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Day 1’ner   Introductions/Newcomers Nook

Started 10/31/19 by cbeel5; 2568 views.
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Brenda (1sept19)

From: Brenda (1sept19)


Welcome to the forum.  Take it one day at a time and you will find freedom.  Don't look back, don't look forward, just stay in today. Try to keep a positive attitude and enjoy each day that you are free.  You are giving yourself the gift of life and good health and getting rid of disease, slavery and death.  Rejoice in your freedom and tell yourself you can do this.  Pretty soon this thinking starts becoming the normal way of thinking and you have found the freedom you seek.  One day at a time and just don't smoke.  You can do this !!  

Brenda (1sept19)

From: Brenda (1sept19)


DebbieMC317 said:

But it was the only thing keeping me sane during this very rough patch in my life.

Smoking doesn't keep you sane.  We all like to think it does, but it doesn't.  You will find that things tend to calm down when you are not constantly needing your fix.  Smoking is not your friend and never will be, it will only take from you until you have nothing left to give.  Be happy that you are getting rid of this horrible addiction and take it just one day at a time.  Getting free will start to open up other areas in your life.  Try to be positive and tell yourself that you are getting rid of the slavery first, then the rest of your life will hopefully start falling in to place.  Read all you can on this site and others about this addiction and realize you are giving up nothing, but you are gaining everything.  Wishing you all the best. 

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From: SusanK1960


Congratulations on your decision to join the journey!

 I am on my third week.  I have been a smoker for 40 years and for this last year, every night I concentrated on the wheezing, the coughing, the thoughts about what it feels like to have to be on oxygen, etc.

Some of the tactics I use are one day at a time, when the urge hits, concentrating on the changes that have occurred, such as easier breathing, rosy cheeks, not smelling of smoke, and most of all, knowing I’m not alone!  I have all these people with me thru this forum.

We are with you!



From: ModDee


Hi there,

Welcome to the forum.  I'm so glad you decided to come in with us.  Take a look at the article below on getting through your first week of quitting and then the post below it from Mod Jenn.  Even if you've read it before in your browsing here a re-read is always beneficial.

Here's a wonderful list ModJenn put together that should come in handy.

Quit Toolbox

  • Drink ice water through a straw. Repeat. Drink ice water through a straw. Repeat...
  • Knowledge is power. Read everything you can get your hands on about this addiction. The more you understand about your own addiction to nicotine, the better equipped you become to get through the cessation process.
  • Post on the Forum until your fingers are sore. Post, post, post. 
  • Closely related: Go to the NOPE pledge daily and hold yourself accountable.
  • When you come across posts that inspire and/or strengthen you ~ copy and paste them into a Word document. In this way, you can reread them when you feel wibbly wobbly and are climbing the walls.
  • Distract, distract, distract. (Shhhh.....I would do jumping jacks and by the time I got to about 10-12 I was distracted -- that's for sure. Try puzzles, reading a book, anything that shifts the focus of your thoughts.) More generally, stop whatever you are doing, move, and do something else. The craving will pass.
  • Remind yourself this is a journey and the more time you put between now and that last cigarette, the stronger your quit muscles become and the more you have in your quit toolbox. Take it one minute and hour at at time, if necessary, and the days will keep adding up.
  • Every day you go to bed smoke-free is a good day. Be kind to yourself along the way.
  • What you are experiencing is normal - "this too shall pass".
  • Take a shower. Brush your teeth. Put on lotion.
  • Read your quit reasons.
  • Create a list of all the benefits you are experiencing now that you no longer smoke. Practice gratitude at least once a day for these benefits and life changes.
  • Cinnamon flavored sugar-free gum (even cinnamon sticks).
  • Chai tea (I had to avoid coffee for a while but can drink it now without a problem).
  • Eat healthy snacks, such as carrots or frozen grapes (Some honesty here: I didn't always do so well with this one due to this pesky sweet tooth I developed once I could taste my food again. The good news is that as my quit felt more secure my eating wasn't as erratic.)
  • Protect your quit at all costs by avoiding situations that are high-risk for you, especially in the early part of the quit (e.g., other smokers, alcohol, etc.).
  • Make a plan for handling cravings when around temptation. Do not enter potentially difficult situations without a plan.
  • Remind yourself that it's going to be okay - time is your friend as you relearn every aspect of daily life.
  • Keep a journal to record your journey and it's easier to see how far you have come (It gave me perspective at times when I needed to remember that I may not be where I want to be but I'm most certainly not where I used to be.).
  • Reward yourself for the small accomplishments and the larger milestones (this doesn't' have to involve spending money).
  • Exercise - go for walks, join a gym, just keep moving.
  • Accept and tell yourself (that self-talk we have to turn from negative to positive) that the craving is actually a sign of healing and they will occur less frequently and with less intensity as the smoke-free days add up.
  • Deep breathing -- take 4-5 deep breaths -- fill up your diaphragm and and make your tummy stick out.
  • As ModLisa says: "When in doubt go to sleep". 
  • As ModMic says: "SOME DAYS, IT IS ENOUGH THAT YOU JUST DON'T SMOKE. Some days are crappy from beginning to end, and you can kick, scream, cry, punch something, bite someone's head off...if you did not smoke, you win and a little more healing happened".
  • Visualize a craving like a wave washing over you. The tide does leave. 
  • Tell yourself four things: (1) Smoking is no longer an option regardless of what life throws your way; (2) I am worthy of freedom from this addiction; (3) I can. I will. End of story; and (4) I am stronger than this challenge and this challenge is making me stronger.

Best wishes as you continue your cessation journey.


Jenifer (Zarknorph)

From: Jenifer (Zarknorph)


My GOD, you're a wonderful person!


From: Jonny84


Debbie - I'm so sorry to hear that - sounds like you have misery hitting from all sides.  Hopefully you are able to get out of your funk soon.  I'm on day 7 and it's a lot more manageable than day 2 that's for sure.  It's nice to not have to run to the cig store every day.  I wish you all the best and will say a prayer for ya - Hang in there - U got this!


From: DebbieMC317


Thank you!  Its like day 4 now?  The craving for a cig feels 1000 times worse. Its ALL I think about.  Everyone says it gets better. Just waiting on that to happen. Lol thanks for the encouragement! Keep up the good work! 


From: Jonny84


I totally know the feeling.  It really will get better - just have to wait - and the waiting can be HELL!!  It's so hard to quit - it is really worth it though when it gets better.  There's nothing really fancy about it - you  just don't have really any cravings at all.  And of course - when I got a cold when I was a non smoker - it would last like 3 days instead of 3 weeks. So ya - I guess there is something fancy about it - lol


From: 48yrsmokin


Well another day has started. Theres a nice purple aND PINK SUNRISE out there that I appreciate seeing when it happens.Are you still smoke free eveeryone.??????????   It's such a great feeling to start the Day cup of coffee- then theirs that first morning craving to say NOPE to for the first time of the day. You know there will more but it so easy to say NOPE to them all.  Last night was the test night out.Football party crappy game with good friends and 1/2 are smokers and the other half are EX_ SMOKERS. Made it thru the night With NOPE helped me out numorous times. But that got me thru day 24 . Now on day 25 YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!!!!!!  Who would thought after almost 50 yrs. of smoking that I could finally put down those life sucking white sticks and walk away. OH WHAT A FEELING SMOKE FREE. I keep saying to my self that I can't beleive that I have made it this far after all those try's and gimmics of the past. I know that I'm not out of the woods that any time the smokey dude is still there in my head and sometimes he gets deep in my thoughts hard to shake.  I HOPE HE GOES AWAY SOMEDAY. Untill then one day at a time. One craving at a time. And say NOPE to them all

You've got the QUIT MINDSET!! Nice job. It takes that kind of thinking to get free. Now just keep it. Say NOT ONE PUFF EVER AGAIN!!!! Refuse to lose! Don't let anything or anyone sabotage your quit. Stay stubborn in your resolve to stay quit for life.

You don't need them anymore! Just Don't Smoke! One leads to thousands more. Persist resist exist! Chose freedom! Don't fall for it ever again because it's a trap! Tell that nicotine monster voice to shut up every time he screams at you or tries his pleading seductive voice to snare you back to the addiction. No More No Way I'm So Done with smoking! All these slogans ran through my thoughts while I was quitting and I'm so glad I stuck out the battle and you will too. Keep on NOPING!!

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