Stories and experiences by: Zen Calm

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  • Zen Calm
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    Really confused

    Posted in Quit experiences 16 Jun 2020
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    Hi all I have not been game enough to touch base for a while. Am feeling ashamed, like a loser, and confused. I was doing well on patches and smoke free for over 2 months. I stopped using them and re read the Allen Carr book. Did really great for 2 weeks and then smoked again. I would appreciate any advice as to how to get the right mindset back. Zen calm

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    Realisation

    Posted in Quit experiences 15 May 2020
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    Hi everyone. Been a few days since my last post. Feeling positive that I can do this. Tried nrt patches for a few days after my previous post - NO not for me. Felt sick, dry throat, coughing, sore mouth. So I made the decision to go ‘cold turkey’, ‘chicken turkey’, ‘hot turkey’ or just plain STOP and NOPE! A recent chest infection and antibiotics also was another ‘WAKE UP’. It’s finally ...

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    Focus

    Posted in Quit experiences 9 May 2020
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    Feeling a lot better, and not a failure today. Am getting my strength back slowly. I have decided to focus on achievements so far, am finding that it helps, as does this site. I was beginning to feel I was going nuts. I have decided to STOP taking myself so seriously, go with the flow, be kind to myself, and laugh more. So, I smoked for a long time! I slipped up a few days ago- I fell off my ...

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    Mindset

    Posted in Quit experiences 8 May 2020
    13 Comments

    Hi and thank you for comments from my previous post. Am continuing on with my journey.. took the wrong turn a few days ago. I Did try a nrt patch after my slip, it made me worse. I’m now working through it with no patches. I didn’t see the point of putting nicotine back into my system due to a slip after I had been off the patches for weeks. I’m not canning patches, or any other stop smoking...

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    Reset button

    Posted in Quit experiences 6 May 2020
    11 Comments

    I had some cigarettes, felt like a loser, discouraged and so angry with myself. I decided to ‘stop feeling sorry for myself’ and wrote down why I had smoked. I was stupid enough to visit a friend that smokes, (thought I would be ok with it, in hindsight probably ‘overconfident’. Even though I didn’t smoke with her the next day I bought a pack. I remember sitting in my car outside the superm...

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    Breathe

    Posted in Staying quit 1 May 2020
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    Hi all. Have been doing well so far. Today Rupert (Nicotine Dragon) decided to really test me and TRY to get me to cave in. I was quite amazed at his arrogance. For a few minutes there I was thinking mmm maybe I could go and buy a packet and have one cigarette, just to see if I would enjoy it. I didn’t WANT a cigarette it was a mind thing. I told Rupert to leave as he was NOT welcome, ...

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    Waist enhancement

    Posted in Quit experiences 30 Apr 2020
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    Hi all. Ok so am feeling good about no smoking for 52 days. I’m not becoming obsessed with the days, just find it interesting. Have decided to accept the ‘waist/hips enhancements” for the moment. Must admit its a bit strange - however, its certainly better than putting a poison stick in my mouth! It’s great to look back on what I have written so far on this forum. I remember being so scare...

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    46 days

    Posted in Quit experiences 23 Apr 2020
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    Hi all, 46 days smoke free! I was on the patches to start with, then stopped them 11 days ago. Cough seems to be getting less frequent, which is good. Occasional headaches and tiredness prevail - am going with it and guess it is all part of the process. Generally feel more relaxed, ‘buzzy’ brain sometimes. Keep checking my bank balance! It’s a lot healthier than it was 5 weeks ago!

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    Getting happier

    Posted in Quit experiences 20 Apr 2020
    4 Comments

    The happy feeling gets better every day! I certainly have a lot more energy. I’m laughing at the weird things I do sometimes - think it’s called loss of focus. Anyway whatever it is I’m going with it .

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    Happy

    Posted in Quit experiences 16 Apr 2020
    7 Comments

    Feeling happy that I’ve stopped using the patches. I certainly found them very helpful for the first 3 weeks. I am not implying they are bad/good. It’s all about what works for each of us personally. I’m just happy and feeling stronger each day. Positive energy to all.

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