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November 2019 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 1/28/19 by Terry (abquitsmking); 55705 views.
Brenda (1sept19)

From: Brenda (1sept19)


Welcome and congrats on starting your quit again right away.  So much info on this site about this addiction and how to get through it.  Take it one day at a time and you will get free.  It is tough at first but it does get better.  Read everything you can and post often, it will help keep you in the right mindset.  Don't look back and don't look forward, just stay in the day.  You can do this !  

Brenda (1sept19)

From: Brenda (1sept19)


Lizzie1979 said:

I hate the way they make me feel, why do I crave something that makes me feel so bad it makes no sense ....

It's called addiction and we have all been there.  Read everything you can about this addiction, it will help you to understand what your mind and body are going through.  Get through one day at a time and let time be your friend.  Keep adding those days until you find freedom.  Stay close to the forum and post often.  We are all here to help. 

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From: slowblumer


Hi everyone,

Quitting smoking is hard and we are not always at our best when going through the process.  I was edgy and snippy and that is putting it kindly.    It is hard for non-smokers to understand what we are going through. 

Helping Friends And Family Understand How It Feels To Quit Smoking

By Terry Martin The following "letter" to family and friends was written by Richard, the nonsmoking husband of one of our forum members here at About.com Smoking Cessation. Through the experience of supporting his wife, Mary as she worked to quit smoking, Richard learned a lot about what it's like for an ex-smoker who is recovering from nicotine addiction.


From: AsadAKhan


Hi RochieRo,

Congratulations on your decision. Quit smoking is a process and it will take sometime for you to be normal. However I can tell you that coming days are better than 3 days you have gone through. It is a slow process and takes it time and you will be all fine in coming days.

You can see March 2019 group and see my messages in that group where I was literally crying everyday and asking seniors on when I will feel better. Here I am today, 8 days short of 8 months today and in last 3.5 months I literally think about smoking anymore. I still have days and have cravings but it is not like it was in first 3-4 months.

Hang on and you will be all good very soon. Just take it one day at a time and I never take another puff of nicotine.



Quit Date: 20-Mar-2019


From: Jonny84




From: Quitalicious


Hi! Congrats on your 13 months! You better believe this is real life. 9 years for me this month. Allen Carr was instrumental. A college mate said, "Oh, I read this book and I quit right after for good, just like that." I was like, "No way." So I read the book, and bam, I quit for good a couple of months later. This forum, though, was key prior to that.

So great that you are here helping other quitters. It matters so much.


From: Tjs1599


Thank goodness....I was wondering if I was the only November.  Today is day 13 for me.  It has been wild but I am feeling so much better these last 2 days.  Good luck on your journey.  Glad to have someone in November with me.


From: Newthomas


Starting day 3. Last night sucked big time. Fitful sleep at best. I'm worried being really tired will lower my resistance. 


From: Tjs1599


I am battling the insomnia aspect of quitting as well.  It seems to come and go for me.  I get up and read post from this site, drink Camille? tea.  It is hard to be tired but I realized most of the time I am distracted with being tired I forget to think of smoking.  I read a post earlier that said "if all else fails than sleep".  I try to make myself stay awake if I have not had a good night....can anyone help with this?  Do you force to stay awake, sleep when you can?  I am afraid to mess my sleep cycle up more than it already is.  Newthomas you can do this and hopefully we will both get some good advice.  This is the best place for it.  


From: Denim50


Hey Tjs1599 and Newthomas, 

     I’m sorry to hear your both having trouble sleeping. Some people do struggle with insomnia when quitting smoking, as it sounds like you both may be. 


Withdrawal puts us through a lot that’s true. The good thing is that it does eventually get better the further along we go and the more we distance ourselves from the addiction. Quitting is one of the hardest things we can do but it is doable and it is so worth it. More importantly, you are worth it and there is freedom from it. To get to that freedom though, as with any addiction, we must first go through the withdrawal. You can do it! Stay strong, stay close, and keep posting. I say this so much around the forum but it’s so important, stay in the the moment, take it day by day, hour by hour, or minute by minute if necessary, and don’t think too far ahead, as that can sometimes cause added stress or anxiety that you don’t need starting out. Stay in the moment and let that be enough for the time being. The minutes will add up and each minute smoke free is one closer to that freedom. Stay strong and remind yourself often that you can do this. We’re all here for you and are cheering you on. Continue to reach out if you need help and continue to read, post, and join in. So happy you’re both here with us and I wish you both the best as you continue to move forward with your quits. Have a great day and I’ll see you around the forum.  


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