My quit date is February 1, 2019. I'll do some mini quits within the next few weeks though. What had worked before, was the nicotine gum and just having the attitude of being a nonsmoker, and keeping busy.
Welcome pattyveesaert to the community congratulations on your upcoming quit journey on February 1st, you've made the best decision that you'll ever make in your lifetime please know that we're all here to help you in any way we can, there's a lot of reading that you can do right here on this site to strengthen your resolve to quit and stay quit, I know I read everything I could find about this horrid addiction and I've been Smokefree since the 14th of July 2014 ......
July 4, 2012! And - if I could do it - EVERYBODY can! Really!
I hope you will spend some time doing the reading I recommended - especially the Allen Carr book.
Be careful using the gum - use it as the very last resort after you have used ALL the tools in your kit - getting busy, distracting, exercising, changing your mind's direction. If you sub the gum for every cigarette you used to smoke, there is a chance you might become addicted to IT!
Not so sure about "mini quits." Once you stop putting nicotine in your body, the sensors in your brain affected by it start to die off - and the longer they go without, the less insistent they become (the craving). Stopping then starting just prolongs the withdrawal and can make you unnecessarily uncomfortable. Try doing the tracking and separation exercises here on the site instead, maybe? Just thinking about each one you smoke and putting each off a bit is a valuable exercise.
All that said, you know you better than anybody, so do what you think best for YOU. This is your quit!
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pattyveesaert You can do this...education, support, and commitment will be your best friends and companions on this journey. Remember that it is a journey and not an event.
Thank you…. I’ll start focusing on this end of week
Good for you, remember that we are here and we will help you in any way that we can. We all started at the beginning...
Practice makes perfect. Quitting is a Skill that CAN be Learned Since you've been down this road before and know what works for you, the trick is to find out how to hold onto it. Some insights may be gleaned from the Relapse Prevention group. We're here for you. (My quite date was 3/1/06)
Welcome to the Ex. Congrats on your decision to quit. Never heard of anyone doing mini quits before. Don't know how that will go, but we're all different. I quit by cutting down each day for a week by delaying the time between smokes. Might think about giving that a try. No matter how you do it, what matters is the end result - not smoking.
pattyveesaert Looks like your quit date is hiding now . Can you logout of the community and back in and see if it puts it back on the community?
My quit date is February 1 as well. I've smoked on and off since I was 11 and I am finally ready to make my quit permanent! Glad to know that there's another person who will be starting their journey the same day as me! We can do this!!
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