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Impulsivity

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  1. franny
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         Any tricks on gaining a brief moment of honest consciousness between a craving and actually lighting up?  At times I do alright, but often, the instant the thought of smoking crosses my mind, I lit up a cigarette.  I am not smoking as much (really not too bad), but it seems to be quite a challenge to quit entirely.  I am not giving up, but finding this quit thing very difficult.  It seems so engrained into my routine...
  2. renee, quitcoach
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    Hello Franny,

    I hear you! It is so challenging when a craving hits to resist it. Take pride in the times you are able to resist it and use the times you are not able to resist it as a learning opportunity.

    What's different between the times you are able to resist, and the times you are not able to?

    All the best,

    Renee
  3. nerak47
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    Good morning Franny, 

    My decision to stop smoking started long before I actually 'stayed stopped' - for me, quitting was a slow and steady process. Cutting down was also a process. Smoking was an unconscious habit for many many yrs; changing that habit can't change overnight. 
    You are right, smoking is in our routine. I noticed how ingrained smoking was the longer I stayed stopped - and you will also. Being aware of how intrusive smoking is, is part of the process - now you may have a better idea of how to stay stopped. 
    For me, mornings were the toughest. Coffee in 1 hand and a smoke in the other hand and 2 smoke before I even thought about something else. I challenged myself to wait until at least I had that first coffee and then light up with my second cup (some days, I drank that first cup pretty fast so I could get to that smoke). 
    The thought of quitting smoking made me panic...breaking down time into manageable chunks of time seemed to work for me. There are a lot of helpful and doable suggestions to help with those 'impulsive' moments...take what you like and what works.
    I have an addictive personality and so:
    I have tried the cold turkey thing...oh my gosh! Kudos to those who have quite that way - never again
    I've tried the patch numerous times - made me very sick as I continued to smoke through the sickness. 
    Same with the gum..
    Wellbutrin help reduce smoking for a bit, but the stress was stronger
    I had given up... I was going to die with a cigarette between my lips. 
    Champix made me feel nervous and was my last desperate option. Wanting to quit was stronger than smoking now. I haven't had a smoke since Feb 6 last yr...17 more days and I'll be a non-smoker for 1yr. 

    Keep posting and poke around and read the posts...a good read and sometimes a fun read. Glad you're here and have made 'the decision'...(the rest can follow)

    nerak 

  4. renee, quitcoach
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    Hello Nerak,

    Good advice and congrats on almost being 1 year smokefree!

    Renee

  5. efreeman75
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    Hi Franny,

    If smoking is part of your routine, perhaps simply changing your routine would help crush the cravings.  Maybe change where you smoke.  I know if I had to go outside today (-25) to smoke, it would definitely change my routine!!!  I used to smoke when I drove.  I used to drive around just to smoke.  When I quit, I forced myself to not drive around as much.  Not only did I avoid smoking, but I became much more productive in my office!  The triggers are predictable - try to avoid them while you nurture and protect your quit.

    And Nerak - Way to Go!!!!
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