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  • penelopen
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    Back in the saddle again

    Posted in Quit experiences 4 Dec 2017
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    I made it 7 months quit but then i went back down the slippery slope! Sad but true. I smoked from April-November of 2017 but now i am quit again, today is day 14. I feel resolute and determined. The first two weeks was easier than expected (after the very first craving, which was a killer). Good luck to everyone!

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    6 months!

    Posted in Staying quit 19 Mar 2017
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    I made it to 6 months. it has been, at times, a hard battle. Feeling a bit emotional/fragile, i'm also in a particularly stressful moment of my life which doesn't help. But i am never going back. I'll never smoke again. Quitting was so hard but NOT IMPOSSIBLE! I really had my doubts that I would actually succeed. Thank you guys so much for your help.

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  • penelopen
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    5 months today!

    Posted in Staying quit 20 Feb 2017
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    So, today is 5 months! 153 days. It feels really freaking great. While i do still have slight smoking nostalgia (and maybe always will?) I definitely feel like the hard part is over. Though I have heard stories of people slipping up after 5 or 6 months, i'm really going to work to not go down that road! I do feel like i've gained a bit of weight as a result of quitting and as i'm in the northe...

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    127 days quit!

    Posted in Staying quit 25 Jan 2017
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    In a really good place with it, not thinking about smoking too much, I feel like after day 100 or so thing have chilled out for me. still checking my smoking apps though and this site sometimes...couldnt have done it without those aids. Looking forward to the 5 month mark, hope i don't get hit with cravings!

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    Day 99!!!

    Posted in Staying quit 28 Dec 2016
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    well folks i've made it to day 99! I had planned to wait and post on day 100 but i'm heading into a meditation retreat today for the next 12 days and so i'm celebrating publicly today. It certainly hasn't always been easy but- sometimes it HAS. especially recently, i'm finding it easier and easier to not smoke, to deal with stress in other ways, to be around friends that smoke and not feel tri...

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    Day 66

    Posted in Staying quit 25 Nov 2016
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    Day 66. It's still getting easier, though i did have my first smoking dream last night, which was....disconcerting. I always feel low during the "holiday season", which pretty much begins today and runs for the next 6 weeks....ugh. Also, i'm about to spend 3 weeks in new york city, a place that i associate with smoking (and where a lot of people smoke) doing some stressful work. But sometimes i f...

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    Day 53

    Posted in Staying quit 12 Nov 2016
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    Hi all, just checking in on day 53. A few days ago i had my first day of not even thinking to check my quitting app, that felt like a good milestone. Also, a drunk guy at a bar handed me a cigarette the other night, for no reason he insisted i take it, it was a funny test. I kept it my pocket all night but didnt smoke it, and the next morning i got rid of it. Staying strong. Woke up this morning...

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    Day 32! Staying strong

    Posted in Staying quit 20 Oct 2016
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    I have made it over the one month hurdle which feels really amazing. The cravings are still there but much less. The hardest trigger for me is still stress but i have been trying to channel the energy into other places, like cleaning or painting to calm down. I've also been drinking massive quantities of tea. In 9 years of smoking i have tried to quit many, many times, but i've never made it this...

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    Day 14

    Posted in Staying quit 2 Oct 2016
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    Hello all, I have been a smoker for almost 9 years and have quit and relapsed probably a dozen times. While i have made it longer before, i am really trying to trust that i have the willpower to stay quit this time around. It feels different, and my cravings are less, even around other smokers. My main problem is stress, which makes me really, really want to smoke. But, i want my life back. I'm v...

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