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Shamrockgreen123
Quit 39 days ago
Well, today I reached the one month mark smoke-free! I feel gratified and so pleased to get to this step, but that I did encourages me.  A big challenge coming up this weekend.  A lovely Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy.. but with about 20 guests. Half at least are people I don't really know, and some will be smoking.  My first test of managing holiday events. I have to make sure I don't let a bit of nerves from social anxiety get in the way. Nope, Nope Nope.. gotta stay true to my mantra..
  • Green Meenie
    Quit 992 days ago
    October 9 @ 12:49 pm
    Yes! That's right you need to double down and get through the big get together without smoking but you have already identified that there will likely be triggers to smoke so now the best thing you can do is face them head-on! That's how solid quits are built. Facing down triggers one at a time. I assume the smokers will be doing that outdoors and not in front of you inside? In that case, all you will have to deal with is that stench of stale smoke on people as they pass by you after having one - Yuk! Gross. Don't let that make you lose your appetite 🤢. This will be an excellent opportunity for you to jump another hurdle in quitting. Just think about how much more time will will have to organize and execute things too as well as spending more time socializing instead of sneaking away to get a fix!
    I think you'll do just fine! Have a great get together 🦃
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      Shamrockgreen123
      Quit 39 days ago
      October 9 @ 1:14 pm
      Thanks G.M! Yes, smoking will be outdoors.. so that should be easier to avoid. Just can't join the huddle of smokers as I've been so used to doing. That's a freedom in itself, especially now that we're into colder, wetter weather. How many times we've all been out freezing in rain, sleet, snow, knowing it was ridiculous.. but feeding the nicodemon.
  • DianneE
    Quit 374 days ago
    October 9 @ 1:07 pm
    Congrats on one month Shamrock, this is generally the time when it starts to get a little easier, the cravings less intense and coming with less frequency.  Hopefully knowing that will get you through the holidays and temptation.  Good luck!
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    judythebeauty
    Quit 602 days ago
    October 9 @ 2:22 pm
    Congrats on your one month, and hang in there over the long weekend, I find those occasions extremely tough especially when there are a few smokers outside.
  • QuitCoach Ken
    Quit 14,185 days ago
    October 9 @ 3:55 pm
    Good for you Shamrockgreen123 and I believe you can do this because you understand that you matter more than a cigarette and that you are in control and while other may smoke you can be "thankful" that is not you and take on an attitude of gratitude that you are in control and that you are treating yourself to breathing better, smelling better and having a richer life ahead with especially the money you are saving by not smoking. Bravo to you and please enjoy your smoke free thanksgiving dinner. 
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    Shannon C
    Quit 11 days ago
    October 9 @ 6:27 pm
    Awesome Shamrock, great job. 
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,319 days ago
    October 10 @ 7:50 am
    Shamrock, if you can make it through this challenge,  you’ll be better off for there will be many more ahead to deal with.  It will prove that you can handle them and put them aside when you need to.  You are in total control and you’ll go far if you do so.  You’ve gone 1 month. That’s a huge milestone.  Congratulations and stay true to yourself, Lucille