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October 2019 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 1/28/19 by Terry (abquitsmking); 57486 views.
VIV691 (NOSMOKING3)

From: VIV691 (NOSMOKING3)

10/24/19

Hello,  I was reading through the OCTOBER thread and came across your message.         I totally identify with your sentiment that giving up smoking is the hardest challenge you have met.    Me too,    and I have had quite a few quits and this time I am just on two months.  I even threw away a 2 1/2 year quit once.    You have come to the right place.  This forum is so informative and accepting.   I wish you the best with quitting and with your health.  My daughter has emphysema and is only in her 40's.    Smoking is a wicked thing really.

Aussie Viv

VIV691 (NOSMOKING3)

From: VIV691 (NOSMOKING3)

10/24/19

Hello Lynn,     I hope and pray for you that you can quit.  I was just scrolling through the October thread and saw your message.     You sound determined.   Stick with the forum.

Aussie Viv

quit 24/8/19

QuitRunner

From: QuitRunner

10/24/19

Totally. No wearing a separate jacket and then obsessively washing hands so you don’t smell!

MarkOU812

From: MarkOU812

10/24/19

Well got snowed out of the mountains early. Left home drive 700 miles, did some 40-50 miles hiking up and down the mountains with no chest tightening or feeling short of breath. Get off the mountain and start contemplating the drive home and chest been heavy all afternoon. Thinking now it may be anxiety, but don't know what I have to be anxious about. This started couple weeks before I decided to quit and the reason I quit. But anyway, yeah I up to 11 days, almost done with 12. 

11/13/2019

Mark

QuitRunner

From: QuitRunner

10/24/19

12 days quit and hiking 40-50 miles? That’s outstanding. Way to go! 
 

finishing a paltry day 2 :)

MarkOU812

From: MarkOU812

10/24/19

Thanks but my brother and I have decided we are getting to old for this. Legs hurt back hurts..lol

2 days means your serious, we can do this. 

I chew out my addiction like it's standing right in front of me, outloud as much as possible. Your mind tends to believe what you tell it, whether you believe it at the time or not. Keep reading, posting, & smoke free.

N.O.P.E.  not one puff ever

MarkOU812

From: MarkOU812

10/24/19

The miles were over 4 days

48yrsmokin

From: 48yrsmokin

10/25/19

Hello Debbie  This is 48yrs.smokin   Well i'm starting in this forum not knowing what and where to do things. Guess I'll start bye saying that I'm on my 9th day of the rest of my life being smoke free. 1st time not smokin in many years. I'm 61 had a health scare from the Doc laying it out on the table. With no bluntness about it told me Keep smokin and I'll see you again in here on short order or I Maybe not cuase you will not see any 1 6 ft. under. Took that with my 3yr, old grandson to get me in the mood. So threw smoking cessation classes at local hospital and Your forums that I found and read alot I am on the road to being smoke free. What to do with this now? I'll ppush some buttons and hope it goes to the right places. I'm not computer frendly and it's the joke that nobuddy lets me near there electronics cause I always mess them up!!!!!!!!!

slowblumer

From: slowblumer

10/25/19

Hi 48yrs,

Welcome.  you pushed the right buttons and posted.  What to do now is stay around , read every article you can and make yourself comfortable in the October Ex-Smokers group.   I smoked almost as long as you and this wonderful forum helped me quit and stay quit.  You can surely so this with the support you will find here.

You will get used to getting around here in no time.

Note: if you can review the entire October thread - lot of good information.

Best wishes

Awesome decision! I quit after smoking over 44 years.  When my grandson was born and I did not want him to have a single ugly memory of me puffing away on a cigarette as it looks so gross! Just keep getting through today - one day at a time - let the days pile up and by the 4th month your quit mindset and behaviors get established as some nicotine receptors have shut down.  By the end of a year only 6% of those receptors remain but by the end of year two we have an 80% chance of remaining quit for life as long as we never fall for the Just One thinking. So stay stubborn and determined in your resolve to end your addiction.

This is a very emotional addiction and your moods will be all over the place for quite a while. Stay angry at cigarettes for doing this to you as all the horrible withdrawal stuff is because of them. Try to not take your blue moods or angry moods out on those around you. Get moving by jogging/walking, do lots of deep breathing when you get outside, rinse your mouth out with mouthwash several times a day as it feels great to know your breath is fresh.

Staying busy and distracted helps with the never ending thoughts of smoking is very important. Wash everything where you used to smoke as the brown stinky tar coated everything including your lungs. When we see what cigarettes do to our house just imagine what it does to delicate lung tissue and our entire body. As a gross experiment, I put a pile of used cigarette butts into a clear glass jar added a little water and closed the lid I put this in my garage where I always smoked.  When I got a craving, I took a good whiff - it was so gross and that helped me get through those wicked cravings in the beginning months. We just don't realize that we are Drug Addicts just like people addicted to alcohol or hard core drugs. We start to see it when our brain is wanting that fix as we get all anxious and shaky to quickly puff away -drug addict. But, our brain will rewire and fix everything with time. I hated the stink and I had several heart attack scares before I decided enough was enough. I kept the thought pattern of 'I'm So Done With Smoking'! I will never ever shove another cigarette into my mouth because of that nicotine monster voice screaming at me because -- It's A Trap! Tell him to aahh shut up! every time he screams at you. Plus don't fall for the quiet seductive voice that tries to tell you it's ok you deserve just one. 

Protect your quit like you would a tiny baby or a tiny puppy and don't let anything or anyone sabotage your quit. Read everything on this forum and read Allen Carr's book The Easy Way to Quit Smoking as its not easy but he helps get you into the quit mindset and his many great one liners kept running through my mind as the months went by. I must have read his book a dozen times. Also, the Whyquit.com site has great info too. Also YouTube has many videos on quitting. This forum is number 1 because we all support each other and the pay it forward behavior helps all of us. Remember - An educated quit is a successful quit. 

I wish you the very best of luck and be proud of yourself each and every time you get through another crave because you are weakening that nicotine monster. Quitting smoking is a monumental acheivment and we all deserve the freedom!! 

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

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