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Cruising today, sounds like you are in control turtles. I'm a big fan of the cool water, stops me from raiding the fridge, Hahaha
PS bought a new pair of joggers yesterday
Been hitting my bicycle getting around, i can smell the flowers and fragrances, im on day 5,
Just trying to keep active to burn off weight, they say its easier in the summer, but we have to be careful these bbq's here and too many hot dogs, but more important is to stay active
Have a nice day.. Cool at night sounds pretty good, but we have to make the best of it, no matter what the circumstances.
I have an overwhelming fear of quitting again. I feel terrible when I do and can't get past it. I am a rage monster and the NRT options don't seem to work for me. I posted something in a new post with lots of detail, but honestly, I almost feel like it's not worth the struggle. I'm 40 and every time I think of making what should be a positive change a little voice in my head says, "nah, you are at an age where you can just let yourself go". It's frustrating. Any advice on anger issues and the feeling of fear and helplessness would be much appreciated.
Don, first welcome!!
I am 50 and taking the first steps toward quitting, so I am closer to letting myself go than you. That voice is the nicotine keeping you in its grasp. Don't give in, fight it, you are stronger than your urges and the hold nicotine has on you. Have you thought about medications? I am using chantix and well I have no cravings, no anger issues, I do get tense like once a day but I can easily redirect myself. The fact that you are here shows you want to quit, you can do this and we are here to help you along the way.
Welcome to the forum, Don! I was afraid to quit smoking when I came to the forum. I had smoked for 40 years and tried quitting numerous times. With the information and support I received here, I'll be celebrating six years next month.
I was afraid I would fail again. I was also afraid of what would happen if I didn't quit. Here's an article you may find helpful.
There is no downplaying the fact that quitting cigarettes is tough. But we often set ourselves up for failure by ignoring the tools we need to stop smoking.Read more from Verywell Mind
I'm not going to candy coat it. Quitting smoking is hard. Nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on earth. Quitting is a process. It takes time. Some of that time can feel like an emotional rollercoaster.
BUT, it is absolutely worth it. There comes a day when you realize you haven't thought about smoking all day. There's more good news. As soon as you put out your last cigarette, your body begins to heal.
Once you stub out your last cigarette, your body and lungs will begin the healing process whether you a lifelong smoker or someone living with COPD.Read more from Verywell Mind
My best recommendation is to learn everything you can about this addiction and the quitting process. A good place to start is with the following articles.
What are Your Reasons to Quit Smoking?
When is The Best Time to Quit?
How You Can Prepare to Quit
Quit Aid Choices
Supplies to Have On Hand When Quit Day Arrives
You can do this, Don. I'm glad you're here.
I have been right there too in the past few weeks. I had a very vague plan to reduce the number of cigarettes i had per day before maybe.. eventually.. quitting. I told myself this would keep me calm, focused, and not a raving maniac to my co-workers and people i’d like to keep liking me. So this morning where i would normally smoke before even opening my eyes, i decided to wait half an hour. This has just kept happening all day and soon it will be 24 hours. Why light up now?
Have i been an a**hole to the unaware friends who called me today? Yep. Have i cried? Yes indeed. Am I absolutely irrational, angry, and questioning if i really need to quit right now? YES. But if i smoked now, today would be a waste. I can only keep reminding myself that it’s worth the misery for now. The cravings are going to go away, the anger will get less and go away too.
My doctor had put me on Wellbutrin months ago and i didn’t start it until last week. To be honest it really hasn’t made me want to smoke any less, but has for sure taken my attitude down a notch or two.. up to today at least! It’s worth it. It has to be. We all know the damage we do to to our lungs, heart, and every other part that wasn’t meant to have to process cigarette smoke. Read the articles on what your body does to start healing in the hours and days after you quit. It’s awesome and truly helpful in getting me through every craving and fear.
Hang in. Everyone here has done this and is doing it, so you aren’t alone!
Good Morning, July 2019 Ex-Smokers!
You should be proud of yourselves for every step you take on this journey to freedom from smoking. Here are some tips you may find helpful.
Learn about the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal a new ex-smoker should expect to experience and what you can do to maintain your quit.Read more from Verywell Mind
Have a wonderful smoke free day!
I am 40 years old and have been smoking more than a pack for half my life. For a year now, I'm trying to quit and have successfully failed many times. My longest quit lasted 20 days. I start a quit, I ruin it, start again, ruin it, and so on...running to stand still in this exhausting vicious circle for a year. I started a quit on July 1, but ruined it on day 6 and started my next quit on July 8 and today is my 2nd day. I hope this one will stick.
i've an awesome fear of quitting again. I experience terrible when I do and cannot get past it. i am a rage monster and the NRT alternatives do not appear to work for me. I published some thing in a brand new publish with lots of detail, but in reality, I nearly experience like it's no longer well worth the battle. i'm forty and on every occasion I think of making what have to be a tremendous exchange a touch voice in my head says, "nah, you're at an age wherein you can simply allow your self move .
What ever you are doing don't stop, persevering that is, I have been trying now for about 8 months and can't manage more than two weeks or so it seems, Just concentrate on the day at hand and don't smoke, be mindfully engaged with the moment draw in that fresh air and feel it circulating in your lungs. Isn't it just wonderful, Congratulations on making that decision to quit.