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June 2019 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 1/28/19 by Terry (abquitsmking); 52097 views.

I also was hungry ALL THE TIME ESPECIALLY SWEETS!! I gained 40 pounds during my quit BUT I decided it was ok until I got totally free. The forum has a saying that Year One is for quitting and Year Two is for losing the weight and getting fit and healthy again. In year two I joined a gym hired a trainer and learned from my quit that the 3 D's work for weight loss too. Deep breathing, drinking lots of water and staying distracted from eating really helped me get into the best shape of my life. I used NRT for a few months but eventually just used things that I could chew on. I liked black licorice since I could inhale and get that nasty hand to mouth habit satisfied and by five months I gave it up too as I thought how silly I must look. I learned to deal with the anxiety of the quit through doing lots of exercise. Use whatever substitutes you can but by all means just don't smoke cigarettes ever again.  So if I can quit at my age and learn to weight lift and get strong anybody can. No worries It Can Be Done! You Got This!

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013

AsadAKhan

From: AsadAKhan

6/5/19

Thanks for raising this point up. May be this is for June and should ask you questions in March forum. However I guess these questions will help all. My 2 questions are

1) I am getting lot of hunger pranks during some days and I guess now my brain is mixing cravings of nicotine with food cravings at some times. You mentioned that I should keep focus on no nicotine and eat if required. As at sometimes I am fighting with my hunger as well to avoid extra weight gain. Kindly suggest?

2) On most days I am chewing a lot of chew gums (sugar free pepper mint) as I guess they are helping me with cravings or empty feeling. I am worried that may be I will get addicted to them and my smoke free life will depend on them and if I am replacing cigarette with chew gums. Do you think if it is ok for me to use as many chew gums I want and I can get rid of them once I am smoke free for let say 1 year.

silverene102

From: silverene102

6/5/19

Omg thank you so much, Debbie! It’s good to know I’m not the only one with constant hunger. So far I’m able to ignore it by keep telling myself I’m not actually hungry, it’s just the nicotine withdrawals talking  

im so glad to have found this forum. I’ve learned so much and actually feeling like I’ve got this and NOPE again 

You worry too much! Hahaha By all means, Use Substitutes for as long as you need them. After all, you are fighting a wicked drug addiction!!! There is no need to worry about getting addicted to foods right now. Once you reach one year quit you can then use the same mental tactics to stop a sweet tooth obsession or overeating disorders. Get plenty of Quit Time behind you and use the nicorette products or other products as you need them during that first year and don't worry so much. Eventually you will find that you no longer need the substitutes and can handle that jittery nervous feeling of the addiction. We learn to use our intellect to outwit those cravings and see them for what they are. You take back control and don't let anything or anyone sabotage your quit. It will all calm down and fade away so believe in yourself as you deserve be to free of this nasty addiction.

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013

This is why the forum is known for helping - fellow quitters pay it forward and support each other in the battle to get and stay quit. I know I could not stay quit without this place. Everyone can quit. Use your intellectual mind and not your addicted mind to outwit the nicotine monster. See him for what he is - an evil predator and we let him control us. Well no more rationalizing that smoking is ok. It isn't because you are letting the monster win and control you once again if you smoke. 

Keep taking this one day at a time and let those smoke free days add up. Stay angry at cigarettes for doing this to you and choose to be an x-smoker for the rest of your life. Good luck in your journey.

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013

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gilturgeon

From: gilturgeon

6/5/19

Your experience with the hate and anger is what I’m most apprehensive about. I’m a grumpy 60 yr old and I’m afraid of getting even grumpier!  ... the risk/reward factor HAS to swing towards the positive sooner than later, otherwise I know I’ll fail, I just don’t have patience with anything.  like most people my age,  I mostly smoke for medicinal purposes, I physically get ill if I don’t get my dose of nicotine continuously. I’m really going to try this time by getting as proactive as possible. I’m not sure if Zyban is an option for me, I’m glad you’re doing well however ... if my frustration gets out of control, I’ll try methods for dealing with that as well, smoking is ruining my health and I’m getting really resentful that I’ve become a slave that has to bow down 40 times a day!!! I’ve quit alcohol and hard drugs for years now, perhaps 2-3 Xs a year I’ll get sweaty temptations but from experience, I KNOW it will pass.. I hope the same mindset holds true for smoking and I’m going to try and quit a nasty caffeine addiction as well... your prayers and compassion is appreciated...

silverene102

From: silverene102

6/6/19

Like Debbie said , maybe try channeling your anger towards smoking instead of yourself and others? 

zyban really helps me not only with my addictions but also my everyday life. I only take once a day in the morning instead of twice a day as directed. As the med only works for 8-12 hrs, I do feel easily irritable and more hungry at dinner time but I’m trying fight it myself instead of depending on the drug too much. Maybe it will helps you too? But it effects everyone differently.

I really hope you could join us :) 

I was irritable, grumpy, downright looney for a while but eventually it did all get easier especially after four months. This is not easy but it is attainable by being stubborn in your resolve to quit. It takes tenacity and patience plus a strong sense of understanding that we are drug addicts that need to stop poisoning ourselves.  Our brains are involved in the withdrawal process after all. All our vital processes in the hypothalamus are affected by not having that sudden stimulant drug nicotine anymore and so our emotional, sleep, hunger and other sensory areas all are affected. It's no wonder we are out of sorts.

I quit when I was 58 and have been quit for almost six years. I know your pain with quitting but I too hated being a slave to cigarettes and wasting my money on that useless drug addiction. It's up to you and you alone whether you smoke or not but I can tell you I am now much more relaxed and chill than I ever was as a smoker. Smoking actually increases stress on our bodies which is something I did not believe until I quit.  We always worried when and where we could get our next smoke. Smoking is not permitted in so many places these days and it's just not the cool thing to do anymore. Watch a smoker who really needs their fix as they are overly anxious and at times panicking while lighting up they look like drug addicts. All that goes away once you are free so keep going and never look back. 

Those nasty first four months are wicked tough but hang in there and use whatever substitutes you need & just stop smoking as your lungs and body will heal from the abuse. 

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013

gilturgeon

From: gilturgeon

6/6/19

Good morning and thank you all for the acknowledgment. I don’t necessarily feel alone in this struggle, every long term smoker I’ve ever met wished they could smoke ONLY when they really wanted to, those rare occasional moments when smoking is pleasurable.. with all the public awareness and staggering stats, I’m confused why so many young people still consider it cool. I’ve lived most my life in central coast California and on Maui where smoking is no way near as prevalent or acceptable as it is here in NC.. I understand there’s a lot of variables to consider,  the acceptance level is what I’m still not used to and I feel this just fuels my addiction.. by contrast,  out west, in the areas I’m from, smoking is very taboo and that made me conscious of somewhat controlling my input, but here, everyone smokes it seems like!  so without boundaries, I’m smoking twice as much (2 packs!! Always smoking or thinking about it) in a way that’s been a blessing, I’m more discussed in myself than I’ve ever been and my health is taking a huge hit.. Apart from smoking, I’m very health conscious, smoking hasn’t overly impacted my physical attributes til lately. I’m 5’9” 145lb .. 2 yrs ago - 180lbs almost zero fat, worked out regularly, ate well... now, I smoke and drink soda instead of eating.. 

THIS ENDS TODAY!!!  I actually stopped last night ( surprising because I love to smoke before bedtime out side) thanks to this forum, I think I have a tool that going to come in handy, just now I got a stabbing craving for a split second.. Breath.....

turtles

From: turtles

6/6/19

I am 65, smoked for 40 years and quit cold turkey on April 1.  That feeling of 95% of the cigarettes I smoked were not pleasurable is what drove me.  I had quit for 3 months 5 months before and made the fatal just one error, which I will not repeat.  Some days were downright obnoxious but sugar free hard candy really helped, with sugarfree cinnamon gum, ice chip water and really cold flavored water. These also helped minimize weight gain.  Good luck! 

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