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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!
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.
Best wishes as you continue your cessation journey.
My GOD, you're a wonderful person!
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!
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!
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
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
I am a returning member. I quit in September 2018 and was smoke-free for 9 months, but last summer I began to play with cigarettes here and there. I was able to quit for a few weeks every time after I had a relapse but after my last relapse this weekend, I decided to start again from point zero here and come back to the forums, joining the November quitters. I have bought lozenges this time, but I am not sure I will use them (the box says I should use them at least nine times a day but I just wanted to have them handy in case the cravings during the first days become unbearable. FYI, last time I quit I did it cold turkey. I had a few rough days and a lot of crying-- I should have written about it in a journal to have it handy now).
In any case, have realized, for me, the most important issue to control is the psychological dependence and the fact that I fool myself into thinking that I am a happier person when I smoke. These forums helped me a lot when quitting in 2018, so I am determined to use them again on a regular basis for many months to come.
Thanks for being there. This a wonderful community!
Welcome back, Maria ! There are a lot of us who have been here before and we just keep trying. I am determined that this is the final quit and I won't fall for the junkie thinking again. You know the drill and what to do, so I will just say welcome and wishing you all the best.