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Hi all, like to share my experience with you guys. I have been a smoker and drinker since early teen. Never knew why I have been doing so. I am now approaching 57yo and have been running low on breath lately. The was that time back in 1993 when I stopped smoking for 7 years coz I had newborn baby at the time. It lasted until me and my partner split up. The stress of the time lead me back to smok...
I just want to know if anyone else is having these withdrawal or has had, I stopped smoking cigarettes around the beginning of November, by the 9th I was really constipated and couldn’t even pass gass without straining and pooing was the same, I was then put on laxido and after the course I was able to pass wind but til this day I have trouble and pain in my lower left abdomen, I’ve had bloods an...
Hi, I have sipped smoking for 9
Months. However, I’m craving that satisfaction that only a cigarettes gives. It feels like an actual physical craving. Will it ever go?
Had a minor slip up yesterday afternoon, back on deck!
I like that I can be here back with my update, this week it'll 8 months since I choosen better life.. Is it as I expected?
No.. Far away from it.. Now I understand that many things what I was not satisfy with had nothing related to smoking.. I can be still lazy, without energy, sad and anxious.. And I don't smoke.. I have agreed with myself that I'll evaluate the day as successfull when I won't...
A rather satisfying round number to celebrate! Still going well.
Anyone experienced nausea on their quit journey? I'm about 2 weeks in to this latest cold turkey, had some usual symptoms from previous quits, aches, pains, muscular stuff, but this week i have a feeling of GERD or sickness in my chest stomach area. Is this normal? I had a trip to the doctors for blood work and an ultrascan recently and they seemed happy.
Stay strong everyone, thi...
It has been an interesting week since I chose to transform my relationship with TV. The first few days saw me craving and caving (i.e., wanting to watch and letting myself indulge). Many of the days I watched less TV than usual and several of the days had me binging for hours on end. What I found interesting was noticing how my day was crafted around TV.
Before joining here, I w...
I’ve been ciggie free for over a month and a half and I’ve honestly stopped counting the days
Out of sight = out of mind
And this forum has helped a ton by having so much great info
But I still believe the trick is to erase the thought that you’ve ever smoked from your mind
How am I doing this??
By changing up all my old routines I had as a smoker with new ones
And feeling hea...
So far 8 days which is great. Lots of quitters seem to want to eat but I have the opposite effect I don’t feel like eating. Don’t get me wrong am eating my 3 meals because I have to. Yes have just got back into yoga and the gym. I have always been thin but would love to gain about 6 kilos. How many times have I heard “ just eat more”. Trying but I guess it will take time. It just goes to s...
Hello everyone, this is my first day on the process of quitting. I have attempted to quit many times in the past but I can’t stand the feelings of guilt, shame and worries about my health anymore. I have been trying to quit for months now and manage to avoid cigarettes for a few hours until the night comes and I fail again, recently the worst has been not having a smoke in the morning before begi...
2020 was my quit year and yes it was the whole year. I would start day 1 then by day 3 I would be really struggling so why not just have a couple of puffs to get through. Wrong because then it would be more puffs Back to day one and this pattern would be over and over again. Now in 2021 once again day 1 again but am at day 7 finally did get some nrt gum and have a couple a day so far so good. I...
I tried quitting last year. After 35 days I slipped up. This time I had a plan and the determination is much stronger. Smoking is a living prison. It is always a thought, a consequence, a way of life and I truly hate it. I was so hesitant to do try again, couldn't see myself getting through and sustaining. But let me say this to all who feel the same way, WILL POWER IS STRONGER THAN ANY MEDICAT...
Hi guys, I was just thinking how dedicated i am towards my quit journey. I am focussed on staying off cigarettes and dont ever want to go back. Staying head strong! nope
Hi team, thought I'd check back in and read up on everyone's progress! I hit the 4 month mark a few days ago and I'm happy with how it's going. I have been on nicotine gum for a while and finally stopped using that as well. How did everyone spend the Xmas and new year? Take care y'all and feel free to drop comment if you want to chat.
Just want to share with you all, 813 days smoke free life.
The love of my life pops up when I quit. It's amazing. How much more do I need to be thankful for? Doesn't life some of the time just do like that?
I am trying Champix to help me quit my smoking habit of 26yrs.
I am on day 14, I have noticed that I am not enjoying the cigarette and only smoke half of one. My set date to stop smoking is tomorrow, so fingers crossed I can go the day without it.
I do feel that I am hungry more, this could be due to the fact I am actually eating something for breakfast now -if I don't I am sick.
So I actuall...
I had a stop start beginning to my quit after 20 years of smoking in september 2020. I'd quit a few weeks then smoke for a day then quick etc.
But i have now been clean since December 27th. Around the end of november as i first went cold turkey style the stomach pain and gas and muscular back pain has been pretty intense, especially in the colon. I went to see my doctor and h...
At the beginning of December I said that quitting smoking was easier than losing weight.
To back this up, since I truly did find quitting smoking easy, once finding a site and believing that it was at least a realistic possibility. After all I am not special in any way, even if i would never have believed many things that have come to pass.
I did not believe I could quit smoking.....but h...
Hi all, happy new year and I hope everyone reading this is feeling good about quitting! I was reminded by an email sent by this site to checkin after not doing so for several months.
I was a smoker for 36 years. Heavy smoker. I am now 76 days quit. Life feels clearer, my mind feels unclogged. My eyes feel like they can actually see clearly. And I am pretty sure I smell great!
Six years ago I was found HBsAg positive and by taking Worldherbsclinic HBV herbal medicine, now I am negative. abdominal pain gone. All this happened between 2 months.Am very happy to share my victory over HBV. I always knew i will beat this deadly disease, i never stopped researching for solution. Don’t ever give up, you will surely be free on day.
Finally made it to the 6wk mark. Longest 6wks of my life. I dont crave the smokes anymore🙌 but still suffering from anxiety 🤦♀️. I feel good for 2days, then anxiety kicks back in for day. I've had no coughing (yet) I definitely feel better then I did 2-4wks ago. I'm managing the anxiety with those natural HS health vitamins, they are definitely helping
Dont give up on trying to quit
I had a nicotine addiction for the last 8 years on and off. It has been 63days since I quit. My sleep is better. But I am feeling the Following Symptoms.
Chest congestion some time,
Pain in back some time,
I don't have any cough.
I am scared and I went to the doc he says everything is normal. I will check the chest and everything
if it persists.&...
Try a strict routine and support from Family. Being around ones you love helps and so does the routine. Sure i go to sleep earlier, but the savings are astronomical! And i still drink coffee. The carrots are good and so are other fruit, yes ive gained a little weight. All in all, life is better as a non smoker after 4 weeks. NOPE, Not One Puff Ever
Hi everyone. Its been 2 years since i lit up a cigarette. The time has gone by so fast, even though my first day of quitting seem to go on for years. Quitting was one of the best decisions of my life, and although it was a bit hard at times, and i did'nt know what to expect, i was determined to quit. I think that determination plays a very big part in quitting. I have also saved a lot of money. T...
2 days with 0 smokes. Wearing a hair band on my wrist every time I think about a cigarette, I snap the band on my wrist and it diverts my thoughts. Also breathing in and exhaling deeply.
Hi Everybody,I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas and new year,for me in lockdown,tier 4 in the UK,it’s been a quiet one,eating lots of nice food,out for my runs as usual, it’s been over 5 months I’ve not smoked for now,and I’m feeling fantastic.Have a lovely smoke free day everyone.👌😄x
Couple of days, on 6 January 2021 will be one year since quitting smoking for me and gaining the freedom of becoming a non-smoker.
Despite 2020 being one of the most difficult years for many, including myself, my father also unexpectedly passed away. There were many times I felt like folding but I didn’t... I didn’t post here this time last year, but I read through some of the posts of people th...
Firstly - thank you all for posting your stories! I love this site from far away in the UK! The thing I love that most about this site is being able to search past stories of others who were at my ‘days’ once. e.g. 200 days and then click on their name to see they are 2,3,4,5 years quit and that they don’t even think about cigs anymore. This gives me a lot of hope! I still find it difficult when ...
Before I share anything else, I must share that I am not a smoker.
What I am is addicted to TV, and it is impacting my life in many of the same ways that I see smoking impacting the lives of those who smoke.
I read about the efficacy of iCanQuit and figured that I could use much of the process to curb my TV watching. So, if you will have me, I am eager to contribute to the conversation a...
Drink mint water it works trust me
I have finally decided to quit smoking! If i don’t do it now it will never happen. I am 27 years old and have been smoking for about 8 years now. As well as quitting smoking i need to attempt to change all my bad habits where i will drink wine and smoke and this has become something i look forward to a little bit too much.
If anyone has any tips for me on how to break this habit please share!! ...
Hi. I am 93 days smoke free but I have been struggling with water retention for 80ish days now. Nothing seems to work permanently. Please help. Any advice is much appreciated thank you
Hello all 😬
I’m so glad I found this forum. I need all the positive reinforcement I can get.
Today is day 31 of me being cigarette free after quitting cold turkey. It’s not easy as I had to shake myself three or four times from driving to the store and buying a pack. I managed to stop myself though and feel great full for that as my cravings are gone.
I have a feeling it’s going to be ...
Happy to year to you all
I hope you all had a safe Xmas and new year.
I almost caved today was very hard today to fight the mind telling me to buy a packet and start again just 1 more packet.
I got grumpy because of it because I couldn't get my fix. I went to bed and had a sleep and I am glad I did not give it. It's a very nasty addiction. But new start to a new year. I will get there.
As a new year resolution, I want to quit alcohol this year. To quit alcohol I wanted to reflect back to understand what helped me quit smoking. Today I reached my 105 smoke-free day. Envisioning the future was very effective for me. When I decided to quit smoking I would think about how my life would be when I am smoke-free in the future. I fell in love with my future self. Someone who was confid...
So I have 29 days to my official quit day. Im doing the cut back to quit strategie so on the patch and been having 6 smokes a day. I was smoking on average 30-35 rollies a day.
Just really struggling atm. Day 2 of cutting back. I have the dizziness and sweets. Just feel so drained as well.
Dose anyone have tips to help.
I "only" smoked about 12 day. So a pack a day smoker could have saved nearly $20K - and that's after tax - you would need to earn maybe $25K to have that to spend.
Considering 10% of Aussies earn minimum wage of just under $40K, and only another 30% earn between that and the median wage of $90K, that's a massive chunk of the take home pay going up in smoke.
I made a rule no smoking in the car. 6 months later 1 morning i had a smoke but was out in the car rest of the day. Dinner time i thought well, all day without and im exhausted so sleep. Next morning i lit 1 up had a puff and yuck put it out thinking later finish, but the yuck taste lingered so i just stopped
I have really young kids, I smoked through both of my pregnancy’s, which is totally shameful, I cut back, absolutely, but that is just a justification that’s really just abhorrent. Sometimes I look at my kids and imagine putting a cigarette in their mouth and the shame is immense.
I never smoke in front of my kids, but the other day my three year old told me I smelt funny and rubbed his nose ...
I joined gym classes in july and have lost 11kg.
I feel stronger and fitter than i have for years BUT i know i can do more if i am not short of breath. I am going in fittness chalkenge in march and unless i quit smoking i will slow the team down. That is my incentive to quit. Plus save $$$
I have crossed my day 100 and am on day 103 today. I feel so happy to be a part of this community as it has played a very important role in helping me stay quit. I ma now confident to make other healthy changes in life. As we approach new year I want to take w long break from alcohol consumption. Though the amount of consumption has come down since I stopped smoking I want to stop it completely. ...
I have not smoked is 1 jan 2019 its almost a year after three days, I just joined this blogspot to help you how I went to cold turkey
Update all - it’s my 2nd year quit on 1 January 2021. I have another year added to my tally. Thought I would patch in and update as I think of my quit at this time every year and I also think about this group. And the lovely people who supported me like Happiness, PuffNoMore, Nuts and others.
So what was year 2 like ? Better than year 1. All the noise is totally gone now. I have had those momen...
Watch for mouth ulcers and gum irritation. I read that 40% give up quitting when the ulcers hit and I can see why but have not given up. Any hints on getting rid of the ulcers?
I’ve been a smoker since I was 16 I’m now 43 - smoked a lot in my 20 and 30 but since had kids- I can go days and weeks without smoking until I have a glass of wine and then I crave / need cigarettes-
I can’t seem to break this habit and I feel so remorseful and angry the next morning after a night drinking and smoking. Love to hear stories on how to break this awful habit. If I can not smoke ma...
First time posting, I quit 32days ago...feeling really good apart from the anxiety😒 and a little tension in my neck and shoulders. The symptoms were real strong the first 3wks, headache, dry mouth, anxiety, heavy chest. But now most symptoms seam to come and go. I've got my fingers crossed on feeling normal by the 12wk mark. I also find symptoms are worse around that time of the month. 🤷♀️
Wishing all a very Merry Christmas, Happy HoloThanksMas, and wishes for a much better, and smoke free, 2021 :)
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