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Started 4/3/22 by candrew; 5692 views.
Jerthie123

From: Jerthie123

Apr-11

Xvaper....

Thank you for the vote of confidence!

I am still stuck at 6 lozenges a day.

I know cutting down is not quitting, but sometimes I just want to keep a stress supply around for when I really need one.  I just don't think I am strong enough to go quit completely.

I will keep you all posted here though.  Is it weird that just two months ago I was 9 weeks quit, and determined?  And now I am back at it, just hoping to cut down?

Again, thank you for believing in me.  I hope I can pull through.

Jerthie123

From: Jerthie123

Apr-11

Lubbercat....

Hopping on this forum and typing away definitely helps!  Aside from keeping two hands busy, I feed off of everyone's warmth, strength and encouragement.  I can honestly say that I was about to suck on a lozenge, but jumping on the forum stopped me because of reading through everyone's stories of successfully quitting, or gallantly perservering through a relapse.  Let's keep encouraging one another!  It certainly raises our chances of quitting.

Jerthie123

From: Jerthie123

Apr-11

Andrew....

Just keep on truckin'.  The only way you lose is if you stop trying.  Good for you that you are not completely throwing in the towel.  You have your next quit date set.  And now you are more aware that stress after a disagreement or heated emotions leads to smoking.  Like Anne said, now you need to find a new auto reaction.  I think hopping on this forum is one of the best auto reactions.  If your phone or laptop is not handy, you like to pray... So give it to God, go for a walk and think other thoughts... Hopeful, encouraging thoughts.  Don't think one more minute about it.  Go on with your night!

xvaper

From: xvaper

Apr-12

Ofcourse! Update us, and eventually you will do this, I am confident.

Jerthie123

From: Jerthie123

Apr-13

Xvaper....

I hope so and part of me does not hope so... Sad to say, I am just not as fervent as everyone here and I like the idea of having a few lozenges here and there.  I am going to be. Completely honest.  My goal at this moment is just to cut down... Not quit entirely.  I like them too much.  I just adore and love everyone on this forum.... But am afraid I am not quite where you all are.  But I will continue to post.  Who knows right?

Lubbercat

From: Lubbercat

Apr-13

jerthie

Honesty is the best.  If you can cut down for a time then hopefully later you won't want to spend the money to invest in the lozenges...........I would say, just stick with the program.  I can say, however, that staying cut back will be a challenge.......no different then cutting back with the smokes, it seldom works cause the addiction will want you to increase the amounts again.

Good luck though and I will look forward to seeing you on here and hearing how you are doing.

Kathy

candrew

From: candrew

Apr-13

Jerthie

I would love to cut down. I now on day 3 of my current quit. No nicotine substitutes for this guy. I hate the taste of lozenges and gum, tired of the "nicotine pouches" that I have. I'm on my own as far as feeding my addiction with more nicotine. 

I envy your approach, I too would love to cut down, only smoking at  my special times. After meals, getting into a car, after a challenging task and others. 

Having just a few per day would great as opposed to my 2 pack a day habit. With every thing getting more expensive I calculated my monthly cost of smokes and I was amazed it was over $200/month or $2500/year.  Time to quit for sure.

How is your new job going? Have you found any smoking buddies? Break time was dedicated to having at least 2 with my group. I hope you like the job; that it is challenging and satisfying. 

I miss smoking and everything that went along with it except the  cost ; too bad, I JUST DON'T SMOKE AMYMORE, period.

Good luck in your modified quit, your new job and your new relationships.

Good day,

Andrew

xvaper

From: xvaper

Apr-13

Exactly. There is no deadline.. If and when you feel like quitting altogether, we are here for you.

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

Apr-13

Sounds like you are hitting all the right marks.  You are doing great.  Keep it up.

What are you doing in place of old smoke-time?  Your new smoke-free lifestyle will need to include new things to do (walking, running, swimming, playing basketball), to eat (hmmmm, chocolate covered raisins), to drink (orange juice never tasted so good) - food and beverages will absolutely surprise you as your taste buds come back to life.  

You are in charge of you and you have decided that the new you is smoke free.         

candrew

From: candrew

Apr-13

Anne -

Thanks for your response.

Yea, over the past few quits I have had a laundry list of substitute activities and this list gets longer each day. Being a rather sedentary person I have been trying new things that make me move more. I have been walking with my walker 1-3 miles each day. I am participating in water aerobics 45 minutes 3x a week. (my 3rd year). I have been doing a lot of yard work, planting flowers around the house. sowing grass seed,  trimming unwanted growth along the fence and cleaning and ordering storage in our garage.

I have fixed a number of appliances like the microwave & water heater,water conditioner thanks to Utube. I love making things work.

I play my piano for enjoyment and listen to music all day long with my many listening devices such as speakers, headphones and ear buds. I love walking with my Iphone connected to the internet. 

I watch and listen to current events and political issues on many different venues. 

Other than active  things I love  to eat my wife's wonderful cooking. Chocolate is my current addiction and usually have someting in the house to satisfy this affliction. 

So I already have things that I have always done but my worst time is watching TV after dinner until I turn in.  A risk time when I really crave a smoke.  

Other than that I can't say I'm not busy most of the day. Cravings are minimal.

I relapsed after my wife and me had a "spat". I don't handle confrontation very well and left the house and immediatly bought a pack of smokes after 60 days smoke free. I need to better deal with that kind of pressure. We made up when I got home. So I really started back up for no reason.

Oh well, so it goes.

Andrew (3 days smoke free)

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