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January 2021 Ex-Smokers   Quit Buddies Unite

Started 12/31/19 by ModDee; 35971 views.
abrewster14

From: abrewster14

1/6/21

You are inspiring. I can’t imagine living with smokers and quitting. I’m day 6 and there moments I physically have to restrain myself from going to the store to get a pack especially in the morning. I swear my brain is trying to tell me that I love smoking and miss it. 

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

1/6/21

Only one braincell is trying to convince you to smoke.  The rest of your braincells are working on ways to outwit that smoker brain cell.   Look to this forum and find different ways to distract yourself to create a diversion from the smoker braincell. 

Examples: ice cold water through a straw - deep breathing (long inhales in through the nose and slow exhales through the mouth), exercise - ie walk around the block, hot bath (my favourite), munching on foods (crunchy foods seem to work best) - reading the articles in this forum as well as posts of other members. 

Distraction is key to outwitting that smoker braincell.  

I've read that a craving lasts about three minutes so if you can distract yourself for those three minutes then you win.

Keep up the good work and you will notice improvements everyday.  It's accumulative process.  

Cheers!  

MDS27

From: MDS27

1/6/21

Yesterday, was the first full day of consciously trying to reduce vaping. Only 6 vapes with an average gap between vapes of 2hrs, 15 mins. This is a decent improvement on yesterdays 6 vapes with 90mins between. I know there are potential pitfalls with a cutting down approach rather than total cessation, but as I said yesterday, reducing to 6 vapes from approx 20+ per day is a big step for me and after it being such a dominant part of my life for so long, I need to take these baby steps first. 

Already I feel like I am leading a cleaner life. I feel more in control and less like a slave to nicotine. Keeping busy and distracting myself by finding things to do has helped - idle hands and all that. I had my strongest craving yesterday in the midst of doing some reasonably stress-provoking work as I worked through some investment decisions, a time when I would usually be sucking on my pen non-stop. I enjoy having more time and am excited to fill my life with more meaningful activities. I also have a sense of knowing I am on the right path and I like the guy I'm looking at in the mirror more.

For the past 2 years the first thing I've done upon waking is filled myself with nicotine. This morning I waited 25mins. The urge was really strong, but I sat there with it, breathed into it and reminded myself its an urge, but it doesn't mean I have to act on it. Today, my goal is to stretch the gaps out to 3hrs. 

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MDS27

From: MDS27

1/6/21

How did day 3 go ragdoll?

Strength and courage to you!

Nope62

From: Nope62

1/7/21

    I'm back again and ready to quit for good! Tomorrow will be one week quit. It's been hard, but I'm doing it.

Sorry about posting as a reply, but I couldn't figure out how else to post and get involved with other quitters here.

 Good Luck to you all!

MDS27

From: MDS27

1/7/21

One week - Getting it done! Good for you.

I'm not there yet. What's working for you?

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

1/7/21

Welcome back and well done.  First week is the hardest.  Cheers!!    

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abrewster14

From: abrewster14

1/7/21

Tomorrow is 7 days - actually kinda surprised. Hanging in there thank you for all the support. 

Nope62

From: Nope62

1/7/21

  HI!

      Thanks for the reply! I will have a week at midnight tonight. You will be able to get there!

 I use a quit plan that is a combination of things I have learned from past attempts. This time I am using a 7 mg patch during the day. Putting it on when I get up and taking it off when I go to bed. It makes me have weird dreams. 

For me, I really don't think one way of quitting is any better than another. I set a goal of not smoking each day and then try to stick to it. Every day I don't smoke, I win that day. Then I pray for the strength to make it through the next day. So it's a day at a time for me right now. I don't have the strength or commitment to use the word never when it comes to smoking. I wish I did, because I think those quitters are more successful. I can only manage the present.

Good Luck to You! 

Nope62

From: Nope62

1/7/21

Congratulations on being quit for one year! You deserve to be proud of yourself!

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