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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 am so very grateful to be 11 weeks smoke free. Nope not one single puff 🙌🙏❤️
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...
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 ❤️🙏😊
Yesterday, I discovered my worst smoking trigger...and unfortunately it's a friend of mine.
I hadn't spoken to her for a couple of weeks and our phone calls are rarely shorter than an hour. She's a tobacco smoker - Mrs "I'll just put you on loud speaker while I roll another ciggie, honey" - and my mental association with her phone calls is lighting endless cigarettes and padding out to th...
I was a 30 year smoker smoking around 25-30 a day.Being now in my mid 40's,it was getting time to either quit or be buried by them.
I was not able to go cold turkey,i got very aggressive,irritable,bad shakes,headaches and other problems.
I got the Champix,on the 3rd week,i couldn't stand the smell or taste of a cigarette.
I smoked for the first 2 weeks,then by the 17th day,i was off the smokes...
I am so excited today that I must share I have been experiencing continual anxiety for many many weeks than this morning I wake up and it's finaly over. Two days short of ten weeks smoke free and I'm anxiety free as well. I knew I could come through this anxiety if I just rode it out ( i did have moral support as well as talked to a doctor and prayed) and I also knew no matter how bad it got I wa...
I haven't, at any point this week, thought "I want a cigarette".
I haven't driven at breakneck speed to the nearest 24 Hour petrol station - burst into tears on the forecourt - bought cigarettes - only to hurl the packet in the nearest bin before bawling my eyes out all the way home. (Yes - these are milestones of my previous quits)
I think, for the first time, my mind has fully absorbe...
Yep, I'm still focusing on my journey! I am intimately familiar with "Day 3" as I have seen many "Day 3's", however this "Day 3" I have something I had not had before,... That is the sincere WANT to quit. I think my struggle is not as intense as previous quits.
I'm doing as I expected: irritable, jittery and anxious. Oh, need to mention, somewhat miserable... I'm afraid there's no "easy button...
I don't know how to reply to people after I've posted....but Percy verance. What a kind message. Thanks so much. I'm so grateful for the empathy and support.... I've been going well this week and I know I have to keep it up. Words of encouragement are so appreciated and kindness.
My mum overheard my darling son say to his little mate..."I'm so proud of my Mum for quitting smoking" his little mat...
It was Easy. The Mindset makes it possible.
I never thought I could quit, stumbled into in actually. Once believing that I could quit like millions of others, I did.
I think forums like this are invaluable, yet many don't need them. I needed to believe and so i did.
I found others who also quit with a mindset that they swear helped.
Allan Carr is the master.....read the free e-book and mak...
I still experience headaches, brain fog, slightly elevated heart rate, decreased appetite, anxiety and mild panic attacks. No cravings! Whenever I feel/experience any of the above, I always tell myself "This is for me and the people around me. I'm not caving in!" Anyone still having these withdrawals as me?
Smoking is everything.. it gets me out of bed to start my day.. it is my best friend when im lonely it is my support when something is going wrong or I get some bad news.. it is what I do when I am bored, stressed,alone,on the phone, celebrating, drinking, having a coffee.
I can get my fix from most corner shops petrol stations every supermarket and in walking distance from any craving I get.
Hi everyone. I'm back after my failed quit last year but this time, I'm 3 months off with Champix. My question to anyone who has experienced this is... Has anyone weened off Champix only to find the withdrawal has hit like I've never quit? I know this must be uncommon as I've read enough positive reviews from happy ex smokers. I'm thinking I may have to stick it for another 3 months but the bloa...
For the last 3 weeks, I have made a feeble attempt to quit smoking. At first I did well, then a puff here and there, then a day without a puff... I still continued to count those days still as quit days, however, I'm not fooling anyone. A puff here and there means I am still "feeding the monster" so to say.
I am here in the US and it is Saturday evening. My quit day will be Monday. E...
I remember the last cigarette I had. I don’t remember enjoying it, and I wanted another one but It was 1201am only quit date so I refrained. The only was I have had success, and I have made 1 month before, is without alcohol. No drinks and no ciggies is easy for me. Now all I have to do is either never drink again, or get a handle on it! Wondering how long I should wait to have a beer, it won’t b...
I always logon to this site and read the experiences and advice from other quitters. It’s been very helpful having this site available and as I review my previous stories - 4 in total about slipping up, I feel foolish about posting again. Truth is, I tried to quit about 100’times, not 4.
But this time is different. I am 4 days quit and staying strong and not really paying too much attention to...
I stuffed up... Stress, relationship struggle, just me working now and homeschool, house work, money worries. I had five smokes today. I was doing really well but feel pathetic.
My children are the reason for quitting but I weakened today. My relationship with my husband is a battle....
Hope tomorrow is a better day..... I feel so alone
Haven’t been here for quite sometime but wanted to come back and read some of the stories! For me it’s now day 467! I don’t even keep count anymore it’s only because of the white smoking app I have. I’m here to tell those who are thinking of quoting or just freshly quit, that the hardest part is the first maybe 90 or so days, but it gets easier as time passes! Just make yourself the goal of not s...
It seems like awesome news I continued this quit. I didn't think I could. But the good news is it's over. I am in this new-founded territory and should always tell myself that. Good news. I am not a newbie at this anymore. And I should always remember the journey that I started. It was because of doctors in a hospital that I ever did succeed in this. I was a wreck, and they kindly tore me away. I...
Well I'm 7 days cigarette free today! (I'm still vaping occasionally) but tonight I'm really feeling like a cigarette to the point I can feel my pulse racing 😪 I thought it would be easier to quit during this lockdown as I won't be around other smokers and am not doing my usual routine, but nothing is helping me tonight, not even vaping is helping and it has been helping all week.
I slipped up and trying to not go and buy a pack, so tough love needed please. Supported a longtime smoking friend through acute grief last night (including my own distress) had 2 smokes with her. I’m now making up reasons in my head to buy a pack, like- next few weeks will be very tough, I’ll be around her heaps, I don’t know how to manage this trauma. But at the same time I don’t want to withdr...
Pick a date if you can't cold turkey,see your GP I have a Quit Tracker app and it reassures me and a goal to work on I'm use a patch a day now after starting with 3a day after 50 years of smoking I'm now 51 days clean still having respiratory problems but I have other unrelated problems I hope this helps other quit smokers good luck.
9 days smoke free now.
I have been using patches and they started to leave really red marks on my legs so I am now on a different patch to see if it will make a difference
Still going strong. ✅😁😁
I will not smoke with you today.
I will never ever give up...Even if I fall once, twice or a hundredth time...I will fight this terrible habit/addiction called 'SMOKING/NICOTINE'...
Lovely to read all your stories/experiences. Keeps the fire in me still burning to give up 'SMOKING'. So this is my 7th day smoke free. For some reason my WILLPOWER wears off between now and Day -21...Not this time though...I will continue to fi...
21 days today. No more cravings and smoking feels like a distant memory! I dreamt 2 days ago that I smoked a cigarette and was angry about it( in my dream). I was so happy and relieved when I woke up. Don't know why I had the dream in the first place cause I wasn't thinking about smoking! any hints???
Hi all :-)
Just wondering if there are others out there who already suffered with anxiety and depression BEFORE they quit smoking and what affect did quitting have on ur already existing mental health?
Also, if it made ur anxiety worse for the first week or 2, did it then begin to get better?
Day 24 SF. Many many quit attempts. Longest quit time was 6?weeks about 3 years ago. This time I’m ready to make sure it’s a permanent change.
My motto is
I borrowed that from elsewhere but find it a very powerful reminder that I will always be just one puff away from going back to full blown smoking addiction. Using Nicotine patches is helpful for me. My first ...
A bit of a struggle getting through a weekend, but I am surviving. Taking naps and going to bed early to avoid cravings. Cold turkey and lot's of celery sticks!!
Today is seven weeks smoke free cold turkey for me which totally blows my mind when I actually think about how did this happen 🙏 I never gave up on trying to give up. I always wanted to return to that pure state of being that I was before this addiction took over. I don't think I truly believed that I could be a nonsmoker again until now, until this attempt. I love no longer being a slave to the...
I am back and I feel fine! I've had some urges but I remind myself they are only thoughts. It's all in the mind. I worked hard to change my mindset. Read and viewed about all the bad stuff smoking does and drilled it into my head. It does absolutely nothing for me. Also read these great posts about how awesome it is once a non-smoker. Thank you all for your posts. I know it's only day 5 so I don'...
I am really frustrated today. I finished my Champix starter pack and I am 32 days quit, however, there is now a disruption in the chamipx supply and I cant get any till August. I am using Quitly which is great but would be nice to not have a disruption in my Champix course to allow time for new routines and habits etc to be embedded.
I have been trying to stop smoking for atleast 5 year's now, I am truly over the mind games and want to know how to get the right mindset everyone else seems to find easy?
Day 400 today…trust me it does get a lot easier ! I was at a party last week and I noticed how less anxious I was *not* smoking and less stressed! Usually in a new situation when I smoked I would have cigarettes before to calm me down and during and after . I still like to have mile stones . I know at the start, a day is forever but please have faith in yourself. Put the effort in to treat your...
Hey friends 🌻 hope everyone is coping during this crazy time in life globally.
It's been up and down but....
Wow.... I feel amazing. Now and then I think... I'd love a smoke with my husband...but no... I busy myself with our beautiful kids, keep busy doing many things around the house, knitting scarves for my babes, back to work after school hols, rewarding myself with a nice glass of wine.......
1 week cold turkey done👍 After smoking ~15 cigarettes a day for 20 years I’m feeling very excited for my future. Cravings have really been quite minimal and can ride it out by sipping a cup of tea or just distracting thoughts. Definitely embracing the NOPE!
12 days without cigarettes. Today I had the longest walk in years. 14,682 steps on pedometer. Most one stretch. It feels good, my breathing is certainly better but not quite yet. Looking forward for the one month smoke free.
On to my 4th Day, Cold Turkey here - tough! tough! Been having headaches, cough and a cold, to add to it, it's my Vaccination Day, today!
Been smoking since I was 21 y.o. and I'm turning 37 this year! Typically 10-sticks per day.
All the Best guys 👊👊
Going from 15 to 2 smokes a day, I'm pretty happy with. Taking zyban does help but it keeps me awake at night. I'm not sure if it's because I've never taken anything like it before but it does make me feel a little strange. I started taking two, day one of my second week but WOW....way to strong.
I'm going to stick to just one and consult my doctor whether to continue taking them or not. Maybe u...
today I had some administrative work t finalize downtown and I had some hours waiting. Usually I would smoke like 10 cigarettes during that waiting time, but today I only had a tiny itch for a cigarette that lasted few seconds, when somebody near me lit a cigarette. To be honest I didn't give it a second thought but I drank like 2 liters of water. This seems to help.
10 days so far.
9 days with no cigarettes. I have beed smoking for 40 years and this is my 3rd attempt. Tried medications, patches and other things to no avail. 9 days ago I just decided to stop. Few cravings only and now they are getting less and less. What helped me during the first week was going to bed early, very early as I used to smoke a lot in the evening.
Reading previous posts for strength and support. Stopped counting my quit attempts but feel exhausted from the endless battle and need to make this time count. Coping well today, cold turkey, and certainly feel ready to be an ex-smoker. Hope to stay strong 💪
The longer I go without a puff the stronger I get. Today is day 35 cold turkey. I can hardly believe it. Have a magical day everyone 🌅
Day 33 smoke free cold turkey and I am experiencing high anxiety but that's ok it will pass. Being a nonsmoker will not pass because I will remain one. Nothing absolutely nothing will take me back to being a smoker I am standing firm on remaining a non smoker 😊
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