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Back Again With a Brand New Quit

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  1. brieffree
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    Hi Manderson4

    way to go! Congrats in your fight, you are doing it! Try to relax your mind, be nice with yourself and the crave will go away!

     Trust me, it works! Give yourself a big hug! 

     You Can do it!
  2. efram, quit coach
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    Hi manderson4!

    Nice to hear that you're now close to 40 days smoke-free! Congratulations, big time!

    And I like what you wrote on the 16th: "remember it gets easier with each cigarette you don't smoke." Most of the time this is true! I wonder if the past week has been harder in part because you'd stopped vaping and were getting less nicotine (along with the strained muscle and being sick).

    A thought: you'd mentioned that your quit coach said you could double up on the Step 3 patches if needed, and you mentioned that you bought some nicotine spray as well. As you seem to have concerns about vaping, I wonder if doubling up on the patch and using the spray might give you enough options to again go vape-free?

    I hope you get that bike soon -- what a great reward!

    Thanks for keeping us posted.

    Last modified on 25 Aug 2019 21:18 by efram, quit coach
  3. manderson4
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    40 days who'd a thunk it. So I got my honorarium on Friday after doing a outreach for cycling. Went to the bank and then thought time to buy my bike. the one I originally was going to get was already sold. I talked the guy that owns the shop I usually get my repairs done at and asked if he had anything. He said he had one that would be perfect for what I wanted and needed and phoned the store saying I would be in. I got it, I called the Cypress Connector. Cypress is the model name and Connector is the job I just finished for Everyone Rides. Friday night was a sleepless night and I had some running around to do and then the No Hate Rally and then crashed and burned, I missed a ride Saturday night but made up for it Sunday Morning. The cravings and the urges aren't as noticeable. Have a great smoke free day everyone.
  4. brieffree
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    Hi Manderson

     You are doing it!
      I am so proud of you! Keep it up!
  5. manderson4
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    Had a time of reflection of this summer this week because I was asked to write a blog post about my summer experience. It seemed that I still have that thing where I can remember negative experiences. I had a busy day yesterday with foot care starting first thing in the morning, then Accu-detox and the stop smoking group and finishing up with a group ride in the evening. After the foot appointment I went to one of my favourite meditation spots for a bit put on some music and just thought and edited the blog post, it turned out a lot more positive and more in line with what they wanted. I stopped off at home picked up my tablet and went to Accu-Detox and during the quiet time there I typed up the blog post (Note to self next time take your bluetooth keyboard). The stop smoking group is going great I am now on day 44 and single step 3 patches. I do have extra if I know I am going to have a stressful day, but I am even dealing with that a little better. On the ride it was a great way to wind down the day exploring the city and the alley ways that I haven't been on before. Have a great smoke free day and weekend everyone.
  6. manderson4
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    Day 45 was interesting, on my way to my regular Saturday Activities I realized I didn't bring a hat or a marker so I stopped in at a store to get some and after some small talk the clerk put a pack of cigarettes on the counter (this is where I usually bought my cigarettes) at first I was shocked then laughed as I explained I had quit and was on day 45. The clerk and I talked a bit about quitting and asked for the information for the groups I have been part of because he had a couple of customers that wanted to quit as well. Have a great smoke free weekend and remember this too shall pass.
  7. manderson4
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    Another busy week, lots of meetings which is a good thing keeps me busy and out of trouble. Stop smoking is going great for the most part minimal cravings and memories. I have successfully stepped down to the step 3 patches. I did have 1 major memory this morning when I was clipped by a car while doing my ride. I wasn't hurt or anything and was checked on scene by a nurse. And then later saw one of doctors. But immediately after the thought of a cigarette was there and I caught myself checking my pockets for the pack. I don't ride with spray because well I have lost one before and that can be expensive, but I did have my sharpie. And thankfully the driver stopped and we talked and he had a bottle of water. Went to my appointment and then hung out with a friend one of the bike programs that has also quit smoking. Then came home and slept. I have a little pain but it is manageable. Have a great smoke free day everyone.
  8. manderson4
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    Today is starting out wonderful. Lots of memories about smoking and how I thought I enjoyed it. I am glad I journal different things especially new experiences like going to a open air concert to see a band that I enjoy, sitting through a church service without going outside, or even my first long distance bike ride and how good it felt even though I was tired and sore. 
    So today I am going to the dentist again. I probably should go more often. And I am getting a root canal at first I was nervous and thinking the last time I was smoking and I couldn't wait to get out and light up, then thinking about how weird everything felt because my mouth was frozen. But you know Monday when I went in for cleaning and xrays it felt good to not have to stop every few minutes because I had to cough or craving while the hygienist was cleaning. 
    I guess what I am saying is replace the bad memories of smoking with good ones of being a non-smoker and continue to draw on them for strength. 

    Have a Great Smoke Free Day Everyone.
  9. kate r, quit coach
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    manderson4,

    Thank you so much for providing the community these updates and motivating members; it's wonderful to hear you are having a good start to your day! It's also great you're being so reflective on your quit journey by journaling and replacing bad memories of being a smoker with good ones of being a non-smoker.

    Best of luck with the dentist!

    Kate R
  10. atp
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    The dentist was another little bonus I never considered when quitting. I went a couple of weeks after quitting and again at the start of summer and my teeth were whiter and less build-up, so my cleanings are faster.

    I'm looking forward to my next cleaning in a few weeks. 
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