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I work with Artificial intelligence. I even work and play against an AI computer. Applying a plan to continually reinvent the contours of my brain I tried a theory with cucumber which I hated even as a kid. Now I love it like caviar. I inverted the same process for smoking, which I did casually, hanging out, now I hate the sight and smell of them, truly I find them repulsive. This AI computer can...
Day 3. My mood dropped dangerously low late yesterday. I know from experience that it might happen and I distracted. It helped the craving, but my mood is low and I’m scared of the consequences. That stresses me and gives me more cravings.
I feel like I’ll start smoking again anyway and what’s the point? I can’t visualise myself being a non smoker.
I have to quit for my health as i have asthma and it is getting worse, i have also lost my job and can't afford it anymore, have to do it as covid has scarred me as well
Winter was the season for me to finally quit. It's absolutely amazingly beautiful to welcome in the spring a nonsmoker and give thanks to the existing winter for holding the space for me to become one❤️🙏🌅 Not one puff ever 🙌
I've been here before over a year ago.
Quit and started and quit and started again.
I had enough arguments with myself about this and give myself a break.
I've had some time to have a plan set for this next quit.
I no what I need to do and to get through triggers.
I'm about to smoke my last one and jump on the wagon again.
Well done to all you non smokers and people who are j...
I am nearing my final smoke - tonight.
I’m anxious. I’ve stopped smoking more times than I can remember and I even lasted 10 years once. I started again when my mental health deteriorated and smoked on and off for 5 years now. I’m anxious because I know my mood can drop quickly and drastically and I’d like to know if some of you have tips on how to stop smoking while managing ongoing men...
Hello QuitFam... Me? I have not been this far, YIPPEE!! I am just reporting that after 4 weeks, I am beginning to see benefits of not smoking:
==> I HAVE MORE TIME: I went outside to my "smoking spot", stood (or sat) there for an average of 5 minutes per cigarette, add another minute for the "travel time" to and from my smoking spot"; that's 6 minutes. I was a one pack (20 ciggs) a day smoker....
Hey quitfam! Wanting to start my quit journey tomorrow, give up date of the 17th of September. Have tried to quit many times but have found it difficult to occupy myself in other ways.. really quite silly as I have children yet still don’t have the proper willpower to quit along with bad chest pains.
Hi Quitfam, just sharing that i am missing those lozenges, its not easy. I can't wait until I surpass this hurdle, as its a bit of a discomfort a few times a day. Day 40 today, and Im keeping on NOPE
Hi Quitfam, day 38 today for me since becoming a non smoker, I was using lozenges, until yesterday morning when I consumed my last one. Ive been a little fearful and anxious for the moment of letting go of the aid, and almost told myself I needed one more lot.
Then I decided no I didnt and told myself its a vital part of my progress to let go of the aid and told myself to just rip the bandaid...
Reading everyone’s stories has prompted me to share mine..
I smoked on and off during the exciting ‘nineties’ at corporate functions/events as was the culture back then.
However, I could always just stop and it wasn’t a big deal.
Then when my own child became a teenager and began to smoke with all her friends, to fit in, so did I (so embarrassing for a middle aged woman) that’s how I started...
Hello QuitFam, I Just have to pass along a story that might make you smile.
The other day I had a routine medical procedure. I could not eat the entire day before. (I had cravings for food that day, NOT cigarettes). Back to my story...
I was in the surgery room and they were getting ready to "put me under" and asked when I had my last cigarette. I said that I recently quit. Everyone clappe...
I've been reading all the stories and am feeling inspired by everyone's experiences.
I am on day 17 of Champix but still haven't picked my quit date. This is the 3rd time I've used it, the first was successful and I didn't smoke for close to 3 years after smoking for nearly 30 years. I can't even tell you why I took it up again but I did and I have now been smoking for the last ...
After nearly 32 years of smoking. I can't do it anymore. It makes me feel like crap. I hate the smell, the taste and I do not want to be a slave to it anymore.
Taking the first steps today.
Hi there, Quitfam!
I'm a few days off the 'One Month' milestone.
It's rarely on my mind now. I can enjoy a morning coffee and don't miss the cigarette. Meals are a pleasure and I'm still relaxed and chatting at the table afterwards, without the accompanying smoke. That horrible feeling of 'something missing' has gone.
All that said - I had a terrible 'craving day' the day before yester...
I had intense back pain for weeks resulting in a severe heart attack at age 51. I had 90% blocked artery and had a stent put in. I have no family history of heart issues, hence, it was likely due to lifestyle. I smoked 30+ cigarettes a day and drank alcohol every day. Specialist wasn't concerned about alcohol or diet. He said "I'm not concerned about how much nicoteine you need to support you g...
Here's my quick & dirty - I smoked for 20 years (a pack a day) and I tried champix for the first time, I LITERALLY lost the desire to smoke after about 3 weeks being on champix. It was GREAT and so unexpectedly surprising! I never thought I could go without a smoke for a day - but I didn't smoke for a month!!
then at the turn of the month - I was so sure that I had permanentl...
Hi all. I have visited this site on previous quit attempts but this is the first time posting. I find all your stories really inspirational and it has definitely helped, so thank you.
I quit smoking back in 2018 Cold Turkey and was successful until 2020!! It only took a few slips and after a month or so I was back smoking. I find this so depressing. I am a secretive smoker!! I hide from ...
Avoiding the alcohol at dinner helps to avoid the one cigarette I have after it. I quit 3 years ago, cold Turkey but during this lock down I started again. I don’t really know what to do this time.
Hello my non-smoking and soon to be non-smoking friends. Yippee!! After decades of smoking, I have been a non-smoker for 3 weeks without a single puff! If I can do it anyone can do it!
The number of attempts I have had are sadly in the double digits. I have NEVER made it 3 entire weeks. I now believe it's never too late and you are never too old!!! I am beginning to see subtle benefits and I ...
I have no idea how this website works or how to find my last post. Its all a little outdated, clunky and user unfriendly. I will just post this probably the last time as I cant navigate this dinosaur.
I quit in may only to have my champix ripped off the shelves mid course. My doc gave me antianxiety for tummy flutters. 7 days later i just went commando and punched the daylights out of...
Hi again, it's been a while since I last shared my life with you guys. I stopped many of my previous addictions among them smoking 2021 new year. It's been over 7 months now and i'm still going ok. My cravings are all gone and my breathing is great, thanks to all cardiovascular walks up the hill every 2nd day at 45-60 minutes. It's a steep hill located not far from where I live and there's a numb...
My number ONE tool to this quitting business is NEVER give up on becoming/being a nonsmoker. My mind is blown. What freedom there is to be had in becoming and being a nonsmoker. IF you are not quite there yet than remain here and you will get there. Choke the smokes, kick em to the kirb and stomp on them while there down. The filthy stinkin rotten mongrel things aint ever coming back into my lif...
Hi quitfam, I cannot believe I am writing this........
My 15yr old son thought it would be a fun idea to take my car for a joyride last night and smashed my car into another parked car around the block. I had no idea that this had occurred until I found myself on my front porch with 2 police officers at 11pm at night.
Firstly he is unharmed, thank goodness, my car is a write off and as for the ...
Ever wondered why some people have a difficult time and some people have an easy time in Quitting and most of us fit somewhere and anywhere within the scale of difficulty to easy?
I used to wonder and worry about it alot, I am not so much fixated why this happens because I'm along way down the road of recovery from the addiction these days. 561 days to be exact.
I think if you can t...
Hi guys, I'm back to let you know that my journey started 1 and 1/4 year ago.. And I'm still smoke free.. Forever.. yes.. :)
What's new? Not too much, I'm clear and I don't think about smoking.. I can do all things related with life without even thing about it.. Just when I see smokers, yeah, then you think about it, but mainly in the way that I'm pleased that I'm clear..
I saw many newcomers,...
So this is my third time trying too quite again
I lasted 6 months the first time and I really want too boot the habit. Just looking for some tips an tricks on how too beat it
Hi, everyone! - Percy checking in...
Well, I've had a mixed sort of week.
Firstly, I haven't toyed with the idea of a cigarette at all - not once. I believe this is entirely down to the Allen Carr book, which I have taken everywhere with me. If I have a spare five minutes, I read from this book. In fact, reading the book has taken the place of smoking itself - I curl up in a chair for t...
Hi everyone, still not sure how to navigate this site, however I’m on day 11 still determined and challenged having issues with breathing and I think I’m mourning the cigarette but getting better slowly. I’m hope you are doing well. I have received emails and I thank you all but I don’t how to respond. Thank you again my friends
PS hanging in there 🙏
its my 484th day today as smoke free. no regrets. i came back to say thank you to those people who also quit smoking before me and who has posted their quit experiences . you've help me a lot . i've reached this far , because your tips and stories were all motivating. to those who just joined here and who just started to quit, you can all make it too. NO TO ONE PUFF.
Hi I've just joined this has been day 1 for me I have help im using the patches. Have found it hard today but really want to do this. Have tried to keep myself busy all day ,which I think has helped....but omg its hard . Roll on day 2 I have 🙂
FIRST: Although it is a minor milestone for me, I really only want to post to tell you how THANKFUL I am to be part of this community. I have read hours of posts and have even used the search tool on this site. I pretty much get a "dose" of encouragement from this community on a daily basis.
==> For those members in this group that are ex-smokers for a period of time: I'm n...
Hi all I hope you are all doing well, it’s been a while since I’ve logged on and chatted,on August the 2nd I reached my year first year of quitting smoking,and I haven’t touched one or even came close to doing it through my year,it’s been a tough old ride too through the year,with lockdown,covid,God how sick am I of hearing that word lol,but I thought I’d share a post with you all,and maybe will ...
Dear Friends ,
Today I am returning back to this forum after quite a while. Always thought I would come back and pen down my thoughts but finally its happening today !!
So , next month i am completed my 3rd Anniversary of being non smoker. This has been an emotional journey for me because smoke was an integral part of my life. I shared my joy, hope, stress, happiness, sorrow, loneliness as we...
I've already slipped up day 1...🤭
Yet I am sticking this out 🌻
I've got lots of tips and tricks and strategies from following others stories and I feel confident 💖
I am so very grateful to be 11 weeks smoke free. Nope not one single puff 🙌🙏❤️
I have one more month to go before it's an entire year of not smoking. I hardly remember about smoking now. Life has completely changed. I can sleep better, I enjoy my early morning walks, I am better at my work as I don't have to take constant breaks., I am not embarrassed anymore to go too close to anyone thinking I will smell smoke. Truly life is much better without smoking cigarettes. I am t...
Hello team Quit,
It has been 7 months and I have saved over $5,000. I don’t dream I have smoked anymore, it is a nice change.
One thing I have been consistently concerned about is complacency and I think it has reared a few times. My husband still smokes, sometimes I think, god I’ll just have a drink and a smoke. I haven’t drunk alcohol for as long as I haven’t smoked, and I am sure my bo...
Hey Quitfam just dropping in to share a quick update. Going strong, I feel proud and peaceful for this jouney. Headaches have passed now, but unfortunately the insomnia and sometimes bizarre dreams havent yet. I am aware that its probably my brain on hyper alert as my body adjusts to the changes. I'm also aware that this phase will pass too. Today Ive cut down from 4mg lozenges to 2mg. Hope every...
The last two days have been pretty horrible.
I logged on here yesterday and was going to write about my body screaming for nicotine but as I wrote, I wondered...is that REALLY the problem?
It dawned on me that I have never handled any situation in my adult life (good or bad) without cigarettes. Does that mean my capacity to control myself emotionally is still at a 15 year old's stage of dev...
Its the beginning of a new chapter.
I see it's been very quiet today. Not surprising since we have had a fair number of new starters join us. We know,, and respect that it takes time to get your bearings and to readjust to a new way of living.
Last Wednesday, I visited my sister and brought home two vulnerable kittens. They did not ask for change. Momma abandoned them and we guess them to ...
Just read a message from you saying you were struggling a bit with posting on this site.
When you log on, look along the big blue bar at the top of the page...third title along should say MY QUIT PLAN.
Click on MY QUIT PLAN.
In the centre you'll see a large orange square with SHARE MY STORY written in it - click on that.
You'll then have some drop-down menu boxes.
Hi all this morning was my last day on Champix and now 105 days smoke free. Keen to hear how others felt when they finished the program, I had seriously disturbed dreams so am looking forward to peaceful nights, does anyone have any comments on any side effects of stopping immediately? Thanks everyone
92 days of freedom!
I have to admit it has been hard and I still feel strong cravings although they are not frequent. The first 3 weeks are the worst and gradually have gotten better. Just in the last few weeks I started to feel somewhat normal, not having feelings of anxiety, loss, just general blahs.
It really helps reading everyone's journey. We may have differing days but the ultim...
I've had two very tranquil days - no pangs...or frantic peppermint chewing...or clenched fists and gritted teeth...no need to nibble my way through a packet of dry crackers when I've sat in front of the computer...in fact, I was relaxed enough last night to read a novel in bed - I left my Guru, Allen Carr on the shelf for the first time since my quit date.
I had a treat day on Saturday and wen...
I would like to thank all those people that have sent emails of encouragement they mean so much that I can share this journey with others who understand. I’m determined to give it my best, I have failed three time before but I can’t think of that if I’m to succeed, however it does play with your mind. I thank you again for reaching out to me I feel like I’m not alone in this.
This smoke free life is amazing. No longer shackled to the cigarette companies paying for there mansions, holidays,children's education with not only my hard earned money but also my health. Those around me were also paying a price for my smoking. No longer because I am now living a life free of such shackles. I am free free free ❤️🙏😊
As I unwrap the 4th week dose of Champix - i feel so proud that today I have completed 3 weeks smoke free. I would say it was not that tough for me - I always thought smoking was my life and I would never be able to quit but these past 3 weeks have been so nice. I did feel a craving here and there sometimes but I managed to stay away. For all those who are in this journey with me - keep tyring an...
So a few days ago I found out I was pregnant. I always thought that the second I found out I would just stop but it’s actually been quiet hard especially the morning time so far I’ve managed to cut down how many I smoke and only have a few puffs and give the rest to my partner to smoke I was wondering anyone has had a similar experience and any advise that is in advanced
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