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May 2020 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

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Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Jun-13

Hi Elizaquits,

How is your quit going with out the patches, I have been on the 21mg patch now for 6 weeks and am now considering reducing to 14 mg, I have some in my medicine cabinet , I will have to check the use by date they have been there for a while, would be interested in your thoughts and anybody else for that matter.

Kind regards

Anthony 6W

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Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Jun-14

Checked my medicine cabinet out and the 14 mg patches used by date was 2011, I walked down the street and bought 28X14 mg patches that should last me the four weeks I have to be on that particular strength and then down to 7 mg for four weeks, I am taking this quit seriously and believe in a long slow taper, when I was on champix I came off suddenly and relapsed straight away. 

The diet is going well at the same time, eating way more veges and limiting carbs have lost 18.5 Kg or 40 lbs nearly 3 stone. clothes are starting to swim on me, have to visit the op shops and see what I can find for the winter season only ten weeks left and the days are getting warmer.

Go to check in  with my smoking counselor tomorrow get checked for metabolic syndrome, my BMI  is down to just over 30, still obese by that scale, but she is pleased with my progress.

That's all for now

Kind regards

Anthony 6W

slowblumer

From: slowblumer

Jun-14

Hi Anthony,

We all need a plan and looks like you have one.   Stay with it.

Congratulations on 6 weeks.  You do seem more focused and persistent this time round -great work.   Don't let anything stop you.

Woo, 40 pounds-that's amazing!

                               

Elizaquits

From: Elizaquits

Jun-14

Hey Anthony!

So far so good, thank you for asking! I think I am at, or around 2 weeks without the patches. For me, the biggest difference was going from 21mg to 14mg, so just be prepared for the first day of your 14mg. It's nothing crazy, just a feeling of being on edge (at least that is how I felt), after a day or two you should get used to them and no longer notice the difference!  I found the 14mg to be easier to wear as well, since they are smaller than the 21mg patch. I really can't say enough good things about the patch - for me it really helped wean me off of nicotine. I am hoping the same for you! :) 

Congratulations on your diet! 40 pounds?! That is amazing! From your photo, it is hard to believe that you had that to lose! 

Let me know how you feel with the 14mg when you switch!

Best,

Eliza

slowblumer

From: slowblumer

Jun-18

Hi Jeff,

Congratulations on one full month smoke free.  You are well on your way.  I won't kid you. the next 2 months may/ will be tough but I think you have gotten tough yourself!   

When it gets rough just remember what they told me when I came here:

"If I have just one I will be right back where I started; and where I started was desperately wishing I could be where I am today".

And watch out for the brain tricks...don't believe a word your brain tells you about smoking.

               

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Jun-19

Hi Jeff,

Just wanted to congratulate you on one month smoke free, keep up the good work...

Kind regards

Anthony

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Jun-25

HI Eliza,

I have been on the 14 mg patch about 10 days now, you can certainly tell the difference, more cravings, but I just tell them to bu**er off, will persevere for four weeks then drop down to 7 mg patches, I am anxious to get this quit moving without the patches, but patience with the process, I don't want to relapse, that's the last thing I want.

Kind regards

Anthony 7W

Elizaquits

From: Elizaquits

Jun-26

Hey Anthony!

I am sorry to hear that! I am sure you will get acclimated sooner than later and the cravings will hopefully go away! Kudos on 7 weeks, you are so close to another milestone -  2 months!

I understand what you mean about moving on without the patches, they become tiresome quickly.. but they serve a purpose and are leading you towards freedom! Soon enough they will be in your past! That, and I really believe they helped me develop the mindset that I needed to maintain my quit. I hope you are finding the same to be true for you. 

We got this! Cheers to us and our quits!

Eliza

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Jun-29

I've started romanticizing the cigarette again, I just went back and read through my quit reasons again, posted a NOPE, popped a lozenge and now writing to you, I have been feeling low today, and my bones ache think I might be coming down with something, the weather is cool and it has been raining, I don't know how a cigarette would cure all that, it won't. Not long before I go to bed and sleep this day off. There I feel better now, thanks for listening.

Kind regards

Anthony 8W

Elizaquits

From: Elizaquits

Jun-29

Anthony,

First, kudos on 8 weeks!!! That is an accomplishment for sure!!

I am sorry to hear you are feeling low and not well. Those moments seem to be the ones where smoking comes into our minds. Isn't that interesting? To your point, cigarettes would not make us feel better but yet we think about them! Hopefully you wake up feeling better and forget all about the cigarettes. If not, I will be here to listen and talk it out! 

How are things going otherwise? Getting acclimated to the 14mg patch yet?

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