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December 2019 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 1/28/19 by Terry (abquitsmking); 65287 views.
Jatchat

From: Jatchat

12/9/19

Gooday Susan,

Still struggling to give up this demon

Kind regards

Anthony

Lainie (elaineadele)

From: Lainie (elaineadele)

12/9/19

Thank you Mark.  How far along are you?

Belinda2019

From: Belinda2019

12/9/19

Hi Lainie - I’m almost at 8 weeks, and yes, some days are a struggle. I’ve quit several times over my life and I must say it’s lovely to have this forum as a bit of support. 
Like you, I still don’t really feel ‘myself’ most of the time. I’m ok at work (have never smoked at work) but when I’m by myself I do struggle a bit. 
I try and ignore it, or binge watch something on Netflix, read a book, colour in, sleep, anything to distract myself from that foggy empty feeling in my head. Another thing I’ve started doing recently is reminding myself that this is when I used to smoke, to alleviate that feeling. 

I’m also a classic over thinker, can literally make a mountain from a molehill in my mind, and smoking used to help me with that - so I need to be mindful that I’m not revving things up in my head if you know what I mean. 
Anyway, I hope you’re having a better day today xx

MarkOU812

From: MarkOU812

12/9/19

I stopped poisoning myself 10/13/2019

prawl8

From: prawl8

12/10/19

Hey Susan.  Have to start over. Blew it day 8. Must i have empsyma. Feel so down about it  It had been a relative easy 8 days

Prawl8

slowblumer

From: slowblumer

12/10/19

Hi prawl8,

8 days is a great start.  Jump back in.  Those 8 days were not lost.

SusanK1960

From: SusanK1960

12/10/19

Hi Prawl,

We have a nicotine addiction.  We all have bad days.  I have gotten thru them with the tricks other forum members have suggested and researched others.  Understand the enemy!  Here is a couple of articles to possibly help. 
 

https://www.verywellmind.com/memorize-the-5-ds-to-beat-smoking-urges-2825310

https://www.verywellmind.com/four-steps-that-defeat-the-urge-to-smoke-2824748

Lubbercat

From: Lubbercat

12/10/19

Hi Prawl8,

I have not been on here for a long time.  I just quit again today also.  I had quit for over 2 years when I was first diagnosed with Emphysema and need to stay quit.  This time around I have quit, started, quit, started more times then I can count.  I am determined that this will be my last time quitting.  I am almost done on day 1 since I had my last smoke on my way home last night at 5:30.........

Keep at it and don't ever give up the fight.  I know when I did quit for a while, my breathing was so much better I could pretty much do anything.

Good luck

SusanK1960

From: SusanK1960

12/10/19

Hi Anthony,

You are not alone in this struggle!  Everyone here on the forum is fighting their nicotine addiction!  It helps me to know I’m not alone and come to find out, I’m not unique.  I encourage you to read the past postings in Quit journals or articles related to smoking on verywellmind.com.  Go back and read Allan Carr’s book, or at least parts that spoke to you, so it gets stuck in your brain!  Keep a positive attitude and only deal with one day at a time. I believe a positive attitude brings positive results.  

https://www.verywellmind.com/memorize-the-5-ds-to-beat-smoking-urges-2825310

SusanK1960

From: SusanK1960

12/10/19

Hi Lubbercat,

Welcome back!  Very happy you are with us in our journey to be smoke free.  As you probably know, your body has already started to reverse some of the nasties from smoking, which to me is always amazing.  I look forward in having you on the team!

Susan

not smoking since 10/13/19

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