Talk about your cravings and urges, What triggered them. How you handled them mentally and physically.
Early in this journey of QUITTING I had a few urges and cravings. I would Drink a glass of water take walk , sometimes I would read.
DAY 26 ME AND NRT I have worn the patch since My QUIT day. and It has helped me a lot with the PHYSICAL cravings, But sometimes when I have a craving or an urge it's purly MENTAL.. I'm almost a month of being smoke free, I still have two steps to complete. and I intend to ware the patch until I complete the therapy. The patch like any medication should be used as prescribed. I have forgotten to ware the patch one time and all was fine . but like any addiction, It will go dormant until the time is right. Like a very stressful situation, and then it reappears. But in the form of MENTAL urges and cravings, the physical cravings are not there because NRT is still in the system for a short period of time even when I stop using the patch. When I start to question myself why I should or should not light up it's a MENTAL thing, And then I use the tools to combat the mental urges and cravings, Such as drinking water, Taking a walk calling another Nonsmoker. or just read.. But to sum it up the Patch has worked for me. GOOD LUCK TO ALL OF US.
I am on day 69 and had my first serious thought about smoking in a long time yesterday when I was riding the lawn mower always use to get off smoke and strech my back. But I just mowed right by the thought. and it was gone.
DAY 40 WHEN A STRANGER CALLS. I woke up to a beautiful Sunday morning. Feeling good not to much to think about , no work today just me and the family,A big breakfast of bacon, eggs and grits. And my weekly cup of coffee, Yes I have reduced my coffee intake drasticly. So while I'm sipping on my coffee, the doorbell in my mind rings, I answered the door It was a dream that I had last night, I dreamt that I had smoked a cigarette, I don't know where I was or when It was, But the coffee triggered a a dream that I had not remembered > " not much to think about" My addiction paid me a visit in the form of a dream , Like any addiction it never stops working, It says hello stranger after not smoking in so many days smoiking is a stranger, Because I don't know or have the desire to smoke again. This is the MENTAL part of the quit, after forty days the PHYSICAL cravings are gone. and the thought of smoking is gone , but the addiction ??? TO BE CONTINUED. NOW I am still having fun on this great journey of QUIT I refuse to let one Nightmarish thought oh yeah NIGHTMARISH dream ruin my QUIT I'm not cocky I'm just not going to smoke today. Me and the boys are going to the REDS game and I will continue to have fun. GOOD LUCK TO US ALL.
DAY FIFTY FOUR CLOSE THE DOOR! As I close in on 60 days of being smoke free.I am prepared to be free from nicotine,also. I have been wearing the patch since March second, Eight weeks to complete the therapy, and I must say if you are having a problem with QUITTING I suggest Using an NRT. Be it gum or the patch. I used the patch it has helped me tremendously. As I close the door on this part of the journey another door opens, Only this is a journey I willingly take. It requires all of my confidence that I can successfully continue to QUIT without NICOTINE.. I know this will be the longest road to hoe this will be a journey for life that shall never end. I will do whatever it takes to stay an EX. I will be chewing a lot of gum, SUGARLESS, I will eat healthy , keep my weight down. I will exercise more . You have just heard my version of closing the DOOR! GOOD LUCK TO US ALL.
May 25, 2010 by eddieg121 Comments (0)
There are those unfortunate individuals who will smoke again, it's not that they don't get it. they simply are not ready to QUIT. And these are the individuals who need our help the most. We can't be caught up in our own smoke free world. where we forget that we once struggled and maybe decided to QUIT but we fought our way through the smoke. We are all just a puff away from relapse. Lets be informative to the person who ADMITTED that he or she smoked. Tell them how you QUIT and how you are maintaining your smoke free life. Remember It's not how many days you got but how far you have come. CHEW GUM SUGARLESS. GOD BLESS US ALL.
May 29, 2010 by eddieg121 Comments (0)
Actually Everything is going great., I can't believe How far I have come in such a short time. I am truly enjoying the journey of a lifetime, It's ok to have fun along the way. Yesterday I was a bit uneasy,, Because I am experiencing my first national holiday smoke free. It's ok I'm fine and living well and smoke free. Everything i was going through was due to my addiction to nicotine. My mind was telling me it's ok you can do this. And it was and still is ok. I thought something had to go wrong, Because things are going so right., So I'm going to continue to do what I do best. CHEW GUM SUGARLESS,, Come here for feedback, and continue on my journey. GOOD LUCK TO US ALL..
May 30, 2010 by eddieg121 Comments (0)
It's easy to say that. But unless we are spiritually fit we will give into the triggers and the urges to light up. As we all travel a different road on the journey of QUIT, I say a prayer daily , I know that there is a higer power helping me to maintain a smoke free life. For I could not do this alone, So I ask GOD to help keep me smoke free. Praying is a strong tool in any jouirney to the road of recovery. So I know that some of the triggers to lead me back to smoking are PEOPLE PLACES AND THINGS. I don't go out when the rest of my co-workers go on break to smoike. I have no reason to be out there at that perticular time. See people and places, Why put my self in harms way? I want my QUIT to be as painless as possible. I will be damned if I bring the pain and struggles of addiction back into my life because I smelled a cigarette! When I was younger I actually began to smoke because it looked KOOL! Smoking is no longer glamorous It dangerous. If I find myself wanting to smoke, I say a prayer and CHEW GUM SUGARLESS, and drink a nice cool drink of water. Remember H.A.L.T when we are HUNGRY. ANGRY.LONELY.TIRED. this is the time that we are most likely to give into temptations. Stay strong I will pray for you too. GOD BLESS US ALL WITH ANOTHER DAY SMOKE FREE JUST FOR TODAY
kindness and understanding it helps alot of us weaklings to get through! Hugs : )
June 8, 2010 by eddieg121 Comments (3)
I went shopping today. Back in april as I was completing my PATCH therapy, It was suggested to me by the EXplan to rerward myself for not smoking., Well today I went and got a ring I had put in layaway on April 3rd. Exactly one month after my Quit date which was March 2nd. It feels real good to be able to reward yourself for an accomplishment which is very difficult . I feel good about my QUIT, and I am proud of what I have acheived. Now I had to work to get this ring , It took 65 days to get this ring, It will take me a lifetime to to complete my journey of QUITTING. My first and my last reward. So If you are reading this treat yourself to something good. Because we all have worked hard to QUIT and maintain our QUIT . I chose to buy a ring than cigarettes. In my lifetime of smoking I smoked a down payment to a home LOL. GOD BLESS US ALL WITH ANOTHER SMOKE FREE DAY!
June 9, 2010 by eddieg121 Comments (0)
As I continue my journey I have made a few stops along the way, I stopped to pick up a few pounds here and there. It was not a big surprise, I try to eat right and chew SUGARLESS GUM, And SUGARLESS candies. That's all well and good but I also picked up a few lessons along the way. I found that I was eating late at night, after eleven O'Clock. and then go back to bed. Sometimes I will get up at two or three in the morning, and make a sandwich. This was some of the sametimes I would get up and smoke. Lesson I learned was to drink a glass of cold water before I went to bed,. Here's what's funny I don't be hungry, This nicotine addiction is so poewrful, It plays on the mind. I've traded food for cigarettes. So now I know where I am headed on the next leg of my journey. More exercise, More water, eat in moderation, This will take a lot of work. But It will be DONE! I charted all of my behaviors and this was my conclusion. Smoking through eating will eventually happend. It's not what I eat, But How much! GOOD LUCK TO US ALL.
November 11, 2010 by eddieg121 Comments (0)
Today was another first for me. Today I went to the doctor, and everything went well. I had a prostate exam which I get once a year, It's a visit that I wish on no man, But A necessary visit. I got the results and they were good. In previous years my doctor always tell me the same thing your'e in good health you need to stop smoking. I always said ok I will. So today he did'nt mention anything about my smoking, and that left me in shock! So I told him that I had QUIT and he was so excited! And then he said the only reason he did not say anything is because I usually smell like I had just smoked, Which I did everytime I went to his office I would light up before I went in. And today I did'nt smell of smoke. I feel good. MAY GOD BLESS US ALL WITH ANOTHER SMOKE FREE DAY.
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