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Getting sick is a great time to quit

Posted in Getting started 09 May 2018

Got sick with upper respiratory infection as of Monday. By Tuesday morning I was worried it was going to my chest so I decided this was my chance to quit. Tuesday I only smoked the one cigarette and no more. So far it’s been 24 hours and I’m not over the infection but I believe it would have definitely gotten worse if I continued smoking like I always did in the past. Now I just have to keep this mindset and remember the multitude of other reasons NOT to smoke.

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  • Happiness January 22, 2019 | 16:50
    Hi there . It is never too late to try again. See my story "if you've Given Up Given Up. Try This!!!. Who knows it may just work! Best to you .
  • Red-67 May 12, 2018 | 3:17
    Fortunately, from the beginning, I wanted to face any triggers, head on. I was really surprised. I had always had a smoke with coffee. Always had a smoke with my after dinner bourbon, but, by going out, as I always had, and sitting right next to that pack, lighter, and ashtray, knowing, I no longer WANTED to smoke, it was not hard at all. Sure, my body, and mind, did play the withdrawal crazy swings for about 3 weeks, but I have never really felt any pull from triggers, because I attacked them, at the start.. From what I have read, and from the way I felt, nicotine completely clears the system in about 3 weeks.. If you learn to stop thinking like a smoker, there will be no temptation. Nothing to miss, or want, or crave.. And, most important,, nothing to go back to.. All too often someone will, just stop smoking, but never really quit being a smoker.. Then some "trigger", or stress, or, just keep the idea, that they would really love a smoke, and they fail.. By the end of the first month, I knew, I would never go back. You can learn to be a non smoker, not always a smoker, that has to live in fear of some trigger, or idea, that may send you back..
  • Msaravalli May 11, 2018 | 8:41
    Wow 45 years! Good for you for not letting the demon cigarettes slave drive you anymore! I feel that way too, just relieved that I don’t have to worry about it anymore. It’s a burden lifted off my shoulders and I feel free. I read the celery thing recently, think I’ll give that a shot! So far I’ve been eating cinnamon altoids. Not sure why they work for me but seems to help so far. My question now is what do people do when they’re around smokers and catch a whiff? I unfortunately live with one! Thankfully he smokes outside (of course I used to too) and I know better than to attempt forcing him to quit as he hopefully will see me get thru it and have encouragement. But what did you do when you were caught off guard or by that sudden whiff you weren’t anticipating? Still keep with celery or my altoids? In some ways I don’t want to run from it because I need to be able to face the smell and not have a relapse. How long did it take you to get to that point?
  • Red-67 May 11, 2018 | 5:15
    See ? Now you know you can live without them :) If you can do 3 days, you can do a week :) You can accept the ,physical, withdrawal symptoms, as you would any other ailment, and know it will soon pass.. It is only your mind, that makes those feelings a craving, and you will not crave something you don't want.. If you like celery, it makes a great chomping, tension beater.. You can eat all you want, because it burns more calories to digest, than it has in it.. There are several foods like that, mostly vegies, peppers, broccoli, asparagus, etc.. Celery is just an easy, hold in your hand pacifier :) Do what works for you, and set yourself free ! Believe me, it does feel good :) I was a stupid, blind, slave, to smoking for 45 years, and never really even thought about quitting..
  • Msaravalli May 10, 2018 | 21:02
    Thank you and I will definitely adopt that mindset! The people here are so helpful, I am feel lucky to I found this site. Today is day 3 and still going strong! The tips and encouragement from you and other posts are so huge to me right now! I can’t say thank you enough!
  • Red-67 May 10, 2018 | 6:16
    That's great ! Use this to really kick off a true QUIT. Realize, there is NO reason to smoke, and many not to. The most important thing, is to really WANT to quit. Make a smoke something you do NOT WANT, not something you can't have. It may sound simple, but it can make the quit much easier :)

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