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Good for you! Excellent decision. I also quite cold turkey. Get through the first three days, and you are into maintenance. Get through the next three weeks and you have built a solid foundation to avoid the temptations brought on by 'crave waves'. Get through those three months and you are will on your way to your new smokefree lifestyle.
Many who have gone cold turkey will say that, once you get past the first few days, it was easier than they thought it would be. I myself found it rather easy.
I have a penchant for chocolate covered raisins. There were a few crave waves that took some real effort to get past - long hot showers.
Staying in touch with this forum made a huge difference for me. Reading, corresponding and posting all helped.
This is the single best health decision of your life - good for you!
HEY !!! New quit day set!
So.... the idea was to start on the 11th but had a major setback that kept me from exercising - exercising is priority 1 or 1a in my quit plan. I didn't let that detour me though - I just kept tapering down on smoking and kept hydrating. I believe I've eliminated at least 3 to 4 smoking excuses in my quit date extension. Either way today is now my quit day and I'm looking forward to the journey.
Congratulations Kern on the start of your journey. Things might get a little rough at first because you are detoxing but please use all the information and reading material on here to snap your junkie brain out and concentrate on why you are doing it. You are stronger than this addiction and you can do it, you can beat this thing which is killing you. You will stop paying the tobacco companies to kill yourself, how brilliant is that?
Post here often!
Congratulations on the decision to quit! Getting started is the hard part. I know I failed many times but have been smoke free coming up on 2 years so yes, it can be done. Don't underestimate your ability to do this.
In the beginning excuses are all around us and we all want to make sure we are ready before truly committing to the quit but no matter how hard you try the excuses always pop up (although they pop up less the farther you get into your quit). Post here if you feel you are about to get derailed and basically do whatever you need to do to not smoke. It will get easier and you will see the positive mental and physical effects before too long.
From my experience, I was totally unenthusiastic and not confident in my quit but I kept focused on the reasons why I wanted to quit and that has led to 653 days so far without nicotine with hopefully a lifetime of it to go. In the last few years, smoking gave me heartburn and made me feel physically awful as well as created a lot of mental distress. It's amazing how much better things are without it and once you notice that difference, it's not really all that difficult to not smoke when those occasional thoughts pop up trying to lure you back. I hope that helps and I know you can do it. Just give yourself a chance and don't worry about creating perfect conditions or perfect attitude to quit, just jump in!
Quitting smoking is a journey that is unique to each individual quitting. Do what you need to do, to keep yourself from lighting up that smoke. You are in control of you. Your fight is with yourself. Look in the mirror and tell yourself what you are doing and why you are doing it. Every time you think you are losing the battle, go look in the mirror and talk to yourself again. Give yourself credit where credit is due as well. When you avoid lighting up, go look in the mirror and tell yourself how proud you are of you and pat yourself on the back.
There are tons of articles in this forum to remind you of the magnitude of what you are doing and why you are doing it. Read the articles, correspond with folks on this forum who either are going through what you are or have gone through what you are.
You are not alone, but you alone have to do this, and you do it for yourself. Of all the things that you have had to do, this is the most important thing you can do for your health and the health of your family and friends. Don't hold back. Now is the time to really show yourself what you are made of. You can do this!!!
It's not been easy - these last couple of days. The best way to describe it is.... it's like having a bunch of pop up ads in your head with the deal of the century that all you have to do is smoke! For example...getting into my car, I had a thought cross my mind that if I smoked a cigarette than I will not have to deal with traffic or a line at the grocery store - only if I smoked. This drug is insidious. I almost feel like I could get a better deal from the devil.
I keep reminding myself - Anything worth anything shouldn't come easy.
Unfortunately addiction often plays mind games with us when we quit. They can sometimes seem a bit overwhelming or even exhausting unless we change those thoughts. Left as they are they can lead to those thoughts of ‘just one’ if we aren’t careful and find us back full on smoking again. I’ll leave you a couple of articles here of ways to help combat and change those thoughts. Also, try to stay in the moment and take your quit one day, one hour, one minute at a time if necessary. Quitting isn’t easy but it is doable and you can do it. Remember to stay close to the forum, read, post, and join in. There’s so much support here. If you ever feel as though you’re going to cave into a craving please post three times at least three minutes apart first to give someone here a chance to respond and try to help you. You should also consider joining the ‘October Ex-Smokers 2021’ thread. While we all post all over the forum, these threads provide us with a home base and quit buddies who are at the same stage of smoking cessation as ourselves and who are often experiencing or going through many of the same things. I wish you the best with your quit and I look forward to seeing you around the forum.
Have a great day.