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April 2020 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 12/3/19 by ModDee; 31211 views.
In reply toRe: msg 20
slowblumer

From: slowblumer

4/2/20

Hello to all April Ex Smokers,

Here are some great tips from one of our old timers in quitting.

Medubich

From: Medubich

4/2/20

Quit smoking April 01, second day smoke free, I feel amazing. I have intense cravings but I started to watch a lot of movies to quench it, seems to be working. 

Psychologically, it's really hard, seeing people smoke and reprogramming my mind that they're killing their lungs. Team NOPE!! all the way!!!

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

4/2/20

Congratulations!

You have found an amazing place of acceptance and encouragement and support. So glad you made a healthy choice for you! Welcome!!

JerseyDee

From: JerseyDee

4/2/20

Hi there. Congratulations on your big step in qutiing. The first few days are the hardest ... It DOES get easier. 

Read through the posrs here for suggestions on how to deal with cravings.

We are here for you. We keep each other on track here ... You found the right place

- Deana

3/5/20 Found my pathway to frreedom

Medubich

From: Medubich

4/2/20

Thanks a lot guys for your support and encouragement. I really appreciate it. I'm just taking it one step at a time, I don't want to think of how hard 2 weeks or 2 months or 2 years gonna be. NOPE one step at a time. Thanks fam. 

CC to JerseyDee
slowblumer

From: slowblumer

4/2/20

Hi Medubich,

Welcome to the forum.  So glad you joined us and hope you will stay here for information and support.  It is hard but you are staying strong.  

Right now there are not a lot of April quitters but more folks will be along. Your decision to quit smoking is the best gift you could ever give yourself.   I was a 40+ yr smoker and this place helped me quit and stay quit.  One day at a time you can beat nicotine addiction.  

Read everything you can .

Best wishes,

DebraAnne60

From: DebraAnne60

4/2/20

Have you read Allan Carr's Easy Way to Quit Smoking - there is a link to the book somewhere in this forum.  I hope someone can bring it up for you.  Highly recommend it.  It's a easy read - a bit humorous as well.  

We are here for you when and if you need us.  The forum has tons of postings and articles of quitting and what to expect which are very helpful to KNOWING YOUR ENEMY.  If you have questions or concerns, please go post them.   We have all been through this and understand what you are going through pretty much every step of the way.

Welcome to the non-smoking society.     

Cheers

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

4/2/20

That’s they way to do it. Though it is nice to think about how great it will feel in a month, or two, or six, or a year, etc., for me it is best accomplished by staying present in the moment. I don’t want to rush anything else in my life (getting old enough already) and try to enjoy the journey, this is the same. I’m enjoying the journey daily.

The support from others ahead is helpful to get me through some tough moments as I take it as a sign that it can be done and I’ll get there in due time too!

Glad you’re here with us!

Eve1973

From: Eve1973

4/2/20

Congratulations. Are you on lockdown too? If so I know you probably have a lot of time, so read the beginning of This folder. The mods put a lot of information for the new people and it’s amazingly helpful. 
We are all here for you too.....post, don’t hesitate to ask questions.....and always know you have support here!

Congrats on taking this 1st step to freedom!

Eve

In reply toRe: msg 29
slowblumer

From: slowblumer

4/3/20

Hello all April Ex-Smokers,

The more tools we have to defeat urges the better.  

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 walk
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