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6/11/20 12:08 P

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" I am committing to posting here every day to let others know my progress. day one."

It has been over a month... how are you doing?

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6/11/20 12:07 P

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6/11/20 11:25 A

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I had smoked since college, and tried to stop many times. I went to my doctor.
He started me on Chantix--half a pill at a time for a week. 21 days later I never wanted to see a cigarette. I haven't' smoked in 10 years or more. This must be done through your doctor and chantix is not for everyone.

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5/6/20 9:48 P

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Congrats on making the decision to stop smoking. You will never regret that decision! Here are a couple resources that may help:

How to Use Mindfulness to Quit Smoking

No Butts About It: 50 Reasons to Quit Smoking

Also, the American Lung Association has been helping people quit smoking for years. Here's a link to their info:

Wishing you all the best! Stop by and let us know how you are doing from time to time.


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5/6/20 6:21 P

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Kudos for working on making another change towards being healthier!

If you are at the point where you truly WANT to quit smoking, purely for yourself (not because you "should", or your kids want you to, or someone is nagging), then you are well on your way to being a non-smoker. Trying to make such a big change mostly for others rarely works - it really does have to come when you, yourself, are truly ready.

I smoked over a pack a day for over 35 years - and quit cold turkey one Friday afternoon a few years ago. I was finally "ready", and I followed the advice of a good friend and read the book Alan Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking (website:
). I read the book that Friday afternoon, and haven't had a cigarette or a "craving" since then. I did have a couple of days of physical symptoms from the nicotine withdrawal, but otherwise no issues at all.

My husband (same amount and time smoking) also quit that day - although he didn't read the book. He just powered through, with the help of peppermint toothpicks and sheer orneriness ;-)

We shared that book with a few friends over the years - and had 5 of the 6 become non-smokers after reading the book (or, in one case, ordering the podcast since his ADHD makes reading difficult). The other one really didn't WANT to quit and was only trying again because her son was nagging her (she outright stated that she didn't want to, but thought that she "should") - and she was back to smoking within a couple of days.

Really - if you really are READY, then this book, or meds from your doc, or whatever other options are just tools to make it easier. When you are READY, then you will quit - it just might be more difficult without the tools!

Don't beat yourself up if it doesn't go the way you planned all in one go. It takes most of us a few rounds to successfully make any healthy change, and the next round does get better due to what we learned from past trials.

All the best to you!

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