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Four Years!

Blog Post created by Jennifer-Quit-05-01-14 Champion on May 1, 2018

It’s hard to believe that I have not had a cigarette in 4 years!  When I first started my journey, I am not sure that I had made up my mind completely.  My decision was a spur of the moment thing.  I knew that I needed to quit and wanted to quit, but I am not sure that I had decided to. 

 

Even though I knew that I was dealing with an addiction, I didn’t fully understand this addiction and how to break the cycle.  I believe that it was the morning of my 4th day that I discovered this site.  I was more than surprised to see all the current activity here.  I spent most of the day reading and learning about nicotine addiction.  The more time that I spent reading on EX, the more that I realized that quitting is possible.  I had so many good examples of people who had quit and still spent a good deal of time here helping others.  Even though these good people didn’t always agree, they were friends all working toward the same goal – to quit, remain quit, and help others to quit.   I was impressed!

 

My plan was pretty simple:

 

  1. I decided to use nicotine patches to take the edge off.  Originally I planned on using the patch for 8 weeks – but shortened it to 6 when I felt ready to step down a little early. 
  2. I drank lots of water to flush out my system. Also tried to eat a little healthier and have lighter portions because smoking after a big meal was a major trigger.
  3. I avoided people who smoke in the beginning.  I announced to the world that I had quit and instructed my smoking acquaintances to not give me a cigarette if I asked for one.
  4. I made a short list of things to do besides smoke – have a snack, take a short walk, read a book, take a bubble bath, sing along with the radio, etc.
  5. I spent a lot of time here reading and educating myself about this addiction.  Also encouraging and congratulating others helped keep my attitude positive.
  6. And lastly - I did not smoke – no matter what!

 

It wasn’t easy – but it was doable!   My make it or break it time was the period around day 80 for me.  When I made it through that week-end, I knew that I was an ex-smoker and never wanted to fall into the cycle of being a serial quitter.  When I accepted the fact that “one” is not an option for a recovering nicotine addict, I felt like I had won the battle.  There were still tough times after day 80 – but I knew that I could make it through.

 

At four years quit, I still protect my quit.  That is one reason that I spend time here.  It is not only to help others, but also keep my quit strong.  As a wise friend once said, “We are all nicotine addicts just one puff away from a relapse”.

 

Thanks to everyone who helped me along the way!

 

Jennifer

1461 DOF aka 4 years!

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