Discussion created by gregp136 on Mar 15, 2017
Latest reply on Mar 16, 2017 by Marilyn.H.July.14.14.

I am 59 years old and have smoked since I was 19, with a two year quit when I was in my 30's.  I have tried to quit many times, and failed.  I will not fail this time because I will used what I have leaned in my last failures, and succeed.

So this is what I know, for me, that I will use to become a forever ex-smoker:

1. I need to quit for me.  No one else.  

2. In the first week, I will want a cigarette a lot. My brain will fixate on it.

3. Time goes slower for me without cigarettes.  I will clean the kitchen and bathroom, start a load of laundry, cook dinner, and read a bit of a book and 6 minutes will have passed (and I will have craved a cigarette 17 times in that period).

4. I need to ask for help when I need it (This one is hard for me).

5. One puff is too much.  I am addicted to nicotine, and any smoking at all will erase all my success.

6. Not one day at a time, 5 minutes at a time.

7.  And my biggest, do not allow my brain to make deals with myself.  My craving brain comes up will all sorts of deals and demands in order to get more nicotine.

8.  Throughout the night I will sleep about an hour at a time.  

9.  Be aware that 20 new things will pop up that I have not experienced before.  Every quit is both old and new.  Have my amour on for the old, but have a club ready for anything new.

My quit day is March 18th, 2017, and from then on I will be a non smoker!