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October 2019 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 1/28/19 by Terry (abquitsmking); 57223 views.
Brenda (1sept19)

From: Brenda (1sept19)

10/14/19

Welcome to the forum.  Congrats on 3 days free from the addiction.  Make yourself at home, this forum is amazing and will help so much.  Keep taking it one day at a time, you will find freedom.

mars123

From: mars123

10/14/19

So funny Andrea, re: reading as much as you can... that is exactly what what I’m doing! Thank you for the words of encouragement! 

mars123

From: mars123

10/14/19

Thanks Brenda! Freedom....It’s like reinvention or something... and hopefulness... and self care... amongst many other things. I’ve smoked (lightly, moderately but a lot heavily) for a very long time like 30 yrs but about 6 years ago cut down to about 6-8/day and perhaps every couple of months, blips of pack a night binges (social& drinking or stress). 

Spent the last 2 years trying to quit (anywhere from 3 months  to 8 hrs etc etc)... and all the negative emotions that come from it e.g. resetting the quit app yet another time or better yet, letting it run on anyways despite full blown back to daily smoking. Confession: I’ve let my 2 quit smoking apps run on for months at a time, checking out the stats...as an imposter. Not funny but funny sad no? Both are set to reality now. 

Just hope to take it one day at a time this time and not get overwhelmed by thinking too far ahead. It’s Day 3 all day long. Not day 10 or 260.  Must stay in the present. 

Brenda (1sept19)

From: Brenda (1sept19)

10/14/19

mars123 said:

 Must stay in the present. 

You got it.  We have all put ourselves through hoops for this addiction and most of us have quite a few quits behind us.  I consider it lessons learned and now I am on my forever quit, one day at a time.  You can do this and remember that you are getting rid of disease, bad health and addiction.  You are giving yourself a great gift, the gift of health and no longer being a slave to that addiction.

mars123

From: mars123

10/14/19

Thanks Brenda, timely support if you only knew! 

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slowblumer

From: slowblumer

10/14/19

Hi October Ex- Smokers,

As hard as quitting is, if given a chance your body has tremendous ability to heal.  You are winning a battle for your life against a powerful substance.

"Nicotine is among the most toxic of all poisons and is highly addictive".

MarkOU812

From: MarkOU812

10/14/19

Day and a half into quit. 39 years, $121,000, & some 23 miles of cigs. All but 15 years of my life. Thinken it may take awhile to unweave it from the fabric of my life. Using the patch to kick things off. So far the best advice I read here is "your not giving up cigs, your getting rid of them" . I am not giving up anything, I'm gaining everything. 

June2019

From: June2019

10/14/19

Welcome! And congrats on resolving to make smokes a thing of the past and getting through day 1.  You're right - this habit is interwoven into many of our daily habits & coping habits. It will take time to relearn healthy & constructive responses, just gotta keep taking it 1 day, 1 craving at a time.  The mods here always find the right articles & links to post in response to questions - that's what i found, anyway.  There's a lot of history here to read through.

Stay strong in your decision.

Brenda (1sept19)

From: Brenda (1sept19)

10/15/19

MarkOU812 said:

I am not giving up anything, I'm gaining everything. 

There you go.  That attitude and one day at a time will get you to other side, which is freedom.  Make yourself at home and read everything you can.  You can do this !

DanJF3

From: DanJF3

10/15/19

I’m happy to have found this chat!  I’m about to start on what I hope to be a long term (and permanent) quit this time.  I bought what I intend to be my last pack today and once I am through it, that's it!  It’s comforting to see that I am not alone in getting anxious about the idea of quitting and having some self-doubt as I attempt to make this long-lasting positive change.

In the past I have had a couple multi-year quits and even in the past year got up to about 3 weeks twice.  The physical withdrawal isn’t typically a huge issue (although at times I definitely feel it) but after time I just miss it and end up lighting up.  I’m starting to get to that point where I am getting more angry with doing this rather than resigned to keep smoking and actually I haven’t even been enjoying the taste much at all recently so hopefully that is a sign that now is the time.  Also went to the gym today and had a nearly smoke free day and feel pretty good right now.  

I wish the best to all you out there fighting the battle and I look forward to keeping this chat close as I turn the page on smoking.

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