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You have not failed - you are just still practicing!! Practice makes perfect :)
I TOTALLY understand what you mean about waking up and starting the hunt - for me, the mornings were the worst! I would wake up and immediately head outside to smoke. I actually ended up sleeping with the patch on, despite the crazy vivid dreams - when I woke up with it on, I was much more productive than if I took it off to sleep. When I took it off to sleep, I would wake up feeling like a zombie and would have NO motivation whatsoever. I would just sit on the couch and try not to cry ( I cried a lot during my quit and that is so not my style!).
It makes me sad to hear you say you feel down, beating yourself up is not helpful, Tiny!! Be proud of yourself for trying and showing up! Showing is 80% or more of the battle!! Use this moment to understand what went wrong, and have a plan for the next time.
When I quit, I smoked my last cigarette before bed on a Friday night - that way, when I woke up, I already had a number of hours under my belt. I slapped on a patch when I woke up and then, I did absolutely nothing on Saturday. Not even joking, I think I watched 6 movies that day (maybe 5, I watched every Lethal Weapon movie made lol). I was afraid to do anything else as I thought it would make we want to smoke. My plan was to sleep the weekend away, but that didn't work out. When Sunday came, I was little bit braver and actually ate something, but still took it easy otherwise.
With time, I realized I still felt "empty" in the morning if that makes sense. So I began to exercise in the am vs. doing it at night - it gave me something to do and helped pass the time. It wasn't much fun at first, but after a week or so, I developed a routine and it became easier. Then, JerseyDee turned me on to yoga and now I love it!
All in all, be patient and try not to beat yourself up or have negative thoughts. Quitting is hard - we spent numerous years making that a habit and it is going to take a while to break it! There is NO shame in that!
Keep your head up high and know that it will happen for you :)
Thank you, I really needed to hear that. Its smoke break time for everyone but I'm staying in today so I don't have to see or smell them. I'll start taking walks soon, but the way out building is, and you can't smoke on the property, I'm pretty much forced to get near them if I want to walk the loop around the building. You can't leave the property for a break so I'm kind of stuck for now. I've got a lozenge in, and that helps. I'm going to try sleeping with the patch on, even though it does make me a little pink. I keep on telling myself how much I want to be free of this addiction and I just have to keep trying. I'm going to post a lot today, so be prepared to hear some hormones coming out.
I used the 14mg for the recommended 2 weeks, and then over a weekend, went down to the 7mg. This time, I did not notice the difference! I was convinced I would, but for one reason or another I did not! Actually, there were a few days where I forgot to even put the patch on! I took this as a good sign :)
Thanks Eliza. I am going to the 7mg patch tomorrow and appreciate you sharing the above. I would be lying if I said I was not a little anxious. I have been wearing the 14mg way over the 24 hours sometimes cos I just forget to change it out and have been ok with that most the time.
The only advice I would add is buy the name brand because they adhere better. (But they are stronger....I had a bad experience switching to them like Jeff) If you are outside a lot, sweat, or swim use a waterproof tape with it. This will make a big difference and you won’t waste patches.
Congrats for coming off the patch successfully! You go, girl!
Of course! I will keep reminding you! :)
How was the rest of your day/this morning?
Let me know what you think of the 7mg, hopefully you wont notice much of a difference!
How is your quit going otherwise?
I just made it 24 hours!!!!! And I even had time to make breakfast, now that I'm not smoking. This is good.
Excellent! Way to go! Knew you could do it!
Now we work towards 48!
Doing good, thank you. One day with 7 so far. Just major tired today. Took a nap. Better now. We shall see. No craves to speak of
How are you doing now that you are finished?
So things are going well. My husband had his last cigarette 5 hours ago. He's doing great so far. It was so weird--i took that freedom from smoking class and it got cancelled due to covid. I did get 8 classes in, but today the group leader asked me for a quote about quitting smoking. I told her that I've been off and on cigarettes for months now. I'm no role model. She said that I am because I refuse to give up. She asked me if I found the class inspiring and helpful and I said yes. She told me that a few people from our class who have struggled are supplying quotes too. I guess it's to encourage people to take the class and to keep trying. The hospital I work for gives you an insurance discount for a few healthy habits, one of which is quitting smoking. You have to pass a blood test showing you are nicotine free, or take the class. As an aside, I signed up for the class before they dropped that rule. Anyhoo, I'm mulling over what to say. Pr department will be sending me a list of questions to answer via email on Monday. I plan on running the questions by you guys to see what everyone thinks. After all, I am no inspiration. You guys are my inspiration. You have all worked so hard. I truly appreciate you all.