I'm quitting tomorrow
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s viv_kincaid_vk1
We are all here for each other...like a big family with an addiction...just blog and or write and we will answer and help you out...be sure to read at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX where you will learn more about preparation and knowledge to quitting ... This is journey takes hard work, but is so doable...Please throw all smoking paraphernalia away...you can’t smoke what you don’t have...keep busy, drink lots of fluids, etc., be sure to keep this list handy 100 Things to do instead of smoking! ...Now Make Day 1, Day Won...~ Colleen 230 DOF
Welcome to the Ex. Like Colleen said, we're all here for you. That's what this community is all about. If you need help aalong the way, just reach out.
It's tomorrow. Gotta be a first day. Yes you can.
Congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking. As I stated before education is the key to sucessful quit. I was advised to read Allen Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking which can be found on pdf on the web. Another good site to get info which was very helpful to me is www.whyquit.com. There are several articles to read. Nicotine 101 and Freedom From Nicotine My Journey Home. To get help on navigating the site go to. Community Help. Make quitting smoking your number one priority. Start by getting rid of anything associated with smoking such as ashtrays, lighters, cigarettes, etc. You can do this if you make up your mind that you can. Relearning your thinking that you do not have to smoke is a good beginning. For a while, you will think about smoking but that does not mean you have to act on it. You can talk yourself out of smoking. No matter what never ever take another puff. NOPE. Take smoking off the table as an option and do something different. 101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke Come here often.
Welcome to the community you've made the best decision that you'll ever make in your lifetime and it's definetly the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE please read everything you can because there's a wealth of information right here on this site to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb permanently it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT it's absolutely Doable and we're all here to help you in any way we can. viv_kincaid_vk1
We're here for you.
Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit and your first day. Can't WAIT to celebrate Day WON with you this evening!
The 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. If you do nothing else. please do give this a read.
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, quitsmoking.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. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
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 after you have tried to delay and distract. 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. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four 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, 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire and 4) you can become addicted to that and it has not yet been proven safe .
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: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smokeThe 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!
I made it
Happy day one! Yes you can.
tomorrow is my quit day as well. I am definitely here for you and hope you can be there for me as well. Wishing us both success on our new journey!!
Netty03 I will recommend the readings and tools I mentioned above!
Glad you are here!
I just downloaded the book you recommended
I'm so happy for you, definitely we can be here for each other. I need to wash my last ashtray and throw out my cigarette rolling papers.
And the roller if you have one. Anything that will cause a trigger./. lol if your ashtray is crystal/diamonds and has sentimental value put it away out of sight otherwise file 13 it. Let's do this. Homework read https://www.google.com/url?client=internal-uds-cse&cx=012441306202336858546:sn_kc0hqray&q=https://whyquit.com/FFN/chapte…
I rolled with my hands. Thanks for the read it is really helpful. I made it through the day and night. I'm in the bed, took off the patch cause people have told me it gives you nightmares. I'm starting to cough more and my chest hurts a little bit. I was around someone who smoke and I was good it smelled so bad, thanks for your support
Good job. I often drank tea to subside the cough. Licorice root tea can be found in the oriental food store. You can slip a little piece under your tongue, bite/chew or make a tea from it. It is absolutely great if you do not have an allergy to licorice. It was part of my tool kit.
We really ARE all here for you and we will do anything we can to support you in your quit. I came to this site every morning and every evening when I quit and in between if I needed it or had time. I have been quit for 5 1/2 years now, thanks to staying close to the site. I am STILL staying close. You CAN do this and you will not be alone.
Welcome to EX,
Wishing you well tomorrow
Welcome to the family of Ex Smokers.We are with you, leave behind those who were with you while smoking.
Great step to join Ex.
All the best!
wishing you strength and success for your 1st day!! You Got this!!!
This is my 2nd day, thanks
just stopping by to see how your day two is going?I’m still quit, but must admit I did feel a little more irritated and snappy today . Other than that I was okay. How about you?
Sorry to say I started back up again but I'm glad you are still hanging in there
I am here for you. I have 13 days smoke free and extend my hand to you as you begin this trek. Please feel free to call on me, and I will be there for you. Steady at the helm....I had to go back to the AA Big Book because the nicotine is cunning baffling and powerful. Hang tough
Thanks so much for that, and congratulations to you
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