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April 2020 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 12/3/19 by ModDee; 29245 views.
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?

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

5/9/20

Hey! Glad to hear from you!

Shelves are great! I gotta run here though so I’ll write later...I know I said that before about the patches and NRT, but didn’t. I promise I will though! I will say I’m going to stick with the patch a full 12 weeks. 
 

Elizaquits

From: Elizaquits

5/10/20

Awesome - thanks for sharing! I am totally going to check it out -after not being able to go to the gym for the last 7+ weeks, I am running out of options!

I also like that you said they are real people - that makes all the difference! That and I LOVE free! lol ;) Do you have a favorite?

I get what you mean about the 3 pounds bothering you,  I am sure you will have it off in no time!  

KalyaRed

From: KalyaRed

5/10/20

Yeah I'm a bit annoyed with the weight gain but then 3 pounds after a month and a half of not leaving my tiny apartment and then quitting smoking... It could definitely be worse! Plus I'm not listening too much to the voice that complains about the weight. It's deceptive. Sooner or later it will blame my quit. So I'll focus on being healthy and strong. 

I love all their workouts with the name "for people who get bored easily". That's me and they fly by! I did this one yesterday:

https://www.fitnessblender.com/videos/total-body-strength-workout-for-people-who-get-bored-easily-total-body-burnout

I'm going to do one of their pilates videos today and then maybe this one: 

https://www.fitnessblender.com/videos/low-impact-beginner-cardio-workout-feel-good-recovery-cardio

It's a neighbour friendly video :) 

But you can filter by duration and try their shorter videos to see if you like them. 

Whether you prefer them or any other YouTube videos, please join me in falling in love with taking care of yourself! We deserve it! We've been abusing our bodies for a long time. :) 

JerseyDee

From: JerseyDee

5/10/20

Hello Eliza -- I am sorry I am just seeing this post now and late in getting back to you.

I am glad I have inspired you to give yoga a try.  I have been doing it for about 2 years now.   When not in lock down I am in a class that meets at my gym.  I do not follow a class on you tube during lock down just do a routine I made up from poses we do in the class I am typically in at the gym.

I am pretty flexible, always have been .. as a kid I was what they commonly called "double jointed" .. so can do some more advanced poses.  But you should stick to some more basic moves in the beginning such as cat/cow and downward dog and child's pose .. they are not the best for strengthening but oh so relaxing.

in time you may be able to work your way up to things like up dog.  But take it one day at a time for now.

i find it extremely relaxing and centering.

And as far as the day with my keys .. ugh what a day that was.  And to think .. I ended up finding in front of my bag/purse in the end anyway.  If I wasn't so centered from practicing yoga daily I probably would have lost my marble with that one!

I hope you kept up with yoga this weekend.  Please fill me in how that is going and how your quit is going.  

- Deana

3/5/20 Found my path to freedom

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slowblumer

From: slowblumer

5/11/20

Hello May Ex-Smokers,

Check out Brad's story and how he was inspired to push on through his quit.

"Almost all of us who are quitting are doing it as a matter of choice. It is tough, it is miserable at times, but we have a choice to continue doing damage to ourselves or do everything we can to beat this awful addiction to nicotine".

candrew

From: candrew

5/12/20

Ana -

I didn't catch up with your post until today. 

Thanks for your response, I really like hearing from folks like you. I can learn from you especially the  encouragement and compassion part. We all need that 

This is one very difficult condition. People don't realize how horrible this thing is. As much as I am trying every day to keep from smoking (I really want to smoke) but understand that the cravings will eventually lessen. I currently am taking Chantix. I guess it works but the reason that relapsed half way through my prescription I was operating on impulse;  forgetting all the reasons I wanted to quit. Basically I gave up. I knew I craved a cigarette from the start of the Chantix program, weeks ago. AA calls the Mind set "Dry Drunk".

I am fine today with 15 days abstinence. We are in lockdown but I have lots of things to do,  one of which is navigating Delphi and learning more about our problem and also reading posts that I can relate to.

Best of luck to all.

Andrew 4/25/20

CC to candrew
KalyaRed

From: KalyaRed

5/12/20

I guess there's a smokeless smoker in all of us. None of us is above relapsing. I have to swallow my pride whenever I check my smoking app and it says "previous attempt 121 days". 

I quit during lock down too! It's not the easiest - but we can do it! I keep thinking if I managed to do it during the most difficult time I'll be a fool to waste it! 

As Jeff said "guard your quit" 

Ana

SusanK1960

From: SusanK1960

5/14/20

Congratulations on your first star, DJ!

It’s been a few minutes since we have heard from you.  Hope you are doing well and staying healthy and smoke free!

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