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Safe2017
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6 month and 24 days smoke free.

Posted in Hints and tips 23 Oct 2017
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As Mark Twain said "Giving up smoking is easy...I've done it hundreds of times". I did too but only 3 times seriously, up to 2 years". The first time I stayed smoke free for about 2 years until the day I told myself "what would one cig do? I can prove it" and after just one cig I kept on puffing for the next 10 years non stop". I am a tobacco addict and somewhere in my brain there is a little part that will not let me stop even after one puff. The second time I stopped for about 7 months until I decided that one cig will not do me no harm. Guess again, 10 more years kept smoking. This is my last attempt but this time I am going to employ NOPE concept - Not One Puff Ever. I suffered too much during the first 3 months after quitting to go through this excessive will power bender again. Everyone has different symptoms but mine included strong withdrawal pains Including constipation, irritation and sometimes skin itching. Another problem is that I really enjoyed smoking, especially after a few drinks.

Somehow I managed not to light up so far. Chewing gum helps but my spouse says I chew too loudly. So my reply to her is either I chew loudly or smoke quietly. She chooses the first one. People who still smoke don't turn me off but I am glad that I don't have their smell anymore. Morning cig cough is gone. My weight didn't go up too much and with some excercise I think i can get down to my pre-quit days. Food tasted so much better right after I quit but now it tastes normal again. Fortunately I didn't need to quit for health reasons but I knew that one day it would become an issue because after a long walk I would be a bit short of breath. In the end I feel good not smoking and wish you all the best of luck in this difficult endeavor. Stay strong and wish me the same cause sometimes, just for a nano second, I really want to have just one puff.

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  • Ronyag, Nepean Blue Mountains November 03, 2017 | 20:50
    I really, really hope you stick it out this time. What a shame you went for so long, & through all those cravings & side effects to end up right back where you started.
    I'm on my 5th day of Champix & today is my first eat without a ciggie. I feel I'm doing really well so far, & I say so far cause I'm believing that this may just be the calm before the storm, although I'm hoping that's certainly not the case.
    I have read many comments with people advising to never think that having one puff will be okay, cause it's not.
    You have surely given me the power to say NOPE! I will remember your motto & use it wisely.
    All the best & congratulations to you on your success, stick to it for good this time, okay?
  • Ronyag, Nepean Blue Mountains November 03, 2017 | 20:52
    That should be day, not eat! Lol
  • Ronyag, Nepean Blue Mountains November 03, 2017 | 20:54
    I really, really hope you stick it out this time. What a shame you went for so long, & through all those cravings & side effects to end up right back where you started.
    I'm on my 5th day of Champix & today is my first eat without a ciggie. I feel I'm doing really well so far, & I say so far cause I'm believing that this may just be the calm before the storm, although I'm hoping that's certainly not the case.
    I have read many comments with people advising to never think that having one puff will be okay, cause it's not.
    You have surely given me the power to say NOPE! I will remember your motto & use it wisely.
    All the best & congratulations to you on your success, stick to it for good this time, okay?
  • Safe2017 November 04, 2017 | 5:46
    Hi Ronyag,
    Thanks for encouragement. I need it because i still get cravings but I am still smoke free. Just the other day I was driving and the desire to smoke was so overwhelming that I inhaled air the same way I as when I used to smoke. In my mind i imagined that it was a cig I was smoking. Seemed to help. Another trick I play is that there is a valve between my mouth and my lungs and when I feel like having a smoke I just imagine that I turn off that valve. Silly but it seems to help.
    Stay strong and do whatever you can to stay away from this drug called nicotine and its additives. Good luck and all the best. Cheers.

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