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March 2021 New Ex-Smokers - Start Here   Quit Buddies Unite

Started Feb-28 by Terry (abquitsmking); 18446 views.
Loreficent

From: Loreficent

Mar-16

Welcome Meg!

Have you read the articles at the beginning of the March New Ex Smokers folder? They are half way down, linked by a sentence highlighted in blue that say “Homework for New Ex smokers” or something like that. 
 

Stay close to here at first and you’ll not feel so overwhelmed. There is a lot of validation from others going through it, or some ways into/beyond the first few weeks. Having the support of those that “get it” will make a big difference!

Meg2021

From: Meg2021

Mar-17

Thank you and hi! I have read the homework and some of the articles were really helpful. I'm excited to be a part of this forum! Thanks for the welcome :)

boylant22

From: boylant22

Mar-17

Meg,

I wish you the very best luck. Perhaps you will be blessed with the luck of the Irish with a St. Patrick’s Day quit!  Setting your date is THE biggest step. It’s not easy, but it is so worth it. Welcome to the non smokers club March 2021

Meg2021

From: Meg2021

Mar-17

Haha I hope so! Thank you so much! 

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oxanquits

From: oxanquits

Mar-17

Last night was not easy, a lot of ideas why I can or need to smoke disappointed_relieved I came here and found this, in one of the homeworks: 

"She said to visualize the cravings rolling over me in waves and to understand that these cravings are an indication of my body re-adjusting and healing itself."

Resonates with what Loreficent wrote recently and helped me to add one more day to the smoke-free journey. Now I see the craving as not only something that hurts, but also healing me hibiscus

Waiting for the next one sweat_smile Day6

CC to Loreficent
Nope62

From: Nope62

Mar-17

   I am glad to see that you are still quit!

There is much truth to what you quoted above and what Loreficent wrote about visualizations.  If you can get your self to do this every time a craving hits you will have a much easier time beating the craving.  There are many ways that people use to beat cravings early in their quit. This is as good as any I have heard of or tried myself.

You are in a type of mind game.  Your mind is telling you it needs a fix of nicotine.  You know that is just a lie that the nicotine monster is telling you.  You don't need a fix of nicotine.  When you recognize that and deal with it, by denying the request, You win the game! You broke the cycle of addiction. Every time you break the cycle you become a little stronger and the nicotine monster in your brain becomes a little weaker.

You are doing Great! Every night when you go to bed and you didn't smoke that day, You Win!

Nope62

From: Nope62

Mar-17

Please read this when you have time!

Knowledge of your enemy (nicotine) gives you the power to Win!

https://whyquit.com/whyquit/LinksAAddiction.html

Take Care!

Suzy2018

From: Suzy2018

Mar-18

oxanquits said:

Waiting for the next one

And you'll be even more ready for it this time, with the wave visualisation or whatever it takes.   And I love the idea that the cravings are actually healing you (even when they hurt).  I find that really helpful - thanks Oxana - and HUGE congratulations on getting to Day 6.  It'll be Day 7 I think now - a whole week of you getting stronger and the nicotine monster getting weaker.   Congratulations!

Suzy

Suzy2018

From: Suzy2018

Mar-18

Hi Mercy,

I remember you too, and also hope you're feeling better soon.  It sounds as if you have a lot to deal with, but you're doing the best thing there is for your long term health and wellbeing (even if it doesn't always seem like it, you really are!).

Glad you're here, and let's do this!

Suzy

Suzy2018

From: Suzy2018

Mar-18

Hi Meg, and congratulations on deciding to quit. 

It sounds like you have some great reasons:  wanting to live a long and happy life with your partner, wanting your health and breathing to improve....   Those are both really big, important things.  

I have found it really helpful to print out my reasons and put them on the wall where I can see them.   Most of the time I haven't felt too bad (and have actually enjoyed being smoke free), but if I do have a wobbly five minutes, I look at my reasons and remember why I'm doing this.  Coming on here also helps - a lot.

I've been amazed at how much better my breathing is already (I only quit on 8th March). I was coughing almost constantly and wheezing at night, and they're both gone. 

Hope your quit day went well, but if not, come back - you CAN break free, and the benefits are huge.

Suzy

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