Here I go. Looking for a quit buddy. Any takers out there?
Hey tcbear! I've got you, and so will a bunch of others on this site.
Is today the day?
Hey Susan. Yest was. Thank you.
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Welcome to the site, and congrats on your first day!!!
Please get familiar with everyone here, read as much as you can, you will soon be greeted by some of our "elders" (people who quit 1 year or longer), and a bunch of educational materials. Knowing what to expect along the way, and being prepared for it is a big help to your success. One place you can read from shared experiences of former quitters is jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007.
Welcome again, get ready, Go!!!
Thank you! Day 2 and feeling good.
I'm pumped! I got this!
Welcome to the site and congratulations on making the best decision that you will ever make in your lifetime, we're all here for you and your precious quit......
What To Expect In The First Four Months
here's a great group on here Find a Quit Buddy. Also just blog or start a discussion and tell us how your quit is going. there will be all kinds of people jumping in to help. Also if you want you can hop on my profile by clicking my name and search around the blogs or articles
Welcome to EX! This site is filled with quit buddies! Here is a link that might help a bit!
Welcome to our community!
The most 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. Here is a link to a free PDF version of it:
As well, read the sections on this site, and read the blogs, responses and pages of folks you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com and quitsmokingonline.com for the good information contained there.
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. 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. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three 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, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand. 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.
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. 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. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around your head alone. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas:
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!
Thank you! Great info. Another great and easy read is Simple Principles To Quit Smoking. I've read it 3 times and half way through it again. This is my 3rd serious attempt but havnt felt as confident (or completely dedicated ) as I do this time. We learn something new in each attempt and search for more tools for success. I really feel I'm loaded for bear this time and know that the only thing that can stop me is taking for granted all the reasons I quit again in the first place. Thank you for your support.
Now... Help! Im trying to update profile and create an avitar but im not seeing what the directions say to do (no avitar in upper right corner, etc). All i see is magnifying glass, pencil, and messege notification on the upper right.
I'm on Day 3- right by your side. Last one was 6:40AM on Jan 31.
Welcome to EX you have come to the right place. No problem finding a buddy here. Congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking.
Greetings. Welcome a'board! You cannot read too much on here. Best of EX is a good place to begin, if you haven't already. Half the battle here is just in our own minds. How you think about the journey is how it will go for you. So think positive! Chin up and have heart!
Welcome to EX! I will be one of your buddies!
Be sure to stop by the pledge page to keep your commitment strong The Daily Pledge February 2017 Holler at me anytime! I am glad you are here! ~Terrie~
Enjoy the beauty of your new life! Embrace the challenges! I, as well as everyone here, is in your corner. Stay Strong.
Welcome!!! We are ALL your quit buddies!
Welcome! EX is a great place to be. Lot's of inspiration and reading. We're all your quit buddies!
Welcome we are all willing to give support!!
Welcome to a wonderful community, where everyone will be your quit buddy, we will cheer you on, cry with you and yell at you as needed. But we will love you and be there... just reach out
Best wishes on your roller coaster ride
yes, what wanda says
Welcome to EX !!!!
This is the place to be for all the caring support you need !
Tell us about you and your quit plan and remember N.O.P.E means Not One Puff Ever ! This is an important acronym around here just say N.O.P.E. !
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