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First off I hope I'm posting this correctly.
I have been smoking for 27 years and can feel it's effects on me but haven't been able to kick the habit. Unfortunately i was recently diagnosed with some heart problems so now I HAVE to quit. The last couple weeks have had me stressed as heck thinking about quitting. But the funny thing is I don't really enjoy smoking anymore but still feel anxious at the thought of not doing it.
I've never been one to share my thoughts or feelings but none of my other quits have worked so need to try something different. So anyways this is the start of my day 1. Thanks for reading my rambling. Lol
My name is Andrew. Welcome to the forum. First off there is no correct way to post on this forum. Say whatever you want .It's a great way to express any facts, thoughts, feelings that you may have regarding your "habit". We are all dealing with the same issues here. Soon you will learn that your habit is simply an addiction to nicotine.
I can't tell you how many Day 1's that I have had in the past 3 years that I have been on this venue. I am dealing with an incredibly powerful drug addiction which started the first day that I smoked and unfortunately will probably be with me for the rest of my life. Quitting is the easy part, Staying quit is the real challenge. Just read about some folks that have been smoke free for an extended period (months, years, decades) only to return to their habit as if they never quit.
You have a huge motivation to quit. Health is so important to me as I approach my 70's. Overall I have not had any physical consequences from my smoking although I can tell that my breathing ain't what it used to be. I ask myself is the risk worth it as I light up another one? At two packs a day I still can't believe I am still huffing up to 40 of those high tar and nicotine Marlboros daily.
Something is bound to happen. I too don't enjoy smoking anymore. I just do it without thought or reason.
There is a lot of valuable stuff you can get by reading the post's on on this forum. Know that there tons of people that are contributing to the forum daily as we all benefit from others' experience. Stay committed to your decision. Know that you are doing a fantastic thing for yourself. I wish you the best and look forward to reading your future posts.
As Andrew said, there's no right or wrong way to post. It's helpful if you have questions, or just to get something off your chest. Good to read what other people are experiencing also.
Welcome dd! This forum made a difference for me in how to quit smoking over 2.5 years ago. I read a lot from this forum and very well mind. I found drinking ice water thru a straw helped me. I also found reading Alan Carr helped guide me into a mindset that I needed. I have attached the link below.
You've got a lot of heart. Thank you for being so transparent and honest. Staying quit is the real challenge, as you said. I am still using lozenges. It's embarassing at times for me to post here. Everyone is so valiant, and I am just not trying hard enough. But you go! You are always winning as long as you are trying, and like I said, you have got a lot of heart! Hang in there champ!
You are taking a great step towards quitting smoking by posting on this forum. Like Andrew said... There is no right or wrong way to post. We all fall short of success and motivation to quit at times... And that is why this forum is here! To encourage, uplift and EDUCATE. I am far from being quit with nicotine lozenges. Ughhhhh. I did have a successful 9 weeks quit from early January to mid March, but with 2 major transitions in my personal life and professional life, I started sucking on the lozenges again. Do I want to quit? Absolutely! I fool myself by thinking and believing that 2 or 3 a day won't matter and that they are not cigarettes.... They are lozenges. But you know what. It's a lie! Lozenges are still nicotine. And sucking on 6 a day everyday is still a deadly addiction. So will I attempt another quit? You bet. Okay folks.... As of tomorrow.... I know this is CRAZY but I am just going at it cold turkey TOMORROW. I will keep you all posted. Wish me luck!!!
If you are embarassed I am 100x more than you. We are all weaklings to this addiction. I have started and stopped at least 6 times since the first of the year. I thought I had a grip on this monster. No, it has me by the proveriable ba**s. I know how to talk the talk but I don't walk the walk. And on it goes.
I bought some NRT for my next quit. Didn't think I needed it but I have come to the conculsion that I am not as strong as I thought. I'll try again before the end of the month. the sooner the better. This is a game that I play with myself, deferring my date gives me a false sense of control over my smoking. I have no control. I can't wait to light another and another until "D-day".
Tonight my new goal is to make a commitment to "D-day", the day I intend to quit. There are only 17 days left in the month. How about in 7 days? That puts me out to next Friday the 20th. Long before the month ends.
Will someone check in with me on Thursday the 19th to see how I'm doing? I need some accountability. Thanks.
It’s on my calendar Andrew.
I used the parches when I quit. Not a sign of weakness in my opinion. Every person’s journey is different. There is no doubt that the addiction to nicotine has an inextricable link between mental and physical addiction. The brain chemistry and it’s play on the physical body, well I could never quite define if it was a mental piece or physical. Combination of the two I think. Anyway, in my mind I could almost separate the two and I decided to feed the more physical aspect with my patch whilst abstaining from smoking because I felt it gave me a little stronger stance on staying committed to not lighting up. For me, it took the edge of considerably. Made me feel a bit empowered that I could still get a crave and kind of step back from it and watch the mental piece because the physical part seemed tolerable. I will say I also set out for a longer course on them. Like two weeks longer each step of the patch. A couple of weeks in I noticed that I was definitely having a lot less urge to smoke.
Anyway…I’ll check in with you on the 19th
Thanks for your support on my "D-day"
My strategy is to use the 21mg patches for 28 days and then go cold turkey. Stepping down seems like a way to tease my addiction longer than I need to. I'm an all or nothing kind of guy and feel that I would need to cut my smoking off abruptly after the 28 day challenge.
My new quit date is Friday May 19, 2022
I invite anyone reading this post to send me a message of encourgement on my "D-day". I need all the attention I can get. Thanks to all of you who have responded to me this year. I love reading your posts and look forward to future support in our journey to a smoke free life.
Six days to freedom.