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January Bravehearts 2019   Quit Buddies Unite

Started 1/31/19 by ModAndrea; 468047 views.
jean111

From: jean111

8/17/19

Hang in there, Robin.  I lost it days before 9 months on a previous quit, too.  Looking back, it seems like one of those times when my brain and body were going through cessation changes again.  Overall, though, I felt so much "better" and thought it would be ok to smoke.  WRONG.    I'm in there with Liz...I still feel "something missing" and don't yet feel like my old self.  I still feel like my "quit self", which gets on my nerves occasionally.  I finally realized that with all things--if I wanted to get good at something, it took practice.   Cessation is no different.

For me, some of the mood stuff was there anyway--I just used smoking to numb it.   Menopause, kids, work stress--who wouldn't want to smoke, eat, drink wine, or get crabby as hell!  The smell and the cough are strong memories that are keeping me quit.   I had a cough and shortness of breath during allergy season that was SO scary.

Hang in there!!!!  I'm finding these cycles are temporary and they ARE cycles.    It's taken me a while to accept/tolerate the downward mood/want-to-smoke cycle.  If I hadn't blown it before, I would be at more risk right now.  I notice that I avoid stress and people when I'm on a downward part of the cycle, and my family has had to adjust.  At the end of a tough day(s), I just tell them I'm sorry but I can't cook or whatever.  They've gotten used to it.  Kind of the same at work...I avoid the phone and stressful people as much as I can during a downward cycle.  Eventually, I come around and hit the upward part of the cycle.  That's been my experience so far.  I bet Andrea knows what I'm talking about.  

I've wanted to quit my job at least twice since I stopped smoking, wanted to quit my husband, and fantasized about a different life.  I keep coming back to the place where I love my life.  I can also now look at a pizza and not want to eat the whole thing.  Just one piece.  

I also saw a 65-ish year old woman blow past me on a hiking trail recently.  It pissed me off that I ever smoked.

  

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sibby123

From: sibby123

8/17/19

congratulations!

I am glad things are going well

sibby123

From: sibby123

8/17/19

I get it

i am still my ‘quit’ self too.

i feel impatient but have committed to giving it a year to settle.  I believe it is worth it. It sheeeeeeeit!!!!

ModAndrea

From: ModAndrea

8/17/19

I do know what you're talking about, Jean. You describe it so well. Thank you. kissing_heart

jean111

From: jean111

8/17/19

Thanks, Andrea.  Sounds kind of wordy, now that I'm looking at it, again...but geez.  Cessation can be such a beast.

jean111

From: jean111

8/17/19

Good job, Leigh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

jean111

From: jean111

8/18/19

Hope you're doing ok, Robin.  Sending best wishes for navigating The Beast.

Robin212

From: Robin212

8/18/19

Hi Jean!

I have not been posting much but do read! I am glad to hear you are doing well! I am doing better than the last time I checked in!

ModAndrea

From: ModAndrea

8/21/19

Congratulations on SEVEN MONTHS, Jean!!!

Another month down the road. blush You're doing great!

Have a wonderful smoke free evening!

Hugs,

Andrea

jean111

From: jean111

8/22/19

Thanks, Andrea!  

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