Yesterday I stopped smoking. Day 1. It is tough. But I am glad to be free. I truly hope it will carry on!
There are LOTS of newbies...there always are...try this link as well as the newbie quitters one...New Quitters Check In! Congratulations on doing a great job!
A little "tip" for when your driving and NOT smoking......
Which is still a little nerve wrecking for me on occasion.....
I used life savers wintogreen to assist my quit. I haven't had one for 10 years but
I actually bought a bag today as I ran out of some lollypops.
COOL! I always did chew alot of gum but even more now.......
like those livesavers too... still doing the cinnamon and butterscotch hard candy, black licorce and mini tootsie pops...
Day 60 here !!!!!!! Seemed impossible when I started but looking back with all the support from here.... it wasn't anything like my previous attempts to quit.......... Prairie 60 DOF
Great to see that section. Sorry I didn't look yet but will do.
How is everyone doing?
I’m doing great! How are YOU doing? How many days quit now?
Ivan_EU It is SO GOOD to see you back here...it does get easier, I promise.
Oh my, congratulations!!! This is going to be a great choice, you'll see! I remember the first couple of weeks, but it gets easier day by day. Stay on here and VENT away!! Just take each day as it comes and don't worry if you feel the "weirds" Don't be freaked out by being super tired and cranky. Don't even get bothered when you don't know what to do. When you're feeling horrible, come on here and just talk about it. We've all been there, believe me, but it's just a choice. The part where you feel gross will pass. Stay STRONG!!
So nice to hear from all of you. 7 days so far. I think I did good calculation. )
Woohoo on 7 days of freedom out of HELL week and into HECK week. One day at a time and keep saying you don't do that and NOPE (not one puff ever) keeps you in the path of freedom.
Ivan_EU SEVEN DAYS is HUGE! Keep going, it will get MUCH easier!
Hang tough, because you are doing Fantastic! This 2nd. week will bring some improvements.....
Guard your Quit,No matter what.... It is so worth Everyday you add to your Journey of Freedom.
Prairie 63 DOF
Ivan....remember you are in the "ocean" of withdrawal at the moment but you can see the shore of recuperation, health and happiness like you've never known before,........ through our eyes.
Stay close....We are your life vest, so keep us near so we can help you get there......
Miles of smiles..............keep on swimming
Yes. This site and you people here, I mean, I am so grateful and you were my top motivation for a long time to quit and now to continue not ever starting again
Would love to hear you now though. How are all you doing? Except for not smoking , how do you feel, what keeps you going on not smoking?
I know you probably didn't address it to me, but that isn't gonna' stop ME from replying!!!
There are really several things that have helped to keep me quit for almost 6 years:
1) I NEVER want to go through those first days of a quit again!
2) I accept the fact that smoking did nothing FOR me and so much TO me.
3) I relish all the wonderful changes to how I feel and the freedom not smoking gives me. I can go anywhere, anytime and not worry about my next fix. I can take a trip by airplane and not sweat the airport wait or the flight length. I never have to worry about when/where/how I can get my next fix, if I have enough cigarettes in the house. I don't need to use brain time to think about ANY of that anymore. I am FREE!
Stay the course - you will understand how beautiful this freedom really is!
In my case, I waited until I got so sick with COPD that I am always reminded that smoking nearly killed me. I am short of breath with ANY exertion and I am constantly tired. I sleep with oxygen at night. It is NOT WORTH IT to keep smoking. Almost two years after I quit, I had both of my upper lobes of my lungs surgically removed because the emphysema was so bad. Smoking will do nothing FOR you but LOTS TO you, take it from someone who has had that experience. No crave ever killed anyone, no one can say that about smoking. I have been quit for over four years, I rarely even think about it any more...I NEVER regret quitting but I sure do regret STARTING.
Know what you are talking about. Remembering first 2 days, well, it was not so easy. Not too big cravings but psychologicaly there was a feeling of something terribly lacking.
What keeps me going?
I am a non smoker...................I just don't smoke................so there is nothing "deal with" ...I just accepted that when I decided to stop smoking....I choose NOT to maintain any type of "good" memories about smoking.... like it never existed, except I do cherish the healthy aspects of being "drug" free and also the freedom the slavery.
It's quite simple.....if you allow it to be......
Ivan.....you are a non smoker...........think about it.............digest it............love it !
How are you doing today????????????????????
What keeps me going??????????
The FREEDOM to go anywhere anytime! (Not be worried about staying too long, because my addiction is driving me crazy!) Clean smelling hair,clothes,car,home,etc..... A lot less work to clean up after your addiction. The health of my nails is returning. My allergies have improved. Smokers cough has gone away. I do not feel Nervous and Jumpy inside,as I had for my entire adult life until this quit! LEARNING TO DEAL WITH MY EMOTIONS AND SITUATIONS as they HAPPEN. INSTEAD OF BEING AN EMOTIONAL STUFFER!!!!
What's different is: this Site and Support,the Continuing Education, I'm doing on Addiction, trying to Support and Help Others in the same boat. Of course the extra money, can be used for something I really want to do!!!! .....Everyday, is another Day farther Away from the Last Cigarette I SMOKED! I Celebrate that,because I DO NOT Ever Want to DO DAY1 AGAIN!!!! No one in the immediate family smokes and NOW I DON'T EITHER!!! I've been off the patch 3 wks. and had very few moments, where I would have smoked if I had them around.... (Does Help I live in the country,10 m from town, and I've went through 3 storms now and DONE JUST FINE!) A BIG FEAR OF MINE HAD ALWAYS BEEN TO BE OUT HERE IN THE BOONIES,WITHOUT ANY SMOKES AND A WINTER STORM ROLL IN.... You know What??? I didn't fall apart, I didn't lose my mind and I didn't eat myself to death, either!
Grandchildren are in high school and I want to be around to see them holding their college dipolmas. They are the frosting on the CUPCAKE OF LIFE!!!! I know without a doubt, the smoking was doing me in, a little more each day!
My chronic pain level is even lower, since I quit smoking! I always used the smoking, to pull my mind from the physical pain, because modern medicine has never been able to control that pain for me. What RELIEF to be a Non-Smoker.
Find Out, I now have LESS PAIN from injuries and diseases that have been with me for 44 yrs. THEREFORE,I AM TAKING LESS MEDICATION EVERYDAY........
Ivan- You have every Reason to Guard Your Quit, No Matter What..... Make that Pros and Cons List, if you so choose....
The List of why to smoke will be short compared to the reasons to run from that, as fast as you can get away!
Prairie 64 Days Of Freedom
Hi Ivan I love the new me! It took me time to adjust and I tended to fight the process a bit but I held on to NOPE (not one puff ever) I believe as long as you stick to NOPE you will see what this freedom is. I can go anywhere and don't have to worry about a fix, I don't stink, I am not coughing up my lungs like I did as a smoker. I feel better physically as I can exercise and breathe,, mentally and spiritually. I have more self esteem and have a feeling I can conquer anything I set my mind to. If you follow NOPE and be willing to go through the discomfort, you will find freedom. What is keeping you motivated through this quit? How are you doing? Always stay close, we are here to help.
Fantastic to hear your motivation. Mine is before anything to feel more calm from the inside. I was always thinking when this or that will end so I can go and have a smoke. I am happy because I know it was an addiction and that it had to be defeatet. There was nothing positive inside of it.
On the other side, I am noticing so much more energy. Every afternoon I was really tired, I had to take 30 minutes or an hour nap. I am not tired anymore. Incredible how much toxic **** there is in cigarette, it makes sense, since it destroys your cells, it is clear that you become tired, no?
Stay on Track Ivan, you're doing so well!
Day 69 here and I do not desire to every light up again!
You mentioned feeling jumpy inside! I was like that all of my life.
As an adult it was worse!!! I finally figured out it was caffiene,nicotine and sugar!
All my Energy was my addictions........... I've taken care of the caffiene,cut back the sugar and then
took on the nicotine! The FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE,I KNOW WHAT RELAXED FEELS LIKE.
WHAT INTERNAL CALM IS LIKE........ I had never experienced those things. I was always like a
car engine that was reved up! Now my body can relax, be still and actual rest! Tremendous
CALMNESS CAME WITH THE PASSING DAYS OF MY QUIT...
Prairie 69 DOF
You got this. Yesterday was my 1st day too. Having some challenges today... But still going strong.
I have been welcoming the Nico monster, I think that's the best way for me to heal...
Good luck, you will do amazing.
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