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3/27/11 10:48 A

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I have been smoking off and on since I was 16. I am 33 so long enough! I am done. I am tired of the control that I have let a little white stick have over me! I joined the gym and I am watching what I eat so it makes no sense to me to not stop smoking! My goal is to start running and I dont think that is going to happen if I continue to smoke. I want to do this more my kids, my husband, but mainly for myself. I want to stick around to see my grandkids! I know I can do this. I have to be able to this, but I need support! I plan on one day this week to be my start date.

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3/27/11 2:34 A

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I have been smoke free for almost 3 months! I am so proud of myself. I had been a pack a day smoker since I was 20.. I am 25 now and I knew I had to quit.
My blood pressure was sky high. It was hard for me to do anything physical. Whenever I had a small chest pain or other health problem I got very scared. I made it my new years resolution to quit for good.
My boyfriend quit with me. He had been smoking for 9 years. We started out with step 1 of the patch. It worked!
I don't worry about my health as much anymore. It's been great.
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3/23/11 9:17 P

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My name is Elizabeth. I am 30 years old and have been smoking since I was 18 (before if you count the fact that my parents smoked). I promised my fiancée that I would quit by the time we get married. I really don't want to let him down. I have quit in the past when I was pregnant, but as soon as my son was born, I started again. On top of not smoking, I am trying to have a healthier lifestyle.

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3/23/11 8:39 P

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@Luara, I am tickled pink to see you hear, welcome aboard. You have inspired me many of times to keep trying and not give up, so I am telling you that, no matter how many times it takes as long as you dont give up, you still have a chance at success! Now is your time Grandma, I believe in you. I also think cold turkey is the best way.
Good Luck

Welcome to all the new members as well. You can do it, and you have all the support you need right here at your keyboard. I will pray that you all succeed.







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3/23/11 6:11 P

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Hi my name is Laura and I plan on quitting soon.
I have been smoking for over 20 yrs. and I don't want to smoke anymore.
Just found out that I'm going to be a Grandmother for the first time. I was planning on quitting before this wonderful news but now I'm really determined because I want to be around a long time to see my Grandchild grow up.
I have quit off and on in the past using patches. They worked sometimes and sometimes they didn't. I plan on going cold turkey this time because I feel like using the patch only puts withdrawal off and I already know what to expect.

I have 5 more packs left in my drawer. As soon as they are gone that's it. I'm not buying cigs. again. It costs me a fortune and I can't afford it anymore, not to mention the health problems that come along with being a smoker.

So one day early next wk. I shall be a quitter!

Laura.
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3/22/11 9:51 P

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Hey!! I'm new here! Been telling everyone how badly I want to stop smoking. I'm 24. I smoked when I was 18 for about 2 months and then I found out I was pregnant. Quit right away. Then at 23 I decided it would be smart to work 35 days in a row and picked up smoking to take away the stress. Very stupid. Now I've been wanting to quit. Quitting smoking and losing weight all in one seems a little stressful. I need to set a quit date. Def been cutting back these last couple of days. Just want to be healthy for my daughter, and of course for myself. I don't let my daughter know that I smoke, and I feel extremely guilty because we teach so much about not lying, and here I am. I can do this.

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3/21/11 6:40 A

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Hiya.
My name is Heather. I have tried to quite before and managed for over a year, but then I started again.
I also managed to get to within 2lbs of my target weight with Sparkpeople, but stopped Sparking and tracking on a regular basis and put about 6lbs back on.
Why?
I was very busy, so I was over-tired.
The relationship with my ex-partner was coming to an end, and I found it hard to handle all the emotions.
I got wound up in money worries.
Did smoking and eating help- NO!!
My main addiction is alcohol and I haven't had a drink for nearly 3 years- so that is very positive.
I have had a long-term depressive illness, and I've kept taking my medication properly and didn't tumble into a major depressive swamp, so that's really good as well.
I did really enjoy being slimmer and smoke free. I ran the race for life and I felt good about myself.
Addiction is a very strange thing! Why turn my back on all of that for something that will really harm me and makes me feel bad about myself.
Being good to myself lost its priority somehow.
So, today is the day I begin to regain my health and my figure.
I have my 'Giving-up Chart' by my bed with cheery stickers at the ready to mark the days.
I've bought in lots of lovely fruit and healthy food.
I've charged my ipod ready for walks and runs.
I've downloaded stress management tapes- but I haven't worked out how to put them on my ipod yet. That may involve my teenager.
I'm putting a new vision chart together, and I'm feeling positive.
I'm looking forward to Sparking as well.
Have a great day everyone!


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3/21/11 5:01 A

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Hi, My name is Ayfer. I am smoking on and off for 10 years. I quit sometimes and I start again. Now I want to quit it forever. It is not easy to watch what you eat and stop smoking at the same time but I want to do it both. I need some support and information about this challange. Sparkpeople has been great for me while I am trying to change my eating habits so I thought I can find a sparkteam while I am trying to quit smoking. I think I am at the right place now.
Conguratulations who quited smoking and kept it that way. I want to be one of you.

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Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands--and then just eat one of the pieces.

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3/20/11 4:27 A

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Hello, My name is Edna. My drive to quit smoking lead me to be serious about my eating lifestyle change as well. we all know when you quit you can gain 10-20lbs. I didn't want to gain anymore weight so I decided to DIET at the same time. I smoked ½ a pack a day on a bad day and up to 2 packs on a good day for 15 year (yes I started very young). Through prayer and the grace of God. I have been on this journey 73 days. I have lost 25+ lbs and been smoke free. I feel better but I can't run a mile that is my next goal.

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3/12/11 9:18 P

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Hi all! New here. I'm getting ready to celebrate my 2 month anniversary on SP. I have been a smoker for almost 20 ys, 2 packs a day at least. I have been working very hard over the past 2 months to achieve a healthy lifestyle. Cigarette smoking is my last step. I now exercise at least 5 days a week, eat healthy, gave up sodas etc. I now feel that cigarette smoking is holding me back from what I can be physically and financially. (I estimated I spend $300+ per month). So today I made a promise to my 10 yo son that constantly "nags" me to quit. We would save up my cigarette money and do something fun this summer. I would just as soon cut off my arm than break a promise to my child. I know it's not going to be easy. I have tried before. But this time it just feels different. Two months ago if you had told me I would be exercising 5x a week I would have laughed. I know i can do anything i put my mind to now. I know its possible because I CAN!

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3/9/11 9:17 P

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Hey everyone! I'm new here. I'm a college student, and I've been smoking a pack a day for a couple years. I'm in the middle of finals right now so I've decided that I'm going to quit smoking after my last final. I feel pretty good about this decision, but I worry that when the time to actually throw out the pack comes, I'm going to lose my courage and not go through with it. Wish me luck!

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3/4/11 10:38 A

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Hi Everyone! Congratulations to all of you for quitting! It will be 1month that I have quit cold turkey tomorrow. I have tried everything. Chantix,patches,logenzes,and gum. So,for quitting cold turkey is working pretty good. And of course I have gained 10lbs. But I will get that off in time. I keep telling myself I'm not going to let the weight bother me. Just have to get a plan to lose the weight. I am healthier now that I have been in along time. And I'm going to stick with it. Good luck to all of you! And wish me luck to! emoticon

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3/2/11 2:16 P

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Hi all, I am Bo and I quit smoking in October 2009. I am not quite sure how I did it truly, but I do know I was very mad. Turns out that when you smoke 3 packs a day and the economy takes a down turn, well I would have had to get a part time job to be able to afford to smoke. So I quit. Sometimes being a quitter is a good thing!

Bo

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I love my dogs! Annie is a fearful dog and is doing great under careful management. I raw feed my dogs.

Diagnosed with Celiac Disease 02/25/2011

Non-smoker after smoking 30 years and was at 3 packs a day.

Former skinny person who never exercised and is now trying to make exercise a habit.


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3/2/11 11:37 A

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Hi Everyone - I'm Erin. I'm not a non-smoker yet, but have been a smoker for about 9 years and have tried to quit at least 3 times. This smoking thing really doesn't fit well into the healthy lifestyle I've been working on. Recently my health plan introduced this program where they provide us with a health coach and free quit smoking aids to help people quit. So far I've just been working on cutting back, but I'm confident that I can really stop this time! If anyone has any tips that worked for them I would love to hear them!

Very excited to be a part of this team!


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MELODIE34 Posts: 33
3/1/11 1:13 P

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I would be happy to support you in your quest to quit, I need help in weight loss support, mostly healthy eating as i have just rejoined the site and most people i used to chat with are gone. I have quit smoking for 80 days and feel fantastic, I have kicked it for good! Hope you are doing well, dont give up, if I can do it after 20 years you can do it too!

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MELODIE34 Posts: 33
3/1/11 1:09 P

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Hi everyone, I`m Mel. I just joined the groupbut have been smoke free for 80 days. I also just rededicated myself to weight loss, have been on Spark off and on for over two years and am back to my start weight, so here i go again! This time I quit smoking cold turkey and feel fabulous! I dont know what is really keeping me on the right path this time, I just know that I feel ready. I probably quit over ten times, mostly cold turkey but would always cheat here and there .... this time i snuck one around the third week and it hurt.....turned me off it for good and I had been smoking for over 20 years. Now I just need to stop all this mindless munching and work to get the weight off again!

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2/28/11 6:34 P

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Hey there!

I'm Kelli, and I've been smoke-free for 4 days. This is my third time trying to quit since I started smoking when I was 14 (I am now 21). Hopefully I'll actually quit for good this time. emoticon

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2/28/11 10:46 A

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Hi, my name is Amanda and I'm a tobacco addict. I've been smoking off and on for about 13 years, taking a break when I was pregnant and nursing my son. I am beginning Chantix tomorrow, which helped me about a year ago to stay quit for about 3 months...then I stopped taking it (thinking I was "cured"), went to a party, had some cocktails, and was back full force. Now that I've gotten serious into being fit and healthy, I've realized smoking is not conducive to that lifestyle. I am excited to quit, but honestly...I think I'll miss it. I'm a substance abuse counselor, so I understand addiction. I will miss my tobacco, just like a drug addict misses their fix after they get clean. Its become my way of life...and in some ways my "best friend." I go to tobacco when I'm sad, mad, celebrating, bored...just about every emotion. Now I have to find a new habit to replace the bad. So, tomorrow it is. Oh, and my work offers a 7 week class to help us quit smoking...which is awesome...they reimburse for prescriptions, provide patches and gum, and lots of support. This is my 3rd time taking the class...3rd time's a charm, right?

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2/27/11 9:40 P

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Allen Carr has a couple books out. I have failed at least 100 times, but this time I am 16 days smoke free and happy about it. I read the easy way for women to stop smoking. He has a few books. It just made sense to me.

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2/27/11 6:30 P

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Hello, my name is Denver. I'm 21 and have been smoking for about four years. I have tried everything i know to quit but i keep falling back into the habit. I would really appreciate any info on what it was that helped you quit. I cant use the patch because of some of the adhesive causes contact dermatitis.

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2/25/11 10:02 P

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Hello my name is Jennifer. I am trying to quit smoking. Can you all share with me what you did to quit.

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2/23/11 2:25 P

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Hello my name is Sandy and I am the mother to a 6 year old daughter and 8 year old son. I have smoked for over 18 years only taking breaks while pregnant but always coming back to smoking. Several of my friends smoke so when we get together it is very hard not to. I have been lucky and not smoked for a month now. However I have not seen my smoking friends in a month either. I am also a social smoker so when we get together and drink a cocktail I light up. I have done great in avoiding those situations for a month now but am starting to worry because a few occasions are coming up that smokers will be at.

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2/20/11 8:18 A

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Hello Everyone! I am a 32 year-old mother of a beautiful 10 month-old baby. I started smoking when I was 17. I quit one month before I got pregnant, didn't smoke the entire time I was pregnant and then started right back up after I had my baby. My husband smokes and has no intention of quitting anytime soon. The biggest reason I am hesitant to quit right now is because I still haven't lost all the weight from my pregnancy (still about 15 pounds away from pre-baby). Does anyone have any words of wisdom for me? I'm thinking about getting serious about eating better and exercising and once I am into that habit, quitting again.....

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2/16/11 1:41 P

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I QUIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'M DONE, I QUIT, I'M THROUGH, I AM DONEDONEDONEDONEDONE!!!!

I've been here before, but that was then. I am NEVER smoking again. Period.

Good luck to all of you. If those who have quit can do it, so can I. If I can do it, so can you!

"In the end, only 3 things matter: How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you." - Buddhist saying



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2/15/11 11:41 P

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Hey everyone. I need help. I have the best support when it comes to working out and eating right on this site, but I need more in the area of smoking. I keep giving up on myself. I need to quit I don't want to do this anymore. I think I am giving in on the deciding to do it one day like I have been and going back to reading the full Allen Carr book page by page to the end. Anyone read the book?
This is the worst addiction it took my father at 55 years old. Its been 4 years, and I have yet to be successful at becoming a non smoker, my longest run was 5 weeks and it felt so good, but I allowed my old lifestyle to come back, now I am changing my lifestyle and I know and want becoming a non-smoker to be apart of it, but I am having a hard hard time.







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2/14/11 7:25 A

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Hi;

I just read your post. You said it hit me, and thank God it did. Smoking kills, this is what we should keep on repeating to oursleves all the time. We should try to use common sense and our will and logic and fight the cravings.Unlike you I smoked like 14 years, but on and off and a couple a day on average. But it was such a nasty and ugly habit. I smoked because it was "cool" to smoke then and i never quit on time. It is never too late, you can do it, and think of your health, Smoking is your enemy, remember. Just repeat to yourslef "how can other people do it" are they more capable than me? I hope this helps.
Take care,
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2/13/11 8:23 P

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Hi SP, I have not smoked a cigarette since 3pm Friday 2/11/11. Starting to feel a little edgy. I am 40 and have been smoking for 20 years. I have tried hundreds of time to quite. Some efforts more serious then others. I managed to get my husband to quit years ago, but I have been sneaking around. I know my husband knows, but we just don't talk about it. Seems like a strange place to come clean. It's strange I started back in College to take off weight. Now I am over weight and smoking.
This time is different. I am getting over the nastiest cold ever, and having coughing and shortness of breath. It hit me, "this is probably how my mother in law felt for 3 years, every day living with copd." She passed away 2 years ago, and I still miss her. I don't want my 7 year old son to say the same thing about me. I also want to do everything I can to prevent him from picking up that first cigarette.

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2/13/11 7:30 A

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Hi everyone! I am 56 yrs old and smoked since I was app 13. I just recently quit and need to drop several pounds. I am really out of shape and have a hard time breathing when I exercise. Now is as good a time to start as never!
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2/12/11 6:57 P

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that is what I said then I started thinking if I would feel the feeling of whatever it is then I can quit.. can you think of another to relax or just feel them..
Four days, 5 hours, 56 minutes and 56 seconds. 84 cigarettes not smoked, saving $25.44. Life saved: 7 hours, 0 minutes.


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2/12/11 2:59 P

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Hi everyone,
I've been smoking for 4 years now and I'm trying to quit to make myself a new lifestyle of eating healthy and working out! Its been really hard, I've tried to quit so many times but smoking really calms me down with my anxiety. Hope everyone is successful at quitting or staying smoke free :)

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2/11/11 6:02 A

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Welcome everyone!

Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well. ~Marcus Valerius Martial



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2/10/11 8:23 P

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hi My name is Linda and I have quit smoking I have
Two days, 7 hours, 21 minutes and 37 seconds. 46 cigarettes not smoked, saving $12.11. Life saved: 3 hours, 50 minutes.

I have continue with my calories intake expect i was about 200 over last night. I am wearing the patch. I have copd and I am 57 yr old and I have quit before so I know I can do for me its the last time.

Linda

In memory of my children Marsha and Bo who is now in Heaven.


My mother who died May 13,2011


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2/6/11 12:38 P

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HI everyone!! So i have been smoking sense i was 16 (i'm 28 now), and i've finally decided to kick it for good this time!!! My husband has also decided that he's going to quit smoking also! our quit date is tomorrow to be exact!! I know that i'm going to need all of the support that i can get as I am TERRIFIED of quitting smoking!! I really don't know how its going to effect me!! Oh well here's to all us NON-smokers, and here's to us soon to be NON-smokers!!!!

congratulations to all!!

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2/4/11 8:47 P

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Hi guys;

I am back here it seems after 2 years! Last time I stopped was february 2009 and it last around 6 months. I think I was not ready. Even though I smoked around 1,2 cigg a day, it still bothered me and I couldn't kick the habit as I was smoking for around 12 years on a regular basis. I tend to smoke especailly when I a,m relaxed, outiside by the lake, on th beach, with a drink and especialy with company.
BUT, after i heard that smoking causes pancreatic cancer among others, (I saw this show on Dr. OZ, it really freaked me out), and I finally decided, that;s it for me! So now I don;t smoke alomost one month and I don;t have any cravings, I am thinking of how cigagrettes kill you and I think this keeps me going. I also do hope that I keep this up and do not crave them in situations like I explained . So far I didn;t get tempted at all, and even if I do I will wait a couple of minutes for the craving to pass.
Hoping you all a successful journey as well.
Smoking is such a filthy and nasty habit and I started it late (44 now) and I really regret it!

Jackie

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2/1/11 3:40 A

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Hi it's me I'm here now.



Quit 1/31/2010
1 month today!!!!!!!


Here we go again



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Two really helpful sites for anyone who is beginning the process of quitting or just needs to reinforce their resolve: whyquit.com and quitsmokingonline.com.

Life is not merely to be alive, but to be well. ~Marcus Valerius Martial



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Hi everyone! My name is Diane. I am quitting smoking again. This is the 3rd time for me, I can't seem to fully kick the habit when I have a few drinks though. Other than that I haven't smoked on a daily basis since August.




You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do. ~Eleanor Roosevelt
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Welcome Emily - quitting is so hard and going back is so easy. Don't give up it can be hard the first couple of days once over that 72 hour mark and you should be fine. Keep us posted and feel free to add me as a friend.

Diana - NJ

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1/27/11 2:10 P

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Hi everyone. My name is Emily. I am a 31 year old with a 6 year old child. I have been married for 13 years. I have smoked for around 15 years. I am on day one of quitting yet again. This time I am trying the patch, this is the first time I have used anything to aid me in quitting, so I am really hopeful. Well good luck to everyone hear.

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Wow, that's a great idea! Good luck to you too.

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Hello everyone,
I am on day two of being a non-smoker. I feel good but am very grumpy. I am substituting a cigarette with a drink of water. This is helping me accomplish two of my daily gaols at once. Good luck to all of you.

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Ok so just think if you start smoking how much harder it is to quit. Don't do it! Take a walk or exercise when the urge arises. Be strong! Be healthy! Add me as a friend if you wish.

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Dianaor1 I'd love to have someone motivate me because I am getting to the grumpy point.

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The only reason why I was asking because my doctor put me on Chantix which works. Good luck! Let's motivate one another because I am not going back. This is it!!!!

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He wrote me a Rx for Zyban and told me that it wouldn't make the cravings go away it would make them a bit more bearable. And good luck. However that was after listening to me whine at him that I couldn't use the gum or the patches.

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Hi Tina - Welcome! What did your doctor say?

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Hi everyone. I'm Tina, I've been a member of this team for a few days. However today is my first day not smoking. After a few failed attempts and being a mean and grouchy I went to my Dr. for help. I know that the worst part of the withdraw is still to come. But right now I doing very well.


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Good for you Freeze - I am 8 days without. I have been thinking of other things to do when I have an urge, clean, exericse, run and run real fast if you know what I mean, lol. Well good luck! emoticon

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Hi Iopara - Good luck on your journey to a smoke-free healthier you. I also just quit smoking 8 days today and I have to tell you I feel so much better. I do miss it I am not going to lie but I can do better without. I think its just the habit and I can think of more productive habits to acquire. Keep me posted or if you need support feel free to add me as a friend. emoticon

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I have been a sparker for a little while now and a member of this team. For some reason I have not interacted with this team or its members. I think is the fear of letting someone down when I pick up a joe even after pledging "nope" already. Well, I'm Morrell Freeze (just Freeze to all my friends) and I am now 7 days without a cigarette. Using gum and a some will power, I plan to make this my last time quitting.

Here's to a smoke free all of us.

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