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Pls help. I'd done really well no ciggies for 2 days then found one in my car this morning. Damn it I smoked it. I feel so bad and so disappointed with myself. How do you stop that 1st thing in the morning habit ????
Greetings to everyone here. It been a very long time I had been here, thank you so much for your support and advice. Well it been 1 year now without smoking and I still have left chest pain and difficulty breathing and weekness sometime feel low in me and sometimes out of breath.left numbness ,Please any advice from this site.
Hi everyone. Had an email from icanquit to see how i am going. 836 days smoke free and going great. I will never smoke again. To all of you new quitters, Hang in there. It is so worth it. It really does get easier. I dont even think about having a smoke now. Happy smoke free day to all
To commit one needs to accept to bad and what sacrifices must be made to achieve the good.
Remember that you are choosing you.
Hi everyone hope you are all well and smile free.
I have completely fallen back into the trap
As they say you can't have 1 without having another and another and before you no it your back to smoking.
It's 9.12pm and I am about to smoke my last 1 from tomorrow on start the journey and be smoke free.
I no what to expect.
I have decided to walk 5k a day and get my health back on track.
Well 16weeks now.. Getting easier, can find myself a little restless at times. Gotta keep busy, is a good thing. Notice the money savings. Feeling alot healthier, although gained weight.
I CAN DO IT, I want to live a long and healthy life
So after several relapses, I’ve taken time to think, reflect and have decided to start my quit date over again.
I am ready for a new day 1 of N.O.P.E and am determined to stay away this time. My triggers seem to be straight after work, I go to a shop, buy a pack and then Chuck them away as soon as I’m home and have smoked 2-3.
I am so over it. Over my addiction ruling my life, making me feel...
Hi I dont have any quit tips as I fail every time I try. I will share my story with all of you. I am 81 and have smoked for the last 60 years. I panic when I am down to my last cigarette, then I go an buy a packet, then I am so down on myself. I am an age pensioner so how can I buy a packet every day on my age pension, its for the money I could save that is why I really want to stop. Thanks f...
Hi guys again, now with no. 11.. :)
So great to be in such period of quitting, when I don't think about it, I do not have to check my quitting apps everyday, write diary, miss something, be afraid and so.. It's very good stage.. It's where I want to be 11 months ago.. I didn't know how long it will take, but I was determined to dig it out.. :)
Lately I saw few 1 years celebrations, congrat t...
Hi everyone, I have just decided to start my quit journey and am a little apprehensive about the whole process. I actually gave up in August 2019 but took the habit up again 3 months ago when I was pretty low and mentally ill. It seems to have an even stronger hold on me now and I'm worried I won't cope without my crutch. I'm thinking of talking to my GP about champix. Has anyone used Champix ...
This may not be an actual tip, but it is a question of concern that I am having during my first couple of months of staying cigarette free.
I have been more tired and my blood pressure seems to be higher than I noticed when I was smoking. I believe this will all subside in time, but I'm hoping I can hear some similar stories and how things DO get better.
Hi, my name is shifra Nakibuuka. I'm not a doctor or a guest lecturer Instead, I used to be a chain smoker for over 10 years.
I quit smoking 5 years ago, and today I am a proud mother of two living with my husband in South Africa, Western cape
I struggled many years trying to quit smoking. There's nothing I didn't try.
I tried Allen Carr's program and went through what Abrahamson had to offer....
Emotionally - When something is upsetting me and causing me stress, I make sure I speak ASAP to a supportive friend.
Spiritually - I make sure to get out into nature and enjoy my new breath of fresh air.
Physically - I go to the gym and workout regularly.
I havent smoked for 9 weeks now. I completed 4 weeks of champix. I stopped smoking on the 3rd day of champix .I weaned off champix on the 5th week.
I have been on holidays, parties and outings where smokers are present. At times I have been tempted. But I continued to remind myself of how far I have gone now without smoking . I really dont need the stinking poisonous smoke fumes in my lungs a...
I have tried numerous times to quit but I believe mentally you have to be ready to quit - talking to others about there quit journey allows you put yourself in there shoes making it seem possible. Then it’s the constant thought of reminding yourself why you want to quit in the first place. It’s not easy but talking it out definitely helps I will try and try again until I can on day say no thanks ...
91 days quit today and over $2,000 saved.
I wanted to share a thought I had today which was brilliant. I don’t worry about premature death. When I smoked I was always thinking I would die soon, that I would miss my kids growing up and how selfish I was. This negative daily self talk really takes a toll on a person, it makes you feel small, anxious and out of control. Well now I never worry ab...
I got over waking up every morning caughing up a lunge and want to better my daughters life
Hi 🙋♀️ I’ve tried many times to stop, but I really want too for many reasons. I am using a cut down smoking app. Just started 3 days ago, messed up one day but went right back. I’m really hopeful that it works this time, my quit date is May 4, Also this app is helping me to see day by day how many cigarettes I have and I’m glad to see the pattern of my smoking
I have just decided to quit social smoking - smoking when I drink. I cannot imagine ever having a good time again when I drink. I have tried to do this many times and failed. Does anyone have any tips? Hypnotherapy? Visualisation? Meditation? Stopping drinking for a while or changing to a new drink? Any advice would be welcomed.
Thanks for the check in. Yes 3 days after countless attempts not getting ahead of myself but am feeling okay. This time I’m trying not to do too much and getting plenty of rest. On minute hour at a time.
After 20 years I have finally quit smoking. The cost and the dependence had finally got to me. I decided to go cold turkey and quit any triggers that could tempt me to get back on the band wagon (alcohol, coffee, ect)
10 weeks and counting have not picked up a cigarette and will never do so. First 2 weeks are hard but after that it gets so much easier.
At the moment I seem to be havi...
One Year Today I gave up Smoking. I no longer cough every morning. My energy level is so much higher than when I did smoke. I hardly even think about smoking anymore. I have more time to do productive things (I never really thought about how much time smoking actually takes up). My bank account is a lot healthier. I got a chest Xray this week just to make sure all was well, it was. I know ...
Wow, I had almost forgotten about nicotine all together until I reached my one year mark. To be honest life has been great without smoking! I run 4 miles daily and feel to be in the best shape of my life! Work has been extremely stressful lately but I have learned coping techniques over the months to help me control my stress, and stay productive without nicotine or medication. My advice? STAY AC...
Well, as of now for the first time in 7 years I’ve gone a full 24 hours without nicotine in any form. It’s a step in the right direction, and I will continue taking steps to go further!
I’ve chosen to take champix and using my willpower managed to accomplish this step, unlike all my previous attempts that never got further than a few hours.
This is my 3rd attempt this year...First time I gave up for a month, second for a fortnight...Wondering if I go for longer this time...
Serial quitter for the last year. I have probably been smoke free longer than a smoker in this time but keep thinking I can have a few puffs. Need to be true to myself and no more sneaky puffs which leads to more and more. It’s in our hands and I want to be free and stop lying to everyone especially myself.
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Day 302 ... nearly a year. Whoop.
Realize that having a cigarette does not change the situation you may be facing. Making up an excuse to have a cigarette is just that, an excuse. Generally, during our earlier attempts, most of us tend to be full of excuses, once you realize this and take control which means to stop making excuses, you start to get results.
Hi everyone, today is my 4th day of being smoke free. 3 days 6 and half hours to be precise. I got a flu from today and i feel depressed for no reason. I dont want to smoke but i miss smoking so much. I feel very lost 🥺🥺
QUITTING SMOKING IS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHT FORWARD compared to dieting. Both take determination and positive thinking but dieting is always ongoing whereas quitting smoking is simply just done.
I caution dieters to not go below the 1200 calories as that is our basic metabolic rate for most of us. I prided myself for putting nutrition and exercise first but was appalled at how recklessly some at...
I’m failing miserably! Done hypnotherapy, quit for 3 weeks, quit for 3 years whilst pregnant with my children. BUT every time I drink I light up... how can I stop this without quitting alcohol I’m not a big drinker but would still like too: thanks
Hello - I am a 32 year-old American man. I have smoked for most of my adult life. I have been sober from alcohol and drugs for over 4.5 years now, and I desperately want to be smoke-free. I have had some success in the past with nicotine gum and patches - however, I really want to be free of nicotine, completely. I have had several quit attempts since the new year, and am having a really hard tim...
It has been 6 months and I have been really good. But I have had to deal with a smoker opposite my unit for many months but for some reason it is really affecting me tonight. Help
Due to health issues, my partner seriously needed to give up smoking. Dr recommended Champix. After the second week, noticeable changes were deeper depression, more anxiety, smelt worse than a stale smelly ash tray, smelt like rottin meat. As each week passed by he became more aggressive and I could not communicate with him anymore. He took everything I said, out of content and focused on the neg...
I'm 7 days in to reducing my number of smokes down from 20 a day to 15 and using Champix medication and quitline counciling. I would like to share more on my journey and to find support here. The mornings and evenings are difficult trigger times for me, with a morning coffee and evenings after dinner relaxing. I have cut down my coffee using decaf and looking to find healthy alternatives to smoki...
14 weeks now, its hard drinking alcohol and not smoking. Just something i need to deal with. I'm getting through it still. Dont want to smoke and rather stay smoke free. I've reinforced myself with lots of knowledge and follow my quit plan. On with it i guess!
I have just started my journey towards a smoke free tomorrow so that I can breathe well and be healthy. I would love to share my progress every day and I hope I will be able to complete this jpurney
Hi everyone, i have been smoking since 4. 5 years. I really really want to quit and have tried many times before and failed always. This time i will be trying harder than ever. Its my 1st day and i am 7 hours smoke free.
My boyfriend smokes and one of my very close friend aswell. I am with them most of the times. I am thinking not to meet them for a while and just work and sleep and go to gym.
Greetings fellow quitters!
Just realized that 4 year anniversary being free from this nasty was yesterday. Time flies but one thing is certain - quitting smoking was hard but well worth it.
The good thing is that nowadays is that I have no fear that I will run out of a cigs that will make me suffer physically and mentally. Besides not being a slave to something that is consistently killing you...
I want to thank all of you for your supportive comments. I forget who wrote that they start each day by reading the comments here. I've become like that, and those readings help me.
You know those times, when you regularly used to head outside for a smoke. I don't know about Australia, but here in Canada you're not allowed to smoke inside public places. My husband built a greenhouse o...
Managed to stay quit for one month now, stepped down from 21mg patch to 14 mg patch, staying strong. Going in for an operation (hip replacement) next Thursday, I will be five weeks clean by then. Then I have to stay quit to help manage my recovery.
When your teeth start to itch, you know something real is going on.
Bizzare the differernt experiences quitting smoking brings. Its almost as if my body is craving the nicotine locked into my teeth as stains and is literally trying to suck it out of them.
But this is day 3, and I see from some shared stories this is a critical day, so trying hard to keep ...
This site is alive and well.
Not only having Quitters in their early days getting inspiration to plot their journey ahead with some insight from others who have experience and knowledge!
Some Quitters counting weeks and month's too!
Congratulations to all making positive changes for themselves and for the people around them, also get rewarded.
And great exchanges of varied opinions is of gre...
Its funny but had never really thought being part of a group like this would be for me. However reading over the community stories I have been truly inspired by how open you share, how much of yourselves you invest in it.
I am a newbie so cant ofer any great insights or tips, am still humbled to be at the start of the journey.
But one thing I do know from a personal perspective, is tha...
Hi Everyone! I wanted to touch base to let you know that I’m still 100% quit. I’m only 5 months away from 5 years. For those who are new to quitting, it does get easier. The day is coming very soon for you that you will only think about smoking once every few months (if then). It took a while for me to get my life back on track after quitting but even when chronic illness, I managed to get a ...
It's so great to have a free place to come to and share our experiences. I was going to quit on March 16, but then ended up going to a friend's birthday party. We choose friends who are similar to us so of course I had cigarette, and then another, and then ended up buying a pack. Now I've been smoke free for the third day today, and except for the occasional craving, the experience ...
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