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Prepared For The Worst?


a month ago +1 Timbo637 748 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 1

Bump up for new users.

Be prepared and plan ahead. Quitting smoking IS doable.


Stay stong...and safe!


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6 years ago 0 luckyu 23 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
I know I was over the hump when I could not be around smokers and second hand smoke. I have changed my whole mindset now and going for long walks and breathing the fresh air has given me a real boost - you just have to be strong !
6 years ago 0 Penitent 2532 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Bump for the new quitters
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6 years ago 0 Penitent 2532 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Hey Red,
 
I like those two answers a lot.
 
It might also help to try to avoid any battles whatsoever. It is also a great trait to know when to walk away but that does not mean on every occasion. There are times when you have to stand your ground.
 
All the Best,
Penitent
 
 
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6 years ago 0 Red1 2506 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Being that I am a new quitter again..I would like to share two things that I have learned from my previous failed quits.
My personal answers to the questions posed at the beginning of the thread topic...Would have to be....
 
Learning to pick my battles wisely, and remembering a lady always knows when to leave the room.
 
Red..
 
6 years ago 0 Penitent 2532 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Lots of good responses here that many of our new quitters may benefit from.
 
Forewarned is forearmed!!!
 
Best to All,
Penitent
 
 
 
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8 years ago 0 Working On It 1140 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
This is a good thread. Good idea to anticipate triggering scenarios. At the moment, I'm not sure what scenario creates the greatest "slip" hazard for me.
 
I just got back from vacation, and there was a lot of partying. My travel companions were not smokers, but a lot of folks at the bars and on the street were. It was kind of a good thing, since I got lots of practice at drinking without smoking. By the end, I wasn't thinking about cigs when I drank. So maybe a good prevention is to drink too much for several days!    
 
I think the weight gain thing might be a problem. This is something i need to manage with exercise, as the deep breathing is also kind of a replacement for inhaling smoke. ...'Cept there's a whole lot less coughing.  
 
I think the most difficult scenario for me so far is when I overeat (also a weight related thing). I used to relieve some of the discomfort of an overly full stomach with a cigarette. Now, I just have to deal with it and/ or take a walk.  
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8 years ago 0 Hot SiO2 2778 logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo logo 0
Something else for all you newbies to think about!  Do you have anything to add to the thread???
 
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new me,
 
What a positive and inspirational post! Thank you so much for sharing, stay strong!
 
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This is a great preventative topic. In the beginning of my quit, boredom was a big factor, as was socializing. As my quit progressed, the cravings to smoke started to come during stressful situations. For the boredom, I started reading more novels. If you do not read books, during a quit is an excellent time to start. You do not associate reading with smoking, and a good book is a treasure. For the socializing, I made myself LEAVE THE SITUATION if the cravings were really getting to me, to the point where I know that if I stayed, I would  make some kind of excuse to smoke or talk myself into the "just one" hoax. If that meant only staying at happy hour for 45 minutes instead of 2 hours, it was worth it to stay quit. If that meant NOT going to a party or get together at the neighborhood pub, so be it. I stayed home and watched a movie, took a bath, talked on the phone, posted on scc.
Now that my quit is further along, I can socialize with smokers and not want to smoke. I can handle the boredom effectively. It is  stressful situations that attack my quit. I have a mantra. I take a deep breath and say "peaceful and free". I think that self talk really helps keep me from picking up that one smoke. As my quit evolved, different factors in life became the issue; so it was a changing thing. But, whatever the threat to our quits, we know that one smoke is not worth that fall back into slavery to nicotine. We can do this because, smoking is a choice...and we chose NOPE!
 
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