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April 2020 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 12/3/19 by ModDee; 29486 views.
JerseyDee

From: JerseyDee

5/8/20

Wow ... A month Eliza .. That is fantastic! .. Would attach a cool gif here but I am in my phone at work and can't figure out how to copy and paste gifs from phone.

You need to celebrate tonight! ... Get take out from your favorite restaurant and enjoy! ...

I remember being really excited when I hit the month marker .. Felt like a real accomplishment ..

You are doing this. You are winning! ...

As far as the tears .. Yup ... Did as well but haven't lately ... It is amazing what we go through as we detox from thr junk ... I truly do not believe that scientists even truly know exactly what it does to our minds .. What a cruel nightmare being addicted to that stuff truly is. Should be illegal.

SusanK1960

From: SusanK1960

5/8/20

Eliza,
Getting to that first month is HUGE!  You should be so proud of yourself! Did you have a reward list made yet for each milestone you hit?  You should.

Elizaquits

From: Elizaquits

5/8/20

Thank you! Yay to day 36!! 

I know what you mean about time - yesterday, today, and tomorrow are all that really matter anymore!

Would you mind sharing the workout site? I've been watching workout videos on tv/youtube but am always looking for a suggestion. Yes, 3 pounds being locked inside with food is not bad at all! Especially when you add quitting into the equation! It makes me think of this meme that said "PSA: every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit - yoga pants will have you believe all is well in the kingdom"   I laughed so hard - it's SO true! : )

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Elizaquits

From: Elizaquits

5/8/20

Thank you SO much ladies!!  - I almost can't believe it is real and that I am doing it!! 

I also want to say thank you for being a part of this forum and my quit! I look forward to reading everyone's posts and always appreciate the insight and wisdom :)

I look forward to conquering the next steps together! 

KalyaRed

From: KalyaRed

5/8/20

Hi Candrew! 

I'm sorry, I'm always late for the party and only read this today, but six months is brilliant!!! Congratulations!! I'm so glad you didn't waste it!! 

We'll get to one year! 

Elizaquits

From: Elizaquits

5/8/20

Thanks :)

I can't find it now, but I read the post about the keys! Oh, man.. that must have been a super frustrating day!! You should be beyond proud that you didn't cave - that was a tempter for sure! Hopefully the rest of the week has been smooth for you! (Has it?? Please say yes! lol)

I also wanted to tell you.. after reading your posts about yoga.. I decided to try it! It is no joke! I tried a beginner video and saw this man fold himself into positions I could only hope of one day mimicking!  Luckily, I found a 30 day intro on youtube that teaches you from the beginning - I am currently on day 5. So far so good! Do you use a video to guide you or?

I hope you have a nice Friday night, the weather here today in NJ makes it perfect to stay in :)

KalyaRed

From: KalyaRed

5/8/20

Oh Eliza... You just opened a bit of a pandora box here... I never shut up about this website. 

It's https://www.fitnessblender.com/

And they're amazing.

First of all they're normal people. So you don't get those people who look like they're going for a night out, you get real people working out, guiding you all the way through the exercises and occasionally complaining that they're having trouble finishing the workout. 

Second, you create your free account and then get to save favourites, edit your calendar, and filter workout videos by type (cardio, strength, pilates, low impact), by difficulty 1 to 5, by body focus (lower body, upper body, abs, total) so you can create your own routine not repeating the same muscle group so you don't get injured. Be warned - they are super sweet, hence addictive. But they're free and healthy so... 

And the best thing is they don't encourage you to focus on how you look but on how healthy you are and how strong you feel! 

Yeah 3 pounds is enough to bother me to be honest... but I'm about 1,70m (something like 5.7 in the imperial system) so I guess it's not too bad. It's always better than smoking, that's for sure! 

candrew

From: candrew

5/8/20

KalyaRed -

Good to meet you. This forum is a wonderful place to help  us remain smoke-free. Lots of wisdom, lots of encouragement and lots of care. No worry about the time, we are on our own timetable, 

Oh by the way, I only had 54 weeks until I relapsed, not 6 months. Currently I have 14 day s without any major problems but of course I want a cigarette. I feel that I am so close to relapsing but something inside me says NO, NO, NO. You don't want to do that .

Good luck in your journey to a better life, 

 Andrew 4/25/20

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KalyaRed

From: KalyaRed

5/9/20

Hi Andrew, 

Six months was my longest quit. I think you never lose until you give up. 

That prase someone here used "one is too much and a thousand never enough" is perfect. I use it a lot. Whenever I get a strong craving I say to myself, I'd smoke one and then what? Another, right? And then another. And none of them give me any satisfaction. All they do is pave the way for the next one. Until I get to the point where I'm already smoking but still light up because the previous cigarette wasn't working. 

You keep going. Don't give in to the cravings. You had them when you were a smoker too. You just didn't notice because lighting up eliminated the notion of wanting a cigarette. It didn't eliminate the stress - but now we were only irritated, not having a craving, we were just annoyed. 

It feels terrible to come down from a 54 week streak. But you can go back to being free. 

Ana

Elizaquits

From: Elizaquits

5/9/20

Hey! 

I just found your message in my "did i really do that" thread... sorry about that!

Yes- hanging in there! How are you??

This week has been much easier compared to last week! I even had a minor meltdown over work and not once did I think about smoking! I'll admit, I had other irrational thoughts.. like "I just want to quit" "these people are so dumb" "I should become a whistle blower" and so on.. BUT I didn't think about smoking!! lol :)

I have also transitioned down to the 14mg patch! I remember you saying you could feel the difference.. you were not lying! I chewed 2 pieces of gum for the first day or two but then I got used to it I guess. I am looking forward to being done with the patches, I have sensitive skin and you can see where the patch was for a number of days after I take it off. I realize that is a small price to pay, I much prefer having weird squares all over my body and being a nonsmoker than being a smoker!  I am a little nervous about being done with them though - but I am trying not to think about that, I will cross that bridge when I get there. 

What is new and exciting with you? How did the shelves turn out?

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