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Wonderful! You’re doing fantastic! Stay close to here and shout out if you need a hand.
How long for you now?
2 month and 15 days. how about you? How are you doing? I took the 7 mg patch off yesterday morning and struggling a bit today not sure if it’s my mind playing tricks on me or I wasn’t ready. I was thinking that like the carr books say all nicotine does is make you want more nicotine so wouldn’t that be true of the patch and I should remove all nicotine?
Yay! That’s a good chunk of smoke free time already!
Well....yes...the idea of NRT is to slowly wean off, which you’ve done. This is helpful for a lot of folks as smoking is not just physical addiction. Try to look at it as the last several weeks you have been slowly weaning your body while you unhook from emotional and psychological aspects of the addiction. You’ve given yourself a head start and learned that you can get through some of those triggers and situations and you are still here and doing ok. Now you’ve chosen to do the final unhook physically by stopping the patch. This should be less but it won’t be gone and that’s ok. Hopefully you feel a bit empowered mentally by how far you’ve come! For me the physical withdrawal is by far the easier of the pieces of this insidious addiction. You are still gonna have some of that while the patch and small amount of nicotine from it clears your system. The mental and emotional attachments will still be there after a few days, just like anyone who has quit with any method at this point. Cold Turkey clears the nicotine quicker, but those folks still work through the other stuff. We all do as that is what the addiction did for us; made tons of associations and ties. You have a great start though and the only direction to go is forward. Stay close to here and reach out and keep reading. I found some good stuff recently I’ll send you, but now I gotta go. Last...worse comes to worse....put a stinking patch back on if really necessary, but do not smoke. You can keep going, I promise. You are in recovery! Yay!
thanks so much. I have had some really ----- days at work. I’m literally tittering but honestly the amount of time and not wanting to start over is stopping me. I’m seriously miserable. Ugggggg I know logically a smoke won’t make me feel better but the addiction is telling me it will make everything okay. I logically know that in fact I’ll just be disappointed in myself for failing my quit
Ok...time to turn those feelings of deprivation around to feelings of recovery! Embrace the freedom Anne. Smoking never did anything for any of us but keep us enslaved to falsehoods. Use the patch still if you need to. No crime or shame in that. Do not romanticise the cigarettes.
Here is a link to a great E Book I found...one spot in particular that I linked yesterday and will come back and add that once I find the section again.
Ok...here is a link to 100 reason. #53 has an underlined link to the “the forgotten me” section. Please read it! Keep it open on your iPad or whatever and when a crave strikes, read a bit. It is fascinating and has angles we do not think about when hiding behind the veil...
Interested in you or anyone else’s thoughts!
Check out the links in the above post I wrote to Anne...good stuff!
Thank you so much for the support and links. I will be looking at 53 when I have a craving. How you hanging in Lori ?
Oh yeah...hanging in. Sometimes hanging on, haha! Still.
Been thinking about being enslaved and how ridiculous it really is. So...somewhere in that book it does a little math. Not my brightest subject, but this was simple straight forward stuff. So, I was smoking 12 smokes a day, most days. Some days 15. Smoked American Spirits, the bright green pack, which equates to “menthol light”. Not 100s. Just regular. Let me tell you...if you’ve never smoked Spirits, the first thing one would note is they burn realllly slooooow. I reckon cause they don’t have all the added stuff that makes them burn fast and stay lit, blah blah. Now...I am not saying those are in ANY WAY better for a person or any of that nonsense that addicts use to rationalize a drag. But when I switched to them...I realized how much longer they took to smoke. I did also notice that I would smoke one and still want a smoke. This went on for a few days and I do think it was because, again, they don’t have other addictive stuff added. Just straight up hard core nicotine. So I think o was still wanting a smoke at first cause I felt I was missing something and realized that I had been addicted to other stuff in the other name brand ones I had been smoking. Anyway...I got a bit side tracked, so let me tie this in. In one of those chapters it talks about how much more time you have as an Ex ( haha, not just an Ex smoker either. One has much more time for themselves as an Ex spouse too, lol!) OK...so if I smoked 12 a day, and took 5 minutes, which was the example they gave for how long, though mine lasted a good 8-9. Anyway, 12x5 = 60. Yeah. So! All this to show how I had at least an hour “extra” every day! Woohoo! Now...who on this planet doesn’t want an extra HOUR every day? And that was my amount as a not so heavy smoker, so others might have even more!! Wowza. So nice. So I was already walking quite a bit and my walks soon turned into 2-3 hours. And days off in the Summer, some days I did that a couple of times. Sometimes I napped an hour.
Anyway...not sure why I rambled about that! maybe rambled off what would have been a smoke. I’m gonna start a different thread as there are a lot of new people and I want to hear what all these lovely smelling folks are doing with their newly gained hour plus of freedom! Won’t be as long as this....
Yeah. Read some of that stuff. Knowledge is power, power is empowering, hahaha! Oh boy.
Please let me know the new thread