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Welcome January 2018 Ex Smokers   Introductions/Newcomers Nook

Started 12/27/17 by ModSue (VentasSue); 206105 views. (Closed)(Closed to new replies)
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ModAustinPen

From: ModAustinPen

1/2/18

Welcome January Quitters!

You are at the right place--the place the saved my life after 50 years of smoking. I know your pain...I walked in your shoes but I promise you that every breath of freedom is worth the pain of quitting. I learned that everyone quits one way or another---be in charge of YOUR quitting while you can still do that.\

This utube story of Barb Tarbox played a big part in my quit---maybe it can in yours. It is not something for eveyone, but when the going got bad (and it got bad often) I watched her and I cried and I understood the reach of this addiction and I got MAD and I fought!

You are in the fight of your life....jkeep fighting!

Penny 

quit April 11, 2011

Neats (1146)

From: Neats (1146)

1/2/18

Welcome Brightboy, 

I also quit cold turkey it is hard but a quick why of ridding the body of all those toxins. The first few days is draining but it does get easier just do not give in no matter what. Like you I lost a 5 year quit but back then I did not realise or except that I was an addict. Now I understand this is an addictiction, so educate yourself and refuse to give in to any junkie thinking.

Good luck you can do this.

Neats (1146)

From: Neats (1146)

1/2/18

Hi Lynn, 

Congratulations on quitting your doing great!

I am so pleased that your family are proud of your achievement. It helps the quitting journey to have support especially from people that understand what you are going through. This forum has been my life saver and there is no way I could have made it this far without it's support. Do continue hanging in here with us and eduacte yourself on nicotine addiction and keep distracting and posting away. 

During my first year of quitting my emotions were all over the place and I done alot of crying, at times I really thought something was wrong with me but this forum reassured me everything was normal.  I learnt as smokers many of us never really learnt to deal with ourselves emotionally. Many of us started smoking at a young tender age and just masked and blotted out feelings in clouds of smoke and pretence.  

Quitting is a continuous journey and along the way we have to relearn how to deal with our emotion's and not feel bad for feeling down, sad etc. What I am trying to say is it is all normal to have these feelings, so have a cry if you need to and understand you are going through a healing process. You are doing brave thing and your no longer choosing to smothering yourself in smoke instead your discover the real you even if it is a little uncomfortable to begin with.

Believe me, it will get better and you will learn so much about yourself on this journey and you will become much stronger within yourself in time.  blush 

ModSue (VentasSue)

From: ModSue (VentasSue)

1/2/18

Hey Lynn

As everyone has said, you've certainly come to the right place for help and support to quit smoking.

When you think about the length of time you smoked, it is perfectly understandable that quitting is a lengthy and painful business.  However, I promise you that it is so worthwhile.  I never dreamed that I would quit smoking until two days before I did.  I had smoked for 52 years from age 15 and everyone accepted that it was just a part of me.  A chest infection suddenly brought me to my senses and gave me a glimpse of how dependent on others I would become if I carried on smoking.  Luckily, when I looked for support online, I found this Forum.  It clicked with me immediately and with the knowledge and support I have been given here, I have not smoked for almost two years.

I had never suffered from depression or anxiety before I quit but, like you, started to do so in the early days of my quit.  I was unbearable to live with - restless, angry, dissatisfied, frightened, suspicious - you name just about any negative emotion - I had it.  Luckily, I was assured that this was all part of my quit.  I didn't completely believe this and thought that I would be like it forever.  I was so wrong.  After a while the extreme swings of emotions started to become less and less.  I did experience a feeling of 'missing something but I didn't know what' for quite a long time but, eventually, that also disappeared.  So, what you are feeling is perfectly normal and will pass in time.

Patience, knowledge and determination are key to quitting and I can assure you that, once you have freed yourself of this addiction, you will feel such an improvement in your self-respect, you'll never look back.

This article may help you understand what you're going through:

Have a wonderful, smoke-free day.

ModSue (VentasSue)

From: ModSue (VentasSue)

1/2/18

Hey Susan

I'm so pleased to hear that you are finding this Forum helpful.  

I know that you already have a quit plan in place but thought that this article may be of interest to you:

Have a lovely day.

ModSue (VentasSue)

From: ModSue (VentasSue)

1/2/18

Hey Bev

How are you doing?  I saw you pledge nope this morning which is great.

How was the film yesterday?

Bev_1977

From: Bev_1977

1/2/18

Sue,

The movie was very good. It was 2 1/2 hours long, so I chewed a piece before, after, and during.

Bev

Quit January 1, 2018

One day, 7 hours, 21 minutes and 21 seconds. 39 cigarettes not smoked, saving $3.92. Life saved: 3 hours, 15 minutes.

Bev_1977

From: Bev_1977

1/2/18

Anita,

Happy New Year to you too!

Bev

Quit January 1, 2018

One day, 7 hours, 23 minutes and 36 seconds. 39 cigarettes not smoked, saving $3.92. Life saved: 3 hours, 15 minutes.

Bev_1977

From: Bev_1977

1/2/18

Sue,

I'm not doing too bad this morning. I have been up a couple of hours and have chewed 2 pieces of gum. I'm going to pop in another piece in a few minutes.

The movie was great! If you are a Star Wars fan, I recommend going to see it.

Bev

Quit January 1, 2018

One day, 7 hours, 25 minutes and 27 seconds. 39 cigarettes not smoked, saving $3.93. Life saved: 3 hours, 15 minutes.

betty146

From: betty146

1/2/18

Hi Bev,

YAY!  So great to see you posting.

Yes, we can....

Betty

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