hey everyone sorry I know its been a while so lets get right to it as I have good news so still smoke free 184 days 15 hrs $1,477 saved from not smoking those coffin nails to be honest the only time I think of cigs is when I am on this site so cravings on a scale of 1-10 is a 1 and I know this is a site for smokers and non smokers but I have to say I have now reversed my diabetes my ac1 level is back to normal range yes it can be done dr says he will take me off the med's when I drop 15 more pounds and I now can have my jelly donut back but only once a month not every weekend funny I missed the dam donut more than the cigs I hope everyone is well and staying strong have a great weekend one and all
hi everyone sorry I have been away for a while I have been real busy so lets see it has been 136 days 15 hrs 2732 cancer sticks not smoked and about a tad over a grand saved in cash to be honest I have not really even thought about smoking anymore urge is almost non existent as I am now focused on my getting my health back diabetes and high triglicerides its funny how you quit smoking you get all kinds of health problems maybe I should just go back to smoking just kidding never again like I said I am so focused on my health I don't have anytime to dwell on cigs so I hope all are well and do good battling there demons have a great weekend everyone
~~One reason people resist change is because they focus on what they have to give up instead of what they have to gain.~~ Rick Godwin
Hmmmm….let's think about this for a moment. People resist change because they focus on what they have to give up. Logically, you aren't giving up anything good when you quit smoking, right? You're giving up a chance of dying. You're giving up polluting your lungs. You're giving up polluting other people's lungs with second hand smoke. You're giving up money that could be better used elsewhere. You are giving up an addiction that takes over your life each and every day.
But that addiction is strong. So you focus on "How am I going to live without smoking?" "How am I going to handle my emotions?" "How I am going to get through my morning?" "How am I going to handle stress?" "How am I going to transition from one task to another?" "How am I going to function without one?"
Every thought like that is simply your addiction keeping you smoking. That's all. And you know...you KNOW...it's a lie. Millions of people function without smoking. Millions handle stress without smoking. Millions....quit smoking!! So if they can, there is no logical reason why you can't.
But your addiction will lie to you. Weave little doubts in your mind about your ability to function without a smoke. It will trigger your brain to make you feel so bad that you finally give in and light up. It will hunt down all your insecurities...it will uncover all your secret fears....it will use anything and everything it can use to keep you hooked.
And if you focus on those things, you will remain hooked. It's time to let go instead. It's time to let go thinking that quitting is anything less than glorious! It's time to let go of believing that you are anything less than capable! It's time to let go of doubting yourself or your abilities.
It's time to turn to change. All you will be gaining from your quit. Starting with your own self-respect. Sense of pride and ownership over your life. The admiration of family and friends. Health...even if it just stopping yourself from doing further damage. Happiness. Control. Money. Time. Sense of smell and taste and even feeling.
In short, there is nothing to lose when you quit smoking and EVERYTHING to gain. So quiet that addictive voice in your head. Ignore it. Laugh at it. Or be its friend and say gently that it's not your boss anymore so it's time to go. Because you know what? Addiction is only as strong as you allow it to be. It's a thought pattern, not a life sentence. And thought patterns can be changed, no matter how strong they are. That's called change.
It has been a year since I smoked. My goal is to get another 24 hours smoke free. It was a goal I had to get a year. I haven’t gotten a year in over a decade. But now that I’m here, it is not a huge milestone. I’m still a nicotine addict. I stay smoke free one day at a time. I don’t crave cigarettes much anymore but sometimes I still get the impulse. Having relapsed several times in the past I know complacency is dangerous. I can get a whim to smoke after a long time not smoking. I will give into that whim if I am not vigilant. So, my goal today is one more 24 hours without smoking. I still have some major triggers coming up (moving, new job, school) so I am staying in guard for my disease to tell me to smoke.
Forgot to check in at my 5 year mark but I am still here and going strong. I have had my ups and downs but have not put a cigarette near my mouth. Just want to reach out and say HI.
To all those who are just starting and/or are having a rough time - stick with it! - things get easier and you can do this. I smoked for 30 years before quitting, it wasn't the easiest thing I did but it happened. Stay strong
Wow, today is day 30 for me... I was a smoker for over 40 yrs and now I feel confused as to how to live a life smoke free. For now its just one day at a time and to continue to tell my brain NO, NOT today!!!
I've finally reached my 1,000 days which is approximately 2 years and 9 months. I say to all of you starting or struggling, stick with it. Those swirling thoughts of smoking don't stick with you forever. Yes, they will pop up from time to time; but before long you'll find yourself saying, boy, I'm sure glad I don't do that anymore. And trust in me when I tell you that, because I'm living proof. I fought this quitting thing tooth and nail and was screaming all the way. I wasn't going to let this thing beat me, not again.
I'll give you a little tip on really learning a lot about this journey and the go-to places to hit when you find yourself just obsessing about smoking. When I first quit, I spent a lot of my time the first few months or so going back on people's profiles and reading their blogs from when they first joined. I learned most from those who have slipped up or relapsed and came back. They gave me insight to what may be those potholes to watch out for. To simply go back into someone's earliest posts, blogs, simply click on their name, content and sort (filter) by date created: oldest first. That will bring up their earliest posts/blogs. Read what they expressed in written words what was swirling around in their brain. Blogging is so important not only for yourself, but for others to learn from.
After about 6 months, you'll think this will finally be over and think that you can only have one just to test drive it a little. When you're feeling quite anxious, go to relapse prevention and read many blogs there. Read on what made people slip up or why they are thinking about smoking. This is a roller coaster ride and buckle yourself in. You will have good days and bad days. You'll be mad at everything and thankful for everyone. No one can definitively say that when you go back to smoking, it's easier to quit the second time around. Are you willing to test that theory? I know I'm not. I didn't enjoy the first 6 months and I sure as heck don't ever want to go through that again.
Don't give yourself the illusion that you'll never ever think of smoking again once you're quit for a year or two. We're impulsive individuals. Sometimes we were lighting up one after the other. At certain times you'll try the bargaining game or hide and seek. Oh, I can sneak one when they're all gone and nobody will know the difference, but we're unique beings. There are people that only smoke when they drink or when there's a social gathering a few times a year. They are able to indulge for that one night and never think about it again until the next time. OR maybe they do but they are able to fight the urge. I ACCEPT the fact that I'm not that kind of a person. I can't stop at one. One will lead to 20 to a full-blown smoker in less than a week's time. So I choose not to even test that theory or even give myself that permission.
You really aren't missing much when you quit smoking. You'll find you have more time on your hands and see that you're completing things quicker. The fogginess doesn't last forever, that lack of concentration. Remember your brain is trying to figure out where all those dopamine hits went to. You recharged that battery at least 20 to 40 or more times a day. If you find yourself watching smokers and saying you miss it, what are you truly missing, smoking or the gathering of people, the socialization? There are other ways of socializing. We just always did it with a cigarette in hand.
Just give your brain time to recharge and rejuvenate. That's the glorious thing about the body. It will heal itself in time. Make note of when smoking thoughts surface most often and develop a shield to feign those off. We're trainable creatures. Slowly introduce yourself into new habits and routines. Before too long, you'll be finding yourself no longer coughing, wheezing, fighting leg cramps and headaches. You will find food tastes great and the world smells wonderful. You'll also find how salty things tastes and the things you loved really taste awful now.
Stick with it. It's a whole new life you're embarking on. Don't be afraid to take the plunge. It won't be as bad as you think it will be and it will only be as bad as you make it to be. Trust in the process and be aware of what's happening inside of you, both mentally and physically. Remember, your better self is awaiting to yet be discovered. Take the plunge, you won't regret it.
900 days equates to around 2 years and 5 months. I've been with this site for that entire time. I was lurking in the background for about 2 years prior to quitting doing the sputter dance, starting and then stopping, putting it off and putting it off. And actually another 2 years prior to that. So we've been together actually for over 6 years.
Back in my early days before I quit, I'd read their articles in the beginning when you're first starting the program. I'd track my cigarettes for about a half a day and then forget about it. The thought of quitting terrified me. I couldn't remember myself without a cigarette in hand. I started smoking when I was 12. I wanted to be one of the cool kids and really got hooked when I turned 16. I'd forge notes back when I was 14 to get a pack at $0.25 or take one of my dad's packs. Back in the '70s you could buy cigarettes when you were 16. Well, that opened the flood gates and I was off and running.
I'd roll my eyes when I'd see the warnings on the cigarette packs. Change the channel on TV when “those” commercials came on. They can't take this away from me. It's a habit. I can quit anytime I want to. I remember getting the patch back in the '80s giving me an 800 number to call for support while using it. What for? It's only a habit. But what they didn't tell you is that something you've been doing for so many years was beginning to be associated with certain coping skills that we bypassed along the way. There is a psychological part to quitting, let it be smoking, alcohol, overeating, etc. With time, we taught ourselves that those things would make everything better again. If we don't relearn new coping skills, we will simply fall back into our old habits which will lead us back into our full-blown addictions.
I'm thankful that I took the time to track my cigarettes before I quit to see when and why I smoked. I took the time to find alternative ways, different ways to replace the when and understand the whys. There are happenings in our lives which we may never see come around again. We may only experience that once in a lifetime. Could be subtle things, could be catastrophic things. Could be a hurricane, flood, death of a parent, a child. Subtle things like returning to your job, starting a new job or having your spouse return to his old shift. These may spark smoking thoughts because that's how we coped with things or we're returning back to a time where we smoked our way through to get through.
Take the time you need to educate yourself about how nicotine works in the brain. Research on this site what nicotine receptors are. School yourself about the chemistry changes that are going on within your body. Search for terms that you are curious about, dizziness, crying, tiredness, whatever. Go through the steps of identifying your triggers, tracking when you smoke the most, take special note of filling out the section about how I plan to separate. Pick a different way for each trigger. Teach yourself to cope with life differently.
This plan works if you work with it. Go to a member that you connect with or visit ELDER'S LIST and poke around on some of their profiles. Read their content, look at their bookmarks, filter their content by date created: oldest first. See how they were early in their quit, what they wrote about, the responses they received. Send a private message if you need to if you need help. Post a blog stating you're on the edge or start a conversation (discussion) stating HELP !!! That's how I got to 900-plus days. I wrote my little heart out on a daily basis. It helps, it works. When you feel weak, you have something to refer back to. I still refer back to mine every now and again. After the first 30 days, never give yourself permission to smoke ever again. Smoking is a choice. Choose wisely. You can do this and you will succeed. A quitter is a winner in my book and should be in yours !!!!
Thank you God I have made 100 days smoke free!!! Thank you to this wonderful community for all of your support! This journey has not been easy but I can say it has been worth it!!! I DO NoT SMOKE!!!! NOPE (not one puff ever)!! I am so excited. I never thought I would get to this point!!!
Thank you Jesus!!!! Thank you my exfamily!!! I love you!!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Wow, 2 years already. I distinctly remember 2 years and 1 day ago. I sat in my office lamenting losing my dog the year prior, wallowing in pity and sitting here chain smoking. All that month of January I tried and tried to cut down. I quit cold turkey for 7 days and just went back to it again. I remember distinctly my husband coming in the door from work that day and just saying, you just couldn't hold out, could you? The disappointment in his eyes. I've quit many, many times before. Nothing that lasted any length of time.
I was the record on the record player with a skip in it. Just replaying over and over again. Ex was the finger on the arm to place slight pressure to dig into the groove to make it over that skip. The first year was consuming for me. I wanted this to be the last time and I was still learning and relearning how to live my life as a nonsmoking person. My second year is now moving much more smoother. Why? Because I'm replacing more and more of my smoking memories with ones that don't revolve around smoking any longer. I think of myself as a resurfaced record now, playing flawlessly due to the knowledge, the love, the push everyone has given me here. Thanks again for everything you do............