ok, pulled in my quit date. Was supposed to be tomorrow, but ran out of smokes and started today. So far, so good. Blueberries and cinnamon tooth picks with the patch and gum are helping.
Many Congrats and welcome to EX. Loads of support here. When things get tuff, come here and reach out and read read read blogs
Yahoooooooooo - CONGRATS DAY ONE!!!!!
Good Job...Make Day 1 ... Day Won...hang in there...drink lots of water...~ Colleen 398 DOF
Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit and (by now-almost) a successful Day WON!
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 easy and entertaining read provided a world of good information about nicotine addiction, most of which I was not aware. I credit it in large part with my success at quitting. You can search for it online or at your local library.
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) it maintains the addiction to nicotine, and 4) they are proving to be unsafe.
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-smoke
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!
Rah Rah! A good place for homework here is Relapse Prevention Yell for help if you get shaky.
Thanks!!! And thanks for the link!
Thank you all! You are all helpful and supportive!!
That's great. Congrats on your first day smoke free. Stay close and reach out if you need support. We're here for you.
How is it going?
Going good Thanks! My last smokes were Saturday, so 3 days free!!!! I quit a day early cause I ran out and thought, ok, do it.
I appreciate your support!
Patches, gum, cinnamon toothpicks and blueberries are my crave help.
Cleaning closets, treadmill, planks, washing coats and bedding are my distractions.
So glad the smell is off me and clothes. I never smoked in the house, thank God, so that is not an issue.
That's great. Congratulations. I did the same thing--I just had to keep constantly busy.
And how's it going as you head into day 4? Hang onto it. It's precious!
Hi, doing good. A non smoker indeed! Thanks for the support. Patches n gum, n blueberries n cinnamon tooth picks are helping.
Have a great day!
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Congrats you can do this!!!!
" Patches n gum, n blueberries..." oh my!
STAY STRONG! You're lookin' good!
Thanks! My husbands family is on there way in from out of state...will be a challenge having 13 people at my house for dinner. Pizza delivery it is. Only one smokes and smokers are outside (I never smoked in the house). as I am Reaching for gum now. I will tell them all I quit and that should make them calm down and leave me the ^$(( alone and not stress me
Might you greet them at the door with a baseball bat in hand and a warning, "I have quit smoking. Don't make me use this."
Good one, made me LOL! I will add, "You all are pitching in for the pizza too!"
Great job moving forward in your quit! Yes you can, one day at a time.
Have you made plans on what to do when you're particularly triggered? Things like going into a separate room (even if it's the bathroom!) and breathing like this for 3 minutes?:
I have a list of things to do that I compiled before I quit according to my triggers. I also started up again on water color, charcol and sketching.
Of course there is always a closet or garage that needs cleaning. Thanks Giulia!
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