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February 2021 Ex-Smokers - Start Here!   Quit Buddies Unite

Started 1/31/21 by Terry (abquitsmking); 33658 views.
Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Feb-21

Hi Debbie,

Thanks for your timeless wisdom, yet again I embark on a quit, I  am doing all the right things diet wise and exercise yet can't seem to go much further than a month quit without curiosity killing my quit. I guess your example is how we can all achieve lasting success, an obstinate refusal to give in to temptation. I have my reasons typed out hanging on my desk to be reminded of  every time I sit in front of this computer, I am using two patches at the moment to kick off this quit, I still have my quit counselor who  I can access via text when I need her, The Quitline is also close by, just a phone call away, I have spent this last year quit more than I have smoked, just can't string all these quits together into a meaningful length of time... How do you kill this curiosity to have just one when to all good purposes you are committed to abstinence, I guess you have to dig deep, like you say it takes courage to face your demons. Congratulations on your quit and thanks for sticking around and supporting us 

Kind regards

Anthony

Hi Anthony. I'm so glad to see you are doing this again please don't give up. I just got my mind set on the 'never again' thinking. I hated the addiction and I sure didn't want my grandchildren seeing me puffing away and having that disgusting image as memories of grandma. It is an ugly habit sucking and puffing away on those cigarettes like a pacifier. 

I know how anxious I felt that entire first year but it does go away as our brain heals. We made ourselves like cigarettes and the addiction kept us hooked. I didn't want to be a drug addict anymore. I decided I will accept every single icky symptom this addiction would put me through. I smoked for over 44 years and it does take that entire year till you go through circumstances where you previously smoked. I had to change things and try new things to fill all that smoking time with more worthwhile things. Getting fit and strength training really helped me realize that I was capable of tackling new challenges and I lost all the weight I gained during my quit.  Life is better without cigarettes and I hope you conquer this wicked drug addiction once and for all. Good luck. relaxed

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Feb-22

Thanks Debbie,

Wise words indeed, I have lost 32 Kg or 70 pounds since November 2019, getting ready for a hip replacement in April, I do 10,000 steps /day 5 days out of seven, keeps my mind occupied plus hip exercises and some weights makes all other effort seem worthwhile. I can't go back to smoking not that I want to, I have to cultivate that hate towards cigarettes that will make me not pick up another one. I guess the best way to do that is look at all the terrible effects smoking has on the human body, and compile a list.

Kind regards

Anthony

PeasantINC

From: PeasantINC

Feb-22

quit on 17th Feb 2021. Its start of day 6 for me.

I smoke 17 sticks a day for the last 35 years.

a pack of fags cost USD10. Thats gonna be some significant savings.

Here are the things i'm shocked about

I had no idea the insomnia will be that bad. Its going to affect my work.

I had no idea the cravings are so 'constant' it seems like they don't abate at all. 

Thank you everyone for sharing your struggles, it lets me know what i'm going to be facing next. 

gkim

From: gkim

Feb-22

It does get better, PeasantINC. Hang in there. What you’re now going through will be all worth it and it sure beats getting lung cancer or other smoking related diseases. 

Dear Peasant under the Quit Stories & Journals folder I have my Deb's Quit Story and I detail my journey. If you read it you will see the different stages I went through and the progression of my quit. I tackled this addiction like a new educational profession. You need to Be very proud of yourself of taking this nicotine monster head on and tell him to shut up like Bugs Bunny did to Yosemite Sam who was always stomping his feet and yelling up and down just like the nicotine monster.  You can win this battle mind over matter addiction one day at a time. relaxed

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Feb-22

Hi PeasantINC,

Congratulations on making your decision to quit, you are through the first three days which is crucial to your quit, just keep defeating the the urge to smoke one day at a time. I quit 21st Feb, and am 2 days in, I am King of the Relapsers I have not learnt my lesson yet, this time I am taking it one day at a time. Last night I had the urge but used the inhaler to quell my urge/craving.

Kind regards

Anthony

Anne2020

From: Anne2020

Feb-25

I hope you are starting to feel a bit better.  It does take quit a lot of will power to get past the first few days/weeks but soon you will find yourself forgetting about smoking.  Maybe for just a few minutes or a few hours - maybe you wake up and don't reach for the smoke like you used to.  But eventually but not long after the first week, a little bit of peace enters your world.  Over time, if you stay away from smoking, that small bit of peaceful time will grow and grow until it has finally taken all of your days, weeks and months.

Drawing cold air through a straw has helped a lot of people to get past those urges.  Deep breathing works well too.  

Keep in touch on this forum - post and read often.  Also very helpful.  Vitamin and Mineral supplements can also take some of the edge off.

Good luck - we are rooting for you all the way!!!

Glammy2016

From: Glammy2016

Feb-26

Suzy Q ! It's butirflis September  stompers 2010 then again in 2018 2019 and now.  I'll have 7 weeks mon. It's not how many times we fall It's how we get back up right. Shame kept me away from here for to long. I'm glad to see you I was looking for you for a long time. 

Jatchat

From: Jatchat

Feb-28

Too true, about getting knocked down and getting back up again, I practice that a lot, I have a definite tendency to romance the cigarette, Time to stop that nonsense. Day 3 and marching into day 4.

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