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I was reading thru some messages and came to yours. I quit smoking around the time you did, which means you are 5 weeks not smoking.
Like you, I “caved” at 3 months my last quit, 5 years ago. I had never heard of the icky threes until I found this forum, which is both informative and frightening for me.
I hope you are still doing well on your quit journey.
Hi Susan, I've been quit for over 6 years but I still remember the struggle to get through those agonizing first six months. I have my quit story under the journals folder and kept a log every day as to what symptoms I had, how many cravings their strength and intensities etc. I found this forum gave me the ongoing support all along the slow journey as long as you just keep posting even in other threads and supporting others because it will help solidify your own quit.
Keep a No Fear Attitude and refuse to let anything or anyone sabotage your quit. Reread your reasons to quit over and over and keep Denims quotes running through your brain. 'One leads to thousands more', and tell that nicotine monster to aahh shut up every time he screams at you to smoke. After all,your sensitive lungs need time to heal since you stopped choking them with those poisonous cigarettes.
Addiction is ugly and we are drug addicts addicted to the most addictive drug ever invented and those cigarette manufacturers made sure we stayed hooked by adding other addictive substances during the manufacturing process. We all paid dearly with both our health and our wealth. I've saved over $14,000 since quitting and we went on several great vacations since my hubby and I quit.
All through my first year I listened to the long term successful quitters who said that it takes 3-4 months to get into the quit mindset and feel the blues lift a bit (a type of peace in the quit) because some nicotine receptors have shut down which will continue at different intervals throughout the first year. Hang in there but don't fear anything as this is the best gift you could ever give yourself. Those jittery nerves and anxiety will all fade away once you get free. Smile every time you get through another crave and be proud to be a quitter. You can do this too!
"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013
How is your quit journey going? Glad to hear we are on the same timeline. Would be great to know where your at, hope you're having a good week so far
Just hit 40 days. Going strong on the craving side of thing and really have a good handle on the quit. Mainly the anxiety and low mood that comes and goes it the most difficult atm. Feel like I used smoking to hide my emotions and now they are all in the open for me to deal with. It's a journey of self discovery and each day it's kind of starting to make more sense and be a little bit easier, but I definitely still have moments during the day which are difficult. How are you going with your quit?
Definitely all aboard the NOPE wagon love the name by the way.
44 is still a great age to quit - How are you finding everything? I hope you are staring to see the benefits
Susan I've quit for 3 months twice this year and fell for the just one. It feels like this whole year has been dealing with withdrawel and it has definitely been tiring. But it has taught me the lessons to make this one stick.
We have a quitline here in Australia and they say it does take learning the just one lesson first hand for most people to get a successful quit. Guess I'm just a slow learner But we are getting there!
Hi again. How is your quit journey going today. I have in the past fallen for the just one attack. This time I am determined and you sound determined too.
Thank you for your sage advise! I think it is still the junkie thinking making me hesitate, however this quit I have vowed one day at a time, which basically, I spend time building up my arsenal to fight the demon for whenever he may enter my thoughts.
I am so very thankful each of the 37 days of not smoking, whether good or bad, because I am working it, one day at a time.
Im going really well - will be day 35 (yay 5 weeks) cold turkey for me tomorrow. Today I had huge periods of time where I completely forgot about cigarettes and smoking. And tonight on the long drive home I didn’t have any cravings
I think one of the major advantages to me personally (apart from the cost at approx $45AUD for a pack of 40) is that I’m no longer planning everything I do around smoking. I finished work at 6pm tonight, 45 minutes later than usual....6 weeks ago I was sprinting out of there at 5.15pm (with the monkey on my back) impatient to get the car on the freeway and the cig in my mouth! And I was a closet smoker too, so 10 times worse, I had to make sure no one I knew could see me...!!!!
So grateful for this forum and every smoke free moment