I am on day 18 of Chantix and day 11 of not smoking.
I am extremely excited.
Welcome to the community!
Chantix worked for me, too. Glad it's doing the job for you! EIGHTEEN days is super!!! Congrats!!!
An important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. It will help you to understand the fact that you can never, ever have "just one" no matter how long you have been quit. 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.
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!
Welcome to Ex. Congratulations on 18. That's great that chantix is working. Keep it going one day at a time.
Wonderful! Congrats on 11 days of not smoking! Appreciate your quit (I didn't when I had an "easy" quit with Chantix my 1st time & relapsed). I hope you celebrate your milestones & keep an ongoing list of the benefits you accrue as you remain smoke free so you can remember "how it was before" vs "how it is now". Keep it up!
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s KikifromTexas
I am glad you found our site...be sure to look at the information offered by Youngatheart.7.4.12 Nancy ... and Congratulations on 11 days of Freedom...that is super...keep close to the support site for help and to encourage others on this journey...remember we are here to help you out...Happy Friday ~ Colleen 452 DOF
I love posts like this . It makes us excited for you too .
It seems the chantix has worked well for you .
Congratulations on a really nice 11 days quit .
CONGRATULATIONS, we are all so happy for you. Please do the reading and follow suggestions from Youngatheart.7.4.12. Remember that you can do anything one day at a time and you already have double digits of a quit. WOO HOO!
Welcome to EX,
Congrats on 18 days smoke. You've begun your journey to a successful. quit. I'm glad the Chantix is working for you. An aid to help to quit smoking has been beneficial for many. Stay close and reach out if you need help.
That's something to be excited about!!!!
Today is day 17 with no cigarettes
I am so glad I started Chantix. There is no doubt that it is helping me.
Keep moving forward. Yay for day 17.
I have a detailed journal of my 17 days here if anybody would like to read it:
KikifromTexas wrote: I have a detailed journal of my 17 days here if anybody would like to read it:https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/addiction-cigarettes.1349215/
Hopefully we nutters will not always be strangers Community of people who raise backyard fowl?
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I will admit that Chantix worked to stop the cravings. But in my case it intensified my depression to the point of lying on my bed in a fetal position and bawling like a baby. Just be aware of potential side effects . Good Luck.
I am sorry you suffer from depression. I highly recommend yoga and practicing mindfulness. A lot of things are mind games and both of these two things mentioned above help to beat the mind game.
Backyard fowl, yes.
A little bit of everything.
I am still smoke free.
I successfully stopped smoking because of Chantix. It has been a little over 9 months and I don't miss smoking at all. Best of luck to you. You can do it!
I highly recommend these magical blue pills...but I highly recommend taking them when you have it made up, in your mind, that you are quitting.
I will never smoke again.
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