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Congratulations on your decision! I love how you said we are all capable if we dig deep. Yup. We can really surprise ourselves at times when we dig deep. Often pleasantly so! I will tell you if you stick with this you will definitely feel a sense of empowerment. You start to realize the worst part was actually prior to quitting. The agony of waffling with it, beating ourselves up cause we know the inevitable losing game of roulette that we are playing. All of it. Just so much crap goes with being a smoker! So, keep going. Stay in the moment and day you’re in, and know that every night you go to bed not having smoked, you have won the day.
On the bottom left, if you open all the subjects, there is a library tab. There are a ton of articles there that once you open a link, most of them go the site “Very Well Mind”. Quite a few are written by the host of this Forum, Terry. Educate yourself on this addiction as that knowledge and insight is power. At the bottom of whichever article there are links to many more. You can stay busy reading through craves for a good long while. Also, there is a site called “Why Quit” that has articles that I’ve found very helpful. Let me dig up a couple links for you.
Stay strong and post whenever and how much ever you like. You will find the support here invaluable for sure. Also, if you feel you’re close to caving, post an S.O.S. In the “Quit Support” tab and promise yourself you will wait for 3 replies. The crave will pass. Always. Whether you smoke or not, so...don’t!!!
I'm Suzy, from the UK. I've been here a few times before - 2008, 2010, a brief flirtation in 2013, and then 2018, where I really thought I'd made it. But I didn't - I thought I could control it and had 'just one'.
I'm aiming NOT to make that mistake again, and I'd just like to say that it wasn't from lack of support on this forum. This place is awesome, and will look after you through thick and thin. If you let it. But I stopped reading the articles, I didn't 'keep my quit green', as they say. I thought I knew better. And so here I am, coughing and wheezing, just stubbed out my last cigarette, and looking forward to meeting you all.
Well Miz Suzy so lovely to see you here. Welcome welcome welcome. Hope you can stay awhile. Ms Denim just organised the best party for me. There was so much food and great cocktails and incredible music and she will be so pleased to see you here too
Thank you, Missis Caz and Denim. I'm looking forward to being less stupid this time. So glad you had a lovely party, Caz - you deserve it. xx
Welcome Back! I hope that everything works out for you this time.
Make this your sticky quit!
Hi everyone! Today is day number 4 for me. Yesterday was really hard as was this morning. I’m hoping this time to quit for good. I had a successful quit of almost 3 years several years ago. I’m in a better place mentally now so hoping I can stay quit this time. I’m already on oxygen at night and while exercising. I also have a lot of other health problems. I’ll be 42 next week. I’ve been smoking at least a pack a day since I was 14. I’ve been reading a lot on this site and it is helping. Good luck to everyone.
Good luck to you too. I think it's great that you've quit before for nearly three years - you know it's doable, even if it feels a bit miserable at the moment.
how is it all going. Hope you are still hanging in there. Cheering from the side.
Hello February quitters. I thought I would drop a few kind words of support to all of you taking on this Huge Challenge.
Quitting isnt for Sissies has been my motto throughout my own quit which started back in 2013. Staying stubborn and committed was my way through it. I refused to lose! I decided I would handle anything this addiction was going to throw at me and was determined to end my drug addiction once and for all. It was extremely frustrating at times as it is a painfully slow process.
As Smokers we have nicotine receptors that need to shut down and they don't like it so we get those wicked withdrawal symptoms. They will shut down in stages and you'll notice by around 4 months that the symptoms are not as strong and every few months more and more receptors will shut down, I found I had to stay super busy and I started exercising and going for long walks. Distraction is key to changing our constant thinking of cigarettes. This will also slowly fade away too.
I found by 14 months I was finally feeling free. I joined a gym as I gained 40 pounds with my quit. But, I decided to end my addiction and once I felt strong in my quit only then I was able to take on another challenge. I got strong and lost all the weight. I quit at age 58 and by age 62 I completed 3 5ks and climbed the CN Tower 1776 steps 146 floors. I started weight training and am healthier and stronger now at 65 than I've been my whole life. No one in my family ever thought I would quit but I showed them that I could do it and now I'm healthier and stronger than them. I just want everyone to know that no matter what age you are that quitting cigarettes is one of the biggest and best accomplishments you could do. I continue to challenge myself and I've done many more exciting things since quitting like learning to snorkel and I went skydiving. Life is to be lived and cigarettes just don't have a place in my life ever again and you don't need them in your life too.
Good luck to all of you.
"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013