Hi friends, a little while ago I smoked my last cigarette. I'm looking forward to tomorrow which is my quit date. I would appreciate all the support I can get. I don't know what to expect but I do know one thing, that is that I know I can do it.
Congrats! Know that we are here for you. Remember to blog if your struggling.
Thank you very much
On Tue, Jun 26, 2018, 10:17 PM kristen-9.7.15 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I do appreciate that
Some days it is a rough ride, like riding a bull. Other days it is like riding a roller coaster but you have to hold on to the reigns and dig your heels in and hold on tight and tell yourself that no matter what you are not going to smoke. It iwll be the best thing you have done to save your life. Any reason to smoke is simply an EXcuse. Know that you can get through the rough times and the bull will stop kicking and becomes calm and the roller coaster turns into a Ferris wheel. It takes time, commitment, and determination that no matter what you will not smoke. Make a vow that you will not touch anything associated with smoking. Get rid of it all. NOPE not one puff ever. It is doable. Education is the key to a successful quit. Read study blog ask questions, come pledge in the morning with the group. What To Expect In The First Four Months
Thanks I appreciate you telling me this. I know I can do it
On Tue, Jun 26, 2018, 10:30 PM JACKIE1-25-15 <email@example.com>
Yes you can. You have the right Quittitude. One day at a time.
Welcome to the Ex. Just know that we're here for you if you need help. Spend time on this site reading the posts. There's lots of good information and advice here, as well, as lots of support if and when you need it.
Thank you, I have read a lot in the past couple weeks until I got to day 1
and I'm going to continue rating all the information and post that I can
read. My body says I'm ready for this but my mind is tell on me to reach
for one, habit I suppose. But I know that I can do it. Thanks once again
On Wed, Jun 27, 2018, 6:52 AM Barbscloud <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The psychological addiction is powerful but it is beatable...one day at a time, stay close, read, reach out, have plans for what to do instead of smoking. There will come a time when you realize that smoking has no power over you...you have all the power. Stay close to the site.
Sending you strength today...remember that we are here.
Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. It is one you will never regret. Keep in mind that smoking is not a habit - it is an addiction - not different than opioids or cocaine.
The most important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library. Here's a link to a video here on the site which describes nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmokingonline.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance.
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T.
You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas:
The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
Hang in there Wayne! Just get through today! You GO!
Knowing that you can do this is a great start. Welcome to Ex and keep coming back!
Welcome............................and we will be here for you when those battles become nearly intolerable...
Miles of Smiles.......................YOU GOT THIS!
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