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Started 10/31/19 by cbeel5; 2559 views.
alexisfree

From: alexisfree

11/6/19

Excellent work!  Nicotine addiction is no joke, but we can overcome it together!  Kiss those sweet babies with your fresh breath and be grateful that you smell so good today. Sending lots of love to you and your children and for peace and joy for you for today. Take it moment by moment and take lots of deep breaths, drink ice water through a straw, drink tea, eat the chocolate, go for walks, and take lots of warm bubble baths, and just take care of yourself because you deserve it.

Belinda2019

From: Belinda2019

11/12/19

Hi - you’re similar to me, I quit on 17th of October after about 38 years smoking. How are you coping with it all? Most of the time I’m ok, but then a crave will come at me from left field!

Yesterday was a bit tough, I went to visit a (smoking) friend, she had 3 whilst I was there and offered the pack, but I refused to let myself feel deprived. I was there for about an hour, and we had a lovely visit. Then last night my son and his gf came for a visit (both smokers, they didn’t even notice I wasn’t smoking!) and I managed that well, even though my partner had an attack of the grumps at me (he’s quitting too, with patches, and is struggling a bit I think), I still held firm. Let’s keep on keeping on!!

Quitalicious

From: Quitalicious

11/12/19

Great to hear you are so strong to resist all that smoking around you. But I must tell you that you shouldn't want to subject yourself to that. You are just a human, getting off a really bad addictive drug - you should minimize triggers around you as much as you can. Although you are almost at one month (congrats!), and you should feel better. But you shouldn't overestimate smoking's ability to trigger your cravings big time. I don't know if you read about this but nicotine craving is almost identical to hunger cravings. So if you make sure you are never hungry these first few months of your quit, you will be much less likely to have a craving. Easy as that!

SusanK1960

From: SusanK1960

11/12/19

Wow!  I am impressed!  I went to get groceries today and smelled cigarette smoke.  (Still smells good to me!) I went into the store rather than sniff out the smoker, which I guess is good.  
 

You stuck it out twice, with no other destination available and had a nice time.  You are Amazing!  Good job.

I was with my sister for 5 hours before she noticed I hadn’t gone out for a smoke.

Belinda2019

From: Belinda2019

11/12/19

Lol, I didn’t say it didn’t smell good - it just didn’t give me that craving response. It smelled good in the way going to my grandparents (both smokers) did when I was a child, and I decided to be ok with that :) And then I spoke to myself internally and reminded myself of how I’d feel if I did go there. So feeling good about it. 
 

My craves generally happen quite randomly. I saw a post here that says it takes about a year to fully go through most experiences where you used to smoke in order to overcome the craving that would ordinarily accompany it, and I seriously can’t hide away forever! 
 

Small steps, little and often, and

NOPE blush

Belinda2019

From: Belinda2019

11/12/19

I don’t drink alcohol, so I’m sure that helps too. And I’ve actually decided not to be strong about it, but instead to face it, accept, float, let time pass. 
 

I quit smoking for 6months in 2012 and went back to it because I always let myself feel deprived. Now cigs are close to $50 a pack of 40 in Australia, I prefer to deprive the cig company and government of my cash and NOPE! blush

SusanK1960

From: SusanK1960

11/12/19

LOL!  I didn’t know if I’m the only one who thinks they smell good.  

But then, so does rain, crisp mornings, freshly cut grass, bacon....

Belinda2019

From: Belinda2019

11/12/19

This is true! I LOVE all those smells too. And expensive perfume. And how my hair smells now. 
 

I was grocery shopping the other day and an older lady came in who had just had a cigarette - literally could smell her in the next aisle....The smell of a lit smoke is nice, but it’s residue on a person is not!

And I was really hating on how I smelled and how the cigs tasted - so bitter - by the time I stopped smoking xx
 

SusanK1960

From: SusanK1960

11/12/19

Well of course expensive perfume!  Yeah, I don’t like the residual smoke smell either, like in my car.  I have cleaned my car twice, and I have 5 dryer sheets in there, but still can smell the old smoke.

Belinda2019

From: Belinda2019

11/12/19

sweat_smileI can’t smell it in mine any more, but I always used to leave the windows open and not have an ashtray in there. Also, air freshener sticks are helpful. I have them stuck everywhere - in front of the aircon vents, in the sun visors, on the dash grin all you can smell in there now is caramel vanilla joy

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