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January 2021 Ex-Smokers   Quit Buddies Unite

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MDS27

From: MDS27

1/7/21

Nice work again on 1 week smoke free! I hope you're feeling proud and free.

I've used the patches before - you've just reminded me of the crazy,  vivid dreams I had when I used them. In a strange way, I kind of liked the crazy dreams. Because they were so vivid they were easier to recall and it was pretty funny to see what was going on in my sub-conscious. 

Yesterday, I only used nicotine 6 times, extending out the gap between uses from 2hrs, 15mins the day before to 2hrs, 45mins. I would estimate this is something like a 70-80% drop in my nicotine use. I'm noticing it doesn't have a stronger hold on me. I picked up my vape pen a couple of times for a scheduled puff and wasn't really that interested in it. "What's the point?" and "I don't really need this" were welcome thoughts that popped up. Also, only vaping in one room of the house - big change from everywhere and anywhere. Enjoying the time I'm saving from all the charging and tank filling and constantly sneaking away for a puff of having to have a drag before I go into a shop or do any activity. 

Using food as my reward, but also really conscious of gaining weight (brother just gave up and put on 15kg), so I'm focusing on making meal times special. Cooking quality food and really savouring the meal - making it a bit of an event, eating slower and savouring my food.

Anyway, plan today is to extend the stretches out to 4hrs. In the middle of the first one right now. 

Strength and peace to you all!

MDS27

From: MDS27

1/7/21

Good to hear from you and thanks Dan,

Yeah, delay, delay, delay is working. It has become a bit of a game that I'm getting better at and I really like those moments when I realise I haven't thought about vaping for x mins. It's interesting to watch that "time for a vape" thought come up (usually after any activity) and for it to be decreasing in power and frequency.

Good call! I think I'm ready and will build up to a vape free day over the next few days. Might go for a Sunday when I don't have much on. Notice the busy days when I am rushing is where my stress increases and urges are stronger.

Thanks for your support - means a lot!

MDS27

From: MDS27

1/7/21

Hi,

Have enjoyed reading your posts - lots of wise advice. I've been focusing on the inner peace you often talk about. It's a good thing to focus on.

Well done on being smoke-free for 1 year!

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

1/7/21

Thanks and good work on your time stretches.   Just like everything in life, practice, practice, practice.  Keep exercising your will to quit and it will strengthen your resolve to victory.   It takes time and patience is required but efforts are rewarded.  

Well done.  CHeers!

carito997

From: carito997

1/7/21

Hello, tomorrow will be day 10 for me if I get past this urge to run to the store downstairs to get a pack. It’s been haunting me the whole evening, it’s so hard! But I’ll try fighting it.

Eve1973

From: Eve1973

1/7/21

Don’t do it! Eat gum, chew on straw or sip ice water through straw! Hang on it’s tough, but you have made it SO FAR!

DanJF3

From: DanJF3

1/7/21

Breathe deeply and distract yourself.  The urge will go away whether you smoke or not.  I know it's not easy but you can do it.

Nope62

From: Nope62

1/8/21

 How did you get along with stretching it out to 4 hrs. between vapes? When you vape do you take one or two drags off the vape at a time? I'm not trying to be noisy, but I have no experience with vaping.

I read back a few post to understand what and how you are quitting. As I understand it you are tapering off by reducing the amount of nicotine your putting in your body each day. Like someone who keeps cutting down on the amount of cigarettes they smoke each day until they get to none.

I've never tried that approach, but I do hope it works for you!

I've used the patches and cold turkey. I had my longest quit several years ago using Chantix, 17 weeks. I've come to the conclusion that it doesn't matter how you quit, as long as you get it done.

Good Luck!

MDS27

From: MDS27

1/9/21

Hi,

Yeah, mostly going well. Yes, tapering off is the strategy. Day 6 now after waking up and deciding I need to knock my nicotine addiction on the head.  Stretching out to 4hrs was successful on Friday despite a few challenges - a 'stress trigger', socialising and alcohol. I'm on vacation, so the days before Friday were ideal - quiet with not much to do and not many people around. As soon as I realised I'd be socialising and drinking, I knew I would be tested, but I actually got through it pretty well and found I enjoyed myself more - this process is giving me a sense of confidence and I felt more self-assured and authentic around others. Yesterday was mixed. I went 6.5hrs at start of day and it felt easy, but then with drinking and socialising and feeling pretty tired, I let it slip a little and had a couple of vapes with only a 1 hour gap. Goal is within the next few days, perhaps this coming Tuesday or Wednesday to have a day without vaping.

With the vape, I probably take 10ish drags on it a time, so around the same length as a cigarette. It's been encouraging to reach a designated time and not really be that fussed about it. It definitely has less of a hold on me and I'm loving the freedom that is emerging.

How you been going?

  • Edited January 9, 2021 2:43 pm  by  MDS27
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Chloeleb2001

From: Chloeleb2001

1/9/21

Hi all, Today is day 13 for me... Im super proud of myself. Its definitely been a struggle putting down the vape for good, but I've found good use of my time having two hands to do things with! :) 

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