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7/15/18 6:46 A

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Awesome! Cheers to you!

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7/10/18 8:10 A

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Awesome, keep on going



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7/9/18 9:45 P

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Awesome job Sassy-Nak! Keep it up



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4/17/18 9:38 A

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2 months!
Had a physical Friday and blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol already down. I feel great.

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4/2/18 12:42 P

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I am saluting you for all that you have gained by not smoking!



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4/2/18 9:28 A

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3/20/18 1:39 A

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great. keep it up.

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3/19/18 12:50 P

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Keep Going - You Are Doing Great!



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3/19/18 10:55 A

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One month today!

Have a real stressor to deal with.....just found out this morning I need both knees replaced. I was shocked. I thought it was arthritis. Well it is-severe osteoarthritis. I'm too young for this-just 57. I really need to sit on this one. Not going to smoke though. Not worth it.

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3/18/18 1:45 A

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great. keep it up.

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3/9/18 1:36 A

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3/8/18 9:29 A

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3/8/18 5:02 A

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keep it up

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3/7/18 3:43 P

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3/7/18 2:52 P

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So great to hear!

I'm not there yet, but I'm closer than I was yersterday.


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3/7/18 8:47 A

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that is awesome, keep on going



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3/7/18 1:33 A

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3/5/18 9:41 A

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Yes you can!!! Keep up the great job.



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3/5/18 9:32 A

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Today is 2 weeks smoke free! I'm so proud of myself. I can do this.

Edited by: SASSY-NAK at: 3/5/2018 (09:34)
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3/1/18 1:18 A

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way to go

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2/28/18 11:58 A

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2/27/18 9:43 A

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That's amazing! You can do it!

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2/27/18 9:28 A

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Thanks again for all the well wishes and supportive messages. The urges are slowly waning and the habit is thought about less and less. I keep sugarless mints and gum in my desk, in my car and at home. i can already feel the difference in my breathing. I will do this. I CAN do this. emoticon

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2/27/18 9:00 A

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First of all...quitting is the most important thing you can ever do to improve your health...and you have quit. That is awesome and you have A LOT to be proud of.

What you may be missing is the habit of what to do during the times you reached out for a cigarette. Only you can answer that one...did you smoke more when you were nervous, bored, relaxed, stressed, at breaks, after meals etc? Is it that you miss something in your hand all the time or dangling from your lips? Think about what is really going on when you feel like you "miss it" and work towards a better choice. You can get one of those figit spinners to hold on to. A lot of people get great results with cinnamon sticks because they are about the same size and shape and you can hold on to it or stick it in your mouth until you know longer want to. Cinnamon flavored toothpicks work great too. Look for them. While your at it, buy some gum or cinnamon hard candy. I say cinnamon because most people are satisfied with just one...few people will sit there and eat the whole bag of cinnamon hard candies...but they are powerful enough to get you through the few minutes of missing smoking that actually is happening before your brain thinks about something else. It actually only takes a couple days for the nicotine to leave your body so the withdrawals are probably more like the emotional attachment to smoking that is going on...unless you are exposed to a lot of second hand smoke. If that is the case, avoid avoid avoid. Get more exercise too!! It is not possible to think about smoking when you are trying to catch your breath. Great time to take up running or power walking if you haven't already. YOU CAN DO IT!!

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2/27/18 1:32 A

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Hi all. Jumping in here as I just quit smoking for good on 2/20/18-less than a week ago. I'm using Chantix, which I've used before with success but I started smoking again after a month. This time, I started weaning myself from a pack a day to only a few a day. I know I'll do it this time. I'm 57, have T2 diabetes, am way overweight and have high blood pressure. Kind of a no brainer that smoking was the worst possible habit I could have. I'll be so happy when I reach 12 weeks. Keep it up. Thanks to everyone here for the positive posts and support!

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2/21/18 12:47 A

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2/20/18 11:11 A

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P.S. NOT BORING. Keep coming back here and talking to us!! I'll check back. Or SparkFriend me ... I'm delighted to be of support if I can be!



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Congratulations! You can do it!!! If I could FINALLY quite on June 26, 2001, and still be smoke-free ... well, I hope that gives you hope!!

It is hard!! I used BOTH the patch and Wellbutrin, as I'm also prone to depression. The combination helped me do it ... and I cut the patches in half and turned a 3-step step-down into a 6-step step-down.

SO worth it ... you will feel SO much better in the end. Hang in there!!



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2/20/18 10:51 A

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First of all - congrats on making it 12 weeks! That is a big deal, especially since it has been so hard on you.

Try talking to your doctor. If you are depressed, I've heard that Wellbutrin in particular appears to help ex-smokers having depression symptoms to get through the withdrawal period. And of course there are other smoking cessation drugs (Chantix, etc.) that might also work for you. There's no reason to just suffer through this without any help - even if the end goal is very much worth it!



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2/20/18 7:48 A

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The patch helped me immensely, although still took many tries, a buddy was successful with chantix, and another with nicotine gum, whatever works. 8 years clean and don't miss them, never even think about having one. The must successful strategy is to never start, my one true regret.

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I went through the exact same thing when I quit smoking and it took me completely by surprise too! Smoking dulls feelings and when you quit, they come back in full force. In fact, most people who smoke are actually self-medicating. You have lost a crutch, an anxiety reliever, a feelings reducer, and an old friend (albeit a bad one). You are in grief and mourning and that's normal! You have to build a whole new life around not smoking and you have to deal with full feelings on top of that. I would search for a former smokers community to commiserate. What helped me was reading "If Only I Could Quit", which helped me not feel so alone. Just understand and accept this as normal and do whatever it is you do when you are unhappy otherwise...except smoke! If that's what you used to do, then explore new activities to find what makes you happy again. You will get through this!



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If you are like any of the smokers I know then you have just cut out an important social ritual. Smokers huddled on a stoop have an instant bond with one another. Cigarettes are something that seems to have a reward status. So if you have not yet built in new rituals and rewards then you have actually lost a small slice of your life.

The answer to that is to build up new rituals and rewards. Set aside some "smoking time" to do something that you enjoy. Reading, netflix, listening to music, pedicure, knitting, internet time, whatever it is that you enjoy, build in little breaks for it during your day. If you miss the social aspect, then head out to meet people. Use meetup or sign up for an activity that you enjoy as a way to connect with likeminded individuals.

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You are not boring anyone. Nicotine can reduce symptoms of depression. I would recommend discussing this with your doctor. You may not be having nicotine withdrawal, you may just now be seeing your depression symptoms without having the nicotine masking them. Stay as positive as you can, it will get better but definitely worth a visit to the doctor. Congrats on being 12 weeks nicotine free, that's a huge accomplishment!

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Have you talked to your doctor about this?

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ever since i stop smoking i feel that i lost something in my life. folks tell me im going through nicotine withdrawal. I am depressed all day at work i think about just having a cig,. However i tell my self no . but just feeling sad most of the time just stinks im not sure if this is how the rest my life is going to be, but 12 weeks of this stinks., smoking stinks too so im not going back to that either. i hope im not boring any body with this message coping with not smoking stinks thanks for reading


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