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8 days smoke free   Introductions/Newcomers Nook

Started Jul-8 by Lyney; 2579 views.
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Ovivi

From: Ovivi

Jul-8

Welcome Lyney!

8 days is so great!
Keep stringing those hours and days together, you got this!

Good work posting and reading, it helps!

Wendy

quit September 6, 2019

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TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Jul-8

I'm so proud of you! 8 days is a big deal! I'm glad you've found the forum helpful and that you are focused on your quit. You can do this, I know you can. Keep close to the forum and keep up on the reading material. You've got this!

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Lyney

From: Lyney

Jul-8

Thanks for your support, I appreciate it!

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Nope62

From: Nope62

Jul-8

Welcome to the forum! Eight days is great!

Your doing something right, and it is the best thing you can do for your health.

Coming here and posting with others who have or are going through the same thing as you will help. Please try to read all you can. Understand your enemy.

Take Care!

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Lyney

From: Lyney

Jul-9

That's really good advice and helps a lot. I'm really thankful to have quit and I find your support and that if others in this forum reassuring and motivating. I will do my best to pay it forward. :-)

How has your journey been?

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Nope62

From: Nope62

Jul-10

 Glad to see that you are still here and doing well!

 My journey has been rough. I'm quit now and have been for over a week. But this is my fifth quit this calendar year. A few weeks ago I threw away a thirty day quit for no good reason. This will not happen to you. I'm a serial quitter. I just can't quite get the job done.  I have been told that I am only stopping smoking and not quitting smoking. This time around I'm using Mr Carr's book. I've read it twice. Now I'm reading parts of it again. Maybe this will be my quit that sticks. I pray so!

What method are you using to quit? I have also smoked for a long time, around 48 years. I am trying to quit for health reasons. I can feel that cigarettes have taken the life out of me. It didn't happen all at once, but it has happened. I keep telling myself that I can't last much longer smoking those filthy death sticks. But I always get sucked back in!

Good luck on this Great quit you have going. Remember you are giving up nothing, but a life filled with bad health. We have been paying Big Tobacco to poison us! 

Take Care!

  • Edited July 10, 2020 12:53 am  by  Nope62
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Lyney

From: Lyney

Jul-10

Hi Nope62,

I get it! I call myself a professional quitter because I have done it over and over and over again throughout the years. I actually stayed smoke free for 6 years and then started again while having a few beers with some friends and I smoked all night long. The next day I had a few more and before I knew it I was smoking again. As hard as it is to quit, it's a whole lot easier to start again. 

Prior to quitting for good this time, I had quit a few weeks earlier and managed to keep it up for 6 days and started up again. No good reason. Believe me I get where you're coming from. This may sound a little strange but I feel like I have a little devil sitting on my shoulder egging me on to "give up", "start again", "have a smoke you'll feel better", my answer has been "Nope not today". I smiled when I read NOPE (not one puff ever) and your screenname NOPE62. That's my go-to word and I'm working on transitioning to replacing my devil with an angel a more positive line like "YESSSS!!!" "you're doing it", "keep it up". I can't help but think that despite my body throbbing and my mind being in a fog for nicotine withdrawl, I see this as the beginning of a whole new chapter, a much healthier lifestyle and the end to self-destructing behavior. It's quite enticing! 

I've been using Nicorette gum to help me through and I find it really convenient because you can use it as you need it or not use it if you don't. It definitely helps.

It seems like we quit around the same date, mine was June 30th. What date did you quit? Seems like we have a lot in common so I encourage you to keep it up, I will keep it up too. 

Take care and stay strong!

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Nope62

From: Nope62

Jul-11

Thanks,

             This time I quit on the 2nd of this month. But to be honest I'm still shaky and my quit is fragile. I should be able to get out of this cycle of quitting and then starting again. I often think there is something wrong with my mind. Why would anyone go to the trouble of quitting and then give it up so easily?

   I am a nicotine addict. It gets embarrassing after awhile! My wife never knows if I'm smoking or not. I've quit so many times I think she gets dizzy because she never knows.

   I have some health problems that are only going to get worse if I don't get a solid quit going. I don't understand why that alone isn't enough to keep me quit. All those years I was smoking I never realized the hold nicotine had on me. 

   That little nicotine monster you are talking about is embedded in my brain. I can make it shut up for a while, but it always beats me at some point. So I understand what your saying.

I wish I could change my name here on this forum. When I choose it Nope was the way I felt and I was 62 years old. Now I'm 63 years old and I've still never really commented to Nope.

One day at a time is a better fit for me! That's the only way I can do it!

 The gum is about the only way that I haven't used to try to quit. But if it's working for you that's great! I have used the patches before. I have seen people quit using all different methods. It doesn't matter as long as you are staying quit!

That fog you are talking about is normal for most quitters. I've had it a few times. Don't let it worry you or be the reason you give in to the monster. The fog will lift in time. Everyone's quit is different. But it has never lasted much past the third week for me. 

Take Care My Friend! You are doing great with your quit!

Lyney

From: Lyney

Jul-11

I think you're doing a great job, 10 days is quite the feat and you should be proud of yourself. For all the times that you tried to quit in the past it gives you more experience and insight which you can use to your advantage.

I came across an article that suggests to ask yourself 7 questions if you're about to give in to the urge to smoke again. It struck a nerve for me and I will print it out and place it on my fridge. Here's the link, in hopes it might help you too:

https://www.verywellmind.com/there-is-no-such-thing-as-just-one-cigarette-2825222

:-)

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Nope62

From: Nope62

Jul-14

HI!

    How are things going for you? I am still struggling alone a day at a time.

Thanks for the link. I agree that we can never light up or we will end up back where we were (square one). I have thought that I could have just one in the past, after I had been quit for awhile and was feeling like I had it beat. That one started a chain of cravings that led me right back to smoking as much, or more than I did before I quit. Quitting smoking is an all or nothing proposition. I still feel like I'm in that gray area between the two options.

I hope you are still doing well with your quit!

Take Care!

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