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I’m about 10 and a half weeks quit and today I had 2 very deep and strong cravings to smoke that came out of nowhere and took me by surprise. I even had the thought of going to buy a packet but then I thought of how long I had quit for and that soon I’ll have racked up 3 months.
After that I decided to ring a friend to distract myself from my thoughts. I think after you’ve quit for some time tha...
Hi, I had been smoking for about 15 years. My health started to deteriorate, trouble breathing and diabetes. I tried to quit myself by reducing the amount I smoked. Didn't work. I contacted quilting and started on the patches. They really helped me along with the regular phone calls from the lovely people at quit line. I successfully quit after about 3 weeks from when I started. I had been smoke ...
Reached my goal not touched or had cravings at all been now 11 months ..
Eight months without a cigarette ... I can't understand why I smoked for 23 years? Alain Carr is the real hero of our time! My mother (67 years old) and my wife (without mentioning age;)) continue to smoke only because they are afraid to read the book to the end ... Believe me - no one can help you, except yourself ... Only Alena's book says how to teach yourself to do this! See what will happen ...
I have been smoking for approximately 6 years and I'm currently on my third day of going cold turkey! I'm now back at work and I'm usually in a routine of smoking. Dose anyone have any tips on how i can beat the cravings?
I don't have a hint or a tip. I had gone seven months without a cigarette. I had had cravings but I had always gotten over them. This time in October almost 7 months to the day I had quit I decided to give in. I don't even know what made me give in. I kind of knew for days I was going to.
Now into my 5th week of quitting. I’m surprised by how my cravings are dying down. I think it’s because I’ve been making the commitment to not smoke whatever happens and no matter what I’m feeling. These things pass ! I also used cigarettes to suppress stress and “ help” me feel better. But this is an illusion. It’s what I associate them with is what has led me to be a smoker in the past. And th...
I’m almost 4 and a half weeks quit with 1 slip up. I’m still having a few cravings daily but now it’s the mind game of staying quit. I have to admit it’s hard - the day is not so bad night time is quite tough though. I’m doing things to replace smoking in general and next week I’m joining the gym! Need to get some weight off too. I’m trying to stay positive and focus on positive things and thoug...
Hi Quit Family,
Just wanted to say it is awesome to see so many new quitters on this site. Just goes to show how people are starting to wake up and take control back over their lives, fantastic. Smokers are now the minority and that is a great thing. Believe you can and you will.
It doesn’t matter how many times you try as long as you never give up trying. It doesn’t have to be a drawn out mise...
3 months (92 days). Not a single cigarette. Still having the occasional craving for a smoke. Easy to resist though but still, having those cravings. Any suggestions?
Hi ya'll, happy Friday, I have a question about sore throats, tender gums and roof of the mouth. Anyone have issues with this during the first 6 weeks of your quit? I seem to have some hoarseness, gum swelling, dry, sore throat.
Just thought I would log back on here and give an update. I just saw that my last one was 1 year ago (unreal, can't believe that) September 2020, after I had relapsed due to a stressful time.
I am very pleased to report that, 1 year on, I am in a much more positive place overall. That September was the start of a very sad time for myself but which ended with me quitting smoking and (so far hav...
Just kinda wanted to share a tiny update. I switched to the 7 mg patch on Sunday. So far, the decrease in nicotine hasnt bothered me at all. I am able to take the patch off at 5:00 P.M. and I don't put another one on until 6:30 A.M. Miss it less and less. Doing well. Thanking God daily.
TRYING to give up today
TRYING not to look like a failure
I’m TRYING to focus
TRYING too quit again
TRYING hard to keep the faith
TRY my best again and again
TRY my best to quit
TRYING harder than ever
Just keep TRYING hard
Back to TRY again
TRYING hard now to not smoke
TRYING hard to convince myself
TRYING hard to fight the urge
Even if I slip up, I'll TRY again
If you relapse just...
Champix. Nothing else works for me. Will power certainly didn't work for me. In my expereince and opinion champix will work when it works, no timeframe. Just keep taking until you notice yourself smoking less and less and the need for a cig has become weaker. Then test if how long you can go without. When it is forever you are there. Keep taking the course beyond the quit point. Lastly - NEVER be...
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....
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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,...
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...
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.
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...
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 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?
Hi, Seven months QUIT now. Feeling good. I still have a thing for carrots! Got a lot easier as of late, no or zero temptation. Wishing you all the best.
Hello my quit forum friends, how are you all? It has been a while since I have posted, but I do like to pop in and hear about every ones experiences. Many of you have been long timers like Happiness et al, who give 100% support to all the newcomers, to all those who might be struggling and also to those like myself who have been quit for a longer period. In saying that I would like to send a spe...
Once I realized how much I’ve been lied to by “the powers that be”, I have been free. Today is Day... hmm don’t even know... I quit on April 28th... not one puff, not one gum, not one vape, totally cold turkey...smoked for...hmm... 50-14... whatever that is... don’t want to get caught up in “numbers”.... I’ve put on a few pounds which is ok with me and I’m aware of it.... I’ve noticed my energy i...
So Stopping nicotene this time has been very different from other quit attempts that I've made over the years..
One of the keys to my current success has been reading alot about other people's stories - their success, their challenges, insight and experience.
I also joined online forums. So good to feel supported and to feel that i was not alone! When i was feeling sick and tired during with...
I got a reminder on my phone today that I was 150 days clean off cigarettes and alcohol. But I think on checking this site it’s actually 144.
After my last post I hit a really difficult period with the “junkie thinking”, autumn had settled in, it was getting cooler and I couldn’t put my finger on why on EARTH with all the benefits I was feeling why I was constantly thinkin...
First week recap:
Status: Married, 3 kids(9,7,3)
My wife is a non-smoker, hates that I smoke, and is pretty much taking charge with everything while I become useless and suffer through the withdraws. She's very supportive, and gave me the okay to pretty much do anything that I needed to stop smoking.
I'm 32 years old.
I smoke about a pack and a half - 2 packs a day.
Longest time I've quit ...
Today is my 6 year and 1 day anniversary of being quit. Too busy trying to squander the $55 000 saved from the ash tray. (Not much luck there.) Nearly forgot! On these annual anniversaries, I think of those who responded to my posts and encouraged me when this quit journey had just started and was all so new to me. I hope the early responders are still smoke free. And, may all those just starting...
Its been 6 months today, still as dedicated as when i started. Breathing easier, more energy. Cant picture myself going back to smoking any time soon. Stay headstrong.
Cravings come and go so fast you get over them and then wonder what it is all about.
The big fuse of smoking.
If you can get on the other side of a craving which is a mear thought really then you will succeed
If you are determined to become a non smoker then you will.
Getting easier to over come cravings.. ✅✅😁😊😊💪
Hi guys, so proud and happy to announce I have achieved 1 year smoke free life.. It's hard to believe, that I was able to manage to stay smoke free even all circumstances called life.. But I did it and I do not regret anything, I’m just happy and I learnt a lot during this way.. Learnt about myself, how to live peacefully, easy and recognise just important things in my life and focus on them.. I ...
I just wanted to share my experience of quitting smoking. Don't know why but today I have a lot of anxiety. First let me tell you my quit day was rather forced on me. I had a hart attack on 15 April. No surgery needed, 3 stints in me now. I had been a smoker for a solid 30 years (I'm 55 and live in the US) and smoked a 1/2 pack a day for the last 8 years. After no smokes for the first 5 day...
I’m letting you know that I’m down to 4 again it has been hard for me the past few days but I no it’s not going to be easy at all. Can I ask who uses Quitline
Day 159 and still going strong. Holding out for when I make it 6 months. had 4 lapses during the 6 months. Determined to quit now. Had a problem with my sinuses along the way, getting better now. Best of luck everyone!
Tried champix last year, went 4 weeks cold Turkey no cigarettes so decided I could stop taking the champix aswell cold Turkey
Was the worst decision of my life, have had severe panic attacks and anxiety for the last 12 months. Had to be medicated for it to subside, now that I have recovered im going to try vaping to quit smoking, day one starts tomorrow, with me luck !
I have noted while browsing as a guest that a user called Happiness has had next to no nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Whilst this is fantastic for her, I would just like to point out that posting ad nauseum that 'it's 'all about mindset'' isn't really helpful and can even be harmful. There are real physiological reasons why people who quit experience the symptoms that they do due to the neuroolog...
This site has been my safe spot for so long. First time I seriously menaged to quit for couple of years was thanks to this place. In March last year I quit again but this time there is no more urge for cigarette, this time I feel to be cleand from nasty habit I enjoy being healthier than before. I hope I will never be tempted again, but definitely there is a right moment for everything in the wor...
Well, 5 months now and going strong. Love my music, helps a lot. The savings have been huge and i can never go back, i know this. Here's to six months coming up, doesn't time fly.
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.
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 ...
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
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