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10/13/10 10:36 P

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Hey everyone, I am new here. I am a single mom, 25 years old, of a 4 year old daughter. I quit smoking Sept 25th. I initially quit in July, but I didn't handle it well with patches or gum. This time I'm on Chantix (although I usually forget to take it), and it has been very easy.

I always thought I was weak, but I've realized how much willpower I am filled with in the last year and a half. I am strong. I will succeed!

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10/13/10 6:39 P

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I've been smoking for most of my last 35 years of life with a few years off for pregnancy. I'm tired of smoking and the life it's stealing from me. Over the last week, I've been preparing to quit. Reduced # of cigarettes from 20/day to less that 11/day. I've spent some time on line checking out support sites and have been reading ACS's book "Kicking Butts". I'm feeling very anxious about quitting so I keep my why list available and add more things to the list everyday. Although my husband is not ready yet, he is being supportive.

I'm planning to walk as an alternative to smoking. My quit date is October 25th at midnight. On October 26th, I hope to start a smoke free life.

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10/13/10 1:07 P

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I have been smoking off and on for the last ten years now. Out of that ten years, I had three smoke free years over that time, but not all together. What helped me to quit the longest was working out regularly. It was my replacement for smoking. The problem now is that I can't seem to find the motivation to work out at home. I need a gym but can't afford a membership. I am the type of person who does well in a gym but not at home. I have a stability ball, a set of ten pound weights, some resistance bands, and a weighted jump rope. BUt I can't find the motivation to work out. My goal is to quit smoking and lose 24 lbs. Any suggestions for how to motivate myself at home?

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I was supposed to quit today 10/12/10, but I still had cigarettes left from yesterday. Three minutes ago I smoked my last cigarette...my last cigarette forever is my hope! I've smoked for 29 years, and it is time to quit. Tomorrow 10/13 is the day for me. I have tried and failed before, but this time I'm determined to make it. I've got my Nicorette and regular chewing gum and activities planned to keep me busy. I keep telling myself that I CAN DO THIS and I can do it without gaining weight. I want to be the healthy person I'm supposed to be. I think I'm finally ready.

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10/11/10 9:43 A

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Hi my name is Tabatha and I have been a smoker for 14 years now. I have finally decided that with the life style changes I am going to be making it is time to quit smoking as well. My quit date is going to be tomorrow 10/12. I know I will need plenty of support for this as my husband is also a smoker and is not ready to quit, which I know from past tries will only make it that much harder for me to quit. I am hopeful that by joining this team I will have an easier time and be able to actually quit this time.

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10/3/10 6:25 P

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Joining this is a big step. I have been very hesitant to admit I am smoker for fear of judgment from all the healthy sparkers. I want to quit. It is my way of getting away when I am stressed or need a "me break". My life is changing in a big way because I am starting grad school. I have successfully completed 3 weeks of the "Insanity" program and I am really getting in shape. I am eating healthier than ever and noticing changes but I still have this nasty habit of lighting up. Heck, I smoke before I exercise and Insanity is intensely cardio based (I can still hit my target heart rate and don't struggle with my breathing). So, I need some support. I have read all the affirmations and things to do instead of smoking it's not new to me but a big part of the issue is that I really enjoy smoking. I enjoy it but I don't like that I do it. Does that make sense? I just don't want to be tortured by cravings when I am trying to focus on homework, etc. It is really important that I am able to focus. UNIQUE advice is appreciated. Again, I have seen all the affirmations and basic advice, I know all that. I need something unique and powerful because as I said, I have to be able to focus. I am not worried about nicotine cravings I have done enough research on that. It's more the habit...the enjoyment I get from it. Because I don't get out of breath, I don't mind smelling like smoke, I always smoke outside and I am conscientious around non-smokers. This is more of an intellectual decision because in truth, I really enjoy it. I believe it is important to be honest so there it is. I would like to quit smoking because it is the logical thing to do at this point. I am sure I will hear responses to this post like: "you have to want it" ,etc. I have decided to quit, I want advice on how to keep my focus off smoking and on my studies for the next 3 months, the time it takes to break a bad habit. Thank you for taking the time to read this and for having a team like this that will support those trying to quit.

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9/28/10 6:41 P

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Hello everyone! My quit day is tomorrow.

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9/28/10 10:00 A

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Hello,

I'm going on my 5th day without cigarettes. So far so good.

Everyday I write the reasons why I quit in my journal. This has helped me stay focused.



For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

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9/28/10 8:19 A

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Hello everyone.....It is Michelle again...

I finally quit!! I found my post back from Jan. wanting to quit and now I'm posting in Sept. that I finally quit. Quit date 9/12/10 and going strong.

I still have my moments when I really want one but I keep telling myself nope you don't really want it.

Good luck everyone you can do it. I know it's tuff soemtimes but it is so worth it.

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CD5130621 Posts: 3,056
9/28/10 3:18 A

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After 20 months of stopping smoking, here I am again back in the throws of addiction. I lit up a few weeks ago and I set a quit date of Oct 11.





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9/25/10 4:28 P

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Hi, I'm Laura. I have 7 cigarettes left and then I'm quitting! I've been smoking since I was 12 (30 years) and I've had enough! My lungs are starting to burn when I run, and I would much rather run than smoke- so that's where I'm at.

Once I set my mind to do something, that makes it pretty much a done deal! But I'm sure I will need LOTS of support with this, so I'm looking forward to getting to know you all :)





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9/22/10 12:49 P

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Welcome new members and welcome back returning members!!!

We are so happy to have you here!

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JUNO_GARNET's Photo JUNO_GARNET Posts: 41
9/22/10 9:46 A

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Hi, I'm joining this team on the 5th day of my millionth quit (maybe an exaggeration). I really have quit and relapsed more times than I can count, but I am so done with smoking right now. I don't want to gain any weight though, and that has been a struggle for me in the past as well. Every time I quit, here come the pounds! So I am hoping that by coming here I can stay smoke free but also stick to my weight loss program without munching my way back into the upper 200's!

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I was smoke free with the help of this team for 5 1/2 months and started smoking again. It was a relapse I allowed myself because at the time it seemed that something had to give, and that was it. My relapse lasted 10 days and now I have been smoke free since Sunday night. The withdrawal has been quite mild, and really even the cravings haven't been too bad. I know what to do to quit successfully and I will do it this time. I didn't stop running while I smoked and it was way harder. Interesting thing is that yesterday when I ran, my heart rate was down 10 beats per minute to its normal range when I run. That was with less than 12 hours without a cigarette. Sobering thought.

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9/14/10 10:27 P

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Hi Everyone- I am 27 yr old, smoker for over 10 yrs. I quit earlier this year for several months but recently started back up again. I want to quit again but am worried about how it might effect my weight loss goals (as I gained alot of weight when i quit). I am hoping to find a middle ground between my weight loss goals and my quitting smoking goals!! To all those successful quitters-Great Job. Your definitely an inspiration!!

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9/12/10 5:22 P

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Hi all! I am a 22 year old girl from Canada. I am interested in becoming a non-smoker! So far I am still a smoker so that's not a good start. I think my quit date will be coming up soon as my lung health is not very well.

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Welcome all and good luck!

I'm looking for my inner athlete, but I'm afraid I may have eaten her. If I'm very quiet I can hear her screams of terror.


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9/8/10 9:36 A

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Hi! I am Kim, and I have been a smoker since age 12, that translates into about 43 years.....OMG! Any way I have "quit" several times in that period but it never sticks. Now that I am serious about a healthy life style, I am quitting again. This time for good! I have set my target date....September 15, 2010. That is the magic day, because I will be traveling to the "Smoke Free Zone" for my grandson's 2nd birthday. I call it the SFZ because my daughter and her husband do not smoke, and there is no smoking in their house or on any of the AFB property. So here goes.....

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9/7/10 7:46 A

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Hey everyone! Today is the day! and I'm so glad to find a support group. I am in the midst of a health overhaul in preparation for my 30th birthday next summer. I'm looking forward to having a place to check in. Also, I am scheduled for a hypnosis cession with my psychologist on Thursday. I've never done anything like that before, but I figure it can't hurt!

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9/5/10 1:36 P

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So, I am re-introducing myself. I have been a member of this team for quite a while, and have been unable to actually quit for that whole time. Until last week, when I decided I had had enough!! I have been without a cigarette since Tuesday night, August 31, and I have to say that I am so excited and proud of myself, and my husband. So, hello to all, and I hope you all are having a great day.

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9/2/10 9:07 A

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Hi! I'm Kristen! I have decided to quit several times and always found a reason to keep smoking. Sadly enough I still enjoy he habit which makes it really hard for me to let it go but I want to so badly. I did quit over a year ago when I was pregnant but when my son was two and a half months old I was smoking again - hubby smoking doesn't help.
I don't have a quit date at the moment but I do have the desire to officially let it go for good!

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i'm back.......... first posted the July quit on 7/13, went back to smoking, then quit, then smoked, then quit, then smoked, then ended up in the hospital with double pneumonia. ENOUGH! I had "quit" the day before the hospital and got a very realistic picture of the "ghost of Christmas future" with an 87 year old lady who was unable to tend to herself and choked on her phlegm all night long. I won't kid myself, it will be hard, (I kept thinking about being able to get a cigarette as soon as I got out of the hospital[I didn't]) but I am worth it. I won't smoke. Nope.

"God placed the best things in life on the other side of terror; on the other side of your maximum fear are all the best things in life." ---Will Smith

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STEFANIE832 Posts: 31
8/31/10 1:10 P

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Hi my name is Stefanie I'm 27 years old and today is the day I decided I'm going to quit smoking. I know it will be a difficult road, but I'm willing to take on the challenge!

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I am Debbie! Married 28 years, live on the South Shore of Massachussetts, 5 kids, 6 grandkids, 1 dog, love camping and hiking. Been smoking for over 35 years. Attempted to quit years ago and only made it 2 weeks. Hubby has been smoke free for over 12 years. Figure it's my turn.

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8/29/10 3:28 P

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I am Sandy and I quit way back in Jan. I feel much better since I been smoke free.I am married and have 7 kids ages are 18,9,7,6,5,3,1. I am turning 43 this sept 7th.I live in Apple Valley,Ca and my focus right now is to lose weight and get healthy.I workout 7 days a week.I wish my husband would quit smoking but he says never. He does missed me smoking with him but I just keep telling him I am glad I quit.Even his mom quit to she quit two weeks before I did. Well this is my story.I hope to met others who quit the habit as well.Go check out my page if you like.....

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8/29/10 9:33 A

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I am new to this site and am trying hard to quit smoking, the doctor put me on chantix 10 days ago and i find it so hard to put them down. i will do good for about 6 hours then bam i want one so bad it hurts. any suggestions?

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8/27/10 11:05 P

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I am brand new to this site but have been quit for 159 days. I am very proud of that fact but...now I really need to diet and exercise. Looks like I came to the right place.

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8/26/10 10:21 A

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Welcome all - and good luck to you. It's a personal journey, and it's a hard one. It's made harder when someone else in your life still smokes, partly because of the exposure and partly because of the access to cigarettes. You may think twice about getting in your car, driving to the store, and buying a pack but not give much thought to just taking one out of his/her pack. Be strong - we can all do this!

I'm looking for my inner athlete, but I'm afraid I may have eaten her. If I'm very quiet I can hear her screams of terror.


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8/24/10 8:39 A

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I quit smoking on my bday (7/11). I started when I was 15 and got to the age where I would have been smoking half my life...so it had to stop. It hasn't been that hard, but that's probably because I have other addictions that make cigarettes seem like a joke. Anyways...to everyone out there, set a deadline for yourself, make up your mind, and you might just surprise yourself. After 3 days of not smoking I realized just how disgusting smoker's smelled (and I smelled for 15 years).

Good luck!

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8/23/10 9:26 A

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Hi everyone, new to SP about a week ago, not only do i wake up with smokers cough in the morning at 23 ( as of yesterday) but i have picked up a running routine that is killing me because i smoke. I can do good at the jogging part, it's the can't breathe that gets to me. i cough while i'm running which as you can guess messes up my concentration and breathing. I'm getting to the point now where, i wanted to quit before; i hate the taste of a cigarette every time i smoke one, but now it's preventing me from achieving my goals. So now i am stuck at i'm making a lot of changes in my life, starting new exciting but hard things and i'm wondering if i can continue the rest of my goals if i add this one to it. Will gaining weight effect me, too many goals can break someone down mentally if they're not succeeding at some of them you know? Well thanks for listening, i feel a little better now.

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8/23/10 3:47 A

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hi all . my name is bader and i just join spark yesterday , it happen also to be the first day to quit smoking , its really what i have planned since the last combat with smoking back at 2006 , when i quit smoking for the longest period and that was 8 months , please dont ask me how did i smoke again but this time should be the final chapter, just wana embrace every one here and say god bless

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Hi, I am two weeks new to SP and I have been a smoker for 20+ years and want to quit. It's scary when you wake up in the morning with smoker's cough. I did quit cold turkey when I was pregnant with my son but started again when my maternity leave was over and I returned to work (I wonder why??) I have 15 lbs to lose...is there any way to do both at the same time? I wonder if we would all quit if each pack we bought had a picture of a diseased lung instead of a logo?

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8/17/10 3:47 P

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You can do it!

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Hi! Another newbie here. I am 316 days smoke free (and each day is still a struggle for me) but it's time to deal with the weight too - so I thought this might be a good place to visit.

I used a full course of the patch, and it went well -I just wish it would finally be at a point where I don't want to smoke every single day... does it ever come?

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LEE_DAMINION's Photo LEE_DAMINION Posts: 25
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Hi, my name is Lee and I am new to Spark. I had my last smoke on the 11th of this month. This is not the first time I have quit. I have quit twice in the last 12 months the first time lasted 3 months, the second time lasted 2 weeks.

I am using nicotine gum, not sure if it is wise to swap one addiction for another, but my doctor says we will deal with the gum later if needed. It is better than smoking.

I have also cut caffeine, surprisingly I have not killed anyone in the last week. Here's to another day... LOL

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Hi I am new to this program as well as to stopping smoking. I have smoked to long and I just had it. the coughing and feeling like crap, I just had enough. I have tried Chantix and for me it works. My husband still smokes and is supportive to me not. He will go to another part of the house so I don't get the erg. I just keep saying to myself I just don't smoke anymore. PS = I smoked for over 40 yrs
Been a month so far so good. Now all I need is help wit h food. LOL emoticon

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Hi! My name is Evie.I have been a smoker for about 8 years.I want to quit,and Im hoping all you wonderful group members can help motivate me:)
One of my biggest quitting issues is my husband.I love him dearly,but he is also a smoker-and doesnt seem very interested in quitting.He says he is,but...
Does anyone have any advice on dealing with this issue?I have asked him to smoke outside or not around me,but it usually only lasts a few days:(

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I keep telling myself I have to quit. I have more than 94 excuses. I think that this team can help me. I am already feeling more motivated from reading posts in your forums.

If it is to be, it is up to me!

It's never too late to be who who you might have been!



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I'm Re. I plan on being done by the 23rd of this month. I'm not sure how easy it will be though. I'm nervous about pulling it off.

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8/9/10 4:28 P

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Hi, I'm Debbie from Orlando, Florida. I'm a work in progress with the quit smoking problem. I have a few quits that lasted a little while, the longest quit lasted 2 years.
Each time I fall off the wagon, it feels like the wagon is barreling down the highway, and I have a harder and harder time catching up to it.
Now, I have the dreaded "smoker's cough." My doctor said today that this is our last time to do this quit. (He's mad that I can't quit...duh, so am I!).
So, he's prescribed Wellbutrin and I finally got him to agree to let me wear the patch. I did so well with the patch.
I'll get back to you with a quit date. He wants me to start the Wellbutrin first and get it working, so the heeby-jeebies don't get me.

It's nice to meet you all and I'll look forward to making new friends.

Debbie

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Hi I am lio from China. A smoker for almost three years and recently plan to quit. So join spark. I hope this could work out.

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congrats and welcome to the team!
any tips for doing both at the same time that you can share?

I'm looking for my inner athlete, but I'm afraid I may have eaten her. If I'm very quiet I can hear her screams of terror.


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Hi, my name is Joshua, and I am a smoker. I've been an mostly-on-and-sometimes-off-again smoker for about 10 years. When I joined SparkPeople back in January, one of my goals for after I lost weight was to stop smoking. I had fallen into the belief that I had to chose between losing weight and stopping smoking. Since then, I have read articles about how to do both at the same time, but never had the courage to try. Tonight, I started the "Couch to 5K" program, and found myself getting winded very easily. While I can attribute some of that to my weight and lack of conditioning, I couldn't help but wonder how much easier it would be if I didn't smoke. So after cooling down, I decided the time has come, and have decided that, as of today, I am an ex-smoker.

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Congrats! You will get past it, but I can't say when. Unfortunately it's either eat or smoke and it's healthier to eat.
My theory? Each of us is only allotted so much will power at a time and not smoking uses up so much of it that there's none left for food. As it takes less will power to not smoke, there's more left to help you make good food choices.

I'm looking for my inner athlete, but I'm afraid I may have eaten her. If I'm very quiet I can hear her screams of terror.


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8/4/10 6:18 P

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Hi, I'm Rachel. I've been 4 days w/o a cigarette now. My daughter has also been 4 days. We quit together and are trying to support each other. It's rough though. I'm fine during the day when I'm working, but it's really, really hard in the morning with my coffee or at night before I go to bed. With everyone's support, I'm sure we'll get through this. I am finding though that I'm wanting food to replace the cigarettes. I'm trying like crazy not to do that but sure have been struggling. Hungry all the time now. How do you get past that? We will prevail! LOL emoticon

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8/3/10 3:26 P

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I so wish there was a real life "easy button" like on those commercials. The only way to quit is just to quit. Talk to your doctor, maybe he/she will have some ideas. I don't know why this attempt stuck and others haven't. Most importantly keep trying.
If any of you do stumble on the miracle cure, let me know. Hubby's quit date was yesterday - and he didn't even make it til noon. We've all been there, and it's so disappointing it just makes us want to smoke more.
I'll be as much support as I can - maybe just knowing someone is rooting for you all will help. But it's not the same as having a real life helper.

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8/3/10 2:43 P

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hi, i've been smoking for 7 years and wanted to stop for the past 4... unfortunately, all my friends smoke (no surprise since i became friends with a lot of them while having cigarette breaks outside) and i need some support while i'm quitting. almost two weeks cigarette free now

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8/2/10 12:35 P

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I need some serious help!!! I smoke about 2 packs a day. I have tried everything to stop. My fiance hates that i smoke. I wake up every morning coughing and unable to breath. I hate smoking, but when I don't I am miserable. I have tried patches, gum, carrots, no smoke mouth spray, and other little tricks. Can someone help me?

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Hi! My name is Lyn, I've joined this team before and left because I failed big time. That was more then a year ago.
I quit while I was pregnant and after she was born started again but smoke no more then 4 a day since. I smoke hand made rollies because cigarretes now make me feel ill but bottom line is ...I still smoke!
I want to quit and going cole turkey has not worked for me.

I turn 30 this month and want to be a smoke free mum. My baby is now 10 mnths old and I want to do this for her...and for me.
ANY HELP and motivation to quit is welcomed!!!

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Good for you both! Welcome

I'm looking for my inner athlete, but I'm afraid I may have eaten her. If I'm very quiet I can hear her screams of terror.


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