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August 2021 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

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Welcome New Ex-Smokers

Congratulations on taking that all important first step with cessation - putting the last cigarette out and getting started.
 

Chances are you don't feel 'ready' to quit, and are wondering how on earth you're going to make it through the next few hours, let alone the next few days, smoke-free.

Take a few deep breaths and relax...

You have found the best quit aid on the planet - this forum community. The folks here know what you're going through because we've all been through it ourselves. We are committed to supporting you every step of the way, so park yourself in front of your computer and read everything you can on this forum board and elsewhere about what to expect from smoking cessation.
 

Below are a few articles to get you started:

Quit Buddy Groups
The people we move through cessation with - our quit buddies - are special. This thread is a place for those of you who are quitting this month to connect with one another as you get your quit 'legs' under you. It is right here that your quit group will begin to take shape.

By the time this month is over, you'll have a group name and a thread of your own to share in the Quit Buddies Unite folder located in the left column of this page under the DISCUSSIONS heading.

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isabella1759

From: isabella1759

Aug-3

Hi 

My name is Isabel. I have returned to the group,as I began to smoke again after 4 years and 7 mths of quiting. I dont want to make any excuses, but I lost my mother and brother in 2020,didn't smoke, went through a mental breakdowm last year,didnt smoke! Broke my leg, in may 2021, and stayed w my daughter,who smokes and started takinvg puffs, and within 2 mths I was smoking 5 to 10 smokes a day. I hope I can do it again ( quit)  I found this qroup helped me so much

during the first couple of years, and I'm sure it will help again. Day 1, starts today Aug 3,2021. Thankyou for being here for me!

Denim50

From: Denim50

Aug-3

Hey Isabel, 

Welcome back. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother and Brother and all that you have had to go through. Thoughts are with you. 

There is definitely a lot of wonderful support here to help you with your new quit. Congratulations on those 4+ years you were free from smoking and on your decision to get your quit started again. We’re glad you’re here. As before, please read, post, and join in. Also, if you feel like you’re going to give in to a craving, please remember to post at least three times before doing that. It will give someone here a chance to respond, help, and support you with your quit. It will also delay the craving, offering a chance for it to pass. Stay in the moment and take it a day at a time. You can do this. Best wishes and I look forward to hearing from you again soon. 
 

isabella1759

From: isabella1759

Aug-3

Thanks , I will use all the resourses, of this group, as well as the patch. I hated smoking when I relapsed, but it so true,once you start, it takes over. I will never smoke again!

Lubbercat

From: Lubbercat

Aug-3

Isabella

Welcome and you have the same start as I do.  I had gotten up to 6 weeks last week, then slipped because of a funeral so I am starting over.  I also had quit for almost 3 years once before and started back up.

So, we both know we can do this, just time to buckle down and actually do it!

Good luck

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Aug-3

That's the attitude Isabella, 'I will never smoke again' glad you are here with maintain the rage, keep motivated, the articles are a great place to start that Denim posted, read and post. Hope to hear from you often, join in the Nope pledge each day posted under General Chit Chat. i am sure you will make every post a winner.

Kind regards

Anthony 

Cazza2468

From: Cazza2468

Aug-3

Hey Denim great to see you jumping in and supporting all the newbies. You are like a surrogate Mod. Well there doesn’t seem to be any mods around here anymore, so angels like you are invaluable. I think I will throw a party for you on my 18 month anniversary.  Anything in particular you fancy?

Caz

  • Edited August 3, 2021 7:38 pm  by  Cazza2468
isabella1759

From: isabella1759

Aug-4

Hi, that's great ,we can do it together. I have almost 24 hrs,under my belt. It popped in my head to smoke a couple times today, so I just snacked ( i have a broken ankle) if I didnt I would be swimming or walking.. If I need a little food to get through the next couple of day,,so be it. I'M STILL SMOKEFREE. Peace!

Lubbercat

From: Lubbercat

Aug-4

Yes, we WILL do this together!  I am past the 24 hours and into day 2...........Snacking is okay but, I am trying to stay aware of what I am eating also..........I am down about 6 pounds from what I was about a month or so back so, I am happy with that.

I keep strange hours on here since it is easier for me to be on here at work during the day!  Last night, I went to my book club/bible study where there are no smokers so that made it easier for me.  My spouse is a heavy smoker and that has been my biggest challenge!  

isabella1759

From: isabella1759

Aug-5

Yes, It's a lot easier to not think about smoking when you're in the company of non-smokers!  Its going to be hard w the hubby being a heavy smoker for you , but sometimes it works in your favor,cause you see ppl smoking, and notice how silly smoking is! There is a great app for your phone called "Smoke Free" w a green heart. It records every sec of you journey,how much money you save, how much time u havent smoke.. I used it every day, to help quit!

  I knew I was playing w fire last year ,when I asked for a puff on my birthday, then a month or 2 later later  , I asked for another puff..so slowly , I was becoming a smoker! Well enough of that crap!!!  I really loved being a non smoker, I felt healthy, I didnt smell like an ashtray, and I didn t have that monkey on my back anymore. Once I get this leg healed, Ill be out and about and J wont have time to think about smoking.. Happy 2nd day Lubbercat, we  can do this,One day at a time!!!!!!

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