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I am 47 days in with my cold turkey quitting journey. I have felt the worst pain in my body of my entire life. I was so scared I was dying I went to the doctor and got a full blood work up and it was normal. I went to the emergency room since I thought I was having a heart attack; ECG, x-ray, and lipid blood work normal. Everyone from these experiences keeps telling me its heartburn. I've never h...
had to have a 1 hr MRI last week. Being claustrophobic & having breathing troubles when on my back had me very worried (panic stricken), 1 hr in the machine, dozed off & the time passed quickly. Realised later, I have not been able to lie on my back & breathe through my nose for years - did for one hour in the machine. Only 20 days smoke free & I can do this!!
the ex came around yesterday, ended up having 2 puffs on her smoke, tasted bad, I don't class this as a setback - more a learning experience, had a few beers at the club this afternoon & the 2nd hand smoke made me cough - 20 days, feeling great (money saved has paid for bike rego)
Hi my wonderful forum friends. I am happy to say that today is my 8th month without a cigarette hanging out of my mouth. 8 months since I stopped being a slave to the nicotine demon. Weight gain, yes I have that but I can deal with and work on that. I feel like I have made such an accomplishment and I would shout it from the roofs if I could but I can't so I would like to shout it on this wonderf...
I am actually relieved to be sharing its been challenging but i can say worth it i started at a older age 31 I'm 35 now first few days i thought i had the flu or horrible cold at one point i convinced myself i Had walking pneumonia i didn't have the urge to smoke the way i had anticipated for me it was the physical after going through that i just think back to when my throat felt so sore that cou...
I’ve been a smoker for 7 years non stop. I’ve only tried to stop twice and could only go through a day. That was also feeling immensely miserable, with immediate flu like symptoms after 4 hours to no smoking. But this time I was very prepared to stop. I was done with smoking mentally. There was nothing that benefited me, so i set a date and stopped. The first 3 days were hard. Just sleeping and e...
Day 7-the hardest yet. Cannot sleep so am trying to practise the 4-7-8 breathing technique.
Hello guys, i am ready to take the next step and quit smoking. I have been smoking for at least 5 years and I am ready to take a step to a healthier life.I would love some help on this since i have little will power and would love any assistance on how to quit. I been trying for the last year but i haven't been able too.
Thank you for your time
Hi all. 44 days smoke free. Yay. Has anyone else gained weight. I have gone from 52 kls to 54. I am not eating more and i am exercising more. Getting belly fat. Read online it is normal and is my body recovering. Can take up to a year or more to get back to normal. Help. Dont want to get fat 😔😭
Just was sitting on the couch and went to grab my smokes cause that’s normally where they would be but hey not there left me with one of those omg I need a smoke feelings so I felt a bit of anxiety kicking in decided to stop take a few deep breaths told myself if u want a cigarette have a cigarette and shut up 🤐 but then thought hey no I don’t negotiate with the nicotine terrorist and within a f...
You are my extended family here coz trust me that I can share without hesitation on this platform that once upon a time.. I was a SMOKER.
Yes I had no courage to socially admit to my family and friends (except the smoker company).
I always wanted to quit and this portal has helped me to stay connected and motivated as I can share my joy of quitting which I couldn't otherwise anyw...
Staying quit is the hardest part for me.
I had to reset my quit date.
17/6/19 12pm, 20 hours and 54 minutes.
Im trying not to beat myself up over my setback, and i called the quitline and have 'enrolled' myself in there program (i don't understand the quitline system) so hopefully with more support, i can stay quit this time.
Never give up on giving up.
So i am actually really happy today as ive finally relised what i was doing wrong every other time i tried to end my addiction, i am happy to say i am a non smoker time is not important can i have a smoke if i want of course i can noone is stopping me but i dont want to. The Panic and Fear that was there is gone because i understand why it was there to begin with and guess what its really easy to...
I smoked my last cigarette on Jan 31st, 2019. I thought it would be impossible to quit smoking, but guess what!! I am succeeding. And it's not as difficult as I had thought it would be.
I do get cravings, but I am able to fend them off easily. In fact I am enjoying these moments of cravings. They are reminders of how cigarettes play with our minds. I don't want these ugly sticks to play with m...
It is true everyone is different, below is my journey to date on quitting smoking.
At a guess I would eatimate I quit smoking about 6 weeks ago, cold turkey, had a bed time ciggie and said to myself “ thats it, this is the last one” and to date it was. To put my habbit into perspective, by age 13 I was smoking 100 ciggies a day (some say impossible), a life of boarding schools, you learn some ...
saw the "lung lady" at the medical centre today, on her machine, in 2 weeks I've gone from "not very much" to just over 50%, bit of emphysema there but asthma has raised it's head, on small medication but Doc said "you've nipped it in the bud by the look of it" don't give up people, smoked for 50 years but after 2 weeks I can mow the dust (drought here), trim shrubs etc & not have to sit down to ...
I made a tea rugged up (its a cold morning here) and am enjoying a almost quiet moment on the deck and realising what true relaxation feels like.
By that i mean i used to have a coffee/tea and smoke ritual every morning and thought it was a peaceful moment.
No lol . . . this is what peace feels like fresh air and tea . . .
Being able to breath properly, on my 8th day smoke free.
An hour and a half left of day 7 it has been a stressful and tough day.
Finally in my new house still a bit more to move in and a ton of unpacking but at least i had my first night here lol.
Everything that could possibly have gone wrong to test me today has lol, from no clean cloths for my son - to no tap water for 6 hours making feeding my teething 7 month old a nightmare.
Things have finall...
I found this more fitting lol, if you remember puff the magic dragon you will get it.
I used to joke about being a dragon when i started smoking.
So i thought it would work better and keep me motivated.
Im on day 7, one week smoke free.
Yay, go me.
I’m now on my last few days of champix . I spent most of my 12 weeks on the 0.5 dose as after 2 weeks and going onto the 1 mg dose. I felt sick all the time so was told to stay on the half dose . I have been great . No sickness and no smoking .
Hi all, I am on day 3 of patches. I'm used to smoking 20-25 cigarettes a day and am down to 2 with the patches on. I have constant headaches since approx early arvo day 1. Does anyone have any advise as to how long these last and anything I can do to make them go away quicker?
I have found walking really helps.
So week 3 Champix I’ve noticed I’ve cut down the number of smokes. Today I had a smoke and I almost puked 🤢 wasn’t a great feeling least to say only had a couple drags and put it out. My question what do I do to take my mind and keeps my hands busy instead of having a smoke? I have found lollipops work sometimes but need more ideas struggling mentally at the moment to let them go completely with...
I want to share my story as it was a very difficult one. I first tried hypnosis- my boyfriend and I thought we would do it together.. nooooo! Then other attempts, ie, lets support each other! Honestly, none of these strategies work!!
The only thing that works, is that YOU want to quit, and you truly WANT TO quit - it’s all about you, now. It’s a very personal journey and you’re...
10 days smoke free now, have used patches with no side effects until the last 2 nights. Last night & tonight I've had very vivid nightmares, not "wake up sweating" ones but vivid enough to wake me up. Strange thing is I then feel awake & have to stay up for a few hours before trying to sleep again
Day 19... at 10 smokes a day, 7 minutes a smoke. Thats 1330 minutes or 22 hours of smoking.
I was losing one entire day of my life every fortnight sitting or standing just smoking.
Thats insane just totally insane!
There should be a counter that calculates time... I look at the savings and appreciate the money but look at tje savings in time and its mind blowing.
All you quitters rock!
I went cold turkey on 01/01/19 and haven’t smoked a cigarette since. The beginning was hard a lot of sleepless nights and headaches from the withdrawals. Always hunger with mood swings. I had to really eliminate myself from people and Place’s. Now today I’m 42 days strong
Oh my goodness think I have turned the corner. Day 7. So relieved thought it would never end. Today is the first day I actually feel ok and not a basket case.
So what changed - we’ll a big old moan in here day 5, thanks for listening. And... I finished that Allen Carr book. I was reading it day 5 and suspected there something beginning to resonate in his approach. I was right. I perc...
The truth is... no one can force you to quit smoking. That is something that you must want for yourself (or perhaps others) but ultimately something that you WANT TO DO.
This forum can give you the motivation to quit. Also tips and support, but only you can do the quitting.
Quit aids can help you to quit, but they are used to assist only. Even if you manage to quit with them, it is unlikely...
3rd day of champix, no real change yet. Waiting anxiously for it to kick in
Hi ,I was a chain smoker for 30 years ,got on champix , after 10 days stopped smoking have had any since , have no problems with others smoking around me at all ,my tip is you mentally have to be to be ready to stop ,that is the key to using champix , good luck to all who try to stop it's the best thing you can do for yourself and your family 😀
Need to give this up for my kids
only 8 days for me but what a difference in breathing already, a bit hard changing routines ingrained over close on 50 yrs but I wish I'd made the effort much sooner
Hi all thought I would give you an update on how things are going. I did do an update on day three embedded in the comment section of my last post. I was seeking some input from you all and still am seeking input on how much longer to the cravings and withdrawal symptoms last. I hit the worst wall on day 3 of cold turkey. Truly thought I was going insane. But made it. Day 4 and 5 (today) better...
I am not the type of smoker that can survive cold turkey.
I lost my patches, i am part way through packing to move house so i can live with my partner and son, i might have left them at my partners a 2 hour drive away, i don't have time to get them if thats the case.
I am hoping to borrow money off my dad to get more patches.
At the moment i am surviving off as gross as it sounds, old used pa...
I was sort of pushed into my quit, having been in the hospital with an infection. So I didn't prepare myself -- or even really want to quit. (Well I guess we all want to...)
Anyway, my kids loved it, and I thought that it is a gift I should take -- just don't smoke anymore.
Ita actually been ok 95% of the time, as far as cravings.
This week I have been in Spain. Lots of people happil...
Can anyone advise me I wake up several times a night but come 4 or 5 am I am at my worse with my body screaming for a smoke. I have been just having a couple of drags but I WANT TO QUIT. Does anyone have any ideas what I can do as I can not go back to sleep pulling my hair out?
This is my first post for 2019 and I am glad to say I have made three figures, today is day 130 (129 days completed). My quit journey has been similar to Lyn4677 and I’m glad to also declare that I am still smoke free. Thoughts of smoking still come up but I have come too far to start smoking again.
Health better and need to stop putting money away in envelope as I have saved over $3600 whic...
Start of week 3. I still feel like I could smoke now but my body feels so much better. I feel cleaner and more fresh.
I am not really financially driven it would be cool to know more about the physical changes. My taste and smell are better and my eyes and skin too. ha ha. how strange
Hi all, well here I go AGAIN giving up. I am in a great state of mind this time, feeling very positive. I am on day 3 using Champix and motivation tapes. I feel I am coping better with cravings when I am alone. I drink heaps of water and breathe ALOT, telling myself I can do this!! Smoking has controlled my life and my health and now it is time I take control before they kill me!! I have had a b...
This is day 59 for me.
I was using NR patches and a CBD pen for cravings.
Have been trying to do without either one.
I'm not having a lot of luck. I absolutely cannot go back to smoking. This is just a bad day.
I have set my quit at 4pm today.
Iknow ithasonly been 3 minutes. Maybe more when this is published.
I have struggled to stay quit, but no more excuses. I am committing to quitting.
I am about to move house so i will be using the move to keep me busy.
Herbal tea helped alot in the past so im gonna give it ago again too.
Quitting smoking with quick mist and patches as it is the only th...
I was just reminded by our host that it's now been one year since I put that lighter down.
Most memorable moment? My 8 year old recently had his birthday and I got told off for not having a cigarette lighter to light his candles. I made a promise to myself that I'll buy a lighter and light his candles for his 18th birthday cake.
Kinda' feel doing what I did, kicking that 40 year habit, wi...
I have not smoked for 5 days now and I don’t think I am craving nicotine I just feel very weepy
I stopped smoking last Sunday and I actually don’t get the craving to smoke I just am very tearful 😢 I am hoping this will pass
Hi folks I am on day 36 ...I think. Only counted the first 30 days. I quit 1 January.
I have made one other post here about how challenging I have found the unexpected psychological journey of quitting. A bit ill prepared and perhaps ignorant but maybe serendipitous that I was unaware and have had to just wade through it.
When I started 1 January I needed the nicotine patch. I needed to kn...
So so thankful that it has been a year since I quit. I can only attribute the success to my Lord and Savior and to this site and everyone's support, hints and tips. Some things that were shared that helped me was: Tell yourself you are NOT a smoker! You are dealing with a Nicodemon! Why pick up a cigarette again and have to go over what you just did to pull through!
No doubt - the first fe...
I’ve made Day 38; it was too distant to even see on Day 1 but it’s here despite the Day 31 drama. On Day 31 I’d determined that I was smoke free and was going to be so for the rest of my life. I most definitely wasn’t nicotine free though; I’d used NRT (lozenges) to get me smoke free and was still feeding my nicotine addiction with them.
The suggestions I got from this forum ranged from bein...
So when I was 32 years old and after on again off again smoking cigarettes since the age of 15, I decided on giving a quit for good. My job at that time ( this was 1988 or so ) encouraged us to give them up, even had smoking cessation classes, and paid for a new product on market nicotine gum. Now all these tools enabled me to finally give up those nasty things, My real quit was due to seeing ...
Some medical professionals advise use of nicotine substitutes for a slow and gradual cessation. 15yrs ago on a new years eve at the stoke of midnight I stopped cigarettes and alcohol together cold turkey. Lasted 5 yrs until seeing a pub band and had a drink and cigarette. Have been now alcohol free 5yrs, so don't have that as a tempter to also smoke
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