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Happy Love your Pet Day!

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  1. sarah, quit coach
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    Today is Love your Pet Day!
    Our furry friends can provide a great distraction during a quit, such as by going on extra walks with the dog, or playing with the cat. Some people find feeding, grooming, and training their pet is a great way to keep their mind off cigarettes.
    Animals can also bring a sense of calm during times of stress.
    Do you have a pet? How have you included your fave 4-legged family member into your quit plan?
    Sarah
  2. atp
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    20 Feb in reply to sarah, quit coach
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    I've got a black lab/bernese mix. 100 lbs of stubbornness that loves the winter.

    I quit Jan 01 and first week of my quit I was afraid to take him for a walk as I always had a smoke or 2 while walking him, so the task fell to my wife even though it was freezing out.

    After that I realized I had to start facing my triggers and after a couple of walks I was starting to enjoy it.  The magic moment was walking up from the ravine and getting to the top and not stopping to catch my breath. That was a 'reward' moment for my quit. I was actually starting to experience the benefits of quitting and not just feeling miserable going through withdrawal.

    I'm actually thinking about trying to start going for a jog in the mornings to work off some of the extra weight I gained since I quit, and it would do good for my dog well to join me and work off some of those treats he constantly gets from either my mom or mother-in-law.


    Last modified on 20 Feb 2019 16:02 by atp
  3. wandam
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    24 Feb in reply to atp
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    Good for you atp, I need to start walking with my dog like you, to loose the extra pounds, I put on since I quit too. Awesome that you recognized not needing to catch your breath!
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