of smoking only 5cigs, that's 1 every 4hours, omg...it is hard, yesterday was obv easier. I am supposed to quit officially on st paddys day, that's a week Sunday. My fear is ....I don't want to suffer and feel deprived, the same problem I have with dieting. I like your humor, let's check on each other everyday, and encourage and help pass the food and nicotine empty hours.

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HI Im Heather...Its a long story...but I posted this earlier on another board and I feel this sums everythignup! I am seekign a good friend for daily talks and for mutual support! I need help..I am emotionally strained..I was told I had to give up smoking and lose 80 pound immediately. I have a great support program here for diet and a great program for quitting smoking with my states quit program. they even supplied me with lozenges since I am uninsured, I QUIT TOMORROW...again for the 5th time in 20 years :( Im a full time student in a class of jerks who upset me all the time. I have just learned my fiance lost his job, I was denied disability because I lost my insurance and I no longer have a doctor. I have a really messed up back and I cant even go walk, Im not allowed to do a lot of things.. I have nerve damage so even seated stuff is usually bad.( I know I have made the mistake of trying and ended up unable to move because I hurt my spine or damaged nerves) I have a 2 year old who is going through the terrible twos.I lost my grandparents and a roomate with in 7 moths..all died spontaneously.. We had to sell our only car to keep our power on because in our city they are allowed to shut you off in the winter ( I even called the US Dep of health but it is infact legal) and social services told us thier emergency funds were depleted. I am at my max for stress.. If he cannot find a job soon we might become homless or with out power..since Im an online student I cant do my school work with out power (or a place to live) Im about to go make a big batch of brownies and pop corn and binge..I dont even have access to a therapist right now..or family that can afford to help us, not even a couh to sleep on since most of them all have a house full already.. But after learning I almost had a stroke I HAVE to change what I can..my blood pressure was 190/110 when i landed in the ER..I was told to get rid of 80 pounds and quit smoking (which we obviously cant afford any way so thats a given) I need a friend :( ANd no you cannot make this crap up! lol.. I am a praying woman..so hopefullyGod is listning!

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Hello Miss Camille, welcome to the classy quitters. emoticon
Sounds like you've traveled a rough road to get here ma'am.
Emotional/mental support is very helpful. Are you comfortable with talking? When one of your que's comes up, are you able to recognize it? Do you have someone to talk to? Perhaps journal?
Tis not going to be easy.
I am still having a hard time myself. I do well during the day, usually because I am too busy.
The evenings are when it hits me hard. When I am sitting still or on the phone.
I'm doing good to keep it at 5 cigars or less. The doctors tell me one cigar equals 3 cigarettes.
Best of luck to you ma'am. emoticon

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Camille so glad you decided to join us. Here you will find that support, encouragement, and motivation you will need to make that Quit happen. The Team has members in various stages of their quit, as well as those who have from 6 months to a year of being "smoke-free".

Join us when you can in the Cafe and on the Pledge Your Daily N.O.P.E. Thread and let us help you get that Quit in motion. It seems that you had a few days of cutting back, then had a slip. That is common, until you find the best way for you to quit. The important thing to remember is NEVER QUIT A QUIT. The entire Team is with you on your Quit!

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Hey everyone. My name is Camille. I have been a smoker for 5 years. I have tried to quit several times. The longest I ever lasted was 2 weeks. I told myself, "Just one won't hurt." Hahaha. Boy, was I wrong! I need to quit now. My cough has gotten much worse, I'm breathing harder and my shortness of breath has gotten worse. I can't even go up one flight of stairs without being out of breath for a good 5 minutes. Over the past few days I have tried to cut back on how many cigarettes I have everyday. I'm not quite sure what happened, but, I'm back on my one full pack a day. I feel emotional support would be key to my success.

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emoticon Michele,

I'll stop by for a chat!!

Bonnie

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Hi Bonnie and Welcome!

Great to have you with us, and hope we can give you that extra nudge that you may need.
Like to invite you to join us in the Cafe, there you can chat, vent, ask questions and just let us know how you are doing. Pop in when ever you can, meet us and give us a change to meet and get to know you.

Looking forward to meeting you!

Michele

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Hi I'm Bonnie. I just found this forum yesterday and am happy to have found it.

I quit over the Thanksgiving weekend using Chantix. It has been a wonder drug for me as I found it so easy it was shocking. Sure, I have an urge now and then but find that it passes quicker and quicker. Took my first road trip this past weekend and what a freeing feeling to not have to pull over for a smoke, try to get a quickie in out in public with my family, so on an so on.

I'm 52 and smoked since I was in my late 20's. My DH still smokes and I'm finding the smell disgusting. To think I used to smell that way-gross.

Looking forward to getting to know everyone.

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