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Started 6/26/22 by candrew; 13910 views.
JavaNY

From: JavaNY

7/26/22

Don't be terrified. You will be occupied in the hospital. Filling out forms, having your pressure checked 90 times, being prepped, so hopefully you don't think of smoking so much. And if you can get by 2 days, try to make it a week. 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

7/28/22

Have you tried Chantix? 
There may still be time for that. 
This is gonna be one of those things in life to just do. Those 48 hours are gonna go by whether you smoke or not. I honestly think there will be so much more going on for you that it will not be as bad as you are imagining now.

modCindi (CindiS319)

From: modCindi (CindiS319)

7/28/22

Excellent post and SO TRUE!  As time continued to pass without smoking, I felt very empowered.  It is a great feeling to overcome something that has had a hold and control on your life for so long.

candrew

From: candrew

7/28/22

Wow! So many responses. I think that shows how much we all care. Knowing that this is such a big deal, we wish you the best in your efforts. I like yourself I absolutely loved smoking. Couldn't imagine life without sucking on my cigs one after the other. Woke up with one, went to bed with one, got up at all hours in the night sucking on 1-2-3 cigs before going back to bed. To say the least, I was a hopeless addict. 

No one likes to admit that they are out of control, but I have been out there most of my adult life. Never thought cigs were doing me any harm (denial, big time). Until I landed in the hospital on ICU/Life Support on a breathing machine did I even consider the remote possibility that I might want to stop the smoking. It still took me 2 years later to wake up,

Even though I "woke up" I continue to smoke. What's the deal? I have been sincerely trying to stop for the past 3 years. That is when I started visiting this site. It has been a Godsend to me. The minute I think I want to have a smoke my quit buddies are there encouraging me to rethink my decision. I have no less than 20 people that are there for me always and whenever I need them. I encourage you to connect with the community, All good people!

Good day,

Andrew

Smoke free for 10 weeks tomorrow July 29th

modCindi (CindiS319)

From: modCindi (CindiS319)

7/28/22

Hi Andrew,

Congratulations on our 2 weeks!  I know this was a little time ago so I'm hoping you're still hanging in there.  Denim is my Quit Sister (as we quit on the same day in 2018) and she is amazing in her support of others.  Just reaching out to let you know that there are more of us that are supporting and rooting for you.  I haven't checked in as much as I've like lately so I, unfortunately, don't know your story but the posts I have read from you have been so supportive of others.  I'm hoping you're still noping and hanging tough.  

candrew

From: candrew

7/29/22

I started a reply to you and somehow I lost my screen and the message was lost. Bummer, I had a lot to say. I'll try to replicate it as best i can. 

I am going on 11 weeks tomorrow. The most I have done all year. This time around I feel very powerful and know that this is finally my time. Been on this site for 3 years and never before have I felt this strong. Something has happened to me lately.  I can't explain it, but I am experiencing some kind of spiritual awareness like never before. It feels good!

The positive energy that I have is rubbing off on everybody I come in contact with. People have remarked "what has changed in you, Andrew?" I can't explain it, but I can say is that I now believe I can do anything that I put my mind to. I'm even thinking of doing some public speaking to spread my newfound energy and enthusiasm. We'll see. 

Sure, I think about smoking. Having a cigarette is not really an option today. I have suffered long enough, and I am unwilling to take the chance of being "re-infected."

My mantra is "I just don't smoke anymore". Simple but it works for me.  

Hope this message finds you well and we'll keep in touch, for sure.

Dancing with this miracle called life.

Andrew 

modCindi (CindiS319)

From: modCindi (CindiS319)

7/29/22

Hi Andrew,

Reading your message made me smile so big and feel so good I had to go three rooms over and retrieve my laptop so I could reply to your message.  That is exactly how I felt with my last quit.  I had tried so many times before that and the last one was just so different...I can't explain it either.  I want to try and help others to find that same "place" where no matter what, they will push through it and forever give it up.  I guess people just have to find it for themselves.

11 weeks is amazing and sure, I guess we will always maybe think about smoking because it is ingrained in us.  But to act on it is quite a different thing.  There was a time that I could never picture myself without a cigarette and now, I could never picture myself with a cigarette in my hand.  It is such a mindset change (and lifestyle change).  Takes a long time to get there and is definitely a journey, but it is so worth it.  I just want to tell people, there will be a time that you will just not even think about smoking.  Even with my husband smoking, sometimes right next to me, I feel ZERO urge to do it.  It's just not part of my life anymore and I am so grateful I was able to get to this point.  This forum was my "live or die" for my first year and I checked in with Denim, Brian, Molly, Marilyn and the mods probably 100 times a day.  

Keep doing whatever your doing because it sounds like it is empowering you to beat this addiction.  You are doing great and I will be here to support you along with all your other many quit buddies.

candrew

From: candrew

7/29/22

My, we are up mighty late tonight. I was hoping to find someone to talk to. These days I have trouble getting to bed by a reasonable hour. Sometimes I am so wired that I never make it to bed.  

To relax, I went to the pool tonight which is open till 11pm. It has a killer hot tub and I soaked for 20 minutes then did some gentle water walking for another 15. Been on my computer reading current events and listening to Utube jazz and rock & roll. Music is my savior and I listen to it no less than 6 hrs a day. 

I am looking forward to completing my kitchen project tomorrow. Put some tile backsplash up and I am epoxying the countertops with a clear coat. I love working with my hands; a frustrated artist and musician in my past life. Current life retired and looking for another challenge. 

Great to hear back from you. Hope you have a wonderful night and a better day tomorrow. 

Andrew

modCindi (CindiS319)

From: modCindi (CindiS319)

7/29/22

Yes unfortunately I am up late tonight and have to be up in the morning for work.

I just refinished my countertops 4th of July weekend.  They turned out "okay"...better than the 70s gold they were.  Didn't use epoxy though.  It was some kit from Lowes by Daich.  What a mess for a weekend and took me 4 days to complete.  Well good luck to you..I'm sure they'll turn out amazing.  Maybe post some before/after pics?  Would love to see.  I've  been thinking about doing my bathtub/shower with epoxy but one project a summer in the house is enough for me right now.  The yard/flowers/garden keep me busy enough...we have 15 acres.

Well, good night and hope you have a great day tomorrow and awesome smoke-free weekend!

gaylesybil

From: gaylesybil

7/29/22

I wouldn't try Chantix, it scares me.

I suffer from anxiety and take meds for it.  I was given a new med to try a few years ago, and have an averse reaction to it.  So I am reluctant to try new meds, unless I do a lot of research first and think a med is worth a try.

Chantix has been associated with suicidality, and I don't want to take that risk. 

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