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Quit Day Prep   Introductions/Newcomers Nook

Started Oct-7 by kern3; 1603 views.
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Diana (DianaSaigo)

From: Diana (DianaSaigo)

Oct-7

you are quite welcome!  will check in on you!

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Lubbercat

From: Lubbercat

Oct-8

Kernan

Welcome and congratulations on your decision to quit.

I used a lot of ice water, frozen grapes, sugar free mints is another I really liked.  Make a list of your reasons to quit and keep it handy to read when you are feeling weak......Mostly, Just don't smoke.  Come on here and read lots and post often.....keeping your hands busy will help.

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Anne2020

From: Anne2020

Oct-8

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!  

kern3

From: kern3

Oct-8

Thank you!

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kern3

From: kern3

Oct-13

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.

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xvaper

From: xvaper

Oct-13

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!

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DanJF3

From: DanJF3

Oct-15

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!

kern3

From: kern3

Oct-15

Thanks!

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Anne2020

From: Anne2020

Oct-15

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!!!

Cheers       

     

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