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March 2021 New Ex-Smokers - Start Here   Quit Buddies Unite

Started 2/28/21 by Terry (abquitsmking); 46484 views.
Mercy (mercy164)

From: Mercy (mercy164)

3/16/21

Hi!

I remember you too! Good to see you. I am glad you are here. Thank you for saying hello. 

Mercy

11 days

Meg2021

From: Meg2021

3/16/21

Thanks for the welcome! I'm happy to be a part of this forum

Meg2021

From: Meg2021

3/16/21

Thank you for the support and well wishes. I'm just starting out and they're great to read. 

Loreficent

From: Loreficent

3/16/21

Welcome Meg!

Have you read the articles at the beginning of the March New Ex Smokers folder? They are half way down, linked by a sentence highlighted in blue that say “Homework for New Ex smokers” or something like that. 
 

Stay close to here at first and you’ll not feel so overwhelmed. There is a lot of validation from others going through it, or some ways into/beyond the first few weeks. Having the support of those that “get it” will make a big difference!

Meg2021

From: Meg2021

3/17/21

Thank you and hi! I have read the homework and some of the articles were really helpful. I'm excited to be a part of this forum! Thanks for the welcome :)

boylant22

From: boylant22

3/17/21

Meg,

I wish you the very best luck. Perhaps you will be blessed with the luck of the Irish with a St. Patrick’s Day quit!  Setting your date is THE biggest step. It’s not easy, but it is so worth it. Welcome to the non smokers club March 2021

Meg2021

From: Meg2021

3/17/21

Haha I hope so! Thank you so much! 

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oxanquits

From: oxanquits

3/17/21

Last night was not easy, a lot of ideas why I can or need to smoke disappointed_relieved I came here and found this, in one of the homeworks: 

"She said to visualize the cravings rolling over me in waves and to understand that these cravings are an indication of my body re-adjusting and healing itself."

Resonates with what Loreficent wrote recently and helped me to add one more day to the smoke-free journey. Now I see the craving as not only something that hurts, but also healing me hibiscus

Waiting for the next one sweat_smile Day6

CC to Loreficent
Nope62

From: Nope62

3/17/21

   I am glad to see that you are still quit!

There is much truth to what you quoted above and what Loreficent wrote about visualizations.  If you can get your self to do this every time a craving hits you will have a much easier time beating the craving.  There are many ways that people use to beat cravings early in their quit. This is as good as any I have heard of or tried myself.

You are in a type of mind game.  Your mind is telling you it needs a fix of nicotine.  You know that is just a lie that the nicotine monster is telling you.  You don't need a fix of nicotine.  When you recognize that and deal with it, by denying the request, You win the game! You broke the cycle of addiction. Every time you break the cycle you become a little stronger and the nicotine monster in your brain becomes a little weaker.

You are doing Great! Every night when you go to bed and you didn't smoke that day, You Win!

Nope62

From: Nope62

3/17/21

Please read this when you have time!

Knowledge of your enemy (nicotine) gives you the power to Win!

https://whyquit.com/whyquit/LinksAAddiction.html

Take Care!

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